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Showing posts from January, 2011

Heavy Sigh

I've lost my momentum. I've been trying to sew at least one garment every weekend that my kids spend with X but I don't think I'm going to make it this time. This weekend the schedule was interrupted. Not a major interruption, but not what I was anticipating.

In addition, my planned project was a gray pair of pants but I ran into a pattern glitch. Two? years ago I made this suit.
The jacket is great, the pants are horrible. Ever since then I've been looking for a suitable fabric to replace the pants and finally found one. But Friday night I got out the pattern to sew a muslin, and....the pants pattern was uncut! What? I can't remember what pants pattern I used for the ones that fit so bad. No biggy, right? I should just cut out the original pants and try the new fitting technique. Well, then I started thinking about those narrow legs. Will I really wear them with anything besides the jacket or should I pick out a different pants pattern?

So here I sit. The evenin…


Love this one! It's a cotton/lycra knit and the skirt will probably be floor length soon but I don't care. The skirt pattern is for wovens but I've only used it for knits. I didn't make any changes to the pattern and I included the zipper but really didn't need to.

This is the third skirt I've made from this (please don't call it vintage) OOP pattern. Aside from the fact that is fabulously comfortable, it also has a high compliment factor. It just flows when I walk. I even get compliments from (loud gasp) my students! They especially like the gray one - wow, that's a really bad picture. In motion it looks much more impressive.

For this version and the gray one I used elastic as interfacing in the waistband. I was supposed to just cut a length of fabric and fold it over but, I accidentally cut the fabric in half lengthwise. So, it ended up having a seam, and more bulk, and took a little longer (I was sooo mad about that one) but it turned out okay. When I…

Garment In-A-Day!

I made a complete pair of pants (closure and hem included) in one day!! Okay, the fabric, interfacing, and lining were already cut out but all of the sewing was done in one day. Great way to start the new year! Equally exciting is the fact that they fit!! I only wish I could share all the fitting details with you.
See, I cut them out so long ago I don't remember what I did to make sure they fit. I think I took a previously good-fitting pattern and just adjusted the pattern in the hips and crotch area to fit. Wait, it's coming back to was the pink-linen-who-over-the-age-of-10-needs-pink-pants?-borderline-vintage-pattern pants that I never wore but did in fact make this summer. They fit sooooo well! (One of my problems with spring/summer sewing is that I like to sew work clothes. But I'm a teacher and in the summertime I don't need a work wardrobe. More on this dilemma when the seasons change.)

Here there are: Vogue 1035 Alice + Olivia (OOP)
Please excuse the wrink…

Let the New Year Begin!

This has been the most sewing/blogging-productive weekend ever! I already have another post ready that's just waiting for pictures. Yay me!

I spent New Year's eve planning. I was going to sew but the sewing part of my brain has been so confused lately there was only one thing that I could do: PLAN. :) I did some serious purging that resulted in this:
Since one of my Christmas presents was fabric, I must make room and if I don't have time to sew it, I will purge! I loved you once, but it turned into like and then, eh. So, buh bye.

After that I tried to visualize a wardrobe. Well, additions to my current wardrobe. Since current wardrobe is black, gray, purple, and royal blue separates (mostly skirts and pants) and I've kept that in mind when buying fabric, it wasn't too hard to put together.
Here are the miscellaneous, I just need them, pieces.
The knit will be a skirt and top and will match the navy blues I plan on adding eventually. The red plaid is for a short fitted…