. If your pants have a drawstring or elastic, make sure you trace them with the waist stretched completely out. First, grab those pants and un-hem the bottom with a seam ripper. This technique really works! Any tips? Note: When laying out your pattern pieces make sure that you pay attention to the grain lines. I personally like it better than the paper, but you know, its just one more thing to try. Great post! Sew a straight stitch along the sides of the pants, about 1/2-inch from the outside edges of the pants and the inseam. I know some immediate questions will be: but why polyester? And I was to deliver in enough time for her to do a last-minute rush to the shops. Costume Zee: How to Create a Satyr Costume. ^_^. Add extra comfort with an elastic waist and your favorite fabric. You want accurate cutting out. I steer clear of the stuff, not only does my 1968 Bernina 707 HATE it, but so do I… Lol. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Thanks for all the tips (and for prompting more in the comments). http://shop.afashionablestitch.com/product/extremely-fine-fusible-straight-stay-tape (FYI, a belted bat wing dress is about as flattering as it gets. Sew the back and front inside legs together. There’s a great tutorial on rolled hem foots, but even then I struggled. It can be made from many types of materials, including silk, polyester, rayon or cotton. Three metres of each, and off we went for lunch. This is just what works for me. That’s a learning curve for another day. Sew them down at the edge to leave a space for the drawstring that will hold the pants up. You could use bias cut organza to stay around the neck. I agree with you that the hand sewing looks totally screams “bespoke”. I have a few yards of silk satin and I want to make a caftan with it! If she hated the finished result, she didn’t have to wear it. (Mine was 7 inches.) I now only use prym or schmetz needles. For the hem stay stitch again about 5mm from the edge (use the longest stitch on your machine) first before using the rolled hem foot. Now for the neck line, as Burda teaches, use the iron-on-interfacing… Iron-on-Interfacing always should be lighter than your fabric and you will never have problem again. Thread that is too small or weak can result in a project that falls apart; thread too wide or … Satin is the term used to describe a fabric that is weaved in such a way that it has a high, glossy sheen. Your hand stitched hems look very couture, by the way — much better than a rolled hem IMO. I am now seriously tempted to make several bat wing dresses for myself.) Add a seam allowance by drawing an outline 1 / 2 inch outside the traced lines along the legs and crotch and 2 inches along the waist and hem of the pants… http://www.afashionablestitch.com/2011/tips-and-tricks/the-best-tip-for-cutting-slippery-fabrics/ Remove the pins from the fabric. Trace around the pants. Oh, and if you never master the rolled-hem foot I have heard it also works well as a “cording” foot; you can feed your cord through the coil just like one does through the hole in a cording foot. Definitely a head torch. It worked well but Gahh NEVER AGAIN! No tips for sewing with satin I’m afraid! Looks gorgeous. I took a garment finishing class recently and the instructor showed samples of necklines similar to yours, but she under-stitched instead of top stitching — just stitched the lining to the seam allowance with the fashion fabric out of the way. Cause that seems weird to me…. You’ll want a teeny tiny needle for this type of work. Then, we found a much cheaper satin for the lining. I finished sewing at 7am and hotfooted it to her office to deliver the dress at 10am. If the pants are a little tight around the waist, extend the waistline out 1 or 2 inches, making sure that you add the same amount to the outside seam line. With interfacing you will achieve professionally made look, I promiss. You don’t know what you don’t know – you know? Turn the The more expensive satin was unbelievably better to work with. Then, we found a much cheaper satin … My conclusions? Only yours (and The Slapdash Sewist’s) did… I love how you write. It keeps the edge from rolling and gives a very clean, polished finish. Neal received her Associate of Arts in administrative assisting from Bohecker College. They grip the fabric as you cut and my favorites are here (the 10 inch ones): Make … Find out how to make a pair of furry pants for a "Pan" costume. It looks beautiful! And keep practicing with the rolled hemming foot. So, ahead I plunged. Hand stitching is brilliant btw, I didn’t say that. Here is my favorite kind – seriously it has to be woven by fairies! For the neckline I would stay stitch both outer fabric and lining front and back neck about 5mm from the raw edge before constructing the shoulder seams. Anyway, hopefully this helps you! damasklove. How daunting. Sometimes a student needs an expert by her side. Thank goodness, I’d had the foresight to have a practice go. Step 4 Fold the top edges of the waistline down. Seriously. It was not my finest hour. Ohh, and I thought I am the only one I can’t get a grip in using a rolled hem foot. You