Friday, May 29, 2009
Happy Friday to you too. When I was getting that Birth Certificate at the Pikesville Plaza the other day I noticed this shop window that had a good pair of pants that you might want to sew, now that you can do miracles with knits. What do you think?
Ummm, we'll see.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Here is my muse, my inspiration- the amazing Archie!! I want to be black and white just like her!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Twist top styles are available from several different pattern-making companies. I happen to own more than one and this is a bit of a franken-pattern, relying heavily on Jalie 2788.
I have now finally realized that NO pattern company is sized to fit me. So I have to learn how to fit myself. And really, I am not that freakily mis-shapen!! It's just that we are all different. Like snowflakes, hee hee hee hee.
Wish me luck.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
My heartfelt thanks and love to all who serve.
You are not forgotten.
OK get out there and fire up those grills!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Ruthie came up with it. And yes, I work a full time job and I have housework, chores and errands. And a husband. And a social life. But I am not involved in day-to-day child-rearing anymore, so I can attempt wild ideas.
Here is my fabric: 2 knits for tops and 2 wovens for pants:
The pants.... still need to be cut! I sewed THREE muslins last weekend. And I could stand to sew a fourth. But I learned a lot about making alterations for a change in weight.
Crotch curve: this is the most important part of the pattern and when you have the right one, your pants will fit. Whether you gain or lose weight, the shape of your crotch curve will not change. Knowing that would have saved me sewing 2 of those muslins last week.
Girths: If you use Bernina My Label- just update the girths. Don't put yourself through the extra work of taking all eleventy gazillion measurements again!!
In the end- all the changed was the side seams and the inner thigh seam on the back piece only. So, in this case, the person who relies on paper, pencil and knowledge would have figured this out a lot faster than I did!!
No complaints.... I like playing with BML, and sometimes I learn the hard way, but that's Ok ,too.
Wish me luck - that is a lot of sewing next week!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
I think I avoided cutting this because it would have broken my heart to ruin it.
But now I have a killer TNT shirt pattern and that's what I used to whip this up. The fabric is a woven with a lot of lycra in it, so it's got a stiff hand. Also, it does not ease well. So, I was smart to wait until I had the chops for it. It was a little too bulky to use on the collar, collar stand and cuffs, so I stole a little bit of white muslin from my quilt project.
And hey guess what?! If you press and steam the fusible interfacing for a really long time, it adheres well!! Ha! I have read that so many times and I yet my impatience persists. Until this time, that is. Finally, no bubbles on my facings. An old dog can learn a new trick.
I used the coverhem to hem this- just because it was set up and I love that machine so much.
And for the cuffs, I cut them smaller and set them in as you can see - no need for a buttonhole this way. yummy. I love this fabric!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
And this fabric (on sale at G Street this weekend) is amazing.
Isn't it hard to buy something as plain as a white knit? Maybe the white was inspired by the wedding gown in a recent post! I got enough to make 3 t-shirts.
It is a 4-way stretch cotton knit with lots of loopiness on the wrong side; like a terry. It's beefy & lofty & light. I don't know about you, but I need fabric with some body to it. It is hard to wear a jersey knit (too clingy for my taste). Jersey is not fun to sew either, now that I think about it. But this fabric was pure pleasure to work with.
The darts- maybe could be a little higher and shorter next time.
Friday, May 1, 2009
The photo above appears in a post on a blog called Made by Hand - the great sartorial debate.
The post The Myth of Mobility goes into wonderful detail on sleeve fitting, especially as it relates to the placement of the sleeve on the bodice.
While I was reading, I saw the term "rope shoulder" which I had never heard before. So I looked in google images for a rope shoulder and here's what I found:
Hey, I likeee!!! Can I have shoulders like that? This photo comes from an article at the men.style website. You can see more examples by searching google images on "roped shoulder".
I know, I know, I am just making a t-shirt. Perhaps I would enjoy a tailoring project? Oh yes! Maybe there will be time for that after I have sewn some simple basics for summer.
And thanks for all the congratulations on the weight loss. I hardly feel deserving of credit- since I wasn't even trying to lose weight. All I wanted was to be free of pain. I was a little worried about why the pain continued even a year after surgery. Changing my diet was so easy compared to not knowing what was going on.
No pills to take, no surgical procedures, just change my diet. Being pain-free is all the motivation I need to steer clear of wheat /gluten.
Happy Friday and Happy Sewing!