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Tools and Techniques for Costume and Garment Construction

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ALTERATIONS

When using a pattern that needs an extension to a seam allowance, cutting that seam on the pattern with a rotary scalloped blade will cue you to the need for an alteration without adjusting the pattern itself.

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BASTING

Machine basting is useful for setting the shape of a piece which will be appliqued, including pockets. Wash-away thread in the bobbin will make the stitching easy to remove after shaping.

If shaping a single piece that is supposed to have mirror-image sides, fold the piece in half, RS together. Baste on the seamlines and turn inside out. Fold and press the seamline. Remove the basting.

If shaping two or more pieces, baste them together in pairs, RS together. Turn and press. Remove basting stitches.

BONING

Eight-inch-long cable ties (used to bundle cable and electrical cords) with the wide ends cut off provide light-weight boning support.

BUGS

Freezing textiles to eradicate bug infestations is done by professionals who know what materials can be safely frozen (NOT wood, ivory, morth of pearl, whalebone), how to prevent against condensation, and using equipment that achieves a much lower temperature than home freezers do.

If you have bugs in your textile, seal it in a plastic bag and fasten with packing tape; this will deprive the bugs of oxygen and stop their activity, as well as isolating them. Seek professional conservator advice ASAP. [FionnZarubica.com]


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FARIDA FAHMY

I purchased one of Farida Fahmy's e-books on costuming. I am trying to decide if it is worth the $10 I paid for it.

The e-book is 16 pages long, 11 of which are dedicated to drawings, one per page, of costume designs. Twenty years ago these would have been helpful. Today, in a world of Google images and similar, not so much. Then there are three pages of description with two smaller pictures. The first page discusses how the costumes we think of as 'saidi' costumes were actually developed by the Reda troupe for their theatrical presentations. Interesting. The subsequent two pages of dance costume tips (eight paragraphs) (NO diagrams) might be useful to a novice sewer (avoid stiff or limp fabric; attaching sequins or coins in diagonal lines is tricky; necklines cut close to the neck need an opening that is fastened with a hook) - but for $10? Buy a used book on sewing for $1 and get a lot more basic info.

I suppose I'm voting with my feet --- I haven't gone back to order any other e-books.

FITTING PANTS

Cut two pair of pants (same pattern) from prewashed checked cotton with horizontal checks matching. Stitch one together without altering and take it to a tailor to make it fit. Then compare the tailor-fit pants with the cut fabirc. The needed adjustments will be clearly visible.

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GLUE

Clean applicator tips with a fine beading needle threaded with ribbon dental floss.

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MULTI SIZE PATTERNS

  1. Cut around the border of your tissue pattern, giving yourself a one-inch border around all size lines.
  2. Attach tissue pattern to a large sheet of heavy white paper using transparent tape along the blank margin area.
  3. Trace around the size needed with a Sharpie marker. The marker ink will bleed through the tissue paper onto the white paper.
  4. Cut around the tissue pattern's outer margins to separate pattern from paper.
  5. Use a different color ink and a new sheet of paper for every size needed.

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SEAM RIPPERS

From Threads: Use a tiny (size 11) crochet hook to remove seams when you need a lot of control (easily damaged fabric) and/or the thread is difficult to see. There will be no worry about cutting fibers, and the hook will grab the thread easily and quickly.

SLEEVE LINING

If the pattern for a sleeve yielded a tight-fitted sleeve, mitigate the problem with a lining cut on the bias.

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ZIPPERS

When you are obliged to shorted a zipper, wrap the cut end in a fabric tab for a finishing touch that protects you from scratches.

The raw tab length is 4x zipper width, the width is zipper width + 1 inch.

Turn under long edges 1/2 inch and press. Ditto the short ends.

Fold the tab in half, WS together, and press.

With the WS of zipper and tab together and the fold aligned with the zipper cut end, stitch across the tab's short end on the zippers wrong side.

Wrap the fabric around the zipper end to the right side and sew the tab on all four sides.


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