Sunday, December 30, 2007
Mostly though I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to post a thought to a question I've asked...to compliment me on a garment that I've sewn...or just to say "me too!" When I read over some of the posts from this year and the wonderful and thoughtful comments that YOU have taken the time to write...it just makes my heart sing!
Finally, thank you to all of you who inspire me! The best thing about the internet is that I no longer sew in a vaccuum! I have sewing friends that I can visit daily for encouragement, inspiration, companionship and encouragement to add more to my fabric collection - Shannon! To all of those I had the chance to meet with this year, thank you for spending time with me! I hope I get to meet even more of you in 2008!
I pray that 2008 brings you all the things that you hope for creativewise in your sewing! I also believe that we will all grow in our talent and produce wonderful, amazing and high quality garments!
Now back to sewing....
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
However, today I wanted to talk about that moment of anticipation that you get when you order a new fabric from the internet, or the split second feeling of anticipation you feel when you step over the threshold of a fabric store, or even the deep breathe that you take when you receive a package from a friend and you know that it contains fabric.
Now you know what I'm talking about...its that split second when your heart beats just a little bit faster and your breathe comes a little quicker, and all your senses are standing on alert...its Fabric Euphoria! Its hopes and dreams, anticipation and possibilities...its when all your creative senses are on high alert and you KNOW something wonderful is about to happen.
Fabric Euphoria definitely occurs when you are alone but man on man does it seem to descend as a magical cloud filled with fairy dust when you are with someone else, be it friend or mentor, or with a group of like minded individuals! Everyone in one room, on one accord, looking for the perfect piece or pieces of fabric...yeah, Fabric Euphoria is definitely around!
So Fabric Euphoria is what I felt when I walked into my living room the other night and saw the two boxes of fabric waiting...several thoughts quickly flitted through my mind...relief that it was here...anticipation ~ because who knew what they actually looked like...joy ~ fabric was here...
So for Julie ~ here is what came:
3 yards of blue/white argyle print flannel
3 yards of blue/white bandana print flannel
2 yards of sports equipment print flannel
4 yards red Italian wool/angora knit
2 yards blue Italian wool/angora knit
From Fabric Mart
3 yards black wool crepe blend
6 yards black mediumweight wool crepe
(please refer to The Quest post!)
5 yards Anna Sui print silk charmeuse for lining
4 yards Anna Sui print silk charmeuse for lining
(boy have I dipped into that well enough times!)
After a very early morning in the mall with my mom and sister (ummmm we left home at 6:30 am), I really have an urge to sew and the unfinished Simplicity 3631 black wool crepe dress is calling my name...maybe I will give in and get reacquainted with my sewing machine especially since my Christmas shopping is finally DONE! Hope yours is too!
And sometime during this festive season, I hope a little cloud of magical fairy dust descends upon you and you experience Fabric Euphoria, too!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
The Color Blue
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Second - my girl Isabelle of Kitty Couture has finished her Simplicity 3631 jacket! Ooooolala! I love how she handled the sleeve width issue...surf on over and see it! Its a wonderful interpretation of an awesome jacket.
Next - Christina at Assorted Notions has made the kewlest winter coat! I know that there have been several other versions of this coat made - Sigrid - and I know that Cindy has one up her sleeve - but I really like the fabric that Christina used. She has lots of pics up on her blog of the construction techniques she used, go by and see it!
And finally, this is the jumper that everyone is making! There are six reviews of this jumper on Patternreview even though I have personally spotted a few in blogland that haven't been reviewed - Barbara.
On the accessories scene there are two of note:
Ann's LaRue bag for her BFF! I hated this bag in the movie, "The Devil Wears Prada" and most of the versions that I've seen since. However, I can truly appreciate the ying and the yang of this version ~ pettably soft on one side and smooth as wine on the other! Just skip over that nasty Patriots obsession she has going on and check out her BFF's Christmas present! *LOL*
Vicki's aprons that she made for her co-workers...again aprons per say are not a favorite of mine but I can so enjoy the splendor of her ruffled aprons! So check them out! Besides isn't that the coolest thing to do, to make such wonderful gifts for the people you work with...
Last but certainly not least...Tany! If you have not managed to visit Tany's world, all I gotta say is what is wrong with you!? What rock have you been under?! *LOL* Cause I want to be Tany when I grow up! My goodness gracias me can this woman sew! And not only does she sew at a level I can only hope to attain but she is gracious and kind, supportive and loving, and very giving of herself and her sewing knowledge! So if you haven't visited her before ~ go and be enthralled and if you have go again anyway! *LOL*
Also, thank you to everyone who posted a comment on my last post, "What do you love about sewing?" There are some amazing answers there...many that just made my heart sing with understanding, acknowledgement and joy! If you've read the post but not the comments, get a cuppa, open the comments box up and enjoy!
