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!  :)

Later, gators!


Sunday, May 31, 2015

T-Shirt Fitting

I spent four months fitting a T-shirt pattern.  Like many people, my body is many different sizes.  I have size Small shoulders, size XXL torso and then size medium legs.  To get anything to fit I have alter any pattern I use. 

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

My Current Sewing Room

I used to have my sewing room in the basement.  The basement is very large and plenty big enough for my sewing and fabric racks and cutting table and and and ...  It is also very dark.  It has two of those underground window well windows and the walls are painted dark tan.  Since we are renting, I can't change anything.  Eventually, I had had enough.  So, I moved upstairs.  I am currently in what should be the master bedroom.  Top floor, large windows on two sides.  Heaven!  :)  My fabric is still downstairs in what I call the dungeon, which should tell you how I feel about that room.

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

Embroidery Machine

Reference Library      

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

My Ruler Rack

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!



Fitting is not for the faint hearted

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.




Monday, January 6, 2014

My Colorado Sewing Room

I have gotten my sewing room together.  It only took 9 months.  😄. I was finally able to get all my fabric out to see and touch.  I am very happy.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Blogging and sewing 2013

Well, there wasn't much of either in 2013 - blogging and sewing.  Hopefully, 2014 will be much better.  

Anyway, here is the last item made in 2013:

My grandson needed a new blanket, so I embroidered the blocks and made roads and voila, a blanket.  He seems to like it.

Happy New Year!