Sunday, July 31, 2011
Yesterday I worked my this dress. I had to reposition the darts at the top of the dress, one was higher than the other and slightly off center. Don't know how I did that, also made the dress too wide and will have to cut down the seems. Boy do I hate taking out seems! This time it will teach me to fit with clothes off, instead of on. It's easy to misjudge the width of the fabric. Thank goodness I did this with the muslin as well. So maybe today if I am so inclined I will continue on the dress, although I doubt it because it is too hot. That means I would have to open the blinds in this room. My rule of practice is to suffer until 7:00 pm. I will say I liked how the electric bill looked for this month, and all because of my methods. Switch reels................I am looking for other sources of fabric. Have noticed that the the online fabric stores have really been coming up with good sales. I've been getting feed back from: "sew -what's-new.com and the ladies list a few places that I can save money. That's always good news. Right now I am still going along with the program of getting rid of some material. Will check with the girls to see what they are doing. Every time I check it gives me an incentive to move my arse.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I decided to make a dress out of this fabric. I already made a skirt out of it and wore it last summer. I cut out the pattern but this time used muslin because I wanted to see if this was going to fit. My goal is to use the remainder of my fabric stash so that I can collect more. Lo and behold the pattern was too small and thank God for the muslin. I had to cut an inch for both the front and back. After cutting out the actual fabric for the front part of the dress; I realized that there wasn't going to be enough fabric for the back. With the remainder of the fabric I decided to cut in pieces and then so them back. So actually there are three pieces to the back of the dress. I decided to use this seem for decorative. Although I must admit it isn't too clear, but I will do better nexk time. I am undecided whether to put sleeves on this or just leave it sleeveless. I might do the latter.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Even though I screwed up on the button holes I decided to put some more on the opposite side of the shirt. I know this looks tacky but when I put the shirt on it looks decorative. I am thinking about really embellishing the button holes. It was suppose to be a mock up. I am glad I moved both the buttons holes and the buttons over more towards the edge, had I not it would not have fit. I will just wear this with jeans.
In the first place I hadn't used the Bernina auto button hole in a long time. You have a choice to use either the automatic or just do it manually. I like the auto one better. I screwed up because I forgot how to use it, and then I place it on the fabric crooked, even though I thought I place it straight. I know I am suppose to test drive the button hole and I did that, but wouldn't you know it; when I actually got on the fabric the machine seemed temper mental, of course we all know that it was more than likely user error. I would like to blame this on the machine. Much easier lol! I learned a lot from making this shirt. Now the next one I make will be much better without the mistakes at least not as noticeable. From a distance the shirt looks not too shabby lol! I really have to figure out what design to cover up the button holes. Well on to the next project.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I think I am going to do a check on the girls two days out of the week and once on the weekends. It kind of gets my juices flowing. I emailed one of the ladies, because we are built up practically the same, and I'd like to know where she got her dress form. One of my friends suggested that I get one of the old wire forms. They are not that easy to get it seems. I will keep looking around. Today was another scorcher and I had every intention of putting the buttons on the shirt, but the phone rang. I am not the type of person to be side tracked I tell you. Maybe I shouldn't answer the phone. I have another friend that calls me every other day from Seattle and when she calls I can't get anything done, further more I don't feel like doing anything because she is all over the place in conversation and I am tired when we are through talking. She might start out talking about lettuce, but then end up on duck boots! Go figure. What's really unfair is that she can clean the house, wash the dishes and everything while on the phone. I don't do that, today she called and sounded like she was in a man hole...........I knew she was doing something because she sounded a bit distant. She thinks I don't know..........well tomorrow is another day.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
After working and manipulating the fabric for the past two hours, I placed the shirt on the cutting table having hand sewn the collar in, and finally realizing that the collar was upside down. I copied from the diagram.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I am using McCalls perfect shirt number M6076 and again the instructions are not clear. They show a picture of how to put the collar together and then the next direction is : pin collar to neck edge of shirt, matching notches, center backs, triangles and large circles, clipping shirt neck edge where necessary. Baste, keeping pressed-under edge free. The diagram just shows the collar sewn on, but it is clear to my eye that it doesn't show how to get to that point. So I am going to take the collar apart it put it together my way. This makes no sense to me what ever. I know ink is expensive but having a full clear picture would be better. I even went to you tube to see how to put a collar together, but there is a different type collar, I believe it's the stand up collar. So that didn't help. Will work on this tomorrow. I believe if I do it buy hand then I can see how it is to be pieced together.
Monday, July 11, 2011
|For got this part..............how did I do this?|
Last night I answered something on: "sew what's new.com" It appears that the ladies in Canada are complaining about fabric being to high there, and are even coming to New York to get fabric. So naturally I decided to make a remark. I can remember in the 90's going to Vancouver and getting my stash with only a 100.00 and now it seems those days are over. That's such a shame. The ladies are also remarking that it's a good idea to go on line and some of them are listing places to go. I just found a sight: "Carmens warehouse" and then there is one in Canada called: "Tristans Italian Threads" the prices are pretty good. I was surprised, but the ladies say they get you with shipping charges. Carmens seems to be cheaper with the thread. I think I am going to use these sites instead of waiting for a sale from JoAnnes.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Okay..............yesterday I made myself serge the all parts of the blouse that needed serging. I really forced myself to this, after being outside it what seemed like 104 degree weather. I've never felt anything like that in my life, and I still feel tire from it. This type of weather really makes zaps me of all of my energy. It took me close to an hour to get my serger working. I forgot how to thread for a three flatlock design. I also had to change the thread from black to white. That's a pill. Sometimes i will luck out and pull the threads through just right and other times I have to thread the eye of the needles. This was the day to thread the needles. Sometimes I really think about having the Babylock Evolve, with the air, that would be so much easier. I still love my Janome compulock, but sometimes I just don't feel like fiddling with it, by the time I remember how to thread it again, I almost lose interest in sewing. I did force myself to follow through. Now today I may or may not work on the blouse and stitch the rest of it out. I just remembered I've not cut out the sleeves only on the muslin.......so now I have to go cut out the sleeves. Maybe this music help me to move.