Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Blouse Shell/Sloper

Hello: first let me give Paco, Cenetta and Elaray a big "shout out for visiting. It is wonderful to know that you guy take the time to stop by. Thank you so very much.

I am working on a basic shell for a blouse that will eventually become my sloper to draft blouses,vest,jacket and the top of a dress.This is a time consuming process, but well wort the time it takes, because once the sloper is completed it will be very easy to alter pattern and make design changes. The photos below were my first fitting.


I relieved some of the wrinkles by loosening the center back. Its much better. I need to drop the armhole because it is somewhat uncomfortable. I also need to do a swayback adjustment.

The front shell needs some work.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

More About Couture


















You must run and purchase the January/February issue of Sew News Magazine. Its all about couture. There are several articles from couture hand sewing to couture fitting.

The article below "Stitch to Stage" was excellent. It clearly explained the reason why couture is so expensive and only a few rich folks in the world can afford this type of clothing. It tells you how many hours it takes to construct a suit, blouse, etc.




















This article tells you how to identify if a garment is couture or expensive RTW

















Eye on interfacing is excellent. All the interfacing listed in this article are my favorites



















Sew News did a great job in explaining everything you need to know about couture in very simple language that a beginner sewer can understand. Claire Schaeffer does an excellent job with the article she wrote.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Swap- Skirt #4

Skirt #4 is done, it's not black, it is dark navy blue, it will work with my black & white swap. Here is a view of the back of the skirt. Sorry about the wrinkles in the back of the skirt, i decided to sit down while I waited for my photographer extraordinaire .


















Below is a side and front view of the skirt. The skirt was made out of suiting fabric from my stash. It feels like velour, but is probable cotton with a % of polyester and spandex, because it has a little bit of a stretch.





I am planning to wear this outfit tomorrow to go to work, with neutral color stockings and boots, because it is very colddddddddddddddd here in the northeast

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Swap- Skirt #3, mystery solve















This is what happens when you don't read the pattern instructions. I stopped reading the instructions that comes with the pattern probably 4-5 years ago. Thread magazine had an article " Take the training wheels off your sewing machine". Basically, it encourage the sewer to sew a pattern without looking at the instructions that come with it. I never read another pattern instruction sheet. Beside I have an extensive sewing library, who needs to read those instructions. Well, I will be reading the pattern instructions if its a garment or a design that's new to me.






After reading the pattern sheet of Simplicity 7097 ( pattern may be out of print) I realized that the instruction were well written and if i had read the instructions i would have realize that the flounce was applied to the front & back skirt before sewing the side seam. The skirt has an asymmetrical seam and the seam angles out at 45 degree
I sewed the right side seam of the flounce with a straight seam instead of a 45 degree angle of slanted seam, that is why it has that droop and bubble at the end. I feel somewhat better, since i know whar went wrong.

I spent a lot of time on that skirt, I added black pipping to the skirt and it really brought the skirt to life. I don't have enought fabric left to cut out another flounce. Oh well, i don't feel like spending any more time right now.

Skirt #4 is almost done. I have to put the self facing waist and and do the hem.


Saturday, January 19, 2008

SWAP- skirt # 3

HELP- i have been working on this skirt on and off since early January. Everything was going well until I added the flounce. The right side has a bubble, i don't know where i went wrong. I am going to put it away for a while.


I have a navy blue skirt in the wings waiting to be sewn. I will start on that skirt tomorrow, since this weekend was designated as my sewing weekend.

Last night i bought a couple of Simplicity patterns at Jo-Ann, great sale 5 for 5. I will post those later

Friday, January 11, 2008

Comments About My New Year Resolutions

Hello: Thank you Nancy and Paco for stopping by. Paco thanks for the advice, i will keep it in mind. Now, Paco if only my sewing was as exquisite as yours. Oh well, I can only hopeeeeee.