did clip the curves didn’t you…? Here are my tips when working with slippery fabrics: Use microtex machine needles – they are extremely sharp and they don’t run the fabric like other needles do. No useful tips for sewing with satin I’m afraid, I’ve never tried. Angela Neal is a writer for various websites, specializing in published articles ranging from the categories of art and design to beauty and DIY fashion. Make adjustments to the pattern. It looks great especially the hand sewing. It reminds me of when I was a kid and my mom would show me antique and vintage hand sewing (she used to be an antiques collector). It had a nice matt finish that I thought would photograph well. So to try to minimise the amount it shifts lay the fabric on top of some tracing paper. They really do work and I use them for everything else too! clothes for me, home furnishings, patchwork quilts, anything that could be sewed I had a go at and thanks to my mum and nan, I finished everything to a high standard. Then one day a few years ago… I lost the spark. I had two weeks and no expert, so I blustered on through, determined that my friend would have a dress to either accept or reject. Back home, I began to doubt whether it was a good idea to line satin with satin but we needed a lining and I knew it had to be something that wouldn’t interfere with the drape of our fashion fabric. I hand baste darts and usually all the seams, too, and I even staystitch by hand as I feel like my machine really chews up single layers of slippery fabric. I have an idea for your neckline. Put on a pair of brown work boots and let the ends of the pant legs hang down so that only the toes of the boots are showing. Place the pattern on top and pin through all 3 layers. How to Sew Pants Leg, Crotch and Side Seams. Fold to the desired length and pin using silk pins. To get ready, we think it is time to slip into the softest, most… . Tie the drawstring, then tuck the ends of the drawstring in the waist to hide them. My other tip is to hand baste as much as you can stand! On the inside, use a straight line to connect the new inseam bottom to the point 1" out from the knees. PS I always like the hand stitching part of a project best. The dress calls for a sash, I’m making it out of bridal satin (was on sale cheap when added with a discount). Do you want all your pants to be pink?! Satyrs were mythical creatures that had the top half of a man and the bottom half of the hind quarters of a goat. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Ooo, I echo everyone above, I’d love to see a picture of the finished dress in action! Could I do it? I quite like the fact that even with the most careful work, you can still see the tiny catches in the fabric. Align the side seam of the … , I wouldn’t top stitch the neck – stay stitch the garment fabric and then understitch the facing I use to make a lot of dresses for my firends and their friends and did not have any single complaint (thanks to Burda). Use a basic pants sewing technique with fake fur fabric and easily fake a pair of cloven hooves. And I’ll keep reading your blog. Or if I do, consider yourself a really good friend. My kids clothes (MY baby clothes were made on the same machine!!!) Advice appreciated! When it comes to lingerie design, fabric choice plays a large role in how a garment functions and how your final design appears. Satin is tricky to cut as it likes to slide about. Just a learning experience, and I feel there’s much more to learn. Had absolutely NO interest in making a darn thing. Bring the pattern out 1" on the inside at the knees. Then cut 2 strips of fabric that are 1 inch wider (for a seam allowance) than the width of the pant length. I wondered about strips of silk organza to stabilise, but feared that even those strips would show through on the drape. I got some really god aweful (cheap) needles recently- they snagged and pulled and ruined my fabric. The dress is absolutely lovely. I avoid sewing for friends AND slippery fabrics – so happy for you that you pulled it off! Instead, I chose to finish the sleeves and hem with very delicate hand stitching. I used to marvel at the hand stitching done to produce everything from lingerie to table runners to wedding garments and wonder at the patience and skill these people had. Cut along the traced line through both sides of the fabric. Linda. Connect your new inside and outside points to create a large curved bottom for your pants. Neckline Schemeckline. Anyways, it will run horizontally around their waists. Pick your battles, people! The drape, the glow, the ability to behave. If the lining shows at the neck without the top stitching you could try a very fine self piping around the neck which would sit nicely without the need for top stitching. Re the neck stitching. For stabilizing while cutting, freezer paper helps; you take an iron and lightly touch the shiny side to the fabric. One more thing for the hem: I fold and iron it before stitching so you will see how it gonna look when it’s finished. Good on you for tackling such a daunting task and on time! Honest. You know how something seems obvious when