Thanks Marji! I really appreciate it!
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Thanks Marji! I really appreciate it!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Now not all inspiration is a direct copy like the Chanel dress...sometimes I will see something and it will trigger a response that is nothing like the original and make me run to my sewing machine.
Made me look for fabric and I created this jacket.
Inspired me to look in my collection for fabric for this dress:
The picture of the St. John's dress will become something from these pieces:
So I was wondering. What triggers your imagination and inspires you? What makes you run to your sewing room ready to come up with an amazing garment? Is it fabric? Is it a pattern? Is it a picture? Share...I would love to know!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
So, I have been journeying through blogland looking wistfully at what others are making or showing on their blogs:
First - Erica has an article about Stepha Henry who is missing. Check out the details on her blog. Since she is a local girl this has been playing a lot in my area newscasts and has been detailed in all the NY newspapers.
Second - my friend Kathryn (fxzdoc on Stitcher's Guild) has just made the kewlest carwash skirt. You can see it here! I love Kathryn's sewing and get so inspired by what she makes! Enjoy!
Third - I found this at Christina's blog. It isn't the studs that set my mind twirling even though they are a very kewl element ~ it was all the tucking down the front of the blouse that sent my mind whirling and wondering if I had a nice piece of fabric that I could tuck the front of and make into a lightweight summery dress using my TNT dress pattern.
Fourth - check out Shannon's latest creations on her blog! I love her color combination and have found myself looking sideways at this pattern that I had previously dismissed. God, I love it when someone else's ideas make my mind spin!
And lastly - eyelet, eyelet how much I love thee! Check out Cidell's newest dress - Talbots, I think not!
It is day 13 of my fabric moratorium... I may or may not make it to the end of the month. I have friends coming in from out of town and we are headed to Metro Textiles next Friday. Now it is my duty as a good sewing friend to take them there but I have no will power once Kashi starts pulling out fabric, so say a prayer for me that I don't come home with an additional 20 or 30 yards! *LOL*
Well I'm out so enjoy your sewing journeys and stitch something for me!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
I have made this dress in linen, silk, rayon/linen blend, wool crepe, wool blend & cotton. Fabric brings a few different qualities to the garment also. Look how slim it looks here in the silk/knit pairing. Same dress, same dimensions, different look.
The point of this post is to encourage you to come up with your own TNT patterns and to play! You will be amazed at how much fun your sewing will become when you are concentrating on being creative instead of always worrying about fit! And how much more you will get accomplished when you're only concerned about making a wonderful garment!!!
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Friday, June 01, 2007
I finished the chocolate brown eyelet jacket up just before I needed to get dressed for dinner out tonight.
And no I did not wear this out...The pieces that I have completed so far are:
- Butterick 4980 - jacket in a white jacquard linen
- Sewing Workshop Mission Tank - in white jacquard linen
- TNT dress - sleeveless in 100% black 'n white cotton
- TNT dress - sleeveless in Black/Creme circle print linen & black rayon/linen
- Butterick 4980 - jacket in chocolate brown cotton eyelet
- Butterick 6082 - Tank dress in chocolate brown cotton eyelet
Okay a few more pics ~ here is just the jacket.
And just the dress:
And last but not least, is my review of Butterick 4980! I broke my own rule and posted it to PatternReview just for you Karla!
Loose fitting waist length jacket has neck band and three-quarter length raglan sleeves. B: button loop
14-16-18-20 ~ I normally use a 22 or 24 but I adjusted this to fit me.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I made myself follow the instructions instead of free-styling or just looking at the pictures. The instructions were pretty clear except for in one part where you attach the yoke to the jacket. If there hadn't been a picture there it could have gotten dicey. If we were using 4 stars to rate the pattern instructions - this would get 3.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The jacket is fresh and trendy and it reminded me of a Liz Claiborne jacket that was in a lot of ads in the spring fashion magazines. So that was the attraction to the pattern.
100% cotton eyelet in chocolate brown from Metro Textiles
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I made several pattern alterations:
1. I lengthened the pattern 2 inches to fall at my natural waistline.
2. I slashed the front piece from the marked bust point down to the hem and spread it an inch at the hemline.
3. I added a center back seam to the jacket back.
4. I added a center back seam to the yoke back.
5. I reduced the amount of the front fold from 2.5 inches to 1 inch.
Since the fabric is an eyelet all of the seams were bound in cotton bias binding. I was concerned that with the large eyelet holes, serger thread wouldn't hold and I wanted a seam finish for the jacket. I used brown lining fabric for the yoke instead of interfacing. It gave the firmness the yoke needed because I didn't have a dark sew-in interfacing for this fabric.
After adding binding to the sleeve hem and the hem of the jacket, I really liked the look of the binding that I did not hem the jacket. Just left the binding alone. The binding is just ironed in half and applied with some raw edges. I saw this technique on a designer dress and wanted to try it. Since this outfit will be dry-cleaned, I thought this would be a great opportunity to try it out.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I made a Wearable Muslin of this jacket from a white jacquard linen table cloth before making the final version in the chocolate brown eyelet. So I don't need another one of these jackets because of its trendiness. I am more a classic kinda girl. However, I would definitely recommend this pattern to others. The jacket has a lot of punch with a minimum amount of effort.