21 May 2008

Sewing Tip #1 and #2

Isn't this basic? Haven't I been told this dozens of times?

It turns out that it's a really good thing I took the skirt apart. I had to iron all the sewing creases out of it and then remark it with all the pleat marks and zipper stops and the like. As I was marking it I realized that I had cut the fabric a full size bigger than I am supposed to be making. This would have been a worse problem than having the fabric inside out because it would fit wrong or not fit at all. I cut it wrong because I didn't iron the fabric after I took it out of the dryer, I just folded it up and then later cut it out. It's imperative that you iron your fabric before you start cutting it out; even small wrinkles can make a big difference in how the fabric acts when you cut it. Lucky for me, I cut it too big instead of too small. If I had cut it too small I'd be off to the fabric store for more fabric.



Tina said...

Well, I guess I am glad you messed up in the first place, then!

Johanna said...

Great tips. Sometimes I get a bit miffed about having to iron a huge piece of fabric just so I can fold it up and cut it anyway, but it is so necessary!

I had to kind of chuckle when I read, "Measure twice, cut once." When my dad had cancer and we were at the hospital right before his surgery to remove the cancer and his kidney, the surgeon came out to the waiting room to ask us if we had any questions and to let us know exactly what to expect. After he was done, he was wheeling dad away and he asked, "Anything else?" Without thinking, I said, "Yeah, remember to measure twice and cut once!" He got a good laugh out of that one, and it really eased the tension with the family. I had forgotten that until I read what you wrote!

Joanna said...

LOL, that's funny.

I get miffed about ironing, too. Hence this post. I've really got to learn to stop diving so headlong into a project and take heed of the important but irritating little details that make so much difference in the final product.

Tina said...

Johanna, that is really funny!