When producing, whether it be a sewing pattern or a ready to wear line, there is a problem with fitting on yourself only. There’s also a problem with fitting on a dress form only. With yourself, you’re usually emotionally attached to the product so it’s hard to have an objective opinion. It’s also hard to …
The most annoying thing in the world – skipped stitches. Also, thread that breaks mid sewing. Grrr! One of my students at the London workshop, Shiona, said she discovered a miracle in a (little) bottle – Collins All-Purpose Sewers Aid. A clear, non-staining lubricant, a drop on the needle, bobbin or thread eliminates skipped stitching. Used mostly for embroidery, it can also be used for garment and lingerie sewing.
I had to give it a try. I placed an order on Amazon (no affiliate links are used in this post) and have been using it for about a week. Not enough time to give a legit review, but I thought I would share and ask if you used it. If so, what did you think?
I did not have any expectations when I first cut this set. Zip, zilch, zero, nada. I intended it to be a quick make while I waited for a few yards of power net from Spandex House to arrive in the mail. I made two minor design changes to a TNT bra and panty pattern, and I now have a my favorite set. Maybe I like it so much might because I had no expectations? Who knows, but who cares. I got me some new undies! [hands up in the air emoji]
What are your thoughts on the peekaboo trend? It can be trashy, but it can be classy, and I am hoping this is the latter. I think if done right, it can be a fun way to play up lingerie, but for it to still be wearable and practical. Have you seen any peekaboo bras, panties or bodysuits that you’ve seen around the web and could share? This is my favorite.
We have serious things to chat about today, and by serious, I mean crotch linings. I’m sure, almost positive, that after reading the word crotch several times and looking at all the prettiness of crotch linings, you’ll be dying to make a pair of panties. DYING…
Crotch linings are the unglamorous side of sewing panties, or knickers, or whatever kind of underthings you call them. I’ve wanted to skip this step so many times. Almost always, crotch linings are made of cotton jersey, not anything poly, because it breathes. Cotton jersey can be difficult to handle though. It can stretch out of shape and shift out of place. I use a couple ways to make it easier to sew, which I’m sharing today, so nobody goes crotch lining less. There are so many ways to attach a crotch lining – this is just one way – and I’m not claiming that I am the first to use the following method.
It’s that time of the year again. Time to host the Best Sewing Blogs Awards! If you’re a new follower, for the past 2 years, I have hosted to highlight the incredible sewing bloggers who put so much time and effort into sharing what they make, and to provide a resource/list of current sewing blogs, bloggers and companies according to skill, personality and category all in one place. Even though we are all winners, these sewists deserve recognition.
To switch things up this year, top winners will receive a prize! A trophy! Not just any trophy, but a sparkly dress form made by yours truly. It’s all about the sparkle.
I am ending this year in a much different place than where I started. A year ago, I was uncertain. I was planning my first bra workshop, and to be quite honest, I wasn’t sure about it. I loved the idea, but I didn’t know if others would feel the same. Luckily, the classes have been a success, not to mention a ton of fun. There isn’t anything like it, at least I don’t think so, which is why you ALL should attend. Ahem…
In last year’s review, I wrote that I wanted to devote a lot of time to bra making and I think I did a damn good job at accomplishing that. What’s on the horizon for next year? From the way it looks now, 2016 is going to be great. Things could change, but that’s the current forecast. With that though, my life is going to get crazy and it will be important to stay focused. To keep my eye on the prize. When projects seem endless, when deadlines approach, and when I spend 4 times sewing the same hook + eye, here are the mottos I’m going to TRY to keep in mind…
I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday and gearing up for Christmas this Saturday. I’m in Florida enjoying the heat and time with my family. I am popping in today to tell you about a cool affordable online dressmaking apprenticeship that is being launched by a fellow Philadelphia and Drexel University professor. Sally Seligman is the woman behind Dressmaker’s Studio, and her team reached out to me last week to get the word out about her Kickstarter campaign, which only has a few weeks left to make it happen!
It is Sally’s goal to be the most extensive online dressmaking course, but like any dream, it requires funding. So, while you’re wrapping your presents and baking your cookies, take a moment to check out their Kickstarter campaign. If it interests you, or if you want to sign up, show your support so that Sally can bring this one-of-a-kind class to home sewists everywhere.
I’m still on a bodysuit kick and I don’t know why. It could be the weather. I want something to wear under my sweaters and dresses that is warm(er). I’m one of those people who is cold all the time. Or maybe it’s because bodysuits are elusive to a lot of people, and I want to show that they aren’t. Miley Cyrus’ bear themed bodysuit and Iggy Azalea’s futuristic one-piece are not everyday pieces (hopefully), but there are plenty of wearable options.
The purpose of this bodysuit was for it to be both innerwear and outerwear. I don’t think I achieved that completely. In theory, I could wear this out at night – definitely not to work – but I wouldn’t because I’d be too damn afraid that there would be some visible boobage at some point. Thanks but no thanks – I’m not about that kind of cleavage.
Today, we live in a connected and an interactive world. More than ever, our phones, tablets and computers are by our sides constantly. Each is synced to one another, and we can access people, documents and photos in an instant. Personally, I don’t know what I would do without Dropbox; I have heart palpitations just thinking about it. The sewing industry has made strides to keep up with the pace of technology, Megan Nielsen’s app being just one example, and I believe we have made another giant step forward with the release of a new sewing machine – the Spiegel 60609. Made by Spiegel, a retailer with long history of innovation, the machine has WIFI technology and using their Spiegel Social Sewing App (available for both iPhone and Android) it can connect to your cell phone and tablets so that you can view and share what you’re sewing in real time on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Periscope, etc. You know what that means? #sewingselfie
When Superior Threads asked me if I was interested in testing their threads, I told them I most certainly was. I don’t put much thought into thread. I usually grab a spool of poly Coats and Clarks or something similar when buying fabric. Poly because I sew lingerie and the thread has a slight give. Woolly nylon was a new discovery – I wrote about it here – but I only use it for serging. So, yeh Superior Threads, why not expand my thread horizons?