Current Project

I just wanted to share with everyone what I have been working on this year. My weekend class has ended, so now I won’t have the easy excuse of saturday class time to sew. I’ll have to put my foot down on the weekends and just do it. However, I haven’t really sewn anything all year, to be honest. What I have been doing with my sewing time is fit adjustments.

I am taking a class on Wednesday nights on making shirt’s/blouse. We are using the Pati Palmer’s method to fit the pattern to our bodies. Pati Palmer’s method is making all the adjustments on the tissue paper without making a muslim (fabric mock-up).

I am using Shirt B from New Look 6407 for my class project. The fabric I intend to use for this pattern is underneath the pattern envelope. I am not 100% sure what kind of fabric it is, but I believe it is an Imported Italian Cotton. It is very nice to the touch and a lot of my classmates seem to love it. I got lucky because it was free as long as I used it for my class project. Most of the shirt is going to be in the strip fabric, however, I plan to do the collar in a white cotton.

If you know anything about pattern tissue paper, you can see I went mad scientist on it. The front bodice got a full bust adjustment, which I will have to do always. ūüė¶

The back is as hacked up as the front. The extra gridded paper on the side seams is a 1 inch safety seam allowance. ūüėČ I decided to extend the length of the shirt, so when I sit down, there is no butt crack showing. I don’t really like wearing belts and they don’t always seem to work.

All the adjustments I had to do on New Look 6407:

1/2 in Broad Back

3/4 Full Bust plus lower dart 1/4

2 in Waistline for side seam

3/4 in Forward Shoulders

1 in Full Sleeve

2 1/2 in Finish length

I also started another shirt because my teacher will be taking the summer off and it will be hard to get clothes fitted during that time. This pattern is McCall’s Mc5661. The cool thing about this pattern is that it is a Pati Palmer pattern and it has marks for the adjustments.

This is the front bodice. As usual I had to do a full bust adjustment. However, that created a dart that I did not want. I am not a huge bust dart fan, so we had to move the dart. We moved it to the top of the bodice, around the neckline and then spread it out. Watching my teacher doing this was like watching a doctor do brain surgery. I got the fun part of patching it all up.

Because we move the dart the tissue paper created a strange bubble at the top. From my viewpoint looking down, it doesn’t look too bad because it just looks like my bust is higher. Which would be awesome, but it probably looks weird straight on. We are hoping that the fabric will make the bubble disappear. I’ll do a fabric fitting once everything is cut out. I haven’t picked the fabric, but it probably be a nice Charmeuse or another Satin fabric.

So that is what I am working on. With the New Look pattern, I need to cut the collar and finish marking the pieces and then I’ll be doing a fabric fitting for final adjustments before I begin sewing. The McCall’s pattern, I need to do a final tissue fitting before I can start cutting fabric out. The Wednesday night classes ends in June and it would be nice to have to shirts finished before the end of the semester.

I wonder if other sewers out there have different methods for fitting patterns and what are they?

Books and Things

This month, I’ve been book shopping crazy. I love buying craft and sewing books, great references to have on hand when you get stuck on a project. ¬†They are also great for inspiration. I have 4 new books and I am excited to dig through them.

In the mail today, I received a book called ‘Nancy’s Favorite 101 Notions,’ it is by Nancy Zieman. I won it from a BurdaStyle Contest back in either January or¬†February. It’s a cute book, I hope to find some new notions. It would also be nice to know what some things are used for that I have come across at the fabric store. Like a Wood Wedge Iron.

This weekend, I went to Borders and I left with two fashion related books for myself. They are not really about sewing but more geared toward fashion design.

The first book I purchase is ‘200 Projects To Get You Into Fashion Design’ by Tracy Fitzgerald and Adrian Grandon. I have not ¬†gotten a chance to look through this book fully, but the first couple of projects are super basic. Workout 1: Choosing a Sketchbook. As a former Fine Art Student, I have a bunch of Sketchbooks around the apartment. The questions for me is, should I use a new one or should I just use one of my old sketchbooks? If I do get a new one, what size should I get? I might just use an old sketchbook, so there is less things to consider. I do want to buy a book for just fabric samples. Okay back on topic! The book looks like it will be a fun book. Of course I will post the projects I complete up on the blog.

The second book that I purchase is ‘Essential Fashion Illustration’ by¬†Maite Lafuente. I got through the whole book over the weekend. It is mostly ¬†illustrations and some text. I just need to sit down and practice some of the¬†illustrations¬†in the books. I think I want to start off with experimenting with watercolors. Using watercolors for Fashion Illustration looks really nice. I want to try to stir away from using pencils, I need to be more free with my drawings. I would also love to do some marker illustrations. ¬†I really should master using markers as a medium.

The book is also very useful on how to draw the human form and poses.

Okay finally, a couple of weeks ago I purchased a book called Pattern Magic 2. I don’t own the first Pattern Magic book, but I like the designs of the second one better. After scanning over the book and talking to some classmates. I think I should¬†purchase¬†the first book as well. Looking at the first project, I am already confused. The problem might also just be in the translation.

I still would love to try out something from this book.

So far on the poll front regarding what garment I should knock off.

3 votes for the Panic Dress

1 vote for panic top + Neutron pants

1 vote for the Rocket top

1 vote for Juno Singlet + Mutiny pants

I am leaning towards the Rocket top. I think I would look great on my figure. We’ll see.

What should I make?

I signed up for a sewing contest. The contest is ¬†‘Knock Off Contest’ with Pattern Review. You have to create a garment that is¬†inspired¬†by either a Ready-to-Wear line, ¬†from the runway or any garment seen worn or pictured. The contest starts May 1st and ends May 31st. I can draft, tweak and make a¬†muslin¬†of the¬†garment¬†before the start date but I can not lay out or cut the fabric before the start date of the contest. I think this will be really fun project to execute.¬†I am not interested so much in winning the prize but actually completing the assignment, but of course, it would be awesome to win.

I am trying to decided which garment I should create for the contest. I am loving Dogstar clothing line. It is a shame that their stores are on the other side of the world and are on the expensive end.

Which do you think I should Knock Off?

A.)  Panic Top + Neutron Pants

B.) Panic Dress

C.) Rocket Top + Vertiago Pants

D.) Juno Singlet + Mutiny Pants

Hello Everyone!

I am starting a sewing blog, because its probably the cool thing to do.

Also, it is a great way for me to keep track of my projects and what not.

I really like to create things, especially things out of fabric. There is a sort of magic to creating something from flat material and making it into a 3-dimensional creation.

There is so much you can do with fabric and I hope to explore and share with everyone.