I've added a new section to the right sidebar called Diana's Easy Fitting Solutions.. I 've listed the various fit topics covered last time and will add new topics as they are covered. I've also updated Diana's Tutorials to include new techniques
Session 3, Lesson 1.... Rounded Upper Back Adjustment
1. Draw a perpendicular line from center back to the armhole (AB) and about 1.5`` down from neckline.
2. Cut from center back (A) to but not through the armhole (B).
3. Spread apart about 1/2" to begin with ( It`s hard to know exactly how much extra to add so this adjustment will be on a trial and error basis).
4 Draw a perpendicular line at about 3`` from center (CD). ( I forgot the D but I think you know what I mean ) Cut along this line.
5. Align this piece along center back. This will result in a small dart.
You can do one of two things here....sew in this dart or what I do is I smooth out the neckline with my French curve and I ease in the tiny bit of fullness .
And that`s all there is to it. Except! If there is a facing to your garment , you make the same adjustment to it.
This easy alteration makes a big difference to how a garment fits and feels and I'm happy to have learned it from Kathleen Cheetham in her Craftsy course.
This Week`s Sewing Technique: Top Stitching Tips.
In my opinion, nothing takes a garment to the next level better than great top stitching, Here are the things I`ve learned through the years.
......Use top stitching thread or Gutterman`s Extra Strong Thread which is what is available to me
and works great. You will need to remember that there is a lot less thread on these spools so be sure to buy enough.. [ if you don't have this thread, you can thread two spools together in the same needle to get similar results. The two should unwind from the spools in opposite directions, though for best results. ]
......Use a top stitching needle or a jeans needle because both of these have bigger eyes to accommodate the thicker thread. The size of the needle will depend on the thickness of your fabric.
.....For top stitching that is 1/4" from the edge, use your presser foot as your guide or the 1/4"foot that may or may not have come with your machine. To top stitch close to the edge of your garment use the over edge foot or the blind hem foot
......And sew slowly!
I also reviewed Buttonholes with the ladies this week. So Karen, Donna, and Dorothy don`t forget to review the tips by clicking on the word if you want to make your buttonholes before next class!.
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