Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sewing progress

Yesterday evening I began working on the Simplicity skirt and continued the process this AM.  I made my usual alterations to the skirt pattern-swayback, back pillow fluff before cutting out the fabric.

Lately I find my skirts not hanging just right in the front.  I pulled out my trusty "Fit for Real People" and Sandra Betzina's "Fast Fit" to see if my front hanging issues are addressed and of course they were.  As one ages, body changes are inevitable.  I realized that my body has morphed again.  Some due to exercise-treadmill and elliptical machine at the Y.  Most due to age so I have a narrow upper back above waist, swayback and flat derriere (where did my bum go?). I have a larger front area at waist than at the back with a tummy.

I realized after searching through the two books how I need to adjust the front area and that with my right hip lower than my left is another simple fix.  Actually that is not surprising as my right shoulder is lower than left and yes I always carry way too much on the right side, so not balancing that out over the years has played a significant part in my morphed body.

Though many find fitting patterns time consuming and yes sometimes frustrating, in the end when you sew your garments you know the fit may prove to be the best than from RTW.

My mini-break from sewing is over so back to the sewing machine and my skirt.  More later.

Friday, July 25, 2014

So it begins

I am on Staycation starting today!
First thing on the list for this morning was a pedicure.  I decided to try a new to me place.  Experience was good, pedi was good-just not the experience I wanted.

Here is my summer pedicure-
I love green!

I just had lunch and back home for a few hours so now going to cut out my skirt and sew some.

I always have big sewing plans for when I am off, I normally never complete everything.  I will share what I complete as the week goes along!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Up next

I decided I wanted to make this skirt by Simplicity.  The fabric is from my last staycation and visit to Schoolhouse Fabrics.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Burda top and what am I sewing next.

Well I finished the Burda top and not really pleased with the results.  The fit is good but the striped/floral knit fabric did gather as well as I thought it would.  I probably could take deeper seams to get the effect that the pattern calls for.  The other thing is that it is way too long and probably can be shortened.  It is just not what I wanted for the top.  I have put it aside for now and may decide to do some more with it later.

So I am on to my next project which is going to be a skirt unless I change my mind between now and tomorrow AM.  I have lots of ideas and shortage of time.

I hope your sewing weekend is going well.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Vogue Fall Patterns

I got the email about new Vogue Fall Patterns.  Of course I had to go look and see.  There are a few I like.  I am just not ready for fall sewing yet--am I ever????

Here are a few that I like, all photos from Vogue Patterns website:




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What I wore-Penny Pinafore by Kitschy Coo

I completed the dress this weekend and wore it yesterday to work.
Back view

Front view

Semi side view
I really like this dress pattern and the way it falls from shoulder down.  I did feel like that by the end of the day the dress expanded from waist down.  I had thought about taking a deeper side seam at the waist.  This is a wash and wear fabric; I did wash and dry before sewing.  Sometimes fabric still shrinks so I will test the need for taking deeper waist to hem side seams.

The fabric did not wrinkle much and in spite of the warmer temperatures I felt comfortable in the dress and with longer sleeves and cool A/C in my office, the longer sleeves felt good.  I had to travel in the dress yesterday, so driving and getting in and out of the car, again the wrinkles were minimal.

I do see another dress from this pattern for the future. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Next up-Burda knit top

I decided that I had enough of the striped fabric as well as the blue from my last dress to use in other projects.  I normally move onto different fabric; this will be an exception as all machines are threaded for this fabric and I need some additional knit tops.

I purchased this Burda pattern earlier this year and wanted to make Version A (black top).
from Simplicity website


I began the sewing process this morning by cutting around the pattern pieces for my size. Fitting adjustments are next.  Since these patterns are designed for women taller than I, there will be length adjustments and fortunately this pattern has several strategically placed lengthen/shorten lines so I do not have to create my own.

The dress project is complete.  Photos to follow later.

I hope your sewing weekend is fabulous and productive.


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