Posted 2010-03-08 10:09 PM (#61623 - in reply to #61600) Subject: RE: Karen's 2010 Spring/Summer Plan
Location: Gillette, WY
I love those colors, and the shoes. I can't wait to see what you come up with.
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Posted 2010-03-08 11:08 PM (#61625 - in reply to #61623) Subject: RE: Karen's 2010 Spring/Summer Plan
Love the shoes and your ideas for clothes--will look forward to seeing the finished projects. You are an inspiration, Karen! I worked all of January making a ballgown (haven't posted pictures yet), but have been sick for 2 1/2 weeks, and have done no sewing. I am getting antsy to get back to sewing, but, first--well, there's income tax to do! I WILL get back to it soon!
Posted 2010-04-22 9:46 AM (#62254 - in reply to #61596) Subject: RE: Karen's 2010 Spring/Summer Plan
I like the idea of the drape neck, they are very popular right now and seem to be flattering on most body types. It will look good either way in the pink butterfly fabric. I don't have celebrations, just curious how does the drape neckline differ from PMB?
Posted 2010-04-24 12:20 PM (#62274 - in reply to #62271) Subject: RE: Karen's 2010 Spring/Summer Plan
Location: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Just to hazard a guess on the arm hole, is the size difference because of how wide the shoulder part is? The Boutique ends closer to the neck therefore you need more distance to reach to there, as opposed the Celebrations which ends closer to the shoulder. Am I close? Just trying to learn how these things work.
Posted 2010-04-28 10:26 AM (#62324 - in reply to #61596) Subject: RE: Karen's 2010 Spring/Summer Plan
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Here is the first top.
It's is the cowl from Celebrations.
I drafted level and made a muslin of only the bodice. I tried it on to do the finished length and angle of the hem. I made the change on the paper pattern.
I also did a test sleeve. I didn't sew it into the bodice - I just put it on one arm. I didn't like it. I went back in and opened my Style Catalog and drafted a new sleeve shorter and wider. Did a quick mock up and liked it.
Why do I have two pictures. I was thinking about hem finished and I had said I would do a facing. I remembered I had a tropical print rayon so did a full garment from it. This let me think about hems. I ended up doing a rolled hem on the back of the neck. If you trim the first fold with tiny snips it should lay flat.
The pink butterfly fabric went fast. When I did the bottom hem with a rolled edge I didn't like it. (On the tropical print I machine stitched the rolled hem while on the pink I used a blind hem.) I also thought I wanted more slant. I recut the hem angle and serged the edge. I then turned it up 3/4th of an inch and used a blind hem.
One more thing to note. If I reach forward the rayon feels fine. With the silk I feel the armholes are pulling. Same pattern, same sleeve, same seam finish. Fabric makes a difference.
Posted 2010-05-05 4:46 PM (#62438 - in reply to #61596) Subject: RE: Karen's 2010 Spring/Summer Plan
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
This will be my final pink piece for now. This is a new design in Boutique5. I sewed the under wrap side into the side seam. I faced the top wrap piece and it is held in place with a button detail The buttons are glass. I like the look of unstructured garments and find the fitted side shape give the look and still give a bit of shape.
The carpis are also new. My old ones were ready to go.
I have more pink fabric, but want to try a couple of other projects for now.
Posted 2010-05-05 5:35 PM (#62439 - in reply to #62438) Subject: RE: Karen's 2010 Spring/Summer Plan
You always come up with inspirational ideas. Another great outfit Karen.
The glass buttons have reminded me of the ones I bought from an antique stall over 20 years ago. I bought quite a few and still have some unused on cards plus of course the ones on garments.
Posted 2010-05-05 10:09 PM (#62448 - in reply to #62438) Subject: RE: Karen's 2010 Spring/Summer Plan
Location: Miami, Florida
I think this is my favorite outfit - you look fabulous! This is a design that I will try - it is very much my "style". I have been busy sewing with Black RPL because I will be traveling for two weeks in Russia...Moscow, then a boat cruise down the rivers and lakes to St. Petersburg, stopping along the way in the towns and villages. Black is my travel non-color but your pink looks so fresh. Maybe I will make a tee or something in pink to cut the bordom with black.
Posted 2010-05-19 12:59 PM (#62621 - in reply to #62438) Subject: RE: Karen's 2010 Spring/Summer Plan
Location: San Diego, CA
Karen, when you extended the under wrap piece to sew into the sideseam, how did you hem the garment. I'm having trouble figuring out how I when to sew the sideseam and hem the under & upper pieces separately.