January 18, 2018

WORK WEAR WEDNESDAY ON THURSDAY: 18 DEGREES - WIND CHILL FACTOR 9...

 ...when I made my faux shearing coat in December someone asked me; "Where will you be wearing that - New York?".  Shade people, shade!  Who says it doesn't get cold in Georgia?  Occasionally I'll post what I call WWW (Work Wear Wednesday).  But we didn't have school on Wednesday because of

 this

 this
and this,
 that seams to happen about every four years or so.

But when we did return to school today, the temperature was 18 Degrees with a wind chill factor of 9.  So I felt compelled to wear this...
Thank goodness my Kwik Sew 4197 jacket was ready to keep me nice and cozy during our Antarctic temps.  It's unbelievably light weight, but also remarkably warm.  This is my second wearing - because - yes contrary to popular belief, it does get cold here in Middle Georgia. And, yes (go ahead and laugh) 1/2 inch of snow does stop us dead in our tracks...

January 17, 2018

COFFEE & COCKTAILS ANYONE???

...last year I watched in awe as Elizabeth Made This hosted her first "DAY AND NIGHT DRESS CHALLENGE".  It was wonderful seeing all the beautiful Day and Night dresses created by the 18 bloggers/vloggers who took part.  I think that challenge was my first virtual encounter with Elizabeth.  Since that time we have gotten to know each other better - she participated in my "TOPS THAT POP SEW-A-LONG" last spring; was featured in my "WHY SHE SEWS & BLOGS ABOUT IT" post last November.  We also work as co-administrators of  the Facebook group SEW MUCH TALENT(gr).

I am very honored to take part in Elizabeth's 2018 Day and Night Dress Challenge!  I'll share my process all along the way here.  I'll put my spin on COFFEE & COCKTAIL dresses, and how they translate to my lifestyle.


But guess what, you can also take part in Elizabeth's 2018 Day and Night Dress Challenge!  It's a  two-part challenge so anyone from the sewing community who blogs, or vlogs, and has an Instagram account can also join.  Read here for more information on the community segment. (Time Frame for Community Submission:  From now until March 5th)  There will be lots of prizes and random drawings as well! 
 Stay tuned.  this is going to be SEW MUCH FUN!!!

January 15, 2018

REMEMBERING THE DREAMER...

...his words of hope and encouragement still echo in our ears today - we must keep moving forward



January 8, 2018

FOR YOUR SUNDAY AFTERNOON VIEWING PLEASURE: EYE CANDY AND SEWING INSPIRATION...

...
in 2017 we had a wonderful sewing year! We've created garments that we will love and wear for years to come, classics and seasonal favorites.  Maybe we had just a few wadders along the way, but oh well, it's all a part of a wonderful learning process.

But alas, on at the wake of a brand new year we've found new aspirations that dictate new styles, new designs and new directions.  I say, "out with the old and in with the new"!  Here's a sneaky peek into fashion for 2018 - January Burda Style ...



January 2, 2018

WARDROBE/CLOSET ANALYSIS...

...It's New Years, the time when the majority of us are focusing on organization, planning and change.  My focus:  closet space which is almost non-existent at my house.  It's fine and dandy to wish for more space, but when it comes right down to it, I have to be realistic and learn to live within the space that I have.

I had to ask myself this question this morning:  Does a closet full of clothes a functional wardrobe make???  I think that all of us would agree that the answer to this question is a big fat "NO".  Yet. my cup runneth over when I open my closet doors.  Issues created by the closet bulge:


  • Clothes are so tightly packed in that I can hardly slide a hanger.
  •  Items are not organized, so it's hard for me to find what I'm looking for.
  • The majority of the items were made by me.  Many pieces have not been worn for a very long time. yet I cling to them with very strong emotional attachment because I created them or  I love the fabric so much.  There I've said it, I have an emotional attachment to clothes - am I the only one???
  • My closet situation has been giving me anxiety for quite sometime.  I complain about it and promise to reorganize but find myself procrastinating so it remains the same.
  • Since I love to sew.  I am capable of creating clothes that I love to wear.  I create quite a significant number of garments per year.
  • I quite often feel that I have nothing to wear. 
SOLUTION:  Unless I purge my closet there will no longer be a reason to sew.  I cannot continue to sew to fuel an already bursting at the seams closet.  So I have decided to initially remove  of 50 pieces from the closet (I may need to remove more later).   How did I come up with this magical 50 number:  I just pulled it out of thin air as a good starting point.
33 Pieces down - 18 more to go.  More about this later.
Do you have a method or system for purging your self made items???

December 31, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2018...

...to all of my readers:  Thank you so much for tuning in to Faye's Sewing Adventure all year long.   Interaction with you makes maintaining my blog well worthwhile.

Proverbs 3:5-6  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not onto your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.

 I leave you with a parting picture of what I worked on most of the day - my sewing table.
 It's crowded but well organized. It's been dusted, de-linted, and scrubbed down. Machines cleaned, oiled and ready to go. This clean-up effort was prompted after becoming sick last week while working with fur fabric.  I just didn't think about wearing a mask to prevent inhaling fur particles, ending up with a case of what I'm calling self induced bronchitis. This cleanup was part of my effort to get rid of the fur residue in my sewing rooms.   I do not understand why some people are more susceptible to allergens than others.
Moral of the story - please wear a mask when working with fur and other like fabrics.
I'm getting better day by day, still not 100% but wanted to take a moment to issue this information just in case someone didn't know.
Happy New Year
Looking forward to us making lots of pretty things in 2018...

December 22, 2017

FALL'S SWEET SIXTEEN...

...do you remember my plans for a Fall Wardrobe Collection?  I talked about it here, here, and here.
"Fall's Sweet Sixteen" (was named for Project Runway's Season 16 that has now come and gone).  My dream was to stitch up 16 garments that would yield countless wonderful outfit combinations for Fall and Winter.  The plan was to see if I could pull of a simple, non-stressful wardrobe capsule.
This was the plan in a nutshell:
  • 4 Outer Wear Garments (Coat/Jacket/Vest or Cardigan)
  • 4 Tops/Tunics/Blouses or Tees
  • 4 Pants
  • 4 Dresses and/or Skirts
    Here are the results so far
Clockwise: Kwik Sew 4197 Jacket, OOP Vogue 8323 (top), Blackwood Cardigan by Helen's Closet, A Modified Rendition of  Simplicity 1916, and McCall's 7249 (top)
All five pieces are wearable, and all have been work except for the Kwik Sew Jacket - waiting for the weather to cool off again for that one.  I did start and finish Vogue 9032 pants (remember, I WANT IT ALL) , but they turned out to be a dud for me with the back princess seams twisted and contorted - I have no idea what happened!  And although they are still in the sewing room they will not be worn; I need to remove my zipper and place them in File 13.  This was an awful disappointment since I had seen so many others be so successful with this pattern.  The jury is still out as to whether I will try that pattern again.  I just don't know!

With 5 pieces of the capsule completed and 11 more to go I have felt like scraping this plan all together and never mentioning it again.  However, I am such a stickler for completing what ever I start that I feel I have to see it through to the end.  It's such an unstructured plan so I'll just keep right on sewing and hopefully I'll end up with 11 more pieces before the season's done.

In the meantime, I'm teaching myself to use CAVA as a collage maker and photo editor.  I desperately need to do something to improve the quality of my pictures.
WHAT ONLINE PHOTO EDITOR DO YOU USE???


December 21, 2017

THE SEARCH HAS ENDED...

