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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
But, well, I need to catch up on my holiday wardrobe. The flight is on Saturday, I have no day off 'til then and my plans to finish several garments and leather gloves for my husband need dramatic modification.
I did finish one skirt - done completely by hand. Now I do need a blouse or top to go with it. I went through my neatly archived vintage patterns and found this Advance 6068 Sew-Easy pattern.
My plan is to make it from a dark navy silk organza and line it with nude silk chiffon.
It would be probably faster to do it without lining and use facing only, but I wanted to give this top some body and finish the armhole and neck openings using decorative binding from the same silk charmeuse.
The size on the pattern is smaller than what I needed, but after measuring the pattern I decided to try it on muslin before making any alterations. I haven't changed a millimeter. Judge yourself:
I don't think I need to alter anything, it looks pretty good. That means I may finish this one in time.
Monday, December 13, 2010
|This died after a year of light usage|
You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
Girl, we couldn't get much higher...
Sunday, December 12, 2010
|white silk organza|
Now, it's one of mine most important fabric staples - I use it a lot for underlining and interfacing.But it is since recently that I learned all the advantages of using 100% Silk Organza as a press cloth.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Place the patch template (without cutting) on the leather and trace the cutting line with the tracing wheel. When you remove the template you will see that the right side of the leather has light impression dots. Cut the leather along these dots.
Place the cut-out template for the patch over the leather patch, align the edges and secure the layers with a Scotch tape.
|Stitch the patch following your awl marks. Use running stitch or backstitch, whatever you prefer, and try to sew without moving the sleeve or the patch too much.|
Once you are done secure the thread under the patch and, voila, the sleeve is done.
This is just one way of doing it. I hope you will be able to use this tutorial to repair your favorite sweaters.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
BOOK REVIEW: The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques: Essential Step-by-Step Techniques for Professional Results
Saturday, December 4, 2010
So, the true story.... Yesterday, while I was finishing the belt for my skirt I was watching my favourite Haute-Couture movie 'Signé Chanel'. This is, in my opinion the best movie on Haute Couture for anyone who is interested how a collection is produced. Because I was looking at the screen every now and then, I pricked my fingers many time yesterday. And, voila, in one of the episodes, the amazing Chanel seamstresses offer an explanation to my suffering: Joy at home.... yes....
So let me give you some of the wisdoms they felt comfortable sharing with the camera team:
If a dress falls, it will be liked.
Couturiers avoid sewing green.
Spilling a box of pins means fight.
Each pricked finger has a meaning. The right hand means work, the left hand means - heart. Pricking your thumb means joy. Then it goes: boredom, love, a letter, a parting.
Dropping scissors means bad news, bad luck, a death - terrible things. Yes, death! Madame Martine, the head seamstress shared a horrible story about one of her colleagues and what happened to her after she dropped scissors a day before....
The only thing you can do is say "I don't care" seven times over your shoulder, to break the curse. The pity is they haven't specified which shoulder, left or right. I guess this would be of importance.
I must admit I am superstitious, so, for the rest of the evening, I was taking good care about scissors trying to prick my left thumb every now and then
Do you have any sewing superstitions?
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
My sewing machine is broken - which leaves me with hand sewing. That's going to speed up the process, ha-ha.
I will have to be full time at work and that means sewing at night.
Well, what helps is my optimism: I can do it (I hope).
Oh, right, and I promised myself and my better half hand-sewn leather gloves. I better become organized and shoot right away with the first pieces.
So, dear Blog, I promise I will document my progress and post all the details of my joyful journey to a fabulous holiday.
Now, straight to the cutting table, I need to cut lining for my PD skirt.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
My grandma always said, we are not so rich to buy cheap things (Yes, grandma. you were right, yet again).
So, this time I am going to buy a good, all metal mechanical sewing machine. My fashion design instructor recommended Bernina 1009. Quite an investment ($600 and up), but apparently those machines are eternal. Juki was also mentioned, but I am biased towards Swiss quality even though it's not a watch. Since I cannot have a Rolex, I am saving money for the another masterpiece of Swiss engineering, that is Bernina.
Meanwhile, all my plans for sewing a fabulous holiday wardrobe, fit for traveling (to please my mom and to impress everyone else) are challenged by the fact that I will have to do all my sewing by hand. This will last forever, I guess.
|The taffeta is actually very dark blue, but it looks almost like black.|
|I underlined the skirt with silk organza, mainly to prevent wrinkling. In my job I spend most of my time sitting in front of a computer, so wrinkling is an issue. I also wanted to give some body to taffeta, and organza was the perfect solution|
|I didn't want to set a regular zipper. Normally I would hand pick the zipper (or stitch) , but this would create an additional lines there, which would interfere with the dot pattern, making the back look busier than needed.|
So, my skirt is almost there. I need to add lining - for this purpose I bought navy China Silk (perfect for linings). After that a belt and hemming the skirt and it should be finished.
Friday, November 26, 2010
So, I spent an evening looking at inspiring polka dot combinations on Fall/Winter 2010 runways, and here is what I found (most of it Dolce and Gabbana) The question is what combination would work best...
1. Two polka dot patterns in different scales
2. Polka dot and leopard print
3. Polka Dot and Knit/ Skandinavian patterns
4. Another, winning and time-proven combination is polka dot's and stripes. Still have to look for inspiration, though.
5. Finally, the easiest choice (?): no print at all, but a solid fitted sheer or charmeuse blouse with little or no detailing. I was thinking of some vivid colors for this one, red or yellow, or mustard...