Posts Tagged ‘patterns’

Starting over

20170402_2143251.jpgLately I seem to have even more difficulties  finishing things than i usually do. I can’t remember when I finished something last. I do know when the last time I started a new project happened, though- it’s today!

I’m making a dance top, sort of like an Indian choli. Constructing a new pattern by merging and modifying old ones. This is one of the things I enjoy most of all when it comes to sewing, but to actually wear the things I make is kinda fun too. Let’s see if this one ever come that far.

Award and some advertisments

Kelly S was kind enough to  nominate me for a Liebster Blogging award. Actually it was quite a while ago, but I never seem to get back to passing it on – guess I’ll just call it defeat.

Instead I’d like to take the opportunity to name a few sites I’ve found useful during the years. Note- I don’t make any profit out of this, just a happy customer.

First of all The bra makers supply. They have patterns, materials, classes …  literally everything you need for making your own bras and swimwear. I’ve bought from them on several occasions and have never been anything but happy.

Sewingpatterns.com a site with lots of patterns at reasonable prices for downloading or mail. They sell several reprints of vintage patterns stamped with the year and everything.

And if you’re in Stockholm (Sweden), don’t miss Rydströms sybehör a lovely, very small shop, completely packed with anything you might need for sewing and at very good prices.

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In  nutshell, the Liebster blogging award is given by bloggers to other bloggers, with under 200 followers, to help promote new bloggers, and spread appreciation and recognition in the blogging world.

 

Tracing darts and markings

Let’s face it, I’m lazy, and when it came to markings on the patterns I would think I’d remember where they sat or just put at needle as a guide. Well. Years of experience have taught me that the more careful I am with copying the pattern and paying attention to details, the better the result (duh!) So how to trace the markings on to the fabric? Part of my reluctance to do it had to do with a lack of method.

This is how I do it these days: First I tape the markings on both sides of the paper to protect it. Then I put marking paper underneath and on top of the fabric,  (I usually do it on double/folded fabric in order to only have to do it once and to get them the same).Image

The paper pattern on top, I trace the lines with a dull pen, usually a bic pen with the tip tucked in, Imageand the tracings come neatly onto the fabric. easy to follow when I sew.Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On vintage patterns there are quite often holes instead of lines. With those I mark dots, using the same technique in order not to ruin the paper. Sometimes I tape as well so I won’t accidentally rip the paper.Image

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