online from July 3 to July 10
You can watch It's Sew Easy show #802
online from July 3 to July 10
This week you'll see how to turn your fabric scraps into simple fabric flowers. The pictures from the past will inspire you and you'll learn from Rebecca how to make your own flower accents for today. Made by hand these little beauties are fun the perfect stitch-on-the-go project. You can easily tuck a few into your purse or tote and create as you relax or create while you wait at appointments, ball games, etc.
In the second part of this show you'll see Angela fashion a variety of skirts with draped designer elements. Of course this method for draping a skirt requires a dress form that is at least close to your own personal measurements.
If you are an avid garment sewing enthusiast you are likely to know the benefit of having your own dress form. It's especially important if you are a solo stitcher who doesn't have a sewing buddy to help with fitting. There are many commercial dress forms to choose from. Some adjust with dials and some with special pads. Spend a little time searching YouTube and you are sure to find reviews on all sorts, including the popular Uniquely You Brand that starts out with a foam base and requires a little or a lot of customizing to mimic your own shape.
I prefer a dress form that is a true clone. Perhaps you've seen instructions for wrapping yourself in duct tape or even plaster casting. Threads magazine, a trusted source in the sewing world has an online article about the duct tape method. While I don't personally know anyone who has made the duct tape dress form, I have made my own clone using the plaster casting method. The photos above are from a cherished memory that took place quite a few years ago with two sewing buddies. We spent several days in one friend's garage crafting our body forms. It's a rather long (and rather funny) story. We had a few glitches, a lot of laughs, and one minor fainting spell. That was due to lack of lunch and a too tight wrapping job, (my fault on that one), but we each came away with a perfect clone. An image of our true selves both in size and posture variations. Somewhere I have yet another photo where the mannequin and I stand side by side and you can see that it does indeed look like me. My "twin" has been a great help in sewing garments over the years. I would love to know if you have a dress form that has worked for you. CLICK HERE and send me a note if you do.
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