SEWING DAILY

My log of sewing, with just the facts (and no editorial jabbering...)  Starting now.

2017:
  
  •  Monday, 1-30-17.  Let's see.  Basically ruined the Miyake silk shirt with my additions and lousy sewing on slippery fabric.  It has to go for a long time out now.  I don't know if there's any salvation for it.  Was in a mood for a few days...
  • Started a 2-seam knit BBD (big black dress) yesterday that I picked up from pinterest (free pattern).  Cut it out, pinned it together and it really looked cool.  Sewed it together today with added side seam pockets and then goofed around with some color blocking.  uh-oh.  But, so far so good.

  •  Wednesday, 1-25-17.  I sewed an image of the Tardis from a scrap of Dr. Who fabric as my patch for the Issey Miyake jacket I mentioned a few days ago.  It looks great.  Also added big patch pockets to the front.  Just want to sew some buttons on the pockets and it's done.
  • Seam ripped the French seams along the sides of the Issey Miyake Japanese print shirt I recently made from this post.  I added (2) 18" square pieces of the same fabric into the triangular space to get an uneven hemline.  Then loosely had the center ends touch in back (hard to describe without seeing it) but I really like the new line it made.  Still have to stitch it up - it's all pinned at the moment, but I am pleased.  Also, it looked fabo over that Cityscape Dress, believe it or not!

  • Friday, 1-20-17.  Made my Pussyhat for the march downtown Chicago tomorrow.  I'll be late going immediately after class, but I'll still make it in time for marching.  I found a hot pink t-shirt I had cut up previously that had enough left to make the prescribed hat.  
  • Also printed out a couple free pdf patterns I've collected but had not yet printed.

  • Thursday, 1-19-17.  After wearing the Tina Givens Olivia dress pattern that I made quite awhile ago to get my hair cut, I decided I needed to narrow the sleeves a lot and make thumb holes like I did for the Sewing Workshop Cityscapes Dress.   I've never shown the former one on the blog.  While I was resewing the sleeves, I noticed some teeny-tiny threadworn spots in several places.  So mending was in order.  I did that today.  And now it's done.
  • Next I want to place a small patch on the center back below the collar of the newly made jacket/ coat from Issey Miyake V2128 - and add pockets to it.  I also wore it with the Olivia yesterday for that haircut and missed those items.  I haven't posted it yet.
  • I have so much lined up for rehab in the sewing room that I'm not even going to list them.  But I am having fun and taking my time.

  •  Wednesday, 1-18-17.  I have decided to follow those goals stated in my last Sewing Daily note of 2016.  And it feels right.  I've posted about it here.   
  • I watched The True Cost documentary last night, which has actually made me feel sick.   
  • I've been taking stock, I guess you would call it.  No rush sewing.  Not on to the next thing.  I actually pulled a board (secret) together on pinterest of clothes I made that work for me.  It was interesting in a number of ways:  1) there were more things than I thought; 2) all the early Project Minima stuff was a no go;  3) I had a strong desire to remedy stuff that wasn't quite happening - that had always bothered me a bit, but I had never bothered with it. 
  • So lately I've been taking things apart and looking at them in different ways, pinning things together, but not sewing them, considering, evaluating. Lots of pieces have ended up in the sewing room to be determined. 
  •  I made a scarf out of scraps of really pretty corduroy to go with a tunic top that I had never really liked the neckline of.  I didn't have enough to redo a neckline, but enough for a scarf.  And I like how it works.  With that and with other things.  Now that was satisfying.  hmm.






2016:
  • Thursday, 12-29-16:  I've come back to jotting down sewing notes after a seasonal break, I guess you could say.  It seems I need to take more sewing breaks during a sewing session too.  No more powering through the day non-stop.  So I thought doing the notes in between might be good.  And perhaps help me to realize what I'm doing (or not doing) in real time.  
  •  Also, because it's that time of year, I've been thinking about setting new goals or structures for myself on Project Minima.  One thing would be no more buying fabric.  Another would be no more buying patterns.  I have enough of both to last several people, several life times.  I know limiting myself helps me be more creative.  It's a matter of fact.  It could also save me the trouble of becoming overwhelmed in choosing what to do next with what fabric and what pattern when the world is my oyster, more or less.
  • And what am I working on now?  A shirt dress pattern with modifications, of course, McCalls 7472 using a combo of their views.   The fabric is a rayon crepe Japanese-looking print in Sun-kist orange and white.  
  • I've also complete a china silk wild print shirt modified from a Miyake Vogue 2922 pattern, view B.  No pix yet.
  • Completed a self-drafted dark blue stretch velvet midi skirt and a kimono top.  The top is a riff from McCalls.  No pix yet.
  • Completed a rose red kimono using Koos Vogue 1493.  Not posted yet.
  • Completed the Sewing Workshop Trio pattern cotton sateen pants.  
  • Completed burnout stretch velvet cardigan 
  • Completed the Sewing Workshop Thai coat pattern with brocade.  The pants, cardigan & coat can be seen here.
  • Completed the Sewing Workshop Thai coat pattern with double sided stretch denim.  See it here.


