Thursday, June 01, 2017

Pretty in Pink!

Sewing garments that will keep you cool is what summer sewing in all about! Barbara, a local sewing engineer, drafted her own pattern to help her beat the heat. This pink denim is out of stock but you can shop other denims here.  Thanks Barbara!

For summer I now love dresses, loose and comfortable, (if it only touches at the shoulders I’m good). I look for fabric that I do not have to layer, is easy to travel with, easy to care for and easy to wear. Working with this denim was great! It met all my criteria, plus it had the drape to fall nicely, light weigh for comfort, but enough thickness not to require a slip.  Very easy to sew with, I used 1 piece facings and I could pull the back piece through the shoulders without much fuss. 

One Piece Facing
Most patterns do not come with a one piece facing; however they are very easy to make. Trace the neck and armhole of pattern pieces front and back.  Measure 2 & ¼” down, following the first line, where armhole comes to neck make a smooth curve. Turn under the outside edge ¼” and do a narrow edge stitch to finish this edge.  

To add a little interest to this simple dress I added a pleated ruffle.  My ruffler foot was set for a the deepest throw every 6 stitches, stitch length 2.25mm, worked out to be an approximately 1-1/2 to 1 ratio.  

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