Stylish-not-stuffy dress works for the of­fice

Albuquerque Journal - - FOOD - Ju­lia Cameron

Dear Ju­lia: I’m a young pro­fes­sional, and I want to make some­thing to wear to work. It needs to be of­fice-ap­pro­pri­ate, but I still want it to be fun and stylish. Do you have any ideas for me? — Tracy M.

Hi Tracy: Are you fa­mil­iar with Mimi G? She’s a pop­u­lar blog­ger and YouTu­ber who has ap­peared on “Project Run­way Ju­nior.” She has part­nered with Sim­plic­ity to of­fer sewing pat­terns that are print­able. Her clothes have a re­ally fun vibe to them and are su­per stylish. I think you’ll like her Sim­plic­ity pat­tern No. 8547. It will work for the of­fice but isn’t stuffy, like some of­fice at­tire can be.

The knit dress can be made with short or long sleeves, and it has fabric in­serts so you can play with dif­fer­ent-col­ored fab­rics to get a col­or­block­ing ef­fect. And Mimi G also pro­vides a sew-along video tu­to­rial!

Dear Ju­lia: Sew Sim­ple is one of my “must-read” col­umns when the Satur­day edi­tion of the Water­town (New York) Daily Times comes! I feel reader Brenda’s pain, and think that your tips should help her to achieve the bet­ter straight-line re­sults that she wants.

The only thing I can add would be for her to SLOW DOWN! I know that by the time we get to the fi­nal step in a project, we are anx­ious to fin­ish, so we may hurry a bit and lose con­trol. Slow and steady wins the race ... and keeps bet­ter con­trol of the stitch­ing line! Also, I of­ten hand-sew the hems on my gar­ments, which means they have been turned and pressed into place, and the sewing line is prac­ti­cally in­vis­i­ble.

Thank you for con­tin­u­ing the col­umn. — Joanne H.

Hi Joanne: I can’t be­lieve I for­got the most im­por­tant tip for sewing a straight line: go slow! Thanks for this great ad­vice.

Dear Read­ers: Mrs. S. had this wise ad­vice to add about us­ing a mag­net to help with sewing a straight line:

Ju­lia, your col­umn in to­day’s (Lake Charles, La.) Amer­i­can Press brought many mem­o­ries of learn­ing to sew on a ma­chine with no guide­lines on the throat plate. Thank good­ness for a trac­ing wheel and pa­per! One com­ment about plac­ing a mag­net on the ma­chine: It’s not rec­om­mended for com­put­er­ized ma­chines, such as the Bern­ina. That was one of the first things men­tioned in the train­ing ses­sions. It causes the com­puter to go nuts.

Mrs. S., thanks for this im­por­tant re­minder. We def­i­nitely don’t want to cause any dam­age to our ma­chines! Send ques­tions to Ju­lia Cameron, c/o King Fea­tures, 628 Vir­ginia Drive, Or­lando, FL 32803, or SewSim­pleCol­

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