Monday, April 14, 2014

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Well, it looks as though it has been over three months since I last posted any of my makes. I’ve been spending most of my creative time in the pottery studio. I have sewn and knit a few things too, but the short, dark and rainy days of winter haven’t inspired me to photograph much. But, this weekend the sun came out and I was inspired to go back to two of my tried and true patterns. Grainline’s Moss Mini Skirt and Deer and Doe’s Datura Blouse.

I’ve had the denim all cut for at least a month now and got to stitching it up earlier this week. It was my third go at putting it together and I think I finally have gotten the hang of the front fly zipper. After completing the skirt I decided I needed a new top to photograph it with. Plus, I had some beautiful raw silk in my closet waiting to be cut into. The Datura blouse came together in a little over two hours, I can be sure of this as it was almost complete in a single Netflix movie. I made a few modifications. I left out the collar, lowered the bust darts, and best of all I used the ingenious instructions for combining the shell and lining of the bodice from Colette’s Rooibos Dress. You may also notice that I added tiny pocket to the top, this design feature was added after I cut a couple small holes in the fabric while trimming my seams!

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

It’s a new year, and along with a new year generally comes resolutions.  I’m not all that big on setting goals as the calendar flips over, but when I sat down and thought about it there were a couple small things that came to mind.  First off, I bought this lovely machine WAY back in June.  Some day soon I intend to take it out of the box and learn how to use it! And then there’s this book, that I eagerly ordered immediately after taking a pattern drafting course. It too has yet to be opened.

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And in addition to these two things, I am enrolled in various classes on Craftsy that are patiently awaiting me, I have a closet full of patterns and fabric, and a rather large wicker basket overflowing with skeins of wool.

So many possibilities, how does one ever decide what to do…

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In a little under two months, I have knit a sweater.  Not quite the same pace as sewing, but it feels so nice to wrap yourself in wool for the winter.  I ordered my wool online from Quince and Co, it was quick to ship and the charges to Canada were relatively reasonable.  The colour was not quite as I expected, but it definitely grew on me as the yarn passed through my fingers.  The fantastic pattern is Nanook by Heidi Kirrmaeir.

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Hopefully my silk Zinnia will be completed shortly, I’ve been scared of starting my button holes in the beautiful fabric.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

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Today, after more than a week in the fog, the sun came out.  It was a perfect fall day to take some photos of my self drafted Peony dress.  In September, I took a pattern drafting class where we drafted a bodice sloper to our own measurements.  I loved the class, and ordered what I’ve been told is the pattern drafting bible.  I found it for under $20 here!

I’ve had Colette’s Peony dress in the plans for a long time, but I kept reading about sewists having difficulty fitting this particular pattern.  Which shocked me as all of Sarai’s patterns have fit me perfectly without any adjustments.  I decided I would try out my new custom sloper.  I altered it, copying the Peony neckline and altering my single dart to be both a bust and waist dart.  I drafted some facings and used the Peony skirt pattern pieces.

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Now, since my sloper does not include seam allowances, I finally get to show you my idea for adding seam allowances while cutting your fabric.  It was probably almost a year ago that I went to Lee Valley and bought these magnets, for this exact purpose.  Each magnet is 1/8 of an inch in thickness, so I just stacked five of them on my scissors and started cutting the fabric.  Lining up the magnet edge with the pattern pieces.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

There have been many times in my past when people have stumbled over pronouncing my middle name, Rea. I did a short survey across friends and for the most part they all said Ray. Which is correct!

This got me to thinking. Both my sewing and knitting skills are for the most part self taught, with a lot help from the internet. So, almost all of my knowledge has been acquired by reading. Seeing words on paper and never actually hearing them spoken. As I slowly meet other sewists and knitters I am finding that I completely lack confidence in what I am saying. I regularly trip up on the most simple of words. From armscye, to Pfaff, to godet, to even voile… the list goes on!

So, if you were in anyway unsure of how to pronounce Rea, it is Ray, not Ree or Ree-ah.

Have a beautiful fall weekend.  I hope to finish, in time for Saturday night, a red Peony dress using my own self drafted sloper for the bodice.  Then, next on my ever grown list of projects, I will shamelessly be copying Sarai and her Zinnia skirt with some beautiful black silk I recently acquired.