Archive for November 2015

Slouchy Goodness

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Have you ever needed a jumpstart to your sewjo?  I find that the perfect kinds of projects for that needed jolt of sewing energy are the simple, chic, satisfying ones.   Nap-TimeCreations, the brainchild of Emily, has the perfect new pattern: The Slouchy Sweatshirt. I tested this pattern in exchange for the final version.  However, this post contains all my thoughts are my own.  Read on and you'll see why I like this pattern.
Experiment:
Size XS


Materials:
<2 yards of ponte knit
Black serger thread

Procedure:
If you have a name like Nap-Time Creations, then I think it is safe to assume that her projects are suitable for those snips of quiet time.  The Slouchy Sweatshirt can be made rather easily on a serger but if you don’t have a serger, a good ole’ sewing machine does the job.  While this may look like just a sweatshirt, you can make it in a variety of fabrics from sweater knit to French terry to ponte knit.  And the pattern has an elongated shoulder to give it a relaxed “slouchy” look.


I don’t think this looks slouchy at all.  Instead, it could be very upscale in a shimery sweater knit or made to be casual in French terry.  Either way, you’ll have a new shirt in the course of an evening or afternoon.
I used some leftover ponte for the extra small size.   While it fits great in shoulders and bust, my hips are my widest part.  Using the ponte which has limited stretchiness was not the best choice.  It just makes the bottom of the shirt cling to my hips.  Not so bad, just not the most comfortable.
I had a little trouble with my neckband standing up instead of lying flat but I fixed that by folding it under.  This created a boat neck feature (which is covered by my hair -- you'll have to imagine!).  Subtle amping up a basic shirt.  A quick sew to fill your winter wardrobe.

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Halloween Attire... in November. At Least it is Subtle.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I’m baaaaccccckkkk!! You know when life piles it on thick and work bogs ya down? I tend to sew more....except I can't find the motivation to blog.  With the long days and time change, I can't seem to sit down and write (or read other blog posts) after a long day. I do like blogging but in mid-October when I finished a dress only to begin a post, well, no words would come.   Taping a pattern, threading a machine and sewing a straight stitch are a good stress release for me.  Writing ?!? ‘Meh!’ (imagine shoulders shrugging and a sour crinkled faced). Here is something from my silent blog time: I present to you a subtle Halloween Clemence skirt.

Experiment:
Tilly’s Clemence Skirt
Self drafted sort-of following Tilly's guidelines

Materials:
Slightly less than 2 yards of a Cotton Blend 
Black 9” invisible zipper
Interfacing
Coats and Clark Polyester Thread in Black

Procedure:
To remind you, I have been lazily working my way through all the patterns in Tilly’s Love at First Stitch book.  I have never sewn a book from start to finish.   Tilly’s style, for the most part, is close to mine, so why the heck not?

The Clemence skirt is a tutorial for a self-drafted dirndl skirt…or in layman’s terms, a gathered skirt.  This skirt has a classic look and I love dresses with gathered skirts.  Should be a perfect skirt for me!! Alas, while this was an easy sew, the skirt was okay.  I like the look of circle skirts better. 

This gathered skirt imparts what feels like a massive frumpiness centered right at my waist.  A material with more drape may have worked better but I couldn’t resist having a skirt in this fabric….see what I mean???

From afar, it’s a simple gray skirt but up close you get the spooky Halloween vibe.  Clearly, I am late to the blogging world sharing my Halloween inspired skirt.  But.....drumroll, please.... I did finish this at the beginning of October.  And I wore it a lot.  I’ll probably wear it past Halloween since no one really notices except me.

Here is the quick and dirty description of construction of the skirt:
  • ·      Cut a 3 large rectangles
  • ·      Add some pockets if you like
  • ·      Sew the rectangles together
  • ·      Gather
  • ·      Gather again
  • ·      Gather some more
  • ·      Add a waistband and zip
  • ·      Hem the sucker

Yep, that is it.  The biggest pain was removing all the basting stitches.   Will I sew it again?  Maybe…honestly, onwards with new adventures.  




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