Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Finally sewing again

Yes, I’ve finally been sewing again. A bra was just the right thing to start with after returning home (with jetlag) from a fantastic trip with my family to New York!

When planning the trip I claimed one day on my own for going to the garment district and of course, a highlight for me, meeting my friend Nancy. Mostly we were talking and shopping fabric too much to think of photos, but here’s one during a lovely Korean lunch.

Nancy brought me the interfacing I had ordered with Pam of Fashion Sewing Supply. The best interfacing you can get in my opinion and in this way I could stock a bit and not pay the high shipping cost.

And where did we go and what did I buy? B & J fabrics and Mood were the larger stores we visited. I felt like being in a candy store: so much to choose from it’s difficult to decide.

The first fabric I bought was this wool/lace one. I also bought zippers for it and plan to make a jacket of it.

Beautiful Swiss cotton for next spring/summer in an original weave.

A few silks.

And last but not least: wool jersey and an Oscar the la Renta boucle. At least, that was the name on the tag. Whether or not he actually used it I can’t find on the internet. It’s of minor importance, I loved the colors as they are very much “me”. Don’t expect all this fabric to be sewn up in the next weeks. My fabric buying obviously exceeds my production, especially in the past months. It’s time for “stop buying fabric and start sewing”. I’m trying to plan 15-30 minutes each day, which should mean more time than I used for sewing recently.

I started with this bra. It’s the download pattern DL01 from MakeBra. I made it before and while wearing it I was not completely happy with the fit, the cups felt a bit too small after all. I now used a size 75F which is the right size I think. Most examples on their site and the gallery are for bra’s in which the cup is covered with lycra. For a long time I had the idea of using lace and that’s what I’ve done here. I made photos of the construction phase and plan to do a review and instruction post later. The color is a bit bold for me, out of my comfort zone.



Friday, October 11, 2013

Still there – snoop shopping

I’m still there, just a bit silent on the blog. All’s fine, only very, very busy with work, a daughter leaving the house and all other things that happen in life. Sewing? None! Reading blogs? Occasionally only. I’ve ordered me some sewing books, the Marfy catalogue, even bought some fabric. Just couldn’t find the time to sew.

This afternoon I felt I could breath a little again, did some snoop shopping on the internet, looking for inspiration. I thought the combination of these fabrics was nice.

Look at the back of this jacket (mind you, this is a jacket with a $650 price tag!). To me it looks the jacket was too wide when finished and a “dart”  or partial center back seam was added later. The seams on the lower part of the jacket also look like they have been redone after finishing.

I know, if you don’t sew you probably won’t see this or mind at all. It would bother me though if I had sewn the back of a jacket like this. Says something about me, being too perfectionist sometimes.  I’ll be looking at further inspiration and hope to find time for sewing soon.

Till then: enjoy the autumn colors (or spring if you’re in the Southern hemisphere).