Monday, October 3, 2011

Worst Advice Ever/ V1027

Although I LOVE LOVE LOVE the retro and vintage dresses, I wanted to sew something I could wear to the office.  I found this wrap dress.  I chose a spandex fabric and wasn't sure how to work with it since it is stretchy and I have only worked with cottons and satins.

The guy cutting the fabric at the store said to use a zig-zag stitch so the thread wouldn't break after the seams were done.  This was the WORST ADVICE EVER.  All of the seams looked horrible and I ended up ripping apart all of them and re-sewing them all with a normal stitch.

The dress is ok, but once again, I wish I had sewn it smaller.  It is a size too big.  At least I didn't have to deal with buttons or zippers and if I didn't have to deal with ripping all the seams out and start them over, it would have been a really quick dress to make.

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  1. It looks lovely! I like the print you chose.

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    1. Thanks! I am looking through your blog now - nice!

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  2. Looks great. Here is a document on knits. http://sewaholic.net/a-big-list-of-tips-for-sewing-knits/

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  3. It looks great. Love the print.

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    1. Thanks. I took a look at your projects, too. I hope to sew as well as you someday.

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  4. It looks great on you. I just happen to be wearing this very dress and also wish I would have sized it down a bit.I never do a zig zag either...I just straight stitch and slightly pull the fabric in front...just slightly. I too learned it the way you did. I also have a serger and use it when ever possible...love your fabric choice...mine is almost identical color family too but floral and a green added in. :)

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    1. I'd love to see your dress! Thanks for the nice compliments. And yes... zig zag makes the hems look like a mess.

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  5. Colours in the fabric really suit you. I am not a fan of zig zag either, and don't often sew with knit type fabrics at all. Good on you for giving it a go...anything without buttons and zippers is a bonus!!! So, what is next in your sewing journey?????

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    1. I love your sewing blog and I am now a follower! The zig-zag made the messiest hems. I am currently taking another craftsy sewing course - the couture dress. I will post the results!

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  6. I love the fabric but I have to say I would have given you the same advice as the guy you bought it from. Unless you have a stretch stitch on your machine (and chances are you do, zig zag holds up really well over time.

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    1. I have to admit that I haven't really explored the stitches my machine can do. There probably is something better to use. I didn't like the zig zag because it made such an uneven seam, but I could see the argument for its ability to stretch with the fabric.

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  7. Sorry it didn't turn out like you were hoping, but I think it looks lovely on you! I love sewing knits and also would've suggested a zig zag, albeit a very narrow zig zag.

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  8. Beautiful dress! Love the colour combination of the fabric you used. I've sewn mostly knit dresses and usually use one of the built-in stretch stitches depending on the seam. It's helpful to practice on scrap pieces first (it's so tedious picking out stitches!). :) Anyways, you did a great job on this dress!

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