Things Worth Sharing (September 20, 2014)

Here’s some interesting links and projects that I’ve come across this week.

New blogs I started following:

 My Way Of
Sew Incredibly Crazy
New Vintage Lady

Did you find anything this week that particularly inspired you? Or buy any new books or classes?

A Pile Of Patterns

I’ve not worked on much this week.  I’ve done some knitting, but it doesn’t look different enough to bother with another picture. I didn’t get a chance to do any sewing, but I did carve out some time to support patterns.

In working on the sloper, I realized that much of my fabric was already claimed in my mind for a specific project. However, I didn’t always know exactly which pattern or even if there was enough fabric for what I wanted to do. So I started matching fabric and patterns. The yellow notes on there are notes to myself about notions or sizes or fitting.

A pile of patterns and fabric

A pile of patterns and fabric to be added to my always growing “to sew” list

I started to count, but when I got to the ones that are waiting on me drafting a pattern, I quit. That was at 23 so I’m guessing around 30. My number one priority to make is work pants. I’ve got two fabrics, one a cotton and the other a blend with no stretch. I’ve also got three pants patterns to choose from. The Vogue pattern came with Sandra Betzina’s Craftsy class, Pant Construction Techniques. It’s my least favorite of the styles, however.

Pants pattern options

Pants pattern options

Wrap-a-long pattern and fabric

Wrap-a-long pattern and fabric

My next one was already high on my list and then The Curvy Sewing Collective announced the wrap a long and this pattern was one of the recommended ones. Hopefully I can get my act together in time to do that.

At first I was going to prioritize beyond just the first couple, but I think that will just distract me. Focus will be key for me to get these actually done!

Things Worth Sharing (September 13, 2014)

Here’s some interesting links and projects that I’ve come across this week.

  • Handmade by Carolyn (same lady that made the shoes) now has a new beautiful blue dress. Love it! Note to self: steal her idea blatantly as soon as I have the sewing skills…
  • I think this is a great overview of how to focus on sewing for your style. There’s some tips in here I need to use.
  • I’m sort of picky about any crochet I do. I think it’s easy for crochet to look clunky and homespun. On Craft Gossip there’s a review for a crochet book that I think it excellent. My favorite of the pictures shown are the socks!

 

New blogs I started following:

Handmade Jane

 

Did you find anything this week that particularly inspired you? Or buy any new books or classes?

Knit Sloper, Round 1

I’ve been working on turning my moulage into actual usable patterns. First, I’m trying to get basic slopers done.

Here’s I’ve got my knit sloper pattern pieces. After tracing them off, I’ve just added the design lines right on there. I prefer to use tracing paper and a tracing wheel when I cut out patterns, so this keeps me from needing to trace off a new pattern for each different design element I want. Once I get the pattern fitting, I can have all my options on one sloper.

Knit Sloper Front

Knit Sloper Front

Knit Sloper Back

Knit Sloper Back (PS: the hem is straight on the bottom, the picture’s just at a weird angle. I promise!)

Pattern Lines

Pattern Lines

The problem, of course, is that I’m really struggling with the fit on this. I’ve tweaked and tweaked and it still looks really sloppy..

This sloper is just a basic t-shirt with a square neckline. Right now, it’s just basted together with no neck band or finished hems.

I know for sure that the front needs a little more room in the bust, and the hem is weird shaped.

Knit Muslin Front

Knit Muslin Front

For the back, it almost looks like I need to raise up the shoulder more, even though I’ve already taken out 1 1/2″. In addition the arm hole needs to be a little wider at the cross back.

Knit Sloper Back

Knit Sloper Back

Right now, I’m feeling like I should take a break from it and come back to it when I’m a little fresher. No reason to keep sewing on it when the frustration is this high. That’s part of the perks of a hobby :)

Things Worth Sharing (September 6, 2014)

Here’s some interesting links and projects that I’ve come across this week.

New blogs I started following:

Beau Baby
The Twisted Yarn
Amy Made That
Tilly and the Buttons (how was I not already following this one?!)

 

Did you find anything this week that particularly inspired you? Or buy any new books or classes?

