The first of January I decided to sew clothing this year. I do not need clothing but, I decided I needed to refresh my sewing skills and learn new ways. I’ve been spending a lot of time watching u-tube sewing videos and enjoying it a lot. I’ve also bookmarked a couple of sites that have good how-to videos. For instance, I’ve never done a separating zipper and found a good video for that.
One of the new skills I need to learn is proper fitting. I have forward shoulders, forward neck and rounded upper back all of which require adjustments to get a good fit. April/May 2016 issue of Threads magazine had a good article on making these adjustments. The August/September and October/November issues of Sew News had a two part series entitled Fitting The Aging Figure. I get both magazines from the library so I made copies of the articles to refer to at home. I also have a Singer book The Perfect Fit. It would be helpful to have another person to help mark needed changes while I have the garment on so I’m going to beg my sister to come visit for a week. I believe once I work out the changes needed they will easily transfer to any top whether jacket, dress or blouse. Once I accomplish that my next skill I need to learn is fitting garments from the waist down.
Using thrifted garments as fabric to make new garments is a good idea.
I have an old government bulletin called Clothing Repairs published in 1965. I bought it for 25¢ in the early 1970’s. It is very detailed on how to do all kinds of repairs and I’ve found it tremendously useful thru the years. In the 1980’s the same information was issued in individual bulletins form by the Extension Service. Some of the titles are How to Replace Knit Collar and Cuffs on a Jacket, How to Replace A Jacket Zipper, How to Replace Elastic in Underpants, Half Slips and Pajama Bottoms, How to Replace a Broken Fly Front Zipper, How to Fix Torn Buttonholes, How to Patch Knees in Pants plus several others. In a SHTF situation knowing how to repair garments would likely be a very important skill to have. Like any other prep now is the time to collect good guides and to practice/learn new skills.
Since sewing and mending has fallen out popularity in recent years I don’t know how much information is available from USDA/Extension Service, but it would be worth checking. Each state has its own Extension Service website so if you don’t find what you’re looking for on one, check another state’s site. I suppose the USDA might have a site listing all their bulletins but I’ve never checked. I do know and use the site they have for canning, dehydrating, freezing and storing of food.
Statistics: Posted by Anna — Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:42 pm