Tag: construction

Scrapbook It: What is Elastic?

Before the temperatures got cold and before the sun set at 4:30 p.m., I published a weekend post that centered around engagement. Going through my old posts to see what I liked, what I didn’t like, and what could be improved, I realized that although the design of my posts were killer, my posts lacked engagement. The post was published a couple of months after Me-Made May and right after Oona’s Promaballoona. Those amazing seamstresses connected and engaged with their readers and I wanted to do the same – ME and You. And that’s what I did. I bought a notebook, a pretty one from Anthropologie, and I wrote about what’s on my sewing plate right now – elastic (for lingergie – are you surprised?). I taped, glued, and decorated one page that reflected my aesthetic  (it has lace) while still informing about what elastic is. Now it’s your turn. Who wants to decorate and inform the next page? US, Europe, or Australia, it don’t matt-ah (that is grammatically correct), I’ll mail it to you. The conditions are that you decorate it any way you please and when your finished, take pictures/scan it, and post about it (I will post an update as well) what you’ve made. So who’s in? Who wants the scrapbook next? I don’t care if there is 100 of you or 2; all I need it 1. To turn this into an informative sewing post, here’s was elastic is: Technically defined, elastic is a series of rubber or spandex cores that are bound or wrapped in polyester, cotton, nylon, or a blended thread that are then braided, woven, or knitted together to create elastic. Said more briefly, elastic is thread and rubber strings that are interlacing in varying ways. The way the elastic is constructed –…

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Guest Post: Tips For Sewing Silk

Another day. Another guest post. Another sewing tip. Katie Lineaweaver and I “met” last spring when I happened upon her site, A Girl Named Katie, and her blog, Love Is Why I Wake. Like most bloggers, we got into a “dialogue” about something we had in common – location. She lives not only in the same country and not only in the same region but the same state – Pennsylvania. Although I’ve never made the trip out to the suburb where she lives, it’s on my to-do list – a blogger meet-up is in the future. Promise. She guest posted on my blog a couple of months ago and to return the favor, I recently guest posted on the blog of the fabric shop she works at – Fabrics Mart. The subject of the guest post is certainly something you’ve run into – sewing silk. It’s slippery, it’s slinky, and it’s not fun to work with. With some tried-and-true tips though, handling silk can be manageable. Shortly after I my guest post went live, Mood Fabric’s published a similar post on the subject. So check them both out, it won’t hurt, you might even like it.

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The Fiona Dress

[EasyGallery id=’fiona’] This is Fiona, a polka-dotted ruffly number I made last summer (yep, that’s right, I have yet to post it until now. Ooops). I never admitted the reason why I made her. It’s actually quite an embarrassing story. Last summer my cousin was getting married in Ft. Lauderdale (my hometown), which only meant one thing, I needed to make a dress for the occasion. Short on time, I decided to make a simple and easy maxi dress. Inspired by Jil Sander’s then current collection, I wanted the dress to be an easy silhouette that was a cinch to sew and to make the focal point of the dress the fabric. This I did, buying the most beautiful vintage polka-dotted cotton from my fabric fabric store in Philadelphia, Jack’s Fabrics (it’s on 4th Street just south of South Street). Everything went according to plan – I drafted the pattern, fit the muslin, and sewed the dress up in no time. When I tried on the final dress and looked at myself in the mirror, I looked hideous! Absolutely and one hundred percent hideous! It was a moo-moo to the 100th degree and then multiplied by one thousand. I tried to resurrect it (only Jesus can be resurrected). I added appliqués, I hemmed it, and I sewed a ruffle at the bottom (my usual go-to fix) but nothing could make this dress pretty. So one Sunday afternoon, I had enough with this dress. I laid it on the floor, held my scissors in my hand, took a deep breath, and cut the damn thing in two and went out and bought a Free People dress. Done and done. So this is how Fiona came about. After the whole cut-my-dress-into-two ordeal, I undertook a project that was easy and that I knew…

