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Michelle by Jalie ~Pattern Review

If you’ve been into the shop asking about patterns, you’ll know that Fiona and I rave about Jalie Patterns. The simplicity of them, coupled with their extensive size range make them a firm favourite. The Michelle (#3911) is a great pattern for a Cami and Dress.

MARICE : Height 5ft 1/2″ / Bust 38″ / Waist 32″ / Hips 41″

SIZE CUT: Jalie W

FABRICS: Viscose fabric, Rose Border print.

I traced the 2 pattern pieces for the Cami, the front and back are identical, also the facing, again identical for front and back. Already a bonus that there are so few pieces to prepare.

My chosen fabric has a white background, so would more than likely be a bit too see-through for me, and so decided to fully line with white lining fabric. I would be cutting out using just one pattern piece to fully line, rather than use the facing piece I had also traced. Washed and dried my fabrics, gave them a quick press on a very low heat!

Before cutting out my fabrics, I had another look at the pattern finished garment sizing. Being 5ft, most things are too long for me, I held the pattern piece against me and decided to do two adjustments.

  • The neckline was okay held against me, but once the seam is sewn it would become lower, instead of shortening the straps to lift the neckline, that would be a bit of gamble, as I’m not making a practise piece, it could have a knock on effect on the underarm becoming to high. I raised the neckline by 2cm at the V and graduated back to the original pattern line about midway to end of strap.
  • Shortened the length, using the shorten/lengthen lines on the pattern, I reduced it by 2inches. I wanted good coverage for my tummy, but it not to drown me. After shortening I drew a new seam line, following on from original, then tucked the excess behind.

MACHINE SETTINGS:

  • Sewing Machine: Using the lighter fabrics, I reduced my stitch length to 2, made sure I inserted a new fine needle into my machine and I used my walking foot. I moved my needle over to the right so when sewing my fabric covered the feed dogs underneath.
  • Overlocker: I overlocked the edges after I’d sewn, and not as I went along. Lowered my differential feed so the fabrics wouldn’t gather and shortened my stitch length too. (you can zigzag your edges if no overlocker)

MY TIP: To make sure the V neck is smooth and doesn’t pull in the front centre, I did not sew the V to a sharp point. I flatten the V off by sewing 2 small stitches straight across, then continue back up the neckline.

I really liked how the straps are sewn together, it was a nice straight forward garment to make. The only thing that would make it tricky is, if you are not used to sewing lightweight fabrics.

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May 2020 Newsletter

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Sew Magazine are holding their annual awards, we would love it if you nominted us for the independent shop award, this year it is Best Independent Haberdashery Shop. Details HERE, Thank you xx

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Sustainabilty at The Wee Fabric Shop

100% recycled polyester thread.

When we first laid plans for opening The Wee Fabric Shop, back in October 2017, one of the most important issues for us was to be an environmentally conscious business. We began with the obvious one of not buying in plastic bags. Purchasing items in bulk meant less packaging not only for us but you, it helped our carbon footprint with fewer delivies, this was, and still is tough, being a small business. We don’t have huge budgets of buying power but we are making our views known with what we purchase. Products which are good quality and built to last.

  • Our PAPER BAGS are made from recycled paper
  • We have ready made CLOTH TOTE BAGS made from upcycling old duvets or curtains. Time constraints though, mean we do not always have a supply ready made and offer free pre-cut fabric to make your own tote.
  • NO PRINTED RECEIPTS, we send electronically (optional) or hand write upon request.
  • Our ‘plastic’ CELLO BAGS we package our kits in are made from Corn Starch
  • Paper MAILING BAGS and parcel tapes are biodegradable
  • Customers drop off unwanted POLY POCKETS which we re-use for our student class notes
  • PATTERN SWAPS, every 3 months we hold pattern swaps, for you to share your unloved patterns.
  • Approximately 3/4 of our fabric stock is OEKO TEX standard, we are constantly aiming higher with this.
  • In the process of changing our SATIN RIBBON to newlife ribbon, made completely from plastic waste.
  • Replacing our Sew All threads with rPET 100% RECYCLED THREAD where available.
  • Our INTERFACING manufacturer is introducing 100% recycled polyester rolls, we already have some in stock.