Seems when I’ve made them before I didn’t put any extra allowance on the leg parts, but the wideness is really nice
The pink dress got ready for my party last Friday, and looks really nice. The little jacket that’s supposed to be used with it is more or less ready, but I managed to hem the sleeves inside out and lost interest for the time being
My mom taught me to sew, basically, and one of the things she was very careful about was the thread. These days most people seem to use polyester thread (at least that’s what I think since other stuff is getting harder and harder to find). Now, the polyester thread has one big advantage and one big disadvantage: The advantage is that it doesn’t break. The disadvantage is that it doesn’t break. Let’s start with the advantage. A strong thread is very handy. It keeps you from having to resew seams all the time because the thread’s broke off.
The disadvantage with the strong thread, is that if it’s stronger than the material you’re sewing with, and there’s some strain on the seam, the thread will hold, and the fabric will rip. You see this quite often with ready bought clothes- an overlocked thick seam, and a hole beside it. Problem with this is that mending this is far more trouble than sewing a seam with new thread.
So in my book, polyester thread is for polyester fabrics and heavy cottons, linens and such. For thin cotton, wool, silk and any delicate fabric, I use cotton (or silk for silk if available).
My new doll’s been put to use. I’m working on the Party in pink dress to be ready for a party on Friday. As much as I swore of the fabric sliding, the parts came out pretty good. I’ve also decided to give it a full lining, which isn’t in the recipe. I’ve always looked for quick solutions, but somewhere along the line, I’ve noticed how I like the things I work on to take time. To be careful with details and redo what is needed. Have I grown up?
I’ve come to realize that almost all my pants are getting too worn to wear, so i’ll need some new ones. This is my favorite pants pattern I think. My mother bought it and used it in the seventies to make some pants for my dad. I’ve used it on several occasions. Apart from being an awesome design, they have seam allowances already marked on the paper, so no worries- ready to copy.
As much as I appreciate multi size patterns, the copying and adding of seam allowance is a work I dread.
And oh yes, the fabric is a wool blend- no sliding! This is gonna be great!