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this ‘n that

Have been trying to finish up a batch huge pile of UFOs (unfinished objects) which includes things cut out but not sewn.

Have had some success, and was wear-testing the last one today. Not that the pile is gone, mind you.

Click a pic below so you can read the texts. And onward to the next one . . .

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lessons learnt

Vogue 8750
click to go to pattern

Okay. Let’s look at this one last time, shall we?

Remember this, this, and more recently the petersham post here?

After several years of working (mostly not working) on this, I still think it’s a good pattern.

Just not in the fabric I chose. And there’s a huge learning curve in that “NOT.”

As I got into the pattern, which has some weird pieces that prove interesting for fit, I discovered that precise seam widths were vital. (ugh!) A fraction off in some places and it’s seam ripper time.

see any top stitching?
thought not.

But even more important was the concept of those side pieces. Definitely bias effect going on, which should affect what fabric gets used, and its pattern.

Blithely ignorant, I lost a lot of the skirt’s character, as all the interesting top stitched detail  became invisible on this patterned fabric.

Although I thought the weight of the cotton would be good (it’s okay), it turned out the ravelling has been horrendous. Something I didn’t discover until I’d washed it a few times, which I did over the past 2 years.

see all the straggling ends? don’t believe that using pinking shears on a cotton will handle any ravelling… just sayin’

But lest we get discouraged, there have been positives: Learning about petersham ribbon from Hila’s post and actually using it for a waistband has been a huge plus. (Suspect it will influence most future skirts.)

The other huge plus has been realising, then acknowledging my mistake in using fabric I do not like. (An early on-line purchase so I didn’t touch it beforehand.)

HUGE lesson learnt: Don’t even think about using up fabrics you don’t want to touch… even for a toile.

Below are assorted photos from the recent finishing. However, if you’re looking for sassy photos of me wearing this . . . 😱   Shock! Horror!

Do you ever see sassy piccies of me??  Lol!   Will admit to laundering it again, giving it a good press, and trying it on. It fits loosely, as I made a straight 16 I think, and am not about to alter it.

The petersham waist works really well for me (hate waistbands) as it sits at the waist (or would if I fitted it properly) and doesn’t annoy. Because of the weird side pieces there’s a good fit at the hip, particularly when seated.

Would I make it again? “Never say never.”  Maybe. . . . but with better fabric.

😊  Have a grand weekend, Lovelies!

an odd assortment

at least/at last got this scarf hemmed & washed

With all that’s going on in the world, I sometimes wonder. . .

Am I the only one feeling slightly … um… er… dis………engaged?

Nevertheless, managed to get the cutting table cleared off. Mostly. Which, as we all know, is not a minor feat.

Hila at Saturday Night Stitch had a great post about the difference between Petersham and grosgrain ribbon.

It reminded me of a skirt that’s been hanging for a couple of years awaiting it’s grosgrain ribbon waist band, which I’d managed to locate last year. So what’s been the hold up?

Was it sheer laziness on my part? After reading Hila’s post, I checked the pattern (Vogue 8750) and my posts. 😳

Then I saw an article in Threads magazine (not online), but I had a copy.

Vogue got it wrong. They clearly state grosgrain, and it should be Petersham ribbon.

I’m considering it intuition.

😄

(a.k.a. luck – hehe!)

framed by sunday sevens #31

friday: can you feel the heat & humidity through the window?

friday: can you feel the heat & humidity through the window?

Since last week was an assortment of activities, I’m framing it mentally with Natalie’s Sunday Sevens.

Frame. v.t. 1.  To fit or prepare and unite several parts in a regular structure or entire thing…

After mooching through my photo mind palace for this week’s WPC (over t’other blog) I decided it was time to iron a skirt & blouse that had hung un-ironed all week.

You know how your mind wanders whilst ironing. As I’d just been thinking “frame,” it got applied to the ironing.

  • The yellow blouse had been a charity shop men’s shirt I liberated circa 2013.
  • The skirt & capelet fabric was purchased in Chicago and originally made into culottes, but fabric was too stiff for the style and so it didn’t get worn.
  • Then it got made into a straight skirt, and worn much more than the culottes.
  • The capelet, of leftover fabric from the culottes, was a test.

The shirt’s too long to be worn as styled with the capelet at left (proportions are off), but isn’t quite so off with a solid RTW blouse instead (top, right) Yes, that yellow men’s shirt is still underneath.

 Thanks to J for photos above!

  • Plastic & glass bangles thrifted around chicago (2010-13)
  • Earrings from california arts fair (ca. 1990’s)
  • Sandals by Clarks
  • Hat still in use!

framed! my 1st multi-colour work

And an extra photo just because I’m chuffed to have done some crocheting in colour.

Time for Sunday Sevens again, as dreamed up by Natalie of Threads and Bobbins. Why not join in? Guidelines are extremely flexible. 😉

Submitted for the WordPress Photo Challenge.

q & a: circle skirts

front of hatI’ve met another sewer today, and she’s local.  Happy New Year !

We started out with my hat – remember the green fleece? Yep. I’m still wearing it. Nothing keeps me warmer! The pattern is Folkwear’s Metropolitan Hat #269.

I’m dedicating this post to you, Ms. V, in answer to your questions (and a couple of my own).

And I’m asking you, Lovely Readers, to help us out by sharing your experiences with circle skirts. Here are a couple of questions ~

  • Why do we have to divide by Pi (6.28 in inches try 3.14 instead ~ 😳 embarrassed face) in that formula to get waist measurement?
  • Why doesn’t anyone mention hanging the skirt before hemming it to allow the bias portions of the skirt to stretch out so they can be trimmed before hemming?

I don’t think I’ve ever made a circle skirt. But I’ve planned one and never got to it, partly because of these questions.

Here are three of the things I kept for future reference: Dana Made It, Me Sew Crazy, and Mood Fabrics in NYC/LA.

Your turn, Dear Readers!

Please add to my list, either with your own experiences, or a fav tutorial you’ve used.

😘

Thank you in advance!

 

And since the WordPress Photo Challenge is a “perfect fit” this week, it’s included.