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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Sew-Along Part 1 and Mini Wardrobe Series- Butterick 6600

Welcome back everyone,

Today is the beginning of a new Sew-Along, aka Sew-To-FitAlong I'm hosting on my youtube channel.  All the videos will be posted there and this blog post will serve as a "landing page" of sorts for all the links, notions and fabric information and all the required additional tips as I see a need to add during the process.  

The Fit-Along Series is broken down into five parts which will be posted to my youtube channel each Thursday.  All the videos will be in one playlist so you can access each part when you are ready.  Each week's video will be made public on the dates listed below:

Part 1 - Introduction, fabric, notions, sewing plans, what to expect 

Part 2 - T-shirt and dress View B & C (Fit/cut/sew)  (Blog Post)

Part 3 - Pants (View E) (Fit/Cut/Sew) (Video)

Part 4a - Jumpsuit Pattern Fitting and Redesign (View D) (Fit, Redesign & Cut)

Part 4b- SEWING LIVE-Stream YT- Saturday: 11/21/2020

Part 5 - Jacket (View A) (Fit/Cut/Sew) TBA

Part 6 - Final reveal of all pieces and how I style my set.  

I will, of course be making pattern modifications to mine in the interim as we work through the fit-along.   (You are welcome to checkout my Patreon Page for information about additional videos that will help with sewing this project.

Fabrics:  most are detailed and explained in the videos.

*Sew Keys-e tape

*Rayon (11oz) jerseys (http://bit.ly/STF-SMFabric)

*matte jerseys

*Sweater knits, etc.

Notions:  - 

**30” Separating Zipper -  (Sew Much Fabric: http://bit.ly/STF-SMFabric) 

**28" Separating Zippers

**Sew keys-e

**1  1/4 Yards of 3/4" Elastic

**Two Hook and eyes closures for the Jumpsuit 

** hem tape

Related Video links:

***How to Sew a Sleeve in a Knit Top and T-Shirt

***T-Shirt making- Hem & Side seams

***How to fit a Cardigan- Tissue Fitting for sewing Knits fabric

Related Blog post:  

—- Jens Palazzo pants

—-Palazzo pants

—-Moms jumpsuit: This post will show how I tested all the fabric samples and stitches on the serger/overlock.

—-White T-shirt 2015 McCall’s 6355


Take the time to test several stitches in order to create the optimum seam finishes for your fabric and project before you start stitching.

Also, test the stretch percentage of your chosen fabric as I describe in the video.  Here are a couple pictures that will get you started with an example.

I hope you plan to participate.  

Thanks for reading the blog.


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Project Chronicles: Butterick 6680- My everyday Dress look....

Good afternoon Sew-Fitters,
I'm happy to finally share this look with you.  By finally, I mean, sit down and type this post.  As it seems, for some reason, I am more inclined lately to share on my blog.  I feel warm and fuzzy on my blog, with less of the need to keep to a few finely curated words, #hashtag-s or sentences. Here, I can just type uninhibited by limitations.  That sorta breaks the flow.  Do you feel that way sometimes? 

Moving on.... 
This look is one I sewed as part of my wardrobe plans from more than a year ago.  Having a nice guiding principle, my own taste, is a good way to determine what to make, and know that whatever it is, will fit my lifestyle.   I prefer the Boho and Urban chic look.  A little sporty with a whole lot of sassy.  I suppose we all are continually improving our wardrobes for the lifestyle we live.  However, for me at this time, I love wearing dresses or sporty looks, even if it is with a pair of white chucks or flats.  My secret sauce is a good comfy dress.  This dress is made for all day wear, with a quick run to, OH...let me think....the mailbox or the doctors, or whatever else we do nowadays.  In my case, family and friends houses.    
Let's get into the details shall we...  The pattern is Butterick 6680, if you haven't gathered that from the title of this post.  A very nicely placed godet inset and minimal side gathering on the front and back at the waist would describe this dress as a very foxy number for a date.  For, me however, this is uniform wear, and great to wear under a cozy sweater or let those "guns" we call biceps shine true.  (STOP!!..don't you dare zoom in on my arms.  Just trust me, they are there.)

