Tuesday, March 4, 2014
More updates to come, with pattern information, fabric choices and project updates.
Please join my on my journey to the perfect fitting blouse. Oh, I forgot, I will be participating at the Advanced skill level.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
My departure may have come because tailoring in its true sense was not "in vogue" since the nineties. Thus, I concentrated on proms and daywear for women. I know dresses can actually be "tailored" in a sense, but I naturally lean towards a sport coat or jacket when I want to pull together an outfit. As for clients, they REALLY must appreciate the craft for me to break out the hymo-weft and shoulder pads.
I lingered in the shadows watching to blogger after blogger practice their skills at tailoring and participating in various sew-a-longs. Although I had yet to participate, until two weeks ago, I watched and dreamed, waiting for the day my long lost love would come once again knocking at my door.
Christmas 2013 brought something out in me! I made some men's shirts for my loved ones. Oh! How exhilarating!!! The task was so satisfying that I didn't want to do anything else.
I had hoarded these fabrics since 2008. I bought them at an American Sewing Guild conference in Atlanta. How about that for hoarding?
Then Two weeks ago Peggy Sagers with Silhouette Patterns offered a free webcast jacket sew-a-long and ASG also offered a free tailored jacket sew-a-long.
There my love was, standing at my door, beckoning me to allow him in once more. I responded in kind and pulled out my green leather which I bought on a NYC fabric buying trip last year with Peggy Sagers.
More to come...leather jacket. Here's a sneak peek.
Until next time.. Thanks for reading.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Vogue....what on earth were you all thinking??!!
|Vogue 8969 Winter 2014|
|Sandra Betzina Vogue 1386, Winter 2014|
Shameful, simply shameful....this should never have come out with a Vogue label affixed!!!!
Friday, April 19, 2013
Teaching sewing skills is what I do to spread the joy of sewing to other interested, crafty, creative folks. I have taught young and old alike. My heart leaps at the sight of a satisfied newbie.
When I see how my students faces light up as the new project takes shape, I get so excited, that it encourages me to overlook the hiccups along the way. All things just seem to be right with the world when they get to the point of completion.
All that to say, it has been such satisfaction to watch my granddaughter blossom into the sewist she is today.
We started her really early, at three, when I bought her her first sewing machine; a Jenome “Hello Kitty” machine I found on Overstock.com for $89.00. It was for her third birthday. While others were outside celebrating her special day, she and I were at the kitchen table learning to thread her new machine. What fond memories these are.
Fast forward several years and we come to now, at almost 6 years old, when she is cutting her own patterns and sewing up her very own outfits. And I should add, not only is she sewing them up, but she is telling me how to design what she wants, although she lacks the design/sewing terms, she knows what it is she is wanting. She has no fear of fabrics nor notions, only just to say, what it is to be sewn into, or what it is to be used for in making something. She does not hesitate at the suggestion of making something however difficult it might seem.
I love how she watches and listened to everything I say and do, especially, when I’m in my sewing room.
I may actually be in the presence of a future well known and acclaimed designer. Oh my! What a joy.
Thanks for following.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Cooking has never been a skill that comes easily for me. Although, I love to eat…I can’t say the same about my cooking. Admittedly I enjoy sewing much more than cooking. “Did I really need to say that?” Oh well, there you have it. I’m no Betty Crocker.
I do like making my life more fun and easier to take. So when I saw this cute little number in my pattern arsenal…. I was just driven to sew one for myself, and of course my grand-daughter. Don’t we just look so cute?
Thanks for following…sew til next time.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Pattern Sizing:I cut a size 14. The length was not altered.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?absolutely.
Were the instructions easy to follow?extremely simple, and definitely leaves something to be desired. Remember to use "sewing with knits" book or other tips for neckline and armhole finishing techniques. For the waist elastic, I did not follow the usual elastic guide, I took my waist and divided it in half to get the front length and the back, then I took two inches off of each piece. This made for a better fit, as the pattern called for 30inches on front and 30in on back then cut to size....way too much waste.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the simplicity. The front draped overlay is a nice simple addition. As for dislikes, I was slightly disappointed in how cheaply the instructions suggested you finish the neckline. It would be good to remember to install a 1/8th inch elastic to stabilize and secure the neckline. The reason being, is the weight of the front bodice pulls something terrible on the seams. Having the edges simple folded over and stitched isn't enough. To alleviate this, I also top stitched the front neckline into the back at the shoulda for symmetry.
Fabric Used:I used an ity jersey.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made a FBA on the front underlay and the overlay. This adjustment caused me to add a necessary side bust dart. The dart made for a much snugger fit. I also made a sway back adjustment and shortened the shoulders by 1.5 inches because the weight caused it to be stretched too much for my taste. If I make it it again, I think stabilizing the neckline shoulders and armholes will prevent that. I did not add my usual 1inch to the waist length. Although, after shortening the shoulders, I wish I had. I also shortened the front and back v-necks by grading into the seam 1/4in towards the middle. This small alteration causes the neckline to hug the body better and prevents gaping.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I will most likely sew it again.
Conclusion: I highly recommend. This is a really sexy dress for any figure.