Estimating fabric lengths and felled seams

Recently, I learned a very good way to estimate how much fabric to buy. It works very well, and the book that I found and blogged about recently has a description of how to estimate fabric that is similar to the way I do it.

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It can be very useful when you don’t have a pattern to decide by. Like with the dress I recently made here I was able to estimate it very accurately. I added about 1/8 yard just to be extra safe and maybe have a little left over.
Also, since my machine does not do zig-zag stitches, I’ve been learning new ways to finish seams. So far, felled seams are my favorite. They look very nice and neat and can be done on the machine most of the time and by hand the rest of the time.

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After sewing the seam, cut one edge of the fabric down to half to seam allowance.

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Open out flat and fold the wider seam over to the stitching line, then over again. Stitch close to the edge.

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It looks very nice on the inside and outside.
A couple weeks ago, I got a skirt and shirt from the thrift store. Down here in florida, in the summer, it gets pretty hot and I like short sleeves. So I shortened the sleeves and also, the skirt had a slit in it, but I couldn’t just sew it up because it would be to narrow to walk in. So my next post will be on how to fix those.

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Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10

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