In my penultimate Decorative Techniques class last week we learnt a technique I had been looking forward to trying – pintucks.
Here are some great examples of pintucks in action:
You can buy a special pintuck foot for your sewing machine which I think is a lot quicker, but we were taught how to do it without.
First, draw evenly spaced parallel lines on to your fabric using a set square.
Before we started sewing, we created shapes / patterns to applique on using the different embroidery stitches.
The first I tried was chain stitch. Start by stitching through from the back of the fabric.
Then sew from front to back, but at a 45 degree angle from your first stitch.
Pull the thread through, leaving a loop. Sew back through to the front, ensuring you are inside the loop. Pull the thread taught – this is your first blanket stitch! Repeat it all again.I also did some satin stitch and seeding combined on this star. They are both essentially different lengths of normal straight stitching, so I won’t go in to detail!
In writing this post, I have decided that ‘stitch’ and ‘stitching’ are two very odd words when you use them over and over. Much like the word ‘ugly’, try saying that over and over and over…!
!!!PILLOWCASE DRESS UPDATE!!!
Today I have two brilliant dresses to show you, which takes our total up to 16 dresses. Only 36 to go!
Dress 15 is the Peppa Pig dress made by the lovely Rehanon in Brighton.
And dress 16 is made by Constance from my Pattern Cutting course. Not only has Constance made the dress, she also screen printed the pattern on to the pillowcase, and made her own binding! Puts me to shame!