Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sewing Secrets: New Year, Old Goal

It is a bright and shiny new 2017 everyone! I do love this time of year for that wiped slate clean sort of feeling, though it does tend to wear off rather too quickly. I'm not partial to making lots of resolutions as I've found that I never make good on them. One or two goals for the new year is good for me. An old goal that I've always had is to sew all the fabric. Or at the very least, to sew all of my fabric. More often than not, the accruing/hoarding part of my #fabricjunkie personality takes over and the sewing part gets tossed to the wayside. This year I decided to take more logical steps in trying to sew all the fabric. I mean, there's saying that I'm going to sew all the fabric and then there's actually making plans, laying groundwork and forming a foundation from which to accomplish a goal. While I know I won't be able to sew all of my fabric in one year, I can at least make a concerted effort to sew more of my stash than usual.
To start, I thought I would share a project that I undertook as my first official stashbusting step. Making a Swatch Journal. This was a tall order. I have a lot more fabric than even I realized. There were so many pieces that I forgot I had and some that I have no idea where they even came from. In fact, going through all of it gave me some much needed perspective. It is time to get some sew on.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Made: Figgy's Nituna Coat

I have some pretty darling nieces and a nephew and it just so happened that one of my nieces turned 7. I had heard through the grapevine that she could do with a winter coat. I thought it would be a great time to pull out this Figgy's Nituna Coat pattern that I've had stashed for ages and give it a go.
This is such a cute kids pattern and I feel that when you're making an investment piece like this, it's fun to add some of the bells and whistles of traditional tailoring to it for practice. Especially when it's for a little person and it's akin to making a sample, yet someone can actually wear it and use it. I opted to do some changes to this pattern to give it a more professional touch and because I do love doing a tailoring project and it's always good to remember how to do things like bound buttonholes and welt pockets.
Overview of the pattern: The Nituna coat is a children's pattern - unisex, which is a plus! - with a hood, optional back bodice pleat, patch pockets or welt pockets. This pattern also features a lining, but I would say that this is more of a reversible coat treatment than a traditional lining. I created a traditional lining for my version. The pattern itself does not really come with a lining pattern, but instead you cut the same pieces as the coat shell and from there put the "lining" and the outer "coat" together and attach with bias binding around the edges or right sides together, turn and topstitch.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Sewing Library: Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit

I had started some Sewing Library posts a few years ago and never really did a lot with that, but it's something I definitely want to pick up again. I've learned a major portion of my apparel sewing know-how from books. Text books and more mainstream books on sewing have been a major source of inspiration for getting to a point of mastering this form of creativity. There are so many different worlds within the realm of sewing and fashion design, it's easy to immerse yourself and just get sucked in. With so many books out there, I think it fitting that I can add to this conversation by giving you insight into my favorites.
One of these is Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit by Steffani Lincecum. The story goes that I found this book on Amazon as I was perusing books for patternmaking because I was sick of fitting sewing patterns from envelopes. I think there's a point that every sewist comes to where you are wondering if there is a work around to the whole fitting problem that plagues us all. Sewing patterns don't fit right out of the envelope for pretty much anyone and yes, that includes Indie's in my opinion as I have yet to find one that does. But this is a part of the apparel sewing process. Fitting and a basic understanding of good fit is essential and comes with time, patience and practice. But when you get to the part where are wondering if there is a work around for fitting, you start looking at possibly creating your own patterns.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Made: Ginger Jeans

Happy Summer y'all! I know it's been a looooong time since I posted. While I'm not one for apologizing for my whereabouts, it has been since (hello!) November. I kind of morphed back into this thing called real life. The part where you go back to square one, get a job and get back in the saddle of mainstream Americana living. So I did that. I decided to move to a smallish country town (where I did all of my growing up as a child and teen). I've been here for few months now and have been becoming acquainted with how life is lived in a small town. Mind you I was a teenage kid when I left this sagebrush. It's a fairly different experience, this living in a small town now. I'm enjoying the good parts and remembering how denial works over the bad parts.

For some time, I've been waffling over whether or not to blog again. There are many of parts of blogging that I don't miss, but then there's the part that I really want to be apart of again - namely reviewing sewing patterns and just talking sewing in general. I get so much from reading blogs that still do this and I enjoy getting excited over seeing someone conquer a pattern, try out different patterns companies or products, tell us all where they purchased this or that fabric, tips and tricks, etc. This is the part of blogging that makes it worth it to me. So here I am, back at it again.

Before I move onto my version of the Ginger Jeans, please note that I am in the process of switching blog platforms. There's been some problems while doing this and right now I'm in the middle of uploading all of my old photos and reworking all of my old links, so if you're seeing missing images and the links within my blog aren't going anywhere, please bear with me. I'm working on it - slowly, but surely. Now, let's get back to the chatter of sewing! Yay!
These are the Closet Case Files Ginger Jeans. For the longest time I've put off making jeans for myself. I would rather huck myself off a cliff sew something else than make jeans. Jeans aren't necessarily hard, but they are a little hard on my sewing machine(s) depending on the thickness of the denim. I've made enough to pairs to know by now. And I loathe dealing with the topstitching thread. It's just kind of a love/hate situation. I love having good jeans that fit me, but sewing them is not as fun as other things in my humble opinion.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Handmade Holiday: Pillowcases

When this time of year comes around, I'm always at a loss about whether or not I should make something for gifts for family and friends. I have really good intentions and well, you know what they say about that. This year, I happened upon an idea - pillowcases and thought I should share. I was doing some housecleaning and upkeep one weekend and noticed that I could use a new set of pillowcases. Instead of purchasing some from the store, I thought it would be easy enough to take some of my stash and make a set. It was easy, in fact and it was so easy that as I was cranking them out in the space of 30 minutes or so, I instantly thought these would make great gifts. The key feature for me being that these are very doable in a reasonably short timeframe and yet, they still add a nice handmade touch to your gift giving. Never thought my 7th grade home-ec project would turn into a gift giving idea - but I'm hooked now! Not to mention, I have to admit, sometimes it feels really really great to crank out an easy project and you can go a little crazy personalizing them for each family member or whom ever you are planning to give them to.
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