someone else spells it out for you…. Your posts always information and full of personality. To make a pair of pants, first find a pattern online, and make sure it’s a basic elastic-waist pants pattern with no zippers or pockets. Do not sew together the front and back of the waistline or the bottoms of the legs. I am sewing some Victorian style dresses for my girls (Halloween party is Steampunk-themed this year). I wasn’t prepared to ask someone to spend £20 a metre on a better fabric, if the dress ended up in the bin. Great tip- I love using my feet to do multiple things. You can find many options at a fabric store. Place them on your work table. Turn the pieces of fabric so that the furry sides face each other, with one on top of the other. Oh, I’m curious on whether or not she liked it and wore it! Here is the correct link for the shears: I don’t sew for friends. Anyway, these tips are really handy, thank you. Also wanted to mention about using pins to secure the seam and stitch through the pins insted of bast stitching: pins will hold fabrics in place and will not allow them to move and it’s easier to unpin if you need correction and the pin again. Then stitch the … I am now seriously tempted to make several bat wing dresses for myself.). Also, you have my sympathies regarding the rolled hem foot – I recently bought one and cannot make a nice neat hem with it no matter how hard I try! Imagine swaning around the house in it – so lush! Fab dress; I’m quite sure she wore it! Sorry about that! I followed an excellent tutorial from Grainline studios and cut out the fabric between layers of paper. Gorgeous dress, love the colour and the finishing looks great to me. I know it from my own experience, I was stuggling without interfacing and never could get it right. Great job! But as God was my witness, she’d have a dress. I want one! We found a polyester satin that was at the high end of polyester satin, retailing at about £9 a metre. I would have suggested a very narrow self piping for the neckline – I used that finish recently on a dress I made for a friend and it worked very well, with no need to topstitch. I bought a rolled hem foot, but ended up not using it. You did good, it looks great. Need to lengthen some pants too?? I think this dress looks amazing. http://www.kaiscissors.com/category.php?category_id=46 This is so true! I’m contemplating making a silk satin dress for a wedding. It has scared me of satin a little, but I now know that proper clothing satin won’t be as horrendous as that experience was! They can be made from a twisted or braided cord, grosgrain or satin ribbon, twill tape, or self-made from cotton or knit fabric. Wish I were as talented at the ‘written work’ guess I need to practice more. I’ve had to bin a few projects recently but I’ll keep sewing, you’ve made it okay to make mistakes and move on from them. Do not sew together the front and back of the waistline or the bottoms of the legs. You had me at belted batwing! You did wonderful at the neckline! Step 2. I’m sure your friend will wear it loads. Karen that dress looks absolutely gorgeous – well done – I really hope your friend wore it after all your hard work! After you’ve chosen the correct pattern size and fabric, … Sew a straight stitch along the sides of the pants, about 1/2-inch from the outside edges of the pants and the inseam. Or you could do a fine bias binding, even in a chiffon or organza of the same colour. 3) Stitch together using a … Put on the satyr pants when you are ready to wear them and tighten the drawstring to hold them up. I bet it looks even better on a person. I’ll be eager to see an IRL photo too. . This was going to be my first question- did she wear it!!?? Hope it helps. Cut along the fold so you have two pieces of furry fabric at equal lengths. Also, I wouldn’t be opposed to you doing bat wing dresses and tops for the next few months Can never get enough, love me some bat wing. Whoops! I used it to hem a 16m chiffon hem recently! I use to try to skip this but its essential as everything stays in place and curved edges tend to stretch out of place. Lol. Fold 3 yards of fake furry fabric in gray, brown, white or black in half. I am about to sew satin binding on a quilt and in the past I have been unhappy with how the needle seems to snag with every stitch. Then, remove the pants, trim the excess fabric, if needed, and sew across the folded edges of the pants to secure the hems. I’m with Sunni on the walking foot. It’s easier to correct mistakes when it’s ironed then unravel the stich, and it’s easier to stitch or handstitch as you see where you going. Sharp, universal, or ballpoint? I found an old Burda Plus magazine in a charity shop and from the second I picked it up, I was hooked again. I am looking at Sunni’s tips and noting them alllllllll down for future reference :o), I am scarred by to many early 90s bridesmaids’ frocks to consider using satin for anything ever again! Don’t expect to use your rolled hem foot on a first attempt. It’s for me though – I’m not good/pious/crazy enough to sew for friends unless they pay me by the hour; otherwise they have no idea how long