Thursday, April 28, 2011

An interview with a jeans connoisseur

Check out what, in my opinion, is the best sewing post of the week.

Peter's jeans sew-along is starting soon, and he interviewed Taylor, a self-taught jeans tailor, for the occasion. If you're a perfectionist and you're obsessed with details like me you will really like the interview. My sewing motto is "If something is worth doing, it's worth doing well." I think this guy would agree.

I'm off to France to escape the Royal Wedding frenzy. See you next week!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lobster Dress Muslin

Hi Readers!

I'm back from Russia and I've finished my second muslin for my Lobster Dress. Remember the lobster fabric from a while ago? Well, I had a very precise vision of what I wanted and couldn't find the pattern for it. So the only thing to do was to draft my own!

So yes, this is the muslin. I got this fabric for £1/ yard in London's Portobello market and the price was the only reason I picked it up (orangy, polyester... yuk). However, it doesn't look bad at all in this dress. I actually regret not making the muslin with more care so I could wear it. This shows how difficult it is to evaluate the potential of a fabric until you see it as a garment.

Any who, the dress in its current form is not perfect yet, but it's an encouraging start.

I need to fix the pockets, fix the opening, fix the collar, and maybe raise the waistline. Or should I keep it lower? It's supposed to sit directly at the waist, but this waistline has grown on me... it's really comfy. What do you think?

As usual, pattern drafting is such a time-consuming process, but it's getting increasingly easier as I accumulate the various basic pieces tailored to my body (i.e., bodice block, skirt block, sleeve block).

Once I'm done with all the alterations, putting together the actual make should be a breeze. Expect to see many of these dresses from me this summer.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

From Russia, with love

Dear Readers,

I've been silent lately because I'm traveling in Russia! Of course, sewing has not left my mind (does sewing ever leave my mind?) and I am finding here plenty of inspiration that I wanted to share with you.

First, I found a magazine from 1959 in an antique shop in Saint-Petersburg. The cover says "Clothes for young people Moscow".

Weirdly, the magazine has appealed to my current obsession with big pockets. I'm just dying to make a dress with big pockets! There is just something about it! Maybe it's my practical side?

The magazine features so many interesting design ideas that could be incorporated into more modern garments.

Second, I found myself in the land of Burda pattern magazine! As you can see, I got a little carried away and bought all the issues I could find! Now, I just need to trace the various pattern pieces using tracing paper and assemble the pieces following to the instructions. Wait -- the instructions... they're in Russian! Oh well, a good way to practice.

This is the pattern I most likely to make. This cut usually fits me well.

I even found the Burda headquarters in Moscow! Of course, the offices weren't open to the public, but I could still visit the small fabric store. (I am proud to report that not a single button was bought, and that I stayed strong in the face of the many gorgeous fabrics trying to seduce me.)

I can't wait to get back to Hull and start sewing -- I miss my Singer Samba!
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