October 15, 2018

#2018 Make Nine Challenge...

...this seemingly simple "just chose nine patterns and make them up in a year" challenge has proven rather difficult for me to accomplish.  Mainly because the patterns I picked at the beginning of the year just no longer hold my interest.  But, I am still determined to finish the Make Nine Challenge!  I've made numerous pattern substitutions (which is allowed according to the rules), with still more changes subject to take place - but hang in here with me if you please.  

Next up is Simplicity 8268 is a new jogger pattern that I decided to substitute for the Hudson Pants on my #2018MakeNine grid.  I decided to switch patterns because I just didn't feel like taping a PDF at the moment, but still wanted to have a pair of jogger pants for comfy at home wear.

This stretch knit gray denim print has sat in my stash for eons pinpointed for joggers. When I decided to make up the Simplicity pattern I had to do a deep stash dive to find it.  I used self fabric instead of tubing to make the cuffs and waistband not wanting to make a trip to Joann's only to find that they didn't have the right color anyway.  I'm satisfied with them and as a matter fact have been wearing them all morning. 
So here's my new Make Nine grid for the moment:



Row 1: Burda 6446. Butterick 4684, Simplicity 8268
Row 2: True Bias Lander Pants, Burda 6428, Vogue 8601
Row 3:  Butterick 6296, Vogue 8859, Butterick 6169

With two and a half months left in the challenge I will persevere, but keep your fingers crossed for me...

October 13, 2018

Hurricane Sewing...

...for the first time since 1856 Middle Georgia experienced an actual Category 1 Hurricane.  During hurricane season it's not unusual for us to get residual tropical storms (which can still be horrible); but not a real hurricane!  We made it through Praise God, nothing blew away and this time I didn't even lose power - so I sewed...

 First up, the new Madison Cardigan from Style Sew Me. HAD TO HAVE IT!!! I wanted to use another sweater knit but didn't have enough yardage, so I used this Aztec striped sweater knit instead. 

Stripped, yes stripped - and this was the dickens to match too. but I did manage to so pretty good with it.  I allowed the sweater to hang a full 24 hours then set out to conquer the mammoth high-low hem. I DID NOT want to end up with a wavy hem on all this fabric so I used 1/2" Steam-A-Seam on the entire area before stitching.  It seems that the Hurricane Michael blew Fall into the area. The weather man saws that we won't be experiencing any more 90 degree temps so I think I'll have a chance to wear this pretty soon...

October 1, 2018

Vogue 8859 Part 2...

...I've never really been a knit pant wearer, but for some reason I was highly attracted to Vogue 8859.  However, a few knit pant patterns have found their way into my stash and so I'm glad I had this one. 
 
Description:  Close-fitting pants with elastic waist, pleats in knee area, back yoke and pockets
I really liked the wearable muslin I made last week so I thought I make second pair before I returned the pattern to the drawer.  This time I did make a few more tweaks and find I like the second pair ever more.
  • I adjusted the front crouch shape rather than the back this time by 3/4"
  • added another 1" to the back yoke
  • in addition to lengthening by 3"
 
I guess these are a cross between jeggings and leggings according to how close a fit you want.  Pay no attention to the black and white top this was just for try on.  I plan to wear these with a tunic yet to be made.  I had a great time in the sewing room this past weekend even though it was just in making another pair of knit pants...

September 25, 2018

Excuse Me While I Feel A Bit Special Today @Telio Fabrics...

...as you already know Telio Fashion Fabrics held a giveaway this month. I heard about it from Emily Hallman.com.  Even though I know the winner was chosen by random generator, I'm so glad that I was the one! So excuse me while I feel a bit special today😊 I was notified of winning last week and today the package was waiting for me to get home.  I could barely wait to get into the house before opening it.  Talk about being packaged securely!


 

Now visions of Fall fashion garments are dancing in my head:  pants, no a jacket,  What about a bomber with ribbed cuffs?  What would you suggest I make with this 3 yards (57/58) luscious stretch Menorca cotton sateen??? 

September 24, 2018

#2018 Make Nine & Pants Fitting...

...let's talk pants again - yes again.  Fitting pants has been an ongoing challenge for me as you know.  However, I have not given up on trying to achieve the elusive correct fit. I think I've read every book and blog post on the subject and should be an expert by now - but I'm not. 