  • Friday, 10-14-16:  Well now, I have been sewing daily, but not posting.  Just finished my faux moto jacket based on Marcy Tilton's Vogue 8795 today.  It was something I actually started in January of 2015 and put aside while I waited for zippers ordered online.  It was one fiasco after another and it was put aside while I got on with other projects.  It's now posted here.

  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10-5, 6, 7-16:  Haven't been sewing, not feeling well, mostly sleeping, did some mending.

  • Tuesday & Wednesday, 10-4 & 5-16:  Okay, you know what happens when I'm not sewing?  I know what happens.  I'm tempted to buy things, online.  That's the way I express my creativity that's not being express more fully through sewing (or art making).  Buying things is a poor excuse for actually being creative.  I've limited my self to only buying fabric, patterns and/or ebay shoes - all on sale.  But still.  Lately I've tried to really limit the first two.  So you know what happened.  I just received 3 pair of shoes I purchased through ebay.  All of them black patent leather.  Puleezee.  First was Born clogs, Second was ankle high rain boots, and Third classic Doc Marten.  All in perfect shape.  tsk tsk.  
  • I've also been reading.  And when I do that, I do it voraciously.  Like I do everything.  One focus at a time, with laser intensity.

  • Monday, 10-3-16:  Seemed like it took forever to organize a blog post about the coat.  You can see the DKNY coat post and the revisions to the harem silk dupioni pants suit here.

  • Sunday, 10-2-16:  Messing around with all those pix.  We took more than evah.

  • Saturday, 10-1-16:  Went out to the lake after class and took pictures near the choppy water in the rain.  Should be interesting (?) for the blog.  Still have to download them, edit, et al. They're posted now, here.

  • Friday, 9-30-16:  Looked through my patterns and then fabric to select the next sewing project.  Got out possibilities and laid them out, but then put them away.  Several different ones.  Haven't settled on anything yet.

  • Thursday, 9-29-16:  Concocted a pocket flap with the frayed edge and sewed it on.  And made a smaller one for higher up on the other side.  This was is folded down a bit on top to have a frayed edge too.  I think they both look nice.  That just may be it for the ole pants.  
  • Started looking at fabric and patterns to perhaps make a quick intermediate length top to wear in between the two silk pieces.  We'll see.
  • Played with my pinterest boards - organizing the too big ones into smaller sub-sections.

  • Wednesday, 9-28-16:   Surprise, surprise.  I ended up adjusting the crop top.  I took in, ummm, about 6" on either side by making 2 pleats at the side seams about 3 inches up from the hem (on both side seams) and then top stitching where they come together.  I added another longer scrap of the silk (same width) to one side that seemed to need it most.  And now I think the top really looks good.  And finished.  While I was doing that, I also tried it on with the pants and a different under top and shoes and like it sooo much better than the photo shoot one.  I'll have to do another shoot to document the difference.  I added the pocket I mentioned yesterday to the pants, but not the flap (yet?).  I think I still may have enough leftover to make a smaller pocket for the other side.  Tomorrow.

  • Tuesday, 9-27-16:  Researched possible pockets for the harem pants, looking online and at my patterns.  Ended up designing my own.  Seems I have enough for one large pocket with sides and a flap.  Still working on it:  pressing, pinning, trying on for placement.  Also thinking of enlarging the ankle area using some of the fraying bits and pieces I have leftover.  Just adding 1/2 inch would be nice then I wouldn't have to be so careful pulling them on and off over my feet.

  • Monday, 9-26-16:  Downloaded pix from yesterday, edited and posted on blog.  See the completed harem pants and crop top here.  Also posted on pinterest Clothes I've Made, etc.
  • Seam ripping action late at night on a previously made Tina Givens top.  I've hated the pockets, so finally got them off and we'll see what I do to make it work.  It does go nicely with the ole harem pants...

