My mum and both my nans have always been very creative so I definitely have the crafting gene from them. I have been sewing and making for as long as I can remember. I loved customising my clothing as a teenager and textiles at school was my favourite subject, I was gutted when they didn’t offer it as an A Level option! Whilst at university I didn’t have time for sewing. This all changed though when I bought my little house. The sewing machine came out of hibernation to make curtains, with the help of my nan, and cushions. Although I loved everything I made for my little home I knew it could be better. Wellcome Janet of Kitchen Table Sewing into my sewing life.
It all started with the Beginner course where we made cushion covers and a bag. Janet showed me Tillys Love at First Stitch book and for me that has been a total wardrobe changer. I went on more of Janet’s courses, including knicker night where I met the amazing Gabby of Gabberdashery. The course that definitely gave me the sewing bug would be the Megan dress.
When I started sewing clothes I didn’t own an overlocker. I used French seams where I could and was happy with this finish but I couldn’t always work out how to do them on all of the seams. After sewing my first Bettine I knew I had to get an overlocker! I zip zag stitched to finish the seams but they were really untidy. I know people don’t see the insides but i want to feel like I’m wearing a well made garment.
If you don’t own an overlocker I would definitely recommend one. For me it has definitely been worth the investment. I got mine from BSK and it wasn’t very expensive. I’ve also heard that the Lidl one is really good and very reasonably priced. I always stock up on the Lidl overlocker thread!
I now finish everything on the overlocker. Except jersey. I’ve yet to try making a jersey garment on the overlocker. To finished jersey I use pinking shears. I know it won’t fray but I think it’s neater.
I’m so pleased with the finishing of my latest Bettine dress.
The only problem I have with the overlocker is curves. I can’t seem to get a smooth curve, especially on facings. Has anyone got any suggestions on how to do this?
An extra finishing touch I always forget to add are my labels.
I really want to have a go at finishing seams with bias binding. Can anyone recommend a good tutorial for this?
How do you finish you makes?