Tuesday, November 30, 2010

SWAP 2011 - Two Simple Blouses

I'm making two useful silk blouses from this pattern.

Pattern:               McCall's 7883 from 1982.

Description:          Pullover blouse with round or V-neckline has
                           buttoned left shoulder opening.  Top-stitch
                           trim for all views.

Fabric:                 Black silk charmeuse purchased in LA Garment
                           Gold silk charmeuse purchased in LA Garment

New Techniques:  French seams, covered buttons, hand picked
                           top stitching.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

SWAP 2011 - Skirt and Blouse

I already showed this pattern, but I didn't state what I was going to do with it.

Pattern:                KWIK-SEW 3494 in 2007

Description:         Fitted skirt has waistbank, zipper at center back,
                           straight cut front, and extreme flare at lower edge
                           of back panels.  Fitted sleeveless top has lined
                           bodice, boat neckline with cowl collar empire
                           waist with darts, panel seams on lowerr top, and
                           side seam zipper closure.

Fabric:                 Skirt:     Black/tan tencel purchased at Denver
                           Blouse:  Red silk charmeuse jarguard, purchased
                                         in Denver.

New Techniques:  Skirt:     Hong kong finished seams, invisible
                                         zipper, faced waistband.
                           Blouse:  French seams, invisible zipper.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

SWAP 2011 - Trousers

I'm making one pair of pants for SWAP.  I've loved this trouser pattern since I received my Burda World of Fashion Magazine in 2008.  I just hope its a good fit. If not, I'm going to be very disappointed as I have another piece of fabric I want to use this on at a later date.  My plan is to ajust the back seam like a man's trouser.  I don't usually like garments with side pockets, but I am going to follow the instructions  on these.

Pattern:                Burda World of Fashion Magazine, 11/2008, 105B

Description:          Bias-cut strips (galoons) nicely soften classic
                            trousers/pants.  Unlined trouser, faced waistband
                            front zipper, inseam pockets.

Fabric:                 Gray with tan strip, unknown fibers.

New Techniques:  Hong Kong finished seams, allowance for center
                           back seam adjustment, side pockets.

Friday, November 26, 2010

SWAP 2011 - Option #2

Option #2 of the SWAP contest allows for two dresses.  I have chosen these:

Pattern:                 Vogue 7993 from 1953

Description:           Flared shirt with shaped centre-front
                             section, joins the bodice at waistline. 
                             Gathers above a shaped med-section, cut
                             in one with neck-band.  Low V-neck-line,
                             higher in back.  Short sleeves or 3/4 length
                             push up sleeves.

Fabric:                   Black and red irredescent from Fabric
                             Fix, Manchester, NH.

New Techniques:   Invisible zipper, covered buttons, hand
                            made belt, hong kong finished seams, 
                            waist stay. 

Pattern:               Vogue 7609 from 1952

Description:          Four piece skirt with inverted pleat at sides
                           and at centre-back; released from waist-line.
                           Pocket from side seams.  Skirt joins bodice
                           at waist-line.  Bodice buttons below a narrow
                           shaped band, cut in one with front of gathered
                           kimono sleeves.  Low oval neck-line.

Fabric:                 Black silk charmeuse purchased from LA
                           Garment District.
                           Black/off white polka dot silk chiffon purchased
                           from LA Garment District.

New Techniques:  Bound button holes, french seams, invisible
                           zipper, covered buttons, hand made belt, 
                           waist stay.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

SWAP 2011 - Storyboard

I spent some time gathering all my patterns and fabric swatches to display my storyboard.  I decided on option #2 which allows for two dresses.  The colors are black, gray, red, tan, gold.  I own two pairs of dancing shoes.  One is black, the other tan.  I haven't yet decided on the option piece.  I may just purchase a shawl. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Waistbands For The Toddler Grandson

Instead of using one row of one inch elastic for these corduroy pants, I made two channels for two rows of one half inch elastic.  I personally find it much more comfortable. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Night of Buttonholes

Some people sew one garment at a time, but I like to have a couple in various stages of production.  Some I am problem solving, others allow me to work on whatever part I feel like working on at a given time.  Tonight I worked on bottonholes.  The ones on my DS's shirt and my DGS's jacket.  I only had time to sew on the buttons for the jacket.  Those black buttons upped the cost of the outfit another $10.00.

Monday, November 01, 2010

SWAP 2011 - The Beginning of a Storyboard

In 2003 I moved back to my home state of NH after living for 26 years in CO.  I went through a really tough three year period and actully stopped sewing.  Something I've done and enjoyed since 5th grade.  After living here for a few years, I searched the web for some sewing connections.  I discovered the SWAP contest, and it brought back the love with a vengence.

My first contest was business attire, my second a southwestern theme.  I met my DH ballroom dancing, so this year I plan on making clothes to go dancing in.  Not competition clothes, but clothes I can were to other places also.  Below is an example of exactly what I am talking about.   

The back of the shorter skirt allows for movement in dancing, but it appears more of a normal straight skirt to wear for an evening out.  The top is a perfect garment to wear with a skirt or slacks.