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Thread: Quilting Skills Really Help When Sewing Clothes

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    Thanks for all the links (above.) Has anyone tried Unique patterns? I had their subscription and started with probably one of the hardest to fit: pants. Bad choice on my part. Unique came to a local show and had their body imager with them but I didn't have it done (custom made patterns with a scanned image of your own body.) I've regretted that. She was able to make comments about my body type that I wasn't aware of, for which I was thankful. You may not always be aware of certain features of your body type!

    I also saw an article in Threads magazine about making a custom body form using duct tape. So curious, has anyone tried this? Was it helpful in fitting?

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    Cas - this thread could have been written by me today! Everything you said was my experience. Except one thing. I haven't sewn clothes for 25 years. My daughter challenged me to buy a pdf pattern and make a dress for my gd. Never bought a pdf pattern before and that was the easiest and quickest part. The 5/8 seam, the glue, the rotary cutter and rulers, the decorative stitches - it came back and it was easier with the quilting skills. I ripped out a few buttons holes too. It was a fun day. My story too.
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    It's interesting isn't it Natalie? How are you doing with your pattern?

    Quote Originally Posted by NatalieMacDonald View Post
    Cas - this thread could have been written by me today! Everything you said was my experience. Except one thing. I haven't sewn clothes for 25 years. My daughter challenged me to buy a pdf pattern and make a dress for my gd. Never bought a pdf pattern before and that was the easiest and quickest part. The 5/8 seam, the glue, the rotary cutter and rulers, the decorative stitches - it came back and it was easier with the quilting skills. I ripped out a few buttons holes too. It was a fun day. My story too.
    :-)
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    I have not used Unique patterns. I have attempted to make a duct tape dress form. Hubby was my assistant. I got sick from the fumes but we had a sort of dummy. I chose to include my legs, individually wrapped, and had on nylons below the tape so the form shrank up, duh! I'm going to buy some Capri pants without so much stretch the next time. We are going to do it again, with the windows open. There are many tutes on youtube for how to make the dummy, the cool thing being it doesn't cost $200 and it is form fitting. We also forgot to X between my boobs so I squished them flat. That won't work when making a shirt!

    Quote Originally Posted by CindyA View Post
    Thanks for all the links (above.) Has anyone tried Unique patterns? I had their subscription and started with probably one of the hardest to fit: pants. Bad choice on my part. Unique came to a local show and had their body imager with them but I didn't have it done (custom made patterns with a scanned image of your own body.) I've regretted that. She was able to make comments about my body type that I wasn't aware of, for which I was thankful. You may not always be aware of certain features of your body type!

    I also saw an article in Threads magazine about making a custom body form using duct tape. So curious, has anyone tried this? Was it helpful in fitting?
    :-)
    CAS

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAS49OR View Post
    It's interesting isn't it Natalie? How are you doing with your pattern?
    I'm waiting for my daughter to send me a length measurement and I'm done! It is so cute. It's called a Clair dress/top.
    Mountain Woman

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    Quote Originally Posted by NatalieMacDonald View Post
    I'm waiting for my daughter to send me a length measurement and I'm done! It is so cute. It's called a Clair dress/top.
    Opps. I also want to ask how your nightgown is coming along?
    Mountain Woman

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    I started sewing by making myself clothes. I made a lot of clothes for my kids when they were young. I've made many doll clothes, too. Quilting is my main interest now. The biggest problem with making clothes now is the poor quality of fabric at the chain stores. I loved knits when I was sewing clothes. My local chain store is hopeless. Ordering fabric online is just not the same. That is frustrating.

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    It's going ok. I basted in another 2" trying to make it fit. A new friend here suggested darts.

    Quote Originally Posted by NatalieMacDonald View Post
    Opps. I also want to ask how your nightgown is coming along?
    :-)
    CAS

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