Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Okay, the recent series of confessions have been kind of heavy - how about a light one?
I enjoy Project Runway! ;)
And I want to see Season 6! :(
How about you? Thumbs up or down? If you watch, are you good at guessing who'll win each week? And do you ever think that you'd like to be a contestant...?
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
No idea when - sadly, it's not top priority. But, don't worry, I'll get to it someday. It's in the queue... ;)
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I wanted to get a picture of the 3 of them at the Expo. Ana wanted me to be in the picture too, but I'm not a big fan of having my picture taken, so I tried to get out of it by saying that I had to take the picture. Ana promptly turned and, in English, asked a bystander if she would take a picture of all 4 of us. "Oh," I exclaimed in Spanish, "so NOW you can speak English!". She smiled smugly at me and replied in Spanish, "I can speak English when it is necessary." ;)
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Here is a video on draping from YouTube. The author, Mimi Goodwin, has more videos on this topic - check them out! :)
Two of the eight commenters, like me, haven’t tried draping – yet! ;) One person has done bits of draping here and there, but plans to get serious about it (and, knowing Summerset, master it!) sometime soon. The other five people all are reasonably experienced with draping – three had formal instruction in draping techniques and two have taught themselves.
It sounds like a dress form that is actually matched to your body measurements is a requirement – like several others, I’m not there yet… ;)
No one reported that it was particularly difficult (although apparently it can be time consuming), and most people said that they really liked it and it was a lot of fun. Becky mentioned that it’s especially well suited for reconstructing a new piece from old clothes. Elaina is not crazy about it, but it seems like that is not so much because she doesn’t enjoy the process, but more because she feels it can be a waste of fabric (when you use muslin to create actual pattern pieces) compared to flat pattern drafting.
Speaking of flat pattern drafting, several people brought up alternative techniques to draping. People reported unanimously preferring modifying an existing pattern to any other technique. After that, people split on whether they prefer draping over flat pattern drafting or vice versa.
Thank you again for taking the time to tell me about your sewing experiences! I love reading your stories and always learn something! :)
(PS - Sarah is celebrating her 100th post with a give-away - stop by to say Congratulations if you have a minute!)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Part of the success of this dress is the fabric - it is slightly heavy-weight with a bit of stretch. So the skirt, for example, keeps it shape moving gently outward from my waist, leaving it a bit ambiguous how much of that spread is in the pattern versus in my hips... ;)
I'm certainly not averse to using a pattern if anyone knows of one that is close to this outfit. However, I think this would be a reasonable project for a first attempt at copying RTW.
Truthfully, it's pretty low priority, but I'll get to it eventually. It's in my queue... ;)
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I was inspired by many of the bloggers I read, who often add a little something extra to their jackets by using a beautifully colorful fabric as lining. I had some colorful flower fabric (also with a bit of stretch) left over from another project, and decided to use it to line the bodice.
I've never made a jacket before, and am finding the facing / lining bit quite interesting. I am used to completely constructing the outside of a garment and then completely constructing the lining and them attaching them, but this pattern had me connect the front bodice pieces to the lining pieces along the front edge. And then it had me sew the bodice to the body like so:
Here it is after sewing, flipped sideways courtesy of Blogger. (Sorry, I don't know how to get it to flip back to normal.)
The facing will fold to the inside along the seam at the bodice, like so:
And it will look like this on the inside:
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
If you haven’t checked out my 1-year anniversary give-away, take a look here!
Photo from amazon.com - sorry, the "click to look inside" doesn't work here - link to book follows below.
Thank you so much to Uta, Joanne, Claire S., Sarah, Vicki, Summerset, MeredithP, Alison, Elaina, Becky, Delia and Linda T for “talking back” to my confession last Friday! I confessed that I have never copied a RTW outfit (although I just added 2 RTW dresses to my wardrobe that I am dying to copy!) and asked if other people have ever tried it.
I got a pretty wide range of responses:
a) I’m not really interested, it seems too technical and not so creative (1)
b) I’ve thought about it a lot, but never tried it (1)
c) I want to try it right now with a specific RTW piece from my wardrobe (1)
- This from Claire S. who has a “have you lost weight?” pair of jeans! Oh how I want one of those! ;)
d) I’m doing it right now! (1)
e) Yes, I’ve tried it once (2)
f) Yes, I’ve done it several times (3)
In general, the people who have tried it reported being pretty happy with the results! That’s good to hear! :)
People mentioned three major methods of copying RTW. The first method requires taking apart the RTW garment. I bet it would be reasonably easy to be precise with this method, although it wouldn’t appeal much if you were copying a beloved garment!
