Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tutorial Tuesday: Sewing Stuff You Need

If you don't have all this stuff... just put on your shoes and go to the store.
This is your list of Equipment for Efficiency.
You must own it all.




white sewing manual 1947
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I have been doing a lot of brooding over a dress form that resembles my figure more exactly (duct tape vs adjustable vs paper mache...) and this tip here for making an existing dress form match your figure looks good to me. A padded muslin over a smaller form... duh. That makes sense. If I try it, I'll let you know how it goes. First I need to get a nice smaller form somewhere.
(Do you hear me thrift gods?)

Actually this is is great starter list... but it doesn't mention how important a decent iron, ironing board and sleeve board are. Personally I couldn't sew a garment without them. Now If I could just get my family to quit eating I could use that big dining room table as a cutting table. And I could save all that time on cooking too.
Now That is Efficiency.

9 comments:

mamafitz said...

there is a good article in threads magazine about padding up a dress form. old issue (#44, i think), maybe you could find a copy at the library.

RachelMM said...

I know! Cooking cuts into so much serious sewing time.

lsaspacey said...

I'm still saving up to get me one of these Uniquely You ones.

Angelina said...

My dream is to get a plus sized paper mache professional one like I used at fashion trade school.

woolanthropy said...

I am slightly baffled by the emery bag. Never heard of such a thing. I am rather green in the sewing room.

zengie said...

An emery bag is that little thing that hangs off the traditional tomato pin cushion. You pass your needles through it to remove any "barbs."

Maddie said...

I do have a lovely dress form and although she was a Plus sized girl her pluses were not my own so i made her a "dress" out of a tube of very firm knit material and the after that started stuffing her in all the right places. Since I am NOT a perfect Simplicity size 14 ( I might kill you :).. I then put my bra on the dummy to get the right size for the rackage.. mine is large and alas not as perky as the dummy so that took some work..
Before this I had a duct tap dummy of myself and that was also good but husand had WAY too much fun taping me up so I suggest a partner with less kinky intentions :)

maddie

Dee Dee said...

I suggest taking over the kitchen table one seat at a time. :)

woolanthropy said...

Is that what the little bag hanging off my tomato is? You learn something everyday!

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