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My first sewing project- petite, plus and pregnant
working on the neck/shoulders first :)
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Date: 9/30/13 10:43 AM

Hi everyone,

I recently inherited an old Brother machine from my husband's aunt, and combined with finding only black or black/white chevron stripes to wear for maternity, I want to try making my own maternity outfit.

I have a rayon lycra knit for the shirt, and to practice on an old jersey flat sheet. I also want to make a skirt, but have not yet decided on the material. I took a look at the knit sewalong for beginners (it is FULL of fabulous info!!) and will try following that method.

For a pattern, I am using the Petite Plus Patterns Shell, and I am making a jewel neckline.

I traced out my size- 16 neck, shoulders, arms and 20 waist, hips. Then I did a tummy adjustment, and I held it up to see if it looked like enough room to start with, and added length to the bottom for coverage. I think I am fine with the pattern so far.

I like the whole geometry aspect of it.

Here is my first question:
Do I press the fabric before I lay out the pattern pieces and start cutting?

I read about the thread tracing in the knit sewalong and I will try it and see how it goes, but before that- the sheet is much bigger than my ironing board. Also- at this stage, if I do press in advance, is it "pressing" or "ironing"? Because pressing all that fabric I do not imagine as a small operation, and fabric will hang off which may stretch it out. So, do I thread trace and cut, or do I press/iron, then thread trace and cut?

Can you tell I am a recovering perfectionist?

Thanks for listening, if you made it this far! I'm excited to try making something I actually like and that actually fits me!

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Date: 9/30/13 12:04 PM

If it's only moderately wrinkled I'd cut the pieces first then press the wrinkles out. Press the piece but don't push down on the iron when you move it across the fabric. This will help keep it from distorting though many knits have a sharp memory and bounce back nicely after you stretch them.

As a first sewing project, the knit will allow plenty of room for error as to fit but it can be a bit tricky to sew a knit.

Good luck!!

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Date: 9/30/13 2:00 PM

I agree with Vic'sGuy, re: if it's only slightly wrinkled. As an ironing/pressing tip, when I'm dealing with vast swathes of fabric and don't want them drooping and falling and stretching onto the floor, I iron/press beside either my sofa or my dining room table, and I gently guide ironed/pressed portions onto the flat, supportive surface. I've never had a problem thus far. Maybe that would help - either now, or in the future.

Re: this being your first project, and with a knit, and maternity at that, no worries! My first-ever sewing project was a knit maternity/nursing dress from Elizabeth Lee! My doctor saw me one day outside the office, around town, and complimented the garment. She was astonished when I mentioned I'd made it myself. (She went on about how she could never sew, couldn't even sew on a button... Of course, I know I could never master the body of knowledge a doctor masters, so I felt we were fairly even on the admiration-of-the-other's work scale....)

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Date: 9/30/13 3:48 PM

Thanks for the feedback vicsguy. Stay tuned for more progress! I will try to do a thread tracing-- if I can find the grainline :)

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Date: 10/1/13 0:17 AM

How about throwing it in the dryer and getting the wrinkles out. Lay it out to cut, smoothing it out and it should be fine. I don't think I have ever ironed/pressed rayon lycra knit before....

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Date: 10/1/13 3:32 AM

Okay, maternity shirt update--

Thank you everyone for the tips. I think I will toss the sheet in the drier and see if it smoothes out a bit before laying the pattern pieces out. The table top tip is a great one as well, if I do a long, full skirt especially.

So I thought I was ready for thread tracing, but I decided to tweak the front pattern piece a bit more. I added length and morphed the sides out one more size. I want to err on the side of more fabric to play with when fitting.

I am so glad your maternity sewing turned out so well-- send some of those vibes my way:)

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Date: 10/1/13 5:51 AM

Can I just say that my scissors are horrific?!

I laid out the pattern pieces on my fabric, just to get an estimate of size and get rid of the excess before getting serious- my flat sheet that I am using as a muslin is a queen size, I think.

Let's all say it together... JAGGED EDGES. It was so difficult to cut this fabric. I looked at the tag it says cotton/modal. I eventually got it cut but it was slow, painful going and the edge is not beautiful.

I think a new pair of scissors is in my immediate future. Do you think it is also the fabric itself that is tough to cut, or just my scissors problem?

The cut down piece of fabric is now in the drier, de-wrinkling. I plan to post my updates in the knit sewalong thread, it just seems more appropriate for this project. Unless other, broader questions crop up of course.

Thanks for everyone's input!

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Date: 10/1/13 10:09 AM

You would love a rolling cutter and cutting pad. Saves time and is more accurate. Just be careful because they are sharp.

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Date: 10/1/13 10:16 AM

Quote: ShantiSeamstressing
My doctor saw me one day outside the office, around town, and complimented the garment. She was astonished when I mentioned I'd made it myself. (She went on about how she could never sew, couldn't even sew on a button...

I'd be a little nervous around a doctor who can't sew on a button! I always assumed doctors were pretty good with needle and thread!
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Date: 10/1/13 12:24 PM

Ooooh, I probably would love a cutter like that! I will check out the hardware store and see what I find.

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