Thursday, January 26, 2012

Welcome Back to Me!

Well it has been a couple of months, but I have been sewing. One of my resolutions for the New Year is to work on my "tech" skills. I want to post more without needing any help from my family. If something happens to the computer it is always blamed on me!! The next couple of months are busy due to the fact my DD is leaving in early April for Indonesia for 27 months. DD was accepted into the Peace Corp. She will be teaching English as a second language to middle school students. If anyone has any experience with the Peace Corp or Indonesia, please contact me. I would love to share the information with DD.

Ok on to sewing. I have had Simplicity 2850 cut for over a year. I decided to finish it in December.


One of the issues I have had since I started sewing, is that I did not have a good idea of how to understand inspiration. I know that might sound funny, but I would look at magazines, patterns, and all the finished clothes that fellow sews have blogged about and get totally over whelmed. While watching the last season of Project Runway, Michael Kors asked a contestant "Who is this woman?" Some thing clicked. I needed to ask myself a question or two when I viewed "inspiration". So the question I began to think about as I looked at magazines was "Am I this woman?" From there I made two inspiration posters.
I know that there is pinterst, but I needed to cut and paste. I put the posters in my sewing room. This helped my organize ideas. I really enjoyed this process. Most of the pictures are clothes that I would wear. Others are colors I love or shoes that I would like to purchase!
I started to make a camel colored skirt in December. I have made this pattern before, but I did not line it. So since I will be wearing this in the winter, I needed to learn how to add a lining to a skirt pattern. I really love this book. I like photos to go alone with text. This book delivers.
I put in a centered zipper. I used fusible tape and I also hand basted the zipper.

The pattern I used is New Look 6843. This is a very easy pattern.
Does this fabric look familar. A few bloggers used it to make tops. Well this is S2850. The problem I had with it was that the neck band stood away from the body. I am not sure if it was because the neck band is wide or if I stretched out the fabric as I sewed. I put the band in twice.
My solution was to gather the band right in the center front. I really like how it turned out. Also, I used sleeves from another pattern. I did not want the gathered puffy sleeve.
This post was a good beginning to a New Year!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Pretty blouse. I have made S2850 at least a dozen times and the center front needs to be gathered. On the pattern piece there are two markings on either side of the center front. I do a running stitch and gather the center front and knot at the end to keep it gathered. Taking the neckband, I pin it to the neckline of blouse and it usually fits close to the neck.