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... 

December 10, 2017

WHY SHE SEWS - AND WHY SHE BLOGS ABOUT IT...

...seeing what other's create with their hands never ceases to amaze me! There is no mistaking a hand crafted garment that has been given meticulous attention, time and a bit of love during it's construction.  I seem to be always on the lookout for it.  Why?, because I learn so much to help me improve my own work from others.  Expert craftsmanship just seems to pops right out at you.

Such was the case with  DIANE from DREAM, CUT SEW who happened to comment on one of my recent posts.  I ALWAYS pay attention to my comments!  They not only let you know that people like your work, but also contain meaningful advice, suggestions and help just when you need it.  Diane's comment made me automatically pop over to see her blog, and I am oh so glad that it did.

This avid sewing blogger and Instagrammer  is lighting up the internet with her amazingly planned and constructed garments.  She is what I'm looking at as a pant's fitting expert who works with her own precision sloper turning out pair after pair of wonderful pant style designs - from the same pattern.  I'm sure you will enjoy reading about WHY SHE SEWS AND BLOGS ABOUT IT...






Why She Sews
I sew because I feel like sewing and being able to create with my own two hands is in my blood.  I grew up with sewing as both my mother and her mother too were sewists.  I started at a very young age (I had a very well dressed Sindy doll!) and a love of sewing with gorgeous fabrics and of style have been with me ever since.  My mother taught me about the importance of fit and now fit is a huge reason for sewing my own clothes because I would say that over 90% of RTW garments that I ever bought ended up being altered in some way to get a better fit or to change the style a little.  Another reason that I sew is being able to see a designer outfit in a magazine and thinking, “I can make something like that!”.  I love to adapt and tweak patterns when I’m inspired by designer pieces so that I can get a similar look for a fraction of the price.  I hardly bought any RTW over the last few years, apart from a few sweaters and underwear and it’s a fabulous feeling to look in my closet.

Why She Blogs About it
Well, I’ve actually only been blogging since the end of January of this year, so I’m quite a newbie still, but I started my blog because I felt like challenging myself to try something new and as a way of adding a different facet of creativity to my life.  I enjoyed the big learning curve that came with building a website from scratch (it was a bit scary at first!) and as I’ve always had an interest in photography, I want to learn more about that as I gain experience by taking outfit photographs.
I really, really wanted to connect with the sewing community that I’d first encountered on Instagram and now I’m enjoying being able to build on that via blogging and other bloggers.  Sharing my passion, my makes and hopefully some of my knowledge, I’d like to think that people feel inspired when they read my blog, in the same way that I’m inspired every single day by other bloggers and Instagrammers…yourself included Faye!  Thank you for having me on your blog!

December 5, 2017

WHY SHE SEWS & WHY SHE BLOGS ABOUT IT...

...once upon a time I wanted to make a cowl neckline knit top.  I had seen many people make them, but in my experience the necklines were ALWAYS just a bit too low.  Whenever I wore one of them I found myself constantly looking down, and wondering if others were getting the same view.  Not a good look at all.  I just didn't know how to make the pattern adjustment to alleviate the problem.

Determined to find a solution, I Googled upon SEW EVERYTHING BLOG published by Samina Mirza.  (Isn't that an amazing name for a sewing blog?)  Her COWL RAISING post certainly helped me solve my problem - oh yes it did!  There are a gazillion other sewing helps found over at Sew Everything Blog; you can take a look there for yourself... 

Photo by: Brian Campbell Photography

Why Do I Sew?
To clothe myself.  Let me explain: since January, 2010, I have not bought a single ready to wear item. And I like it!  Initially, the reason for pulling back from buying clothes was my huge fabric stash, but after almost eight years, making my own clothes is a habit. I still buy fabric, but with a lot of restraint. The stash, meanwhile, has a few dents in it, but still remains larger than I want it to be. The happiest moments in my sewing life are when I hang a newly made piece of clothing in my closet, the next happiest moment being wearing it for the first time.

Of course, I love the process of sewing because I’m a crafty person, and love “making” things.  (I love making cookies and French baguettes, too).  And --- I love fabric; transforming it into a pretty and useful item makes me happy.

Why Do I Blog?
Because I’m such a show-off; we sewers need others to see what we made.  For me, the added benefit of blogging is a hope that I’ve inspired someone else to take up sewing. I think that the skill of sewing is still under-appreciated, and I’m always thrilled when a new sewer starts to follow my blog.
Also, I’ve found sewing bloggers to be the most generous, kind people in the blogging world. They like to share knowledge, mistakes (so others won’t make them) and sometimes they’ll give away their sewing stuff.  I’ve found very nice bloggers who will add links to other sewing blogs (like you, Faye).   Thank you for spotlighting your fellow sewing bloggers. 

Samina Mirza

December 3, 2017

MY #2017 WINTER COAT PROJECT - KWIK SEW 4197...

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Kwik Sew 4197

Faux Sherling or Faux Sherpa - are those terms interchangeable? I'm not quite sure, but I found this fabric at Joann's and took the plunge. Every since I brought it home it's been intimidating me.  I've asked questions about working with it, and of course did some Googling so I am equipped with some knowledge: needle type, thread type, stitch length etc.,  I'm still intimidated - but moving forward.
Having to go to work yesterday for 5 hours put a serious damper on my sewing time.  But I did manage to get my coat muslin cut out and marked prior to leaving for work.
I make muslins primarily to check fit, but also to see how things go together.  It's starting to feel possible...

