Let’s be honest - there is nothing worse in sewing than having to rip a seam right? The whole process just brings a project to a screeching halt. Every time I have to do it all I can think is “Well that’s xxx minutes of my life I’ll never get back”. I really think the reason why we all hate doing this because seam rippers are [...]
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“Use it up, Wear it Out, Make it Do…or Do Without.” - Depression Era proverb I love this jacket. I bought it from Lands’ End 12+ years ago. It’s the old style barn jacket with gussets in the back armysce for ease of movement, double pockets and it’s made from heavy weight canvas. It used [...]
Ann and I got together yesterday to finish up padding her body double. One good thing about a project like this that you learn a lot and we came up with some new ideas that I used on my form when I got home. In the original post I was not really satisfied with [...]
Ann and I got together recently to pad out my body double, which is the final step. The whole process went pretty quickly and we learned a few things that Kenneth king’s article doesn’t really mention: Fusible batting has glue on both sides so use a dry iron, no steam A silk organza press cloth [...]
Have you ever worn a garment that fits but there was just something about it that didn’t look quite right on your body? It may have been flattering too but something was a bit off? The problem may be one of proportion, or “scale” as it’s also called. Proportion is related to fit but it’s also [...]
Every once in a while in a while I want to do a project that’s mostly handwork. The weather has been hot this summer and since my sewing room is not air conditioned these pin cushions were just the ticket. My favorite book of small projects is Omiyage : Handmade Gifts from Fabric in the Japanese Tradition . This wonderful [...]
This week I finished the body shell that matches my shape, the next time Ann and I get together to do the padding I’ll share what the final version look like. My goal this weekend was to make up the inner layer that is a zero-ease cover for my dress form. The fabric [...]
Pattern Description: Very Easy Vogue princess seamed flared dress in knee length and mid-calf length. There are cut on cap sleeves. The back neckline is slightly lower than the front. I made the knee length version as a summer dress for an old friend of mine. This style is rated as flattering for every body [...]
Last weekend Ann and I got together again and worked on our body doubles. Ann has photos of her wearing her final muslin on her blog. My Muslin #2 still needs some tweaks (pretty easy to see in the photos) but I won’t need to do a 3rd muslin, I’ll able to transfer the [...]
Ann and I are doing a project together, it’s Kenneth’s King’s dress form body double from the July 2012 issue of Threads. I feel so fortunate to be able to work on this project with a sewing friend! The minute I saw Kenneth’s article I knew it was a project for me because duct tape [...]
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