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.
 
 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays To All

 
A very merry Christmas to all. May the new year brings you health, an abundance of prosperity and most important plenty of fabrics and patterns.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Butterick 4518 and Sewing with a Plan (SWAP)


I posted about SWAP here in 2007.  Once l learn about SWAP  I attempted to sew a black & white a wardrobe following the concept. I sewed 3 of the 11-pieces, became bored, lost interest and moved on to another project. Although I was not successful with SWAP somehow I manage to have a work wardrobe (business/casual professional) that reflects the concept. Everything in my wardrobe has two or more partners, everything works with everything no matter what color and I always have something to wear.

Why am I revisiting the concept of SWAP? The colors in the skirt are my inspiration. What does B4518 has to do with my inspiration? I choose view B a simple top because I wanted my fabric choices to do all the work. Later…..

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Craftsy Class Review- Custom Fitting Back, Neck and Shoulders

Happy Sunday

On the Sewing Horizon:
 1. I've been busy in the sewing laboratory doing sewing related activities, such as cleaning up, organizing, putting patterns away , buying fabrics, enjoying the sewing groups on Facebook, and keeping in touch with my sewing buddies. I met with Sharon last spring and we spent the day working on McCall's 6041 a princess seam jacket and OMG, making adjustment to the right side was a bit challenging for Sharon. That was when I realize that I in order to get a garment to fit me in a manner that is acceptable to me I need to take my time and work on it slowly. I am looking forward to hanging out with Sharon soon for a wonderful day of sewing, conversation, eating and drinking.

2. In the last two weeks instead of  spending time watching you tube and looking @ Pinterest in the evenings, I spent anywhere from 1/2- 2 hours each night and watched Custom Fitting Back, Neck and Shoulder on Craftsy. The class was excellent. Kathleen Cheetham was an excellent instructor. There are eight lessons in the class.  I cut out multiple samples of the back bodice using construction paper so that I could replicate step by step all the alterations regarding how to do a particular adjustment. What I enjoyed most was that I was able to only watch the chapters in each lesson that was relevant to my fitting issues.
The class gave you all the needed materials. I choose to use one of the books in my sewing library as a companion to the class. That was an interesting experience. The book and  Kathleen method for adjusting neckline gaposis were the same; however, it was not my preferred method. Another example- in the class Kathleen showed a simple method of adjusting a neckline that was too tight and high, the book's method of adjusting for the same type of neckline was a bit more involve. Borrowing words of wisdom from Sheila and Sharon respectively, do what works for you, remember -you are in control of your sewing world- It's Alethia's world.  There are NO sewing police with a time line on doing what you have learned.  Words of wisdom.
 
Here is the result of a muslin I completed following some of the techniques I learned in the class.
I added a center back seam because it works best for me. I learned a different method (easier) to do a swayback adjustment that did not include slashing and overlapping the pattern. I added curve darts instead of straight darts. I removed 1-inch of fabric out of the mid-back. I've taken two classes on Craftsy and I am happy with the results. Although I have extensive collection of sewing books, I need to see a particular technique demonstrated in real time or by video format. There are plenty of classes on Crafty, Burda and you can find great video instructions on you tube. Based on my experience I would highly recommend Kathleen Cheetham's classes.
I have a bit more tweaking to do, hopefully I will have a garment done soon.  I am a visual person,  a demonstration in person or video format is another valuable resource in my sewing arsenal.
Hopefully, I will have a garment completed soon.

Disclaimer- This review was based exclusively on my experience. I paid for my class and I was not paid or giving any gifts in exchange for me to do this review.





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