Thanks again for stopping by

Sunday, January 6, 2008

New Year Resolutions

2008 Sewing Resolutions
Every Blog I read, sewers are mapping out their sewing plans and resolutions for 2008. In fact Diary of a Sewing Fanatic is forging ahead with her sewing plans. I am inspired by my sewing family and after reading so many resolutions I put together a few of my goals for 2008 as well.
It tooked a lot of thinking and commitment on my part to come up with this list, so here I go:

1. Sew with a Plan- . After reading Faye’s sewing adventure blog, I decide to make my swap 3-4 garments at a time

2. Don’t buy any more fabrics unless I can do the following: a) have a plan in mind b) if I don’t have a plan and I buy the fabric, then I must give away a fabric from my collection, c) any fabric I buy this year can only stay in my collection for 1 year, otherwise I must give it away. I will explain at another time. I have been collecting fabrics since 1978.

3. Sew consistently. It does not matter if its home decorating projects, quilts or clothing, just sew consistently

4. Don’t shy away from challenging projects. Will explain in another post

5. Continue to organize my fabric stash opps! Errr collection (sorry Carolyn) lol, fabrics, notions and patterns. This is an ongoing project. I will continue to work on these projects, however the difference this year is that I would not waist time re-organizing the same areas

6. Streamline my pattern collection. This collection dates back to 1978

7. Improve my pattern drafting skills

8. Organize my sewing library- I have an extensive sewing library. I will only buy books that compliment my existing library LOLllllllllllll.

9. Organize my sewing laboratory (basement). Keep my sewing area neat and orderly by cleaning up and putting patterns away between projects

10. Meet me a sewing buddy. I will like to be able to go shopping, meet for lunch etccccc

11. I will like to take a scrapbooking class.
Done, as you can read I have an extensive resolution list.

One more thing this list is subject to change.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Back to Swap

Simplicity 7097





I drafted my skirt sloper and I used simplicity 7097 as my skirt pattern. I used my sloper to check the pattern and brought it in line with my sloper. The darts on the pattern were left intact and I transferred the position of the dart unto my sloper. I made two skirts from this basic pattern.

Here is a photo of my basic skirt sloper




I have 2 more skirts to sew to complete the first phase of my swap. Although I think i am going to do 6 skirts . Anyway I decided to sew Simplicity 7097 view D and E. This pattern has been in my collection for a couple of years.

For view D I used my basic skirt pattern and trace the curve line off the simplicity pattern. Done

View E was a little more work. Again I used my sloper to make needed adjustments on the paper pattern. Here are photos

This photo shows the back pattern as one large piece




This view has a side zipper. I prefer the zipper in the center back. I am using my sloper to find the center back, correct the fit and adjust the placement of the zipper. This is the right back



This is the left back view. The same correction and adjustments are being done on the left back.
This skirt has an asymmetrical hem. The red line on the pattern is the center back line I drew to separate the pattern.



This is the finished pattern. The back skirt has a right and left side. The seam is down the center back, and this is where i will insert the zipper. The hem is asymmetrical


This is the end result of the front skirt. There was not much to do here. I only adjusted the placement of the dart on the pattern. My patterns were cut out on poster board, this make it easy to use chalk and trace it on the fabric then add seam allowances. I am planning to hand baste the sewing line, sea allowance and darts. I saw the technique on sewing divas blog. Next post will be pictures of the skirts.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Red Wool Skirt

I sewed the waistband and hem the skirt and lining. This wool is absolutely deliciuos, the feel and texture is great. My daughter loves the skirt and the fit is absolutely perfect. Will post a picture later. She is putting together a design board of the item she wants me to sew. I will post more on that soon. My next project is to complete the first phase of my swap

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy New Year.... Feliz Ano Nuevo.

Had a wonderful New Year Eve at home with my family, cooking and watching movies.

Movies I saw: The Great Debaters, American Gangster and The Perfect Holiday. Denzell Washington was absolutely phenomenal in American Gangster, The Great Debaters, the actress and the two actors did a phenomenal job. Denzel Whittaker (no relation to Forest Whittaker) 14-year old actor played a superb part, so did Forest Whitaker and the rest of the cast. These two movies get 10 stars each. Oscar winning performanceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

There is another movie Illegal Tender, it is on dvd, fantastic movie, it captured my attention from the begining to the end.

New Year Resolution is coming soon. Stay tuned