As you may recall from my post about ball gowns, I was looking forward to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, mostly for the clothes! I said then of Ms. Markle's dress that I hoped I would "either love of hate it. The worst would be boring." As the date neared, I remembered that Royal weddings in England are generally an excuse for fantastic hats and fascinators, and I got excited about those, too.
So the day came, and I gussied myself up with fantastic fifties hat and floral dress, and co-hosted a tea party for other Anglo-philes! We shared the savory course at the table, then loaded up our tea-plates and moved to the TV to watch the recording!
A tutorial, today! Sometimes you need to iron a garment with gathers; if you put the iron right on top of the gathered area, you'll cause creases and make the area flat instead of full, so you need a different technique.
Today's post will be about how a skirt works, what undergarments are ideal, how to keep a slip from slipping, how to wear a skirt, et cetera.
While checking out at Fabric Depot the other day, I got to chatting with the cashier about our UFOs (UnFinished Objects). She mentioned that she has a modular shelving unit with eight slots, and each has a UFO: she doesn't allow herself to start a new project unless there's an open slot, so she never has more than eight projects going at a time. It made me wonder exactly how many UFOs I have sitting around my place! I've organized them roughly by how much work needs to be done to finish them, so I can get the easy stuff off my plate first. So here's my list of UnFinished Objects, not including things on my to-do list which I haven't started:
I love to sew for my sister. One year I made her a Teens Era ball gown (an early exercise in draping), and another year two winter hats (the Russian ice hat and the red tam). She lives far away, though, which makes garment fitting tricky... you may recall last year's project to make a block of her body so I could customize my dress form here in Portland? I got mixed results sewing from it: peplum top--good fit, bad style; pinwheel top--good fit, okay style; denim blazer--bad fit).
Recently, I visited her again, this time with a plan of attack: I brought some patterns to work with, and while I was there I pin-fitted them to her and made muslins. This was even more helpful than the block in teaching me about the challenges of her body shape... working just with muslin, I was able to replicate her body, but working with pre-made patterns I was able to see how her body most deviates from the average body that patterns are drafted for.
Moreover, while I was there, I re-visited the denim blazer, altered a few of her Ready to Wear (RTW) clothes, and made a cute nightcap for my niece. All in all, a productive visit!
So in the upcoming weeks, you can expect posts on the following (I'll add links in this post as they come live):
ALTERATION - adding back darts to a RTW sweater
A Child's Nightcap
ALTERATION - Round Neck to V neck
McCall's 4968 - Blue tunic top, muslin
Butterick 6134 - Red Raglan-sleeved Top
ALTERATION - another go at the denim blazer!
Draped Pencil Skirt
Happy New Year, gentle reader(s)! ;)
This post is a grab-bag of recapping 2017, showing off my Christmas gifts, and looking forward to 2018!
As 2017 is done, I have now been blogging for a year. I find I enjoy it as much as I feared (yes, it has been a huge time-suck!), but that it's also done what I hoped: kept me accountable for finishing projects and served as a portfolio I could point potential clients and interested friends to. On my first post, I said I'd limit my posting to once a week, but soon I had such a backlog of posts and so much to say that I upped it to twice a week: Mondays and Thursdays, usually.
The past few times I've been online, my browser has recommended the following article: "What you don't do affects you more than what you do — and it's the secret to getting anything you want in life". A ponderous title, but an interesting article all the same. The author highlights Daniel Day-Lewis as an example of someone whose success comes from intense focus, and the habit of choosing carefully what to focus on, and eliminating the rest. I've talked of this before, when I mentioned the "specialist" choosing to focus their efforts, and so achieve excellence. But this article makes an interesting distinction between how most of us approach decisions-- "what to do"-- and how Daniel Day-Lewis approaches them--"what to cut".
In my life recently, I've suffered the consequence of lack of focus. The internet doesn't help: I open my browser and it instantly recommends articles I might like (case in point: the article that inspired this post). My favorite bookmarks are arranged along the top, so I can open tab after tab and see what cool art my sister has made, what The Dreamstress is up to, et cetera. Even if I logged on with a goal in mind, I "just quickly check" all the other things, and there goes my focus.
But if the question is not "what should I click on" but "what don't I need in my life right now", then the internet itself goes right out the window. Truth is: I've got a backlog of posts on my blog that I can schedule to post twice a week for the rest of the month, without me. And I don't have any email-related business to deal with, either. I could close my lap-top and slide it under my bed, and this blog (heck, the whole Internet) would chug along quite happily without me. While I'm at it, I could cut sleeping in and watching NetFlix; they're not serving me well!
In fact, I think I will. See you next year!
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