I'm out...off to bed to go back to work tomorrow to make that money! 'Cause I got fabric to buy! *LOL* More about that later...
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I know that I've asked a version of this question before in a post called, "Why do you sew?" But I am refining the question today ~ "What do you love about sewing?"
So on this dreary day when I have absolutely no desire to sew, can you share a little inspiration with me and talk back to me? What entices you about sewing? What inspires you? Exactly what do you love about sewing?
Okay peoples, I'm laying in bed with my laptop at the ready waiting on your answers...
Saturday, December 15, 2007
However, during the course of the conversation on Stitchers Guild, TerriK discussed a set of videos that are presently being shown on You Tube called "Signe Chanel". Now I don't have much free time and I waited until this morning to watch them. Terri said they are an amazing look at the inside of Karl Legerfeld's House of Chanel and she was sooooo right!
Karl allowed the cameras to go behind the scenes into the workrooms, with the publicity people, the braidmaker and the shoemaker. It is an awesome series of videos about how one of his couture collections come together. So first, thank you Terri for pointing out these videos! I only seem to visit You Tube when someone either sends me a link or points me there in a specific direction. But these videos and the last couple of hours that I've spent watching them was well worth the trip!
And for all of you who haven't yet seen the collection of videos here is a link:
YouTube Signe Chanel Videos
Also, if you want to see the Couture and RTW Chanel collections, please check out the photos at:
Chanel at Style.com
I hope you enjoy the videos as much as I did! Even if fashion isn't your thing, check out the videos just because they let you go inside the atelier of a major Parisian fashion house and see what happens!
Just from watching them, my mind is bursting with creativity and inspiration! And, I have to remember to slow down and enjoy the process because when you take your time amazing things happen!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
BTW, it works really great with the Simplicity 3631 jacket I previously made and with the Jackie O retro black/white jacket. And I love the black pleather detailing...I also added the darts back into the skirt front as they are in the original pattern. I couldn't make the exact same dress as the tan one could I?
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
At the beginning of every fall/winter season the quest for me begins..."What is my quest, you ask?" Well it is to end up with five pair of lined black pants. Now that seems like a relatively easy thing to accomplish! You would think so right? But not for me...I am easily led astray by other colors and possibilities...plus even though lately I seem to be sewing a lot of black, I am not a huge fan of it. So every fall, the quest begins anew.
Now for this working woman, five pairs of black lined pants preferably from wool crepe equate to five pairs of well fitted jeans. Black pants work with almost everything in my wardrobe and they really fit into in my work environment! They are such a basic...they can be dressed up or down. They can be part of a suit or work for a business casual Friday...they work for a somber, funeral event or work great for an after work sexyfunkykewl event. Now why do I need five pair - why to keep the drycleaning bill down silly!
Have I ever reached my goal....no! I will start out the season believing that this might be the year that I will actually achieve it...and then one pair will shred or get a hole in it or the iron will burn them...and that sets me back a pair. I know you are wondering why I don't just sit down one three day weekend and make 5 pair...good idea ~ but have you ever tried to sew FIVE pair of lined black pants in a couple of days...can we say cross-eyed!!!!
So where am I this year in the quest...I have three pairs of lined black wool crepe pants...and a fourth pair cut out...not sewn but cut out! So do you think sewing them up is on my list this weekend...heck no! I want to make the Simplicity 3631 dress that I cut out in black wool crepe to wear to our Corporate Christmas Event. I have this idea to look very Audrey Hepburn kewl in my black dress with pearls at my neckline and dripping from my earlobes.
But I am close...closer this year than ever before! And I think I might actually achieve my goal this year. I might actually end up with five pairs of lined black pants, ready for any occasion...one can only hope...
So this leads me to my question for the day...What article of clothing would you duplicate five times for your wardrobe? And why? Or is it just not that important to you?
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
The first was about directional sewing...which I subsequently found out after a little internet research is also called directional stitching. These were the two explanations that I liked best - italics are mine:
Directional stitching: 1 All sewing lines follow the direction of the fabric grain – also known as ‘stroking the cat’ (to find the direction of the grain, run finger along cut edge and stitch in direction in which fibres curl smoothly). 2. In dressmaking, directional stitching refers to stitching every seam in the same direction, ie: all seams waist to hem in order to prevent seams puckering or stretching. 3. On a sewing machine, this refers to multi-directional stitching including side to side (not just forwards and backwards).
