Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to all the moms, aunts, godmothers, grandmothers and to anyone who fulfill the role of a mother. od bless you all. My awesome hunnyyyyy, did not wrap my gift, this year he choose to display it on my mannequin. Awesomeeee!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Customize Dress Form and TNT Dress Pattern


FYI- do not use old sheet, the weave it tight making it difficult to get pins to into the fabric and it wrinkles like hell, no amount of ironing takes the wrinkles out.

 

My DD belongs to an organization that wears white to their formal and semi-formal events. This organization has rules regarding the type and length of the garment that can be worn by the ladies. Three weeks ago she asked me to sew a dress with a jacket for an upcoming event. I decided to use a fitting pattern that I had in my collection B-6092. My goal was to work out her fitting issues in the muslin, make a customize dress form and have a basic TNT dress pattern for her.

I choose the size of the pattern based on the high bust measurement.  I compared her measurements against the pattern measurements and I did the following changes to the pattern:

1.      Decreased the shoulder length

2.      Lowered the bust point

3.      Lengthen the waist- this was done after the bust point length was adjusted

4.      After comparing the slope of her shoulder and the pattern, I did a slope shoulder adjustment

5.      Added 1-inch from the bust point to the side seam

6.      Added 1- inch to the front waist pattern

The muslin was cut and fitted and the following alteration/adjustments were done:

1-     1-inch of fabric was removed from the chest area above the bust

2-     1.5-inches of fabric was removed from the lower back

3-     Adjusted the shoulder line for a forward shoulder

4-     Re-adjust the position of the bust dart

5-     Pin-out two inches from the center back; this change the center line seam line from straight to the shape of a S; this corrected most of the swayback issues.

The second muslin was cut and fitted after the above adjustments were made. I added the skirt to the second muslin, and it only needed minor tweaking. I followed the instructions for customize your dress form (CRAFTSY Class) and padded the mannequin and here are the results. I check the measurements of the dress form and the shoulder length, center front length, center back length, waist and bust circumference are exactly the same as my DD. I need to adjust the side seam line to balance the hip measurement.

Please forgive the wrinkles it is the fabric. Remember don’t use 110% cotton old sheets

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Photo Album

 On/around September 2013 I watched a video on You Tube by Kathy Orta regarding how to construct a mini album. I spent three months watching videos by other ladies on album construction. I enjoy scrapbooking and I figured that by learning to make my own album I could get exactly what I want. I purchase Kathy's tutorial and used it to make several albums. By the beginning of 2014, I got bored and move on to something else. Recently, after I crocheted several hats, I began to think about creating an album where I kept photos of all of my projects ( sewing, quilting, home dec, needlework, etc.).  Ahhhh! and it all came back to me; create your album. Went back to You Tube and after watching a few videos, I completed this album in 2.5 weeks.
 After the album was completed I looked through old photos to find pics of items that I sewed back in the 1970's and OMG the album took a life of its own. The album was filled with photos of my college years, dating my husband, our wedding, friends weddings, events, trips etc.  There will be a few more albums in the future. Stay tuned. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Crochet Hat Palooza

In a previous post I wrote that I followed Hectanooga1's video on YouTube to crochet this hat. After I crochet the first hat ( orange), the hat grew by two inches.  I revised Hectanooga's  instructions and I am loving the results.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Vogue Patterns- Spring 2015


Good Morning

I enjoy Toy's fashion and pattern reviews. She has a great eye for details and because of her reviews I am looking at patterns with keener eyes.  Vogue Patterns Spring 2015 was posted on her blog today. Please check the post out. After reading her post and writing my comment, I decided to post my comment here.

Vogue 1442, love the design, as for fabric a very soft drapery knit is perfect. For a very curvy girl this could be a tricky one, proceed with caution.

9075- Wide leg jumpsuit, this is an old pattern that came out of the archives. This is very easy to recreate with an existing pattern. I will not buy this pattern; however I will add the image to my inspiration book.

9091- No, on this one. Culotte pant are flattering to most figure type. I have a Culotte pattern by Butterick.

9076- YES hunniiii! I love this one. It’s a 70’s flashback, but oh so feminine. I will check my pattern stash; I may have an older version of this pattern.

9077- Yes hunnniiiii! The front pleat elevates this simple shirt dress; I will advise caution with this one because if you are larger than a B-cup think about the placement of the pleat and the size of the pleat. It could result in an awkward detail.

9079- Yes hunnnniiiii! The pattern is worth buying if only for the design. This pattern can take your sewing skills to the next level. I see lots of design opportunity here.

9093- Nope, another princess line jacket. Boringgggg!

9086- Yes I highly recommend this one, especially for a beginner. Also it’s a wonderful pattern to use bold, funky prints

9087- Yes hunniiiii!

Later

Saturday, January 10, 2015

My first Project for 2015

Hello

This is my first project for 2015
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My last crochet project was the crochet along that  Sheila and I did in 2013. I crocheted three skirts and as I worked on the fourth skirt I developed a severe allergy to the acrylic yarn. Sadly I gave the skirts away. Recently Sheila has been on a crochet extravaganza and I desire to crochet began to take hold. So I went to the craft store and I found cotton thread with 15% polyester. My first attempt to knit a hat was not successful because I choose the wrong thread for the pattern. This was my second attempt. I love it especially since I have a better understanding of what the thread can do.  The pattern is from one of my favorite You tuber Hectanooga1.  I choose orange because my coat is black and I wanted to add a pop of color and what better way to achieve that.
 
 

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