Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sewn Confessions

I love to sew, but even more I love to talk with others about sewing and designing, and pattern making. Sewn Confessions is what I will start calling this type of post. Sounds good to me...

Do I have something important to say, is it worth your time reading my post. I say maybe we all need to know that we aren't the only one that "thinks" what we are thinking, or experiencing the trials of our art. Why else would we be blogging. Is it just to post the fun, the beautiful, the lovely, the "completed" fruits of our labor?  I think not. 

My DH asked me tonight, "What is it that these ladies do at 'home' all day?"  Do they just sew?"  I have to admit, since I work from home, he must think all of you are home all day too.  With respect, he also lacks long term memory of my days working and dealing with kids, and staying up all hours of the night sewing, and prepping for the next day.  I seem to remember sewing using the Nancy Zeiman book, Sewing for the busy Woman.  How to get it done in 30 minutes a day.  But now that he has been home because of his ruptured achilles tendons, (yeah! both) he has been watching my every habit.  The sparatic sewing habit is revealed.  I nibble at my sewing all day, interspercing my sewing between home chores and office work, errands and the like as the day goes on.  Admittingly, though, it is hard having him here "all" day.  It's even harder making sure to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner ready.  You see, I'm used to dinner and leftovers.  He even gets snacks now.  HELP!!! My space has been invaded.

How did I remedy this blip..  I set up a sewing area at my Moms house.  I just gotta get out of here!  Don't get me wrong, I love my husband, but people please... Staying at home with kids is "not" the same as being home with your husband.  He Is Not working...just sitting and watching me and TV.

Anyway, back to sewing...What do we do all day.  Well, aside from taking care of our responsibilities, we "think" about sewing and fashion!  There you have it.  I don't do TV too much but IF I do, I watch for styles I'm interested in, like anybody else that sews or follows fashion.  Oh, and blog surf!

Sewing on....

What next...

I suppose joining in on a trend isn't too bad.  I have never been much of a follower, but now that I see this jumpsuit, I just can't resist. 
Thirteen hundred dollars ($1,300) is a lot of money for a garment.  When you sew and can draft patterns, you look at this jumpsuit and immediately say to yourself, "YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!! ARE THEY SERIOUS???!"  But after further consideration, you recall the work and design knowledge needed to put in the work of custom making one of these yourself.  After that you say, OOOO....K... it's maybe worth a bit if it was custom made for my body.  But STILL, is the thread of gold or is the fabric hand painted?  What can justify the cost?  Come on people, please!

And, on I search for nice things that I would say is justifiable in cost and quality....the hunt is on.  Then I come upon the following... something I had already began plans to make from my BWOF 6/09...
And I can even splurge on the fabric and still save in comparison. 
It takes "vision" to see design in a simple pattern.  But when you understand the basic concept of pattern design and details, the little things are easy to add.  . 

Not being much of a shopper myself.. catalogues and online stores are my best gauge to determine if what I'm making is worth the time.  You see I have to confess, shopping is extremely difficult for me.  It's time consuming because of my special fitting needs.  When shopping, I take a measuring tape to check items in the important areas of crotch, waist, thigh and bust.  This before I even waste time trying the garment on my body.  Because of the 10 inch difference between my waist and my hips, I have to be diligent to find the right style dresses and pants.  It is inevitable that I must take-in all my clothes in the bust area if and when they fit below the belt. (Am I singing to the choir?) 

Continuing on.... This lovely dress will make a great addition to my wardrobe.  I'm still not sure of the color.  I'm making it in a Ponte Roma Knit,

This is a Ponte Roma Knit from JoAnns.  Very soft and sturdy.

Its recommended to sew down the pleats for bustier figures.  I'll be leaving it as is.

BWOF 6/09- Shortened the front neckline. 
A light weight loose overshirt, Butterick 5355 in a nice rayon challie print.  So pretty.  This shouldn't take long.  I have cut the pattern and sized it.

Sew long....til next time.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I'm SEW Room-ing embarrassed....

