New PDF release: Improv Sewing: A Freeform Approach to Creative Techniques;

By Nicole Blum

Those one hundred and one artistic stitching tasks can all be accomplished in lower than a day--some in under an hour! Playful and creative, the tasks contain garments for every age, add-ons, domestic decor goods, and furniture. so much characteristic gildings and ornamental results -- basic touches that customize a venture with allure -- and use fascinating textural materials, corresponding to jersey knits, linen, and felt...even paper and vinyl! The authors stroll readers throughout the stitching fundamentals, demystify the misplaced paintings of easy pattern-making, offer visible courses to stitches, and provides effortless directions for suggestions resembling applique, doodle-stitching, and layering of materials.

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Dress/shirt/tunic length: Stand in front of a mirror if you are measuring yourself and stand up straight. Hold one end of the tape measure at your shoulder, or the shoulder seam of your or the wearer’s garment, and anchor the other end under one foot so the tape is taut. Note the measurement at the point where you’d like the garment’s bottom edge to fall and remember you’ll need to add length to this measurement if the garment is to be hemmed. Sleeve length: Hold one end of the measuring tape at the outer end of the collarbone (this is where the shoulder seam will lie) and measure along the top of the arm to the desired sleeve length.

The hem or bottom edge design line varies with how much flare you want. For a tunic, adding 3″ on either side of the garment’s center line (6″ total) is average. For a roomier garment, add more. For a dress, 3½″ on either side is a good starting point. (For more about flare, see chapter 2, page 26) Remove the paper pattern. Cut along the marked lines through both thicknesses of fabric. 3. MARK AND CUT THE SECOND (BACK) PANEL Refold the remaining fabric. Lay the cutout piece (still folded from cutting), flipping and rotating it to fit on the yardage.

We have a ″life’s too short″ problem with them. They’re fussy. And as you may have gathered by looking at the projects in this book, we’re into nonfussy. Nonfussy sewing is faster, and to us at least, it’s a lot more fun. So instead of using traditional patterns, we sew almost all of our clothing using a single set of pattern pieces, made at home by tracing a single t-shirt. Here’s how it’s done. 1. FIND A WELL-FITTING SHIRT THAT YOU’RE WILLING TO CUT UP If you have a well-fitting shirt with a stain or tear in your drawer, sacrifice it for a good cause.

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