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The Art of Pattern Making

This spring I decided to learn some technical techniques for sewing. Not all commercial patterns are made for the body of today’s woman. It was very exciting to be be able to make patterns at a half scale and bring them to live with muslin fabric and then with fashion garment. I was very please when a friend of mine asked me to make clothes for dolls and was happy that her dolls were not smaller than the clothes I made.

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Now that I have the knowledge of how the pattern is drafted, I’m going take a try at drafting my clothes starting with a blouse. I really like the cowl neck style so that would be my first attempt. I will keep you posted on my progress.

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Welcoming 2020

I’m so excited. It’s a new year and I have a plan to sew 3 projects a month. Yes this is the plan. A dress a shirt and some sort of night wear, most likely PJ’s.

Last year I tried to make a pair of jeans but it didn’t turn out right, for got the butt adjustment so they were low low riders. So this year I decided to take a few classes at the community college near me to learn pattern adjustment/ construction. Classes start on the 18th so I’m super excited. I have all the equipment setup in my space from my sewing machine and serger to my ironing station… still working on my cutting station so for now its the dining room table. I have 3 weeks of vacation saved from 2019 that I want to use for LA Garment district and New York(Down town Manhattan) Garment district. I want to take a walk around Mood Designer fabric and pick up a few yards of fabric.

This is going to be a fun year of sewing and designing my 2020 look so stay tuned it’s coming.!

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The Holiday Sew Not

I have been wanting to sew for the last 3 weeks but I couldn’t decide what I wanted to sew first… my 3 grand daughters in Nevada pj’s, my dad’s girl friend’s robe, or pj’s for my only grandson in California. Well I didn’t sew anything. I just couldn’t get in the grove of things. Its like I lost my Sew-Jo and I want it back. The good news is that I decided to unclutter my space. I did have my office equipment and my sewing equipment in the same room but I just felt like I was being swallowed up. I moved all of the office equipment to the guest bed room. A few shelves are needing to be put together so that I can also store other nics and naks in that room.

I’m looking for some caster wheels that I can use to add to my table for easy move and add height to actually use it as a cutting table. leg extensions with casters(inspired by Ikeahackers.net)

I also was thinking of modifying a desk that I already have because I hate having to get things. I want it all laid out. Sewing machine and Serger / Overlock machine, ironing station and my cutting table. Not really fond of putting holes in walls for hanging up stuff so I’m deciding how I want to Store my thread. I was imaging a corner bookshelf.

Wait for final Sewing Space Pictures, they will be posted soon.

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In the beginning….My sewing obstacles

So my main reason for sewing was because I was gaining weight and didn’t want to pay the high prices for size 16 jeans. With that being said I thought that I would be able to follow instructions if I bought the pattern for the type of pant I wore….wrong. It’s much more to reading patterns. You will also need to know the different materials for projects, how the fabric moves, it’s weight, and how it’s made. Yes how the fabric is made. You have animal (wool and silk), plant (cotton, flax, jute, and bamboo), minerals(asbestos, glass fibre), and synthetic(nylon, polyester,rayon, and acrylic). Those were my first obstacles that I had to get passed. Then it was sizing, matching my body type or shall I say my body structure. That itself was a task if you don’t know how to measure your self. So I suggest before you start to sew do some research. Learn the craft it’s much easier. Below are a few links that you will find helpful.

https://www.clothingpatterns101.com/body-measurements.html

http://apttoact.com/list-of-top-10-different-types-of-fabric-it’s-specialities/