Tuesday, March 31, 2009
In other news I cleaned up my sewing area so that I can trash it all over again. I put out two garbage bags of scraps and muslins. My next project is going to be an unlined long sleeve Vogue jacket. I hope to trim the pattern and make adustments and start working on the muslin before the week is out.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
I made two muslins today. The pattern is Butterick 5941. It's probably OOP but it's a simple unlined jacket, below the waist with a collar. It has a horizontal dart at the side seam at well as vertical darts in front and back. I tried making it about a year ago and was not happy with the results. It's a pattern I had a duplicate of so I decided to start over from scratch. Now that I've spent a considerable amount of time studying and learning fit, as I was trimming the pattern I immediately spotted a stumbling block. On what planet is this back and front pattern piece supposed to fit together??
A back armhole is supposed to be only about 1/2" longer than the front armhole! Even with the shaping of the front armhole there is almost a 2" difference. I took a tuck across the back and that did the trick. I made a FBA, wide and high round back adjustment but still need to add about 1/2" at the front armhole notch. I have solved the twisted sleeve problem I was having. Solved that myself as everybody's solution was to rotate the sleeve in the armhole. The problem was that my wide upper back was stealing fabric from my sleeve. Problem now solved. So far this is what I have. After some bust dart adjustment, I plan to cut my fashion fabric tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Pattern Sizing: S, M, L
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that the pattern only required 1 yard of fabric. What I disliked that on view A, the view I made, the neckline was huge leaving my bra straps for all to see.
Fabric Used: Slinky
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Wide and high round back, FBA including adding a bust dart. I had to cut the entire top apart to alter the width of the front neckline. I also shortened it 2 1/2" because it was all the way down to my hipline.
Would you sew it again? Yes, it's super easy. Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Conclusion: If you have it in your stash give it a try!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Pattern Description: Misses cardigan and tank top
Pattern Sizing:Bust 32-55"
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes except how to attach the ties that was very wishy washy
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I like the fit especially of the tank top. If you want the cardigan to fit like the one on the pattern envelope I suggest you make it one or two sizes smaller
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:After finishing I decided I didn't like how high the neckline was on the tank top so I changed it to a scoop neck. I should have made a high round back adjustment on the cardigan but thought I didn't need one because I used a knit fabric. I was wrong. I also wound up cutting the cardigan down about a size because I didn't like the loose fit.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I'd sew it again but I would change how to assemble the ties. I would sew the ties opposite of what the pattern calls for meaning I would sew the right sides together between the upper and lower cardigan front. That way you can hand sew the inside tie in place on the wrong side instead of the right side. I think it would give it a much more professional finish.
Conclusion: The tank top will be my TNT pattern but will use the scoop neck that I changed it to. I'll make the jacket again also with the changes I suggested
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
- Hideous fabric print
- Super dense fabric had to resort to using pattern weights
- Sewed, topstitched and edged stitched collar only realizing after the last stitch that the collar was not on properly had also clipped and trimmed the seam. Picking all that out was super fun
- Picked all major seams apart at least once...most way more than that
- Placed the front edge along the salvage knowning the 5/8" seam would take care of it..wrong, some seams are 3/8"...the front edge was of the 3/8" variety
- I cut the wrong size front and it was too tight across the front shoulder so had to stitch a 1/4" sleeve seam to get a little extra room
- The bust dart on the pattern is about 1" above the apex of the bust
- The DD dart is humongous
- The sleeve would fit Godzillas arms with room to spare not to mention there ain't that much easing the world to fit the sleeve into the armhole
I could go on but I think you get the picture. So here's my review of the pattern
- I need to make a wide back adjustments (about 2")
- I was able to solve the twisted sleeve mystery...my wide upper back was pulling my sleeve for extra fabric resulting in that horrible twisting
- My upper body is 1" longer than patterns
- Because I have forward shoulders, my shoulders are really flat on the back and pointed on the front. I used my inner Sinatra and "did it my way!" Now I have a sleeve pattern to use as a guide
- Somewhere along the way I've acquired some of the patience of Job because I should have trashed that project midway. I'm sure I will now. It's just plain ugly!
I'm going to use what I learned with this disaster to make a really cute blouse tomorrow!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
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1. Put the logo on your blog or post
2. nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and /or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
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I'd like to nominate:
- Lisa at http://www.sewonandsewon.blogspot.com/
- Aminat at http://www.sewfit.blogspot.com/
- Susan at http://www.knitters-delight.blogspot.com/
- Julia at http://www.juliassweetandspecial.blogspot.com/
- Monique at http://www.stitchesandstrings.blogspot.com/
- Andrea at http://www.knit-knac.blogspot.com/
- Faye at http://www.fayessewingadventure.blogspot.com/
- Karen at http://www.stitchesandseams.blogspot.com/
- Omega at http://www.sewhooked.blogspot.com/
- Angie at http://www.jemimabean.blogspot.com/
Remember don't feel sorry for me, but pray for me that I might have the strength to make it through. I've got cancer, but cancer doesn't have me. Off to the machine...I still gotta look good!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
I've got to make a small dart on the v-neck in front and in back.
Since the top is lined using the same pattern pieces, I think I'll cut and sew the lining first. Once I fine-tune the fit of the lining I'll use the lining as the pattern for the fashion fabric. Sometimes...I think I'm a genius!