  • Sunday, 9-25-16:  Started working on a crop top sort of thing out of the scraps I had leftover from the harem pants finished yesterday.  I took what I had, folded it in half lengthwise, then in half width-wise.  Cut a quarter circle where all the folds meet for the neckline.  Then sliced out a bit for sleeves and the bodice.  I knew it was going to be very short, but figured I'd think of something.  Meanwhile, I stitched up the sides and pressed the seams, zigzag finishing them.  Pieced together some bias binding and sewed it around the neckline leaving the raw edges out.  I frayed the bottom hemline of the top, even with the scoop cut out off to the side because that was all the fabric I had left.  Then I zigzagged around the edge to keep it from fraying any further.  I had 4 pieces of rectangular shaped scraps and I attached 2 in front and 2 in back to elongate the top.  I think it looks cool.
  • Then we ran outside to quickly take photos of the harem pants, an old top I refashioned awhile ago, and my just-made crop top layered over it all.  It was 5 pm and light was dimming.  We got a few shots and then, batteries died in the camera.  So that was that.

  • Saturday, 9-24-16:   Continued with Vogue 1355 .  Looking up styles of pockets for possibilities with these pants.  Don't just want patch pockets or cargo pockets.  Maybe I'll try something or maybe I'll let it go for now and focus on a top.  I've a bit of the fabric left that I could make into a crop top or a vest...

  • Friday, 9-23-16:  Continued with Vogue 1355 .  Pressed under 1/4" edge at waistline of the 1 1/2" already pressed down.  Then stitched that down both at the lower edge and at the upper edge (so the drawstring wouldn't have so much room to roam.  Left 1/2" unstitched at the center front top seam that is folder over for the waistband so I could insert my drawstring.  I prefer drawstring to elastic because it's more adjustable and cheaper.  And I like the drawstring to open and tie on the inside of the pant rather than the outside which is bulkier.  Did that.  So they're more or less done and I like them.  I would like to have pockets though, but haven't figured out how since they're no side seams...

  • Thursday, 9-22-16:  Well, I got going on the next project sooner than usual.  After looking through most of my patterns, I selected a few seemingly at random, I got up and did the same with some fabric.  Then I just got the silk dupioni in hand, dark gold with gold and black threads that make a lovely, lustrous olive color.  And I knew what pattern to use.  The Sandra Betzina Vogue 1355, but I was going to modify it drastically.  And I did.  I wanted really baggy, low crotch harem pants.  I made a larger size to get this, especially since  I wasn't using a knit that she calls for.  I lowered the crotch by raising the waist or top of the pants by 6".   I also raised the pant length by the same amount (at the length/shorten line on the pattern).  My revised pattern was about 18 or so inches from crotch to hem and 19 or so inches from crotch to waist.   I eliminated the darts.  Left the frayed edge for the pant legs (so no hem) and just folded 1 1/2" over at the waistline.  I'll be sewing that down for a drawstring tomorrow.  Otherwise I just sewed the seams how I thought it should go, rather than reading the instructions. and then pressed each seam and zigzaged them to finish.  When I tried them on I was really pleased that when they looked even better than I had hoped!

  • Wednesday, 9-21-16:  Gathering images together for possible silk dupioni makes, especially now that I know what it handles like.  I have a couple ideas that I like, so we'll see how I go.  I'm also very interested in working with some linen and cotton prints I have... oh, and did I mention I order more fabric today.  I'm unbelievable, I know.

  • Tuesday, 9-20-16:  Yea, I finished Mila today.  Chose the one button I wanted to use and sewed in on using the silk thread from the fabric.  Ix-nayed the fabric one I made as too busy.  Hand sewed small "x"s and "+"s where buttons would've been, to secure the bodice opening at the lower half so I can still slip it on over my head.  Then using that same silk thread from the fabric, I intermittently knotted up the raw edge of the skirt (like a scallop) so I wouldn't get it caught on anything.  Pressed the top of the pleats and I was ready to go for my photo shoot in the neighborhood.  By the way, I made so many modifications to the pattern, I doubt you could tell it was from Tina Givens Mila dress pattern any longer.
  • Photos taken, edited and now I'm about to post on the ole blog.  See it here.