My main problems have been understanding adjustments needed for the crouch area, and identifying corrections to alleviate wrinkles across the front.  I've recently made a new pair, a wearable muslin as such, that I'm pretty much satisfied with.


Vogue 8859
 

Using the curve ruler that I bought a few months ago has helped me better understand how to transfer my crouch shape and measurement to the actual pattern.  For this pattern I added about a 1/4" to the back crouch point and 1 full inch to the actual back curve (if that makes any sense). It worked pretty good this time, but these are knit pants.  Next I will need to try the same theory to woven fabric to see what I get.

I do plan to make this same pattern in another knit fabric that I have, but since this wearable muslin wore well for me all day at work I'm counting them as part of my #2018 Make Nine challenge.  Four down and five more to go.

 Row 1:  Burda 6446, Vogue 8859, True Bias Joggers
Row 2:  Butterick 6296, Burda 6428, Butterick 6169
Row 3:  True Bias Lander Pants, Vogue 8601, Butterick 4684
 
I'll let you know how well the second pair turns out later...

September 20, 2018

In It to Win It...

...every time I enter a contest or giveaway I'm in it to win it.  We never win if we don't try or enter. And I've won quite a few prizes in the past I might add: sewing books for my library, fabric, gift cards, patterns from the big 4 and Indie companies as well.  Although I'm still waiting for the big wins (the St. Jude Dream House, or the one from HGTV - located on the coast of course, a top of the line Bernina sewing, or to settle it all a Power Ball that I don't have to split with 2K other people.

With it being National Sewing Month there are a multitude of giveaways floating around the internet.  Recently I entered Emily Hallman's Telio Fashion giveaway and guess what - I won.  Imagine my surprise when I received a Instagram message from Telio Fashions announcing my win.  Then I got this message today

 
So now I know my 3 yards of beautiful goldenrod stretch cotton sateen is on the way.
 I couldn't be more excited about this fabric prize - and will now be stalking my mailbox until it's arrival.  

  Oh, and BTW Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic is sponsoring a fabric giveaway every week this month in recognition of National Sewing Month.  You might want to check it out since there are two more weeks of giveaways planned...

September 16, 2018

Resurecting My #2018 Make Nine Plans...

...way back in February I decided to take on the 2018 Make Nine sewing challenge.  I thought, "oh, this one's going to be a breeze".  Although the challenge started in January, I still had 11 months to sew up nine garments of my choice. The perimeters of the challenge were so flexible; choose any 9 garments you'd like, and then make them (no rhyme or reason, no coordination).  The very best part of it all - you could change your mind/your choices at any time in the game.  How simple could this be?

Back in February I had no way of telling that summer work life would completely engulf my sewing life.  But it did to the point that I couldn't wrap my mind around sewing and was thrown into the much dreaded makers slump.  Am I the only one this type of thing happens to, or am I the only one who writes about it.
Sadly this is where I left off
And here's where I am now
Row 1:  Burda 6446, Vogue 8859, True Bias Joggers
Row 2:  Butterick 6296, Burda 6428, Butterick 6169
Row 3:  True Bias Lander Pants, Vogue 8601, Butterick 4684

There's one more day of the weekend so let's see what I can get started on...

September 13, 2018

Tale of Two Books: New Sewing Library Resources...

...whenever I order books I'm on a constant lookout for them until they arrive - and most times that happens pretty quickly.  I actually don't care for the pre-ordering process but this time I saved a few bucks by doing so.  In this case one of the pre-ordered books took so long to come that I completely forgot that I had purchased it.
 

Who among us is able resist a great book on fitting, especially when it's written by the well known  duo Palmer/Pletsch?  Not I.  Many of us have become dependent on their Real Fitting series:  Fit for Real People, Pants for Real, Jackets for Real People.  I have used these resources time and time again and they have been a tremendous help.  Yet I'm always seeking easier methods to get proper fit and  information that is more comprehensible. You know me, KISS with as little math as possible.  Since I already have own their other books, I really questioned whether or not I needed this new issue.  After a mental wrestling match I went ahead and pre-ordered.

