Friday, April 18, 2014

Staycation sewing

Yesterday was a very productive sewing day, not so much yet today.  The dress is almost complete.  I need to finish the neckline, hem the sleeves and dress--then done.

I am not one of those lucky sewist who made this dress without a lot of fitting and adjusting.  I made 1.5 FBA and kept the dart.  I trimmed the shoulder length by 3/8 using a technique from Sandra Betzina.  I made my usual forward shoulder adjustment as well as 5/8 high round back adjustment.

I sewed the front and back shoulders together and then basted the side seams for fitting.  I had a lot of pulling in the back waist area right above my hips.  I have a narrow upper back area right above the waist line.  My front has a little pouch.  This always creates some fitting issues with dresses without darts.

To fix the pooling, I printed out a back bodice pattern using Pattern Master Boutique that had a vertical back dart.  I laid the pattern piece over the back fabric and marked two darts aligning the center back of the pattern with the center dress back.  This helped tremendously.

I then ended up taking deeper side seams (about an inch)  from below the waist to the bottom of the dress.  I am pleased with all of these adjustments and hope to share photos soon.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dress is cut out

First let me say, I love, love, love "scuba knit".  This was a great fabric to layout and cut. 

Because of the design on the fabric, it was important to me to make sure that I got the focal point I wanted of the design centered for the front and back.  I thus laid out the fabric as a single layer and cut one side of the front and back then flipped it over aligning with pin markings I made.  I think I held my breath through this part of the process.

Here is a view of the front of the dress
And the back view
I also cut the sleeves identical, did not take photos of those. 

I am ready to sew this up.  I had to add a dart to the front; I just could not figure out how to get around this.  More updates to follow.

Friday, April 11, 2014

ASG Meeting

Last evening I attended our local ASG meeting; I have not been able to attend this year as I would like and it was great to be among such talented sewists.  Our guild celebrated its 20th anniversary.  The founder and most all of the past presidents plus current one spoke to the group about its history and growth.

Of course we had sew and tell.  I wore and presented my recently sewn McCall's blouse.
I saw on Pattern Review this morning the winners of the fitted blouse contest; though I was not a winner it was fun to participate in a contest.  The blouse is a winner for me as it has passed the "wearability" factor as well as the washing, drying, no ironing test.  I do see me making some more blouses, not this one for now, as I do have some other lovely fabrics in stash that have aged enough to become something besides just fabric.

I had a great time talking with my sitting partner last night.  It was fun for both of us to learn how much we love shoes and don't really need more but ........  We also seem to be patternaholics as well.

Weekend sewing plans are to make the McCall's knit dress mentioned in an earlier post.  I have pin fitted the pattern and need to make a FBA-no surprise there.  I made the usual forward shoulder, upper round and horizontal tuck for upper chest and upper back.  Still need to make the swayback adjustment.  For the FBA, I really need to figure what technique I want to use so that I can eliminate the resulting dart.

Off to get ready for work.  I am wearing my Butterick dress with front ruffles today.
We have a special employees luncheon today and I am making a presentation of an award to one of my staff.  I have not worn this since late fall; this is one of my favorite dress patterns.

Updates later.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Weekend update at Casa Danvillegirl!

Yesterday was family day for us.  Our niece, her DH and her DD and DS came to Roanoke for the Color Run.  It is a huge event touting this as the Happiest Run.  There were over 5000 runners who run a 5k course in Salem, VA.  As the runners reach each kilometer there are people there throwing a powder paint on the runner.  At the end of the course they are in all colors of the rainbow.

Following the event we went to downtown area and had lunch, then walked around the farmer's market and visited some of the boutiques and other shops.  It was nice to spend time with family.

I decided last night that the "scuba" knit fabric will be made into a dress using this pattern:
I plan to make the view that the model is wearing.

I washed the fabric today.  Some pattern adjustments have been made, my usual forward shoulder, front and back horizontal tuck above armhole notches for the petite adjustment, and high round back adjustment.  I have not yet made the swayback adjustment.  Of late I am finding that the back length on almost all of my patterns are requiring an adjustment other than the swayback so decided I will pin fit the pattern to made a decision about back length as well.

That is the extent of my sewing for this weekend.  I have some vacay and holiday time coming up in two weeks and hope to get in some additional sewing time then. Hope you had a nice weekend of sewing.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Next up-a dress

I want to make a dress and have several patterns in mind.  I decided that I want to use fabric purchased earlier this year from EOS-a neoprene knit also called scuba knit.
I visited a website last night that showed some lovely color print dresses from this type knit.  I would love to find some colors also; I wear a lot of black so this will get some wear.  Next I need to make final pattern decision.  More later.



Monday, March 31, 2014

Made the deadline!

Made the deadline for Blouse Contest at Pattern Review!!!!!!  Here is view of the front.

Back views!

Semi side view.

This is my March Garment of the Month also!!!



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Deadline looming

I have attached the collar stand and collar to the blouse.  You can see this here and here.  I look photos with my iPad last night and uploaded to Flickr.

Sleeves are ready to be inserted, sleeve cuff to add, buttonholes and buttons.

I ran into some issues attaching the collar stand and collar.  Perhaps neckline stretched some, though I did stay stitch earlier on.  I don't recall having this issue when I made previously and had no notes to myself on the pattern instructions that this was an issue.  After several attempts I finally got it attached okay.

I have to find buttons.  I just don't have enough on hand so will visit JA's today; sometimes they have a good selection and sometimes not.  Praying today is a good day.

Updates later.

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