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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2010-03-07 10:06 AM (#61596)
Subject: Karen's 2010 Spring/Summer Plan



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Spring is coming and I'm inspired to make some new garments.

Again - found some cute shoes as DSW.  Thank you Kathy Seidel for giving me a starting point.  She started with shoes when making party dresses for her girls.

Fabrics are stash. 

Solid fabric - poly blend - 5 yards, 60" wide.  Enough for 2 or 3 garments.  Thinking sheath, capris and a blouse that could also work as a jacket.

Silk - enough for a drapey blouse.

Zipper necklace - that came from Puyallup.  I would like it to work with at least one garment neckline.

My black basics will go well in this SWAP.





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anniewear
Posted 2010-03-07 10:28 AM (#61598 - in reply to #61596)
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What a fun grouping that will be. That is the best looking zipper jewelry I have seen.
Someday I will get to Puyallup.

Ann
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Bobolots
Posted 2010-03-07 11:15 AM (#61599 - in reply to #61596)
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that looks really cute! I'll keep an eye out for your finished projects
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2010-03-07 11:31 AM (#61600 - in reply to #61596)
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Will be thinking for the next week.  Going to Chicago to play with Oscar and Agnes. 

Hope to get started when I get back.

My black capris need to be replaced this year - I wear them a lot and they are starting to look like it.

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Here_Fishey
Posted 2010-03-08 10:09 PM (#61623 - in reply to #61600)
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I love those colors, and the shoes.  I can't wait to see what you come up with.
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Fashions by Joellyn
Posted 2010-03-08 11:08 PM (#61625 - in reply to #61623)
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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!
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julie w
Posted 2010-03-09 12:33 AM (#61630 - in reply to #61596)
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Once again Karen, great shoes to start a swap with! That necklace is to die for, how I envy those that can get to Puyallup. Can't wait to see what you come up with. I loved your previous SWAP
Julie
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2010-04-22 8:03 AM (#62253 - in reply to #61596)
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Need to get going - I have two events I would like to wear new things to.

Starting with the pink silk with black butterflies, I have of two designs in my head.  The difference is the neck - boat vs drape (Celebrations Cowl).

I want to use the V hem sleeve and add a drop on one side of the hem.  No darts - it's a very light fabric and I want it to feel light. 

I'm not sure if the drape/cowl neck would be too much - any thoughts?  I am using Celebrations because I plan to cut on grain.

Will be wearing with a slimish leg black slacks





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julie w
Posted 2010-04-22 9:46 AM (#62254 - in reply to #61596)
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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?
Julie
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Susan in Miami
Posted 2010-04-22 1:59 PM (#62255 - in reply to #62253)
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Karen,

I think if you use a gentle drape it will be gorgeous. I love the idea of the pointed sleeve with the asymmetrical hem.

Can't wait for the finished garment pictures, Susan

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Fashions by Joellyn
Posted 2010-04-23 2:08 PM (#62264 - in reply to #62255)
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I like the draped neckline, too. I think that it will be beautiful in silk!
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2010-04-23 6:59 PM (#62267 - in reply to #61596)
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It was my first choice too, but got to thinking it would be too much.  Well - the drape it will be.

Hope to start tomorrow.

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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2010-04-24 8:00 AM (#62268 - in reply to #61596)
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Celebrations cowl is on the left and Boutique drape on the right.

I don't think I will sew the darts since this is a light fabric.

I have done both and prefer the cowl.  I also will not cut on the bias - light silk will drape on grain.





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julie w
Posted 2010-04-24 9:04 AM (#62269 - in reply to #62268)
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Thanks for the explanation and drawing Karen. Can't wait to see the top, it will be lovely in the silk.
Julie
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jadney
Posted 2010-04-24 9:26 AM (#62270 - in reply to #61596)
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How do you plan to finish the back neck? I was looking at the pattern in Celebration I did not see the back facing.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2010-04-24 10:28 AM (#62271 - in reply to #61596)
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I will do a facing.
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JoAnndjob
Posted 2010-04-24 11:05 AM (#62272 - in reply to #62268)
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Why is the armhole so much smaller on the celebrations pattern? I've tried the botique pattern and was not happy with it, but don't want to buy celebrations just for the cowl.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2010-04-24 12:19 PM (#62273 - in reply to #61596)
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Different measurement charts - I just pulled up the one that was open in the program to show the difference.

My chart is on my sewingroom computer.

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SueC56
Posted 2010-04-24 12:20 PM (#62274 - in reply to #62271)
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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.

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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2010-04-28 10:26 AM (#62324 - in reply to #61596)
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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.





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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2010-04-28 10:36 AM (#62326 - in reply to #62272)
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Joann, I think it's because of the bias in the pattern. I've used the Boutique version, and it worked well for me, but I used Slinky, too.
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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2010-04-28 10:38 AM (#62327 - in reply to #62324)
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Interesting, Karen. Rayon does have more give, in general.

You're lookin' good, by the way!
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sewsally
Posted 2010-04-28 10:40 AM (#62328 - in reply to #61596)
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Both tops look great. I liked hearing your story about the process especially about the sleeves.

What settings do you use? Body ease. Sleeve - cap ease, cap height. Anything else not standard?

Sally
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kirsten
Posted 2010-04-28 10:43 AM (#62329 - in reply to #61596)
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Karen, nice to see what you are making too. Those colors and styles really suit you.

Thank you for all that extra info.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2010-04-28 10:48 AM (#62330 - in reply to #61596)
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I used 2 inches of bust ease and 4 inches of hip ease.  Because of the light fabric I wanted it to not be snug.  Waist ease N/A.  I didn't sew the waist darts.  This is the fitted side shape.

I reduced the sleeve cap ease to 1 because of the lightness of the fabric.  I think I could have easily done 1.5 in the rayon, but not the silk.

I didn't want to have any constuction issues with the silk.  Once you start having to rip, silk can go "bad" easily.

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