Karen's Spring/Summer SWAP
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Posted 2009-04-20 8:28 AM (#54364)
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I'm inspired to make a few new things.  We will be going to Williamsburg in May and then I'll be going to ASG in July.

I was early for my hair appointment and went into DSW - look at these shoes - they are so cute - and on sale too!

I wear red often and already made a red spring blouse a few weeks ago.  Maybe I'll get to wear it this week.

Kathy Seidel says the way to start is with cute shoes.  She made her girls select shoes first and then she made their party dresses to go with the shoes.





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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-20 9:59 AM (#54369 - in reply to #54364)
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This blouse was made a couple of months ago.  Hope to wear it this week.

It's a poly/linen blend.

Dresses - empire - shoulder princess - cap sleeve.





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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-20 10:04 AM (#54370 - in reply to #54369)
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I was working on this when I found the shoes.

I wore this to the Tim Gunn event with Lisa and Paul.

Dresses - empire - surplice.  I drafted a tunic length - longer than I usually wear blouses.

Sleeve is pleated with trim on the edge of the pleat and a button.

I didn't use facings for the neck area.  I folded over the seam allowance, trimmed and clipped.  I use a seam tape on the surplice wrap neck first.  Sewed on black trim.

I selected the trim after finding the shoes.  Before that was unsure of the finish I would use.

Big button is one from the 40's.  The wrap closes with an elastic loop.

I wore dressy black slacks with this.





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Posted 2009-04-20 11:22 AM (#54371 - in reply to #54364)
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Love the shoes Karen.....very cute! I don't get to wear flats much because I am so vertically challenged.

Both tops look really good, would love to see a picture of you wearing them!!!

Not sewing much at the moment, as our weather is particularly nice, and that doesn't happen very often. Taking advantage of it and working outside while I can.
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Susan in Miami
Posted 2009-04-20 11:25 AM (#54373 - in reply to #54370)
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Hi Karen,

Love both of your tops, this one especially. I think it would make a stunning shirt-jacket worn opened or closed.

Susan

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Posted 2009-04-20 12:41 PM (#54374 - in reply to #54364)
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I just love those shoes that co-ordinate really well with both wonderfully styled tops. If I had those shoes I think I would lose them to my daughter!
Great inspirational pieces.
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Posted 2009-04-20 1:43 PM (#54375 - in reply to #54374)
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Really nice--would love to see a picture of you in the whole outfit! The black trim on the wrap jacket looks great!
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-20 1:47 PM (#54376 - in reply to #54364)
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Will take some.  I wanted to put up the pix this morning - not a good time for pix.  Was thinking the whole time at aerobics class about other things to add to it.  I have already have black capris and gray slacks.  I ordered some fabric from Peggy Sagers in Denver - it was the gray and white she did the Ralph pants out of.  Very tiny check.  I should have enough for slacks, capris and a casual jacket if I cut carefully.
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Posted 2009-04-20 4:36 PM (#54381 - in reply to #54364)
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Lovely tops. Funny, I have been thinking and kinda working on something very similar to the red one.
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Posted 2009-04-21 2:14 AM (#54399 - in reply to #54364)
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Thank you for sharing your SWAP with us. Just love your tops. That extra detail you put on the sleeve of the grey top makes it designer.

What a good idea to start off with the shoes, I usually end there.

Maybe we should all share out SWAPs.



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Posted 2009-04-21 7:38 AM (#54403 - in reply to #54364)
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karen, the shoes are really cute and i would love to see your total SWAP! 

this just MIGHT be the year i finally get around to a complete SWAP.  you have inspired me yet again!

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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-21 8:34 AM (#54406 - in reply to #54364)
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Yes, it would be fun the have more SWAP's this spring.

My "to do" list for today is pull from closet thing I already have and pull from my fabric closet fabric that might work with this.

