Tuesday, June 24, 2008

quick hello

I hoped to have some real finished sewing to show you today, but I'm not quite there yet.

The Great Coat Sewalong is well established now, and what's been eating 60% of my time lately is having to take a back seat while I sew some for myself and then go see family.

Today is shaping up to be a long one. This morning I have my recheck with the Spine and Brain specialist. He gave me the ok to start working out again 2 or 3 weeks ago, and it feels good to be moving again.
And I've got to run back to the home-dec fabric store here - The Fabric Co - great resource for stuff you see outside the Calico Corners type stores. Anyway, I need to find a navy/white ticking or other "non-floral" fabric to make a shower curtain out of to take with me to TC this coming weekend. Has anyone seen Navy Blue for home dec in the last decade? Anywhere? Wish me luck.

I'll update this later with pics of fun and fancy red kitchen items, also destined for the wedding shower.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Fickle as a teenager

Changing my mind now?
What, am I out of my mind?

But, while looking for patterns and ideas for an alternative plan for the JCC I came across this from the Aug 2007 issue of Patrones.
And, it's exactly, and I mean exactly what speaks to me for the purple wool. It's the type of coat that was in my mind when I bought the purple wool. Something slightly more trendy than classic. Something fun.

Button choices:

The problem with the purple LaMode - which is an exact color match although it doesnt' photograph like it, is that the store doesnt' have enough, and it's old stock. I'm not sure I would have any luck finding more of the right size.

I love the metal, vintage streamline, but they might not be right for this coat. Although they would work for the coat that I've muslined already for this wool.
Vogue 1356 Molyneux

I'm open for opinions.

I will get around to writing a tutorial for a 2 piece sleeve - however, not this month.
I'm leaving town in a week and I've got a lot on my plate right this minute.
If you're in need of some resources check out this from the Vintage sewing site and this from Leena

Thursday, June 12, 2008

playing with paper dolls

Ever wondered how to change an armhole princess seam to a shoulder princess seam?

I've been asked to show this on the Coat Sewalong, and since my skills at Photoshop/Paint, et al are limited, I got out a guidesheet from a pattern - the sketches of the pieces on those are to scale.

(did you know that? If you want to make clothes for those little 1/8 scale mannequins all you need to do is photocopy and enlarge the sketches from the guidesheet. I digress)

Anyway, I scanned the guidesheet of a pattern with an armhole princess seam, then enlarged the scan.
Then I printed up a couple of copies, and got out my pen, scissors and tape and went to town.

  1. cut off your seam allowances - they'll get in the way of your alteration and be confusing. Before you do this - mark all your notches through the seam line. (Why do the pattern companies mark the notches at the edge of the seam allowance instead of on the seamline? Not very accurate. I digress again)
  2. Draw a line on the Front from the center of the shoulder to the lower notch point of the princess seam.
  3. Keeping your grain lines Parallel - this is important - match your hemline and your lower notches. Tape together at those points.
  4. Carefully cut along the line you've drawn from the shoulder to the join at the notches.
  5. Pivot the outside shoulder line over to the side front.
  6. This guidesheet didn't need it - but if you have a bit of ease between the notches you will probably need to slash the pattern piece to the top notch and spread it - again creating the ease you will need in the princess seam. I've drawn a line on the picture where this will happen, which may show if you click on the pic and make it larger, but may not.
  7. cut apart where you've taped your pieces together, add seam allowances again, and you're good to go.
Easy peasy.

The sleeve alteration - not so easy peasy.
I realized, when I went to show this - that's it's been a long long time since I've done it properly. It's so easy to pull a 2 piece sleeve from a different pattern from the same company - check the sleeve cap for the angle of ease and run a tape along the armscye to make sure it fits - that I would ask myself: why spend the hour or two (or three) involved in redrafting the sleeve.
So, I ask you, do you really want to see it? Or are you also content to pull a 2 pc sleeve from another pattern?

Monday, June 09, 2008

It's all about the Boat

on the cradle, in the barn, with clean stern now, reading for the lettering of new name.

It was a working weekend, we drove up Friday afternoon - 7 hrs, had dinner at a fabulous little restaurant Pereddies, in Holland that is attached to an Italian market and is right across the street from Holland's LYS.
Then Saturday we spent all day working on the boat. The previous owner left it "furnished". She left all the bedding for both the master stateroom and the aft cabin as well as a full complement of towels, and the coordinating pillows that filled up the Main salon. I want to "redecorate".

Also, she's been using std size quilts and things and folding them to work with the triangular shapes - which is really cumbersome. When I took a year off of my "real job" in Traverse City I spent a year working at Whispering Needles, a custom quilting shop (long arm quilting machines). It was a small 4 person shop owner operated by a niece/aunt team. They did a lot of custom work for Interior Designers in the Detroit and Chicago areas, and they had the contract for 4Winns Boats to do all the quilting for the boat interiors. Sandi and Sue (owners) operated the long arm quilters all day every day, another woman did the cutting and piecing for the boat yardage, and I did all the other odd custom work for them - the spec'd out pillows, shams, dust ruffles, etc. Anything that required thinking and figuring out how to make it before it got cut, I did. And while I was there they got contracts to outfit several big custom yachts, so I've had experience making custom fitted mattress pads, and bedding for the cabins.

I plan to make all new bedding, including mattress pads and customizing some sheets to fit the beds, AND I plan to slipcover the cushions in the main cabin to give the boat a different decor.
Right now they are all cream/white. It's been my intention since we started talking about owning a boat to have several sets of slipcovers that I can change out, and dh is in full agreement.

port side settee in main salon, back cushions removed to get to storage.

I took swatches up from The Fabric Company, and we've picked out a green/white lattice print for the initial set of slipcovers. This is going to be a big job.

starboard side settee aft seat of L-shaped seating unit.

Anyway, we also inventoried the contents of many of the storage berths - there is a lot of stuff on board, and we just took a lot of stuff OFF. And dh got the name off the transom as well as both sides on the bow. That was 3 hours of scraping and using a heat gun (carefully) on the gelcoat.

The boat's former name was Christiana.
She's being renamed
Far Niente

Dolce Far Niente is an Italian expression that means, idiomatically, "It's sweet doing nothing".
Now we're trying to come up with a name for the dinghy.
It needs to relate.

The storms and flooding this weekend were tremendous.
Sunday AM we went back to the marina and Yacht club before leaving Holland, to find the road, the ships store, the restaurant lower level, and the barn where our boat is in storage, underwater. A car had been washed from the parking area over the road and dumped into the lake.

today is muslin day, I must get to work.