I’ve been absent lately from posting.
- Part of it is just LIFE getting in the way, well, that’s just life.
- Part is that I vary from knitting to sewing to Other. Because I don’t try to maintain 2 blogs, I feel that when I post about sewing, I pretty much lose my knitting friends, and when I post about knitting, my sewing friends go away, and then, when I post about Sailing, everyone’s eyes glaze over ;) I was chatting with Toya about this very phenomenon the other week, and she ended up putting up a poll on her blog. Interesting that the feedback she’s gotten suggests people most enjoy reading a mix of crafts and personal. Maybe that’s when they all reside in the same post??
- Part is the fact that lately I’ve been hesitant to post process posts. And I got to wondering why. Because the blogs that I try to make sure that I get to, to read, are those that are most detailed about process. Tany’s (with her exquisite workmanship), Summerset’s, the Diva’s,
, just to name a few. So why do I think you’re not interested in my process shots? Marina
So, I think I'll go back to posting progress and technique posts, and try to get back in the habit of posting. (ok Carolyn??)
If your eyes start to glaze over, let me know. OK?
On the Knitting Front:
Mitten knitting continues, although at the moment, 2 prayer shawls have taken precedence. Each stitch contemplative, each stitch murmuring prayers, each prayer a question, a plea; for solace, for healing, for acceptance, for relief, for healing… Each should be done next week.
On the Sewing Front:
A long ago promised post on the Muslin.
There is a lot of discussion among sewists (sewers – are we repositories for all the flotsam and jetsam draining from the city streets, I think not) about making a muslin.
I make a muslin when:
- I’m sewing for someone else
- I’m sewing something for me that is out of the ordinary, or something where the fit is absolutely crucial to the wearing of the garment – where fudging it just won’t do
- I’m using really expensive or rare fabric and am hesitant to cut into it
And, unlike a lot of folks who like to make Wearable muslins – I prefer to use a muslin fabric. One I can write on, one I can slice into when alterations are required that require insertion of more fabric, one that I can ultimately cut up and use as Pattern. Have you seen the muslin Phyllis has been working on lately for her silk dress?
Rnd one: too small, I’m bigger than I used to be. Time to hit the gym, but I digress.
Rnd two: good enough to work with.
Fit changes I made: Added 2” to the hip, then took in about ¾” in the back at the waist. I ended up changing a bit of the angle of the raglan sleeve seam that goes into the large yoke. Adjusting the yoke so that it sits right at my shoulders. If the muslin sits ok, with all the structure built into the jacket, I should be fine.
-Added 3” to the length of the jacket. This pattern was exceedingly short – shorter I think than it appears in the picture.
- I also decided to make the sleeve bracelet length with a conventional hem, as opposed to full length with a rib knit cuff.
- I’m eliminating the contrast welt pocket that was set in the front dart.
It’s really hard to tell in the pattern photo, but the jacket construction is deconstructed – with all seams lapped and raw edges showing – I’m not a fan, so I’m constructing using more conventional methods. and inserting the contrasts as piping
You've already seen the fashion fabric, the houndstooth check boucle
I'm underlining with white cotton batiste, and that is the point that I'm at now. I'm handstitching the underlining to the boucle. Because the boucle is so malleable, I'm not even concerning myself with Turn-of-Cloth. If anything, already the boucle has outgrown the underlining, so I don't need to worry about the underlining bubbling up a bit inside.
Contrast: I'm using a black cotton velveteen that has been sitting around here long enough. I'll use it to pipe the seams where DK inserted the raw edge contrast she used, and I'll use it as the second layer collar that sits under the first collar.
my parting shot today:On order. Bye Bye to my old trusty lovely Sussman Iron. Hello Naomoto.