Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Progress quickie.

Here's work-in-progress pic of my Vogue 8772 shirt:

Vogue 8772

For some reason I think it looks huge. It is a loose fit, mainly because I didn't use the waist or back darts. I wanted it to be more like a blouse but without being so huge that I look pregnant. That seems to be the trend (or perhaps it's the norm, since it's been going on for 15 years now) to wear giant, shapeless blouses. I hate that. I am rectangular. Boxy things make me look more boxy. Boo hiss boo.

Despite all that, challis is slowly working its way into my heart. There are so many prints available, all perfect for dresses and blouses. I don't know why I avoided it for so long. I need more prints in my life. I also need to sew with fabric that doesn't always require a lining (cotton lawn and voile).

That's all for tonight. I've basted my interfacing to the collar pieces. Hopefully, the collar will be completed tomorrow night. That just leaves buttons and hem. I'm really excited about the buttons. Even though they are not recommended for washing, I did a test with them (sewed one to a fabric scrap and hand-washed it) and it worked just fine. So, we'll see. I have others as back-up.

Monday, February 18, 2013

It's been a minute.

It's not like I haven't been sewing. I have, actually, been sewing a lot. Finishing things seems to be the problem. I hate hemming, so there's a couple of skirts (and one shirt) gathering dust in my UFO pile for that reason. This doesn't stop me from starting on a new project, getting really close to completion then, poof! Motivation gone.


In the midst of all this, I decided to enter my very first sewing competition: The RTW Contest on Pattern Review. There's a lot of designer inspiration out there, but the only "designer" thing that inspired me was this shirt and skirt from Fossil:

Hallie Shirt/Adrienne Denim skirt

True, they're not exactly complicated, nor would they require a great of skill to complete. I don't care. I've spent months trying to franken-pattern things with disastrous results. I want to make something simple and that would actually resemble the inspiration outfit.

Honestly, I wouldn't have even bothered with the contest had it not been for the fabric I found:

Pink/Fuchsia Print Challis

Thank you Fashion Fabrics Club. You are my hero. This fabric is rayon challis and closely resembles my inspiration photo, the exception being my fabric has clover instead of birds.  I will use Vogue 8772 (view C but with view F sleeves) for the shirt. I've made it before in chambray (one day there will be a photo) and it's really a great pattern. Very quick and easy to sew (no separate plackets to fiddle with).

Vogue 8772

For the skirt, New Look 6107 is my pattern of choice. It's also very easy to sew and required no fit adjustments. I will add length to the hem for future skirts but that is all.

New Look 6107

I'm almost finished with both items. The skirt is finished just short of a hem (as always). The shell of the shirt is together, next up are the collar and sleeves. Hopefully, all will be completed by next weekend.

I know that I will be up against some truly creative and talented sewists (seamstresses, people who sew, etc) and that I hardly stand a chance of winning, but I want to have at least one contest under my belt. Perhaps the next one will inspire me to push myself a little more. But first, baby steps.
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