Do you have fabric you shy away from, not just look past when shopping but actually either walk faster if you are there shopping in person or if you shop virtually like I mainly do, you click, click, click past it so you can ignore its existence altogether?
Here is what I found helpful via the 'net.
1. Use tissue paper in between the layers of fabric when you cut. This keeps the two layers from slipping and sliding all over the place. An additional tool I highly recommend is to tape your layers to the surface you are cutting from. I used ordinary scotch tape and it helps tremendously when trying to keep layers straight and on-grain rather than cutting something off-grain and having a huge mishap!
2. If you have to turn a tube as I did with the back ties, I thought that tool Julie and Melissa used in the wrap dress sew along was just brilliant and I went straight to Ebay and purchased a Fasturn myself. It was worth every single penny!
1. Sewing machine tools included a single hole throat plate. This is so essential so that your fabric doesn't get sucked down into the bobbin case. If you've ever used one, you will know exactly what I mean. If you don't have one of these, just use tissue paper, the kind that you put into gift bags and sandwich it between the throat plate and the fabric. It works awesome too!
2. Use the proper sized needle. I used a size 60/8. I also used that size in my serger. How often do you change your sewing needles? I do with every project and I never regret it. If you try and use a needle that is too large, it will likely cause big holes in your fabric and worse yet, it will snag the fabric.
I was attracted to the fact this pattern called for lightweight fabric and its simple design. There is so much room to embellish this top that I hope you'll try it and make it your own!