As a Martha Pullen licensed sewing teacher I love to learn new sewing techniques and I equally enjoy teaching sewing techniques to others. You can also find me teaching Bernina Customer Courses at my local Bernina dealer. In addition, I demonstrate Stampin' Up products. I am a servant of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, wife of one, mom of two, and grandma of five. Welcome to my sewing and crafting studio!
Monday, July 28, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The pattern is called Rondabout Dress & Slip.
But upon further inspection, one will see that the pattern includes
option C, which is a pullover blouse.
Now, I wanted a bit of a fitted waistline, so I opted to add rows of 1/4' wide elastic
to the back waist piece only.
No, that step is not included in the pattern instructions.
(A closer look at how I did that will be detailed in an upcoming post.)
The front waist piece is still nice and flat.
After reading a few reviews on Patternreview,
I assumed the neckline would sit a bit low.
The pattern instructions note that the blouse should be pinned at the shoulders,
before finishing the neckline to ensure that the neckline isn't too low for you.
I didn't have a problem with a low neckline, I would simply wear a cami if necessary.
But when I finished the neckline with the bias trim,
the trim "flooped" forward and would not lay flat against my chest.
It just looked SLOPPY.
After much pondering, I opened up the seam at the shoulder
and inserted 1/4" elastic into the neckline between the bias trim and the blouse front.
Yes, again a pattern change using 1/4' elastic - we're friends!
What about you, my friends, have you used any Anna Maria Horner patterns?
I would love to hear about your experience.
Monday, July 7, 2014
|Basting stitch runs along the bottom of this sample|
The longer your stitch length, the more gathers you achieve.
The gathers are again manually adjusted so they are even.
|This sample row was started with a basting stitch length of (6 mm) which I then shortened to 3 mm.|
Notice there is more gathering at the start where I used 6mm length and less gathering with the 3 mm length.
One final option that I would like to share
is how I achieved the gathering on the aforementioned bubble skirt.
but simply use your standard serger presser foot,
increase the differential feed setting,
and increase the stitch length (again, the longer the stitch the more the gathers).
When you're done serging, you can still manually adjust the amount
of gathering by pulling on the needle threads only.
If you have other methods of using the basting stitch to gather,
please share them in the comment section.
I love learning new techniques.
Happy sewing, my friends.