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kenyathompson:

Pro TIp - # 14

Want to find ways to finish the edges of your garment fast but don’t have a serger or time for bias tape or French seams?  Using a zigzag stitch or blanket stitch on the edge of your garment is a great way to finish a project more like a ready-to-wear garment.  First, run a line of zig zag where you want to finish the edge, then trimming it and running a few more over the edge will ensure that the seam is secure and won’t go anywhere.  Simply don’t run too many rows or it will make the seam extra bulky.

Most basic machines have a zig zag stitch, but very few people have access to a serger.  Even through I have access to one, the collar seam for the Princess Leia Organa costume I was working was so thick, the sergers couldn’t handle all the layers of fabric.  Zig Zagging over the edge repeatedly is a great way to achieve a finished edge if you don’t have a machine that can do any sort of specialized stitches.  If your machine has a blanket stitch or another decorative stitch, you could also use that.
As wonderful as sergers are, they aren’t the be all, end all way to finishing a piece and making a garment or costume look like a ready-to-wear piece you bought from a store.  Not to mention there are many other ways of finishing the inside seams if you want something neater and tidy, but I’ll cover those in future Pro Tips.

kenyathompson:

Pro TIp - # 14

Want to find ways to finish the edges of your garment fast but don’t have a serger or time for bias tape or French seams?  Using a zigzag stitch or blanket stitch on the edge of your garment is a great way to finish a project more like a ready-to-wear garment.  First, run a line of zig zag where you want to finish the edge, then trimming it and running a few more over the edge will ensure that the seam is secure and won’t go anywhere.  Simply don’t run too many rows or it will make the seam extra bulky.

Most basic machines have a zig zag stitch, but very few people have access to a serger.  Even through I have access to one, the collar seam for the Princess Leia Organa costume I was working was so thick, the sergers couldn’t handle all the layers of fabric.  Zig Zagging over the edge repeatedly is a great way to achieve a finished edge if you don’t have a machine that can do any sort of specialized stitches.  If your machine has a blanket stitch or another decorative stitch, you could also use that.

As wonderful as sergers are, they aren’t the be all, end all way to finishing a piece and making a garment or costume look like a ready-to-wear piece you bought from a store.  Not to mention there are many other ways of finishing the inside seams if you want something neater and tidy, but I’ll cover those in future Pro Tips.

spirographeme:

truebluemeandyou:

DIY New Circle Skirt App from By Hand London here. The actual app is here. What I really like about this app is after you plug all your data in the app tells you the fabric length required:

with a note to say whether it will fit on a standard 45″ / 115cm width fabric…App - stage 6cor whether you’d be better off using a 60″ / 150cm width fabric…App - stage 6dor perhaps even just going with a shorter skirt length.App - stage 7

GOD BLESS AND THANK YOU

We up all night to get fluffy!
I’m going to put up a tutorial for these tomorrow~

We up all night to get fluffy!
I’m going to put up a tutorial for these tomorrow~

This yarn wasn’t fluffy enough, and I figured since I cut out the middle of those other stars already I might as well make something! Little fuzzy star pins

Made my first fluffy star clip! It’s a pin really, since I couldn’t find those dual hair clip-pin things. I think it came out alright :)

I got some new crafting things! Going to use the beads to make molds, then I’ll make some puffy stars and a few bows. 100% cotton lace and fabric baby ;D

I got some new crafting things! Going to use the beads to make molds, then I’ll make some puffy stars and a few bows. 100% cotton lace and fabric baby ;D

Done! My first sewing project in years. I think it’s actually pretty cute. All I need now is a clip to attach to the back so it can be worn.

Method: Hand sewn 
Item: Basic Bow 
Materials: Misc fabric & lace
Date: 9.28.2013

Notes: For my first project I don’t think it’s bad really. I mostly want to improve the shape of the bow, but that’s about it. I can’t wait to get some nicer prints as well.

Done! My first sewing project in years. I think it’s actually pretty cute. All I need now is a clip to attach to the back so it can be worn.

Method: Hand sewn
Item: Basic Bow
Materials: Misc fabric & lace
Date: 9.28.2013

Notes: For my first project I don’t think it’s bad really. I mostly want to improve the shape of the bow, but that’s about it. I can’t wait to get some nicer prints as well.

Almost done! It’s going to be super cute

Almost done! It’s going to be super cute

Side one is done! Now it’s onto the next.

Side one is done! Now it’s onto the next.

Currently working on my first sewing project! My mom sent me a bunch of fabric, but she included lace too (it’s okay quality but that’s fine for practice, especially since I didn’t expect to be getting it anyway). Right now I’m just making a bow with this tiny checkered heart pattern. It’s harder than I thought it’d be but I’m happy for the practice!