The second method involves altering one or more commercial patterns to come up with a pattern that was very similar to a RTW garment. I imagine that some skill in pattern drafting would help here. Elaina introduced me to a new term for this (maybe one she coined?) – Frankenpattern – like Frankenstein, only with less grave digging under a full moon. ;)
The third method involves tracing various views of the RTW garment without taking it apart. There seem to be several variations to this method, including covering the garment with tape (one pattern piece at a time), rub-off methods and tracing with a stiletto wheel.
I got two recommendations for resources: MeredithP recommended this book: Patterns from finished clothes: Re-creating the clothes you love by Tracy Doyle and both Becky and Linda T recommend the Jean Haas method of using tape, which can be found in the 2005 Aug/Sept issue of Threads magazine.
Finally, Elaina reminded me that you really need to be familiar with the standard pattern pieces and basic construction steps used for making the particular type of garment you are trying to copy.
Joanne raised the next big question – how about designing/drafting your own patterns? Look for this coming soon, to a Friday Confession near you! ;)
Thanks again, so much, to everyone who took the time and trouble to leave a comment! Your comments really encourage and inspire me! :)
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Yup, I can hardly believe it, but it has been one year today! Frankly, I am in awe of those of you who have had a blog up and running for multiple years! My hat is off to all of you! :)
The only reason that I’m still up one year later is because of the warm, friendly and generous comments that many of you have taken the time and trouble to leave for me. Thank you!
I wish I could do something extra special for each one of you. Today, however, I’m going to offer up a very special give-away to one (randomly selected) commenter.
What exactly is this very special give-away? Here is a hint:
That whole adventure was so much fun, and I am so happy and excited with my fabric, that I want to let someone else have the same experience. So, my give-away is for a pair of gift certificates that will “make it so” – with a total value of $100!
The lucky winner will receive a $45 gift certificate to Spoonflower (enough to cover these two orders: a swatch + U.S. shipping, followed by 2 yards of your custom fabric + U.S. shipping) AND a $55 gift certificate towards Miss Black Pepper’s design talents (enough for 2 hours and 45 minutes of her time) to help create your design.
This is especially perfect for those of you (like me) with plenty of ideas, but not much experience drawing or using computer-based drawing programs. I loved working with Beth and know you will too! She asked me to pass along this short message: "I'm excited to be part of this promotion and I am looking forward to helping you bring your dream fabric to life!"
And, of course, the folks at Spoonflower are simply the best! :)
If you would like to be included in this drawing, just leave a comment. The drawing will be open until midnight EST on Sunday, March 15th, and I'll announce the winner on Monday, March 16th. Good luck to everyone! And thank you for making this year so special and so much fun!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
All 4 of the baby buntings are finished! Yay! You saw the girl version last weekend. Here Joy models one of the boy's:
So, I finished these just in time, because one of the baby girl buntings got me out of a bit of a tight spot with our vet. She is 6 months pregnant with a little girl and so I gave her one on Friday, during a medical appointment. She was prepared to be quite annoyed with me, because our cat Milly, who is supposed to be on a DIET, had picked up FIVE pounds in the last 3 months! But the vet melted over the bunting and I was able to escape relatively unscathed... ;)
Juana is making an outfit for her brand new baby niece. She is making the dress and hat pictured on the right - and using a red checkered gingham as pictured.
Speaking of gifts, whatever you do, make sure you drop in on Wednesday for this blog's one year anniversary! I have an INCREDIBLE give-away planned! :)
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Congratulations to Faye Lewis!
Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll make the arrangements.
If you didn't win, don't despair. March 11th is my blog's one year anniversary and I've got another give-away up my sleeve! In fact, this one is going to be even bigger and better! The dollar value will be approximately double this one and - here's a big hint - it's related to something that I've recently experienced and blogged about... Make sure you stop by next week!
Photo credit: OziAfricana
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Not surprisingly, several yards found their way into my suitcase and back to a new home in Florida! I think this would make an absolutely adorable Hawaiian shirt for a 3-4 year old boy, don't you?
Of course, I don't actually KNOW any 3 or 4 year old little boys, so this is not a top priority project. But, don't worry, I'll get to it. It's in my queue... ;)
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I made the largest size available (a small) because three of the four babies are each a couple of months old. But, man, do they look big! I'm kind of worried that any child big enough to fit into them will be too old to wear them. :(
As I mentioned, I used a pink zipper and pink bias tape to emphasize the girliness of this green fabric.
I always put my label on the outside of baby clothes, so that it doesn't rub up against delicate skin.