Monday, March 3, 2014

Emotional Sewing....

Allot has been going on since my last update.  I have visited two new fabric stores that was suggested by another blogger Sew and Style by Toy which is here.  One was Virgo Fabrics and the other 123 Fabric Corporation  both located in Brooklyn.  What I loved most about my trip was not only the fabric selection,  but both stores were walking distance from each other. Which is very convenient.  I was real excited about this trip and it was fun for the most part.  Next time around I will make sure to stack up, because I was extremely impressed with the variety of fabrics and the pricing wasn't bad at all.

But,  2014 so far has given me many reasons to make some major changes. What can I say it's been a real roller coaster ride in the last couple of months.  I guess since I have been in a different mind set it  reflects on my productivity.  Which is little too nothing.  Maybe I need to change my environment.
I guess when I'm upset nothing gets done and when excited, inspired, or challenged the machine is humming constantly, and I am cursing up a storm which is a good thing.
I know it's not a lost of the sewing mojo, it's a sewing depression. I know it's a sewing depression because I have recently purchased a  load of patterns(and fabrics as I mentioned above). And currently altering one, but distraction, people, issues and problems just get in the way between me and my sewing.
Anyway, that's the story right now.  I wonder has anyone had to sacrifice sewing because there was too much going on? or better yet.  Had lost the desire to sew because of certain circumstances and/or situation? How do you deal with the contamination in life?  The things that can rob you of your personal joy/happiness?
Well later people, hopefully someone will have some insight too share.
As Always,
A.S.

Friday, January 3, 2014

2014...Update!!!!

Happy New Year!!!! How is everyone doing?  I am hoping great.  Well it's the beginning of a new year and although I am not a fan of making any resolutions.  This year I thought to do things differently, and that is to make more of an effort to blog more often. 
For the last year I have been making a great deal of improvements, but I never seem to take the time to post on things that I have learned, changed and dealt with on my sewing journey.  And at times I thought they were irrelevant because I don't sew as fast as most blogger and so it would be me just kind of repeating myself. But as I grow as a person I realize that blogging is about documenting my development as a sewer and nothing more.  And honestly when looking back it helps me have a better perspective on things that I need to work on, but most importantly it gives me something to be proud of.  I love what I do and I really enjoy it when it all comes together beautifully. 
And now that I am more independent, I can alter, change and correct my mistakes on my own time.  I can work on any material and have fun with learning how to be both unique and elegant at the same time.  I love the idea of up cycling clothes and that is something I will be doing in the near future. 
Well let's start of  with my Franken Hulk blouse.  When I first put this bad boy together, I knew it was going to be a fight.  But in the end I have fallen in love with her. 

As you can see the first picture shows you all kinds of funky errors I have made with the collar.  Most of the problem occurred because I fail to attach the lining to the lace properly which caused it to have a warped effect.  Then there was the issue of cutting the collar correctly, I thought I could of gotten away with it, but pictures don't lie.  And I am happy that I did take a picture of it, because for a moment I was in denial.  I cut out the fabric and lace and started all over again.  This time I cut the collar evenly on both sides and reset it the right way.  Most of it I had to hand stitch but it was well worth it.  And I really love the outcome.





Next project I am working on is a self-drafted jacket.  Everything seems to be okay but I am having major issues with the sleeves. Which will be dealt with later on this month. Here is a sneak peak of what is to come.



  And this is a little peak on the white blouse that I am working on.  So far I have no complaints. Well, there is one thing.  While adjusting the neck portion of the blouse I decided to add three inches.  Unfortunately, I forget to add those inches to the collar but hey it was kind of a happy accident because I actually like the way it looks.  Check it out.


So that's it for now people.  To all of you who are real observant, you will notice a very interesting orange, yellow type of fabric in the background. It's one of those...you know the thing you can never wear in public.  I only realize this after I made it.  But I leave it at that. 
WELL...that's it for now.
Later,
A.S.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Trial and Error... I really do hate wadders. Simplicity 2566 vs. Vogue 8935

Honestly there are no words NONE! to even explain how frustrating the last couple of projects have been.  I have no clue as to what's going on with me and my sewing abilities but it's almost disturbing.  It all started with a mock-up version of a shirt I wanted for years (Simplicity 2566).  I started the muslin fit maybe 4-5 years ago ( I assume) but never finished it.  So lo and behold I found the pattern buried in a box with all the pattern pieces cut out and the bodice portion basted together.  I figured since it's almost done, why not finish it. 
So I put it on and it fitted kind of snug (what can I say I am still growing, jut sideways).  No problem I will just have to add a few inches here and there and I will be alright. NO! When the adjustments were made I got a dress instead of a top.  Something tells me that I have a distorted image of myself because every time I decide to add inches to any of the garments I construct.  I seam to think I am making a dress for The Hulk! 
Well this was just the beginning.  Let's just list all the things that went wrong.
1) I didn't like the color of the fabric I chose to make the mock version so I decided to buy lace.
2)  It didn't work. ( I bought the lining on clearance so it wasn't all that expensive)
3)  The darts are seriously huge and hangs in the weirdest place.
4)  I am not going to even mention the collar or the front facing.  It's a massacre in there.
5)  I ran out of fabric and decided to use the next best thing an old remnant lining from a previous project.  It didn't match.
6)  And my machine hates this fabric and the thread that I used for it.  My goodness, I was one impulse away from throwing the machine across the room.
7)  The instructions on how to sew the front facing and collar onto the bodice is sooo wrong.  Which was the number one reason my front opening is slanted.  Yup the very tip hangs on one side, despite everything I had done to correct the issue it still hangs asymmetrically.  That was the part that hurt me the most.
So I stopped took a few days off and contemplated. Looked all over online to get some kind of understanding what I did wrong.  I marked the shirt and the front facing piece but somewhere in the midst of fighting the battle I lost the war.  That's when it hits me...use another pattern to help better understand how to put on the facing in a more effective manner.  And there she was Vogue 8935.  The style of the shirts are similar so I decided to give a try with another fabric.
Wow!  What a difference.  The way Vogue constructed the shirt was simple, direct, understandable and it made plain sense.  Put the facing on first!  So far its been a dream.  But this time I am so careful, I double, triple check just to ensure everything is in place.  Plus since I had to change thread the machine has been working allot better and the stitches are coming out beautifully. 
But I am not going to give up on my sloppy first trial. I am going to finish it even if it means I am going to hand stitch it together.  I think I call the first one my Hulk Frankenstein mix.  Hey if anything I can always wear it to work.  Because in my world I can't afford to have waders.