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Kathy Seidel
Posted 2009-04-21 9:11 PM (#54414 - in reply to #54364)
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The first advantage of my "start with the shoes first" philosophy is that you aren't driving yourself nuts looking for the right pair of shoes. Another is that, at the discount shoe warehouses where I made my girls shop for their special-occasion shoes, the dramatic or multi-colored shoes are the most heavily discounted. My daughter got a pair of $200 three-shades-of-plum shoes for about $20. It wasn't hard at all to make a dress with varied shades of purple and plum.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-21 9:30 PM (#54416 - in reply to #54364)
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I remember those shoes.

I tend to do very simple garment so cute shoes really work for me.  I have a pair of slip on sandles I bought for $8.  Original price $80.  Every where I wear them someone comments on how cute they are.

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Posted 2009-04-22 10:36 AM (#54438 - in reply to #54364)
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Here is the fabric I pulled.  Back row is knits - front row woven.  I selected three pieces.

Black woven, Red woven, Black/White check.

The plan:

Black/White unstructured jacket.

Black sleeveless dress

Red Capris

In June I'll pull a knit to do the ASG blouse pattern to wear at the conference.

Time to start printing patterns.





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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2009-04-22 10:55 AM (#54440 - in reply to #54438)
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Karen, you need a plaid, or a paisley, or a stripe to go with that grouping. Or all of the above.

Love, love, love the color combo. They all look good on you, and will be gorge with those adorable shoes.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-22 11:00 AM (#54441 - in reply to #54364)
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Guess that means a trip to the store.  Will start these today - I have to be ready to go on May 13th.

I can always add a print in June when I do the ASG top - maybe a skirt to go with it.

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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2009-04-22 11:18 AM (#54443 - in reply to #54441)
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Polka dots would be pretty, too. And understated. And very French. All good.
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Posted 2009-04-22 12:21 PM (#54446 - in reply to #54443)
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Karen, I love that combination of colors--very sharp, very dramatic! I need to get organized like this for my trip back to Michigan and my class reunion in July!
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Posted 2009-04-22 9:12 PM (#54466 - in reply to #54364)
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A little off topic: Karen - I am in Richmond, VA, about 1 hour west of Williamsburg. We have had an unusually rainy and warm spring, so everything is in bloom and the trees and grass are very lush and green. You should have great weather while you are here, and not too hot and humid. And the nasty pollen will be gone by then (puts a green tinge on everything). If you need any ideas or have questions, let me know. Williamsburg is my favorite place and we go often. A big reason we moved here 7 years ago from Michigan.

And speaking of Michigan, Joellyn, where in Michigan are you from? I grew up in Southgate (southern metro Detroit). Coming here was a big culture shock, but love the easy winters and all the history stuff, so it was a good move for us.

Back on topic: I have visions of putting together a SWAP with a combo of RTW and stuff I make, but can just never seem to do all the planning involved. Sometime I will get there! Will enjoy seeing your progress.
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Posted 2009-04-22 10:30 PM (#54469 - in reply to #54466)
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Paula, I am from Negaunee, 10 miles from Marquette. I know where Southgate is, as I taught in South Redford for 3 years after graduating from NMU, and my aunt lived in Wyandotte. I moved to the Denver area almost 10 years ago from Midland (lived there for 20 years), where my late husband taught band and I was a counselor in rural Beaverton. There are lots of transplanted Michiganders in Colorado, plus other assorted Midwesterners. Despite my descriptions of recent snowstorms, the winters here are very mild (and SUNNY) compared to Michigan. We just get socked with some storms in the spring. And, yes, having lived in Michigan all of my life, it was a big adjustment for me to move here. My daughter and her husband live out here, and I now have 2 adorable granddaughters, so although I miss Michigan at times, I wouldn't want to miss out on seeing those darling GDs!

I will be flying to South Bend in July, where my son lives, and we will drive up to the Upper Peninsula together. I do miss him and the rest of my family in Michigan!

Living near Williamsburg sounds wonderful!


I have been putting together a SWAP for my oldest granddaughter. Will post pictures when I get more of the components finished. Now to plan one for me!
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-23 8:35 AM (#54474 - in reply to #54364)
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I have to say that having posted to the SWAP keeps me moving.

