Wednesday 26 November 2014

Sample Before Sewing

Sometimes, if you are working with a fabric that you are unfamiliar with, or if you are trying a new technique, it helps to create a sample before working on the actual garment.

When I was working on my collection for school, I wanted some of my fabrics to have a quilted look, so I tested out a couple of different quilting techniques on small 7" x 7" scrap pieces.

For one look, I simply marked out the lines I wanted with chalk, and then went over all of the lines with a long machine stitch.  I did the same thing for another piece and then hand stitched chains on top of the fabric, using my machine stitches as a guideline.

Whenever I have sampled sewing techniques before applying those techniques directly to my project, I have always been really happy with the final result.  Sampling is a good way to work out any issues that might arise.  Sampling is good for practicing and it may save you a lot of time and effort in the long run.
Sample #1

Sample #2

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