 
 
Later,
Ambitious Sewer
 

Monday, September 30, 2013

How you like me now....lol

This is just going to be pics of the finished garment.  I tried doing a look of the day type of thing.  I don't think it worked out to well.  But, as they say practice makes perfect so next time I will remember to put on make-up, wear accessories, and rock a nice hairstyle.  Yeah those are important factors in styling an outfit....forgive me I was lazy.



Oh, I forgot to take pics of my back view.  Yeah, I kind of did that on purpose it wasn't flattering at all and it was because I was too drained to fix it.  I would get into the fight I had setting in the sleeves but I will leave that for the next post. 
As of right now I am working on the second version to V1367 and this time around I know what I will be doing differently.  
The second one will be interfaced and lined in the shoulder and yoke section of the blouse.  The gathers will be allot more evenly spread out.  I won't make the back as long and the sleeves will be lengthened and I think I will add on the cuffs.
Well that's it for now.
Later,
A.S.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

In the meantime.....

 
 
 
Hey everyone,
Just wanted to give an update on a current project I am working on, in the midst of constructing the dress. I needed a fast and easy project to help boost my moral and sewing mojo. So I decided to work on Vogue 1367, you know the Rebecca Taylor blouse. I love it and since it's just the top I need right now I decided to use a fabric that I had been storing in the bottom of my box for at least 3 years, It was originally going to be a dress, and I think I have enough left over to do just that. But I needed something for the fall and since I absolutely love the print along the border of the fabric, I wanted to see how it worked out using the print as a focal point.
So here she is so far.....
 
 
 
 



Yup,  so far it has been alright.  I had a little difficult time dealing with the back portion of the top.  I kept struggling with stitching the gathers to the yoke without having to keep adjusting it.  I had to take out my seam ripper at least half a dozen times until it finally fit the back appropriately.
Well that's my story for now.  More to come.
Later,
A.S.

Friday, August 23, 2013

When ambitions become too ambitious....

So yeah, As of late I have been totally obsessed with the Burda Dress (Plus size).
Yeah that's the one...unfortunately for me instead of doing myself a huge favor and just buy the damn pattern.  I had this brilliant idea of just drafting it on my own and make my interpretation of it.  I will blame http://sewingfantaticdiary.blogspot.com/ , for that.  I have been stalking her blog the moment she mentioned the dress and it's been haunting me ever since.  I love, love, love this dress and it seems to be so perfect for the fall season.

Okay enough of my rants...I will show you instead pieces of my new madness. Forgive the fabric and cutting it's just the first muslin draft so it will look a little questionable. 





 
 
 
The back of the dress has been driving me crazy!  I don't know if it's the material or how I drafted it but it proves to be very difficult.  Every time I try it on the back seems to gather around my neck and bunches up at my upper back.   I am not sure how to correct it but I will be making the second muslin and hopefully by manipulating the darts I will have better results.  I am hoping it just lays flat on me.
The pleats on the bodice isn't precise and that's what I loved about the dress.  There were no pleats but free forming ripple effect on the bodice.  At least that's what I assumed. But I don't think I can do it .  The material is hard to manipulate as is so I am forced to have to make it more structured.  I wonder if I use a different material will I have better results. 
Anyway this is part 1 of my journey hopefully I will have good news the second time around.
As always have a great day/night (depending when you are reading this.)
A.S.
 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

I DID IT!!!!! McCall Pattern 6469

Wow!  I am so excited, I finally did a project from beginning to end...on my very own.  It's such a  relief to know that all this time of learning how to construct garments I have finally  made something without help.  The blouse itself was an easy project but it had a great deal of details that required allot of time. 
Well, then there was allot of do-overs.  But it's done. Ugh, mostly.
At first I wanted to make version B top with version A bottom.  But as I progress I made a couple of errors which forced me to just go along with A.  Not bad considering  the vibrant colors on the blouse that goes so well with the season,  plus who needs sleeves anyway, it's still summer.


Now I am thinking of making  version B with the long sleeves.  Make it more into a fall top.  Which I already have fabric stashed aways specifically for this project. 
My only complaint is the adjustments I made, I added about one inch in length and width.   Which helped but not so much.  The blouse just basically hangs on me like a maternal top.  And that's not the look I was going for.   It barely made it pass my bosom and the bottom portion just stuck out.  Like a fake ass peplum.  Actually more like a bad baby doll dress.  So this explains why it won't leave the hanger.  Yeah, another museum piece for me. 
 For the next project I will have to extend the length of the top by two inches in the front and about three in the back.  Giving me the length I need and hopefully it will drape allot nicer than this one.
But hey it was worth it. 
Well right now I am working on a fall project.  My very own creation, which is my first self-drafted jacket.  I can't wait to show you guys the end results on that one. 
Later,
A.S.