Knitting Again

I’ve picked up my knitting needles again after a long break. The last thing I knitted was a pair of socks. I got a Craftsy class (of course) called Knit Original Cuff Down Socks. I kept mine very simple, just a basic knitting around, nothing fancy. I got a self-striping yarn which kept it from being boring. The yarn is bamboo and wool so it’s a luxury on my feet. I finished these aloooong time ago (last year sometime) but haven’t blogged them and honestly, haven’t worn them. Not because they don’t fit or I don’t like them, but because I don’t want to put stinky sweaty feet into something I spent so much time and effort on! I know…. I’m working on getting over it…,. :)

My First Socks

My First Socks

The next project I’m going to see if I can finish in time to wear this fall. Considering I knit at a snails pace, maybe I should have set my sights on next fall…

This is a simple lace-y scarf pattern that was a free download from Interweave (sorry, not sure where that link is). I’m using a very special yarn for this one. During a business trip to Dallas, there was a yarn shop within walking distance of my hotel. I ate cheap, saved up per-diem money and bought a gorgeous, hand painted, deep purple wool skein. Since this was more of a memento than a true project, I just bought one skein. The pattern calls for 1.5 – 2 skeins, but it’s also expecting a smaller yarn size. I’m hoping that with the larger yarn and slightly larger needles, this scarf will still turn out a respectable size.

Whatever size it is, I will love it, mostly because it’s super comfy and a beautiful purple :)

Purple Scarf

Purple Scarf

Things Worth Sharing (August 29, 2014)

Here’s some interesting links and projects that I’ve come across this week.

 

New blogs I started following:

Daughter Fish
Sew Maris
Puu’s Door of Time

Did you find anything this week that particularly inspired you? Or buy any new books or classes?

Self-Drafted Pencil Skirt

One type of skirt that I didn’t often wear was a pencil skirt. It’s not because I didn’t like them; I love the look of them. But mass-produced pencil skirts that fit me through the hips require a smaller waist than I have. The only skirts I’ve had that even sort of had this shape were stretch fabrics of some kind.

But now I have no limitations on the pencil skirt! This is a self-drafted pattern and I love how it looks!

Completed pencil skirt

Completed pencil skirt

I did have to fiddle with the fit a little bit because I didn’t draft enough ease into it. I ended up having to let out both side seams, but take in a little bit at the center back for shaping. In the end it works, but it still tight enough that getting in and out of the car is a trick in lady-like maneuvering :)

The back has an invisible zipper in the center back seam and a button closure on the waistband. I’m proud of myself for learning how to do the overlapping waistband and a button and buttonhole, but I didn’t do the best quality work on it (hence: no close up pictures…). There’s also a walking vent on the back seam, which I learned to do from this tutorial on A Fashionable Stitch.

Back of skirt

Back of skirt

Next skirt in my head to draft and make: a denim skirt with piping and pockets.

Things Worth Sharing (August 23, 2014)

Here’s some interesting links and projects that I’ve come across this week.

New blogs I started following:

Handmade by Heather B
Lost in a Spotless Mind
Delia Creates
Falling Through Your Clothes
Charity Shop Chic
Katie Kadiddlehopper

Did you find anything this week that particularly inspired you? Or buy any new books or classes?

Moulage Progress

I’ve been slowly working through a Craftsy class called Patternmaking Basics: the Bodice Sloper. Currently, I’ve got the fit of the muslin right, for the most part, but now I have to transfer the changes to the moulage pattern.

The fitting required some finagling. My first moulage fit beautifully on the back, but the front was so tight, I couldn’t close it up (no pics of that one!). So I remeasured, tried again with some bigger measurements in the bust and the waist and drafted and sewed a second one. This one fit better in the front, but not entirely (so yeah, still no pics…), but didn’t really fit in the back. Rather than try to figure it out (because the back is really really hard to do when it’s on yourself) I decided to take the back of the first one and the front of the second one and try to marry them up.

Matching up moulage shoulder

Matching up moulage shoulder

It worked very well on the sides, and even the shoulders went pretty well. Still wasn’t big enough to close, so there was some slashing and spreading and armhole dart taking in in order get it to close down the front. It all worked in the end and it fits, but man, is it tight. I posted pics (finally, there’s pics!) on the Craftsy platform to ask Suzy about the fit and she said good to go, other than some vertical waist changes.

Moulage slash and spread fitting

Moulage slash and spread fitting

I can’t believe how much fun I’m having with this process, even when I frustrated and ready to wad everything up and chuck it. (That sounds like an oxymoron of some kind, but it’s true.) I’ve measured my sister and started drafting her moulage as well. When I asked if I could measure her, she gave me a look that distinctly said, “I tolerate you and your hobbies.” :). However, I need to finish up some other project before I sew up her moulage musin.

I think this class is fantastic for learning this process. I’m curious if Suzy Furrer’s methods are unique to her or if this is more standard flat pattern drafting material Either way, her style of teaching and the online format really work for me and I love it!