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Sewing Help Needed!

pretty and polishedOperation Pretty and Polished is an event that allows students to select free prom outfits. At the event, friends and I have altered some of the gowns for the girls and pants for the boys. I am reaching out to sewists in the Washington, DC area and asking if you can spare an hour or more and help with minor alterations at the event.

Beginning sewing skills are fine! The minor alterations are shortening the length of the gowns by machine, taking in side seams, and hemming pants. If you can mark a hem, please help. If you can take stitches out, please help. If you can stitch a simple seam and can bring a portable sewing machine, please help.

The Operation Pretty and Polished event is Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 9am – 3pm at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. Contact Julia Irving, the Community Outreach Coordinator Sixth District at the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-698-1315.

I want to be at the Operation Pretty and Polished event, but I can’t. A promotion at work gave me a new role, and the new role is keeping me from this year’s event. I plan to be there next year, but more help is needed this year.

Thanks in advance.

Sincerely, Doris

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Sewing School is Open

School is officially open.  The lessons start from the basics and will get progressively more advance.  I intend to post a lesson at least once a week.  I suggest you get yourself a 2” or 3” binder, a set of tab dividers, a paper hole puncher, and glue or a stapler.  Print out the lesson. Mount the finished sample to a tab divider so you can easily lift it to see both sides of the sample, label the tab so that it’s meaningful to you, and insert the tab and the printed lesson in the binder.  Now you have the beginnings of a reference book that you will use for years.    

 An important message to the beginner sewist:  Sewing is like any other sport or hobby, the more you practice, the better you get!  Don’t get discouraged and don’t give up.  No one is perfect.    

You can post questions in the comment section and I will respond.  You can also post suggestions for making the lesson better.    

Here is the first sample to create, which truly is for a beginner sewist.  Many beginner sewist simply cut and sew, neglecting to finish their seams.  Finished seams will make your garment last longer; the raw edges of your seams won’t fray and unravel, increasing the probability that the seams will separate while you are wearing your garment.  If you are going to invest all that time in cutting and sewing a garment, take the few extra minutes to finish the seam edges so you can proudly wear your garment for a long, long time.    

 Techniques in Sewing Lesson #1      

  • Sewing a straight seam
  • Finishing a seam with a zigzag
  • Making a wide double fold hem
  • Making a small double fold hem

Click here  and let’s get started!