Garment Sewing Class: We are doing collars and collar stands in the Garment Making class. I spent the morning making samples for each student with upper collar, under collar and collar stand. It is a great group of students. They will get to learn Pam Erny's turning the point technique and Margaret Islander's burrito technique.
Today I received my 100% cotton Bare Knits from Nancy's Notions. I am excited to get started sewing each piece. The feel and look really great. The weight is nice and they are opaque. I have been very disappointed with the knits and jerseys that I have purchased from cheap online vendors. They look good on the computer, some die in the wash, most start to pill immediately. I sew things that I want to wear and that work with my other wardrobe. It makes me really unhappy when they become rags after 3 washings and have to be thrown away. I have high expectations for these knit pieces. Stay tuned.
Now I have made the Bare Knits top. I have washed it a few times and it is holding up really well. This fabric is not shown in the current catalog but is available on Nancy's Notions website.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
WARDROBE FOR TRAVEL OR LIFE
Last October I agreed to do a program for Sew Fitting, a neighborhood group of the Atlanta Chapter of the America Sewing Guild.
It took several months and false starts to find the right print fabric for the project. I planned to use the print in several garments, a dress, top, jacket and culottes of slacks. I would use some solid that appeared in the print to make other jackets, tops and slacks. Since I started with a print instead of a "neutral" (ugly) I will have ten pieces that play nice together. From those ten pieces I will have many many outfits. The photos will be posted this weekend when my photographer is available.
Wardrobe for travel or life
The Inspiration: I found that many small collections of a dozen or so garments are presented at the time of fashion week. I became intrigued with the fact that there were 2 or three principal fabrics that were used in several different garments. That was the inspiration that started the process.
The Process: I began looking for the feature fabric as soon as I agreed to present the program. That was a long journey. I wanted 10 yards of a cotton sateen print. I found a few that had the wrong colors or a mix that did not appeal to me. I found something that might work on Craftsy. They only sell 4 yard pieces. So I was off searching for other sources.
I finally found the piece on Gorgeous Fabrics. I wanted to get a swatch but they only had 19 yards. Likely by the time I got the swatch the piece would be gone. I ordered 8 yards. It was a border print with the white down the middle. This presented some design challenges.
I drafted two dress patterns, three top patterns and I am working on the jacket pattern from my master patterns. I made samples/muslins of each pattern and tweaked them a few times. The jacket will be done shortly but I want to make a sample before I make it in the feature fabric.
Designers take all year to work on two collections. I have a much greater appreciation for the process. My work was based on design for fit and esthetics of how it looked on my body. I have some more ideas in mind that will use bits from the fabric in other garments.
I have assembled many groups of fabric for making swaps. I never got beyond the first pair of pants or top. There were always pieces that worked but did not inspire me. I really like to idea of using a focus fabric that I really love and building around that. Boo to all those who say start with a (ugly or uninspiring) neutral.
I have found that most of my red family fabrics work with this piece. I will be making a red wool crepe jacket, red wool pants from Vogue fabric that was too light to become a jacket and black tropical weight wool pants. I have a deep pink jacket made from a Caroline Rose piece at Gail K Fabrics. This was an orphan but now works well with this print dress and top.