2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

April 21, 2014

IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I'VE TAKEN A PICTURE...

...why?, because I hate taking pictures.  But I realize that posting pictures wearing my hand crafted garments from time to time is necessary for good blog documentation.   After not making pants for an entire year, I decided it was time to add a few new pair to my wardrobe rotation.  When the pants idea first came up I was all ready to start working on a brand new (to me) pants pattern.  I pulled out several patterns, cut the paper pieces out, and then remembered why I took an entire month last spring tweaking my same old TNT pattern.  The number one reasons:
  • limited number of pattern pieces (a two piece slant pocket is enough for me and gives me the look and feel I like).  Call me narrow, but the same goes for the waist band; a one piece waistband fits my body and needs quite well.
  • Come on Faye, why re-invent the wheel?  What you wanted was a good fitting pant pattern, that you could whip up in a couple hours sewing time.  You've worked hard to get it, so just go with it.

Since my re-emergence a couple of weeks ago I've made three new pair and decided to test drive one of them today.
 


Not too tight, not too loose, comfortable all day long.  Minimal diagonal wrinkling across the front thanks to information received from one of my sewing mentors, Gwen.  I will never forget the wrinkle elimination tips she taught me by email.

The other 2 pair that I call radiant orchid and turquoise (I think)
I also love the ease of wearing skirts so I revisited McCall's 6654 to add two colorful knit #2 pencils  this weekend.   I think my sewing sessions produced some much needed splashes of color to my otherwise neutral way of dressing. 

Turquoise and Coral both of pontederoma
I'm not on one of my usual all out sewing marathons (yet), but I think I'm off to a great sewing season.  I really did enjoy being able to sew the past two weekends - it was like taking a breath of really fresh air...

April 19, 2014

I AM SEWING - RESULTS TO FOLLOW SOON, BUT IN THE MEANTIME...


...let's take time to rejoice because




And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him."
Mark 16:6
Have a beautiful Easter weekend sharing with family and loved ones where ever you are!

April 9, 2014

RE-EMERGENCE...

...needed to take some time to organize, gather my thoughts, and clean up a bit.  If it's alright with you, I'll just pretend that I've been here all along and I just pick up where I left off, o.k.  It's amazes me how junkie my sewing area can get even when you are not doing any sewing.  Case in point...
this mess.  How useful can an inspiration board like this be?
or this mess.  How in the world does this continually happen?  I declare this table is a clutter magnet!


Part of my organizing efforts produced this
a useful inspiration board ready for me to junk up again.  No, I take that back, I must speak positive words in my sewing room.

and a clean, ready to use cutting space.
Even with our sporadic weather (supposed to be 40 degrees in the morning), I've had plenty of time to think about spring sewing possibilities.  I do have a little plan (subject to change), and I have pulled 6 stashed fabrics (4 wovens and 2 knits) that are being pretreated tonight.  Maybe, just maybe, if the dryer hurries up, I can get at least one item cut tonight.  Here's 4 of the pieces
Jersey knit for a top, pontederoma knit for a pencil skirt, and two gaberdine pieces that will become slim cut pants.
There's brown and radiant orchid gaberdine pieces in the dryer now, both for pants.  I think I've blog watched from a distance long enough - it's time for me re-emerge...


March 15, 2014

LACK OF ACTIVITY AROUND THESE PARTS...

... almost always =s dramatically busy work life going on.  Yep, there are times that I have to back away from the sewing machine (a difficult thing to do) to focus on other pressing tasks at hand.  I'm not sure if I mentioned that in February five of my students competed in District Level
Competitions that yielded 3 metals (2 first place and 1 third).  This time it was the big Statewide Competitions; more difficult, harder judging criteria, and much more stressful - at least it was for me.  For the last two and 1/2 days, five students and one model competed in five events.

I gave them the pep talk that my Granny used to give me:
  •  try your very best, 
  •  come away from the task confident that you have given your very best,
  •  win or lose know that after after you've done your very best, that is all that you could have done.
We won Third Place in one category, and I am confident that each student gave it her very best try.

The student who won stood on her feet cutting and styling for almost six whole hours to win her third place metal. That took real dedication and endurance.

