Continued Fashion Sewing Success!
Welcome fashion sewers to the second part of my ‘Preparing For Fashion Sewing Success’ series.
My first article highlighted the first 10 principles to adopt if your serious about becoming a better, more rounded fashion sewer!
And who doesn’t?
So, without further hesitation, let me guide you through the final 11 steps in the series.
How To Prepare For A Fashion Sewing Project
11 – Take time to read fully the sewing pattern guides and instruction sheet. Choose the lay plan ideal for the width of your fabric.
12 – Lay your sewing patterns onto the fabric correctly. Remember to pay particular attention to sewing pattern grain lines and the grain of your fabric.
13 – Use pins and / or weights to keep sewing pattern pieces in place on your fashion fabric.
14 – Transfer sewing pattern markings as indicated on the sewing pattern. Ensure all markings are clear (I like to use tailor tacks) and accurate.
15 – When cutting into your fabric, ensure all edges are smooth, using long cutting strokes with fabric scissors.
16 – Before garment construction, press any interfacing to the required fashion fabric pieces.
17 – Neaten raw edges.
18 – Staystitch the areas of your sewing project that require it.
19 – Take you time. Fashion sewing is not a race. It’s better to be slow and methodical, creating a wonderful piece of clothing, than rush and don’t.
20 – If in doubt, ASK! Don’t struggle. Have a look around my blog, my FashionSewingBlogTV or contact me and I, or the fashion sewing community will always be more than willing to help.
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21 – Read my eBook, ‘Fashion Sewers Guide to Great Sewing Projects‘ as it’s designed to help you further, and develop your skills to become the all round, competent and skilled fashion sewer you deserve to be.
Fashion sewing is a creative art form and certainly not set in stone. It’s true beauty is in it’s adaption and interpretation!
Use the information I have provided as a basis to your sewing project, but do what works for you.
After all, if Salvador Dali had painted the ceiling to the Sistine Chapel, we’d still appreciate great art, but it’s look would be far from what we’d recognise as Michelangelo’s masterpiece.
If you have any questions then please feel free to contact me.
Happy fashion sewing
Colleen G Lea