Sunday, 14 September 2014

More Knickers!

I dug out my favourite knicker pattern, Butterick 6031 and whipped up these three pairs this afternoon. It is a very quick and easy make.  

Even though I think this pattern is the best (excellent butt coverage), I did raise the waistline two inches. They fit way better than anything I would find in the store. Just another reason to sew.  

Happy Sewing!  

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Remember earlier this afternoon?

Remember earlier this afternoon when I said I was going to try and get those sewing kits finished this weekend? I did it! And earlier than planned. Mind you it did help that everything was already cut and only involved factory-style sewing.  

It is crazy what a gal can accomplish with some good tunes playing in the background and bit of determination.  

Happy Sewing!  

In Sewing News Today...

Since posting the first sewing kit on Tuesday, I haven't done much on them since. Sew this weekend, the plan is to get busy on them. And hopefully by the end of the weekend I will have them finished. 

The first sewing kit, thirteen more to go! 

Once these are done, I have to get busy on sewing some more knickers. I plan to use Butterick 6031 and make them just like the last pair but in white. I even picked up white elastic I used for the black ones. I'll see how many I can knock off with the metre of white knit that I picked up. Gosh, it is starting to sound like a lot of factory style sewing in the days ahead.  

I need a few more pairs of these.  
Next on my list of things to do will be a coat using Vintage Vogue 1521. Thankfully, it is something more challenging. By the time I get the other two items checked off my list I'll be up for something a bit more challenging. I have it all cut out but not in the winter fabrics that I have in mind. 

I want to do a test run on this pattern and I have it cut in a red sateen fabric. Yes, if it works out well I'll have another spring coat in my wardrobe. I always wanted a red spring coat. If the pattern fits well and no alterations are needed I'll cut my good winter fabrics out.  

Anyway, that's all in sewing news today...

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Sewing Kits

I made this sewing kits using the measurements and directions for the "Charming Needlecase" found in Sew Retro:  A Stylish History of The Sewing Revolution by Judi Ketteler.  

Ketteler wrote that needlecases were popular in the nineteenth century to protect sewing needles "from rust and dullness."  I wanted to make sewing kits so that I can give each student something to keep their supplies in while they work on their sewing project.  

The main fabric was gifted to me by our now-retired church pastor. For the batting material, required in the centre, I used fleece fabric instead. I have quite a bit of fleece left over from my-niece-and-nephew-polar-fleece-making-days, making this a perfect stash-busting project.

For the felt needle holding section, I used left-over fabric from my cream coloured jacket. The ribbon were also stash busted.  

I hope the students like them, a couple more weeks before they are revealed at the Sewing Club. They will hold sewing needles and pins on the felt section. There is a pocket that can hold small scissors and a seam ripper. And I will throw in there a small bandage, just in case the kids are anything like me when it comes to hand sewing.

Well, one down, thirteen more to go! I have all the fronts embroidered. Everything is cut and pinked so it is just stitching them together. It should take no time to whip these together now that all the cutting is done.

Happy Sewing!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Another Dress for Mama

Stash busting 2014:  Pretty Paisley Dress

Fabric:  2 metres 100% polyester
             0.1 metres of fusible interfacing

Zipper:  22" invisible zipper

Basting Tape:  44" of two-sided basting tape

Yes, this is another Simplicity 2372 for Mama R. The fabric has been in my stash for years, many years. I picked it up for Mama R and promised that I would make her a dress out of it many years ago. Yes, Mama R is a very patient woman.

The usual pattern changes were made to Simplicity 2372. The centre front seam was omitted and I cut the pattern piece on the fold. The centre back has an invisible zipper inserted. The sleeves have been lengthened and the hem shortened. I stitched down the pleats on the sleeves and the neckline to give them more shaping. And the hems were done with the blind hem foot.

That's all on this dress. Would you believe there is another one that Mama R would like cut out in this pattern? The next one will be in a black wool crepe.

Happy Sewing!  

Sunday, 7 September 2014

In Sewing News Today...

