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well, that was a waste of time...
The sleeve skewed. It ended up off-center, just as I was afraid it would, and I had to rip the whole thing out. Now I get to repin it and start over, but this time I'm starting from the top of the shoulder and sewing to the hem on one side, then from the shoulder to the hem on the other side. That way it should stretch evenly, if it stretches again. If it doesn't match this time, I sew this one hem on the machine and have done with it. I don't have time to rip and resew forever.

i feel: frustrated frustrated

6 trips or shoot the rapids
julia_smith From: julia_smith Date: May 20th, 2004 12:54 am (UTC) (base camp)


...That is some crazy stuff!
From: nutter4 Date: May 20th, 2004 04:52 am (UTC) (base camp)
Bummer :( I take it this it the generic t-tunic pattern and not the Eula thing?

Thank god I don't have to do my tunics as 'proper' dressmaking - I bung everything together and hope it turns out ok and not too uncomfortable to wear!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 20th, 2004 10:45 am (UTC) (base camp)
Yeah. It wouldn't have hung properly at all; the one side of the sleeve hung an inch lower than the other side. No help for it, no workaround, it had to come out. Would have gotten ripped if I'd sewn it on the machine, too.
From: nutter4 Date: May 20th, 2004 11:31 am (UTC) (base camp)
Is it inherently stretchy material?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 20th, 2004 11:43 am (UTC) (base camp)
Linen... but I'm sewing a cut edge to a selvedge. I'm not sure if it truly stretched or if it slid, but it ended up messed up. :-(
redsquirrel From: redsquirrel Date: May 20th, 2004 06:19 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I've noticed that selvedges tend to be more tightly woven, so that while in theory it should be the same length as the cut straight edge of an even rectangular piece, in practice, it doesn't work out. I think it's because the cloth is machine woven and they need to use a higher warp tension on the selvedge to keep the fabric weaving straight in the machine. (Though I am NOT a weaver and the answer may turn out to be something entirely different.)

Sometimes I will sacrifice the selvedge and cut the piece a little in from it if the tension disparity is too great, but I hate doing it -- it means I have to finish another edge and it's that much more work, ptui.

So otherwise I pin both end of the seams even, then keep matching middles to get an even distribution of the excess material along the seam. I do this by pinching the the end pins together, pulling each side out to an even fold, marking each fold with a pin and pinning it the marked folds together. (That sounds really complicated to describe but is easy to do, like a lot of sewing things.) Eventually I wind up with a whole lot of pins on the seam.
Then I goosh the seam (cut edge up) with a really steamy iron to ease it down to the length of the selvedge, carefully, to avoid making pleats or gathering. I either sew the seam at that point, or baste it in place before sewing it down properly, depending on time and mood - do I want to risk sticking myself or do the extra step of basting the seam?

Both methods are extra work (the gooshing gets faster with practice) but what are you going to do? If you trim the end of the piece so that it goes off grain, it never really hangs right. *sigh* Ah, the challenges of this modern world.
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