Started Black sleeveless dress yesterday.  I did a muslin, mainly for the neck choice and also I have not done a empire dress.  My empire blouses have been either surplice or princess.  My dress is back zip, darted.

I found I needed to lengthen the front darts.   There was a poof in the tummy area.  I just resewed the darts two inches longer - what a difference that made.  Sometimes I am still surprised what a small change can make.

Darts are in and edges serged.  Facings are fused and cut out.

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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2009-04-23 10:07 AM (#54476 - in reply to #54474)
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Sounds nice, Karen. You can't have too many black dresses, in my opinion!
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Posted 2009-04-23 1:28 PM (#54496 - in reply to #54364)
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Hi Karen -- I am enjoying your SWAP story and look forward to seeing you in these garments - photo or in person at the ASG conference.

What are your settings for the red linen top - design and ease? I think I need something like that.

Thanks, Sally
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-23 5:48 PM (#54506 - in reply to #54364)
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I have to take a look.  I keep my info on my old computer in the sewing room.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-24 10:05 AM (#54517 - in reply to #54364)
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Black dress is finished all but the hem.  I really like the neck and am glad I did a muslin and made some changes.

shoulder point - minus 1

Neck width 1.5

Neck depth 1.5

I did a one piece facing in PE.

Today I start the jacket/blouse in black and white check.  Using a surplice, but want to change the neck shape in PE.  I want to make it more curved.

I'll do pictures wearing things when it's all finished.





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Susan in Miami
Posted 2009-04-24 11:00 AM (#54522 - in reply to #54517)
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Karen, the wide but shallow scoop neck is one of my favorites for tees and everything else. Thanks for the settings. I will play around on my own muslins and see what I come up with. I also like the combination of that neckline with a narrow shoulder. Very pretty dress and it will look terrrific with those shoes!

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Posted 2009-04-24 12:42 PM (#54525 - in reply to #54517)
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The shallow wide neckline is what I use most often. It adds width instead of length to my face. I have a long neck also and don't need the length.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-27 10:07 AM (#54656 - in reply to #54364)
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Jacket is almost finished - just some tacking of facing.  Still thinking about darts in back.  I drafted darts in front, but changed my mind and didn't sew them.  I had drafted no bust dart.  I want a casual fit for this.  When I stand still, arms at side you see drag lines, but since I rarely do that I'm pleased with the fit.  I didn't line it.  I get chilled in A/C so really just need something to cover up with.

Style is Surplice - I curved the neck edge in PE.

Working on the red capris today. 





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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2009-04-27 10:44 AM (#54660 - in reply to #54656)
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Wow, Karen. You've been going to town.
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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2009-04-27 10:45 AM (#54661 - in reply to #54525)
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I think that neckline is just about universally flattering. It's certainly one of my faves.

Karen, the dress is very nice. We need to see you model it!
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-27 11:13 AM (#54662 - in reply to #54364)
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We are heading East on the 14th.  I want to get this done.  I have fabric for two pairs of pull on flannel pants for Oscar I want to make up.  They are nice when he takes off his PJ's in the morning but doesn't need to dress to go out.

I really am pleased with the dress.  When I get back I have some denim I'll do one in.

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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2009-04-27 1:52 PM (#54670 - in reply to #54662)
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A denim sheath would be very useful for summer. Good idea!
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Posted 2009-05-05 12:41 PM (#54876 - in reply to #54364)
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Karen, your work looks fabulous and is so inspiring. And you're so fast!!!

Keep it up.

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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-05-06 9:30 AM (#54898 - in reply to #54364)
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I don't have to keep my sewing area neat - just close the door.  Makes it easier to run in and sew for 5 minutes.  Think that makes it easier to sew quickly.

I really pushed my SWAP because I knew I would be busy this week.

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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-06-03 8:18 AM (#55688 - in reply to #54364)
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Here is a picture of the checked jacket.  It is unstructured - no darts.  I did put a small sleeve head in the shoulder.

