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Jul 27, 2016

My Final Class Project (and a few others)

Yesterday was my last day of patternmaking class: we presented our final projects and received our reviews.

You can see my jacket in motion here.

My professor loved it and asked if I would donate it so it could be used as a sample to show future students.  Naturally, I said yes. 

Here's a closer look at the shorts; as you can see, I tried to keep things simple and elegant.

Remember, we had to make jackets with notched collars and either a dolman or "creative" gusset sleeve, plus pants of any length.  We could only use muslin and black cotton fabric.  A lot of creativity on display!

A few more projects can be seen here and here.

While I am sad the class is over, I'm also grateful to have a break.  The last 10 weeks (5 of draping, 5 of patternmaking) have been intense.  Fall classes begin the last week of August.

Naturally, I'll be sewing just as much in the interim but, hopefully, using a lot less muslin.

Have a great day, everybody!

And for those seeking a chuckle...

Jul 24, 2016

Drafting My First Notched Collar

You probably know what a notched collar is, but if you don't, the illustration above should make it clear.

Jul 21, 2016

Michael Models My Swiss Dot Creation!

Friends, today's the day!

You can see Michael model the new summer outfit I made him here.

Jul 15, 2016

Patternmaking Class Project #2: Shawl-Collar Jacket

Friends, this week I drafted my own pattern for a double-breasted, shawl-collared, raglan-sleeved, princess-seamed ladies jacket.

Say that ten times fast!

Jul 12, 2016

Vintage 70's Men's Pullover Shirt in Patchwork!

This weekend I decided to use some patchwork fabric I've had in my stash for a few years now, which I purchased at Metro Textiles (the end of a bolt) for a song.

Jul 9, 2016

First Patternmaking Class Project: Hit or Miss?

Readers, my first formal flat patternmaking class project was to create a (structured) drop shoulder hip-length top.

Jul 5, 2016

A Second Summer FIT Class: Flat Patternmaking II

Last week I decided to take another summer class at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

Jul 2, 2016

A SECOND tractor shirt? YES!

Friends, I know it was odd enough that I would sew even one tractor print shirt, why would I make a second one?

Jun 30, 2016

Sewing On the Wrong Side: My Reverse-Print Tractor Shirt!

Readers, did you know this was even a thing?

Apparently Aloha shirts -- also known as Hawaiian shirts -- are often made with the printed side (what we sewers call the right side) on the inside.  More muted in appearance, they are often worn for business wear.  (You can read more about reverse-print Aloha shirts here).

Jun 28, 2016

New Summer Separates: Geometric Print Shirt + Linen Shorts!

Isn't that the coolest print shirting you've ever seen?

Readers, you can see me modeling my new summer outfit right this very minute by simply clicking here!

Jun 24, 2016

Jun 17, 2016

Beginning of the End: Draping Class Week 4 (of 5)

Readers, it's hard to believe it but I have only one more week (and a day) of draping class!

Jun 13, 2016

Draping Class -- What I Learned in Week 3

Three weeks down, two weeks (and a day) to go!

Jun 9, 2016

Wouldn't You Have Bought This Fabric Too?

Readers, I was fabric shopping earlier in the week with an old friend -- more about her in a bit -- when I saw this sign at Fabrics For Less on 39th St. (now combined with Chic Fabrics).  Behind it was a cute vintage tractor-print -- quilting cotton really -- for just $1.99 a yard.  It took a few days for me to make up my mind, but I was back there this morning and grabbed, alas, the last four yards.
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