Halter Tops

It's true-many sewers don't use muslins in their sewing construction process. I do because I enjoy making muslins and doing so is an excellent way of checking out a pattern or design before using fashion fabric and in making changes that can't be easily be changed, if at all, once you've cut the pattern out in its final fashion fabric.

I've also found over time my sewing has gotten much better from using muslins.  There's no need to be exactly perfect--even though the better job done on the muslin and time spent perfecting it for style and fit--the easier it'll be when it's time to actually construct the garment--and the final process goes much faster.

I'm absolutely loving circle skirts and made a few to wear during the spring and summer months.  Worn the "right" way-halters lend a certain amount of sophistication to many outfits. I'm also making a pant-skirt for this top.


The style features of this halter include the cowl neckline and the complete wrap around tie belt.



The finished rendition is lined byway of facing the front pattern piece.






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Avoiding the "homemade" look

No one that sews wants a garment that looks "homemade".  Here are some tips that make the difference between homemade and "handmade or couture".

1. Press as you work.

2. For tailored garments, beat any steam out of the garment with a clapper as you press for a crisp, professional look.

3. Trim and grade seam allowances.

4. Clip threads and tie ends if there’s a possibility of raveling.

5. Fit garment carefully before final stitching.

6. Follow the steps given in the pattern instruction sheet. These are planned for efficiency.

7. Many sewing aids are available to the home sewer—buttonhole makes, button covering kits, belt and buckle kits, and all the attachments for the new sewing machines make it possible to give your garment a professional touch.

8. Use chain weights to “weight” the lower edge of your jackets and make them hang evenly.

9. Short strips of chain weights make a cowl neckline drape and behave the way you want it to.

10. Tailor’s cushions and dressmakers’ hams enable you to press curved surfaces.

11. Use a magnet seam guide or contact tape on your machine to help you sew even seams.

12. If possible, allow any bias cut garment to hang for a few days before marking the hem.

Tutorial: Tough denim stitch

Jeans must be tough and have alot of tenacity at the seams.  This one is durable and attractive.

1)  Stitch the seams on the 5/8" plane.

2) Press the seam open, then press toward the back of the pants.

3) On the right side, in contrasting thread, topstitch through all layers right next to the seaplane.

4) Topstitch a second row 3/8" from the first.  Between the two rows of straight stitching make a row of wide, long zigzagging.


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