Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hiatus

I don't know if my prolonged absence was even missed a little but I am back. I have had quite a topsy turvy few months since I last blogged. As a matter of fact, one major life altering event that took place is I GOT MARRIED!. I also discovered a passion for high waists and vintage ruffled blouses. So... I have not been doing as much sewing as I would have liked, what with everything that has been happening but I acquired patterns so I can do some weekend work.

This weekend I plan to do some fabric shopping and then from there sew sew sew!

Well now you know I didn't die, I was simply on an unannounced sabbatical.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Comeback

Things have been a little busy and I have not been creating in a while but I'm back and I've got a beautiful dress to show for it. I had a date night with my fiancée coming up and nothing new and interesting to wear so I put my sewing machine to work and came up with this little number. I could write a lot more about it but I'm tired and lazy right now. So enjoy these pics -

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Vintage

So I was going to tackle pants but... I got distracted by an upcoming wedding I plan to attend. I had 3 yards of a gorgeous black and white knit that I wasn't sure what I was going to do with then I decided - Why not make a dress for the wedding. I am currently putting the finishing touches, neatening up the stitches and making sure it is worthy of public viewing.
Let me describe what I'm doing so far -
I am making a vertical striped asymmetrical handkerchief halter. There is going to be a solid black slim and sleek waist band connecting the haltered bodice to the handkerchief skirt.

The dress is completed, the wedding is over (for me anyway) and I have a few pictures for you. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

So another skirt

Well post flare skirt I decided to go back to basics and make myself a professional skirt using the very basic design. I figured meh... while I wait on a job I might as well hone my tailoring skills. The skirt came out better than I expected which is awesome but now I've got my sisters asking me to sew for them (and you know they won't want to pay the price I'd want to lay out for them). The skirt making was fun but I'm about to venture out into pants then tops then dresses. I'm inviting you to follow me as I try out some pants! I'm a little apprehensive because they aren't as simple as cutting three pieces of fabric or whatever to make a skirt.
Because I didn't actually learn how to do this in class I've turned to books and the internet. Here is one link in particular that has me saying YES I WILL DO THAT!
http://www.craftstylish.com/item/50765/how-to-sew-cuffed-shorts - this is very easy really, well the cuff part anyway. Check back with me in a few days and see how I've progressed.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Genesis

When I started this class I had a million design ideas but no knowledge on how to begin to execute them. So the first thing I learned to create as previously mentioned was a skirt. While every busy making the same boring old basic skirt I was busy creating a flare variation and it HAWT!!!

Here are a few pics of the flare skirt modelled by Can-D.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Pattern Drafting is such a!!!


So who knew the most tedious thing ever wouldn't be making the garment but drafting the pattern! If you have all your tools it makes it a little easier but you gotta remember, if the draft is not right, the garment won't be right.

Speaking of tools - here are some essentials:
  1. Fashion Ruler
  2. Dressmaker's Square
  3. Dressmaker's Chalk
  4. Sharp Scissors
  5. Measuring Tape
  6. Needles / Pins
  7. Pin cushion
  8. Tracing Wheel
  9. Drafting Paper and Soft HB2 pencil
There are more, that's obviously why I said some essentials. Here are steps to drafting.
Step 1: Record your measurements! You really shouldn't screw up your measurements too much because that would just mean you have to go back and alter your garment and that's just a lot of work.

Measurements you need for a skirt -
1. Waist
2. Hip
3. Waist to Hip (the length between them)
4. Bust point to point (measure distance
from left nipple to right nipple)
5. Skirt Length
That's the easy one. Once you have your measurements you can begin drafting. For the waist be sure to measure the smallest part of your waist, and for the hips the fullest part of your bum.

Drafting
Once you have your measurements you can begin drafting. Here's a little something you need to know - when drafting you absolutely must factor in ease. When we sit our hips spread, our bum expands and if we don't add ease to our skirt then tough luck you'll be very uncomfortable or rip the garment. Remember hips have 1/2" ease and waist has 1/4" ease.
  1. Find a quarter of your waist and hip measurements. Using my actual measurements as an example I'll show you how - My waist is 25 1/2 " so quarter measurement would be 6 3/8"; so too my hips are an astonishing 38" so a quarter of that would be 9 1/2". (Sounds like a lot of work? It isn't really - not after you do it the first time).
  2. Add the 1/4" ease to this new measurement for the waist and 1/2" to the hip
  3. Find half of your bust point to point measurement - mine is 7" normally so 1/2 of that would be 3 1/2". The purpose of this measurement in a skirt - cause I'm sure like me you're wondering what the busts have to do with a skirt - is for the placement of the darts.
  4. Now that we have these measurements we can begin drafting - You will need drafting paper, square, fashion ruler, pencil, eraser, measuring tape.

  • Draw a block on your drafting paper to half hip measurement plus ease eg. if quarter plus ease - 9 1/2 + 1/2 = 10; then half = 20"; and length of skirt
  • Measure waist - hip measurement and square a parallel line to top.
  • Bisect box into two down the length and establish which is centre front and which is centre back
  • Measure from both ends on top bust point to point - e.g. mark 3 1/2" from both ends at top. (Standard measurements - front darts 3 1/2" long, 1/2" wide and back 5 1/2" long and 3/4" wide)
  • Contour waistline (use fashion ruler) 1/2" above and 1/2" below both front and back of skirt
  • Contour from hip to waist using fashion ruler
This is the end of your basic skirt draft. Don't worry I won't leave you hanging to figure things out on your own - I'm posting diagrams right now!!!! Just look below

Start at the Beginning

Hey folks! I'm not much of a blogger, unless you count constant facebook status updates blogging, but I've decided that I'm going to share my new hobby with whoever in internet-land is interested. I've always loooved clothes. It's true, I may not always wear them, but I love looking at them, admiring the design and fit but never really knew what went into making them. Then I decided to enrol in a sewing class at my university. I decided I will leave the institution (because it was my last class) with some sort of knowledge in clothing making.

Well I enrolled in January and by June I had successfully made an entire skirt on my own plus the mandatory skirt for class. I was and still am pretty proud of that. Unfortunately the class was Textiles and Clothing Construction so we had to split the coursework between actual clothing construction and researching textiles so we didn't get very diverse in clothing construction.

In comes our dear friend internet to fill in the blanks. While I left with a profound knowledge in skirt variations I was still hazy on making well...just about anything else!! So I started turning to sewing blogs and looking for free patterns online to help me along and I couldn't believe the plethora of patterns available for free!!!!! As I go along I will be posting links to some of those free patterns so we can all benefit from it.

In the mean time, I'm just embarking on a few projects and will start posting them very very soon. Enjoy my work, be inspired by them - I command you!

Ciao Bellas.