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Montana farmer-stockman. [volume] (Great Falls, Mont.) 1947-1993, November 01, 1962, Image 20

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WHAT MOM NEEDS when she looks
at her mending basket is pure magic.
There's a hole in the knee of Suzie's
cords, a stain on Martha's best dress,
and it seems all the rest of the clothes
are just too small. Many of these prob
lems can be solved with a little of this
Make-Over Magic. Take a look!
Holes in knees? Ripped knees of
blue jeans or overalls can be covered
with a decorative kite-shaped patch in
serted in the pants leg. If you have a
zig-zag sewing machine, you can ap
plique your patches on in fancy designs.
Toddlers would be delighted to see
bunnies, teddy bears or simple cats on
their knees. Older children enjoy slowns
or geometric shapes. Many times if
patches are made obvious and decora
tive, rather than concealed (it's nearly
always noticeable anyway) the job is
more successful.
Fake Pocket Tab
A tear in a jacket can be convered
with a fake pocket tab. There are
even little pockets on sleeves now, so
you have lots of leeway in your "pock
et" positions.
The ups and downs of hemlines are
a problem in families with growing
girls. Particularly the downs! To hide
the tell-tale mark o* a lengthened skirt,
you can sew on rick rack or a length
of lace. Or you can completely change
design and give an old fa
vorite in otherwise good condition a
new lease on life.
METHOD NUMBER 1: Shorten the
dress to tunic length, taking an in
verted V out of the center front. (That's
part of the "design" treatment.) Bind
the bottom and the cut-out. Now make
an underskirt to provide the additional
length needed, and attach it at the
waistline seam. You can make the un
derskirt of contrasting fabric, match
ing fabric (if it's available), or of net
with a band of fabric sewn on only
where it would show below the over
dress. A binding the same as the over
dress will tie the two together if you
wish to add it.
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The two tiered skirt illustrated shows
a method for lengthening a too-short
dress. For this method, matching ma
terial is necessary, but the job can be
done successfully with contrasting fab
ric, too.
METHOD NUMBER 2: A variation
of this idea is to make a separate over
skirt. Remove the dress skirt first,
then add the necessary length by sew
ing a piece of scrap fabric on the top
of the skirt. Attach the now-lengthened
skirt at the waistline seam. (Scrap
fabric is at the top of the skirt where
it will not be seen.)
Make a tunic or apron length skirt
to be worn over the dress and cover up
the non-matching insert. The dress fab
ric shows several inches below the over
skirt, so the dress appears to be de
signed with the attractive detail.
METHOD NUMBER 3: Remove the
old hem from the skirt, letting it down
to full length. Then cut off two strips
from the bottom, the width depending
unpon the dress size. Sew a width of
cotton eyelet lace onto the skirt, then
a width of "skirt" that you cut off, an
other width of eyelet lace, another
width of skirt and end with a width of
eyelet. You will have to determine how
wide these strips must be according
to the garment and the girl you have.
The alternating dress fabric and eye
let lace make the garment appear de
signed this way.
Convert Sweatshirt
Now, something for Mom! If one of
your boys has an old sweatshirt he's
outgrown (provided he's bigger than
Mom), you can convert it to a fun
jacket for yourself. This idea is even
attractive enough to warrant purchase
of a new sweatshirt especially for your
self.
Start by cutting off the hipline rib
bing. Mark and slit the center front.
Face all cut edges with bias tape. To
decorate, apply either wide or narrow
(or a combination of the two) rick rack
or decorative bias tape around the neck,
front and bottom edges. You can create
floral, feminine effects, or with many
rows of various width rick rack you
can be very Western. The key to suc
cess with this is to make your guide
lines for the tape and rick rack before
you start sewing.
A variation on this theme would be
to cut vegetable shapes from a cotton
print and attach them with a combina
tion of applique and embroidery tech
niques.
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new sweatshirt. Mom or big sister can
make one of these jackets in short
time from a sweatshirt and several
cards of rick rack or colorful bias tape.
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A hole or a stain on an otherwise
perfectly good garment can make a
mother almost weep. Cover this culprit
with a bug. If the area to be covered
is very small you can simply embroider
a bug on top of it. Draw your bug on
with a pencil, then use a padded satin
embroidery stitch to cover the area.
Make feet and antennae with an outline
stitch.
If your area to be covered is larger
than you wish to cover with embroidery
work, use the applique technique. But
always contrast and make it obvious,
for best results. On a print, use a solid
color bug and on a solid color use a
print. Use a dark satin stitch to attach
the applique, then make feet and an
tennae with an outline stitch.
Do you have a sweater in your house
that is really useless, because of many
stains or mothholes? Use the bug ap
proach again and return the garment
to the usable status. This time make
your bugs into butterflies. Depending
upon your holes or stains . . . their
number and size . . . you can make out
lined butterflies, solid butterflies or a
combination of the two.
A heavy cotton or wool yarn in gay
colors makes this idea most attractive.
When you're finished, strategically
place a few small sequins or pearls, and
the design looks like it was meant to
be,
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'Stretch' Fabrics
Require Special
Sewing Methods
EXPERIENCED HOME sewers can
master the popular knits and jerseys
this fall and make the most of the
"stretch" as they sew.
The first step is to select a pattern
that requires stretch in the same direc
tion as the fabric stretches. Check pat
tern catalogs for patterns that are de
signed specifically for crosswise or
lengthwise stretch fabrics. Patterns
with a minimum of seams are best.
Flared or gored skirts, in which all
pieces have bias edges, do not hold
their shape in knits or jerseys. If a
garment piece s cut on the bias, it
should attach to a piece cut on the
straight.
Before you pin on the pattern, spread
the fabric taut and let it relax. Use
sharp pins and fasten pattern often.
Hold the fabric firmly, and cut out the
pattern with your sharpest shears.
As you baste, use small stitches. Stay
stitch all cut edges to prevent the raw
edges from stretching and raveling. If
raveling still occurs, overcast edges
or zigzag-stitch.
To sew on knits and jerseys, use silk
thread if possible. Use a size 11 or 14
sewing machine needle and about 12
to 15 stitches per inch. Keep machine
tension loose. Sew slowly, stretching
seams slightly while stitching.
Zigzag stitching is a good way to
sew seams, since it offers the same
flexibility as the fabric. Zigzag stitch
ing makes a good seam finish. Stay
shoulder seams and waistline
with seam binding or narrow ribbon.
Do not line garments because regu
lar linings defeat the purpose of stretch
fabrics.
Press lightly with a medium iron and
a minimum of steam. Do not allow fab
ric to stretch during pressing.
seams
FREEZING MELONS
WHEN MELONS ARE plentiful
the markets, families with freezers
take advantage of the supply and
freeze them for winter
Preserve watermelon flesh by cut
ting it into cubes or balls, placing in
freezer containers and covering with
sirup before freezing. Cantaloups, Cren
shaws, Honey dews and other melons
can also be successfully frozen this
way. Cover with a cold sirup made in
the proportion of 1 cup sugar to 2 cups
water. Leave headspace.
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