Saturday, 22 November 2014

Alabama Chanin Update!

I haven't been working on my Alabama Chanin project much lately but the reverse appliqué portion is completed and so are the shoulder seams.  So, all that's left to do is the side seams and finishing the neck and armholes with binding strips.  I still have to decide what kind of decorative hand stitching to use on the binding.   I really enjoyed doing all the reverse appliqué hand stitching.  It was so relaxing!

This project is almost done.  I haven't been paying as much attention to it as I should.  I guess I see it as more of a slow relaxing project; kind of like knitting a sweater ( which takes time!).  So I end up doing a little here and a little there.  Soon though, very soon it will be done!

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Self-drafted Pencil Skirt

 I finished my self-drafted pencil skirt.  This is the first of many skirts from my personal custom skirt sloper.  It feels incredible to have such a well fitting skirt.  It's like it was made specifically for me!(something I never felt when sewing any skirt pattern, let alone buying ready to wear.)

I used the fabric I purchased from  A Spool of Thread when I was in Vancouver.  It's gorgeous stretch denim, but it stretches on the lengthwise grain instead of crosswise.  I was confused by it at first because I've never seen fabric like that before.  But I decided it would be perfect for a pencil skirt.  Having the stretch lengthwise allows for comfortable sitting!

Here's my "invisible" hot pink zipper.  I love invisible zippers with a pop of colour!


 Floral print facing!

Hot pink zipper... again!

Hemmed with bias tape

 So... this was supposed to be a peplum pencil skirt. Thus, I didn't draft a waistband and made a facing instead.  It turned out I hated the peplum.  There's no way I was going to even try putting it on the skirt.  To me it looks like a clown collar.  Maybe it was the medium weight fabric that lacked a soft drape; maybe it was the polka dots.  I just couldn't get clown collar out of my head.  And so  the peplum will never be.  I can't stand looking at it.  I'm putting it in the garbage as soon as I'm done typing this.  The good thing is that it was a valuable experience.  I may make a peplum skirt with a softer fabric and absolutley no polka dots!  Otherwise,  I would also make a waistband.  That way it adds some waist definition and just looks like it's actually finished!

I'm just going to enjoy sitting in my comfy stretchy pencil skirt!

Happy Sewing!