2.19.2015

February 2015 Garment Sewing Plans


Little Towa is modeling her cute winter look....  
.....as mine seems to be so...... uninspiring.  *sigh*

As part of the Make a Garment a Month challenge, we are to post our monthly plans adhering to the suggested monthly theme.... or not.  Our monthly theme for February was 'Franken Pattern'.  It's a terrific theme idea..... to use different composites of different patterns to fashion a unique garment, but there's been no time (or energy?!) to 'franken' anything; so, my February challenge will simply be to 'Finish' the two things I've got started.

Here's where I'm at today.  Another NEWLOOK 6735 top cut out awaiting sleeves and Alabama Chanin stitching around the neckline and sleeve hems along with the Vogue 1247 cream corduroy skirt stitched to this point. 
Everything was zooming along with the skirt until I realized what I thought was a creaseline in the corduroy, seems to be more like a flaw.  It is difficult to photograph the cream corduroy, but you can just barely see the dark vertical line in the photo below.  There's also one in the back.  Bummer.  And then, as in only a few days ago..... did it occur to me to check the nap.  Ya' know.... corduroy has a directional nap that needs to be taken into account when CUTTING out the pieces of one's oh-so-cute skirt.  Mine is all over the place on this skirt!  Gee whiz!  Soooooo, after shelving the skirt for a few weeks, I'm wanting to finish it as a muslin so one day I can make a wearable oh-so-cute Rachel Comey Vogue 1247 little skirt. 
Happy Sewing Everyone!
UPDATE:  I forgot to include a photo of the patterns.  Oops!

8 comments:

  1. I think something like discovering you've forgotten about the nap in corduroy or discovering a flaw of some kind in your fabric can take the wind right out of your sails. I know it's happened to me more than once. Walk away and don't think about it for a couple of days. You'll get your inspiration back. Promise. Hugs.

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    1. 'Wind right out of your sails' was an understatement here! Yep.... that's what it did. Thought if I listed it as a 'Finish' for February for the MAGAM Challenge is would help me move forward again. Thanks Mama Pea!

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  2. Oh dear! It looked like it was going to be such a cute skirt paired with the Alabama Chanin top. As for nap it's such a pest and can turn up (or down) in the most unexpected places, not just corduroy and velvet. I made a knit top with a centre front seam and you guessed it, the two sides are a slightly different shade. I wear it anyway, as I doubt a non-sewer would notice.

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    1. That's an interesting point you've made and think I will be more careful in checking my fabrics in the future. Thanks Kathy!

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  3. Towa is gorgeous - did you make the little sweater?

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    1. Towa says 'thank you'! I borrowed the little pink sweater from a my daughter's collection of tops and sweaters she's purchased for Towa. I think there's even a couple of Halloween costumes in there too!

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  4. Towa is a scene stealer :). And her little coat goes with her pink tongue and paws - gorgeous.

    I think it is a great idea to Finish. I can understand your upset with the skirt - I've done the same - we all repeat this lesson as well from time to time - I had to relearn again last year. The flaw is upsetting too - could you run a strip of something down this - some lace perhaps - it will be a woven variation then on the AC look. It's probably a good idea to finish it and it will still make a great house skirt - and you will know what it looks like, especially with regard to length. Just to make you laugh, I've sometimes put things in the bin because of a flaw, only to get them out a few days later, wash them, and start again!!!

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    1. I did wonder if I washed the skirt if that would help the 'flaw'. I did pre-wash the fabric and noticed that line, but it was right on the crease and it never occurred to me that it was anything other than a creaseline. Will not 'assume' anything like that again! You've got a great idea though, in covering it up with a design feature. Will have to think about that one. The nap problem is not so noticeable to anyone but me, as you can't 'see' any differences, just 'feel' them. Our little Towa is such a cutie and so much more fun than any photographs I could seem to produce this day! Thank you Sarah Liz!

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