  • Monday, 9-19-16:  Sewing slowly today on Mila.  No more than 2 hours at a time, with long breaks between bouts.   Again, repinning and trying on, but this time getting closer and closer to what I want.  Saw something on pinterest that made me say 'yeah, that's what I want,' with regard to pleating.  Got that in order, first machine basted and finally zig-zagged the skirt onto the bodice.  The bodice overlays the skirt with a raw edge.  I finally figured out how I wanted the opening of the bodice to be.   Plain and understated.  I decided to zigzag some narrow strips of the dress fabric over the opening edges and let them be raw too.  The neckline as I said earlier, is bias tape, very narrow of the same fabric.  I left some to extend a bit on one side to use as a loop for closure.  I made a small round  "button" out of the fabric by tying a small strip into repeated knots.  I think I'll just stitch the bottom few inches of the bodice closed.  We'll see. 

  • Sunday, 9-18-16:   You know how I said I was sewing like mad the last 3 days.  Well, today I ended up with the same rotary cuff sewing injury surfacing again.  I certainly recognized that right off the bat.  So, I have to slow down on the sewing, pay more attention to my posture, take lots of breaks, etc.  I certainly don't want it to get as bad as when I first got it.
  • Meanwhile, I'm still tweaking Mila.  Cut the dip off the sides of the bodice and have been pinning and repinning the pleats that go around.  Trying it on in between pinnings.  Still don't have it right yet.


  • Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 9-15/16/17-16:  I've been sewing like mad and haven't stopped to log in.  On with Mila.   Cut the pattern out of the blush silk dupioni, and pin fitted it together.  Raised the waistline.  Decided to use the frayed edges from washing which I think are beautiful.  Sewed most of it together and have spent today pinning together pleats and pinning the skirt onto the bodice, trying it on, taking it off and trying a different arrangements.  So far, it's not working.  Next try will be to eliminate the big dip on the sides of the bodice and just make the waistline straight across.
 
  • Wednesday, 9-14-16:  Finished, or rather, stopped with the clean-up/ re-organization today.  It's not totally done, but just about.  I didn't get into the scrap box stuff.  I do already have 2 shelving units organized with crates full of fabric scraps by color in the annex.  What I haven't done is integrate the newer ones into those.  They're still sitting in a box that I pushed into that room.  ha.  And I haven't swept up the floor yet.  But what I did finally do was settle down to a fabric and a pattern and began cutting it out.  yea.  Blush silk dupioni, so beautiful, into a Tina Givens Mila Dress pattern.  I know.  We'll see.  Oh, and I ordered more fabric.  I know, I know.  I do have an entire shelving unit in the annex now that's empty!!!


  • Tuesday, 9-13-16:  Sorted through all the shelved fabric and folded it!  Well, most all of it.  The tons of stretch mesh I just sort of rolled up in a ball.  2 shelves worth.  Now I have even more space available.   Velvets and taffetas were able to move back into the sewing room.  I just have 1/2 shelf of polyester fabrics that didn't fit into my main (embolden) categories.  Next up  is dealing with the scrap fabric. 


  • Monday, 9-12-16:  Posted today's blog entry, etc.  And then down to business in the studio.  I've got almost all the shelves filled with what I want to go where - and not all that neatly yet either.  Still some miscellany on the floor.  So far I've moved faux fur, fleece and flannel into the annex along with velveteen, some velvet, taffeta.  Stuff I don't use that often.  Still some space left there.  The sewing room itself has a dedicated shelving unit for linen, and another one for cottons.  The other heavy duty unit has knits and fabric that stretches.  The 2 lighter weight units: 1) has netting, chiffon, lace, lining, charmeuse, and organza. 2) has silks, challis, voile, and tons of stretch mesh.  It's 8 hours later and I'm exhausted.


  • Sunday, 9-11-16: Finally got into the massive clean-up, reorganizing, re-structuring that was needed in the studio.  Brought up 2 more shelving units from the basement for fabric and finagled them in.  Decided to rearrange fabric by type, then by color this time.  What a mess.


  • Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 9-8, 9, 10-16:  Just like the day before...


  • Wednesday, 9-7-16:  A day of new no sewing while I dither before the next thing.  I've gone through my pinterest boards to gather dresses that grab me that I might like to make next.  A process to help me focus on down.  Patterns then fabric.  Still on patterns for now.  Also need to clean up the studio...


