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Monday, November 8, 2010
Finally, my latest outfit is done. I've been working on planning and sewing groups of garments instead of just pieces. Here I've sewn a long sleeved simple t , pants and a cardigan to pull it together. The pants are a tweed of an unknown blend from Marcy Tilton. I think it has at least a bit of wool after getting a whiff of burnt hair during my burn test. They are my tnt pattern using a straight waistband that I shaped to ease it over my full high hip. I also split it at the back and faced it with 2" wide Petersham ribbon as per David Coffin's pants book. The Petersham is shaped as well, as I am doing below in the pants I am working on now.
In Lynn MacIntyre's book Easy Guide to Sewing Pants, one of Taunton Press's Easy Guide series, she says to place your waist seam half the width of your waistband below the waist. In figure like mine with a full high hip this steaming and shaping really helps it fit over my hip smoothly. I wish that she had had this fabric in other colors because I've been living in them ever since I finished them. They don't wrinkle much and they are so soft, warm and comfortable.
Both the t and the cardigan are drafted from my Vogue 8151 tnt t shirt. The long sleeved t is in a luscious wool and rayon knit that I picked up at one of my recent visits to Elliot Berman. The cardigan is a cotton sweater knit from Emmaonesock and it's trimmed in some leftover wool jersey. I don't love this fabric. It's a bit flimsy but I do like how it looks with the top and tweedy black pant.
I used to sew my 'good' clothing and then I'd never have anything to wear for everyday. Now I plan and sew my everyday clothing as mini wardrobes and I have lots to wear for my real life.
Right now I am making another pair of wool pants as it's turned rather cool and damp and I like being warm! They are wool in a mini houndstooth bought when Sigrid was here, in fact we both bought the same fabric at Mood. I had seen a Ralph Lauren ad with a mini houndstooth pair of pants and a larger houndstooth sweater, rather like the sweater above so I'll wear the cardigan with these pants too.
Storing that fabulous and wide interfacing from Sew Exciting.
I've been buying interfacing from Pam Enry in 3 or 5 yd pieces and at 60" wide, a challenge to keep unwrinkled as I unfold , cut a piece and refold it . Seth, that champion scrounger, came to my rescue. He had lengths of plastic pipe about 1 1/2" in diameter and he cut them to fit my interfacing. I can unwind what I need and neatly re roll it after wards. I also taped Pam's labels to the end of each roll. Now I actually know what interfacing I am using. How cool is that?
I have been sewing since I was a teenager, mostly self taught. I sew for myself, with some some occasional sewing for my daughter. I love garment sewing and will only sew home dec if desperate. I love to cook and read and try to avoid cleaning as much as possible.