A solid navy blue dress is the classic dress code for most weddings and functions, but it does have a bit more variety than you would find in every other color. One of the fun things to do with solid navy is to explore various print techniques to get a multitude of effects. If you have a solid blue dress and wish to combine it with patterned or printed patterns, there are a variety of techniques you can use to accomplish this effect. This article will explore the basics of how to sew together solid navy pieces so that you have an incredible dress that not only flatters your figure but also radiates grace and style.
To begin with, let us look at the solid navy background itself. In the same way that there are many different prints, there are two-color variations of the solid color. By creating a border between two panels of solid color fabric using a one-sided printed pattern or by using a clear space, you can create the appearance of three-dimensional space. To learn the best techniques for making your own two-color academic mark, see the fabric examples on this page.
A border always makes a sophisticated impression because it draws the eye to a specific area. If you wish to create an impression of empire, then a large solid navy background on four panels may be just what you need to achieve this goal. There are various prints available which include the so-called science and nature motifs that feature coral reefs, sailing ships, and floral patterns. If you want to try something a little different, consider quilting in place, which is when you sew panels of fabric around an entire quilt block to create a beautiful quilt top.
If you sew together panels of fabric, either all in the same color or contrasting colors, then the seams should be fitted and be one quarter of an inch larger than the finished size. Then you will cut a series of six or eight inch strips, which you will use to sew together your various print designs. The design you choose will depend on your overall theme for your quilt, but the main idea is to keep the seams tidy and to make sure that your blocks are the same size. Next, you will sew together the four main blocks of fabric. A coordinating solid print or a solid and alternating color of fabric is most likely the easiest way to accomplish this look.
For an authentic look, do not simply run a straight line from left to right when sewing the first panel of fabric, but rather turn the fabric 90 degrees, press seams and then sew the next panel. Pressing seams helps to ensure that the blocks of fabric are stitched together properly and will stay pressed through the entire project. For more of an impact, use contrasting fabrics to prevent a single print from standing out. For example, choose two different shades of coral for the panels and then use solid navy for the rest of the quilt.
After you have finished your first panel, take a piece of tracing paper and laminate it. Trace a solid colored line down the back of the tracing paper and then use a coordinating shade of fabric to highlight that mark. You will need to do the same thing for the remaining panels, but be sure to only laminate the traced lines and not the actual fabric. Once you are finished with each panel, it is time to sew together your quilt top.
It is easy to seew together your solid navy blocks because the pattern is so simple. Using a machine is not necessary; however, I would recommend using a quilting guide because it makes it easier to gain the right backing for your project. You can find these guides at many online sources. Once your blocks are assembled, use a sheer cloth as your backing. This will allow you to see how the blocks are designed and help you identify any areas that may need trimmed or re-sewn.
The finished product should look something like this: Your solid navy block background is sewn together, the contrasting sewn in area is highlighted, and your solid color is the outermost layer. Allow two to three weeks for your quilt to dry before using it. Now your quilt is complete!