Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Wonderful Saturday

Saturday morning I met up with a wonderful group of women at Starbucks on West 35st and 8th avenue. We had coffee a few of us had a light breakfast and at 10am we left Starbucks and walked to 37st, where we met the second group of fabulous women such as Sheila, Carolyn, Andrea, Nancy K, Wendy etc. I don't remember all the names, however It was so great to meet all these great ladies. Visit Carolyn's blog for more information

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Window Covering- Post Friday Night Sew- In

I have 3-panels up. I am adding tabs to the top header, these tabs create the pleats at the top. I've made window treatments many times but never this many panels, six was the maximum. Oh wellllll.
Here is picture of the window treatment.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday Night Sew-In

I tooked Friday off. I decided to sew new window treatments for my dining room. I sewed all the windows covering in my home. I bought 42yds of home dec fabric cut in 3.5yds panel in July for a total of 12 panels. Earlier in the week I bought 3-spool of threads- 500yds each and on Thursday night while watching t.v. I pinned the left and right side hem of the 12-panel. I did not have enough lining fabric in my stash. On Friday morning I went to Jo-Anns and bought 50yds of muslin for $1.99/yd + a 50% coupon for only $25.00. I started sewing at 6pm and the panels were ready by 11:45pm. I proceeded to cut 3yds panels of muslin. and went to bed at 1am.

Today I pinned the top header and added the muslin to the panels. And now back to sewing.
I should be finish by late tonight or early tomorrow.

Although I did not finish on Friday night, just the idea of dedicating Friday night to sew was great. Lesson learned planning and using your time wisely is the key to success here. And if you decide to take on such an ambitious project like window treatment start sewing from earlier in the day.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Friday Night Sew-In

I joined the Friday Night Sew-In. The twist here is that I took Friday off because I want to finish a red jacket I started a few months ago and complete the blouse I am working. I have a few more ideas in my head, however more about that laterrrr

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

How to take Measurements

After reading many sewing books, attending tons of classes, in the end it accurate measurements is one of the most important aspects to achieving great fitting clothes.
One of the best books in my sewing library is by Anna Zapp. She provides a diagram and a detailed chart on how to take accurate measurements. I combined Anna's method and an article from threads magazine regarding how to take measurement. I tooked my measurements and here is the results:

1. I am much smaller in the back and larger in the front- this means that the back pattern will be smaller than the front
2. I have a short back, and this is the reason why in ready to wear there is always extra fabric between my shoulder and back bust area. To correct this I removed 1-inch bewteen the back bust line and the shoulder to shoulder measurement
3. I have a swayback and I need to lenghten the center back to meet the front waistline and then do a swayback adjustment
4. From waist to hip the lenght is 11 inches
5. I've gained weight- more in the front, making my front waist measurements much larger than the back.
6. I have a slope shoulder

Anyway you get the idea and here is a pic of the measuring diagrams. If you would like more information regarding the charts I used send me an e-mail