Sunday, March 3, 2013
I finally made a quick top last week. It sat in my closet all this past week and I finally wore it yesterday! It seems like every project I have been doing lately takes forever. I love to sew something that I can complete in an afternoon, like it, and wear it soon afterwards. It doesn't happen often, but when it does-Yahoo! So a little info about the construction of this top: This top was easy to make. I did not follow directions because I almost never do! I did read several reviews about this pattern company before on PatternReview.com which I found extremely helpful. Most of the pattern reviews say that the patterns run big-yes this particular one did as well. I have made a top before a few years ago from this company- I like the edgey styles, but the construction of the pattern peices don't always go together very well. After I started this top, I remember that I had to do some major adjustments to a top I made a few years ago. It was made of a fabulous, expensive sweater fabric, however, it was not comfortable. I liked the idea- it needed a lot of tweaking. I don't have time to tweak. I am a 2-4 in commercial sizes. Because I knew this top probably ran big, I took off an inch all the way around. I downloaded this top from Hot Pattern's website, and I didn't see the pattern piece for the neck. The directions had you cut two more pieces neccessary for the armbands. So, I made my own pieces for both the armband, and neck. I actually used the banded v-neck technique from the book The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques written by Lynda Maynard. It recommends that you use this technique on wovens, but I interfaced the silk jersey with a great stabilizer and it worked just fine. Other changes I made to this top were-I eliminated the back seam and cut it on the fold. I don't see the need for a seam down the back anyways. I had a beautiful silk jersey that I purchased from Emmaonesock.com, and I didn't want to interrupt the design. I used my serger mostly for seaming, and then used my sewing machine to do the details on top. My Artista 180 is in the shop getting a new faceboard(ouch!), so I have been using my mechanical Bernina 55 that I got to teach sewing lessons to my little ones on. So far, I have liked how the machine has sewed. It has handled the jersey very well. Overall, I like the style of this top, and I think it goes well with skinny jeans. I don't always like tight tops, and loose fitting tops during the summer feel better to me. I caution you to piece the pattern together first, and check to see if you have all the pattern peices, too, if you use a pattern from this company. I will probably make this top one more time because there is a style change idea I have-ruching. Happy sewing, Timi
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Mission accomplished- at least for now. This dress took so much time. The first one always seems to anyway. I have learned much on this great adventure. First, that I have every conceivable answer to sewing issues in my own personal library- now if I just had the time to read them all. I was in the just- do- it- mode for a while. Then, things started getting tricky.
Sewing is just one big problem to be solved. That is, if you aren't using a pattern! I realized after the fact that I should have used fusible lining for the interlining. That would of helped with the fraying. Tweed unravels so quickly. It can become a mess. I secured the edges as much as possible. Next time, I will try the fusible lining. However, just for the bodice. I ended up liking the body the silk gave the dress in the skirt. Plus, then it is easy to make the fringe at the end. This would not be possible with fusible lining.
The dress turned out to be very pretty. I thought that it would be much easier. I used a lot of hand stitching. Lining the dress, trimming, and pressing took so much time. It is hard to factor that in. The dress only had 5 pattern pieces which I drafted myself. I made a muslin afterward. The whole process took about two weeks total. When I looked at the original picture with Jennifer Aniston, I though the dress would be a piece of cake.
It was no cake. I enjoyed the process though. I left the fringe long on my dress for now. I may cut it. I need to have a fresh pair off hands when I do it though. My husband likes the fringe long. Proportionally, I am not sure. It may get tangled longer too. What do you think? Long or short fringe? I like the pink tweed for the summer. I also did not make the skirt as tight as Jennifer's. Maybe that might look good for the black one I make next time. I want to wear this dress to a wedding and a military ceremony for a new museum. My butt doesn't need to be the highlight either. The fringe is sassy enough!
SO, this is the second dress I have designed myself. This one was fun. It is encouraging when something turns out right. It makes you want to do it again! Thanks for reading and happy sewing to you!
Okay, here goes the zipper. I have the lining in. First, I decided to put seam binding around the armholes because the tweed unravels and I feel it needed more support. Now, I need to put int he zipper. I would have liked to do an invisible zipper however, I did not find the right color. I suppose I could have used white. But, I am picky about things like that! So, in by hand it goes!
Sunday, May 29, 2011
So, it has been a few hours since I last posted. Ugh! Ironing and picking out stitches-not fun. I don't mind ironing actually. I could iron all day. Picking out little stitches-not!
The dress is really beginning to take shape. I am really liking it. I am not sure how I am going to handle the neck and armholes. I haven't used facing and may not choose to. When I took the LBD class on Pattern Review it was suggested to leave out hte facings and go directly to lining. However, with tweed, I am concerned about the stretching. I may do a little research before the lining goes in.
It is down to the wire for me this morning. I need to sew up the lining and get this dress entry submitted to Pattern Review.com.'s Knock- Off contest.
The dress I am sewing was worn by Jennifer Aniston last fall, and featured in People magazine. I originally thought I might do this dress in a black multi colored tweed. However, I decided to make it in a cheaper fabric first. I always sew things up better the second time around. Plus, this is my pattern. I drafted it and I need to work out the kinks before I use the good stuff!
The dress actually has sewn up fairly easily. I did use a lot of couture hand stitching techniques. After making my muslin, and cutting the fashion fabric, I thread traced the interlining. I couldn't use the wax paper though. It did not leave any marks on the silk organza. I purchased some silk taffeta yesterday for the lining.
I have the dress ready to go for the lining. It should take too long to do.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
It has been a while since I've posted anything. It doesn't mean I haven't been sewing though! It is almost near the end of the school year and I'm feeling like I can breath again. Teaching, being a parent , and a wife is very time consuming.
This jacket is very easy to make. It took me nearly a year because I had too many interruptions-other sewing projects and life in general got in the way.
I lined this jacket with red silk which turned out very nice. I also had some vintage rose buttons for the finishing touch. I suggest when you use a multiple style pattern to highlight the steps of the directions that pertain to the jacket style you choose to sew up! I started following the wrong steps to another style. I guess that is how you learn from your mistakes!
The directions were straight forward-other than my little mishap. The only things that I suggest is that you check the circumference of the sleeves. I like my jacket arms a little looser than the way it is cut from the pattern. You may have to adjust the armsycle if you adjust the circumference of the sleeves. That is what happens when you don't check the pattern's measurements before you cut.
I used a pretty red wool fabric that has been sitting in a Tupperware container for way too long. I have enough fabric to make another jacket or maybe some pants to go with it. Wearing all red may make me look like a big, red tomato though.
Am I going to make this jacket again? Yep. I already have my fabric cut out. I'm making the short sleeve version with silverish linen for summer. I need a little cover up for those spaghetti strap dresses and breezy evenings. Happy sewing again:)-