True to who I am, I also enjoyed the fun of filming my process for the fitting (part 1)  and the sewing (part 2)  on my youtube channel.   You can check out the fitting video details.
or the sewing process video and full information in this video:  
The dress is actually very deceiving as for per the look and fit.  I Think the envelope as per usual, doesn't give it just at all.  I've had it in my "to sew" box for a couple years now.  It is very lovely.  If you aren't into the shorter version, I really think it would be gorgeous as a solid color maxi/floor length as well.  I do not like big flowing maxi's.  I like this to actually skim very closely to my body, and then flow out from the hips.  This does just that, with the added Godet.  

I cut View B, with the following adjustments:
  • shortened it by 2 inches below the gathers and through the godet above the flounce.
I got a question on my channel as to what a godet really is, thus this definition is warranted for those who inquire:
      • A godet is an extra piece of fabric in the shape of a circular sector which is set into a garment, usually a dress or skirt. The addition of a godet causes the article of clothing in question to flare, thus adding width and volume. The most popular use of godets is in petticoats. Wikipedia
      •  noun
        1. a triangular piece of material inserted in a dress, shirt, or glove to make it flared or for ornamentation.
          "a blue godet skirt"
  • Cut the upper portion a size 16 and in to a size 14 at the waist with a..
  • forward should adjustment and 
  • shortened the armhole band by 2 inches to create a snugger fit
I'm really very satisfied with the look and feel of this dress.  The lightweight rayon jersey I got a couple years ago from http://bit.ly/STF-SMFabric is perfect for lifting my spirits.  I feel like I'm on the beach somewhere far away from the impending chill of "winter".  Lol.

Thanks for reading,
I hope the best for your projects.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Sewing Room Tour and Organization and Video Production Studio

Welcome to the blog everyone, thanks for reading.  
Today is finally the day I am not embarrassed to share my Sewing room tour and video production setup on my channel. 

Sewing Room Tour
I don't know how many of you have been following my process, but it has been a long ride to get to this point.  To save you the boredom, here is the playlist to all the work that has gone into the process.  These would include:
  1. Replacing the carpet for one,
  2. Sorting and organizing the books
  3. Determining just how much fabric I have acquired (more organization is still needed)
  4. Making it easier to LIVE-Stream on youtube, and film youtube videos without tripping over wires and having bad crappy visuals.
  5. Creating a welcoming space for students and customers.
  6. Creating a photo area so I can get those pictures to social media...I have way too much to do, then to be "chasing" the sun for outdoor pictures.  I need to move on to the next project and still take care of my house.
  7. and....a myriad of other changes
I've come a long way from this setup in a 10x11 foot room back in 2007 to now...below.

To now, in a 15x18" studio loft, which is my dream studio.  I guess I'm really not an empty nester now.  I have created my own nest.  All I need to do is bring my small refrigerator back in so I don't need to run for water all the time.
tag board pattern storage hangers and door
I current still would like to have better rack on the wall to hold my pattern.  I don't want anything else that uses floor space.

sewing thread racks, ikea drawer and kallax storage system
This are is great for my photo back drop, and fabric plus pattern storage.

dress for with Burda style jacket, hp 9010 copier/fax machine, container store rolling cart and Ikea drawer system for sewing pattern storage.
The rolling filming table is great for when I do private FaceTime fitting tutorial with students.

Cutting table, sewing books and Ikea kallix organizer with container store hanging wall storage with drawers and shelves.
This section of the room is storage as well as a great backdrop for my tutorial based youtube videos when I need my overhead camera.

Livestream equipment and apple imac computer with elgato switcher and overhead video mount with Logitech webcam and extension
This is the view from the back when I'm filming.  The iMac is my personal monitor and LIVE-Stream YT assistant.

Container store shelving organization with drawers
This is your view when you watch my videos on the Tube.

Bernina sewing machine, Bernina serger, juki industrial sewing machine, jenome coverstitch
The production are is here, and a few hidden cameras, make it ease for me to record my sewing process as well.

Bernina sewing machine, Bernina serger, juki industrial sewing machine, jenome coverstitch
Sewing machines and sewing machines.

Bernina sewing machine, Bernina serger, juki industrial sewing machine, jenome coverstitch

You can read more about prior attempts to this dilemma in previous blog post with pictures. Here are a few that show how far I have come and how much of a difference there is now with just changing the carpet. 
The previous love hate relationship with my old carpet.

Thanks for reading and especially, thanks for watching my videos.  It really helps my channel and increases my "youtube" score.  
Talk soon,