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Independence Day projects

Must be something in the American air… To celebrate American independence and industry… I was inspired to make:

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Adapted manufactured pattern… A feat of sewing for an amateur like me… I’ve impressed myself with the level of care and detail that went into this… The real story of patience and willpower is on the inside… Seams had been sewn only to be ripped apart to adjust the fit, seams that did not exist on the pattern were added on… and without a serger I had to finish all the raw edges by hand.. I really tried to avoid hand sewing but alas.. It was inevitable… I wanted it to withstand wash and wear.

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Birthday gift #wouch

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Deconstructed shopping bag turned origami gift-wrap

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Clearly I have a thing for black and white

Sewing Syllabus

Practice, patience, and a whole lot of pins…

From easy wovens to slippery satins and silks to stretchy knits… I’ve learned that I must take the time to tackle each of these fabric types in sequence before advancing to the next. With each project I’ve challenged myself by using fabrics of increasing difficulty.
I’ve sewn a considerable amount with canvas and linen fabrics and by now I have the confidence to tackle something less easy to handle…

Slippery fabrics like satins and silk are known to be more than a challenge for even seasoned sewists… They need a lot of pinning down and prep work before heading to the machine- this I learned when I actually spent 3 hours+ pinning and shaping a basic peplum top with princess seams. Not to mention, I also chose a fabric with noticeable stripes which required additional time to arrange and cut each pattern piece in the right direction so that the stripes lined up.

What I’m currently working on:

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It’s not quite satin or silk but equally slippery (100% poly). Got the fabric off the remnant rack with 75% markdown which came out to less than $3 for 3 yards… Jackpot!!! Because it was so inexpensive I won’t feel as guilty if when I screw up!

Shorts!

Don’t even know where to start… How did I end up here???

Sometimes when you can’t buy it…you better know how to make it. I’ve had a hard time finding shorts that fit//// it’s been frustrating!! What is summer without good shorts— here are my brand new fresh off the sewing machine linen shorts. Pardon the fabric choice, it was all I had at home, this was more of an experimentation. I was smart enough to cut a pattern!!

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Finding myself

    Zen Flesh, Zen Bones

I want to understand how my mind works and functions— it’s VERY difficult to explain– what motivates oneself and why one acts the way one does… The answers are never clear– Zen is just as intangible and yet attainable. The stories within sometimes read like riddles with no apparent resolution and leave me pondering, revisiting, dissecting each sentence looking for some meaning— and isn’t that just what I do to everything that happens in my life? Always trying to find meaning where perhaps there is none.

Serge it

This Thursday I took an Intro class where I finally laid my eager hands on a SERGER. It was the last frontier for me as far learning how to sew; I envision myself now capable of making just about anything— something as seemingly simple as a T-shirt requires serging to be properly constructed and achieve that store-bought quality.
Knit fabrics, I am will be ready for you when time comes because alas, the greatest impedance to any venture is always cost. I’ve been told a serger with all the necessary functions (e.g coverstitch – needed for hemming knit garments primarily) will cost ~$800+?

Here is what I made in that class– a PILLOW!! All serged up and stuffed like a goose.

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In my library

I’ve been collecting a few books throughout the past few years in preparation for this moment when I know I can actually put them to use…

1. Fundamentals of Fashion Design + Basics Fashion Design Series

I love the books from AVA Academia– this series in particular for Fashion Design. The books contain clear explanations, contemporary layout and graphics, inspiring imagery, and quoted wisdom from up-and-coming and already established designers.

“It’s more like engineering than anything else. It’s finding the limits of what you can do when wrapping the body in fabric. Everything evolves. Nothing is strictly defined.”

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Currently reading: Book 3 Construction

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