Saturday, November 30, 2013

Quick Update

Not too much going on around here. I did finally finish my "muslin" of the Hot Patterns Great White Shirt. Not white. I tried to overlay it with my SFD blueprint, but I'm still getting the hang of it. I have already made a few alterations to the pattern in anticipation for the next go round. Love the shirt, love the style, love the fabric, and I found PERFECT buttons in my stash that may have been purchased for just this shirt, as the prices for the buttons were obviously from a really LOOOONG time ago! It took me a long time to make this shirt as I went slowly and tried to take care so I would be able to have a perfect TNT long sleeved blouse. Fabric was bought a zillion years ago, and is either a wool challis or maybe even a silk as the printing in the selvage says "Mayar Silk, Inc." I was pretty sure it was a wool challis but now I'm uncertain. Doesn't matter much. It's been washed and dried and already worn.

I also got the fleece topper altered so it fits better now. 

This weekend should be quick and dirty sewing. I have a couple of pair of sweatpants to make, one for me, one for hubster, and I may start the flannel robes I want to make. It's finally getting colder her, and I'm in need. :P}}
After that I'll start my muslin for the Stacey jean jacket. I'm hoping to make at least one version of that before SWAP starts and the rate I've been sewing lately, I'm already behind myself!
If you're in the States, I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. If you're elsewhere, I hope you're having a fabulous weekend!
More later!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Not MIA, just crazy at work

Hi all.

I'm not missing, just super busy. Finished the pants finally after multiple adjustments and alterations, but don't have current pictures. Maybe today. :P}} Adding pictures 3 hours later. It must be the fabric as it keeps growing and growing. Looked and felt okay when I first put them on. A few hours later they feel 2 sizes too big. But here they are first thing before they grew.

I've also been working on fixing the seersucker top that I did to see how the body blueprint really fit prior to my retreat. I added some linen/rayon in a taupe that exactly matches the stripe. I added half moon curves to the shoulder area, and switched out the collar for the same fabric to make it look more like a design choice. It is completed now, and the width is okay, but now I think it looks like a bowling shirt, which isn't my preference for work. I may add in some waist darts and see if that helps. What do you think? Waist darts, something else, help on this one please!

I've also been working on my story board for my 2014 SWAP. I think it's okay at this point, but would like to do some more work and actually get the swatches inserted into the pattern drawings like the navy pants. It was easier this time, as I have the textbook for Adobe Illustrator marked with places I use. BUT, doing it once a year is not enough to learn this program. It has so many capabilities more than I do. Hopefully, I'll have more time and get things done better. Anyway, here it is so far:

I think this one may be a winner and I may actually finish for once! Hooray for TNT patterns!
More later!