  • Tuesday, 9-6-16:  Vogue DKNY 1072  Started on the sleeves.  Tried on the coat to check sleeve length and pinned.  Pressed.  Measured and cut off excess fabric from both sleeves.  Hand sewed sleeve hem.  Pinned lining, tried on, re-pinned and hand sewed lining to sleeve fabric.  Done.  It all looks good to me.  Considering snaps for pockets, but not sure yet.  And perhaps going with no closures.  Think I'll wear it first and see.  woo-hoo.  (8-17/9-6-16, or 21 days)


  • Monday, 9-5-16:  Vogue DKNY 1072  Did the hand sewing of the lining hem today.  It takes a long time since it's such a full coat.  Next up is the lining and the sleeves hemming.  Tomorrow.  It's already been 3 weeks!  Not like in the "old" days when I could sew for 8 hours a day.  It wasn't so long ago, but already I can't imagine it.  I get stiff and sore after a few hours, plus I need time to think or wonder too.  Anyway, what's the rush, right?


  • Sunday, 9-4-16:  Vogue DKNY 1072  Okay, figured out how to do the hem of the lining.  Pressed it under and have been pinning and repinning it to get it even all the way around.  Finally resorted to putting the dress form on the table and sitting before it as I slowly turn it around.  Note to myself:  Why don't I think of that in the first place?  I think it looks okay now.  I'm letting it sit until tomorrow and if all still looks well, I'll begin hand sewing it.  Then comes the sleeve lining hem...
  • Also edited photos and published my blog post for this week.  yay.


  • Friday & Saturday, 9-2/3-16:  Vogue DKNY 1072  Now how did that happen?  Well, I got a lot done any way.  Let's see...oh yeah, did the sleeves.  Still troublesome with those darn gussets, but better this time around than last.  Ironed all the seams.  Then pinned the lining onto the coat after taking a bit to figure out how that was done.  Stitched it around the perimeter.  Pressed.  Took some breaks.  Trimmed the sleeve seam allowances on both the lining and the main fabric.  Then hand stitched down a few key areas along the shoulder and sleeve holes.  Also stitched a cool "label" for the coat.  Hand sewed the bottom of the facings.  Look at possible closures for the coat.  None were appealing thus far.  Still to iron the lining hem and hand-stitch it up - as well as the sleeve hem.


  • Thursday, 9-1-16:  September?!  Vogue DKNY 1072   Tried on to look at hem line, re-measured, re-pinned, re-pressed, basted and hand-sewed the hem.  Looks good, yay.  Still have to take the basting out, but onto other things.  Like sewing the lining.  It's all the same pieces as the original coat and the same instructions.  Did the reinforcement stitches under the sleeves in front and back long pieces and short side pieces, the dart pleats, stitched the upper back together, gathering stitches for the lower back (instead of pleats like the outer fabric), sewed the upper and lower pieces together and left it at starting to put the sleeves together.  Also pressed all the seams open as I went along.  Thought I leave the gusset and 3-part sleeve action for another day...


  • Wednesday, 8-31-16:  Continuing Vogue DKNY 1072.  Understitched all along the facing edge, trimmed and pressed.  Measured hemline, pressed and pin.  Tried on, then put on dress form and repinned hem all around again.  hmmm.   Have to see how that looks...


  • Tuesday, 8-30-16:  National No Sew Day for me.  
  • Although it was very pinteresting...in that I put up more McCalls/Vogue/Butterick makes on their pinterest board and immediately got responses.


  • Monday, 8-29-16:  Put together the blog post for this week with none other than Lola of the Damned.  What's done is done.
  • Continued with Vogue DKNY 1072.  Pinned, stitched, trimmed and pressed the facings onto the coat.  Looks good and took a long time.  There's no more print matching here because I ran out of any extra fabric.  It's the facing anyway.  All that's left is hemming the coat.  And then starts the making of the lining.


  • Sunday, 8-28-16:  Worked on the candid shots of my Lola Night Dress for the blog.  Will I/ won't I?  Stay tuned.
  • Vogue DKNY 1072  Stitched up the gusset/sleeve area for the final time (no matter what) and gave it as good a pressing as it can get from me.  Started fidgeting with the full length facings on either side of the front opening.  Of course, the back neckline doesn't meet up, so I'm messing around to see if I can do anything with that - short of patching (yuck).   break time.


