Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Sunday, 28 December 2008
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Monday, 15 December 2008
.....bound buttonholes and my buttons from The Button Drawer.
......single welt pockets
.........back vent detail. I didn't really notice the instructions for sewing the lining to the back vent - until I was actually sewing the lining to it. The pattern instructions for the vent would have you cover the vent opening, as illustrated in the picture. I didn't care for this, so I ended up modifying the flap lining. I clipped into the lining so I could then stitch the lining around the opening. I've done this before and so I'm pretty sure that the look I ended up with for this vent is not how it should end up looking like - however it's the best way I could think of to finish it, so the vent flap could freely open without being attached to the lining. It's also a shorter vent since I shortened the coat by 3 1/2 ". I'm very very happy with this coat and I love the fit. I'm so pleased how it turned out and even more pleased with the fantastic information I gained from - Paco's and Tany's tutorial - Thank you so very much to you both for sharing your time and valuable information! Marji - Taking this project on was a huge undertaking and you did a fantastic job. Thank you. It was a pleasure having so many people from all over the world come together for such a project. It was fun and I enjoyed seeing everyone's jackets come together. More posts here!
Sunday, 7 December 2008
Saturday, 22 November 2008
Basically re-organizing them in order by Company and pattern number. I came across 3 older Jalie patterns. My sister had discovered Jalie patterns when she started sewing in the 80's. Of course I had to buy some too.This Polo Shirt # 2941 A, is copyright 1983. These other two are 1986. I'm thinking I bought these patterns- maybe late 80's because 2941-A is size Newborn to 3X. My daughter was born in 1985. Jalie 2924B size 4-16 ............................ ..................................................Jalie 2924C-size 24-42 If you use Jalie patterns, what is your oldest pattern?
Friday, 21 November 2008
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Monday, 17 November 2008
Sunday, 16 November 2008
Monday, 10 November 2008
Thursday, 6 November 2008
Sunday, 19 October 2008
Saturday, 18 October 2008
Friday, 17 October 2008
Saturday, 11 October 2008
I found the pocket placement was too low for me, so I raised it.
I made this pocket, using the instructions from the book - "Tailoring- The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket" .
I put the sleeve to my muslin in the pocket to see if it might make the welt stand out a little but the welt blends in really well, there really is one there. Next one I make I could use a contrasting fabric.View of the lining inside pocket.
The Instructions were clear and easy to follow. I am pleased with the results.
Images: Moments in Time
This beautiful view, which can be seen just down the road from where my husband's parents live, is the view across the
Picture taken in Benjamin New Brunswick.
Oct 5 2008
Sunday, 5 October 2008
I've been trying to come up with a Label name - for pictures - that I post that are Non Sewing related.
I finally came up with one I like. My new Label for these pictures is,
Images -Moments in Time:
- We don't live near my family and so we don't see each other very often. This picture is for them - to see I went a "little" blonder - to hide the gray :) - and a bit shorter!
- I am never alone when I sew. My Bradley is always with me in my sewing room. Sometimes he's sleeping, like this picture taken last night, but mostly he wants to be on my lap, or playing ball. (I can sew and play catch with him.) I've gotten really good at aiming the ball, and gently, tossing it through the sewing room door to the family room :) He's just a little guy so this gives him a good run! He can do this forever - he never seems to get tired of this fun game!
- And now that it's getting a bit cooler, Hilda is taking up residence in my sewing table.
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
*Please note *All pictures in this post, (except for one - the one with the green mat)- are captured from Roberta Carr's "Couture Techniques for Fine Sewing" DVD.
I've been working on pad stitching the fronts of my Burda 7855 jacket.We received alot of great information from Paco on Tailoring techniques. I alternated between Paco's method and Roberta Carr's grid method, from her "Couture Techniques for Fine Sewing" DVD.
In this picture, Roberta Carr shows how the grid should look. Smaller around the lapel and gets bigger in the body. It took me quite some time to draw my grid on my jacket interfacing, but once it was done, the stitching went quite quickly. (I've only completed one side of the jacket)....In the picture below Roberta is postitioning the interfacing on the jacket, starting at the bottom....
On my jacket (below picture) the roll line has been stabilized with stay tape (black) and I've sewn the stay tape down the front ,the other edges have been sewn using a catch stitch, as per Paco's method. Roberta, below, instructs to have the tape (light green tape) stop 2" above the center front line.... to reduce bulk when folded......
Pictures captured from the "Couture Techniques for Fine Sewing" DVD.
I also followed her directions for the pad stitching. Start stitching from the bottom of the jacket, going from the center of the squares to the corner, and work your way up the jacket. Then come back down the squares, working from the corner to the center. You end up with perfect "V's". I actually like this method. Once the grid is done the stitching is actually very effortless.
This one from corner to center......forming a perfect "V"
Roberta instructs to sew the tape, using a catch stitch, so the tape
"floats" between the stitches,below picture.
The overall feel of my jacket front feels great. The lapel rolls nicely and has a nice shape. I'm very happy with the results.
I truly enjoyed this hand stitching session. Now I have to do the other side.
I was sad to read that Roberta Carr passed away recently.. ..What a great loss.
Saturday, 20 September 2008
Thursday, 18 September 2008
Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln BLVD
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: 800-527-OTIS (6847) or 310-665-6800 http://www.otis.edu/
Marc D. Meredith
Dean of Admissions
Phone: 310-665-6820 Fax: 310-665-6811
Sunday, 14 September 2008
- Non Sewing: My 16 yr old son was working on a school assigment "all" week end - taking care of a "baby". (A doll that is just like a baby!) For those not familiar with these dolls, the baby acts and sounds just like a real one. It is computerized and programmed to giggle, burp, cry when it is hungry,wet,fussy......... his responses are monitored by the bracelet he has to wear,which he cannot remove. My little Bradley was quite taken by this baby! It was a long week end and long nights for him. (and us-not use to hearing a baby's cry in the house anymore - especially late at night :)
All in all, he handled this assignment really well. We were truly very impressed!
However not a sight I want to see for quite some time :)
Images - Moments in Time
Friday, 12 September 2008
Monday, 8 September 2008
The rules for this award - prize are as follows:
1. Select 6 bloggers to whom you would like to give this award- prize (definetly not easy to choose - only 6)
2. Put the award - prize on your blog and indicate who gave it to you by identifying her/his blog;
3. Paste these rules on your blog;
4. Write 6 of your most important values and 6 negative points you condemn,
5. Inform the 6 recipients by leaving a comment on their blog.
Values that are important:
- Commitment (Family,friends,work...)
Some things I condemn:
- Drinking & Driving
My daily visits include so many other wonderful blogs, so it was very difficult to limit my choice to 6 blogs.
- Tany - Tricot & Couture (Aveiro Portugal)
- Paco -Paco Peralta (Barcelona Spain)
- Lucia - My Cafe Couture (Paris France)
- Dawn - Two on Two Off (Alaska US)
- Summerset - Pins and Needles (Northfield NH, US)
- Belinda - Sew-4-Fun (Australia)
This is such a great way to recognize the creativity of such talented people.
As Anne said " This ends up as an endless chain of appreciation".
If you haven't been to these wonderful blogs take a minute - or two :) and enjoy them!