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Date: 6/10/13 7:29 PM

I'm curious...has anyone here sewn a garment completely by hand?

It's something for my bucket list. Probably something EASY like sleep pants, LOL!

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Date: 6/10/13 8:16 PM

As I understand it, the patterns/concept of Alabama Chanin is to embellish and construct garments by hand.
I have noticed a few reviews lately of some of these patterns, all by the same reviewer, so they might be a good place to start.
Alabama Chanin reviews

There is also a Craftsy course by the same designer that may provide some guidance if that is what you are looking for.

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Date: 6/11/13 0:27 AM

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Date: 6/11/13 0:27 AM

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Date: 6/11/13 0:28 AM

Using French hand sewing methods my friend Kim has sewn literally dozens of little girl's dresses completely by hand. They are exquisite.

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Date: 6/11/13 3:38 AM

The garments in these reviews from PR member moss were all done by hand.

Long before I really got into sewing (and got a machine), I sewed a few simple garments by hand. Many years later, the seams of my caftan have held up completely, but the fabric's worn through from so much wearing!


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Date: 6/11/13 11:11 AM

I sewed a long ruffled skirt- like from the 1800's by hand. It was as a young adult, no money and not near mom to borrow her machine. I used a old deep green bedsheet. Gathered all ruffles and sewed to a waist band, side seams and hemmed. Was I ever proud.
I also made a smaller than twin quilt for my daughter from outgrown/worn clothes. All by hand. I tied the squares with yarn.
Neither would place in a contest but they built my self reliance.

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Date: 6/11/13 11:39 AM

I've sewn lots of half aprons and skirts by hand. It's how I learned to sew as a little girl, before I was allowed to use the sewing machine.

You don't even need a pattern for the apron, (or the skirt for that matter). Just eyeball a rectangle for the apron and a strip for the waistband. Hem the edges, gather the top of the apron and then sew on the waistband. And if you use gingham you can follow the lines for the seams.

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Date: 6/11/13 11:44 AM

I sew all of my re-enactment clothing by hand. Things with lots of seams take quite a while.

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Date: 6/11/13 11:47 PM

I want to do this and intend to start with doll clothes.

I used to knit, but my right wrist can't seem to take the repetitive movements anymore so I've taken up sewing. The big drawback is, of course, that machine sewing is not quite as portable as my knitting. At least not portable to knitting group and I really miss knitting group.

My friends won't care if I bring sewing instead of knitting, but hand sewing will be the only way to go in the tight quarters we usually have to deal with.

Now I just need to find the right reference book or blog.

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