If your arms are large in proportion to the rest of your body, try this nifty trick for fitting the sleeve into a smaller armhole.
Rayons, while very drapey and abundant in the market place, can be difficult to cut out after preshrinking because they can easily stretch off grain in the washing machine. A front-load washing machine is kinder to these fabrics than a top load, but either can be used if the fabric is preshrunk in a machine in warm water. To allow the seams to relax as the fabric relaxes, sew vertical seams with a narrow zigzag stitch (0.5 mm wide, 2.5 mm long). After the garment is constructed, hand wash and air dry it.
When covering foam cushions, place the foam cushion inside a plastic dry-cleaning bag before inserting it into the cushion cover. The plastic will glide against the fabric and counteract the foam's tendency to stick. Remove the plastic before sewing the cushion cover closed.
If you look inside a Chanel jacket, you'll see G" brass chain attached between the lining hem and the jacket hem. Any long or short jacket in a mediumweight or heavier wool can be weighted. Weighting a swing coat helps it hang in soft folds. The weighted chain helps the jacket hang closer to the body and helps remove wrinkles after wearing. The chain cuts regular thread, so use dental floss or beading thread to attach the chain to the seamline of the lining and the hem, attaching the chain to the jacket at every other link.
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