Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Snappy jacket

Finished jacket.  It's been years since I sat at the sewing machine.  Glad my skills were still good!
Cannot wait for cooler weather to have an opportunity to wear this jacket.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Finishing Interior Seams and Edges

This jacked called for binding the edge of the facing which runs around the neck and down the zipper.  It took two tries to get it to catch the fabric correctly but adds a very finished look to the facing.  This jacked did not call for the finishing of the interior seams.  I got the serger out and finished various seams.  For no other reason than I had already sewed it, I finished the shoulder seam edged separately.  The other seam is the dropped shoulder and I sewed and serged this simultaneously. 

I pulled out a few of my sewing books.  I think there are specific times you might want to sew then serge versus sewing/serging at the same time.  I'll have to do more investigation into this as I am quite a newbie serger.  One thing my sewing instructor suggested when I took a class at Saddleback was to go to the department store and see how commercial garments are put together.  I think it is a good suggestion.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Snappy Little Skater Jacket

Working on a sewing project using another "vintage" pattern.  This Simplicity pattern is copyrighted 1976. 

I'm using a fabric I found in the LA Design District.  It has some stretch to it as well as a bold black and white print. 

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Sewing--Hot New Hobby

The first of February 2007, the New York Times featured an article on Sewing in the Fashion and Style section, On Pins and Needles, but Not Missing a Stitch .

The reporter of the article stated that she had "taken it up" referring to sewing. Now she is obsessed and trolls the internet for notions and fabrics.

I can relate. I started a fashion sewing class at my local community college, Saddleback, this semester. I am hooked on sewing all over again. I have been sewing up a storm. This week I am working on my sewing samples completing samples of French seams, Mock French seams, curved seams, pointed seams and many hand sewing selections.

I was a little disappointed in the article from the Times reporter, however. She references several web sites. The Home Sewing Association web site was a good reference given the nature of the article. She also referenced supply sites like Clotild and Junetailor. I was hoping these sites would be the ultimate source of sewing supplies. They had no more in the supply side than the local Joanne Fabrics in my town. She also found a great site for reproduction fabrics from the various decades.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Fast, Fun & Easy Fabric Postcards: Keepsakes You Can Make & Mail

Fast, Fun & Easy Fabric Postcards: Keepsakes You Can Make & Mail is a very cool idea a friend from my sewing class shared with me. I want to try this after I finish my next sewing project.
My friend and I both agreed, however, that even though you CAN mail this fabric postcard as is, we would be inclined to place inside an envelope so the hard work would not be destroyed by the machines in the post office.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A Trip to the Fashion District in LA

Monday was my first trip to the Los Angeles Fashion District. I was amazed by the number of stores and the thousands of bolts of fabric, millions of buttons, hundreds of tiaras and reels of trim. We focused on Maple and Ninth Streets. Most store fronts are only twelve feet across with the store depth twenty-five to thirty feet long. The fabric is neatly organized in some stores as you can see in the photo. However, other stores have wall displays which are behind bolts and bolts of fabric which sit on the floor blocking the path.
Some prices are very good. I found a fabric I had been thinking about buying priced at $7.99/yard at one store and then $6.99yard at the store where I made my purchase. Locally, the fabric is priced at $14.00 a yard.
Most of the stores seemed to carry mountains of fleece and very alarming shiny fabrics. I think there was enough shiny, glittery, sparkly fabric to make a ballgown for every female (adult and child) in America.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Vintage Jacket Project Completed

I was very surprised about the number of hours this jacket took to complete. I ended up serging all the seams even though the jacket is completely lined. I found the fabric frayed very easily.

My favorite feature of the jacket are the articulated sleeves.