Sunday, 27 July 2008
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Monday, 21 July 2008
Sunday, 20 July 2008
Friday, 11 July 2008
I will send one lucky reader a small pack containing some Vliesofix, some Fusable Tearaway, a piece of baking paper, 2 little patterns, some little fabric squares from my collection and a little babies tank/singlet on which you can create a masterpeice. All I ask in return is that you share either one of your favourite sewing or craft tips (you know, like don’t cut a pattern out on your lap as you made cut your pants – that is my tip for the day). Or if you don’t sew or craft, share something that your love about winter or summer (depending where you are in the world).
I will announce the winner next Friday (18th July 2008). Part 3 of the appliqué tutorial will be out over the weekend.
Monday, 7 July 2008
As outlined in the first part of this tutorial, you need the following things;
Things you will need
Tee-shirt or onesie
Fabrics for the appliqué
Vliesofix (or Wonder-Under) or similar iron on fusible webbing
Fusible Tear-away (if required)
Baking paper or one of those iron mat things
Thread – either plain white or contrasting or colours that match your appliqué fabric
Scissors, pencil, tracing paper
Sewing Machine (that has a zigzag stitch)
Step 4: Getting your fabric ready – the sticky stuff
Now that you have nice clean dry fabric you need to get the fabric ready for appliquéing. As I am usually making multiples of the one design, I like to cut enough fabric for few designs. For a single design I would cut a piece a little larger than the apple, for example. To make appliquéing ‘easy’ some clever people invented a double sided fusible webbing that you iron to your fabric which then enables to you iron your fabric to the garment on which it will be appliquéd. I use one called Vliesofix but I am sure there are others available. For ease of use I now use the paper backed Vliesofix (it’s perhaps a better option for beginners).
Vliesofix is around $11.00AUS per metre retail (I use the widest version).
Step 5 Cutting your design
Now copy your design from your template onto the backing paper of the Vliesofix. Remember to reverse the image if you want it to be the other way around on the tee-shirt (if that makes sense). Or rather than using a template, you can just draw directly onto the backing paper - I use this method a lot. Now cut out your design. Leave the backing paper on the design until you are ready to go.
Step 6: Fusing your appliqué to the base garment - more sticky stuff
Now we are getting to the exciting bit. Iron your tee-shirt or onesie and place it nice and flat on your ironing boards. Remove the backing paper from your cut appliqué and place it on your tee-shirt. Fiddle around with it until it is perfect as once its ironed on, there is no moving it! When you put the stem and leaves on the top of the apple, make sure a little of the stem is under the apple. Once it’s perfect, I place a piece of your kitchen baking paper over it all and iron it for the required time. The baking paper protects the design from any stray Vliesofix that may have stuck to the iron – if any of you have accidentally ironed this stuff, you will know what a pain it can be.
Above photo shows design laid out waiting to be ironed on the singlet.
I like to use Fusible Tear-away on my garments. Fusible Tear-away is a fabric stabiliser – simply it provides a slightly stiff backing that ensures your machine will not pucker the garment while appliquéing. I think this is essential if you are using base garments that are made of very light weight fabric. For example some little tops and singlets from stores like Cotton On in Australia are thin enough that they may pucker without this. It’s an easy step – just cut a piece larger than your appliqué design, turn your garment inside out and iron the Fusible Tear-away shiny side down to the back of the design, ensuring you have a good ½ inch around the design. The brand I use is around $4.00AUS a metre retail.
The next and final tutorial will cover stitching the appliqué design and finishing off the garment.
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
I was tagged by Kris at Garden Variety and Anna at Griffin Creek, so a brief pause in sewing to respond to this meme.
1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post, the player tags 5 people and posts their name, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
Mmm, mid 20's. I thought I had it all worked out of course but I didn't. I was living in Hobart (Tasmania) and working in a gorgeous but freezing historic blue stone church in the middle of the city (in welfare). I was living in fantastic Battery Point, with a lot of wonderful friends close by. I was getting ready for my big overseas adventure and watching one of my best friends die of leukemia.
All sorts of cheese - any of them and all of them (perhaps not the one made in the caves in Italy with the live wormy things). Crisps - Salt and Vinegar (preferably the Salt and Balsamic vinegar ones I lived on in London). Biscuits - sweet or plain or cheesy. Pate, anything by Maggie Beer. Pickled onions but only Tassie's finest Blue Banner - they really are the best in the world
Cheese, salt and vinegar Vegie chips, salted pistachios. Yes, I do enjoy salty and unhealthy snacks... apples and biscuits. And raspberries if I could get them everyday.
Supply essential life saving drugs to the developing world and tell the drug companies to go '#$ck' themselves. Build good, safe parks for children in all areas, not just the nice, wealthy middle class suburbs. Produce a range of biodegradable sanitary pads for girls in Africa (and elsewhere) so they could go to school when they are menstruating. Buy a house for my family. But spend most of our time travelling and exploring the world.
Working in a cafe, doing research in broad acre housing estates in Hobart, nanny, working for a big snazzy company in London (I could call in a drinks trolley if I felt like a glass of wine in the late afternoon), looking after staff health and OH&S for a Government agency.
I don't finish things that I start, I forget things in the fridge and I turn both our cars into mobile playrooms/tips within moments of driving them.
Five people I want to get to know more about:
Although I cannot expect them to respond, I would love to know more about the woman I have bumped into twice that is from Turkmenistan with her husband from Iran. How did they end up here? What is their story? And would love to know what happened to Car Park Mark - the car park attendant from my work in London. He was from Belfast. He once told me that I was one of the only people that stopped to talk to him everyday - most people ignored him. He came to my leaving drinks but left without talking to me when he saw me with my work mates - I tried to catch him up but I was too late. Was he nervous? Did he feel out of place with the 'suits?' I wished he had not felt that way.