Details make the difference in everything you make! It could be simple rows of topstitching added to a cuff or collar, or more elaborate details like fancy trims and embellishment with machine embroidery. Yes! You are in the driver's seat behind your personal sewing machine and you can make any project stand out with simple or elaborate details.
In the first segment Cosplay designer Cheryl Sleboda uses metal grommets to create a changeable costume skirt. Grommets come in all sorts of sizes these days and are used on everything from garments and accessories to home decor and more! If you're looking for grommets of all kinds, including decorative grommets, see what my friends at dritz.com have to offer. Check out their tutorial for decorative grommet styles HERE.
Angela is nearing the end of the shirtdress sew along with just a few more details to go. this time she tackles button holes and buttons. If you're anything like me you hold your breath when it comes time to make buttonholes. It's usually next to last on the checklist for completing a project. with all the care you put into making something you sure don't want to see a bad buttonhole mess up the beauty of your efforts.
Careful measuring is key. The tool you see here is called a Simflex Expanding Gauge. I got mine at my local sewing shop and it has come in handy for more than just buttonholes. Use it to mark fabric for trims, pin tucks, and even placement for embroidery designs.
Truly buttonholes are better than ever with the one-step sliding buttonhole accessories we have today. I've been sewing long enough to remember the crazy contraptions we had to install to make a buttonhole in the good old days. Now it's just a matter of dropping the button in the back, pulling a lever, lining it up, and pressing go! CLICK HERE to read my previous post with more about building better buttonholes.
Button sewing is another task quickly completed by machine. Many machines have a special "button fitting" foot for this. combined with a special stitch built-in to the machine it makes quick work of sewing on one or more buttons. To make the button extra secure be sure to use polyester sewing thread, pull the top threads to the bottom side, knot by hand, and then dab a bit of seam sealant one the threads on the back of the button when you're finished. I like to use this foot for tacking ribbons in place too. If you'd like to see some cute children's clothes with button and ribbon accents you can watch this short video HERE.
In the last segment of this show children’s designer Jessica Stewart uses her artful eye to mix fabrics and add trims for endless design opportunities on a little girlie girl dress.
Her fabric combinations are delightful! You'll learn a lot from Jessica when you watch this part of the show.
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