Practice, patience, and a whole lot of pins…
From easy wovens to slippery satins and silks to stretchy knits… I’ve learned that I must take the time to tackle each of these fabric types in sequence before advancing to the next. With each project I’ve challenged myself by using fabrics of increasing difficulty.
I’ve sewn a considerable amount with canvas and linen fabrics and by now I have the confidence to tackle something less easy to handle…
Slippery fabrics like satins and silk are known to be more than a challenge for even seasoned sewists… They need a lot of pinning down and prep work before heading to the machine- this I learned when I actually spent 3 hours+ pinning and shaping a basic peplum top with princess seams. Not to mention, I also chose a fabric with noticeable stripes which required additional time to arrange and cut each pattern piece in the right direction so that the stripes lined up.
What I’m currently working on:
It’s not quite satin or silk but equally slippery (100% poly). Got the fabric off the remnant rack with 75% markdown which came out to less than $3 for 3 yards… Jackpot!!! Because it was so inexpensive I won’t feel as guilty
if when I screw up!