Hi guys! Very short post today, which means quick reading for you.
These days, I notice that the more I sew, the more I find ways to throw conventional sewing tasks to the wind – and come out pretty good. I’ve begun to take liberties.
There’s less stress when small sewing challenges can be taken care of immediately, by substituting certain elements with what’s on hand. Well, maybe it has something to do with my current dislike of shopping, plus I’m always looking for ways to enhance the relaxation quotient of sewing. Rushing out to shop does not do it.
Problem: recommended interfacing or underlining is not on hand. Shopping is out of the question.
Solution: dive into your fabric stash (or scrap stash) to find a substitute for that missing interfacing; or underlining. No one ever said interfacing has to be fusible, even if recommended in the pattern. Recently, I’ve pulled out a printed cotton, a lightweight linen scrap, some old silk scraps to use as sew-in interfacing, or underlining. It worked perfectly! As long as the “interfacee” (fashion fabric) and the interfacing (or underlining, in my case) created the effect and weight you want, and it does not affect the final look of the project, you’re good.
Come on. Fess up; what liberties have you taken with conventional sewing processes?
While writing up this post, I did a search on my blog for “sewing tips”; what pulled up was a lot of little bits of sewing information I had written about in the past 4 years (yes, this blog turns 4 years old in March), which I had fun reading again. Type “sewing tips” in the small search box on the top right of the page, hit Enter, and see what pulls up. Plus, there is fabulous information from my friends and readers of this blog! At a later date, I’m thinking of compiling all previous tips in one page in this blog – available for all to read in one place. What do you think?