Monday, October 28, 2013

Burda Coat & Aussie Fascinators

Well, I've made progress on The Coat.  S l o w l y.  The first day of sewing was delightful--fabric wonderful to work with--then basted up the side seams…it was too big.  This  being my first try with a Burda Style pattern, I wasn't sure whether to go with the upper bust or full bust measurement.  Should have been the upper.  So…back to the L.A. freeway map original pattern
to grade the pattern pieces down a size.  Makes my head hurt.  Lots of un-sewing.

A good week later and it's coming together!  Today I hope to get the sleeves in and then on to hems and fasteners.  One time suck has been the Hong Kong seams--that wonderful satin bias tape turned out to be a bit wonkey, going from wide to narrow and back again.  I think it was the end of a roll because I went back on Saturday to get more (15 meters and counting!!! --some due to all the un-sewing) and it was off a new roll and much better to work with.

The sticky dots are the only way I can mark notches, etc. as tailor's chalk a just disappears.  


I'm still loving this Darth Vader collar

I think these clip fasteners are going to be perfect!
Now about the Aussie fascinators.  Apparently, it is Melbourne Cup tradition for ladies to wear a fascinator (headpiece) to the event, parties for the event, and even watching the event on TV.  So, our Blue Sky Quilt Club set about making our own under the tutelage of our Aussie member, Kathy.  The more bling and the more flamboyant, the better.



I really don't think this is my medium.  But it was fun and my table pumpkin enjoyed wearing the end product (until I roasted it tonight, that is--the pumpkin not the Fascinator).  Randy has plans to wear it to the office on Halloween (the Fascinator, not the pumpkin).  As he is known to say, "sometimes a guy just wants to feel pretty."  This is a man secure in his manhood.


My creation.  Think I'll stick with sewing ;)


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Back At It

I've been tempted to leave off blogging--but I SO enjoy the online sewing blogging community!  ...and, frankly, I enjoy blogging--the whole creative and sharing process.   After reading about the whole online quandry of much younger bloggers on Sew Well, I feel so validated and inspired to get back to my blog.  Just for the joy of it.

My daughter Nikki, at Fancy That, always says "just pick up where you're at."  So, I'm going to take her advice and do just that.  

I've been back in UB for--wowzers!  About a month!  I was thinking a few weeks.  That explains a lot.

Anyway.  The fabric shopping here has become even more incredible.  I have to shop by feel for the most part, but man, the selection here is crazy.  I even stumble on a small shop selling amazing Italian ponte knits for about $7-$8 a meter.  

What's on the sewing table today:  A coat from this crazy wool/ fleece piece that actually caught my husband's eye last winter (yes, he's rare and special and I'm keeping him :)  
The wooly side has this crazy 3-dimensional thread scroll

The underside is super soft with a fleece-y feel.  But no stretch


Now, any patterns I use I have to bring.  Or download (not first choice).  Then there are Burda Style Magazines.  They have them here.  All in Russian which was a bit daunting.  So, I subscribed to the US.  I scooped up the lot and said husband offered to take them back in his carry on.  See?  A keeper indeed.  


Oh.  My.  Goodness.
Navigating LA freeways comes to mind



It took me A WEEK to trace the pattern pieces, add the seam allowances, etc.  A bit of insanity, no?  Hats off to women who grow up with these things.  And continue to sew.

...but look what I scored for about $3:  7 METERS of satin bias for the Hong Kong seam finish I want to do and these very intriguing sew-on clasp thingies in blue & black.  



Stay tuned!  I started sewing today and things are looking good ;)

I end with yet another tribute to The Man:
Just because.  sigh.