Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Lot of Sewing Going on But..... And Sure Fit Designs

Well, as the title suggests, I've been laboring in the sewing room making my DD a winter coat but it's not finished yet although I've been at it for two weeks but a winter coat is a three week job for me. I intend to have it finished and off to Tamara by Thursday. I'll show it next weekend.

I didn't get my second B6026     finished but I do have a cute Rachel Cowan skirt finished to make an out fit with a top I made a while back and I'll show you that in a bit but first, I'm so excited !

I've been attracted to Sure Fit Designs system for a while now but it wasn't until I watched Joy of Joyful Expressions Blog display her plethora of stuff made by using SFD that I had to have another look.

I spent two whole evenings while my husband was away, perusing the Sure Fit website and watching many free videos  Glenda very generously provides I hesitated for a bit because of our diminished Canadian dollar and by the high shipping for anything over $75. I decided after seeing this on the Sure Fit Designs blog ... a $50.  Gift certificate for $25. In the end I ordered the Dress kit and the large and small design stylus.The shipping was $14.95 and that seems reasonable given our very high Canada Post shipping prices.

I can't wait for my Sure Fit kit to arrive so I can try my hand at designing my own ideas or copying RTW or patterns I don`t want to buy. This is going to be a whole new venture for me and I`m so ready to take my love of sewing in a new direction.

I`m also confident that having the Sure Fit system will help me greatly in fitting my  ladies  in Sewing Group. Here`s the link to an introductory  video that shows what you can do with the master pattern.

Now here is the outfit combining top V8856  and skirt V1247  that I`m wearing today.

Hmmm...probably won't happen too often but rather this is how I'll wear the skirt

 I should mention that I make the pockets of the Rachel skirt differently than the pattern shows.
 Here `s what I do.

As you can tell , I've moved the pockets closer to the sides of the skirt front. I just prefer them that way.
I eliminate the pocket bag and use Steam a Seam on the right side of the pocket as shown here.I use Fusi Knit to stabilize the skirt front where the pockets will be stitched.

Before pressing the pockets down, I top stitch the openings on the lower skirt piece.

I press the pockets in place and run a line of white (so it will be seen easily on the outside) basting stitches to outline the pockets. I then top stitch using this white line as a guide.

This makes for a nice clean finish and eliminates bulk

That's all I have for you today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Next week, I'll show you Tamara's Valentino red ,long wool winter coat so please come back.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Continuing to Sew In Outfits and Trying out B6026

Thank you so much to those who answered my question from the last post. I think it's safe to say that I'm in a very small minority of people who use the stop/start button exclusively to sew !

Like many people who have a lot of clothes , in the past , I've often found I haven't got just the right thing to wear, To rectify this, I've made a real effort , this past year to sew complete outfits  at a time.
This week, I made this outfit. I know ! Grey and black again.

The linen shirt was a trial for B6026  but was such a success that I decided to make a pair of black culottes to complete an outfit.

 The culottes are in a nice weighty rayon jersey bought at Fabricville.

For the shirt I cut a size 12 with a half inch extra at the side seams which I didn't need so I would say that this pattern is quite generous. I added a bust dart after spreading the pattern piece one inch across the chest. This resulted in the design tucks being a little too low and I will deal with this in my next version.
I must say that those tucks were very easy to achieve and add a lot to the look of this shirt.

I lengthened the sleeves and added cuffs.

The culottes are McCall's 4861 (now OOP ) View E, which I made before here.
I omitted the zipper closure and the back darts and added elastic to the waistband.
I also added pockets which I don't love and may sew them down or take them out , I'm not sure which. They add a little too much bulk to the hips and who needs that?

Both these pieces can of course be worn with a number of other things  and the culottes can almost be a four seasons item They will be fun to style  for spring and summer, too.

Here I added a shrug

I'm not sure about this look

But I love these together

Do you ever wonder what I do with all the clothes I make ? Well, I do weed out my closets regularly. That usually happens when I find myself having to look for a hanger for something. I don't allow myself  to buy more hangers so I know it's time  to put some things in the give away bag.

I;m going to slow down my sewing for a couple of weeks and make my daughter a new winter coat. I''ve finally cut into a piece of heavy wool double knit that I bought in Paris five years ago.This is  a very time consuming project but I do want to make the second version of the above shirt so I'll have that to show next week along with a pair of green denim jeans to match which I've never blogged. So please come back to see me soon.

Monday, February 1, 2016

I'd Like to Ask You Something

I don't have anything to show you today even though I have an outfit made but  no photos yet but there is something I'd love to know. I wonder about this a lot.

And the question is...Does anyone else out there in Sewing Blogland sew exclusively by pushing the start/stop button?
( in other words, without using the foot pedal of your sewing machine.? )

I don't even know where my foot pedals are. I've been sewing,using the Start/Stop button,  for at least 10 years. I think I started because the button was there so why not use it. I sometimes get tempted to look for my foot pedals when I'm top stitching, for example, but that would take up valuable sewing time so I shake it off and of course sew slowly.

Sew Slowly ! I say that a lot to my students but that;s more possible with electronic sewing machines , I believe.This is my favorite machine.

 That leads me to another question....What are your favorite special features that you would not want to be without in a sewing machine?

Mine are the extended sewing surface, the up and down button,the automatic cutters, the stop?start button , the speed control

and the mechanism take makes it unnecessary to take up the bobbin thread before you start sewing. I really love this feature!

I'd also love to have the feature where you can lower and lift the pressure foot with your knee, but I guess you can't have everything.

Now I know that one can sew wonderful things without having this type of sewing machine. I did for many, many years, but if you're lucky enough to have such a machine,, these features can make the sewing experience even more enjoyable. They also help if you have arthritic hands like me.

I tell my sewing students that they should buy the best machine they can afford so that as they learn, they will get less stressed. Nothing is more aggravating than a machine that keeps giving you problems as we all know.

Please let me know if you too use the start/stop button  instead of  the foot pedal and what you especially love about your sewing machine.

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