Archive for May, 2014

Just in time!

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Yay, my outfit is done!

Well actually it isn’t, I was panic working on it yesterday to have it for last nights performance. Let’s say the insides are a bit sloppy, but hey, the outside is what shows, right:)

Trunks on a hunk

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The birthday boy kindly agreed to model in his new trunks. I’m really happy with them, and so was he (or so he told me). Since it was a birthday present, I only made one pair so he could try them on and tell me if something was not right before I made more. The pattern is Comox trunks from Thread Theory. They’re fun and easy to make, but I don’t recommend the download option for reasons I already posted.

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Crochet is the crack of the crafting world

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The crochet blouse parts are ready to be sewn together. And an hour later i had started another project, a hat.

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Not a mess at all

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I’ve now cut all the pieces for the top of my dance outfit. I used Stil 23414 as a general guide, but I wanted it to open in the front, to have a square neckline and to be shorter. I want a folkloric feeling to it, and the princess cutting of will see to that. We’ll see how it ends up.

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Addiction

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I can quit whenever I want to. WHEN EVER!

Crochet!

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I commute a lot, usually I read or draw, but it occurred to me there was more, so yesterday I brought some yarn and crochet needles and started. I haven’t done this for years, and not followed any directions either- I do  a lot of freewheeling- but decided I would try this blouse. It’s so fun! And the  travelling is way too short.

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Getting there

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My dance skirt is coming along just great! I feared I wouldn’t have it ready for a show on the 25th, but a day off changed my perspective

In the end I decided to stitch both side seams, after contemplating some smart fastening device on one side to get into it more easily. I used a sturdy, broad elastic sewn onto the waist and folded over- I wanted to be able to step into the skirt. (at shows there’s sweat and make up to consider when changing outfits quickly, the over-your-head alternative is an unnecessary stress adder:)

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At the pictures, I have just hand sewn the left side onto me (as well as onto my underwear) and haven’t yet put a fastener at the waist.

Need to hem it and then I can start working on the top!

Thinking of a master plan

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I’m working too much right now, and don’t sew as much as I would like to (=at all). I think about it a lot, though.

When I started sewing, as a teenager and young adult,  I would cut pieces of fabric out of some general idea, sew them together, try on, pin in front of the mirror and change until it fitted. When the concept of ready made patterns dawned on me, it somehow felt like cheating. Like painting by numbers. Anybody could this, surely, why didn’t they?

The more I’ve worked with patterns, I’ve come to  realize it wasn’t that easy after all. I seem to not have an understanding for 3D, I can’t understand how a dart here will make room there, so I still need to do alterations in front of the mirror, but years of experience have taught me some of the more more orthodox ways to do things.

I’m thinking of this as because I’m right now working on a dance outfit. A dance outfit has some certain requisitions: it MUST allow full  movement. Really. But at the same time I want it to look really nice and not like sweats at all. It should preferably be easy to get in- and out of, due to quick changes between numbers.

Since I’m back to working without a ready made pattern, and thinking of solutions as I go, I get the benefits of truly creative work, which are  pride, bliss and happiness when all is well. And the back side of that which is frustration and  taking up seams when they aren’t.

 

 

Checkered dance skirt

Foto-1093 Foto-1092Foto-1094I’m working on this dance outfit, and started with the skirt. I modified Stil 22761, making it longer, with a low waist  and also making the front into one part. I copied it all to thick tracing paper, adding the seam allowance. Since I wanted the skirt cut on the bias, and the fabric already is a slinky polyester, I carefully pinned the pattern onto the fabric and cut it with my roller cutter,  to avoid the fabric from  sliding. It worked really well. The little squares in the weaving made it easy to see I was exactly on the bias, I drew a line across the pattern to make sure it was right.

A la turque

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This is my latest project,  it’s to be a dance outfit. For a long time I’ve had the idea of some Turkish 19th century inspired thing. A skirt and blouse with another skirt showing underneath. I’m thinking i’ll cut the fabric on the bias and leave one side open. As usual, I’m not at all sure what it’s going to be, I’ll work it out as I go. I found the tassels a while ago, thinking they would go with the outfit, but with this fabric, I’m not sure

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