things take (what a grinch I sound!!). (Secret: I still don’t know if my friend actually wore it to the wedding, and I daren’t ask!!!). I love that thing for knits, but its amazing for slippery fabrics. I used to sew anything and everything. Take one of your cuff tubes and, with right sides together, slide it over one of the pant legs, aligning one of the raw edges of the cuff tube with the base of the pant leg. If you want to go as a Satyr for Halloween, or for a Greek myth theme party, complete the costume by making your own pair of furry Satyr pants. I’m very impressed with anyone who sews clothes for friends, I can barely make clothes to fit myself, let alone anyone else! I’m sure your friend wore it. This was a steep learning curve. , This is lovely! I love the color and you’ve done a magnificent job! Satin has a tendency to pull threads with every needle puncture of the fabric. I think we’re so picky about the things we make, much more so than rtw. You did a wonderful job. Pin the two sides together in the middle to hold them together as you work. I know! http://shop.afashionablestitch.com/product/extremely-fine-fusible-straight-stay-tape Trace Your Pattern. I will remember your advice. It had a nice matt finish that I thought would photograph well. So, what did I learn about sewing with satin? Thank you, thank you! One last thought. You can use a transparent … I’m taking notes from your amazing readers, although I think I’m still too chicken to sew with satin! Sew them down at the edge to leave a space for the drawstring that will hold the pants … I know this is quite late.Only 3 yrs so.I just found your Blog and I have been going back to it and reading and rereading.Love it.I love that Satin dress too.I know you did a remarkable job on it.I too wish you knew if she wore it.Im thinking it turned out wonderful. I second Sunni’s suggestion to cut on top of fabric– in my opinion, it’s easier than paper. I just knew that someone with more expertise would have a better method of construction. The two of us hit Goldhawk Road on a steaming hot day. Please, please, does anyone have hints or tips? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Duchess satin – A heavy stiff satin with not much shine. And make … Once you get to grips with it you will love it. I did the best I could, but my best is only okay. Don’t get me wrong. i would have! I use it anywhere that has stretched out of place, like necklines! You are one of the few REAL bloggers out there and I SO appreciate that!!!! I would not top stitch around the neck next time. Fold your fabric in half, wrong side out. I agree with the comment above about using microtex needles for satin- they make such a difference. I’m not gonna lie. This experience reminded me how desperately frustrated I felt, making my Vogue coat. This is exactly what I was hoping for. Someone dear to me recently requested a simple bat wing dress in a solid red for a wedding she was attending – in two weeks’ time. Job done! That water was red! Thanks for introducing the topic as the comments above are so useful. woven necklines need facing front and back, and these facings need interfacing, to stop the neckline stretching out. Question for you — what kind of needle did you use to see your polyester satin? This happened to me on my recent Innocent crush top – I thought it was because I forgot to clip the curves. Needing a little inspiration, I looked at quite a few sewing blogs (hundreds!!!) That’s a fantastic tip, thank you! My overcasting foot (genius btw) makes a great 1/4 inch foot too! Any chance of a pic of your friend wearing the dress? Lay your pants on the fabric so that the … Oh, I was going to mention one more thing – Use your walking foot when you sew! Additionally, if you purchase serrated shears especially for cutting these kinds of fabrics they are marvelous. I wish I could see it on! in the hope of finding one that would “grab” me. Knowing which thread to choose for your sewing project is a key part of a successful outcome. Just COULD NOT be bothered anymore. And another practice, and another… In the end, I gave up. If the … Stay tape. It is almost impossible to get it sitting nicely in satin unless your stitching is only 1 or 2 millimetres from the edge, which in itself is almost impossible. What a fabulous color, and the style is so chic! I absolutely love it, and I hope your friend did, too! Something which might be worth trying if you use satin again – the neckline, you can face back with the lining (or a facing attached to the lining if you want to be sure no lining shows ever) then edge stitch the lining to the turnings, which holds it inside without any top stitching. It is used in making bridal wear Crepe back satin – One side satin and one side crepe so can be used with either side Hammered satin – A textured satin Messaline – A lightweight satin Panne satin – A stiff satin which is very glossy Ribbed satin Slipper satin – Satin … My once beloved, handed down sewing machine sat idle and miserable… Until I found your blog. The two of us hit Goldhawk Road on a steaming hot day. 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