I really like the casual look.

I was really pleased with the new garments on my vacation.  I had:

Red blouse

Red Capris

Checked jacket

Black dress

Black tweed tunic

Combined with black pants and black capris I had something perfect for any event.





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Posted 2009-06-03 8:28 AM (#55690 - in reply to #55688)
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But, we can't see the cute shoes that inspired this sewing spree
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Posted 2009-06-03 8:34 AM (#55692 - in reply to #54364)
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karen, now we want to see the whole SWAP!!!  FASHION SHOW TIME!!!

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Posted 2009-07-01 2:40 PM (#56383 - in reply to #54364)
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Haven't been on the site much, your outfit is very nice!
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Posted 2009-07-01 5:12 PM (#56385 - in reply to #56383)
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I missed this as I too am just beginning to read the forum again. The clothes are so neat Karen. But tell me what does SWAP mean?
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-07-01 5:48 PM (#56386 - in reply to #54364)
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Sewing with a plan.

I finished one last blouse - will try to get a pictures tomorrow.  Black pique empire wrap.  The tie is a black and white check ribbon.

These items went with black slacks and capris I already had.  This is the first time I planned aa actual SWAP and am very pleased with the results.

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Posted 2009-07-01 5:48 PM (#56387 - in reply to #56385)
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Gloria in South IL - 2009-07-01 1:12 PM I missed this as I too am just beginning to read the forum again. The clothes are so neat Karen. But tell me what does SWAP mean?

SWAP means Sewing With A Plan.

I'm with Rowena, where's the fashion show?

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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-07-02 10:41 AM (#56400 - in reply to #54364)
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Here is the new blouse - it's empire surplice (not wrap) with the red capris and the inspiration shoes.





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Susan in Miami
Posted 2009-07-02 2:38 PM (#56404 - in reply to #56400)
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Karen,

Your outfit is wonderful! Does your surplice top open in front or is it sewn shut? For me, I think I would put a short or cap sleeve on this top or wear it over a tee with a short or cap sleeve. Keep inspiring us and we will be sewing madly into the night.

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Posted 2009-07-02 5:22 PM (#56408 - in reply to #54364)
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It is open.  A tie on the underside hold the underside in place.

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Posted 2009-07-02 9:15 PM (#56415 - in reply to #54364)
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I think it could be a cute vest look.

Our warm season is so short for sleeveless I wear it whenever I can.  Actually the morning started sleeveless but needed a sweater by 5 pm.  The joke here is you can tell you are in Colorado when you wear a parka with your shorts.

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Posted 2009-07-02 9:42 PM (#56416 - in reply to #56415)
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I like the looks of your SWAP garments, Karen. How wide is the hem circumference on your Capris? They are more tapered than the ones I've made, but I really like the way they look!
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Posted 2009-07-05 9:43 AM (#56468 - in reply to #56416)
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Slim cut leg - hem 18 - knee .75

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Posted 2009-07-07 9:21 AM (#56502 - in reply to #54364)
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That's a darling outfit, Karen. Really classy!

I've been considering making some 'pedal pushers' - shorter pants - for the summer, but am not sure considering my build. I'm only 5'4" but I do have longish legs but am still not sure. Your outfit is really tempting.

How do you decide how long/short to make them? Is it really just a visual trial and error?

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Posted 2009-07-07 10:05 AM (#56503 - in reply to #54364)
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It was a visual decision several years ago.

I am not expecially tall - 5'6" but had problems with pants being long enough.  For many years all I sewed was pants.  Tall's were too long in the rise.

I don't like a crop just above the ankle - makes me feel like I'm wearing pants that are not quite long enough.

My current blouse length for the empire blouse was visual.  I did a muslin and stood in front of the mirror testing different length until I found what looked good for that style.  They are a bit shorter than my usual blouse length.

Give a shorter pant a try. 

