Saturday, September 20, 2014

Elliott Berman Textiles Fabric Love


Elliott Berman Textiles Fabric Love Giveaway winner www.isitreallysewstrange.blogspot.com

I won! I never win anything so you can imagine my surprise when I won Elliott Berman Textiles weekly Fabric Love giveaway. I was very excited to open a box of free fabric. Check out my winnings. I received four different fabrics. The only problem is that I don't know the fabric content.

Elliott Berman Textiles Fabric Love Giveaway winner www.isitreallysewstrange.blogspot.com

Elliott Berman Textiles Fabric Love Giveaway winner www.isitreallysewstrange.blogspot.com


Elliott Berman Textiles Fabric Love Giveaway winner www.isitreallysewstrange.blogspot.com
Elliott Berman Textiles Fabric Love Giveaway winner www.isitreallysewstrange.blogspot.com


Elliott Berman Textiles Fabric Love Giveaway winner www.isitreallysewstrange.blogspot.com


I've been dreaming up new sewing projects since I opened the box. 


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In a Blue Mood


Custom lingerie sewing, bra and pantie set. www.isitreallysewstrange.blogspot.com
I've created another lingerie set. I wanted to create a nude bra but couldn't just make a plain one. I had to add some lace! All materials for the bra were purchased at Bra Maker's Supply. I love this set. I think it is really darling. 

Custom lingerie sewing. www.isitreallysewstrange.blogspot.com

Custom lingerie sewing. www.isitreallysewstrange.blogspot.com

The panties are made using 100% cotton T-shirt jersey from Fabricland. I cut out one of the flowers from the lace and embroidered it on to the front of the panties. 

Custom lingerie sewing, embroidered panties. www.isitreallysewstrange.blogspot.com


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Costume Conundrum

Photo courtesy of Andy Mlinarski

While the lazy days of summer have just come to a close, I am thinking Halloween. I know it is still a month and a half away, but I'm a planner. I like to get my Halloween costume ideas settled early so I have a lot of time to create the costume. I have been going back and forth on a costume idea for the past couple of months. I know, I've been thinking about Halloween since June- crazy! The two costumes that I have vetoed are Cleopatra and Nefertiti.   I have planned my costume for this year (based on a movie character) and have scheduled a trip to Fabricland and Michaels to get supplies. I need to get sewing soon. I am keeping this years costume a secret until the big Halloween reveal, but I will show you last years costume. 

I decided to take my inspiration for the artist Frida Kahlo. She was a Mexican artist who created amazing self portraits, was very political and had an affair with Leon Trotsky. I love her aesthetic and that she didn't care what was in fashion or trendy. She wore what she liked.

Photo courtesy of Andy Mlinarski


My interpretation included a pink eyelet top using Simplicity 3533 (other versions seen here and here), and a 10 gore skirt (another version seen here). I added her signature flowers by hot gluing fake flowers to plastic hair combs. Here distinctive unobrow was created with mascara. It was a really fun costume and I got to practice making Simplicity 3533 and my 10 gore skirt. 


Top: Frida Kahlo wearing a signature colorful look. Photo by Nickolas Murray. Above: Frida displays the three elements of Tehuana dress—the floral headpiece, square-cut blouse, and long skirt.
Frida Kahlo Source





 
Frida Kahlo Source
 My hot glue gun is warming up as we speak for Halloween 2014!



Monday, September 8, 2014

Pants



Pants. Sewing pants has always been a fear of mine. The fly, the crotch depth, fitting hips and a the bum. How was I ever going to make pants that fit well and looked good. I imagined tedious nights stooped over my sewing machine, crying in front of the mirror once the third, forth or fifth muslin just didn't look right. But I was all wrong. Making pants is easy. I used Simplicity 4366 and the Palmer and Pletsch method from the book Pants for Real People. Basically, you cut out and pin the pattern pieces together, try them on and make adjustments to the tissue before you even think about looking at your fashion fabric.



I did not use the pattern tissue because I don't cut my patterns. Why don't I cut my patterns? Because then they are ruined forever. If you've cut the smallest size on a nested and graded pattern and you gain weight or want to make a bigger size for someone else, you are out of luck. Unless you have kept the scraps you cut off of the pattern you won't know where to add to the pattern to grade it up to the next size. Instead of cutting my patterns I use Swedish tracing paper. It is an amazing non-woven translucent fabric that can be drawn upon and also cut and sewn like fabric. The benefit of this wonderful stuff is that I can actually sew together the pattern once I've cut it out to see if it fits. This way I am not wasting time or energy or emotional strength making multiple muslins.



Back to my pants: The Palmer and Pletsch method really works. I only had to make minor adjustments to my pattern once I sewed it together. I have so much suiting fabric in my stash ready to sew. I see many, many pairs of pants in my future. The problem I came across was not in the difficult parts of hips, waist, bum fitting, but in the leg width. The first pair of pants were too wide. The second too narrow, but not narrow enough to be chic cigarette pants. The third pair of pants was just right. They look a bit baggy in the photos. The strange thing is that they day I finished them, they fit perfectly. The next day I wore them they were too big. It could be some sort of water retention situation, but I'm not complaining.

Here is the thing about pants that are made specially for you. They don't ride up. They don't slide down when you bend over or sit down. They stay in place. This is why I love sewing.



I made the sweater using McCalls M6612. I cut if off at the waist and added a band. I also shortened the collar (because I didn't have enough fabric the make it the full length.  I really like this pattern. I have already started to make the cowl neck version as a top. I made this top mostly on my serger. I love a project that can be completed in an evening. I also got to use my twin needle. Very exciting! I love the twin needle and am interested to use a triple needle soon.

Improved photography courtesy of the tripod I purchased for $20 off of Kijiji. Yay!