Well the title sounds good. 
But the reason for this post is to remind myself, that when my creative juices start flowing, I still have to remember to stop and do what I hate the most...clean up.  I kick up more dust when I work that until I've taken a break, I don't really see the mess I've made.  Whew!  This IS bad. 
  This is where I sit and sew when I am doing construction work.  So, I guess the only reason I don't notice the rest of the room, is because this is kinda quaint.  I like being put into the corner to work. 

 Just last week this room was really clean.  I must not have had anything to do, or maybe, I just didn't "see" it.  Seems everytime I really, really want to get some work done, I can't find what I'm looking for. (Wonder why? Right?)  lol.  I know this is shameful, but I guess when we really stop to look behind once we've been really sewing, we can see the "dust" we kick up in our wake.  Hence the reason we must stop to regroup regularly between projects. 

Looking closer, I can see some of the leftovers from the projects I completed last weekend.  As I look back on this picture journal, I realize that I must have been switching mental gears a hole lot.  Wow! "Sidetracted" for sure. 

I have several areas of stress that may cause serious problems when trying to get something done.  First of all, I don't have a really good way to manage my patterns.  Secondly, they are all over the place... literally.  This is a totally different room of the house.  My family must really love me.....
Third, I have not clear cut project organization system working...
Fourth, my closet is a holy mess.  The stuff is literally sitting on top of the organization bins that I bought to get organized....

Ok, Ok, I'll stop bashing myself.  I have one really good excuse!!  I've been lazy. lol.  Aaagh, well I thought that would be a good way to put it, but when I write, I tend to evaluate myself at the same time.  Thereby, retracting any lame statement or excuse I try to utilize in my attempt to justify my mess.  But non of my attempts work.  I'm too smart for my own self.  Can't get anything over on me. Right? (heehee!) 

Well its obvious I do have a system in place. ....note the bins overhead and the magazine and file holders.  I just have to get it all back in order, and start planning my work.  Not just diving in and going at blindly.  Get a routine working through each project. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

My Creative Mojo is coming back!!!

Ok, I GOT IT!!!!  It's coming back and I LOVE it.  Wow, it seems that when I say it aloud and tell the world, I just start sewing.  What a freeing experience it is.  In the last few days I have made a dress for my grand daughter, a self  drafted blouse, a redesigned work shirt, and a dress, Simplicity 2281.

Self Drafted Linen Blouse
 The purple white blouse was fun to make.  The ruffles were not planned out to the letter.  But I'm happy with the blouse.  I did finally remove the darts, I just couldn't get them to fall right after I put it on and tried to adjust them there wasn't enough S.A. to move them.  So I just gathered the sides and it worked out great. 

 This is the perfect go-to dress for running about the house.  I took the old work shirt in a size XL-T and used one of the sleeves as the pockets.  I used the other sleeve hem as the back yoke trim to transition to the gathers.  I used a strip from the leftover sleeve to do the same seam finish in the front.  It just looked better that way. The armholes were shaped from the removal of the sleeves.  I cut them off to the inside by about an inch to a total of 2 inches on the sideseam.  The hem of the shirt tail was folded up to match the front.

Simplicity 2281 Dress View C, with alterations
  The dress was fun to make.  I used a lightweight linen, cut the pattern in a size 14 at top and graded it from the yoke to the hip to a 16.  I straightened the hem, although I may go back and taper it in again, since the red skirt tapered look is nice on me.  I lined the entire dress. 

Simplicity 2413, Skirt with embroidered border
 I'm also modeling the Simplicity 2413 skirt I made last year.  It was way too big then and now.  But when I put the belt on tight it gives it more of a cinched waist which I love.  I like to "feel" something around my waist.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Invasion of the REAL WORLD...

As I continue on my quest to find personal direction for my sewing and to get "back" to my old self, I catch myself perusing the world wide web for inspiration, direction, ideas, instruction, and anything that will help me out of this funk that I call "Brain Fog."   My once organized, well laid out daily life is now a basket full of "ugh what do I do now?" questions.  My only since of stability and sanity has always been my sewing.  The ONE and ONLY thing I could do ALL by myself, divoide of all others and with no interference I had complete control!!!  Sewing is my meditation.  Anyway, to think when you are creating, is to analyze, and to analyze during your creative hour is paralyzing.  Nothing gets done. So now I say my place of escape has been invaded!!!  Not good.