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Posted 2009-07-07 10:13 AM (#56504 - in reply to #56502)
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Pam,

I am only 5' 2" but love to wear capris. If I remember correctly "pedal pushers" were shorter. I agree with Karen that if they aren't short enough they look as if you outgrew them and they make you look shorter but if they hit a pleasing area of the calf, they can be very attractive. Have fun playing - your first pair should start out longer and then keep shortening until you hit the spot that you like.

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Posted 2009-07-07 1:12 PM (#56508 - in reply to #54364)
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Thanks Karen and Susan.

I'm 5'4" but stout, so I am very aware of things that might make me look even more squat. I have a short torso and longer legs, so I might get by with it; I'll play with the visual and see what I come up with. I have a couple of friends who are bigger than I am and they wear them successfully; sometimes I think it's just getting the courage to try it.

Karen, you said you use the empire line for the visual effect. I find that empires look good on almost everyone, is it because they lengthen the torso? I'm trying to learn more about why WHY certain things look better than others - I think it's because I've been watching the Tim Gunn series. LOL He goes into the Why more than others like Trinnie & Susannah do; I'm a Why person.


Part of the SWAP is knowing what goes together and what looks good together, which I think is why we all like to see what everyone is making. Do you have other suggestions (anyone) about proportion and/or giving the illusion of longer and leaner? I like being a girl - rounded - but I want to be a long, lean round. LOL


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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-07-07 1:20 PM (#56509 - in reply to #54364)
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I know Tim Gunn and Clinton and Tracy all like the empire because even if you are a bit thick in the waist, the higher line does give a longer leaner look. 

There are several books on proportions.  Personally, I'm a look in the mirror girl.  I really think if you play around you will see when something clicks.

When you do this be sure to have your hair combed and be wearing proper clothes that go with what you are testing.  Don't work on a linen blouse fit wearing PJ bottoms.

I know I've posted this before, but Loretta and I had a skit.  I would come out in an unhemmed dress, socks, fluffy slippers and messed hair.

The class would comment on the fit - always lots of suggested to improve it.

Then I would take off the socks and slippers, change to heals, comb my hair, put on a necklace and Loretta would pin the hem.  Suddenly the fit was improved.

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Posted 2009-07-07 1:29 PM (#56510 - in reply to #54364)
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LOL I love it, Karen! We did something like that in college, as part of our 'professional training'. How we perceive ourselves is often completely wrong. For example, I always thought I had quite dark auburn hair. In a class of about 30, however, mine was second lightest.

What books would y'all recommend? I have bought a few, but none that 'clicked'. I'm afraid that I'm not as good as you are about looking in the mirror and knowing what looks good, but I can tell you what I like on you. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has a mental block that way.

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Posted 2009-07-07 1:59 PM (#56511 - in reply to #54364)
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The Triumph of Individual Style by Mathis and Connor.
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Posted 2009-07-07 10:39 PM (#56516 - in reply to #56511)
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About the empire line. It does look great on some people - mostly those who do not have a protruding tummy. (We have seen pix of Karen C. She is tall and slender, with broad shoulders and narrow hips. Wonderful to design for.)

I find that on figures like mine, decidedly rotund and busty, I just look pregnant. Now, I'm not that bad, I have a very heavy bust which, fortunately, sticks further out than my tummy does, but Empire is still a no-no for me. My best style is one which falls almost straight down from the bustline, with just a tiny bit of shaping at waist and hips, and covers what a sewing teacher from whom I once took a class described as "the bulge in the front and the bump behind me."

If you really cannot figure out what flatters you and what doesn't, go shopping with a trusted friend. One whom you can trust to say "That's fine" or "No, take that off, it's dreadful" and take copious notes.

Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-07-08 6:31 AM (#56522 - in reply to #54364)
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I have seen this design on a woman with a tummy and it was flattering.  It does not billow out.

As a note my hips are 2 inches larger than my bust.  I have some tummy.  You would be surprised if I posted a pix in a leo and tights - which I am not going to do.

Style selection is everything.

