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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?