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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2009-09-05 8:16 AM (#57835)
Subject: What Am I Sewing?



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Hi All,

Use this thread to post the item or items you plan to sew.
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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2009-09-05 8:27 AM (#57837 - in reply to #57835)
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Hi All,

My goal for the next few months is to create a 5 piece travel wardrobe - finally. I have talked about it to myself for a long time. I travel a lot and need a few go to pieces. I tend to lean toward knits and am always on the lookout for great knits. I found some fabulous 70/30 polyester/rayon/lycra knit fabric at my local fabric store. It is a medium weight, stable knit that does not wrinkle much in some really great colors. Jackpot!

My thoughts are to create one skirt, two pairs of pants - one shorter and more casual to wear with flats and one longer and more formal to wear with heels, and two tops - one long sleeve for colder weather and one short sleeve for warmer weather. I also need a jacket of some kind. I am thinking cardigan or wrap style with a drawstring or belted waist to give it a more fitted look. I may also do some kind of "little black" dress or create another skirt to go with my tops in a fancier fabric.

Once I decide on styles, I will post some pics here.

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rowena___.
Posted 2009-09-05 9:03 AM (#57843 - in reply to #57837)
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ok, i've decided i HAVE to join this challenge!  i can't miss all the fun.

my goal is to make the samples, in my size of course   for a line of patterns i have been wanting to make for a few years.  the patterns are for beginning seamstresses, and all the garments take less than three hours to complete (much less than that for experiences seamstresses).

two skirts, two tops, one dress, and one pair of pants to begin, although i am not in a pants mood at all right now and i don't think i've had on a pair of pants since may.

i probably should make some stuff for ella too, but she always looks cute no matter what she is wearing, whereas i struggle in the cute department.

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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2009-09-05 9:06 AM (#57845 - in reply to #57843)
Subject: RE: What Am I Sewing?



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Hi All,

This picture below is from a pattern I bought in Switzerland almost 20 years ago. I made it when I was much younger and still a college professor at Auburn. I got lots of compliments on it. Of course, the pattern no longer fits me. I love the neckline though and it can be put on many different styles. I recreated the neckline in Pattern Editor and plan to sew it for one of my travel tops. It is pretty easy to do in PE. I will create a little screen movie of my steps and post it later this week.



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Welmoed
Posted 2009-09-05 9:08 AM (#57846 - in reply to #57835)
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There are SO many items in my closet that are tired and need to be retired!!!

However, over the next few months I hope to make the following:
1. A pair of slacks (our current users group project is a pants challenge)
2. Several skirts
3. At least one shirtwaist dress
4. A jacket (muslin is done; it's just been a UFO since then)

Rather than pile too many things on the list, I'll start with these.
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LI-teacher
Posted 2009-09-05 9:29 AM (#57849 - in reply to #57835)
Subject: RE: What Am I Sewing?


I have two large bags of items to go to my favorite charity - and not much left in my closet for the start of the school year. The problem is I still think I have the willowy figure I had in college...30 years ago! Things I think look good turn out to be less so when I see a photo - imagine that! As I do this I'll be thinking a lot about style, lengths, etc.


My V-4 pants sloper intentions fell victim to travel and my mom's cataract surgeries. Will deal with that AFTER I make a couple of skirts for school - which starts on Tuesday. I bought lots of fabric in my travels over the summer - mostly basics with a couple of fun and fancy things. This is the perfect opportunity to restock the closet with flattering (!!!) items. I'm in. My goal will be a couple of white blouses, dress pants in black and brown, at least one jacket, and a knit dress. Oh - and to finish the trench coat I started last winter.


Kim
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Susan in Miami
Posted 2009-09-05 9:42 AM (#57850 - in reply to #57845)
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Lisa, I can't wait - I just love this neckline. What fabric would you use? The fabric would have to have enough body to hold the shape or enough interfacing.

Susan

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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2009-09-05 10:22 AM (#57852 - in reply to #57850)
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Susan in Miami - 2009-09-05 9:42 AM

Lisa, I can't wait - I just love this neckline. What fabric would you use? The fabric would have to have enough body to hold the shape or enough interfacing.