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Posted 2009-07-08 8:40 AM (#56524 - in reply to #54364)
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Pamela, another book to check out is The Pocket Stylist by Kendall Farr. It is succinct compared to Triumph of Individual Style but does a nice job. She discusses body types (A-B-C-D-E-F) based on proportions of shoulder, waist and hip. (The D-E-F group designates the plus-sized body.) There is a chapter for each body type designating specifics to avoid and what to choose. She talks about fit and has a chapter on how to work with a tailor - which translates well to what we can do ourselves! I like using the "Look Inside" feature at amazon, so take a look, if you get a chance. I see that she has a new book out - Style Evolution - addressing women over 40. 
This is an interesting topic. Thanks to everyone's input - especially Karen.
Miriam
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rowena___.
Posted 2009-07-08 9:01 AM (#56526 - in reply to #54364)
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i'm partial to tim gunn's book "guide to style". 

my own view is that you can wear just about anything, if you wish.  style is at least 50% confidence.  the rest is personal opinion. 

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Posted 2009-07-11 10:30 AM (#56585 - in reply to #54364)
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Tim Gunn has just hit the air here in the UK and I thought he was going to be another Trinny & Susannah or Gok Wan, and I was prepared to not like him. However, he does have a more laid-back style and I think he's more educational regarding line, color, balance, etc., than the others - and his terms are a bit less abrasive.

Unfortunately, I'll probably miss most of his series as we are leaving next week for the US for 3 weeks and they'll run the series while I'm gone. I guess I'll either have to get his book or wait for re-runs.

I think topics relating to SWAPs and WHAT to sew are as important as how to sew for most of us. If we had a plan in front of us, we'd just get to it. I know I would.

Thanks for sharing.

Pam
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Posted 2009-07-11 10:42 AM (#56586 - in reply to #56585)
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Hello Pam,
Can you tell me when and where this is on?

Thanks,
Mary Anne
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pamelac858
Posted 2009-07-12 8:14 AM (#56609 - in reply to #54364)
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Mary Anne,

The listing is on Sky 3 at noon and 6 pm, different episodes both times. That's why I said I'll probably miss the entire series! Enjoy, though. Where are you in Scotland? One of my favorite places in the UK! We spend a lot of time up there for DH's work and for our time off, when we get to take it.

Pam
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Posted 2009-07-13 10:19 AM (#56639 - in reply to #56609)
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Thanks Pam,
Alas, we only have freeview not sky so will miss it also.
I am now in Kilmarnock Ayrshire, though was born and bred in Glasgow. My favourite part of Scotland is Breamar,
it is just beautiful up there.

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Posted 2009-07-14 9:26 AM (#56652 - in reply to #54364)
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Sky3 is listed in the Radio Times as Freeview 11 if that's any help. Sometimes the Freeview programmes start later in the day but it definitely lists this one.


Another Pam in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
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Posted 2009-07-14 4:52 PM (#56655 - in reply to #56652)
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Very glad to hear that! We are off tomorrow for a few days to DM's house in Ayr where she has freeview. The men are going to Turnberry for the Open but if I can find that program I'll be a happy camper.

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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-07-24 9:38 AM (#56836 - in reply to #54364)
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I wore some of my swap at the ASG conference - I received the most compliments on the black and white check jacket - it is so simple.  It's the Surplice style as it prints (I think - I may have curved the neck edge - don't remember ) with a tie added to keep it closed.  Had several ask if it was a sewing workshop pattern.

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Posted 2009-07-24 12:17 PM (#56840 - in reply to #54364)
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wow, that's wonderful!

Did you say you were a long ways from Denver? I'll be in Denver on Tuesday for 4 days.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-07-24 12:28 PM (#56842 - in reply to #54364)
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We are 70 miles south of Denver.  Normally I would plan to meet with you but Susan and Oscar will be here.

I plan to take Oscar on his first fabric shopping trip - will pick out some fabric for PJ sleep pants.  He likes to sleep in flannel pants with pockets, and T shirts.  Never know when you will need a pocket.

