1.28.2015

What's been happenin' 'round here...

....painting, painting and more painting!  And I LOVE it!  Well, truth-be-told I don't care much for the painting process itself, but the results are worth it.  Our Master Bathroom's ceiling and walls needed a fresh coat of paint.... 
... and thanks to The Project Girl's paint colors I'd pinned over a year ago, we had the perfect wall paint color.... Sherwin William's Abalone.   My little rural town's Ace Hardware does not carry the Sherwin Williams' brand of paint..... and the closest Sherwin Williams is a good ways away..... so I asked if they could mix their Valspar brand of paint to the Sherwin Williams' abalone color I'd fallen in love with.  It was no problem, and this was the best idea because when we needed more paint, it was a mere 5 minutes away to buy more, versus 45+.  I chose the Satin finish for a little sheen. 
Fantastic website about her colors
Sooooo, after the Master Bathroom was done..... Melissa's bathroom was next along with the little hallway leading to her room and bathroom..... and then..... drumroll, please here...... my Sewing Room!!!!   (insert lots of handclapping and hoorays!)  Though along with the excitement, was the STRESS as every.... single.... thing... had to be taken out of the room because the ceilings, as well as the walls, needed to be done.  My sweet husband took it all in stride.  Now I''m at the point where half my stuff is back in and I'm trying to be conscious of what I want to keep and what might need to be pared back.  I do not work well surrounded by lots of 'stuff'.... so when it's all done I'll post finished photos.
Meanwhile, these had been bugging me.... seeing my tuna can pattern weights......
....so using my paper cutter and pretty adhesive paper, these look a lot better.  Took less than 15 minutes.  Geez.
And I finally decided the Rachel Comey Vogue 1247 skirt in a cream corduroy will be my next project.  For some reason I've gone back and forth on this one and finally decided to simply jump in and cut it out.  The only thing I do not understand, is that I wear a size 10 NEWLOOK pattern tops, pants and skirts..... the size 10 Vogue 1247 top was big on me.... but my measurements show I should be cutting out a size 16 skirt?  Really?!  My pattern only goes to a size 12, so I added 1/2" to all the side seams and plan to sew with a mere 1/4" seam allowance and hope to make this work.  Also added 4" to the length.  And took the time to make a master pattern out of interfacing..... of course after I'd cut out the pattern and cut out the fabric.  During that process I began to wonder.... how do others handle their patterns and fabrics?  Do you trace the original pattern and not cut it out?  Do you trace your pattern to the fabric and then cut?  Or do you pin (or use tuna can pattern weights!) the cut-out pattern to your fabric and then cut your fabric out? 
That was probably clear as mud.
Hope everyone is having a good week!

12 comments:

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE your bathroom! its so pretty! The thing I dread most about painting and any home renovation is the process, all the packing, the dust, the cleaning thereafter etc ... but I love the end results, so it's worth it :) The tuna cans are so pretty now, hehe do you eventually eat the tuna?

    Oh that skirt is pretty! Sizing is always msyterious to me but the difference between 10 and 16 is more than I'm used to seeing. I have given up on choosing size based on the size charts, I usually choose based on measurements on a similar item of clothing that fits.

    For commercially printed patterns, I never cut the pattern itself, I always trace from the pattern. I keep thinking that I might need another size one day because you know, I keep gaining weight :) But for PDF print at home patterns, I cut the pattern itself because it seems like a waste of the paper if I didn't :) haha I don't know why I'm inconsistent like that.

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    1. That's a great idea - basing cutting on measurement of a similar item of clothing. I'm thinking I need to start tracing patterns too, except for the pdfs. My body keeps 'changing' (ha!) as I get older too! Thanks for letting me know how you handle patterns and fabric. P.S. eat the tuna?! Hadn't even thought about it.... aren't they 'pattern weights' not 'food'?!!!!! hehehehehe Thanks again Erin!

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  2. Love your pretty bathroom, mine will need painting after all the renovation work has been done.

    I have made the Rachel Comey skirt 3 times and I really like it. But it is very, very short. I added 6 inches to the length and still had to use a false hem the first two times. Eventually I traced off new skirt pieces and added the extra so I would get a consistent length. I am 5'5" and my skirts hit just above the knee. Have not made the top but judging by what I have read on various blogs I know I will need to cut a smaller size and it may still be too big.

    I usually cut my fabric directly from the pattern, allowing a little extra around the middle to accommodate my non-existent waist. My general size hasn't changed much in years except for the waistline.

    Look forward to seeing your finished skirt, hope you like it as much as I do.

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    1. Just looked at your recent Rachel Comey skirt and it looks fantastic! I'm starting to think I should've lengthened mine a little more. Thank you for letting me know your thoughts about patterns and fabric. Sounds like I'm on a good track cutting the fabric directly from the pattern.

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  3. Send your husband here - I have a few rooms that could use painting! Not my sewing room though, thank goodness. It would kill me to schlep everything in and out.

    I've made that skirt twice and used my usual size with no problems. If you don't find that you're swimming in the larger size you cut, I will be very surprised. I know the top runs big but the skirt should not, though as mentioned by Kathy, it is VERY short. I found the waistband uncomfortable and ended up taking it off but that's just my personal preference.

    As for tracing vs cutting, it depends on the pattern. If it's just me and I'm pretty sure it'll fit, I cut it. If I think I might make it for someone else too and need a different size, I'll trace. I trace all my pdfs because the lighter paper used for the tracing is easier to store than that stiff computer paper. Which I hate. Last night I glued together 39 pages for the Archer shirt. 39! I actually ran out of glue!

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    1. Wow... glue 39 pages together! Your Archer shirt will be worth it though. Somehow you need to post pictures somewhere so we can see what you make!!! Thank you for weighing in also on how you handle patterns and fabric. Sounds like I'm on the right track and that makes me feel better. I love learning from all you lovely ladies who have been sewing garments much longer than I!

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    2. I'm thinking about biting the Facebook bullet and joining back up with MAGAM. I have also thought about blogging but am having trouble solving the picture-taking conundrum. Husband hates to do it and anyway, he stinks at it! I need to find my camera's manual and learn how to use a tripod.

      And to SarahLiz, I don't do many .pdf's because they are a pain and because some of those indie patterns are a little bit iffy on the drafting. The Archer, though, gets praise on all counts and I figured it will be worth the effort if I end up with a shirt pattern that I'll use multiple times.

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    3. Whatever you decide Barbara, I'm sure there's lots of other folks out there, other than me, who'd love to see and hear about how you make your beautiful clothes!

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  4. The painting looks lovely - I wish I had a husband that was at home more :). Still, mine works hard, so that supports us, so I can't complain.

    The Rachel Comey skirt is very short - if you have not cut enough length you can always do a blind hem. The waistband is wide, but I like wide bands - people who prefer faced skirts may find it too wide. As for sizing, it was pretty much standard Vogue patterns skirt sizing.

    I trace all my patterns as I frequently alter. Occasionally I cut if I know I won't use the pattern again. I rarely use PDFs as I hate all the sticking together of pages of paper. I also prefer working with the non indies - I am more familiar with the styles and sizings and know what to expect.

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    1. You are confirming that I need to be tracing my patterns from now on and keep the originals, no matter what form they are, as 'masters'. Thanks for the tip about the skirt! Even though I added 4" I needed the reminder about a blind hem. Hope to start sewing it up later today. Thanks Sarah Liz!

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  5. Your white corduroy skirt is going to be gorgeous! I made this pattern up in heavy ivory fabric and it's seriously one of my most useful and used skirts.

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    1. I love all the versions you've made Carolyn! Thank you!

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