Susan



I originally made this dress in a woven and it worked fine. I now want to try it in a stable knit. I think with a fusible knit interfacing, I can get good shape. I used that interfacing for the top I did last week with a curved vee neckline. It worked really well. I am going to try it on a scrap first though Will let you know how the experiment goes.
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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2009-09-05 10:26 AM (#57854 - in reply to #57849)
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LI-teacher - 2009-09-05 9:29 AM

I have two large bags of items to go to my favorite charity - and not much left in my closet for the start of the school year. The problem is I still think I have the willowy figure I had in college...30 years ago! Things I think look good turn out to be less so when I see a photo - imagine that! As I do this I'll be thinking a lot about style, lengths, etc.
Kim


I am in the same boat. My recent weight loss and strength training have really changed my body shape. I have a tummy and now a completely flat bottom. I am going to make a couple of test items in muslin to determine what I like now and then sew several garments with the same basic patterns changing fabrics, of course, and collars, sleeves, pockets, and embellishment. So far, I have one straight skirt, one flared skirt, and one gored skirt I really like. The princess panel top I did last week is fabulous. I also did a hip length top with the waist dart only so the upper garment is smooth with no darts or seams and it came out really well. Pants are another story. I am going to have to spend some time on pants now find one or two styles that work well on me.

It will take me some extra time but should be worth the effort.
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Susan in Miami
Posted 2009-09-05 12:52 PM (#57868 - in reply to #57835)
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This is so exciting.... My social life includes a lot of arty, sophisticated women and I want to make some new clothes for that part of my life style. I particularly want a new dressy pair of tailored trousers and an impeccably tailored jacket. The rest of my new wardrobe will be determined after I think through these 2 garments.

Susan

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JoAnndjob
Posted 2009-09-05 1:08 PM (#57870 - in reply to #57837)
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Not sure if I will participate, but will love seeing what others do. The poly/rayon/lycra knit is a staple in my wardrobe - pants, t-shirts and jackets.
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rowena___.
Posted 2009-09-05 5:27 PM (#57873 - in reply to #57835)
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i got a question by email, and reading back over my post i realized i'd better answer here:

the line of patterns i am going to make for this challenge are ones that i am developing.  it is not an existing line.  my hope is to turn them into either downloadable files for purchase, or to create a pattern collection in book format.

so, there are no links to provide, but i will give you pictures and descriptions as i go.

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julie w
Posted 2009-09-05 6:55 PM (#57874 - in reply to #57835)
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Lisa you sound as if you are well on the way to developing a core wardrobe. After weightloss it is exciting to find new styles that suit you. I found I began wearing styles that I never would have worn before. I love the neckline shape you are planning. How will you finish the neckline edge, with a facing or will you line the whole top?
Can't wait to see your new patterns Rowena.
As for myself I don't have a hard and fast plan but aim to try and get a garment done each month. As I said in a previous post I should be making pants for summer that's approaching here in Australia but really want to try and loose the kilos I have put back on since leaving work. I was thinking of making a dress but now that I have seen your waist treatment Lisa, I might give that a try. I have a few styles saved and on Pattern Editor that I want to get made up.
Julie
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rowena___.
Posted 2009-09-05 7:23 PM (#57877 - in reply to #57874)
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my patterns will be nothing special.  :D  they are simply designed to make sewing fashionable clothing simpler for beginners.  all the garments are composed of rectangles.  i have another line in mind that is only circles. 

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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2009-09-05 8:26 PM (#57880 - in reply to #57874)
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julie w - 2009-09-05 6:55 PM

Lisa you sound as if you are well on the way to developing a core wardrobe. After weightloss it is exciting to find new styles that suit you. I found I began wearing styles that I never would have worn before. I love the neckline shape you are planning. How will you finish the neckline edge, with a facing or will you line the whole top?
Julie