I am so very proud of each and every one of them.  This was the first year for our Chapter.  We learned a lot, and will go into our second year with more confidence and more knowledge.

I can hear the sewing machine calling my name, shhhhhh, can you hear it??????? 

March 2, 2014

QUICK POLL...

...RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU HAVE THIS HANDY TOOL IN YOUR SEWING ROOM

If so, how often do you use it???

As for me in response, I quite often forget I have it, although I always know where to find it if I do want to use it - which is rare.  It's a wonderful idea, but it just gets too hot, burns your hands, making it quite uncomfortable to use.

February 25, 2014

STICK A FORK IN IT, I'M CALLING THIS PROJECT DONE...

...I set a goal to complete my Fearless February project in two weeks. but alas so much life happened.   Never the less, I stuck with it and now Vera is finished.  I did learn something  about me and tailoring - once I start it, I just don't know how to turn it off.  There's always one more thing to add to it, then another, and another so it takes up soooo much time.  I keep promising myself that I WILL yet make a coat or a jacket with NO TAILORING at all, but that never happens.

No picture wearing it yet because daily temperatures are currently reaching the mid 70's.  However, our weatherman is promising a return of the polar vortex in just a few days.  What my Grandmother said is still true; "Spring doesn't officially happen in Georgia until Easter".

I took the challenge and conquered this fabric; now I saw today that Victoria has extended Fearless February through March.

I'll have to decide if I want to start another fearless project.  Right now I really need a little palette cleanser; something nice and easy and simple and knit probably from a TNT pattern.... 

February 15, 2014

VERA COAT UPDATE: SLEEP AND RISE, SLEEP AND RISE...

...it never ceases to amaze me how the Bible plays such an important role in my life.  What in the world, you might ask, does the Bible have to do with my "Vera" coat?  Well depending on what I'm involved in or doing at any given time, (be it a situation, a conversation or even a sewing project) a Bible verse that seriously applies pops into my mind.  For instance, this morning while - you know - slaving working on the "Vera" coat this is what popped up...

And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.

Yes, for two weeks that's what I've done with every spare minute; Sleep, and rise night and day to work on this coat.  This verse found in Mark 4:27 does promise a positive end to all this sleeping and rising night and day.

The lining construction did  begin last night, but not after hours of sitting, thinking, and contemplating what would be the best way to bring this project to a end.  At first it felt like wasted time, but I now I think I made the best choice.  First, the pattern calls for the bodice being lined with fashion fabric which I think would make it too bulky.  Instructions also call for using lining only for the skirt of the coat without the benefit of a facing.  I thought this would put too much stress on my fashion fabric if that makes sense.  The issue:  what fabric to  combine with my actual lining to finish this coat off.

Of course I've read all the review on this pattern, and thought the best solution for me and this fabric was one used by Tany at Couture et Tricot.  She found a solution for this same pattern and also the Blue Orchid jacket that she had made.  You can read about it here interesting.  A great solution, however; I am not familiar with the serge fabric she used.  Hours later I made a final decision - so I'm using a light weight woven suede.  The woven suede was used for the center back and front sections of the bodice and also used to make  a front facing for the skirt part of the coat.

Bodice Back

Bodice Front

Lining Front

All is well except I ran short of my crape back lining fabric and had to pull the best I had in my stash for the sleeves.  This is the first time, please tell me I'm not the only one to every do this.

Probably won't meet my goal today, but a day or two over won't be that bad.  Sorry for the italicized post don't know what happened...


BOOKS ACQUIRED

  • Pants Sewing Guide
  • Denim Revolution
  • Pants for Real People
  • Jackets for Real Peopls
  • Easy, Easier, Easiest Tailoring - Palmer & Pletsch - Gifted
  • The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook
  • Ribbon Crafts
  • Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers
  • Successful Serging
  • Making Trousers for Men and Women
  • Couture Sewing Techniques
  • Singer - Perfect Plus
  • Cool Couture
  • Couture, The Fine Art of Sewing
  • Singer Sewing Reference Library - Tailoring - GIFTED
  • The Perfect Fit: The Classic Guide to Altering Patterns - Creative Publishing International
  • Fit for Real People
  • DK-The Complete Book of Sewing