Friday, January 22, 2010

my new cynthia rowley dress ;)

It's Sew & Tell Friday again and I have a great new dress to show for it this week :)

This is a Simplicity pattern designed by Cynthia Rowley and I am so excited that it turned out so well! It's a knit dress, which makes some of us nervous, but I have a few knit-tips to share if you're interested.
  1. Use a stretch (AKA ball point) needle!!!! I can't stress this enough, sewing on knits can be sooo frustrating without the right needle.
  2. Use a stretch stitch on your machine. Mine looks kinda like a lightening bolt, but a really narrow zig-zag would work fine. This stitch may take longer, but it will give the seams some "give" so you won't be popping seams when putting it on.
  3. Take your time and if you have to use the seam ripper do so very carefully.
  4. Buy GOOD knits. This fabric (60" wide) was only $3.50 a yard at JoAnn plus I had a 1/2 off coupon so good knits aren't expensive. Don't buy knits at Wal-Mart, in other words :) If all it does is roll up wherever you cut it, it's not going to work very well.
There ya go, for what it's worth!

P.S. I know the pic is fuzzy. I had to take it myself because Casey is out of town and so it focused on the hat behind me :) whoops.

16 comments:

  1. Your tips are so helpful. I just bought a bunch of knit fabric and now I am too afraid to cut it or even think about what to make out of it. I will certainly be buying a special sewing needle, like you recommend. Thanks a bunch!

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  2. OK, so you make knits not sound so scary. I almost feel like I could handle one! Love the print on that fabric by the way! It looks cute and summery!

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  3. i love the fabric..... nice dress

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  4. this is so cute!!! great dress...thanks for the tips.

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  5. ooh! I LOVE it! Now I wanna make me one! Maybe I might just do that:)

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  6. I am very impressed. The fit looks great. I am soo scared of sewing clothes. I tried to before quilting came into my life but it really didn't satisfy me as much as quilting does.

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  7. This is cute and it looks adorable on you!

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  8. Thank you for the tips - and your dress is adorable. You look so cute in it...

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  9. Well done! Cute as the dress is (fit is perfect :) , you are still way cuter--always the objective, right?

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  10. Very cute! It looks very comfy! I haven't yet ventured into the world of knits but would love to try it soon. Thanks for the tips!

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  11. This is a really pretty dress. I like your fabric. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Super cute! It looks great on you, too. ;o)

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