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Posted 2009-07-24 1:29 PM (#56843 - in reply to #54364)
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Isn't that funny. Enjoy
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Posted 2009-08-05 1:41 AM (#57167 - in reply to #54364)
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I agree with Oscar's dedication to pockets. I need a chapstick holder in everything.

Pam
PS The Sky channel is Freeview. I hope it's still on - I've missed all but about 3 episodes. Bummer.

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JoAnndjob
Posted 2010-01-13 1:18 PM (#60578 - in reply to #54364)
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Karen, what ease settings did you use for the red empire blouse? Also, what setting did you use for the waist seam height? I need some inspiration and am thinking of making an empire blouse and then an empire jacket.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2010-01-14 7:06 AM (#60583 - in reply to #54364)
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I did make one change - I slashed the back and folded out about 3/4th of an inch to the bodice and the lower (total 1.5 inches).  This makes it a bit snugger.  If I was doing a jacket I would not do this.

I am doing another one with a band at the waist.  I offest 1.5 inches along the top edge, added seam allowances.  I didn't make it one piece - it has seam a side seam.  I did put together the princess seams.

Style Name:                               Empire_Princess

Date:                                        1/4/2009

Last Update:                              January 1, 2009

Chart:                                        Karen Campbell

Garment Type:                           Dress

Style:                                        Bodice

Closure:                                     Single Breasted

Front Neckline:                          Straight Vee

Back Neckline:                          Jewel

Front Darts:                               Shoulder Princess

Back Darts:                               Shoulder Princess

Waistline Style:                          Darts

Sideseam Shape:                        Fitted

Bodice Length:                           Empire Waist

Button Size:                               0.5

Number of Buttons:                     5

Front Neckline Depth:                 6

Back Neckline Depth:                 0.25

Neckline Width:                                     0.25

Neckline Point:                          0

Armhole Depth:                          0

Dart Override:                            0

Shoulder Dart Position:               0

Side/Arm Point:                          0

Side/Waist Point:                       0

Side/Hip Point:                          0

Shoulder Pad:                            0

Shoulder Point:                          0

Skirt Length:                              Mini

Finished Cb/Hem Length:            26

Raise Waistline:                         2.5

Blousing:                                   0

Bust Pt Vertical:                         11.5

Bust Pt Horizontal:                      3.75

Upper Front Dart Length:             1

Upper Back Dart Length:             1

Lower Front Dart Length:             3

Lower Back Dart Length:             5

Back Shoulder Dart Length:         3

Skirt Style:                                 Gored

Front Waist Darts:                      1

Back Waist Darts:                      1

Hemline Sweep:                                     Straight

Number of Pleats:                       20

Pleat Depth:                  2

Hip Depth:                                 8

Sleeve Style:                             Full Cap

Sleeve Length:                           Wrist

Sleeve Cap Ease:                       0.24

Sleeve Elbow Depth:                  8

Sleeve Elbow Circum.:                10

Sleeve Cap Height Adj:               0

Seam Allowance:                        0.625

Hem Allowance:                                     2

Facing Width:                            2

Chest Ease:                               2

Waist Ease:                               2

Hip Ease:                                  2.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2010-01-14 8:28 AM (#60584 - in reply to #54364)
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As a note, I didn't make the change to the back when I made an empire dress.  Somehow the shorter blouse looked too full, but the dress was just find with the drafted width at the back waist.
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Posted 2010-01-14 10:28 AM (#60585 - in reply to #60584)
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Karen, I did a quick draft yesterday with 3-2-3 ease levels and the waist seam at 4 just to see how the style looked on me. The top side back waist seam measured 4.974 and the bottom side back waist seam measured 6.085. This is more than an inch different. Would I let out the top side seam or take in the back side seam if I was to use this pattern? The waist seams of the side front pieces were just over 1/8 inch different so not a problem.