  • Friday & Saturday, 8-26/27-16:  Vogue DKNY 1072  Forgot to make notes yesterday, but today's been the same thing.  Moving along fine with the coat and then wham, stopped in my tracks with the gusset in the 3 part sleeves.  I've ripped them out so many times.  Looked on the web for help with no such luck.  Tried basting by machine and by hand, pinning, putting it in different order, nothing has worked.  I've got them in now, but they look terrible.  I think we both need a time out for awhile and then either go on with another part or go on with something else entirely.  We'll see.
  • Received an invite from McCalls etc. to pin on the board after my inquiry 2 weeks ago.  I put up 5 pins of my most recent dresses from their patterns and was almost immediately hit with followers, and it hasn't stopped.

  • Thursday, 8-25-16:  Vogue DKNY 1072  Ahhh, made some headway today.  Starting sewing bits and pieces together.  I have the front 2 pieces sewn up along with the pockets and their linings.  It looks great so far.  And did all the tiny pleats for the back.
  • I received all that fabric I ordered today.  Oh my, it is so beautiful - all silk dupioni and linen, sigh.


  • Wednesday, 8-24-16:  Vogue DKNY 1072  Ironed all the lining pieces.  That's it.  Felt too unfocused to do any other sewing.  Read instead.

  • Tuesday, 8-23-16:  Vogue DKNY 1072  Fused the last 2 big pieces of interfacing to the fabric.  Laid out the pattern pieces for the lining, cut them out and marked them.  Washing and drying new fabric as we speak.  Next will be ironing the lining pieces and remarking the interfaced pieces.  Another day...

  • Monday, 8-22-16:  Vogue DKNY 1072  Besides spending half the day getting my weekly blog post together (taking pix, editing, posting, linking, proofing), I finished cutting out the fabric for the coat.  Then started fusing interfacing.  I couldn't believe it required 4 yards of it.  All 4 pieces of the front of the coat, plus the 2 long facings that run the full length of it are supposed to be interfaced.  I just have enough.  While I was at it, I ironed all the rest of the pieces.  I still have the 2 biggest pieces yet to do.
  • Put the latest dress and slips I've made on pinterest.

  • Sunday, 8-21-16:  Vogue DKNY 1072  Almost finished cutting out the fabric pattern pieces and marking them.  Just have the 2 pockets left to do.  They're marked and ready to be cut, but I want to double check I have the concept right.  I realize now they're not patch pockets, so they don't have to match up with the bottom front sections...but perhaps they need to match with the top front sections?  Which shouldn't be a problem since the top and bottoms are already lined up and matching.  I have to reread the instructions to see if that's how they work.  There's also lining involved there.  
  • Took dress photos for the blog today.  Still need to edit, post, etc.

  • Saturday, 8-20-16:  Vogue DKNY 1072  Still slow going.  I'm running out of fabric with all the print matching, even though I'm only doing the sheer minimum - the front upper and bottom, left and right and the back upper and bottom, left and right.  Oh, and the big patch-type pockets.  Forget the side seams and shoulder seams.  Luckily I went through the cut out pieces again and found a piece of scrap fabric I could match up one of the pockets with.  Now I do have enough for both big long facings.  But, so far, I can't get them both to match, so I'm taking a break.  I'll either have to patch one a teeny bit or just have them not match.  I'll have to sleep on it.  I've been marking them as I go along, which is also taking awhile.  Lots of darts and pleats in this one.

  • Friday, 8-19-16:  aha!  Vogue DKNY 1072  Making progress.  Figured out how to place pattern pieces finally so I can get them all on and match the print.  Still in process, but what a relief.
  • Bought more fabric.  Silk Dupoini (my favorite kind of silk) and Linen, both on sale for $6/yd!  I could not resist.  3 of my silk choices disappeared as I was in process of paying for them - that's how fast they were going.  You can see my haul on my pinterest board of Fabric Stashed.

  • Thursday, 8-18-16:  Vogue DKNY 1072 Spent the day trying to get the pattern to fit on my fabric.  It's not easy for a number of reasons.  The fabric is large, the patterns are large, the table is small, the air con is right next to it and blows everything away when it's on, it's very hot and humid out, and I'm trying to match the print.  Naps are involved.  But I haven't given up yet.
  • Attended to blog duties.

