Tuesday, July 15, 2014
No, not Frankenstein's fire-averse monster, but something infinitely more exciting: the Curvy Sewing Collective website. After months of brainstorming and hard work, curvy sewing finally has its very own home on the web.
The project started earlier this year, when Jenny and I were bemoaning the lack of online plus-sized sewing resources. With such a goal in mind, we teamed up with our favorite fellow curvy bloggers, to bring the internet exactly that. We wanted a one-stop place where curvy sewists could find inspiration, fitting help, and connect with other similarly proportioned seamstresses.
Over at the CSC, you'll find all manner of interesting posts regarding plus-sized and curvy sewing. We have pattern reviews, tutorials from expert seamstresses, plenty of sewing inspiration, and even a forum dedicated to the plus-sized sewing community. It can be difficult for curvy seamstresses to find patterns that fit their bodies and tutorials tailored to their needs, which is a gap we hope to fill in the coming months.
That's enough of my chatter over how awesome the CSC is, however. Why not go check it out for yourself? As a celebration of our launch, we're even giving away a copy of Colette's latest pattern to one new reader!
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
- The fabric! These stripes just make me so darn happy. It's all too tempting to buy the balsam colorway, as well.
- The silhouette! Simplicity 1873 is ever a winner for me.
- The bias tape finish!
- 2 inch FBA on the bodice, done many, many moons ago.
- Subbed out the skirt for a pleated dirndl.
- Omitted the lining, in favor of a simpler finish.
- French-seamed everything possible.
- Used a traditional zipper, instead of my nemesis, the invisible zip.
- 3 yards of Marc Jacobs striped cotton - courtesy of Mood Fabrics
- 22'' zipper
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
Tap Short Tour
Thursday, June 12th: Heather at Closet Case Files
Friday, June 13th: Ping at Peneloping
Saturday, June 14th: Jenny at Cashmerette
Monday, June 16th: Mary at Idle Fancy
Wednesday, June 18th: Sarah at Grey’s Fabric and Notions
Thursday, June 19th: Jennifer at Workroom Social
Friday, June 20th: Kelli at True Bias
Saturday, June 21st: Mary at Young, Broke, and Fabulous
Sunday, June 22nd: T at Uandmii
Tuesday, June 24th: MacKenzie at Some Real Things
Friday, June 6, 2014
I'm right there with you. As it turns out, I hate having a full schedule of necessary projects. When it comes to sewing, I am a hobbyist in the truest sense of the word. I like to sew what I want, when I want. Similarly, I like to not sew for days on end. A few necessary projects in the lineup are fun, but I would go crazy if they were all I made. Even when I really love the pattern I'm working on, it feels more like work than my usual sewing adventures. There are instructions to follow by the letter and constructive feedback to consider. My normal sewing is more of a joyful, scattered sort of process that happens in a few hour-long bursts.
I know many sewists view sewing as their true passion, that one thing they would turn into a job, if those lucky lottery numbers ever came up. That is not my dream or the goal of this blog. It actually sounds like the quickest way to make me throw my machine off a very tall cliff. If Sam and I were independently wealthy, one of the first things I'd do is buy a kick ass, crazy expensive machine...which I'd then use just as often as my current cheapo. My dream careers involve becoming an Egyptologist or opening up a tea house/bookstore with my best friend, not sewing forever after.
For me, sewing will always be my favorite hobby. It's the thing I turn to, when work is overwhelming or my emotions are running high. I love the creative buzz that comes from it and the way time flies by without worry, as a garment is constructed. It's introduced me to the most interesting, supportive community on the internet and some true kindred spirits. So, while I will blissfully keep pattern testing (because--let's be honest--plus sizes need to be involved more in that realm) and participating in blog tours I believe in supporting, things are going to ease up around here. These past few months have elucidated what I love about both blogging and sewing, which looks more balanced than its current form.
On that note, I'm quite curious where your passion for sewing lies. Do you long to open up your own sewing studio or teach classes for a living? Or does sewing and blogging as a job sound like the worst thing ever to you? The spectrum for such a thing is fascinating, when dealing with a passionate population like ours. Incidentally, what would your dream career be, if you won the lottery? There have to be other Egyptology groupies, who've been overly influenced by one Amelia Peabody Emerson.
Note: There was no specific criticism that launched this post, in case you're worried. It's just a product of my own unease and pathological need to discuss and dissect the things that brew in my mind .
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
- The buttons! I'll use any excuse to embellish a garment and buttons are a fabulous way to do so. These four little lovelies are from my vast, ridiculous collection of vintage buttons. I can't come away from an antique store without more buttons.
- The shape! Double darts ftw, y'all.
- The waistband! It was such an efficient, brilliant method of construction.
- Though intended to be a little longer in design, I took a 3.5 inch hem on this Betsy. At 5'8'', that put the skirt's hem right along my knee.
- Sized up to an AUS 20 at the hips, to make up for intractable fabric.
- Not a thing! It's a super little skirt. Not having to sew a zipper is amazing!
- As I said, BGD patterns don't have much built-in ease. If you're between sizes or prefer a looser fit in clothing, I strongly suggest sizing up for the Betsy. This is meant to be a va va voom sort of piece, but would be just as cute as a more casual skirt
- Sewing a buttonhole through four layers at the waistband was bit of a trial for my machine. The fabric was quite thick and my machine is on its last legs, but it's something to be aware of, if your machine is similarly decrepit. I opted not to interface the waistband, with just such a scenario in mind.
- 1.5 yards of navy twill - JoAnn Fabrics - $16
- 4 vintage white buttons
- Betsy Pattern courtesy of Bluegingerdoll Patterns
- About three hours, because I was purposefully slow.
1st June – Liz at Sewn by Elizabeth - ( Betsy & Ava as well as a little interview with Abby.)
2nd June – T at uandmii ( Betsy)
3rd June – Mary at YoungBroke&Fabulous
4th June – Mary at Idle Fancy (That's me! You're here!)
5th June – Andrea at foursquarewalls
6th June– Tanya at MrsHughes - (Ava)
8th June - T at uandmii ( Ava)