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Sapa Hemp

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Sapa Hemp, made from hemp, handwoven

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Sew Better, Sew Faster: Garment Industry Secrets taught by Janet Pray

Sew more quickly and efficiently, without sacrificing quality, once you’ve learned Janet Pray's garment industry secret techniques.

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Casual, Classic
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What materials did you use? Hand-woven hemp, naturally dyed with Indigo, on which the design was discharged with rice paste, purchased from a Flower Hmong woman in Sapa, NW Viet Nam. All pieces were fussy cut. After 8 washings with Synthrapol, salt, salt & vinegar, Raycafix, the fabric now doesn't crock very much, but to be safe, I fully lined it with quilting cotton. I sewed the lining to jacket pieces and treated as one, then inserted a strip of fabric when doing sleeves, wrapped it over the allowances and top stitched down.

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What are you most proud of? The fit: 3" out of the shoulders, 1 1/2" off the front, near armscye, shortened almost 3", and I think the style suits me now. I'm proud of the pressing job too. And I did sew the entire jacket without pins, yeah!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Be sure to fit the jacket first as it is a very large fitting style. Then, be patient with yourself, watch Janet more than once, and add hand written notes and her tips to your booklet of instructions for later reference.

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Your fabric design is wonderful! Thank you for sharing

08/16/2014 Flag

What gorgeous fabric and great job.

09/03/2014 Flag

Beautiful-and thanks for the fitting tips.

12/22/2014 Flag