Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Well. I have not been idle these last weeks and days. My mom was here, school started, my husband came home, and I mnade two BWOF duds. siiiiiggggghhhhh . . . I am hopeful however that I've just had a bit of bad luck. The first dud is BWOF 07/2008 #109. I like the model photo and the line drawing. In reality, it's just not me. I think it is partly my choice of fabric. I chose a very drapy cotton I bought from Gorgeous Fabrics. All I can say is meh. The color is okay but it is a little pink for me. The fabric is super soft and beautiful but mehhhhhh. That, and I was being super cool and decided to change the facings. Yeah, all fine and good except I forgot to look a the collor to see if it would work. The collar ends in a different place than I am used to. I made it work but not without a lot of struggles. I haven't put the band and drawstring on yet but that may make it an okay shirt. It is hanging in the closet next to the horrid brown/grey great-fitting dress I made. They are being seasoned. They may or may not see the light of day.
The next dud is 06/2008 #109. Again I think the main problem is the fabric. I chose a gray/green polartec 200 fleece for this pattern. I also found that the zipper was too long. To remedy that I added a band to the top of the jacket. You can see that it just doesn't look right and the back view is not flattering at all. I really need to stay away from this color.
Excuses? I don't have any. I think I just need to make a boatneck knit top or something else where I can get a good result. This reminds me of this friend I have who is a great cook. Last winter for about two weeks she just couldn't make a good meal to save her soul. I'm hoping that this too shall pass . . .
I am still working on the three coats and LBD for me. I am scared crapless to start the LBD when I'm having this kind of luck. Sheesh.
Monday, August 25, 2008
I am so glad I am sewing my own clothing nowadays.
The quality of shoes looked good and I walked out with two new pairs. :) That's what happens when you are waiting for someone else to find pants that fit.
I should have a new top with snaps in a day or two. It's getting mighty close. I feel like I'm exceedingly slow but my mom's been in town, a good friend was here for a week, school started, yadda, yadda, yadda. I will survive.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
First off, it really reminds me of the Mother Alien. No? And look how large it is compared to the Maxi-Lock thread.
I was checking to see how many layers I could go through. This is four layers of midweight cotton shirting on the left and five layers on the right. No sweat.
Then I tried corduroy. This is very stout corduroy. This is four layers. Again, no sweat. I tried it with eight and no-go. I think if I bought the extra long posts it would go through just fine. I am totally in love with these antique brass snaps (on the right).
This is all the different things I received with the press. Mostly I bought the open ring snaps but I like both. I am certainly going to buy some more of the brass, copper, and silver.
I feel a shirt in my near future. And I'm guessing it will have snaps.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
It's a good job. The pay is really nice.
Now I'm one of those wives. You know. The social networking, giant diamond, quad-shot drinking, Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses-wearin' wives*. Except that I'm not that wife.
But as a wife of that guy I have what are called "mandatory events" that I must attend. So, I am in need of a little black dress that will work for cocktail hour. What do you guys think? I have a few requirements but can you guys think of any others?
- It must have sleeves. I have toned arms but it is chilly here in Alaska and even a summer day can be brisk. I'm thinking short sleeves so it will work for the summer.
- I want to be able to dress it up or down.
- I am thinking knit but I know this isn't as sophisticated as a woven. Or is it?
- I want something knee-ish length.
- I want something that is more classic versus trendy.
- I like wrap dresses. They are pretty neutral right?
Here are some options. Do you guys think they would be okay? I tend to err on the side of too casual rather than too dressy. You don't want to be more dressed than the bosses wife.
Here is the really cute jumper from the 09/2008 BWOF. Cute but no sleeves. I will make this but maybe I could make this in a black wool crepe and wear a cute top under it.
I would shorten this to knee length. I like the bust gathering and the stomach runching.
Cute but too froo-froo?
I like this for the unique shape of the sleeves. Would it be dressy if I did it in a black? The pattern is for a woven.
The wrap dress.
I love the shape of this dress. I can't resist boatneck/high neck tops and dresses. No sleeves but . . .
