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TTMT the 97th with dozmuffinxc

Attempting to get back on the TTMT bandwagon!


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Mar. 8th, 2016 11:00 am (UTC)
I was actually thinking of panels on the sides. If not a contrasting color, maybe something of a similar color but with some texture.
Mar. 9th, 2016 02:19 am (UTC)
I'd probably use a ladder stitch to sew it closed. It's pretty much invisible and it's pretty easy to sew. Here's a video.

Contrasting panels in the skirt is the only thing I can think of, but I'm not a clothes-sewing crafter :D
Mar. 9th, 2016 03:05 am (UTC)
I think if you get thread that closely matches the quilt color you can just re-hand-stitch the blocks and the binding in the quilt. Thankfully it's a small one or it would take forever.

As for the skirt. Is it lined? Because that makes a HUGE difference in resizing. If it is lined then you have to totally remove the lining before doing anything to enlarge it. I made the mistake of buying a fully lined skirt and blazer at the thrift store to recon for one my daughter's cosplay outfits years ago and dealing with the lining was a big PITA. So my suggestion would be lose it altogether if there is one. And then it looks like it's got seams that go from hem to waist, so you ought to be able to remove the waistband and separate the seams and then add fabric in between where the seams were and then either make a new waistband or if the waist fit ok then gather at the waist to reattach the original waistband. Since the fabric is hard to match I wouldn't even try to match it. I would go for a totally different color of the same kind of wool/tweed, or go for something cometely different, like spandex or suede. It's teal so a tan or brown suede might look lovely with it and then you could add some sort of feature to the blazer in the same sueded to make them a set again... a pocket, or elbow patches, or even just little pocket flaps or something.
Mar. 9th, 2016 01:51 pm (UTC)
It's always good to see your face, sweet lady!

In regards to the quilt made by your aunt, and from my own experience, it's probably age more than anything you've done. It sounds to me like the thread is brittle and starting to break. If you want to reinforce the seams without taking the entire quilt apart and restitching, I would recommend a monofilament thread and a simple zig zig stitch to reinforce the seams. My favorite is from Mono Poly from Superior. It's less plastic-y than any other brand I've tried. If you do something like that, you'll want to do every seam so that it's consistent when you're done. If you don't want to use monofilament, you can also match the thread color as closely as possible and use a small zigzag or decorative stitch. I would also recommend using a walking foot to pull all the layers through. Good luck!

I agree with Vanda about the skirt. Adding panels to the side would probably be the best way to resize it, but I wouldn't try to match the fabric. Go for a shade darker or lighter so it looks the panels are on purpose.

I was sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. :(
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