5.23.2014

Sewing Room Pictures

I recently added my sewing room to "Photos of Your Sewing Space" on patternreview.  My sewing room has evolved over the past 2 years. I now have a space that I absolutely love. Currently, I am in the process of moving my pattern collection to a space that will allow for growth. I had them in a dresser that I out grew. So I decided to store them in a elfa drawer system from the container store.

If you would like to see my sewing room click here .






Until next time......keep sewing!!

5.19.2014

White Blouse V8747 - Update

I didn't realize it has been a little over a month since my last post.  Time has really gotten away from me. What have I've been doing you ask?  Well allow me to share.
 
In my last post, I was working on my white blouse.  Guess what? I'm sill working on it. LOL!!  Here is what happened......gardening season arrived.  Remember last year I had a plot at a local community garden?  Well this year I decided to try square foot gardening with raised vegatable beds in my backyard.  The community garden was great, but I need convenience.  What's better that your backyard,right? Plus, I think the theft of my watermelons last year cut me deep. So I've been sewing a little bit here and there.  But now that everything is built, situated and planted, I'm back to spending quality time in my sewing studio. ( I think I like studio better than room)

 
 
The challenge for me with this blouse has been fit.  Although this is a custom fit pattern, I still had to add 1/2 inch FBA.  Also, added width to the hips and sleeve patterns.  These are standard fit adjustment for me.  But the hum-dinger for me is my slightly rounded back and gaping armholes. I decided to address both these fit issues with this blouse.  I disovered that the gaping armholes is the result of a full bust and narrow shoulders.  This is often found in half size figure types. A simple fix is to lower the shoulder seamline no more than 3/4 inch. Since my girls are triple letters, I adjusted the full 3/4 inch. Bam, that worked!!! But, trying to make an adjustment for my slightly rounded back was like throwing dice.

There are several schools of thought on how to adjust for round backs. Some say add a center back, some say add length and darts, some say add either length or darts to the back.  I won't bore you with all of them.  However, I did find a great document on the internet that shows how to make this adjustment for different garments.  After 3 muslins, I went with adding darts at the shoulder. I still have a little excess fabric at the shoulder back, so I think going forward I will have to add length and darts.

I'm on the downward stretch with this blouse. All that is left is hand stitching and attaching the collar and sleeves.  Hopefully, I will have it complete this coming week.
 
One more thing, you may notice blue thread on the facing.  I decided to use tailor tracks for marking instead of marking pencils or carbon. I just had this vison of not being able to remove the marks.  But I have to tell you,  me and tailor tacks are not the best of friends. I always end up ripping the pattern paper. However after taking Pamela Howard's Classic Tailored Shirt class on craftsy, I am now an expert with tailor tacks. LOL!!!  It's a good class with great tips. 
 
Well that all for now. 
 
Picture of my raised garden


 Until nex time........keep sewing!!!

 

4.04.2014

The March Report

Where is the time going? I can't believe that it's April already. I didn't get as much sewing done as I would have liked, but something is better than nothing.

On my last post, I was working on a pair of charcoal pair of pants. I did finish them, but I do not have a photo's of them.  There wasn't anything special about them.  I used the same pattern in my other pants post.

I had a conference to attend last month.  My goal was to pack light, so I figured a black sheath, cardigan and jacket. So, I pulled out OOP B5147 and some black tropical wool from my stash.  This is the same pattern that I used for my red linen dress from last summer. The only adjustments I made was to cut it smaller in the neck area and pegged the bottom a little more.



As you know I have begun exploring the world of lingerie sewing. I'm still planning to resume my bra project. But last month I made a pair of lady shorts (I like better than boy shorts). I purchased a book titled Bare Essential Underwear. This book is on construction and pattern drafting lingerie. It also provides basic patterns in the back.  The focus is on different variations of lady shorts and briefs. For example, there is a chapter on basic lady shorts. Then the next chapter is how to make the lady shorts with no side seam. Another on how to make them in all lace, etc. My goal is to make each variation in the book. 

 
 
For my first pair,I went scrap diving and came up with these lady shorts. Scraps from a rayon knit dress from last year, I had black cotton Lycra and black picot trim in my stash.  I didn't have to make any adjustments.  The fit is perfect.  Truth be told, they are the most comfortable pair I own.  For the construction I used my serger.  I only used my sewing machine for the 3 step zigzag around the edges of the waist and legs.


Well, I didn't finish my white blouse in time for the contest.  But I am currently working on it this week.  Hopefully I will have it complete by early next week.  Do you have a project that seems like it's taking forever to complete? You find yourself picking it up then putting it down to make something else? Well, this is my situation with my white blouse. But I'm determined to get it complete.
 
Lastly, I hired another creative assistant. She came highly recommended.  I hired both of her cousins and I'm very satisfied with their performance. Her name is Brother Coverstitch 2340.  Affectionately called girlfriend for now.




Lastly again, this didn't happen last month. I replaced my sewing table last December. My previous configuration was the combination of two Ikea tables to create a L-configuration. The issue was that I kept hitting my knee when I went to use my serger.  Also, there wasn't enough space for another machine. Okay the bottom line, I didn't like it anymore.  So I upgraded to Ikea's galant collection.  This collection is design for business offices and comes with a 10yr warranty. I love it!!!!! With this configuration, I'm only a couple of steps from my cutting table.  That is major for me. I have plenty of table space and my creative assistants have their own place on the table.
 


 
 
Well, that all for my March report. 
 
 
Until next time......keep sewing