First, an update. I kind of left you hanging with the black bathing suit coverup. The problem I was having with this top was that the white interfacing showed through the sheer black fabric at the button bands and collar. I resolved this with a packet of black dye. After the top was completely finished I dyed it and it turned out beautifully. I have proudly worn it on vacation since. I will definitely keep this in mind when working on sheer fabrics in the future.
Now for the new news - it seems the current title of my blog, "Off the Clock", is more appropriate than originally thought. I'm retiring! Yes, I am only 53, but there are a number of reasons for me to take the plunge now. I am looking forward to having much more free time to spend with my loved ones, as well as getting into my hobbies that often get left on the back burner.
I am not saying I will never work again, because if the right thing landed in my lap I would certainly consider it. Being retired leaves me available for such a situation. However, I don't "need" to be working, which means I won't be taking a position that doesn't make me happy. I know this is going to be a massive adjustment, but I'm just excited to see where this next stage of my life takes me.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
I know I haven't posted in well over a month, but that's just a sign of the time of year. Yes, things get crazy in December. I did manage to do a little sewing but I didn't get any pics. Everyone in the family got jammie pants and I repaired my stepson's snowmobile cover. That counts, right?
Anyway I went to the fabric store to buy another ruler cutting guide this week and I saw this purple knit faux leather that I just had to have. I could immediately see it as contrasting sleeves on a (what else) New Look 6735. I wasn't even deterred when I read the label that said hand wash only. I took in the top a bit in the sleeves and the bodice because I keep finding my tops are stretching out after being washed once or twice. The bodice is actually a much nicer fabric than what I usually buy so that may not be a problem here but I took it in anyway. It looks great in the front, although it shows my bra lines in the back. Hmph. Oh well. The other change I made was to narrow the neck opening by half an inch on either side. When I was planning it I thought that more coverage would be appropriate with a tighter top.
And I WILL hand wash it. As much as I love this trend I already have a tee in my closet with faux leather sleeves.
This one came from the Bay. It has been washed twice. It's now unwearable. I checked the label and it says machine wash on gentle cycle in cold water and dry flat. Well I'm sure I just washed it as normal, and not with good results.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
I know I'm supposed to be working on my Angela Wolf jeans but I had to buy some more denim and I got sidetracked with Style Arc's Barb's Stretch Pant in the meantime. I got this pattern as a free download for signing up for their newsletter.
I have mentioned that Daughter has been losing weight. I took in a couple of pairs of her black work pants for her (rather substantially) but they are hanging on her again. I figured it's time for new pants for the girl, and knowing that she needs something comfortable but office appropriate I've been eyeing this pattern. The pattern is drafted for a stretch woven, and recommends Stretch Bengaline. Fabricland had their members 50% off sale yesterday and I went looking to see what they have. They don't carry Bengaline (not that I even know what that is), but the staff recommended either a ponte or the "Symphony" fabric I ended up chosing, a poly-lycra sturdy knit with a nice weight and drape and a beautiful finish. I bought enough so that I could have a pair as well.
| After the waistband has been|
lowered by 1 1/2"
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
|Vogue 8669 & New Look 6735|
After yesterday's success I was really excited to experiment a little more with tee necklines. I have quite a few knit top patterns I haven't tried yet, mainly because every time I try a new one I decide I don't like it as much as my basic New Look 6735. I guess I'm just a basic tee girl at heart. I have Vogue 8669 in my pattern stash waiting to be test driven, but I am not in love with it. As much as I like a nice cowl neck this one seems a little frumpy to me. The tee is a loose fitting top with a very shallow cowl. I've seen a number of interpretations online and haven't fallen in love with any of them - they just aren't my style. When looking into cowl necks I found this tutorial from Threads Magazine but I'm a little bit leery of starting from scratch. In the end I decided to take my TNT NL6735 and frankenpattern it with the Vogue 8669.
NOTE: I have updated the post to include pics of the pattern adjustments.
I took the pattern piece for the front of V8669 and lined up the fold edge with the edge of my tracing paper. Based on the Threads tutorial I took a tape measure and decided I wanted a 20" drop from shoulder to shoulder for the cowl, which meant I wanted a 10" wide span (plus seam allowance) on the top of the pattern piece. I marked the corner of the bottom of the sleeve opening as a pivot point.
So - what do you think?
*(Oh wait, I just looked up my other jeans pattern, McCalls 6610 (which I haven't made yet), and it calls for 2.3 meters. That explains why I ran short on fabric making my first version of Vogue 1204. I ended up having to add a centre back seam to the waistband to make it work. I must have had 2.3 meters of that fabric too.)
Anyway, Mom says that there is a members 50% off sale coming up at the fabric store so I need to get this laid out to see if I need to buy more fabric. I'm going to make the black pair first so that I can focus on the fit since this is the first time using this pattern. Then I can move on to the blue pair where I will try some of the distressing techniques.
While I was waiting for the denim to wash I made a couple more versions of, you guessed it, New Look 6735. I wanted a few more 3/4 sleeve versions and have some nice winter-weight fabric in the stash. That jewel-toned one is gorgeous! To add a little variety to my wardrobe I altered the back of the neckline a bit by scooping it out. I was at Costco the other day and the clerk had on an elbow-lengh sleeved tee with a deep back scoop matching the front scoop. I thought it was really cute but didn't want to go quite that deep, so I only scooped it 2" below the normal cutting line. I have to say I'm happy with the results. This may call for some more experimentation.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
The saga continues on this dress, but I can finally see light at the end of the tunnel. I was up sewing until 12:30 last night and I'm down to the homestretch.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
|Point is starting to look pretty good|
Next up was to transfer the darts to the paper pattern. I was hoping to be able to eliminate having darts in the finished dress. I cut and slashed the pattern piece, retaped and cut out another trial piece.
|The final test piece pinned to the muslin|
|Check out that point - I think I've nailed it!|
|The underarm seems pretty smooth|