Created by: SiValEngr
Project

Samples

What are you most proud of? Roealizing that I would never wear this color combo, and changing it. What advice would you give someone starting this project? I need advice -- I don't know enough to give it.

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SiValEngr made Samples with:

  • I am a beginner with hand sewing even though I am experienced with machine sewing. So I am having some trouBle controlling tension and stitch size. The main thing I see here is that the navy fabric is darker an the celery fabric is lighter than I expected
  • and so it reads as yellow and high contrast. I don't think I will like to wear that combo
  • so I'm changing to an amethyst color rather than the celery. I'll keep that fabric for a t-shirt.I

Project Description

What are you most proud of? Roealizing that I would never wear this color combo, and changing it. What advice would you give someone starting this project? I need advice -- I don't know enough to give it.

Q&A with SiValEngr

faux nom asked:
It's great to experiment with your own stencil design; I especially like the vine and fleur de lis. You're off to a good start!
SiValEngr answered:
Thanks! I drew the rest on the pattern pieces. But since I was still making fit modifications I couldn't start them. I just finished the test garment pieces tonight, so I hope to start on the real garment in a day or two.
amyrt asked:
Doing a sample is such a good way to put your toes in the water!!
SiValEngr answered:
That little sample convinced me to ditch the yellow and also I will try something different for the crinolations on the castle. I was wondering if I cut them in a piece of ultra suede and then just stitched across if that would work. I'll do another sample. to try to use something that will hold the shape and need less accurate stitching from me.
DaisyandFlorrie asked:
Keep going - good start and wonderful inspiration for motifs!
SiValEngr answered:
Since then I have cut stencils for a heralding panther, and a goat standing on vines... I just finished the 2 layers of the test garment, so I hope to get started with the hand work on the real one soon.
CoudreMode asked:
Good observation about how colors looks different when a sample is worked up, that always surprises me as well. On tension I find it helps to keep the work flat on a table and to work the stitches by keeping the needle parallel to the surface as much as possible. For stitch size I try to use my thumbnail to as a guide, that is I bring the needle out at a place that is about 1/2 the length of my thumbnail or 1/4 of an inch (my nails are short). And then to keep the stitches straight I try to keep the needle parallel to the shape that I'm following.
SiValEngr answered:
I changed the yellow (supposed to be green) for a bright lavendar. And in testing the paints I think skyblue will be best.

Skill Level

Beginner

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