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Barns and Sunshine

DSC_7140a Barns and sunny days, two of my favorite things, and add a pretty dress, and you’ve got the ingredients to my type of photoshoot ! I made this drapey, Grecian-inspired dress. I didn’t use a pattern (I rarely do when sewing) and so it was a trial and error experience that took me about 2 days to finish, although I am still not quite happy with the results, so I am calling this my prototype. This was my first time sewing jersey clothing. I had tried altering a jersey dress I had bought in the past but after disappointing results, I stayed away from jersey for about a year. I decided I can’t avoid it for long because it is oh-so-comfy and cooling for the frequent heat waves in our part of the country. So, after scouring the internet for tips, I decided to tackle it. I have found the best tips for jersey are: 1. Use a ballpoint needle (I think there is also a needle for knits that also works well but I used ballpoint, so I can’t really tell you which one is better). 2. Use starch to keep the fabric in place, so therefore, you can  sew straighter lines. The starch will definitely give you more control and better results, although I totally did not use it for this project and really regret not doing so! I also think it will help eliminate puckering. 3. Iron the puckers, this may help smooth it out. I was so upset with how the jersey kept puckering after sewing but I read somewhere to try ironing it and that seriously made things look much better. 4. Use your serger as much as possible! Once again, my serger basically saved the day. I love that thing. So, after doing this project, I have overcome my fear of it and  knits and can’t wait to go to the store to buy more jersey! DSC_7146a DSC_7157a DSC_7172a