  • Wednesday, 8-17-16:  I decided to focus on what I'd like to make for an upcoming trip we're taking (a long weekend in Dec.)  With that in mind, I pulled out fabric that I thought "went" together around a piece I wanted to make into a jacket.  The whole batch rather surprised me.  But who am I to question me?  Then I went through all (all) my patterns to select which might fit well with which fabrics.  Narrowed down that some more.  Ended up with 2 jacket patterns I liked that went with 2 fabrics I had selected.  One with a lining that I thought went with one fabric, but turns out it goes with the other.  Spent a lot of time researching on the web for reviews, but couldn't find any.  It's Vogue DKNY 1072Cut the pattern out and am trying to make it fit on a little bit too narrow fabric...lots of naps to be had.

  • Tuesday, 8-16-16:  no sewing...yet.  dithering, dithering, between cloth and patterns.  This always happens between projects - a transitional phase.  One reason for the Capt.'s Log here.  To note my process so I don't forget and get frustrated, et. al.  Napping, reading a book, looking at my fabric stash, my pattern stash, my pinterest wanna sew boards.  That's the thing, there's so many things I want to sew, it takes awhile for me to narrow it down, or settle down and just do it, whatever it is.  Okay, meanwhile, I bought more beautiful fabric.  It was only $1.99/yd - $3/yd.  You can see what it is/was here.  From Black Raven to Dark Slate Blue.

  • Monday, 8-15-16:  Lola dress  Repinned and pressed the pleated portion of the bottom hem on Lola  And then carefully stitched around on top of the previous hem stitch.  Looked good.  Decided Lola and I are done for now.   Think I'll sleep on it/in it and then see what I think.  Still needs something at the top or sleeves...
  • Edited pix and posted on blog for Monday, today.  
  • Straightened up a bit of the very messing sewing studio...

  • Sunday, 8-14-16:  Lola dress  Still Lola-ing.  Pressed a quarter inch hem all around, folded another quarter inch and pressed again, pinned and sewed hem.  Decided to try pleats with the fabric I had previously cut out according to instructions (although I only cut 4 out of the 9 strips indicated).  Sewed the (4) 5" x 42" strips together, pressed.  Then did the same pressing routine for the  long strip edge as I did for the hem and finally stitched that down.  Just zigzagged the opposite edge.  Pinned random-ish pleats onto the underside of the hemmed dress and tried on.  Looks better, but still... something else is not quite right.  Took a few breaks. 
  • Responded to blog comments, visited blogs.
  • Looked at fabric again, put it in the cart, and then walked away (yea).

  • Saturday, 8-13-16:  Lola dress  Tried on Lola with various longer slips to see what might work shape-wise.  A pair of bloomers looked good, especially when I pinned up the front cut-off-arc-that-was-resewn-on.  Looks like I'll hem the bottom like that and see where to go from there (if anywhere).  Scanned pinterest for other Lola possibilities.
  • Bought two pieces of fabric online, on sale with free shipping.  Black linen with a red glaze and ivory crinkle silk embroidered eyelet chiffon.  
  • Had photos taken of me wearing my makes of Tina Givens Violet Dress with Briare Slip.

  • Friday, 8-12-16:  Lola dress  Continued working on the above mentioned Lola dress, but it has changed so much from the original pattern, I'll have to give it another moniker.  Pressed open previously sewn side seams and gussets flat.  Then trimmed them all even and zigzagged over the edges.  Tried on.  Decided to change angle of sleeve hem, pinned and ironed.  Then created a pleat on either side of the sleeve seam.  Stitched.  Decided to add narrow darts running straight down from neckline to bust, pinned, stitched, pressed.  Decided to stitch bottom sides that angle inward and are meant to be left open.  Thus causing a balloon or lantern effect to the skirt that seems to visually echo the sleeve shape.  Sewed, ironed and zigzagged those seams.  Played with the ruffle/ pleat pieces for bottom hem.  Still undecided.  Pinned, basted, then sewed bias binding around neckline.  Steam pressed.  Took several breaks.  Everything complete except bottom of dress.  Proportions off.  Needs to be longer + ...

  • Thursday, 8-11-16:   Continued working on the Tina Givens Lola dress pattern to use as a summer nightgown.  Inserted gussets into underarms to add room to sleeves, first pinning, then basting and finally sewing.  Added side seam pockets.    Decided to add on the front bottom piece I had cut off (per iffy instructions.)  Sewed it on upside down to add interest.  Pressed and zigzagged seams.  Sewed side seams from sleeve edge to hem bottom.  Took several breaks.



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