Hi Julie,

I made a facing for it. I will use fusible knit interfacing and Design Plus fusible tape to stabilize it.
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Towanda
Posted 2009-09-05 8:27 PM (#57881 - in reply to #57835)
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This weekend, I'm trying to refine my pants patterns since I need to replace all of my black pants and skirts. I'm still working on replacing my entire wardrobe. I'm focusing on developing a core group of black garments that I can add to with other colors as I move along.
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Fashions by Joellyn
Posted 2009-09-05 10:46 PM (#57887 - in reply to #57881)
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Like others, I really need to do this, but can't think of where to start right now. I have a pair of Capris I started in June and need to finish up. I got sick, then I went on a trip, got sick again when I got home, and just finished making 46 chemo hats. I may make another pair of Capris, as I should be able to wear them into the fall. I need pants and jackets. I will work on organizing a plan. I also need to start planning a ballgown for my routine for the showcase this year. I need to make some winter clothes for my older granddaughter, too. Of course, I already have a plan for her clothes, just not mine!
I think that neckline is fabulous, Lisa! I'll be interested to see how it works with a knit fabric.
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Tall Karen
Posted 2009-09-05 11:36 PM (#57890 - in reply to #57873)
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Yippee Rowena!! Will it be something like the Japanese Mrs. Stylebook--ideas for drafting designs? I've thought that would be a good direction to go for awhile!
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julie w
Posted 2009-09-06 7:28 AM (#57895 - in reply to #57835)
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I have tried a version of Kirsten's A-line skirt she made a while ago with the addition of Lisa's cut on elastic facing. Thank you Kirsten for the design details that you share. You always put so much effort into the style as well as the contruction.
Do you think this will work? I had to take about 1/2 inch off the outside seam where it curved to reproduce the cut on facing. I will try to attatch a screen print of the file.



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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2009-09-06 8:01 AM (#57896 - in reply to #57895)
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julie w - 2009-09-06 7:28 AM

I have tried a version of Kirsten's A-line skirt she made a while ago with the addition of Lisa's cut on elastic facing. Thank you Kirsten for the design details that you share. You always put so much effort into the style as well as the contruction.
Do you think this will work? I had to take about 1/2 inch off the outside seam where it curved to reproduce the cut on facing. I will try to attatch a screen print of the file.


Hi Julie,

It looks like it should work just fine. Should be a very cute skirt.
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julie w
Posted 2009-09-06 8:45 AM (#57897 - in reply to #57896)
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Thank you for a quick reply, now I just need to finish a costume for my daughter and choose some fabric, not sure if I am going to go knit or maybe put in a zip and use a linen mix.
Julie
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rowena___.
Posted 2009-09-06 9:31 AM (#57902 - in reply to #57895)
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julie w - 2009-09-06 5:28 AM I have tried a version of Kirsten's A-line skirt she made a while ago with the addition of Lisa's cut on elastic facing. Thank you Kirsten for the design details that you share. You always put so much effort into the style as well as the contruction. Do you think this will work? I had to take about 1/2 inch off the outside seam where it curved to reproduce the cut on facing. I will try to attatch a screen print of the file.

julie, why did you take 1/2" off the sideseam?  that isn't necessary to make the pattern.

tall karen, i have not seen mrs. stylebook, so i don't know how my ideas compare.  i can tell you that my ideas do not require any draping, and they are not that original.  :D  they are the way i made clothes as a child, before i ever used patterns. 

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julie w
Posted 2009-09-06 5:38 PM (#57918 - in reply to #57835)
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Rowna, the original pattern for the A line skirt cuved up at the outside waist seam. In order to do Lisa's cut on facing and create a straight line at the waist I had to remove half an inch where it curved up. To compensate I lowered the hip depth by the same amount. Hope this makes sense.
Julie
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rowena___.
Posted 2009-09-06 5:54 PM (#57919 - in reply to #57918)
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ah, i thought you meant you were taking 1/2" off the SIDESEAM, making the waistline smaller.  although now i'm trying to understand why your waistline wasn't level.

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julie w
Posted 2009-09-06 6:18 PM (#57923 - in reply to #57919)
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My waistline is level on the sloper and straight skirt but if I add flare or in this case the A line skirt, it kicks up a bit, I presumed this had someting to do with the darts rotating?
Thank you Julie
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