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Can they be done without a serger?
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Date: 7/13/12 0:10 AM

I've been looking at that Fantasia jacket for ages, and now they're on sale, but can you do her patterns without a serger? Anyone actually done one? they seem remarkably un-reviewed.

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Date: 7/13/12 1:04 AM

You could, but you might have to do it different. I think that jacket would actually look nice with no rolled hem (serger or sewing machine) on the edges at all, and instead just raw sissor cut on the bottom edges, in some kind of non raveling knit. And even raw edged, non serger rolled seams. Rolled hems don't take up much seam allowances though, so for sewing machine seaming something and not rolled hemming the way someone thought you might on a serger, you might need to add a little extra seam allowance some places.

Or instead of making all the panels for her patterns single layer, you could just make them double layer lined, with only a sewing machine straight stitch even, and then even attach them together. I actually think that used to be more her thing, even done that way (I do remember reading articles and seeing the very first pattern for the shirt like that, I think, in threads magazine as a article, from her, so very long ago, (maybe 5 or 10 years ago or longer even) and I'm not even sure she even used a serger on that one back then or not?

Or you could narrow hem each panel with a sewing machine, and then put them together more her way by just joining them with little satin stitched dots on a sewing machine, or you could even use some kind of open work faggoting stitch on a sewing machine to do the same.

So, once you got a pattern, you can just do anything you want when you sew it up, but maybe you would have to buy it first and really read the instructions and if you did not want to use a serger for some of it in case that's the only way they give directions for, then you might be more on your own there. But they are interesting patterns and have some interesting shapes in the pieces and you would not really have to use only a serger at all to make them. Even if for some reason they thought you would be doing that. But if that is all the directions were for, then you probably would have to forge out on your own a bit more. They look all pretty loose fitting too, so actual seam allowances if they changed a bit, done some other way, might not make much difference at all.

So I think lots of people could make them (all those patterns) and that Jacket with no serger and just a sewing machine, what I can't tell from just only her website though, is if she always gives directions for using both a sewing machine and a serger on each one or not.

So if you want to make it and you just have no serger, and only a sewing machine, I think you should just forge ahead and do it.

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Date: 7/13/12 1:41 AM

I have several of her patterns and have actually made one and am working on another right now.

She gives instructions for the rolled edge treatment, regular seaming and lined panels.

The one I am working on now is the Kwan Yin Kimono and the panels do NOT have the SA so you can add your own depending on the method of construction. Since all of the pieces are rectangles, this is really easy to do.

It was a few years ago that I made the Beach Fantasy Dress so I don't recall off hand if it included SA's.

I LOVE her work and Kayla is an absolute gem!

I say go for it but be sure to use a drapy fabric.

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Date: 7/13/12 10:01 AM

Thanks guys! I did come across your jacket on another website - it was gorgeous!

I figured I could always add a seam allowance, but that might be fussy. The back says it does have instructions for regular seams. I guess that I could also maybe go to a sewing lounge (we have one, but I've never been) and maybe use a serger.

The 32 pattern pieces seemed a little daunting lol.

Thanks so much for the responses.

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Date: 7/14/12 9:25 AM

On sale where?

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Date: 7/14/12 2:50 PM

I have several of her patterns, but the only one I've made so far is the panel vest. I lined each panel and used my regular sewing machine, since they were all straight seams (and I don't have a serger). I sewed the panels together by hand with beads spaced about 1" apart. I never got around to reviewing it (maybe I still should). It's definitely a special occasion outfit, but I love the results. The hand work was time consuming for sure, but I did a lot of it while I was sitting at conference sessions--there's no reason why a person can't listen and sew at the same time. And the pattern did give instructions for various methods of construction. Go for it!

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Date: 7/14/12 10:55 PM

Kayla Kennington patterns are on sale here, at sewingpatterns.com (they are still pretty pricey). The email I got said this would last until July 17.

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