13 January 2009

KwikSew 3620 & SWAP Update

KS3620 Update:

On Saturday, I made some changes to the KS3620 pattern. As stated before, I decided to try to add width to the bust area only by drawing a big box around the bust dart (including some of the armscye) and moved it out 5/8" to add the necessary 1 1/4" across the bust. Here is a picture of the pattern after the adjustment:



The good thing is that the centers front now meet. The bad thing is the extra width added more fabric under the arm:



Here are some thoughts:

o The pattern only has 1/4" seams. Since I only set one of the sleeves, I could set the other sleeve with a larger seam allowance and see if that eats of some of the extra fabric.
o I could try to dart out the extra fabric on the bodice front in the armscye.
o I could take off some of the armhole length and taper to nothing at the dart (drawn on the pattern piece in the first picture).
o I could...um...hmm...I don't know. What else could I do? Grin

What do you think?

Capsule Update:

I've made some changes/additions to the plan.

o Instead of sewing Burda 7745, I am going to make Burda 8280. I think this pattern lends itself more to the dark chocolate microsuede that I want to use. The fabric is not terribly stiff, but it doesn't drape too well.

o I would still like to use V8120, but I think it is better suited for the light chocolate wool solid. I can envision piping along the seams too.

o I am planning to add Burda 7892 in a soft rayon/lycra jersey knit.

I'll update the storyboard...one day. =)

Lynnelle

08 January 2009

Neopolitan Ice Cream Themed Capsule

Well, I am off and running on my first sewing goal for 2009. I have decided to create a wardrobe centered around the colours in Neopolitan ice cream. Ya know what's funny? I don't even like Neopolitan ice cream - mainly because I do not like chocolate ice cream. I *heart* chocolate, but not in ice cream (or cake even) form. Something about it just doesn't do it for me. I do, however, like the way the colours look together. Alas, my inspiration for the wardrobe!


There are a couple of fabrics that aren't pictured. Here's the storyboard:


Hmm...I don't know why the picture is blurry. I'll have to figure that out another time.

L~

03 January 2009

Sewing Goals for 2009

I am not one to normally make resolutions. I do, however, have some sewing goals that I would like meet this year. They are as follows:

1. Update my wardrobe. My working wardrobe is desperately out of date and in poor fit. I would like my working wardrobe to reflect a more business casual flavour. Right now, I have lots of jeans, shirts, and corduroy jackets. Yeah, not good. I also want my wardrobe to be more feminine-looking. I plan to sew more skirts with interesting details as well as frilly-type shirts.

2. Make a good fitting woven blouse. This has been the bane of my sewing existence. I have tried, and tried, and tried some more to get the fit of a simple blouse right. No deal. I worked with McCall's 5417, Simplicity 4077, and more recently McCall's 5522. I have two slopers: one draped on my body from scratch, and one tissue-fitted from McCall's 2718. Still, no deal. Damn it! I have still not given up, though frustration makes me take more frequent, lengthy sewing breaks. I have some new ideas for McCall's 5522, but I am going to put that on hold for a while so that I can rebuild my sewing confidence. Aaah...I see another pair of pants in the making...

3. Purge unwanted patterns and fabric. I have developed a better sense of the styles and fabrics that look better on me. I have yards of 'Aw, hell no! I know I didn' buy this!' type of fabric and patterns. After studying some styles for petites and such, I realize that some patterns and fabric are just not flattering on me. Perhaps they will find new homes for people whose styles and likenesses are more accommodating. As for me...no deal. =)

4.
Make a coat. This goal sort of stems from the 'update my wardrobe' goal. The coats I have now are puffer coats; big goose-down, unshapely coats. They are plenty warm, but not stylish. I would like to have a nice, well-crafted wool coat that has some styling to it. On those 30-degree MI days, this coat would be perfect. On those Arctic-Canadian bone chilling-windy-single digit days, I'm breakin' out the goose-down! No time to look cute. Can't look cute with frostbite. =)

5. Sew with a plan regularly. No more singletons in the closet.
In the past, I picked patterns and fabric because I liked it. There's nothing wrong with this at all. In fact, I still do the same. The difference is I have become more aware of what styles and fabrics coordinate with clothing that I already have. I plan to develop a number of colour schemes that I like and sew garments using those primary colours. For example, my current plan is to sew a wardrobe of eleven garments using variations of the colours brown, pink, cream, and white. For my next capsule, I plan to use variations of the colours black, grey, white, and red. Sewing with a plan excites me and actually helps me to avoid the stray singleton that lurks in the closet.

I'll have more details on the first capsule coming soon. I have been in the process of gathering patterns, fabric, and ideas in order to make the storyboard. The capsule contains some woven blouses on which fit is a necessity. I will settle for moderate to good fit at this point!

Later,

L-elle.

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