Saturday, March 8, 2014

The new Iconic Patterns

Lena of The Sewing Space just launched her new pattern line site, Iconic Patterns.  I'm blown away by how gorgeous and professional the site is!  Just as professional and gorgeous as her patterns are.  I have made the Jess jeans, wow, nice job on the draft Lena.  I'm working on the Sammy Cami now, it's just right.  Time for me to get a photo of these up.  In the next few days, I promise!

Friday, February 28, 2014

What You Love Tank by Mind, Body & Sew

Love this tank!  Perfection all around.
  • Two pattern pieces
  • Easy to sew
  • Nice shapes in the neckline and racer back
  • Fits
  • Flattering

And it's a download pattern which means instant gratification.  It's the What You Love Tank at Mind, Body & Sew.

The easy-to-sew is in part due to the neckline and armscye treatment.  Instead of adding a binding the raw edges are simply turned under 1/2 inch.  The edges are turned under once and topstitched with a zigzag or a coverstitch or they can be turned under twice for a narrower finish.  Does this work, you might ask?  Yes indeed, it works very well and it is a finish I have used often in my sewing life with great success.  Usually the knits I do this with have some lycra content or are stable knits but it works well enough on lighter weight rayon knits or a non lycra cotton jersey like the one in the photo.

The bottom hem is sewn along the stretch of the fabric can a little tricky with a knit that doesn't have the best recovery.  The edge can stretch out quite a bit so I used the "crowding" technique where a finger is placed right behind the presser foot while sewing which makes the fabric bunch up between the finger and the presser foot.  When there is a pile of fabric bunched up, release that fabric and put the finger back for some more crowding.  I also had to do some steaming with my iron and reshaping of the hem.

Who is that headless sewing room helper?  There is a hint in my previous post.   More about her later.  Today it's all about the What You Love Tank.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Wish list

It is still called a list if there is only one item?  This is it, my whole wishlist for my birthday in January, a good dressform.  My sewing room hasn't had a dressform for almost three years now and I miss this useful tool.  I featured "Matilda" in previous posts, quite a while ago, and while she did a good job for an old rickety lady I always wished for something more sturdy.  So, when I moved across the country Matilda did not go with me, instead she found a new home where I hope she continues to be loved and appreciated, and my plan was to buy a new form.  Now it's time!

I have been eyeing this dressform at The Shop Company for some months now.  The price is good, much more tolerable than another popular brand.  The fabric is not real linen but some faux linen canvas that is probably a cotton poly blend.  This form is not fully pinnable meaning you can't stick straight in like a pincushion but pins can go in at an angle to a certain degree.  Well, Matilda wasn't pinnable at all really since I could sort of push pins into the surface at an angle with difficulty and have them mostly stay.  Partially pinnable will be a huge improvement.

I'm looking forward to having a standard sized dressform in current numbers so I can try out a pattern drafted to standard size and see how the garment works on a body.  Knowing how a pattern fits a standard size helps me see if that pattern actually makes a decent garment and what alteration I need to do to have it fit me.  The key there is knowing how my body differs from the standard size and proportions.

Since I started oogling the above pictured form at The Shop Company they have added an even more affordable model with removable magnetic shoulders.  What a good idea!  I think I still want the collapsible shoulder one though.

Lots to do between now and January and not much of it sewing related.  I'm planning to spend more time in my sewing room after the holidays.  It's cold here in January and February, good time to sew.  And snowshoe. :-)