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From: grandma C
Date: 04-19-2007, 12:28 AM (1 of 13)
One thing I have learned reading posts on this forum that it is good to baste an article of clothing together to see if fitting adjustments need to be made. Well, I'm glad I did. I printed off a patten from my computer but hadn't entered DGD's latest measurements into the computer and the old ones caused us to cut out a dress too small. now I can just insert into each side seams a strip wide enough to make the dress work (I think). I am wondering if I need to make the strips from bias strips or on grain strips. 'Got any advice onyone? This is a simple fitted, no waist seam, sundress with narrow straps and a long back zipper. Will this simple remedy fix the problem?? I also mistakenly bought an invisible zipper and don't remember a thing about installing it.

User: grandma C
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From: DorothyL
Date: 04-19-2007, 08:20 AM (2 of 13)
It seems like it would work if you remember to cut facings or whatever larger too.
I'd cut it on the grain unless the rest of the dress is bias cut.
But what do I know?
User: DorothyL
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From: grandma C
Date: 04-19-2007, 10:33 AM (3 of 13)
I will do that. I bet you knoww more about sewing than I do.
User: grandma C
Member since: 01-15-2007
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From: grandma C
Date: 04-19-2007, 10:35 AM (4 of 13)
:re: I forgot my manners. Thank You very much.
User: grandma C
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From: mommgsews
Date: 04-21-2007, 01:34 PM (5 of 13)
The important thing about installing an invisible zipper is to read the instructions. That will tell you to press open the zipper teeth and to sew your Zipper in place BEFORE sewing the seam it will live in.

I used to be concerned about zippers and finally realized that my biggest problem was my own reluctance. Once I got out of my own way zippers went in much easier.


AZ Barbara
User: mommgsews
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From: chebber
Date: 04-21-2007, 02:03 PM (6 of 13)
I always dread putting in zippers. Maybe I should get out of my own way, too!
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Member since: 03-22-2007
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From: paroper
Date: 04-21-2007, 06:52 PM (7 of 13)
If you kept the seams at 5/8 inch you can rob the seams and sometimes be "OK". If you take out just 1/4 from each side seam you've already found 1/2 inch per side. The amount that you can "cheat" depends on the fabric. If you have more than 4 seams and the problem is in the hips you can make a big difference. That is why I don't serge and cut off my seams, that and they hang better if they are not cut off.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
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From: kt53sew
Date: 04-21-2007, 11:21 PM (8 of 13)
Another idea might be to add ribbons or lace insets into the front right and left. To add some contrast to the outfit, start at the shoulder[pleat at shoulder seam if not all is needed] and go down to the hem, split and insert what ever you chose for a little design change.
We don't make mistakes, we make design possiblities!! Katie
User: kt53sew
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From: pucktricks
Date: 04-25-2007, 04:20 PM (9 of 13)
I'm actually facing the same problem with a pair of overalls, I had cut out pre-baby (yes, that is more than two years ago, but I just found it after the move). I'm planning on making the fact that it's too small into a design feature. I"m going to add some coordinating strips and make it look like it's on purpose.

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From: DorothyL
Date: 04-25-2007, 04:49 PM (10 of 13)
I'm planning on making the fact that it's too small into a design feature

That struck me as funny.
User: DorothyL
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From: PaulineG
Date: 04-25-2007, 05:27 PM (11 of 13)
That must mean I have a wardrobe of clothes full of design features. Nice to put a positive spin on things. I'd rather they fit though.
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
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From: grandma C
Date: 04-25-2007, 06:57 PM (12 of 13)
Ladies, Barbara you are correct. I get in my way of putting in zippers because I don't remember all the ins and outs of neat zipper installation.
Oh yes, I like the design features attitude for mistakes. I just widened a denim mini skirt my DGD just outgrew and added a panel of Ruching up each side and a double ruffel at the bottom. I cut iut a flower from the ruffel fabric and glued it on the front right of the skirt and glued ruched fabric ln the pockets and glued flat cutout frames of the same fabric on the back pockets. Looks like a prarie skirt. It is not a pro job but the skirt is salvaged for a few months and redesigned. Amanda is happy with it. I'll show it off when completed. The sundress I asked about is waiting for Amanda to have time to finish it with me. I have already added a 3inch strip of fabric betweem tje side seams. I wish I had tried the ruching there. I'm not sure I do it correctly but it makes an interesting feature.
I started with 1/4 inch seams and had nothing to play with so that was out as far as stealing a little here and there at seam lines and it only had 3 seams. . Thanks all for the help.
User: grandma C
Member since: 01-15-2007
Total posts: 263
From: Teri
Date: 04-26-2007, 10:56 AM (13 of 13)
I bought an invisible zipper years ago that came with great instructions, I keep the instructions in my sewing box to refresh my memory as I often use the less expensive no packaging zips. :up:

"Where are we going, and why am I in this basket?"
User: Teri
Member since: 09-14-2005
Total posts: 66
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