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Basic Construction--Checking the Fit

On of the nicest compliments someone who sews can receive comes when people can't tell a garment was made personally. In other words, the item doesn't have any telltale signs that it was handmade. Puckers, visible stitches, uneven areas, and poor fit just aren't there. How can you prevent these?

1 When you check the fit of a garment as you sew, you'll be pleased with the results when your project is done.

Besides taking the time to follow directions and sew carefully, you can also check the fit as you go. Don't wait until your garment is done to try it on. By then it may be too difficult or impossible to make necessary changes. Instead, check the fit as sewing progresses. Try on the garment as soon as the major seams are joined. Stand in front of a full-length mirror to make your analysis.

As you take note, begin at the top and work your way down. The fit at the top affects the fit of the lower part of the garment. A wrinkle or a break line in the fabric indicates a problem. Make any necessary fit ting changes. Try the garment on again, making sure any problem has been corrected before going on to other steps.

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Chain Stitch

A chain stitch is a decorative stitch used for embellishment. It is made with a series of loops.

1. Anchor the knot on the wrong side of the fabric, bringing the needle to the right side of the fabric. Insert the needle right next to where you came up through the fabric, and bring the needle point back up to the right side of the fabric, 1/8 to 1/4 inch in front of where you went into the fabric.

2. Loop the thread over the top of the needle and down around the needle to the bottom of the needle to form a loop.

3. Pull the needle up through the fabric and the loop.

4. Place the point of the needle into the fabric, just inside the top of the formed loop and repeat, making another loop. Repeat until you have the desired amount of chain stitching.

TIP-----Embellish Appliqués:

A chain stitch allows you to add enhancing lines and dimension to appliqués. Use embroidery thread and single or multiple lines of chain stitching to add stems to flower appliqués.

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Thread Chains

Thread chains can be used for a button closure, to create delicate belt loops, or as an eye for a hook-and-eye-type closure. A small thread chain is also used to help lining stay aligned at seams. The chain itself is made with "finger crocheting".

1. Anchor the thread on the back side of the garment or in a seam allowance, bringing the needle to the surface. Sew one chain stitch where your needle came through the fabric, but hold the loop with your fingers.

2. Pull the needle thread through the loop, holding the loop in your fingers.

3. Repeat until you have the desired amount of thread chain. Pull the needle and thread through the last loop.

4. Anchor the thread chain in the fabric at the desired position using a backstitch.

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CHECKLIST FOR EVALUATION

The following checklist will help you evaluate the fit of your garment:

• Does the neckline lie smooth, with no pulling or gapping?

• Does the collar roll evenly?

• Are the collar points identical?

• Do the shoulder seams rest smoothly over the shoulders?

• Do the darts taper toward the fullest part of the body?

• Do the sleeves hang straight from the shoulders to the elbow?

• Are the center front and center back seams in the center of the body and perpendicular to the floor?

• Do the side seams hang straight?

• Does the buttoned closing lie flat without any gapping?

• Is the waistline seam at the natural waistline just above the hipbone and not too snug?

• Is the crotch length comfortable for sitting?

• Is the fit of pants or skirt smooth through the hips and thigh area, with no wrinkles or extra fabric?

• Are hemlines even and parallel to the floor?

• Can you stand, sit, stretch, and bend comfortably?

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