Directional stitching - Stitching with the grain in woven fabrics. In knits, stitching all seams in the same direction
These websites had actually pictures and descriptions of directional sewing/stitching:
discusses directional sewing in knits
about.com’s instructions on directional sewing:
Taunton has a book called Sew Basic that also discusses directional sewing. And there are three blogs on the internet that talk about directional sewing: Shannon (Hungry Zombie Couture), Tany’s (Couture et Tricot) and yours truly.
Did I give you enough links? *LOL* I started looking this up and was amazed at what I found though most of the good stuff was further into the pages of the Google's hits!
Okay, next - Seam Integrity...sorry no Googled links for this because I can tell this to you in several short sentences.
The seam allowances are drafted into the pattern to serve a purpose. And seam integrity is always being true to the drafted seam allowance....not shortening it, not messing with it, etc. sewing it exactly as the pattern dictates. For example, if a pattern has a 5/8" seam allowance always sew it 5/8. Or if it's 3/8" sew it that amount, do not tinker with it, hence the term seam integrity.
Of course this leads to Nancy's question about how do you fit if you don't take it from the seam allowances...this opens an entire suitcase full of worms...a Pandora's box of fit if you will! But briefly, IMHO true fit should be achieved by either slicing and dicing the pattern, using the pivot and slide method that Nancy Zieman teaches, or by altering the pattern piece in some manner. This is a very brief description because posts and posts and posts can be written about how to achieve a good fitting pattern. I think each sewist has or will have a method that they have perfected and that works for them and I WOULD NOT tell anyone that the method they use is wrong because fit is sooooooo subjective!
However, I will tell you that before I learned more about fitting patterns that I always altered a pattern at the seam allowances, too. Then I would wonder why my side seams or back seams were wonky. So instead, I will share with you a few book titles from my sewing library on fit!
1. How to Make Clothes that fit and flatter
Author: Adele Margolis
2. The Busy Woman's Fitting Book
Authors: Nancy Zieman with Robbie Fanning
3. Fitting Finesse
Author: Nancy Zieman
4. Every Sewer's Guide to Perfect Fit
(I think this was reissued under another name!)
Authors: Mary Morris & Sally McCann
5. Fabulous Fit
Author: Judith Rasband
6. Fit for Real People
Authors: Pati Palmer & Marta Alto
7. Singer Sewing Reference Library - The Perfect Fit
8. Fit and Fabric from Threads Magazine
Finally, the challenge! During my googling frenzy, I happened upon a sewing test on this site, [DOC]
Name - 2:23pm
File Format: Microsoft Word - View as HTMLDirectional sewing lines. Notches that are used for matching pattern pieces. Pattern decorations. Used for shortening or lengthening. ...my.uen.org/documentsDisplay/downloadfile?userid=ostlerh&documentid=3058123 - to make this enormous link work just click on the Name-2:23pm portion. I have tried really hard to give as much "copyright credit" as I can to this googled entry by listing the entire link. If anyone knows who the test belongs to and can send me some information about it so that I can properly credit the author of the test, I would appreciate it.
There is a sewing test here. You should take it and see how well you do. I'm gonna take it too and we can post our scores - let's say 2 pts for every right answer - in the comments section. Ready, set, go!
Monday, December 03, 2007
Anyway, the fabric was a gift from a colleague when I worked at the button company. She had previously worked at a menswear firm and brought me several shopping bags with bows on them for Christmas. None of the pieces in the bags were more than 2 or 2.5 yards in length and a few pieces still reside unsewn in my collection...especially since they were classic menswear fabrics, they just don't have a shelf life or expiration date.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
At first I was really excited to see all the lights in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa! My Goodness...Africa! Then I started to notice that there were an awful lot of local cities in New Jersey popping up! And I gotta tell you, several weeks ago when I asked for shout-outs no one from any local NJ cities shouted back at me!
So since I am a Jersey Girl through and through (I just love my state!) I am calling you out! These are the cities I have noticed visitors from in the last week....
- Burlington, NJ
- Cranford, NJ
- East Rutherford, NJ
- Edison, NJ
- Essex Falls, NJ
- Glendora, NJ
- Layton, NJ
- Maplewood, NJ
- Mendham, NJ
- Montclair, NJ - woohoo! I lived there for 3 years!!!!
- North Brunswick, NJ - lived there for 10 years!!!!!
- Piscataway, NJ - graduated from PHS! Go Super Chiefs!
Sunday, November 25, 2007
6. I hand stitched the inside yoke bands down. I know the pattern instructions tell you to stitch in the ditch but I wanted a cleaner, less instrusive finish and with the extra layers from the lining fabric I wasn't sure how it would look. So handstitching it was.