Sewcial Etiquette Lesson #10: Don't Fear The Fabric

Ah, we've made it to the 10th Sewcial Etiquette Lesson, loves! 

At this point, I consider you my BFFs and have shared a lot of the highs and lows I've experienced thus far. So it definitely shouldn't be a surprise for you to hear that my latest project was a #FAIL (okay, maybe not a capital letter F-A-I-L, but a fail nonetheless).

I've had this fabric in my stash for months now, but couldn't figure out why I hadn't put my hands on it yet...until I actually put my hands on it and tried making McCall's patter 6713.

Animal print fabric

Why was this animal print making me feel like I was in the middle of an episode of  Wild Kingdom?

It was super slippery and hard to handle! But although it's hard, it's not impossible.

Sewcial Etiquette Lesson #10:
Don't Fear The Fabric 

 I usually don't give up on a project. But since we're so close to Christmas and Santa's watching, I'll tell the truth and let you all know that I got so frustrated I didn't even finish the dress!!

McCalls 6713
McCall's 6713
Here are a few helpful tips, courtesy of Craftsy, on working with specialty fabrics.

1. Always use the proper needle:  Double-check that your machine is set up with the right size needle. Fabrics like tulle will require a small needle, but if you’re working with a quilted heat-resistant fabric, you’re going to need a stronger needle.

2.  Use sharp scissors: While it’s always a good idea to keep your scissors and rotary cutter in top working order, it’s doubly important when working with fabric that slips or frays easily. Sharp scissors or a new rotary blade will make the cutting process go a lot smoother.

3. Keep a bottle of wine nearby in case you get too frazzled: Wait, that's The Sewcialite's advice...
Click the link for a great post on cutting slippery fabrics, thanks to A Fashionable Stitch!

McCall's 6713
McCall's 6713
 The Sewcialite Was Seen Wearing...
McCall's pattern 6713
Fabric via Gail K. Fabrics
Vintage belt
Louis Vuitton purse
Michael Kors watch
YSL shoes

Unfortunately, the thoughts I've had about this fabric have put me on PETA's naughty list. But with these tips and this experience, I'll no longer fight untamed fabric.

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