Thursday, June 26, 2008
1) High Round Back - I raised the neckline 1-1/4" (sliced the back just under the seam line at CB, lifted the CB up and basted muslin fabric into the wedges)
2) Bust Point too high - Low Bust Adjustment - I lowered the bust point 1-1/4" (too chicken to cut the pattern tissue, from the side back piece I traced the pattern of the bust onto tracing paper, used the grainline of the side back as placement, shifted the template down and traced the new lines onto the muslin, merging with the original seam lines just before the top of the side back piece and the waistline.
3) Waist too Tight - let out 1/4" at each side seam - total 1" gained ('may' need a bit more - once I try it on with a winter weight sweater). Edit - Yup, needed a little more room - let out 1/4" on all 4 princess seams as well - another 2" gained.
4) Waist too Low - raised the waist line 1" (traced a line 1" up and folded original waistline up to meet the new line, basted the seam). Edit - front waist still too high. Raised back 1-1/2" to the side seams. Raised front 1" at CF tapering up to 1-1/2" at side seams.
5) Since the waist was raised, the hem needs to be lowered by 1" (front) to 1-1/2" (back) as well.
6) Still have to set in the sleeves. Edit - V8346 is a 1-piece sleeve, will try to fit M5247 instead.
7) Marji suggested changing the angle of the shoulder seams to make room for the shoulder pads - I'll try it on first. Edit - I think they're ok, will confirm when I post the next pics.
We have company coming tomorrow - will only be able to continue on Saturday.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
It's comfortable, but loose. All my measurements say I should be making size 16, but so far everything is a bit big. On every skirt I've made in the past few years, I take in side seams til they fit. I'm going to have to try size 14 and see what happens. Murphy's Law - 14 will probably be too tight ;-)I would have shown a picture of me wearing it, but the zipper stuck in the 2nd wash and now I have to replace it. Mending already !
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
On the sewing side – I FINISHED the Ottobre capris ! They’re quite loose (next pair will be a size smaller for sure), but with summers that get quite a few 30°days, I’ll wear them anyway. I wore them yesterday to work, got complimented on them and found them very comfortable. I tried to take some pictures but what an awkward thing to do ! I’ve asked DH to take some for me and I’ll post a pic or two.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
So, along with all the regular weekend chores that weren't on the list, but had to be done anyway...
Gardening - DONE
Baking - Oatmeal cookies in the cookie jar - DONE
Coat - true up grain & start the London Shrink on the wool flannel - DONE, the flannel is almost dry & ready to go.
Cut, press and measure the pattern pieces; cut out muslin - To Do
Capris - finish them (fly zipper & outside seams - DONE
Waistband & bottom legbands w/buttons - In Progress)
Friday, June 6, 2008
So, the plans for the weekend include...
Gardening - Plant the tomato plants, purchase and plant some herbs, clean up the iris bed (those darn dandelions are competing with my beoooootiful irises)
Baking - not sure what, but something sweet for hubby
Coat - true up grain & start the London Shrink on the wool flannel; cut, press and measure the pattern pieces; cut out muslin
Capris - finish them (fly zipper, outside seams, waistband, bottom legbands w/buttons)
Let's see what actually gets done...
Edited Sat night - bold is done - it was 30°C today by 10:00am - baking & gardening weren't happening !
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
What I would like is to keep these notes (& pictures if I figure out how to include them) as a diary or journal of what I sew.
I've done some sewing in the past, but the projects were few and far between. I lay claim to the title of 'world's slowest sewist' even though I've seen others say the same.
During the 1990`s I made curtains, moved on to simple skirts, a dress and actually made 2 pairs of pants before I realized I am supposed to be afraid to them :-) - They fit and I wore them a couple of years til I outgrew them - now, how WELL they fit I don't know, but I will definitely be making pants again. My inseam is just a shade longer than standard RTW, sleeves too.
OK - so I decided this past Fall that I wanted to sew more - I discovered blogs and oh, boy, internet fabric sites !!!! Blogs, I lurked - Fabric Sites, I shopped - Now I MUST sew, I have a STASH.
In January, I decided I would start simple - a shirt for my DH (did I say simple ?, buttonholes, collars, sleeve plackets, oh boy) - he prefers t-shirts but, I wanted to make a shirt, so he got a shirt - it took 2 months ! He very patiently modeled while I measured & fitted and gave lots of encouragement while I sewed (slowly, and almost every seam twice)...Hubby, who does not prefer shirts said 'the next one will be easier' - I guess he wants more. He saved it for a wedding a short time later and proudly told anyone who commented on it that I made it - Cool.
A LOT of credit goes to Liana (Sew Intriguing) - my printout of her shirtmaking tutorial was dog-eared by the time I finished. Her shirts are amazing !
Now, I've joined Marji's coat sew-along - we start now (June 1), work on it through the summer and have a finished coat by end of September, we'll see....
I picked Vogue 8346, View A in a charcoal wool flannel, underline with cotton flannel and possibly lined with Kasha (I'm even learning the terminology) - the plan is to work on it slowly enough to also be able to work on other projects at the same time, yeah, right.
Well, I do have a pair of capris from Ottobre 2/2007 that I'm in the middle of - I think they might even fit - and I want to finish them - BEFORE summer is over.
So for now, I need to try to figure out how to insert pictures, links, etc...& after checking the preview on this post, I HAVE to learn how to tell a `short`story - LOL, oh well, apparently I`m as much a chatterbox typing as I am talking.