Friday, May 13, 2011

So Excited

I have two great reasons to be excited. Scratch that. Let me start by saying how unbelievably happy I am to be home from work. It just that ridiculous right now. I digress. Back to my two reasons. First, I'm a winner!  Barbara @Sewing on the Edge gave away a piece of fabric and I won.  I love this rayon knit.

Secondly, I'm having my measurements taken tomorrow! I can't wait. I'm glad I've learned to take pleasure in the little things.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Summer -- Brought to You By Butterick

Butterick has released the new summer patterns! This makes two great collections in a row for Butterick. This one is all about the dress. Some of these have multiple cup sizes. Sweet!

This dress, 5638, may not work on me, but I love the style.

5641 has multiple cup sizes.
5637 has multiple cup sizes too. This one is on the "sew it soon" list.
I love 5642 too. 
5655 is probably going to New Orleans with me.
5643 will see NOLA too. (I know this is wishful thinking.) Great for chilly restaurants and sweltering streets. I wish this was sized for jersey. Can't I just make it a size smaller? Of course I want the long version.
I want no part of the pockets on 5640.  I thought about this one a lot because it reminds me of KS3856. I decided I like the band around the waist in this one better.
I did see a top that piqued my interest, 5644. I think I want a shorter version.
And that's all folks!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Break in the Action

Guess what. I'm going to have my measurements taken by a professional! The sewing instructor at Vogue Fabrics knows my plight and is willing to help me figure things out. We're trying to schedule something for next weekend.  I can't wait. I'll be showing up with this:

Measuring made Easy
I've had the tape and the book for years and now I will finally have all of the correct measurements filled in on the worksheet. I think the only thing this book may not cover is Nancy's Zieman's Right Size Measurement as described in Pattern Fitting With Confidence. Please know that I will be getting that taken too.

In the meantime, this means KS3740 is on hold. Not forgotten or abandoned, just on hold. So what am I'm I doing as I anxiously await my date with the tape? Looking at skirt patterns. My wardrobe needs everything, but I figured skirts would be the easiest and quickest way for me to go.

Here's the short list:

Kwik Sew 3877 and 3819

Simplicity 2257, 2411 and 2655
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And the winner is? I'm not sure yet. I'm leaning toward the two Kwik Sew patterns. I'm waiting for 3877 to arrive in the mail *hopefully today*. I think the other one would look best in a double knit, so I'm not sure how much wear I would get out of it before the weather turns in Chicago. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

New Look Summer 2011

The latest collection from New Look is here.  There's a new line called New Look Workroom and it's associated with Project Runway. As a marketer, this makes no sense to me. Anyhoo, even with New Look Workroom, I like only one pattern in the collection, 6047.


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Shouldering the Burden

I made square shoulder adjustments to the muslin today. Y'all, some stuff is just hard without a sewing buddy. And unfortunately, Ruby and I are not twins in the shoulder and chest areas. The shoulders on the muslin are better, but now the "darts" I have above the girls are even more noticeable. Here is my list of potential suspects, listed in order of likelihood. Fitting & Pattern Alteration (2010) makes me like the people who use WebMD to incorrectly self-diagnose all types of illnesses:
  • High bust position --  distance from shoulder to bust is shorter and longer from waist to bust
    • dart shaping lies below the bust contour
    • fabric is tight across the bust and loose below the dart
    • bodice front bust dart needs to be raised to accomodate the bust contour 
  • Shorter shoulder joint -- the body is shorter between the shoulder and arm hinge than average
    • bodice too long between shoulder and arm hinge 
    • bodice armhole drops too far below the arm hinge, hindering arm movement 
    • dart shaping is below the crown of the bust
    • loose folds may form at the waist, the armhole, chest and upper back need less fabric length
  • Prominent bust -- measurements at bust level are longer, wider and deeper than average; the breast forms a lifted conical shape
    • fabric is tight across the bust
    • horizontal wrinkles form between the bust
    • diagonal wrinkles radiate from the bust to the garment edges
    • waistline and/or hemline rise across the center front
    • bodice needs more length, width and larger dart
So, what do you think the culprit is? Please keep in mind that this pattern has no dart. I also think I could stand a 1/4" narrow shoulder adjustment. Speaking of shoulders, do you think I have forward shoulders?

I have my instructions for the next set of changes. (Seriously, if you have any type of fitting issue, I highly suggest Perfect Sew and Fit. Post a picture; they diagnose the problem and provide solutions.) Eventually, I will have to cut two more muslins. I just have to think long and hard about my next sacrificial fabric. Pouring over the swatches from the stash with a glass of wine might take the edge off. The problem is that the ITY "muslin" I bought from Hancock's value section is cute enough to be a real garment ... Rescue me

I have had a busy day, including a trip to the office. I'm going to wind down now. Peace, love and soul!