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My First Ever…

I came across the first garment I ever sewed while I was home in Florida. It was no apron and it was definitely no pencil skirt. The first thing I sewed was a fully lined and strapless dress that had a bubble hem, boning, and a bow and was made with peach taffeta (talk about overachiever). When I found it burried in a box, I held it up and laughed. This thing was and still is hideous! So tacky, so eighties, so Betsey Johnson, so never to be worn again. Did I think I was going to prom? When I look back on things I have made, most of the time, I have mixed feelings towards each piece. Some were successes and some were failures but all have stories and memories attached to them that I remember and reminisce on months and years later. For this particular dress, I remember my dad being so excited about it and promising to take me to dinner when I finished. When that day came – when I finished the dress – my dad and I did indeed celebrate with dinner but I didn’t have the guts to wear the dress. Do you have the first garment you sewed? If so, what is it? Does it have an interesting story attached to it. Whatever it is, I would love to hear about it.

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Bras: Some of My Favorites

To complement yesterday’s post on the construction of bras (scroll down one post to see), here are a few of my favorite bra’s and P’s set’s (I refuse to use the word panty after this. I hate saying it and I especially hate writing it). Clockwise from Top Left: 1. Anthropologie Lantana Floret Bra and Brief 2. Elle Macpherson Burlesque Facade Lace Contour Bra 3. Aubade Underwired Half Bra and Brief 4. Elle Macpherson Maria Stretch Silk-Satin Contour Bra and Brief

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The Construction of Bras

I’m going depart from my usual routine of writing about various sewing and pattern making topics and focus on one topic for the next two weeks. Recently, I’ve seen and read a lot, both in magazines and on blogs, about bras, lingerie, trousseaus, foundations or whatever those pieces worn underneath clothing are called. I was never interested in sewing a bra or a panty (I hate those words, do you?) until I realized that a good fitting outfit starts with good fitting lingerie. I spent 3 months perfecting the fit of my sloper yet never thought to perfect to the fit of what I wore underneath. Yes, I wore the same bra during each muslin, which is super important, but who knew if that bra fit me correctly. I never thought to check. Lingerie is also an interesting and fun category. Interesting in that lingerie is sewn quite differently than “normal” clothing and fun because lingerie can be sewn in a day, not weeks or months. Also, there’s no rolling up the rugs and bending over on floor to cut pattern pieces. Because the pattern requires so little fabric, the pieces can be cut on even the smallest table, which is a huge plus. So for the next two weeks, I will be writing about all things bras – the construction of bras and sports bras (I’ve been meaning to do a follow-up post on sports bras since I wrote about the construction of “normal” bras), how and what constitutes a good fitting bra, how the shape of bras have changed over the decades (this is really cool), as well as my favorite bras (for eye candy). I’ll start today with the construction of “normal” bras. I admit that this is a repost from a couple of months ago but…

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How To Make A Faux Bow

Bows. Next to ruffles, lace, and lots and lots of shirring, bows are a favorite of mine. They’re all the things I like – pretty, coquettish, and very feminine. But not all bows are created equal. For the wholistic and organic sewers, bows can be created by looping and knotting two ties together (that’s some great alliteration right there). But for the sewers who like to cheat just a tad, bows can be faked. In the diagram and steps below, I show you how to create a faux bow. After, I list my favorite bows that I found from this wonderful thing called the world wide web. Not all are faux bows, but all are just as lovely. Step 1: Cut a rectangle of fabric that is twice the width and twice the length of the desired bow, including seam allowances. Step 2: Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise and with right sides together, stitch along the length of the rectangle ONLY Step 3: Press open seam allowances, turn the rectangle to the right side, and center the seam on the underside and in the center of the rectangle Step 4: Bring the short ends of the rectangle to the underside, overlap edges 1/2″ (it’s okay to leave edges raw), and stitch short ends together ONLY (do not sew through all plys) Step 5: Hand or machine baste directly on top of stitch made in previous step (should be in center of rectangle) and through all plys. In my opinion, hand basting with a needle that is threaded with 2 plys of thread is best. Because the rectangle is so thick at this step (4 plys), machine basting will break easier. Step 6: Pull up basting stitches to create shirring Step 7: Create knot by cutting 2 rectangles of fabric…

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