Friday, September 5, 2014

WIP...and Stuff

Blogger.
Ugh. I think it's time to move platforms. I get that it's free but even if you're offering something for free (and you're GOOGLE), it should work. Seriously. 

Does anyone know if you get any better service when you have a paid site through Blogger? 

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We got our first challenge yesterday! We are to make a basic pattern...not-so-basic.

This challenge is actually going to be tough for me! Mainly because I'm not an embellisher. I just don't really have that type of eye. Secondly because I've avoided the Scout like the plague!  A dartless, pleatless, gatherless woven tee is scary when you have a full bust! So I'm kicking around some ideas to create a cute, one of a kind top that I'd love to wear. Wish me luck! :)

Read all about it here

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My jacket is progressing. I made a few tweaks to the pattern but perhaps it's not enough. The shoulder still looks a little too wide (maybe it'll improve when the lining is inserted?) and the bust point looks a little too high still.

(sorry to chop my head off...I looked crazy in this pic!)

Looking in the mirror, it appeared as if I had TONS of excess fabric in the middle of my back. So glad I finally got someone to take pictures...it isn't as bad as I thought. I'm guessing this is a swayback adjustment needed?? Also, I always forget about my lower left shoulder. Sure, I could cut two fronts but we know that's not going to happen. I usually just sew a slightly larger shoulder seam and "fix" it that way.



Does anyone know what to do about this little 'dead space' at the back of my upper arm? Is there a sleeve adjustment for this or is it just the way I'm standing? I'm not sure...


I had it on with a long sleeved knit tee to be sure multiple layers works. it was fine. I think the sleeve is a little full (from the bicep down) and perhaps shorten the sleeve hem just a tiny bit more (the right sleeve hem is pinned up).


Also, if you look at the front and back pics, the right sleeve is wonky!!! :) I set it first and thought it was pretty good...until I set the left one. It went in darn near perfectly and now ALL I can see is the right sleeve wonkiness! I'm going to be a good seamstress and rip it out and reset it.
ahhhh. The joy of finding PERFECTLY matched thread. Do you see red stitches?!? Me neither! LOL!


Now, I WILL wear this jacket as-is but I am also treating it as a wearable muslin. I love this pattern so far and want to make the view A (without contrasting lapels) and view D as-is for a lightweight fall coat. So I want to hash out the fitting issues.


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Jess of Sometimes Sewist is hosting Sew Selfless September! Now, when I started blogging I really wanted to call myself "the selfish seamstress" but she already existed (and should come back already!). The idea is to pledge to sew something for someone else this month. I do sew for my daughter here and there but think that this month I'll try "sewing for the boys" too.

She wanted a makeup bag but I pretty much have done horribly at making any sort of zippered bag/pouch/etc. So I was hesitant.

I found this tutorial by Flossie Tea Cakes and whaddya know! It worked!!

DD picked it all out after I gave her a pile of quilting cottons and the zipper basket to choose

Even with minor wonkiness I was SO proud that I immediately wanted to make another one!

For this one, I used this tute by Sew Mama Sew. I made it err, a little bigger... :) **I just realized I missed a step. I was thinking "this doesn't stand on it's own"...I forgot to do that part! If I can pry it away from her I might change it. Or just sew ANOTHER one! :)

I picked out this combo and she loved it.

I REALLY love these two together. I hope to get some more green zippers from Wawak and whip up a few of these for my nieces (I have like a thousand nieces! Ok...I have 8. But 3 of them are ADULTS. Sheesh!!)

Also, today is my parents 40th anniversary. YOWZA!  Love those two :-D



24 comments:

  1. Your jacket is coming along nicely! "Working out the fit" does seem to be the challenge, but I think you are on the right track with a swayback adjustment. I'm sure you know your body well, and will figure out the other adjustments needed. The fabric you used is a pretty wearable muslin. Good luck with the Fabric Mart challenge! I may join in as a reader! I have never made the Scout, but heard the good reviews for it.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! The jacket is finished! I reallllly like it and am totally about to make a 2nd one. I like it that much!

