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I’m sewing again!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. I made huge progress on organizing my sewing closet. I still would like to make a digital swatch book at some point, but for now, I have most everything “out” where I can see it.

I signed up for the Little White Dress contest on PatternReview.com with Vogue 8972

http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8972-products-47949.php?page_id=855

It’s a lot of pieces! Time to get my feet wet with a couple of easy patterns first. It doesn’t get easier than this 2 piece top  – a free pattern from Tessuti – get it here http://www.tessuti-shop.com/collections/free-sewing-patterns

Photos don’t do it justice, but it’s a lovely flowy top that looks good loose or belted. It’s best to use a drapey fabric for this one.

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Then there was the very classy Selja Knot tee from Named clothing. They are a new finnish pattern company. This top is from their second collection.

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and finally, from the new Burda collection 6910 – a very fast sew with nicely fitted raglan sleeves. It does run big and although I went down a size, I could have gone down 2. I’ll keep it in mind for the next one.

SEWING TIP FOR EASY GATHERING

I basted the side seams, then sewed over an old serger chain with a wide zigzg  being careful not to sew over the thread. The pattern called for an 8 inch strip of elastic, so I pulled the thread chain until it was 8″ long between the pattern notches. Then it’s back to the serger to serge over a 1/4″ wide cotton twill tape to stabilize the gathered seam. I found it was easier to get an evenly gathered side seam this way, and personally, I find the cotton twill tape to be softer than elastic in the side seams.

Now I’m ready to get back to my contest dress – I made a first pass with muslin, and will make new pattern with the alterations tomorrow – hopefully get the wearable muslin cut out too!

January 18-19

 Fav Top – free pattern from Tessuti

1.5 yds snake print ITY from stash

need to finish neckband and hem sleeves/hem

Hemlock Tee – free pattern from Grainline Studio –

2 yds pink stripe fabric finishing up from 2013 – front and back were cut, cut sleeves out

ready to sew

Tomorrow, trace V8972 and cut muslin

Let’s try this again

January 16th

After a prolonged absence from sewing, it was time to jump back in again. It’s been almost a year with only a sporadic and half-hearted attempts and my pattern and fabric stash was talking to me – specifically saying “Are you kidding me? ” I admit – I am a craft hoarder. One of my resolutions this year was to spend the first week of each month reviewing my stash, organizing, and planning projects for the month. I wonder how long that will last? I mean, of course it will last!

So – fabric and pattern organization started – old scraps and UFO’s sorted, sewing machine and serger cleaned, oiled, and threaded with fresh needles. It felt so good to be able to go into my closet, pull out some fabric, and wet my feet with a super simple knit top.

There is a contest in progress on PatternReview.com  –  “The Little White Dress”. What a great incentive to have a deadline to finish a project. I have my pattern and my fabric should arrive today. Listen fabric stash,  you know – I generally wear black, grey or brights, I didn’t have white fabric for a LWD…