Monday, July 28, 2014

Cutting and marking uniform dresses.

My good technique of what to do with material after you take out out of the dryer, but before you are ready to cut it.

I tried rolling it to preserve the matched selvages.  It was a so-so solution. Sentinel supervises.

Laying out the material.  There are two pieces because I didn't buy enough the first go-round leaving me nervous for the next few days until I could get back to the fabric store.  Happily, this is a very nondescript fabric, so it was still there.  Also, in the longer strip of material, I have marked a point in the fabric with two clothespins.  This was because I didn't notice one of those little plastic tag things (the kinds that carry the price tags on most clothing) before I washed and dried this material and said little plastic thing caused a huge snag.  So I had to work around that.  It was fine, though.  I had enough.

I am trying a new marking tool this time:  The Clover Pen.
My review?  Best marking device I've come across. And I've tried a lot.  It's full of chalk (you can get blue, yellow and pink, plus refills) and at the bottom is a tiny little wheel which rolls along the fabric and spits out a fine line of chalk.  It would get clogged at times, because of the fabric, but I couple of good taps cleared the clog.  This will become my go-to marking pen for the foreseeable future.


  1. That's a really smart idea for keeping the fabric wrinkle-free after you've washed it! How many dresses are you making? It seems like a lot of fabric. That marking pen is pretty snazzy.

  2. I haven't really captured how awesome that pen was. Spendy (~10.00) but totally worth it. There will be (or now are) three dresses. I do laundry on Wednesday night, so three is the magic number for uniforms. Though when pants are a part of the uniform, I just go with two pair and repeat a day.

  3. I love the marking "pen" with chalk. Very clever and likely worth the $ as it will save you time and frustration!