Tag Archives: colonial clothes

{ Tips on Tuesday } Gathering

29 Mar

I don’t know about you, but I find it very annoying when I have to do a lot of gathering.

Pattern instructions often say to stitch two rows of a loose stitch and then pull the bobbin thread to make a nice bit of gathering.

You know me, I am always looking for a way to cut corners so I never stitch TWO rows of loose stitches and then inevitably as I’m gathering I break the thread . . . AAHH!

Here is a wonderful tip that was passed on to me and it works beautifully every time!!

Set your machine to a loose zig zag stitch and then zig zag over embroidery floss, or light cording, even a heavy thread would work.

Then the zig zag stitch will easily gather as you pull the heavy thread beneath.

Beautifully gathered with no broken stitches and even saved time because you only had to stitch once . . . I love it!

Try it and let me know what you think . . . I’d love to hear from you.

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{ Free Tutorial } How to sew a French Seam

11 Mar

In this Free Tutorial I am going to show you how to sew a french seam.

First of all . . . you may be wondering “what is a French Seam?”  A french seam is a seam that is completely encased, there are no raw edges on the right side of the garment or the wrong side.

If you did not own a serger, or overlock machine, a french seam would be one way to secure the edges of your garment when you sew.  French seams are also used in high end garment making that “pay attention” to details.

So here goes~

  • First of all you will sew the WRONG sides together.

 


Now, normally you always sew right sides together, but with a french seam the idea is to encase the raw edge so you begin by sewing wrong sides together a little shy of your seam allowance.

  • Next, turn the fabric so you have RIGHT sides together and PRESS

  • Now you will stitch at your seam allowance to completely encase the raw edge

notice my fabric is now to the edge of my presser foot

I am completely encasing the raw edge in this stitch

Here you can see the right side of my seam on the outside of the garment (far right) it just looks like any other seam.  The wrong side which would be the inside of my garment (far left) is a finished seam also with no raw edges exposed.

Have Fun!

~Lia

Colonial Dress Up Fun

7 Mar

I had made these super simple dresses for the girls and they have been worth every moment I spent on them!!!  The girls just love to play with these dresses!  The dresses were just a simple A-line form with elastic in the neck and sleeves.  My girls dress them up with aprons and hats to play fancy tea time or something a little more rugged to play prairie girl . . . Look what they’ve been up to!

Do you think they noticed that no one ever smiled in old time photos??? lol

~Lia