The Scout Sew-Along :: Wrapping Up

Okay, peeps. I’ve posted my Scout modification notes over on Kollabora.

Scout Sew-A-Long @Kollabora!!

Things are popping over there! With new Scouts coming out of the woodwork!
Jen even uploaded a series of KICK ASS KNIT SCOUTS!! Yes, that needed to be in all caps ;)Screen Shot 2013-06-26 at 2.20.55 PM

She also posted her thoughts on the different types of jersey knits she used, complete with links to the actual fabric! I just missed this info by a few hours. I was probably in Mood while she was writing the post. Thank goodness for the wonderful salesperson that helped me. She saved me from standing around like an idiot trying to make a choice.

 I picked up a stack of knits for the Hummingbird Sew-Along and to try out a knit Scout. But my effing washing machine BROKE (*^*%*&%) so I have to wash everything by hand a bit later. I also grabbed some swimsuit lining from Spandex House. Which is a little creepy on the inside, I must say.

What do you think of the knit Scouts that Jen made? I love them! I  need some more slouchy tees for this oppressive heat we’ve been having!  I have so much sewing to do! I was so busy and beat these past few days, but I feel like my energy level has perked up.

Watch this space for some sewing!!

Graffiti & Puffs & Scallops

6.11.13 :: Puffs & Scallops

6.11.13 :: Puffs & Scallops

Graffiti :: Talented Artist
Giant Puff :: Genetics (see it unbound, here!)
Top :: Scallopized Grainline Tiny Pocket Tee
Jeans :: F21
Sandals :: Target

6.11.13 :: Puffs & Scallops

I went on a swimsuit fabric run to Mood with my Sissy, today!! I LOVE sister dates!! I also squished in lunch with my hubby. He was nice enough to snap these pics for me ;o)

It was funny, while at Mood (in the knits aisle getting my copy-cat on with the fabric Jen used for her knit Scout. ps- I couldn’t find it) I saw Jodi! What are the odds?! I love New York!! Anyway, I hightailed it to the swimwear aisle, with directions given via tweets from Sonja and Charlotte, so that I can join in on the Bombshell Swimsuit sew-along.

Bombshell Sewalong
I have a swimwear necessary event, next week. But, it’s looking like the weather is going to suck. So, I will be waiting for the sewalong to start. Check out my fabric here.
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I also had to pump my brakes on tearing into my Hummingbird pattern as it benefits my House to sew within the specified time. I’ll be sewing along with Mikhaela! This is as close as I’ll get to being sorted at Hogwarts and I plan to relish it!

Today was a super busy day of doing exactly what I wanted to do! Can’t complain about that. Well, much. My sister and I also hit three stores in addition to Mood. F21 yielded one pair of ill fitting pants and HM another. And the Basquiat tees I wanted from another chain totally sucked in person.

That’s what I get for shopping when I can SEW MY OWN.

Scout Woven Tee Sew-A-Long :: Size & Fabric!!

Scout Sew-A-Long @Kollabora!!

Hiya!! Thanks for all the lurve for my sleeveless Archer!! It’s so damn cold here today, I think sleeved and ruffled Archer might get some wear. Hmph!

It’s JUNE, DAMMIT WHERE IS THE SUN?!?! Ahem…

About the Sew-A-Long, I’ve posted some tips on choosing the perfect size and fabric for your Scout Woven Tee over on Kollabora.

So, grab a measuring tool, or four ;)….

Choosing The Right Pattern Size

Measure a top you like the fit of…  IMG_7598

Measure your pattern piece…

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And make a Scout to fit!

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It’s time to go stash diving…

Choosing the Right Fabric for your Pattern

And meet me at

Kollabora!!

Archer Sew Along Progress

Grainline Studio | Archer Sew Along | Starts March 18th

I am so impressed with myself!! I am actually, actively following the Archer sew along!! LOL I’m hoping that with Jen’s guidance and the slow pace of the progress, I will have a truly wearable and well finished garment!

Following along has already been sewing-life changing. I followed Jen’s trace method, shown here on Archer Sew Along Day 2. I have NEVER had such precise pattern pieces before! Things always shift around a bit when using copy paper patterns, I was all set to trace off a size, but I thought I’d go ahead and cut the pattern after I used another shirt to help me choose the right size. Tracing the pieces was fast and really, really effective. I’m so glad I tuned back in to the sew along posts.

I followed all of the tips for checking the grainline and using weights and pins to with help tracing. Check out my fancy tools ;o)

You’ll also notice that I traced and cut the pattern on my dining room table. This is only the second time I’ve done this. Just like the first time I was immediately hit with an UH DUH! feeling. This is SO much easier on your body! I’ve caught up to the last Archer post, button bands, but I’m stumped on thread color choice. The fabric was listed as Lightweight Chambray Denim Dusty Blue on Fabric.com, though it looks black to me.

What do you think??

I had a bit of a sewing machine scare last night. I was skimming a few centimeters off the side seams (basically adjusting them to the recommended seam allowance) of my mini Charlotte (the fit is much better) when things went KLUNK. I jumped on twitter to gripe about my #Sewcialist #FirstWorldProblem before a true attempt to fix it was made. After putting things in back asswards, grabbing the manual to do it right and a frantic (unnecessary) search for another machine needle, I figured it out.

WHEW!

Muslin’ing Around

Here is proof that I did actually sew a coat muslin! That Rachel is a good influence! We must convince her to move to America.

Check it out and weigh in.

muslin front

The main problem is the sleeve/shoulder area. Too wide and too much sleeve cap ease. The armhole is also criminally low.

simplicity 4110 muslin

One sleeve was sewn in with the recommended 5/8 inch seam allowance and the other was rather slapdash. I think you can tell which is which just from the photo.

muslin back

Is the upper back too roomy?? I did a small swayback adjustment and tapered the lower side seam to give my hips some room. I mean, the coat is meant to be worn with some ease and the actual coating fabric has a far different drape.

Here’s a reminder of how the pattern looks.
Simplicity 4110

The shoulder should definitely be narrowed, as was suggested by my awesome #sewcoatbuddies in the flickr comments. But would I be changing the design entirely if I made it more fitted? Yes, I think I would.

The length is OK.

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Would a combo of these fixes make a positive difference??
Narrow shoulder adjustment via Colette Patterns

Threads Armhole Fit Guide

Removing Sleeve Cap Ease via Design Loft

The muslin was stitched together quite loosely, so I think (to save myself cutting out more of this horrific fabric) I will pull it apart and use some of the pieces again. Is that crazypants?? I’m encouraged by the muslin making experience. I know I wouldn’t be happy if I cut my coating straight out and got this fit. Maybe I will try out Anise and see if what changes it might need.

FYI: I’m not sad in these pics.
I’m just afflicted with Chronic Bitchface.

It’s my neutral face. I cannot tell you how often someone asks me if I’m sad/mad/pissed/cranky…. Which, of course, actually makes me three of those four thing ;o)