Ah, blogging in the Winter! I diligently photographed this whole draftalong adventure as I went along to find that the poor light quality and short days got the better of me. It’s not just photos either, I’ve been sewing in black too and I’m close to making a resolution about sewing summer clothes in the winter and leaving the dark winter clothes until the light is fit to see what you’re doing. There are upsides however for the both of us. Conditions have forced me to teach myself the wonders of Adobe Illustrator (and wondrous this software is!) so you have clear and detailed diagrams to see you through instead of images.
Ah! I’m so sorry that it’s been so long since my last post! I got bogged down by my knitting deadline and when I have a deadline promised to someone else it takes precedence over my commitments to myself. Now with that apology over lets get back on topic.
Today we are going to prepare our skirt block – or if you don’t have a block we are going to create one from a commercial straight skirt pattern.
Here is the gore skirt we will be drafting over the next couple of weeks! [Read more…]
Coming up on New Model Lamé we are going to be having a skirt draft-along. I’ll detail how to take a straight skirt block or sewing pattern and turn it into a pleated A-line skirt with gore panels.
I have a confession.
I have an addiction to education.
It isn’t much of an addiction to be sure but ever since leaving school I can only think of a single two year period where I haven’t been in some form of formal learning. One of the downsides about becoming a scientist is the level of training you need just to be entry level on a career track that goes somewhere. I have spent eight years in university (five of them part-time in a sort of apprenticeship arrangement) and since leaving I have pursued every sort of course I could get my hands on learning to sew clothes and spin yarn.
The above was the inspiration for sewing my faux leather embellished top and when I later saw some PVC fabric in Cleggs that had a quilted look texture I was sold at $5 for a 20cm strip. The following tutorial is how I got the look. It is a really simple embellishment, but I’ve had a tonne of complements on my finished top and the result is pretty polished if I do say so myself.