... I WAS TOLD THIS PATTERN HAD JUST UP AND LEFT THE PLANET, but I just refused to believe it!  Why I didn't buy this pattern when it was released? - I just don't know!  It's the ever elusive Vogue 8601 jacket pattern that so many people are also searching for too.
I've had a picture of this pattern on the sidebar of my blog several years ago under the heading of "ON A MAD PATTERN HUNT FOR:" and it just sat there with no results at all. I remember doing at least a couple of blog posts about my search in the past.  This year I got bold and posted several All Points Bulletins for the pattern in several Facebook Sewing Groups, on Instagram and on Twitter. I just figured that "you have not if you ask not".  I had several bites, but still no pattern.

Then in late November at Thanksgiving time I received two direct messages with offers to let me use the pattern.
Vogue 8601 in both size ranges
Sooo I have to take the time to give BIG SHOUT OUTS  to Miranda Vorres and Carrie Rhinier (both from the Sew Much Talent (gr) Facebook group) for helping me end this pattern search!  Thank you both from the bottom of my heart!  If all goes as planned information about this jacket  construction WILL be making appearances here on the blog very soon!!!



December 19, 2017

#2017 WINTER COAT PROJECT (KWIK SEW 4197)...

...twas six days before Christmas, just one day after my birthday, and my 2017 Winter Coat Project is complete.  Right now I'm calling her my "Fluff-A-Nutter Coat". 

 I enhanced the exposed seaming by hand stitching the lofted side of the fabric to the exterior of the coat so more of the fluff would show - that was a lot of hand stitching - but I made it through.  You know me, I'm extra like that.  But she's done, except for just a little more hand stitching that I plan to do to the seams of the cuffs when ever the forefinger of my right hand heals from pushing that needle for two days (the result of not being able to sew with a thimble).

As you know, working with this fabric was a brand new experience for me.  As with most new experiences, this project involved intimidation that resulted in lots of procrastination on the project.  It wasn't until my Sunday morning sewing chat with Sheila CTK that my mind was put at ease and I was able to work confidently towards completion.  I should have talked with her earlier on in the project but had forgotten that she had made not one but two coats from faux sherling.  Sheila assured me that the shedding would indeed stop, and that I could feel completely comfortable in putting this coat through the wash (line drying afterwards).  THANK  YOU SO MUCH SHEILA CTK, you saved my sewing sanity once again!

When I showed a picture of the coat to a friend today she said, "where are you going to wear this, New York?"  Well, our high temperature today was 71 degrees!  Mind you it was Winter when I started the coat.  Although it's Spring right now, Winter is promised again next week so I will be ready for it when it does return.  I am really amazed how light weight this coat really is.  I have always wanted a coat like this - and now I have one.  There was absolutely no tailoring, no interfacing,  pad stitching or interfacing used in this project.

Thanks for sticking with me through the coat making process once again!!!

December 14, 2017

2017 WINTER COAT UPDATE...

...time for a little update on my 2017 Winter Coat Project.  From choosing the pattern, which was really a job in itself, to muslin making and fitting, to finally getting to the point where I stopped procrastinating and cut into the actual fabric has taken what seems to be forever. 
 
All in all, I can say that some progress has been made.
As you know, I am a muslin maker.  It helps me maintain a level of confidence.  The purpose of making this muslin was of course fitting, but I it also gave me a chance to see how the overlapping of seams would work out.

The cutting process wasn't that bad at all and didn't create too much excess fluff.  The time I could manage to work on the project this week has been spent making tailors tacks (in blue) and thread tracing  (in white) all joining seams allowances of 7 out of the 8 pattern pieces. This process took 3 evenings, and although thread tracing was not suggested in the pattern instructions, I concluded that it was the most logical way of marking (for me) as not to cause damage to the fabric.  Don't judge my stitches, they are all going to be removed later on down the line.  I knew chalk would disappear too soon, so I chose thread tracing to facilitate proper placement when overlapping the edges before stitching.

I know I'm suffering from delusions of granular, but I foresee this coat being completed by the end of this weekend...