Crescent Sew-Along #10: A Pre-Sewing Checklist

Hi Sew-Alongers! How’s everything going?

Are your patterns all adjusted and ready to cut out? Have you cut out your fabric yet? Do you have all your fabric and supplies ready to go?

In the next Sew-Along post, we’ll start sewing!

It’s time to finish fitting the muslin, make the changes to the pattern pieces, and cut out your Crescent skirts from the real fabric.

Our Pre-Sewing Checklist:

  • If you haven’t yet, pre-wash your Crescent Skirt fabric.
  • Fit your muslin and make any changes to the pattern pieces.
  • Cut your Crescent Skirt fabric.
  • Cut interfacing for all Waistband and Waistband Facing pieces (6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • If you used your real zipper in your muslin, rip it out.

Any questions so far? Here are a couple of questions that have come up so far:

Is it too late to join the Sew-Along?

Definitely not! Pick up a copy of the pattern, choose your fabric, and jump right in! Here are links to all of the posts so far:

Catch up at your own pace, these posts will be up for your reference forever! If you have any questions, take a quick read-through to see if your question has already been asked and answered. If not, leave a new comment and I’ll get back to you!

Do we have a Flickr Group?

Yes! Keep on adding your photos to the Sewaholic Patterns Flickr Group. Click here for the link, anyone is welcome to join and add photos of their Crescent Skirts and Pendrell Blouses!

When’s the next pattern coming out?

It’s not Sew-Along related but I have been asked a few times! I have a fantastic design planned for the next pattern. I think you’ll like it – it’s an easy sew, and it’s perfect for summer! That’s the only clue I’m giving you.. for now. Sign up for the mailing list (here’s the link) if you’re not already on it, to be first to know!

Have I missed any of the questions? How’s the pace so far? Anyone still needing help or feeling lost? Please leave a comment and we’ll get you all caught up. We’ll start sewing early next week.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

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8 Responses to Crescent Sew-Along #10: A Pre-Sewing Checklist

  1. julia April 29, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    Hi Tasia,
    I have a question about the interfacing. I have very lightweight, lightweight, medium and heavy interfacing. Which one to use? I am guessing either the lightweight or very light lightweight, but how to choose? And why do we interface both the outer fabric AND the facings?

  2. Tasia April 29, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    @julia: Hi Julia! I’d go with one of the lightweight options, either the ‘very’ or just the regular lightweight. I used a lightweight, mesh-like interfacing that’s even lighter than a cotton voile, if it was a fabric. (If it was a fabric, it would be closer to chiffon!)
    Why do we interface both? Well, I tried just interfacing the outer waistband when I was developing the pattern, and if you do that, the inner layer can stretch and distort and doesn’t lie nicely inside the outer layer. If you interface both, it makes a nice, stable and comfortable waistband, and the layers work nicely together because they’re the same weight and stiffness. I didn’t like how the skirt looks and feels to wear with just one layer. That’s why I recommend interfacing both! And also why using a lighter weight interfacing is best, to keep the layers well supported without being stiff and board-like.

    Does that make sense – let me know if not! Have a great weekend :)

  3. jadestar April 29, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Having been away on holiday I am slightly behind :( However I’m anticipating having to do a sway back adjustment, and was wondering how best to do this in light of the yoke. Any pointers?

  4. Rachel April 30, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    Check, Check, Check, Check and Check. Can’t wait to start sewing!

  5. Louise May 1, 2011 at 3:56 am #

    Hope the next one is a dress………

  6. Tasia May 2, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    @jadestar: It’s OK if you’re behind! This is a sew-at-your-own-pace sew-along. The posts will be up forever, so don’t worry.
    I would imagine the sway-back adjustment would be the same as a skirt without a yoke – you’d pinch out the excess and re-draw the curved yoke seamlines. One thing to think about too, is that you may want to add extra length to the back skirt for a swayback, so it doesn’t end up too short. I would definitely recommend making the muslin and seeing if any adjustments are needed! Give us a shout if you need help :)

  7. Tasia May 2, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    @Rachel: Yay! First real sewing post is Wednesday, after today’s interfacing post!

  8. Tasia May 2, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    @Louise: Oohh.. you’ll see! I do have to say this is my favourite pattern so far, and can’t wait to start wearing it!