Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Out of practice sewing clothing

This is the coral pique jacket I bought last month. When I couldn't find a skirt at any store to match, I went to Hancock Fabrics and bought a piece of gauzy print that had the same coral in the design.
As I started sewing together the gored skirt, I kept thinking, "Boy, those seam allowances look awfully large! Am I reading the throat plate markings correctly on my new sewing machine?"

I was, of course. It's just that I have made so many quilts and so few clothes in the last 10 years, the standard 5/8" seam looked enormous!

1 comment:

Kay said...

That will be a beautiful outfit. I'm so glad that color is back.
The 5/8 seam is a weird thing. I read once that the seam allowance is so big to allow people to make mistakes. I don't know if that's true, but it does seem unnecessary, especially since you have to trim it often. Some newer patterns, not from the bigger companies, seem to have 3/8 inch seams.