Hello friends! It looks like my little blog has become quite the sporadic thing lately, which was not my intention! Truth is, it's been a busy summer, with no sign of slowing down. In fact, we just arrived home this evening from a long driving tour of colleges. So glad to be home. Let's talk about sewing, shall we?
Thank you for all the comments and input on my last post regarding the shirt muslin. It's good to have the input, and to know that other ladies have similar fit issues. For the ladies out there in my age bracket, it's good to have your commiseration.
|Wider band = comfort!|
A few weeks back, I made yet one more muslin (#5? #6? Lost count!) on the shirt from last post - B5678. I took into consideration the helpful comments on the last muslin. I'm pretty happy with the fit after bringing in the seams for a closer fit and taking out some width above the bust. I may need to take the shoulders in a tad more. One day soon I'll make up a final, wearable version, and possibly several versions. Maybe I'll try some of Rhonda's great collar variations!
Last post, I showed the lining to Pamela's Pattern's Favorite Bias Skirt. I finished the skirt (except for hemming) complete with the draped zipper technique that I mentioned, a Petersham waistband, and tab & button closure. It was a well made, well fitting skirt, but I just wasn't feeling it. It was looooong. I'd initially planned on mid-calf length, but pinning it to that length, it was still... meh. My daughter had a strong negative response to it, and hubby complemented it when he saw me try it on. I emailed my friends Rhonda and Myra and asked for honest opinions. Sewing friends are great! Thank you both, your thoughts on the skirt were both welcomed and helpful.
After letting the skirt marinate for a bit, I picked it up one day and hacked it off at the knee. Tried it on again and decided it did not have the slimming effect I was looking for. The skirt is currently in 'time out' with it's side seams unpicked. We may, or may not, see more of this later. Win some, lose some. Maybe I should have been suspicious of the fact that PR had only 1 review of this skirt... Regardless, sewing on the bias is a good skill to practice. In addition to that, other skills revisited in sewing this skirt were 1) the petersham waistband with tab button closure, and 2) zipper insertion in a bias garment. Even if this skirt never sees the light of day, I can chalk this one up to good practice sessions.
|Original, unhemmed length|
|That might be the KS3740 top I'm wearing.|
Just before we left on our driving tour of colleges, I cut and sewed the body of a red circle skirt for my daughter. She is attending a function in character this weekend, and asked for a red circle skirt with horsehair braid at the hem. I'll be finishing that up while attacking the mountain of post-trip laundry tomorrow, and hopefully get pictures to post. Horsehair is something I've yet to use, so I am looking forward to seeing the result. If you have any tips, please share!
Now that I'm about to post this, it's time for a good night's sleep in my own bed. After I catch up on my blog reading, that is.
Thanks for stopping by; I'll try to be back sooner!