*No offense to anyone out there. It's just not me. I'm more of the polarfleece-wearing, child-carrying, blueberry-picking, cupcake-stained, school teacher type.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I broke out the calf-high boots too because it is getting to be fall (and because I love them).
Close-up of pleat.
You can see it's pretty high.
I lined this with Misty Designer Lining from Gorgeous Fabrics.
You can barely see the walking vent I added to the bottom.
Here is a link to the review of the skirt, Jalie top, and the mini-wardrobe composite.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
- The skirt is done except for a little bit of hand hamming on the bottom.
- My purple (magenta?) top needs to be hemmed.
- I need to photograph the black pants again and the skirt. I would also like to make a composite photo of all the outfits.
After this stuff is complete, I'm going to tackle winter coats for my g'owls. They are from the 09/2006 BWOF. Here are two different views with the line drawing. I won't be embellishing them like these.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
This is where I typically shorten my tops. I shorten all the pieces, back included. This top has two piece sleeves.
Here it is after I shorten all the pieces. Be sure to check all your grainlines. All your grainlines should be the same after you shorten the pieces. This is especially important here when it is a raglan top like here. I make a 1/4" fold but, because there are two layers, it totals 1/2". You'll notice the lines don't exactly match up anymore. I just fudge it when I'm cutting.
Here is a typical set-in sleeve. Well, not so typical because it was a half sleeve but you get the idea.
This is what I did at first because it looked more "normal" but this would mess up the grainlines and not shorten it the same compared to the front.
Hope that helps you Ruth.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Aren't these wrinkles saying I need an FBA? When I remove that 1/2" I hope it will all be better. That small alteration usually fixes the problem.
I really want to tackle the athletic butt/sway back adjustment with this one too. I omitted the zipper but kept the back seam so I could alter the fit.
I know the sewing is a little wonky but I wanted to do a quick muslin. This blue fabric is a tacky polyester fabric. It sews up okay but holds odor like nobody's business. The grey is some random knit. Once I get the kinks out of this pattern, I'm going to make a bunch of these.
- All packages with patterns have been sent. A few of you got some "extras" in your bag. Enjoy. :)
- I just reviewed a pair of pants. I really like them but the pictures suck. I'll add a picture but I warn you: fuzzy and not good. The fabric is really cool with vertical stripes. They fit well though you won't be able to tell. Sigh. Back to the photo studio.
- I have a skirt to do for the mini-wardrobe contest and I've decided on this skirt from the August 2008 BWOF (#106). I really like the simple lines. I think it will showcase the weave of my fabric well. A couple of questions for those of you who care to answer: I plan to line it, should I use the same fold-over design for the lining? Or should I fold the pattern piece and just cut a simple straight skirt for the lining? I am also debating adding a center back seam for my athletic butt/swayback and a kick pleat. Does anyone know of a good online tutorial for a back vent? I love the one for the kick pleat from the Sewing Divas but I would rather have just a back vent for this one.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Pattern Sizing: 34-42. I made the 34.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes, it looks like the model photos and the line drawing. It looks just like I expected.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were very easy. This is a very easy pattern. I wanted to also rank it "Fast and Easy for Beginners" because it is. I cut this out last night and I sewed it up while my kids were watching Sesame Street. That's just 30 minutes. Easy Peasy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love, love, love this sweater. I love the fit and style too. I love how distinctive and cozy it is. I love the color. I was scared about sewing with a sweater knit but that was easy too. I wasn't sure how to finish the hems but my coverstitch machine worked great. I was worried that it would stretch it out at the hem but it didn't. I don't dislike anything.
Fabric Used: A double-sided sweater knit from Gorgeous Fabrics. I chose the brighter pinker side of the knit. Here are both sides together so you can compare.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I did my typical 1/2" shoulder to bust tuck. I will probably always wear it over a cami or top because it is quite open at the top.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will sew this again but not for a while because it is such a distinctive piece. I love that the pattern in BWOF magazine from 2006 is perfect for 2008 and not too trendy.
Conclusion: Another BWOF winner. I love it. I'll wear it all winter.
Here are the two sides of the fabric. I obviously used the pinker side. I think the darker one would be pretty too.