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?

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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!

 

Things Worth Sharing (August 16, 2014)

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

  • Dixie DIY interviewed a costume pattern designer who works for/with Simpliticy patterns, Andrea Schewe. The interview was interesting from both the costume design standpoint as well as from getting a look into what it’s like to work with a Big 4 pattern company.
  • Emmaline bags is now selling a metal Handmade label. She’s got a couple other styles in her shop as well. I think I might need 1 or 10 of these…

New blogs I started following:

Cloth Habit
Ten Thousand Hours of Sewing
Dixie DIY
Jolie Marie Louise
Andrea Shewe Designs

 

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

Things Worth Sharing

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

Beautiful white dress, sewed by Sarai from Collette Patterns
Being creative on only a little bit of time, from an interview with Mark Frauenfelder, editor of the Make Magazine
Sewing pattern sizes for indie patterns (this is awesome!)
TED talk by Phil Hansen called Embrace the Shake about embracing our limitations and finding the large amount of creativity that comes from that

New blogs I started following:

A Stitching Odessy
Did You Make That?
Love Sewing
Thread Carefully

I’ve also bought a new Craftsy class! It’s Patternmaking + Design: Creative Sleeves with Suzy Furrer. I’m just now finishing up the Suzy’s Bodice sloper class and can’t wait to learn about sleeves. 🙂

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