Thanks for your settings. I will do a test and see which settings I prefer. I can see where taking in the back will be necessary on my first test. I get too much fullness in the back princess seams over the shoulder blade area - the "back boob" problem that others talk about.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2010-01-14 10:54 AM (#60587 - in reply to #54364)
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They should match - do you have the latest update.  I'm off today so won't be able to check until later.
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Posted 2010-01-14 11:01 AM (#60588 - in reply to #60587)
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I do have the latest update. I just checked my settings and the waist height was set at 2, not 4 as I said in my previous post. I knew I had lowered the seam by 1 from the default.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2010-01-14 7:03 PM (#60603 - in reply to #54364)
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Well  - it is not drafting now but was in Oct.

I need to go in and see what I did -I did it on paper.

You might want to look at it with just the dart and measure the two sections adjust the pattern.

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Posted 2010-09-20 9:22 AM (#66710 - in reply to #54364)
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Here is a new design from V5 added to my swap.

This is the no dart version of the cris cross.

I think it gives an unstructured look without being baggy.





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Posted 2010-09-20 11:46 AM (#66720 - in reply to #54364)
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This looks great. I assume the fabric is a knit - will you share settings? Thanks, Lora
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2010-09-20 2:00 PM (#66731 - in reply to #66720)
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It's a cotton blend - not sure what - from the Vogue Fabrics sale section.  A mid weight.  OK for a blouse but also did a pair of capris from it.

no darts - 3/4th sleeve - hem circumference 14.  May have some neck width - not sure.  All I have left is the paper pattern since my V5 database has changed a lot since I printed it.  I don't have a saved summary.

I just pull it over my head, no closure.

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Posted 2010-09-20 2:47 PM (#66736 - in reply to #54364)
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i love this top, karen!  this style will be great for kids designs, i used to make this kind of wrap for ella when she was just learning to pull things over her head.


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Posted 2010-09-20 5:50 PM (#66746 - in reply to #54364)
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Karen, your top looks great, getting more and more for V5! Thanks for sharing a non-knit version of a surplice top, your zipper necklace will work very well with it too.
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Posted 2011-02-05 5:39 PM (#72345 - in reply to #54364)
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I've been looking at the two tops you've said were made from the criss cross pattern. It is hard to see from the picture - but there does not appear to be any gathering at the side seam and you seem to have attached the top layer a inch or so down the side seam.

Is this the way the criss cross is meant to be sewn or did you modify it to suit yourself?  When I drafted the basic pattern it appeared that both layers were attached the full length of the sideseam.

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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2011-02-05 8:50 PM (#72349 - in reply to #54364)
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I used the no dart option that does not have the gathers because I wanted a less fitted look.  Make the choice on the dart screen.

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Posted 2011-02-05 10:12 PM (#72350 - in reply to #54364)
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Hi, Karen,

Your tops are great! I'm echoing Cate's question about attachment point along the side seam. The sketch in Drafter looks as if the faced edge of front winds up right at the underarm intersection, but your tops look as if it tucks into the side seam farther down, maybe more than an inch farther down. Does it? If it does, did you modify the neckline curve in the pattern, or did you use more or tighter gathers to pull the faced edge down? I just basted the side seams on my first criss cross and I need to pull the gathers way farther into the seam (for flat-chested DD). I'm wondering whether while I'm at it I might also move the faced edge down, or whether it's too late and that modification needed to be done before cutting.

Nancy
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2011-02-05 11:02 PM (#72352 - in reply to #54364)
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I made no changes to the Criss Cross with the NO DART option.

With no dart the side bust dart rotates to the neckline.

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Geneave
Posted 2011-02-05 11:48 PM (#72356 - in reply to #66710)
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Karen - Tech Support - 2010-09-20 7:22 AM

Here is a new design from V5 added to my swap.

This is the no dart version of the cris cross.

I think it gives an unstructured look without being baggy.



Oh how nice. Although I am not interestd in making this style for me... it makes me wish I had V5 and makes me want to finish my sheath sloper very soon.

Geneave

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