Sunday, August 2, 2015
I have been busy making shirts, skirts and whatever for other people.
The stripe is a Blouse Back T by Hotpatterns. It worked out pretty well. The two skirts are from New Look and are just a basic skirt pattern. The camo shirt is from Kwik Sew and the pattern is now OOP.
I continue to wonder what 'type' I am in terms of style of clothing and what that means for the style of clothing I make. Despite my continuing efforts at making a well-fitting T-shirt, I actually prefer buttonup woven shirts.
One thing that occurred to me over the weekend is that I really need to take my clothing style from my footware. I mean wearing Teva sandals, short boots and Danskos really should be giving me hints, ya know? Retro Hippy? Sporty? LOL!
I have two more shirts to finish for 'other' people and then it is back to sewing for myself. I do have a pattern for a button up that fits, so I think I will make that next. Just have to figure out what fabric to use. I have plenty! :)
Sunday, May 31, 2015
I didn't realize until this journey started how narrow my shoulders are. For a variety of reasons I thought I am big all over. I'm not. This has created a bit of a fitting nightmare.
There are two ways to approach fitting and I have not yet settled on either one. It is still a work in progress.
Method 1: Fit the shoulders and do massive FBA (full bust adjustment).
Method 2: Fit the bust and do a narrow shoulder adjustment.
These changes are along with a rounded back adjustment, sloped shoulder adjustment and others that pop up for each pattern.
I started with Vogue 8793 without the zipper collar.
The first shirt I did was an XXL.
There is lots of fabric right above the bust and the shoulders fall off me.
Next was a L.
This is not quite so bad. A little less fabric, but shoulders are still falling off.
Shirt no. 3 was a medium.
Shirt no. 4 was a small with a massive FBA. This is the pattern that I eventually adjusted to get patterns to fit.
It is not yet perfect, but it is better and least as presentable as RTW.
I am pleased with the progress so far. There are minor tweaks that I have done to the pattern, but I am calling this one good enough ... for now. :)
Saturday, February 21, 2015
It is not usually this messy, but I have a couple of projects I am working on set out on the cutting table. Here are pictures of my sewing room:
|Serger and Coverstitch machines|
|Main sewing machine|
|Laptop and table|
|Ironing board and closet with storage|
|Cutting table - 3x6|
I love my sewing room. It makes me very happy to be able to see out, watch the squirrels and sunsets, snowstorms and windstorms. I do not ever want to return downstairs again! :)
Monday, February 16, 2015
I am lucky to have a very handy spouse. I recently decided I wanted all my rulers in one place, so I asked hom to make me a ruler rack. Here it is:
There is a slot in the middle for my large rulers and slots on both front and back for other rulers. I love my new ruler rack!
I have been working on fitting for the last two months. I am not doing anything fancy ... just trying to get my shape figured out.
I have been fitting a simple t-shirt, but ya see I am not all of one size. I am also what is termed "plus sized". Along the way I have learned a lot about me, as in, how I am shaped. Sounds kinda silly to say it, but I have spent years not really knowing anything about me. I just took what RTW retailers said and even though I think I am reasonably intelligent, it took the fitting process to really bring home to me why RTW doesn't ever fit.
I started out with trying to refine the fit in my shoulders and chest area. I have always known that I do not fit in Plus sizes in my shoulders. Now I really know. I have narrow shoulders. There, I have said it. I would never have thought I had narrow shoulders. After all, I am a plus sized middle-aged female. :)
My journey of discovery started out this way. I started with an XL and ended up with gobs of extra fabric in the shoulder/armhole area. Next I tried a large, still gobs of fabric. So I tried a medium. Better, but still hangs off shoulder a bit. So, I tried a small. I mean really ... a small? Well, the shoulders finally fit! I had done an FBA, round back adjustment, etc. for my rather round body, so it was not a problem to get it fit around me. It does still need work.
Now I need to figure how armholes, because, of course, even with adjustment, the armholes don't fit right. So, shoulders and across chest a small. Armholes are XL. Bodies are weird!
Fitting is so invigorating. Keeps the mind young. :). Even if it does make you want to bash your head against a wall.