There is some new fabric in my stash. I found some lining and light-weight fleece fabric for my winter coat project. Over on Pattern Review there is a beautiful coat where it was mentioned that it was underlined with a micro-fleece. What a great idea! Especially since the Farmer's Almanac is predicting another brutal winter [fingers crossed it ain't so]. But just in case the Farmer's Almanac is correct, the fleece underlining will make the coat toasty warm.  

I'm all set with all the fabrics. I just have to clear some time in my sewing schedule to get to work on this project. 

And also waiting to be made: I wanted to make a tailored jacket using Vogue 8333 for quite some time. While at Marshall Fabrics (where I found the lining fabric above), I came across this lovely tweed fabric.

It is brown with pink specs in it. I know there is a lot of pink tones in these fabrics--I don't know what has come over me. I can't believe I'm saying this but I like pink and browns together. Mama R also likes it and would like a jacket out of it if there happens to be any left over. I will have enough for two jackets. Looks like I'll be busy making jackets and coats this winter.   

In other sewing news, one of the students at the school I work at stopped me in the hall to ask when sewing club will be starting. How cute is that! I think I might be more excited about this activity than the kids (if that is even possible) because I was off to High Tea Bakery to see if they will be willing to make some sewing themed cookies for our first "sewing class." I figure that since we plan to have our first sewing class before the end of September and September is National Sewing Month it would be a nice way to kick things off. And they can do it! I just have to finish off the sewing kits and my co-worker is working on a cross-stitch sample and then we are ready for the big day. I think I'm as excited as that student who stopped me in the hall. I can't wait.

And, talking about being super excited, I finally got my hands on a copy of The Lost Art of Dress by Linda Przybyszewski.

This will be my next read once I finish The Pink Suit. The book is on the back burner while I finish off the sewing kits. So Sew much to do, sew little time!

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Book Review: Reader's Digest New Complete Guide to Sewing

Reader's Digest New Complete Guide to Sewing Step-by-Step Techniques for Making Clothes and Home Accessories
Published by Reader's Digest Association, Inc.
Consulting Editor: Susan Huxley  
ISBN:  978-1-60652-208-0
Retail:  $39.95 (Cdn)

I was quite curious about the 2011 edition of the Reader's Digest New Complete Guide to Sewing. I have the 1978 edition in my personal sewing library which has been a valuable resource over the years. I was curious to see what makes this latest edition "new" and when I came across it at the public library a couple of weeks ago, it was my chance to see what I was missing.  

The most noticeable difference is that the 2011 edition is smaller. Significantly smaller with 144 pages less than the original edition. It is more streamline with glossy pages and update photographs. 

The updated version boasts "all-new projects from Simplicity patterns" on the front cover. Simplicity 2652 is used to illustrate French seams.  Simplicity 3565 is highlighted for dress pants with a waist binding and darts. Basically, these examples are eye candy promoting the pattern company but it is nice to see techniques matched up with a pattern. I do like the example of the little girl's smocked dress where Simplicity 2767 was modified to for the smocking on the bodice front. The Simplicity patterns that are matched up with sewing techniques date this book as the examples listed here are now out-of-print patterns.  

In the 1978 edition, the patterns shown as examples can easily be made today as they are mapped out on grids and include cutting measurements where the new book guides you to a pattern that you need to purchase.  

The line drawings for the most part are exactly the same as in the original version. The original  edition credits The Singer Company with technical assistance in the preparation of book and the latest version does not. I found this to be interesting because the line drawings for the most part (exception is colour shading) are exactly the same as in the original.  

I was sad to find the two pages dedicated to the invisible zipper omitted from the newer version. Why the editors would decide on this I don't understand.   

Another noticeable difference is the "Sewing for the Home" chapter in the original version has been replaced with a chapter on "Patchwork and Quilting." It includes a page dedicated to the history and revival of quilting since the 1970s to the emergence of art quilts that find their way into museums. Instead of a chapter on "Sewing for the Home," curtains were a featured as one of the projects without a dedicated Simplicity pattern example.  

If you were to ask me which book I prefer, I would have to say the original. I prefer the detail in the 1978 edition over the glossy pages and colour photographs that are forefront in the later version. That said, it is a highly recommended reference book. I just prefer the original. Why mess with a good thing?

Happy Sewing!


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