Thursday, September 24, 2009

How I spent National Sewing Month

Earlier this month I put together a few ideas for this year's National Sewing Month theme, Reuse, Remake, Restyle.

And what have I been doing all month?

In terms of quantity, not a whole lot. But in terms of quality, I'd have to say I've learned quite a bit.
DeconstructedLet me explain . . .

I wanted to reuse embroideries from a project I finished a couple of years ago (see my previous blog entry for details). I've managed to take all the pieces apart, but have yet to come up with an alternate use. And I won't get around to that before the end of September.

So this is yet another UFO . . .

On the other hand, most of my sewing time this month has been devoted to working on fitting the bodice for McCall's 5138. I'm working on this blouse as part of an online class offered by PatternReview - All About Set-in Sleeves and Armholes. As I have come to learn, getting a sleeve to fit correctly depends a lot on having a well-fitting bodice and armhole. Here's where I am on version #3 of my muslin:

McCall's M5138 muslin McCall's M5138 muslin

Trust me, it fits me better than it fits my dress form, but I'm not ready to share those photos outside of the class just yet. I will try to remember to write about this project in detail later, but let me say right now that this class is wonderful and I have already learned a good deal about analyzing how the mockup fits and what needs to be changed to make it work on my body. I've finally reached the point where I can start to fit the sleeve, so am hoping to be able to report more progress very soon. And maybe a real, wearable blouse, not just a practice garment.

If you want to learn more about sewing garments that fit, I highly recommend the online classes at PatternReview. This is the second online class I have taken this year and I feel they are definitely worth every penny.

So that's how I've spent my National Sewing Month this year . . . how about you?



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