Sunday, April 3, 2011

Old brain new trick and how do you finish your seams?

Okay, this may sound strange to most of you but not all quilters can sew other things besides a quilt.
Funny since I started quilting over 10 years ago, I have gotten all kinds of request. Can you hem my husbands work pants, can you alter clothes, can you fix my daughters swim suit, can you cover my patio furniture cushions. Well, no, no and no.
I hated Home Ec., I didn't like making a skirt and back when I was young my Mom tried to teach me to sew my own clothes. I had no interest. But when the quilting bug hit me, it was a whole other story.
So recently I found some cute fabric and thought this would be a cute skirt for my daughter Amanda. How hard can a skirt be, right? So I went to Jo Ann's and looked through the books and found one I thought would work well with the fabric. Friday I get this wild hare to make that skirt for Amanda. So I get out the pattern and go to work. As I am sewing I notice the fabric is fraying. Now I know my Mom didn't have a serger and I know she sewed lots of cloths for us kids growing up. Did she zig zag all those seams?????
What do you do when you are making clothes? Do you have to finish all seam? Can you just get away with pinking the seams?
Any way, here is how Amanda's skirt turn out. It was easy and I see myself making more in the future, but would love some advice on finishing the seams.

1 comment:

  1. Bias binding and all other sewing supplies are dirt cheap at thrift shops. I buy all that I see and always have the colour I need when binding seams. Other options are french seams or hongkong binding,--- but I love bias tape! Keep your eyes open for vintage trims too-jumbo rickrack, embroidered trims,fancy laces and unique buttons.
    Love your blog. I am inspired to venture into sewing purses.