November 30, 2017

#BLOGLIKECRAZY 30:THE CONCLUSION (WRITTEN WHILE SMILING)...

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back in 2015 when I first read about Javacia H. Broswer's #BLOGLIKECRAZY November Challenge, I thought, "that's IMPOSSIBLE"!  But I took her challenge anyway and succeeded.  In 2016 I decided to join in again, and again I made it to completion.  This year, I thought "Nope. Not this year"; but as you can see here I am again - at the end of it - which just what I had envisioned.  Was it easy - not really, but with planning highly possible.


Why I #BLOGLIKE CRAZY?
  • I like a good challenge.
  • I like to write, and realize that unless I make writing a regular habit I will lose my desire and ability to write well.  Unless I exercise my writing muscle it will lose it's tone and it's flexibility.
  • I love my blog; and like anything else that you love, you need to feed it with consistency.
  • It helps me to organize my thoughts, and it forces me to be more creative.
  • It helps me connect with my community.
It's been an exciting month of blogging!  I want to thank ALL who stuck it out with me by reading and/or commenting on my 30 posts.  I want to give a big shout out to the 6 guest bloggers who helped round out my month with their "Why I Sew & Blog About It" posts. A special "Thank You" to Javacia for challenging me and many other writers/bloggers to commit to doing what we love to do - WRITE.  If you are interested in finding out more about how she does this - pop over to SeeJaneWritebham.com - there is always something there that will challenge to step out of your comfort zone...

November 29, 2017

#BLOGLIKECRAZY 29: HAPPY MAIL...

...almost all of us have that one elusive pattern.  You know, - that one that's so hard to get our hands on.  No matter how many patterns we have in our stashes, there is always that ONE that puts us on a MAD PATTERN HUNT.  That One pattern for me is Vogue 8601.  Why I didn't buy this pattern when released - I just don't know.

I've been searching for this pattern for several years. But alas, I've found that I am not the only one looking for this very same pattern.  Another searcher says that she thinks this pattern "HAS SIMPLY LEFT THE PLANET"!  I just refuse to believe that.  I think there is one somewhere lurking in another sewist's stash just waiting to be sent out to me.

In the meantime, my blogger friend Carol from G-Cas found a pattern with very similar design lines in her stash and was kind enough to send it right out to me.  Sewing friends are the BEST!
I will put on my sewist thinking cap and redesign the bottom section of this pattern to make it work for me.  But I still don't believe that Vogue 8601 just got up and left the planet...

November 28, 2017

#BLOGLIKECRAZY 28: AND SO IT BEGINS...

...my regular readers know that I make a new coat every Fall.  And so it begins; my 2017 Winter Coat Project.  I touched on the subject a few days ago here.  The process is basically the same each year.  First I wade through a myriad of coat patterns.  Avid collector as I am; that process could take days in itself.  This year I'm hankering to experiment with faux sherling.  I am anxious to see the end results of the project; but, I am a bit apprehensive at the same time having never worked with the fabric.  As hard as it was, I made myself choose between these two patterns:

KwikSew 4197
McCall's 6656
When you are equally in love with both, it's a hard decision to make - but I chose the KwikSew Pattern because I think it's more ME, and that I will wear it more.  Some say it doesn't get cold enough in Georgia for these types of coats but I beg to differ - it was 31 degrees when I left for work this morning.  I pacified myself by promising to make View A of the McCall's pattern later this Winter.  So I'll begin tonight by starting to make adjustments to the pattern in preparation for; YES - a muslin.

Since I knew I would making a new winter coat anyways, I've joined in on the Sew Much Talent (gr) Facebook Coat Challenge.  

 The challenge ends on December 30th so I really need to get busy with this project...

November 27, 2017

#BLOGLIKECRAZY 27: WHY SHE SEWS & WHY SHE BLOGS ABOUT IT...

... having the chance to interact with other sewing bloggers, and getting to know them better is always such a pleasure.  This has actually helped me to grow as a sewist.  Let's face it, "Ever Learning Linda" doesn't  know everything, and never will.  That's where connecting with others comes into play - they help me fill in the blanks!  It still amazes me just how many sharing, like-minded sewing bloggers there are.  I follow them, and they follow me, and we are all involved in this great big learning process.


Mariela Alethia, who writes at Kassmin's Creations started her blog in 2007 (the same year that I started), and it seems that we have been following each other for a very long time.  I watch on as she creates her wonderfully fitting garments, great home dec projects and beautiful decorative planners.  She's much more multi-faceted than me, and I know you wll enjoy reading about "Why She Sews & Blogs About It!!!



Why do I sew?
My love of fashion and clothes was the reason why I learn to sew.

Why do I blog about it?
I am the only one in my family that is crafty and loves to sew. None of my friends are crafters and they don’t sew. So, my family nor my friends understood my addiction to patterns, fabrics and anything sewing related.  Until, 10- years ago, when I google “sewing” and Erica Bunker’s blog came up. I read her blog and found others and was blown away. I did not know that women were blogging about their garments, quilts and or home dec projects.

It was awesome to find a community of like-minded ladies and I started my blog 10-years ago to share what I sew and to keep an on-line diary of my projects.

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Mariela Alethia