Sunday, March 24, 2013

Why do a muslin? Why? Oh why?

I've been thinking about muslins. A lot. Because I have a unique body, the pattern right out of the envelope would never work for me. So, I 'have to' make a muslin(s) for figuring out the fit and hopefully will help me to turn that pattern into my pattern.

So far I've muslined Burda and Ottobre many times to come up with a well fitting Tee. I'm almost there but not quite yet... I did learn a few things worth mentioning -  I tried the famous Y dart FBA technique and discovered that it was not for me. Continuing on my quest to find a well fitting Tee, I even printed and taped a million sheets for a 'customized' Lekala pattern. No, that didn't work for me either....  More on these two later... But what I discovered in this process is that, even though I did start on the muslins to sort out the fit issues,  I got a lot more than that out of it...

Here's what I think muslins help me with:
  1. to work on fitting issues, of course (duh!)
  2. to see if the pattern style suits my personal style 
  3. to see if the pattern style suits my unique body shape
  4. to do a trial run on the construction technique, if I'd like to try that.
  5. to figure out the order of construction or come up with your own better version
  6. to see if the drape of the fabric is the right fit for this pattern
  7. to take the pressure off to get the garment look and fit super duper great the very first time (that's torture!)
  8. to use up stash ;)
  9. to say bye to the fear factor - muslins can be done in cheap fabric that I don't care to wear anyway and if it doesn't workout, I can kiss it goodbye and embrace another muslin.
  10. to feel encouraged - after every muslin, it's so obvious how far I've come from where I began and how close I am to a decent fitting tee.
 What else do you think making a muslin can help with? 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Essential top sew along - Count me in

Last month has been really busy what with painting the living room and starting to work on my health by working out. And I've been needing a push to work on my TNT knit top and been thinking about it right when Faye posted her 'Essential tops sew along'. Great timing! And yes, I've signed up for that. 

The sew-a-long will start next Sunday and run for two weeks (March 24th through April 7th).

 If I can get one top, even a camisole, sewn up and posted on my blog during that duration, I'll consider that I've done great. The whole idea is to get me moving. 

Click on the picture to go to Faye's post about this sewalong

Monday, March 4, 2013

Toronto Sewing bloggers meetup!

It was fabulous meeting other wonderful sewing bloggers (and a few soon to be bloggers) in Toronto last Saturday! Thank you, Gillian and Adrienne for organizing it! You gals, did a fantastic job in pulling this together!

I was delayed a bit due to my own stupidity(!) and the awesome husband of mine drove all the way from Mississauga to Queen / Spadina in record time so I didn't have to miss out even more! These are the lovely ladies whom I got to meet.
ETA: I've removed the pictures as I want to continue to blog anonymously for a while (at least until I am more comfortable with the idea of posting my face pics on my blog. Sorry the original comments got deleted when I was trying to figure this out.)

Wow! That's 18 of us, including me!!! We split into groups, shopped for a bit at the Fashion district (Queen / Spadina). And no, I did not buy fabric, but yes, I got some really yummy Cupro Bemberg lining in black from the Wool House (Linings are excluded from my No-buy fast. I'm proud of myself that I didn't go overboard buying tons of linings. It helped that it wasn't cheap! ;) And that's all I bought! Yesss!!!

We then, stopped at a cafe on Queen West for the fabric and pattern swap.Oh my!! I came back with so much more than what I took - 2 Burda magazines, and some swimsuit fabric in royal blue and some natural fabrics.

Most of the people I met wore their creations.. I got to see the wonderful Tiramisu and Renfrew in action! Reethi wore her Crocodile print knit pencil skirt. Adrienne, the lady in the apple green blouse, drafted that herself! :o It looks even more gorgeous in person.

Drinks and dinner later, we left with our hearts and minds filled with joy, a great feeling of community and TONS of possibilities!