The Complete guide will need to reside on my nightstand for a while to allow time for thorough perusal, digestion and marking with a highlighter and post-it notes.  However, from scanning through looking for information on my known problem areas I can tell that I really like it and that it will be well worth the price I paid. 

Picture taken from Google Images
 

On the other hand, not to be negative because this guy is so very SMART.  I will have to read and re-read this volume because I am still confused about the net gain and net loss concept (sounds like algebra to me).  I'm smart too, but somethings just take a little longer to sink in.  I will keep trying though.

Have you added any new resources to your library recently???

September 11, 2018

You Down with OOP? Feeding My Boho Vibe - Butterick 4684...

...I had the most wonderful weekend - why?, because I finally had an entire weekend to do just what I wanted to do - Sew!  I have been feeling a slight Boho Vibe lately, not my norm, but I'm just sewing with the flow right now - and it feels real good.  I actually wanted something plain and simple so I looked around for a tunic pattern and came up with one. I'm down with a little OPP.


Butterick 4684
I didn't realize I had made this before until I opened the envelope and found that View C, a longer tunic with deep side seam and sleeve slits, had already been cut out and sized with a few notations as well.  Yes, I wanted something Boho-ish plain and simple - and this pattern was just that until I made this fabric choice

Aztec print Georgette
It was a slippery slope from that time on but I was bound and determined to see it through.


Even though I made this fabric choice I do want this garment to hold up for as long as possible, so I stabilized (just a little) the shoulder seams, the slits and the hem so it would stand up and look like a tunic for days to come.  I know some people say that stabilizing the shoulder area isn't necessary, but I always stabilize knit shoulder seams and since this fabric is a loosey goosey woven I took the time to get it done.

If you can bear looking at my slightly loop-sided dress form here's my Boho tunic.  I'll tell you, pattern layout was a chore as was the process of matching what turned out to be stripes.  But I must say surprisingly enough it turned out quite well (with prayer)...

September 6, 2018

Delft Blue Butterick 6456

...although usually seen on fine china and porcelain decorating pieces, delft blue is one of my all time favorite prints.  My love of this print is a carry over from childhood when both of my grandmothers served us lovingly prepared meals on their prettiest place settings.  So when I spotted this beautiful rayon crape over a year ago, I knew it belonged in my stash.

I spent an entire afternoon pondering over which pattern to use for my deft blue fabric and finally chose Butterick 6456 view D tunic being attracted to that lovely bell sleeve of course.  Because I am more in tune with using knits, this being a woven I choose my size using Nancy Zieman's Fitting Finesse (old edition) page 9 because I didn't want to end up with a garment that was too large in the neck, shoulders and bust area.
 Several good things came out of making this tunic:
  • I feel like I'm finally getting back into my sewing
  • My friend Rachelle (Smoking Needles) verbally(over the phone) - talked me through making the best thread chain ever (machine made ) for my button closure at the back neckline.
 

 This is an excellent way to make belt loops as well - fussless.  I don't make thread chains for closure that often, but this is a wonderful technique to add to my sewing knowledge...

August 31, 2018

If I Remember Correctly First You Cut, And Then You Sew...

...it's been so long since I've sewn a productive stitch that lead to an actual wearable garment.  I think that I remember the order of all things sewing - first you cut, and then you sew.  Seems like an easy enough process.  But what about all of the necessary fitting effort that proceeds all of this cutting and sewing?  Back when I was long and lean and skinny (yes there was such a day) making nice garments was so simple.  Back then I thought I'd never develop a curve, and sewed straight out of a single size pattern envelope - life was so simple.  It's been hard getting back to what I love but with the Fall Season on the horizon I need to quickly get back to stitching.
Although the pickings were slim I managed to force myself into buying a few new fall fabrics from Joann's.  (Several bottom weight wovens, a cut of lining and one jersey knit).  I quickly serged the cut ends to prepare it for pre-washing so I could get to work.  Sewing around my work schedule seems harder than usual, but I did manage to get one pair of pants finished this week.  Maybe I'll be able to pick back up to my normal sewing speed as time goes by...

#2018 Make Nine Challenge...

...this seemingly simple "just chose nine patterns and make them up in a year" challenge has proven rather difficult for me to ...