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Thursday, May 28, 2009

About Sewing- Flower Girl Dress- Weekend Sewing (Heather Ross)

As I have mentioned. I simply love Heather Ross' book "Weekend Sewing". This past weekend I tackled the Flower Dress for my little princess.

She had already chosen her favorite fabrics: Spirites of Tillbrook from Alexander Henry in pink, and some beautiful Pink Ta Dots from Michael Miller.

The instructions in the book are very detail but if you are a beginner, you may want to keep your computer handy for some last minute google on terminology or techniques.

As an amateur seamstress I found a couple of things that I change to make it easy for myself.

1. The straps. She explains how to do the straps by cutting a rectangle, folding it in half right sides together and then turn in right out side out with a loop turner. Personally, I simply hate LOOP TURNERS! I don't like how it wrinkles my fabric and then it is just too difficult for me, especially in narrow tubes, like this one.
What did I do? To make it easier, I added 1/2" to the suggested rectangle measurement, folded it in half , then open it and fold it as if I was making a bias tape (meet each fabric edge in the middle ironing them in place. Then fold again in half, iron again, and then stitch closed. (See step 9 & 10 here: http://www.savvyseams.com/techniques/biastape.php).

2. The actual size: I cut the pattern for a 3T and let me tell you it runs small. My daughter is very thin, and the bodice just fit her. So, my suggestion is to follow Heather Ross' directions to make and adjustment to the bodice measurement. For this she posted on her blog and PDF document containing the books "Errata".

3. The length: You may want to measure your little princess's height before you cut. The recommended length was a bit too much for Princess M. So don't do as I did, measure first, and cut later, I ended up wasting precious fabric! not much but either way it hurt! HAHAHA

Try it out! and come back to post a picture of the results.

Have fun sewing for your princess!

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Favorite Books! -Weekend Sewing. Heather Ross. Review

Weekend Sewing
is a wonderful book by Heather Ross. I look at it for days at the bookstore until I had to bring it home!!

It has fun sewing projects that are easy to follow and can be done!

The instructions come with drawings according to the different steps in the preparation and construction of your garments. Do not expect color pictures like in many PDF tutorials.

As I try myself and have heard from many fellow crafters, the patters come in small sizes. So if you are not in the petite side, get at least an extra yard of fabric per project. You may end up with a left over but this is better than not having enough to finish.

Make sure you know your own measurements or the ones for your model and make necessary adjustments.

If you are a beginner sewer this is what you must do:

1. Arm yourself with time and patience.
2. Read carefully all the instructions first, and
3. prepare ahead your patterns and your fabric.

What to gather:

1. Tracing materials. All the patterns come printed in the same pieces of large paper. So you better be sure to get your favorite materials to trace the patterns into something you feel comfortable using. Examples: a. Large Tracing Paper so you can use a simple pencil and copy the pattern. b) Color Transfer Paper and transfer tool; this you can use to transfer the pattern directly onto your fabric. c) My favorite: get some yards of light weigh pellon at the craft store and use that as your tracing paper. Perfect size and durable enough for a million uses after.

2. Cutting tools, rotary cutter, self healing mat and favorite scissors.

3. Rulers and measuring tape.

So, get your book, get your enthusiasm and go for it! I am sure you will make beautiful things for you and your loved ones.

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