Posts Tagged ‘construction’

Send in the clowns

Foto-1969Last night I finished a scarf that I started earlier this summer. Not sure if I’ll keep it or if it should be a christmas present for  someone

Sketching a master plan

I’m working on a new dress up project for a statue like this one and this

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Since the statues so far have been less than life size, and don’t have moveable limbs, I’ve had to come up with the patterns myself, This has been an unexpected freedom. When I started sewing I made my own patterns, but with experience I just realized that the professional ones were so much better and had thought of all sorts of details for a better fit (Duh) These days I adjust existing patterns to get the look I want.

But it’s been refreshing going back to drawing patterns and even more to cutting the fabric free hand. It’s faster for one thing.

Fitting issues

I’ve mentiioned before how I love mending, and this is a related topic. When I first made this dress, the bust darts were too high, (I’ve discussed reasons for that here). It made the dress a bit snug and flattens my chest a little, I’ve long thought about moving those seams but were top lazy. Until today.

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I tried the dress on and marked where my highest bust point were. I then ripped the seams and pressed a new fold from right before the highest point to where the fold had started before, I drew a line with a pen and a liner to make it easier to sew and ta daa! Much better fit. Why did I take so long to do this?

Step by step

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Slowly progressing with the wedding dress, the silk dress is done and time to start with the chiffon cover. The time I spend actually sewing is nothing compared to what I spend thinking, but working without a ready pattern is always more fun.

A wedding dress to be

I’ve been asked to do a wedding dress. Now everybody I know who does any sewing, literally everybody, have warned me about aout wedding dresses, but hey, what could possibly go wrong, right?

There’s no pattern, just at photo of what she wants, so first there was the construction of the pattern.I made the muslin from and old duvet cover. It was thin enough to resemble the chiffon that will be on the outside My son, coming in, stood silent for a moment and then carefully asked, “She’s getting married in that?” The bride-to be, however, understood that it’s a dummy and didn’t faint.

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The trying on of the muslin went really well (so far so good) but I actually hesitated before cutting the beautiful silk, simply because it’s so pretty. And expensive. But everything went fine.

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Brushing up my skills

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This weekend I’m taking a class with Beverly Johnson, founder of Bra makers supply. So I’m brushing up my skills. She blogs about her classes at Life of a fairy bra mother

Flapper dress on it’s way II

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The dress is taking form, but gosh it takes time when it’s design, pattern construction, sewing and problem solving all at once. What to do when there isn’t enough fabric for instance:Image

The magician

Yesterday at a dance event I saw a girl wearing a lovely, green sixties-style dress with a twenties air to it. It had a pretty wide collar and a low waist. I asked if I could take a picture of it but she said no, so I’ve just made a rough sketch out of memory.

On the way home, my friend said “what? you mean you know how a dress is made just from looking at it?”

well, yes. that’s sort of the point:)

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