Sunday, January 8, 2012

video day

This morning spent watching my newest sewing videos.  Threads: insider Techniques, and Clair Shaeffer Coutoure Techniques.   I really enjoyed the second video more.  It was very much in depth.  Even with the hand sewing techniques that are done on the high designs suiting.  St.Laurent, Channel..........and when you look at the hand sewing it can't be seen from the outside.  Shaeffer had haute couture dresses from the 40's 50's and some sixties.  Good work never goes out of style.  She did background on the stitches and when to use them.  This was a two cd package, but worth every penny.  If she has any other DVD's I will be sure to get them.   The Threads Dvd only showed three techniques, even though they were insightful, I believe the DVD could have shown more techniques, at this point a person can be nickled and dimes to pieces just for three inside secrets.  So I don't think I will be getting any more of those DVDs probably would be better off signing up for a class. The instructions were well demonstrated and filmed.  Good close up and explanations.  I enjoyed that just should have had more.

Friday, January 6, 2012

blue jeans in progress

 This is my first time working with stretch denim.  So far I don't like it.  However I finally got the hang of making the zipper flap.  This is not perfect, but looking at the video I finally got how it's put together.  On Youtube of course.  I have been working on these pants since November.  Really have not been into doing them.  Decided to use decorative stitching for the pocket, instead the serpentine stitch that is used.  Most of the past month has been spent looking at some videos, just ordered some tutorials from Threads after watching the sample demo.   I decided to wait on signing up with the two sites previously mentioned, because I know that I would have to dedicate at least an hour or more each morning. I just wanted to make sure that I got this seam right on the sides.  I had to hand sew it down, because the fabric was not that yielding, and then go over it with the machine to put the stitch in place.

I am looking at or ordering the tutorial dvds from Threads.  Then I will either get Islander or Peggy Sagers, can't go wrong with either of them.  I can either watch the entire thing or go along with the dvd.  Either way I can stop anytime.  I know that I can do the same thing on the classes, but for the time being I am going this route.  It's cheaper.  Maybe in the some I will go the other route.   I just finished the inseam of the jeans.  The next pair will be made with regular denim.  Maybe I just have to get the hang of working with this fabric.  I used a Denim needle, since the fabric is stretch I should have used a ball point needle.  I didn't want to take a chance on possibly breaking the needle going across the inseam, however in certain parts of the paints you can plainly see the stitch change slightly.  I know to use a ball point needle on regular stretch fabric, but didn't know that I would have to use it on Denim.   So you live and learn.