Sunday Sewing Chat- The Week in Review and the Week to Come
... managed to make two knit tops. I was a novice at sewing knits - I had avoided them most of my life. Wovens, yes, wedding dresses, yes, jackets, yet (I haven't made a jacket for years, but I find them really fun to sew - it's a pity we have a casual lifestyle now - formal jackets are not needed so much. I'll have to work out how to make casual jackets instead). So this year I decide it was time to learn. They do have a very different feel and handle to them, and I still need to learn a little more.
But for those of you ,who, like me, haven't sewn knits, do have a go. Get a cheap knit, and the worse that can happen is that it doesn't work. And at the same time you learn.
Next week I plan to make some transitional basics - I need quick pull on trousers for everyday wear. I have plenty of casual cotton ones, but I want some stretch cotton sateen pull ons. Stretch cotton sateen is a little warm to wear in our humid summers, but just right for April/May. I will make black pull on pants and a blue pair. I have chosen the blue pair as the April Garment of the Month garment.
This was the pattern I drew:
So far, not far!! I made the muslin, which fits perfectly:
and then cut the dress and started making it:
I thought I would like it. I don't. I've held up the bits so far, and it does not suit me. What to do??? Don't continue. I have learnt that if you force yourself to make something that you know deep down does not suit you, you will not wear it. What I have learnt is that I don't like the colour blocked look. At all. I also found the curved seams a little too curvy, and the dramatic lines a little too hard for me.
I added the skirt and the whole look got worse. It looks nice above, but held up it really doesn't do me justice. It looks like me trying to be like the picture on the pattern envelope, instead of me trying to be me, by wearing my sorts of styles.
I did enjoy the seaming process and have rethought this whole project. It is ''on hold" for either texture blocking, or pattern blocking in little ditzy prints that do suit me. And what did I find in my stash:
Yes, little black and white cotton prints. I see a cute pattern blocked summer dress happening. I can check out craft fabrics too. Now I'm excited about this dress - it will be fun, and fun to wear. But still sophisticated and grown up. I think the prints will take away some of the dramatic of the bodice of the dress, and also suit the skirt, which, if you look at the picture of the dress, is rather bouffant and not as fitted as you would expect for dramatic style of dress. I think the small prints, and the floral mix will work with the curved lines of the skirt in a playful way. I will also have to think tonal values. I think it may well work, and, as you all know, I keep working at something until it does work.
Recently I posted a picture showing you my sewing space. I asked you about your sewing spaces and loved all your comments - which I do read, and usually reply to. It seems that most of us do have a dedicated area in which to sew. I'm pleased about that, because it means we say both to ourselves and others around us that sewing is an important need that we have. And it is important to respect our sewing needs. And it's interesting how sewers manage to find a space somewhere, even in laundry's, cupboards, bedrooms, where the machine is set up.
*****That's it for now, do all have a great week, wherever you are.