Saturday, 14 January 2012

What's On My Sewing Table... and a Tip for Slippery Fabric!





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I'm currently working on a third button-back blouse from my self-drafted pattern (the first was my lace refashion, the second my teal blouse). This version will have tucks on the yoke and simple bound neckline. I'm making it in a dreamy chocolate brown polka dot poly blend scored for about tuppence ha'penny from Walthamstow market. I found these gorgeous vintage pearl-effect buttons on a work trip to Nottingham (a girl's gotta take the occasional break!). I think they were about 30p a pack, whereas in London they would have been more like £30 a pack. It seems a shame to use them as they look so pretty on the card, but I have three sets of three buttons so should be able to keep one set intact. Do you feel the same dilemma about using your vintage notions?


Onto the aforementioned tip. Constructing the button stand on such a slippery fabric was proving a bit difficult, even having spray starched the fabric to death! Trying to press in two neat, straight, parallel folds is no mean feat. So I cut out a strip of card in the width of the button stand, folded the fabric round it and pressed it in place. Very easy and it turned out extremely neat!

What's on your sewing table?

[Soundtrack: 'Wild Honey' by The Beach Boys]

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PS. I know I'm a little late to the party, but is anyone else obsessed with Pinterest? Just experimenting with the "Pin It" buttons above - not quite sure the best way of using them in a blog post - anyone got any experience to share?

23 comments:

  1. Hi Tilly - I love your blog. Like you I am up early on a Saturday morning, enjoying the peace and quiet. I am about to start avery simple sleeveless top out of gorgeous Missoni fabric. ( Same fabric as recently featured in Handmade by Carolyn blog - but in a red, plum, rust colourway - very 70's !)
    Hope you have alovely productive day.

    Janice .

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  2. I am completely in love with Pinterest, I don't know where it has been all my life. Not had any luck with the pin button myself, but then when I pin images, I use the one on my own toolbar, so maybe it isn't needed?

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  3. Hi Tilly. Good morning! Thank you for the slippy fabric sewing tips! Im a bit of a bull in a china shop with silky stuff, so appreciate any ideas for gaining control! And yes, know what you mean about vintage notions and whether or not to break into them. .... I think as long as you make something worthy of them ( and this top surely promises that) and that you bought them with the intention to make use of them. unless you just want to be a collector ...

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  4. Beautiful buttons.

    My kitchen floor is covered in teal wool for a 50's dress.

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  5. That is a great tip, thanks.

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  6. Hi Tilly,
    You are so inspiring, I love reading your blog!I'm crazy about vintage notions too,especially when you can catch a bargain;)
    I'm currently working on Oliver+S's seashore dress for a friend's little girl. I can't wait to see your finished project!

    Natalie

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  7. Oh pinterest, the place you lose days. The pin it button on offer from the pinterest site is set up more for sites that sell things that would only have one image per page (or at least, that's how it worked when I looked in to it a while back). There is another site that offers coding for a button that works for the image it's placed near so you can have multiple buttons (one for each image) but I appear to have lost the info on that one.

    Most people who use pinterest (if not all) will have the pin it button on their browser tool bar, it's certainly how I and everyone I know in person pins, so I agree with Kate and think you don't need it.

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  8. Oh Tilly, I predict that this blouse may become my favourite of yours! I say this every time, but every time you prove me right ;o) Great tip too by the way!

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  9. Love your new project! (polka dot mon amour!)

    I am in love with Pinterest too :)


    Please,come to visit my blog:
    http://alicecloset-sewing.blogspot.com/

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  10. Cute fabric and lovely buttons!

    I love to horde bits and pieces but will use some if there is a set left for posterity/emergency...

    Pinterest = dreamy. And a time vortex. Beware the hours spent lost in creative overload!!!

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  11. Hi Tilly,
    First, I love that fabric! I'm in love with chocolate brown currently.
    Thanks for the tip.
    I've been enjoying pinterest too. It is so easy to spend the weekend on my computer between that and blog reading. I learn so much but eat away my sewing time. ;)
    Karen

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  12. The use of a template is a good idea, but even then it can sometimes be hard to get the crease going and it has to be perfect. That kind of fabric can't always be pressed again.

    To get the fold going, you can try first pinning the fold line (weave the pins in as if they were stitches), pressing in between the pins, then using the template.

    Another method would be to thread trace the fold line with silk thread. (Silk thread usually does not leave an impression when pressed.) You then fold on the thread traced line and then press.

    Unless you've done a test, using a press cloth is advisable with that kind of fabric. It can get shiny or permanently change color.

    I prefer Evernote to Pinterest and Polyvore, although the latter two are sometimes good for ideas.

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  13. Great tip about the card--I usually have a stack of cardstock/light cardboard near my sewing table so I can easily grab it to help with pressing sharp edges or moulding fabric into odd shapes that need to by symmetrical (like patch pockets). :) Certainly it makes sewing with slippery materials easier!

    Love the fabric, btw--and can't wait to see your finished blouse!

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  14. I used to feel the same way about vintage notions -- I'd keep them pristine in their original packaging and only take them out to admire them. Then one day I decided I was being overly precious about things that I'd personally get much more enjoyment out of if I used them instead of keeping them in a box in my basement. Now I tear into my collection whenever the opportunity arises!

    Thanks for the slippery fabric tip. I'm planning to make a cocktail dress for an event next month for which this advice will be VERY useful!

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  15. Your blouse is looking exciting Tilly - I think you really suit chocolate brown! I pulled out some orange spots last night to turn into a shell top, hopefully today.
    I'd definitely use the vintage buttons! But I would keep the card, and if your top ever wears out or you hand it on, remove the buttons and put them back on the card for another time!

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  16. i avoiding pointerest like th eplauge because iknew i would be addicted... started about 2 weeks ago and just keep getting deeper and deeper in =P

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  17. Thats a great tip, thank you Tilly. With regs Pinterest I just pin from my toolbar in Google Chrome x

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  18. I'm definately going to be using the carboard trick! I went nuts on chiffon when I first bought my sewing machine, and since I'm in stash-busting mode this year, they'll be lots of slippery material sewing....and lots of cursing...

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  19. I love Pinterest, and (like everyone else said) use the bookmarklet.

    I think the prospect of inheriting a collection of vintage notions from someone who inherited vintage notions from someone who...etc. does tend to make you less precious about them. Use it or lose it! (or watch it go out of fashion, mould away or get lost when you really need it).

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  20. I think, despite the temptation to keep them all wrapped up and pristine, it shows the greatest appreciation for vintage notions to use them. Perhaps photo them first, like you have, if the package is charming, and then use them. The grandmothers of the world want us to use them!

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  21. You should read this article on using pinterest as a blogger. The benefit of using the pin it button is that it allows you to select the one image in a post that you want pinned and you can select the default text for the pin.

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  22. Lovely fabric, and buttons to die for! I would use them, after photographing them in their original package (as someone already wisely suggested)

    Great tip for slippery fabrics, thank you! :)

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  23. Oooh, I haven't seen those Pin it buttons before, off to investigate (I didn't know you were on Pinterest either, so have just followed you).

    That's very lovely fabric.

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