fashion-drawings-denim-dressI am just working on my new pattern for the Essential Denim Dress and am really loving the mix ‘n’ match denim – it ties in with that 70’s vibe that is so current. I am working with 4 different denims – well actually, 8, if you count both sides of each one – that’s one of the joys of denim!Sewing Denim - what are Twin Needles?

I’m using a classic sky blue, a glitter denim, a pinstripe linen mix denim and a grey/blue one. I am mixing them in a boho style patchwork for a simple shift dress. All these fabrics are from Fabworks Mill Shop – (they have a great selection of denims and now sell online should you be tempted.) And for a TRUE denim look, of course, you need the double line of overstitching. I am using a thick orange cotton in classic Levi style.

twin-needleTwin needles are REALLY easy to use and give a great decorative effect. You just thread up 2 spools on the top of your machine (most machines have space for 2 if you look). You take the 2 threads  through the top section together and thread one into each needle. Your bobbin at the bottom stays the same.

A twin needle only cost a few pounds / dollars and is well worth it for the pro finish it gives your garments. The double line of stitching also looks particularly good on jackets.

I like this Schmetz pack which gives you a set of 3 different sizes to play with. I found that the wide one bridges a seam nicely while the narrower ones are great for purely decorative stitching. (You can click the image to buy through Amazon.)



The pattern for the Essential Denim Dress is available here.