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Sew-N-Tell: My New Blouse!!! Vogue 8772

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Have you ever taken pictures for Sew-N-Tell that you just didn't want to share?  This post may display a few of those pics of some really weird expressions on my face.  Half the time I didn't know what the heck I was looking at, or where I was looking.  My hand wasn't communicating with my face when I pressed the remote for the camera.  But I did remember to smile.   Either way, I still felt compelled to share my dotted blouse with you guys.  I have been promising a few of my friends and sewing buds that I would talk about this one for sometime now.  I made this back in July, and have worn it several times.   I guess I will call this one: #LATER-Blog, since late Instagram shots are tagged #latergram.  This internet/social media language is hilarious with all the hashtags and acronyms and such.      Shirts and blouses are lacking in my closet, so lately I have been really trying to fill the gap.  This is blouse part of a series of queued items I have been working

I just want to SEW!!!!

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...these were the sentiments of my student from my class last week.  "This is way too much work, if I want to do this many alterations on a pattern, I might as well take my ready-made to my tailor."  Compliments of Palmer Pletsch Publishing I felt her pain.  This is the biggest obstacle to sewing for yourself.  It is all fine, when you are with others that can help you tweak garments, whether it be a personal tailor or in a class setting, you have to invest time in the garment before you can have the fit you desire.  Fit is a process, no matter ready-to-wear or custom. Not everybody has a personal tailor, or like me, love to tailor my own clothes.  That's why taking classes in person is so helpful.  You have the chance to experience the process first hand with a guide to lead you and answer questions along the way.  It's nice to have immediate access to the online sewing community to get your questions answered while knee deep in a project. This is my take

A Pencil Skirt to fall in love with.

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Finally, the pencil skirt of my dreams.  Sassy, yet classy, that doesn't fit like a body glove. There are so many ways to simply draft and make a pencil skirt.  Pencil skirt tutorials are all over You-Tube and the worldwide-web.  I have made plenty on my own, but what changes the game, is the one little detail that you don't think about on your own.   DARTS!!! on knit...Who would have thunk it!!!   I guess that's why design houses have "Creative Designers", pattern cutters, and machine operators as separate job descriptions;  so that each can specialize in one thing and not have to think about all the many details that go into a garment. Any way, I wanted that classy look that doesn't "cup" under in the back like a body glove.  Classy yet still just a bit of sassy.  Pattern credit  goes to Pamela's Patterns:  " The Magic Pencil Skirt " is for women with "real figures" it says on her site.  So, I guess that

Meet Issy, and 3 reasons not to trust the mirror.

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Meet Issy, a StyleArc pattern, straight in from Austrailia.  When I first saw the description and artist rendering for this top, I wanted it right away, knowing that I would feel great wearing such a stylish top.  The drape and shaping on the model revealed such easy flowing drape around the front of the waist, and the cowl neckline hung slimmingly past the bust, creating such a beautiful asymmetric fall from the shoulders.   I was in love with this top, and was sure I would stand in the same pose and walk with the same swag exhibited in the pattern illustration. Initially  when I began cutting and sewing this lovely top, I concluded during the first fitting, that this may very well not be a match made in sewing heaven.  What went wrong?  Was it my shape, was it the fabric, was the design wrong for me?  Since I couldn’t come to a conclusion as to the problem, I stored this beauty away in the UFO pile/box. That was three months ago!!  Now, after clearing, cleaning, and or