Thursday, July 25, 2013

Adjust the Bust - The Complete Guide with Kathleen Cheetam- Craftsy Class Review

Before I review the class, I would like to give you a little background information.
Craftsy is a website that was started a few years ago and it has grown by leaps and bounds.
Ericka posted concerning a class on Craftsy in this post
I clicked on the link and I purchase two classes; Sandra Betzina’s pant fitting  and Susan Khalje couture dress.  Recently Craftsy had a 75% discount on their classes and I took advantage of the sale and purchase  a few more classes.

Adjust the Bust was one of the classes I bought.
The technique of watching the video probably 3-4 times before I started taking notes and working with the  models was a winning combination for me.
The topics that  were covered included but were not limited to:
1. How to fit a full bust and a small bust by adding or subtracting fullness to the bust area
2. How to add the ease included in the pattern to your high bust measurement and use the results purchase a pattern that will fit you in the neck and armhole area. This was a first for me.
3. Princess Seams. my interest was on fitting the bus. I skip this part of the class for another time.
 Kathleen was focus, and methodical. The classes were divide into section and the each section was  sequencially taught.
This class may not be for everyone, depending on your level of sewing . If your level is advance or you enjoy couture sewing, this may not be for you. I don't think a beginner will benefit from this class, it may be too advance. You be the judge. For me it was worth it. And I am looking forward to more classes at Craftsy or an You-Tube. Speaking of You-Tube... more in another post.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Random Thoughts About Sewing- Original vs. Copying

Kristine wrote two posts this week. The first post generated great conversation. From the responses two questions came to my mind. First, why do we sew? And second is there anything that is original in fashion today? The first question was answered by Kristine here. There is no need for me to reinvent the wheel. Well written Kristine.

The second question was a bit more complicated. I love the fashions of the 50’s, 60’s 70’s and 90’s on so onnnn!. As you can see I did not include fashions era of the 20’s, 30’s 40’s and 80’s. I enjoy looking at the earlier decades; however I am not in love with them. The 80’s was one of the most horrible fashion decades in history. Why, I will address that topic in another post.

I owned a large collection of vintage patterns, and I have a large collection of vintage fashion images that I have collected over a period of time. One of my biggest sources of finding vintage fashion is the internet. I went through my collection and went on the internet to search for more information and I was not surprised to find that nothing is original. There is not one design out there that is original, every designer look back on previous decades, history, the environment, a trip, a painting, etc. This information is then use as inspiration to reinterpret and maybe manipulate the exact same design of previous decades. The addition of technology, fabrics, dyes, threads, colors and other materials available to the designer add to mix of whats available to the designer. Below is an example, this is from the Dolce & Cabbana spring/summer collection 2013. Look closely, the dress is a basic dress that you can easily find in your pattern collection. Origina vs Copying or Re-interpretation? You be the judge on this one.

Here is a link to Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer Collection 2013, two of my favorite designers. If you watched the slide show you will be able to see history in fashion (The Roman Empire), and the 50’s done with new fabrics and 50’s fabrics. You can see it on YouYube here Beautiful, "YES" original "Absolutely NOT"

Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy 4th of July

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July. My family and I had a blast, we ate, drank and dance, dance, dance.

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