      The Scout is a good pattern but man that type of top is just not designed for a full bust. I like my finished garment but...I honestly probably won't use this pattern again - for myself.

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  2. I love it!!!! The jacket is very nice! I am honored to be doing the Fabric Mart Challenge with you! Keep up the good work!

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    1. Aww, thanks Jenese! Can't wait to see your tee!

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  3. Your jacket is looking great! I can't wait to see what you come up with in the Fabric Mart challenge, I know it will be awesome..

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  4. Congratulations on the Fabric Mart Challenge! Your jacket is really looking good. Love the fabric.

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  5. I think the jacket looks great. In the pictures the right shoulder looks to be a bit longer (though not much) than the left which would account for the back right sleeve wonkiness. You think the shoulders look too wide in general and I don't think so. If you shorten the shoulders then you're going to have pulls in the upper sleeve and tightness in the bicep. They're hanging nicely as they are. It's a jacket and you need room to move in it. It's not supposed to be skin tight!

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    1. Thanks Debbie! Yep. would not want a skin tight jacket...Now that the jacket is finished (lined and all) I think I know exactly what changes to make for version 2! :)

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  6. Your jacket is coming along nicely--I'm looking forward to seeing the finished project. Good luck on the FabricMart challenge--I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  7. Sorry, no fitting advice here. Your jacket is looking good though. Good luck with the FabricMart contest!

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  8. You need to pin out the fabric where it is full. The mid section of your back looks good, the fullness seems to be a diagonal one.

    I agree with you about the scout - you need darts. Maybe you could lay the pattern over a darted top and make up a darted scout? You would need a muslin. Yes, I can hear the groan already... :)

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    1. You would be SO proud of me -- I made TWO muslins! LOL!

      I did my tissue fitting/flat pattern measurement and decided to cut a 12 and did an FBA, thereby adding a dart.

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  9. I muslined the grainline and I have no bust to speak of, and am glad I did, just to check measurements. If you just do as Sarah Liz suggested and then very quickly take some throwaway fabric and set your stitch length to 3.5 or 4, you'll have the side seams and shoulders sewn up super fast. I didn't bother muslining the sleeves, but imagine that wouldn't be too hard, either. I ended up kind of digging the muslin and plan on keeping it sleeveless for summer. :D

    Your jacket is so cute. I always get wrinkles in the back portion of anything fitted, so I feel your pain. Mine are lower and horizontal, though, which is a sign of a needed swayback adjustment. (I have a short short short back waist length and a big booty, aieieie!) Maybe your wrinkling means you are narrow in your back rib cage area? I think pinching it out and redrawing the pattern piece from the pinched out muslin will help?

    You could still wear the muslin, though, as is, it looks fine, and not as wonky as you think!

    The lighting outside is harsh, and that could be making things look worse, too.

    Happy 40th to your parents!

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    1. Thanks Dina!!!

      You may be right re: the jacket...I have a nearly 40" full bust and my under bust is barely 33". Hmmm...something to think about.

      I totally had to muslin my scout! And I did one sleeve; which my husband found ridiculously funny :)

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  10. The jacket look very nice! I'm not sure about fitting advice. I just think be careful of over-fitting; maybe try hunching over forward with your arms wrapped around you in a bear hug and see if there is any excess fabric then. Even try pin-wheeling your arms gently, checking out how it looks in the mirror. You might find you need that excess so it's wearable in real life :)

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    1. Thanks much Carolyn!

      Now that it's all finished I think I have a good idea of what to do next time. it feels pretty good on!

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  11. I blog on Wordpress.com (ie, free) and love it, but I've heard people find it complicated --YMMV. As for your lower left shoulder, I read in a tailoring book that if one shoulder is lower than the other you actually make the adjustment at the ribcage, by making the side seam shorter under the arm. I forget the specific mechanics on how to do that, but the author's point was that the lower shoulder comes from a compressed torso, and not from the shoulder itself.

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    1. I am so difficult. I had a wordpress blog and was one that found it difficult. But I may convert. Blogger is making me sad.

      SO interesting about that adjustment. Will research. thanks!!

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  12. Your jacket is coming along quite nicely and those bags are sooo cute!

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