By Nicole Blum

Those one zero one inventive stitching tasks can all be accomplished in below a day--some in below an hour! Playful and creative, the tasks comprise garments for every age, add-ons, domestic decor goods, and furniture. so much function elaborations and ornamental results -- basic touches that customize a undertaking with attraction -- and use attention-grabbing textural materials, resembling jersey knits, linen, and felt...even paper and vinyl! The authors stroll readers during the stitching fundamentals, demystify the misplaced artwork of straightforward pattern-making, offer visible courses to stitches, and provides effortless directions for recommendations corresponding to applique, doodle-stitching, and layering of materials.

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Draw a horizontal line marking the bottom edge, but extend it 3½″ beyond the side seam of the pattern piece to add flare to the panel. —Side seam and neckline: Trace the pattern piece, extending the line of the side seam down at an angle to meet the marked end of the bottom edge. what you’ll need • Torso and sleeve pattern pieces to trace (see chapter 2, pages 29–30) • 1½ yards of 60″-wide jersey fabric • 1 spool of coordinating thread Design tip: Make a four-panel shirt, tunic, or dress with or without sleeves.

All you need is the sleeve pattern piece and the project fabric (see chapter 2, page 30). 1. MEASURE, MARK, AND CUT THE SLEEVES Fold the fabric with the right sides together (the grain will run the length of the garment sleeve, from shoulder to the sleeve’s end). Pin the pattern piece as shown with the fold edge of the pattern along the fabric fold, leaving space to accommodate the additional length and flare of the sleeve. Trace the pattern piece with chalk, extending or shortening the sleeve length as desired (see chapter 2, page 26 on measuring for sleeve length).

Start slowly and stitch in small increments, 3″ to 4″ at a time, pulling the elastic but not the fabric. At the end, overlap the elastic ends by about ½″ if applicable, and backtack. Trim any excess elastic. Double-Fold Hem What it’s used for: to enclose and hem an edge with machine stitching How to for a 1″ double-fold hem: Press the raw edge ½″ to the wrong side, and then ½″ again to completely enclose the raw edge. Edgestitch close to the folded edge. How to for a ¾″ double-fold hem: Press the raw edge ¼″ to the wrong side, and then ½″ and proceed as for the 1″ double-fold hem.

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