Folkwear trial blouse update

I did get some work done on the blouse today, including making the upper four ties and sewing much of the collar — which I should note, initially was intimidating to me. But breaking things down into reasonable-sized chunks really helps me a lot.

I’ll probably work on it again tomorrow, though I also want to go out and get some silk thread for basting (it’s supposed to be easier to remove than standard cotton or polyester thread, which counts when the basting has been machine-sewn over). I should also note that diagonal basting gets caught by the presser foot — I had to keep pressing the thread down with my fingers so it wouldn’t gather the fabric.

I’ve got to remember not to safety-pin pattern pieces to fabric pieces — my fabric pieces get big holes in them that way. Luckily it was just the ties, and it was just muslin.

Either I need to get a light thread and re-baste the relevant sections of the collar…or just try my best to remove the basting after the collar is assembled. (It would have been easier just to machine-baste rather than hand-baste, though the basting would not be removable on the inside of the collar that way — unless I cut it into pieces on the wrong side and then picked the loops out from the right side.) I should check to see if I actually *do* have anything else to baste before committing to a trip tomorrow, though. After all, I could work on this all day straight otherwise.

I’ve been wanting to get some larger-gauge earrings, but seeing as I have less free funds to work with this month, I think that the money would be better put to fabric for the final version of this blouse. I mean, what do I do with earrings? Put them in and forget about them? Whereas constructing a nice blouse would keep me occupied for a while. Plus then I get another wardrobe element. I don’t need more jewelry, really. But I do need some clothing to go with my skirts.

For the final version of this I’m going to need:

1) fabric
2) light interfacing (woven or nonwoven, doesn’t matter)
3) matching high-quality thread
4) silk basting thread

I’m thinking of a dark blue batik for the fabric, but I don’t know if that will work out. If I use dark blue, I can use some of the Gutermann blue thread I’ve already got. But if I’m using batik, a dark bluish green could also work. I should probably check my wardrobe and see what I want it to match. I already know that the purple skirt is out, it has a hole in it. And I do have a lot of blue skirts. Plus I just got two mandarin-collar blouses in blue (one is indigo), so maybe I could do something a little different.

I need to check the tip of the sewing-machine needle and make sure it isn’t burred from sewing over that glass-head pin. I hope I didn’t hurt the pin too bad, either. I think I may have chipped it, but I didn’t think to feel the head to see if it was damaged before putting it back into the pincushion. Need to remember that next time.



Folkwear blouse trial construction

Got a lot done today.

I was able to work on the Folkwear pattern for a good deal of the afternoon and into the night. Right now it’s just a trial garment so that I am not so intimidated by the thought of messing up nice fabric that I don’t work on it at all.

Hopefully after I’ve done this, I’ll know what I’m actually supposed to do the second time around. And I’ll have one more thing to wear around the house. ;D I’ve been writing down working notes in my sewing notebook, so that should help me next time.

I’ve gotten to the part where I’m supposed to baste the interfacing into the collar, but haven’t done that yet, and sewing in bed doesn’t sound like a good idea. I’ve been up for a long time; I should probably get some rest and start fresh tomorrow.

I think I may sew more in the future. Having a project to direct my waking attention to helps me to not go back to bed in the middle of the day. And it keeps me from being bored. Along with my music, it very effectively helps me feel that I’m doing something constructive, and, at least, distracts me from the low-level depression I’ve been feeling lately. That’s if it doesn’t actually alleviate it.

And I’m gaining a skill! Some method of garment construction that isn’t dependent on yarn. And gets me back to working with needles, which I’m familiar with from the beadwork and that one class I took.

Speaking of which, I should probably go back and practice my handsewing stitches, see if I lost any of them. I have enough scrap fabric now to do this.

For now I should get some rest.

garments, sewing

starting to sew

So I’ve been missing for a long time, eh?

Quick rundown: knitting is difficult, being able to buy supplies doesn’t mean I really want to use them the way I think I want to use them, sewing and crochet are easier than knitting. :) I now know why S didn’t get too far in learning how to knit — it’s frustrating. And oh — I need intellectual stimulation in addition to making things with my hands.

I’ve started work on a jacket…it’s a Folkwear pattern, but I don’t think I should really tell which, at this point. I suppose sewing isn’t as forgiving as knitting (mis-cut and you may have to buy more fabric), but it’s a bit more pleasurable to me, right now. Even with all the pinning and cutting and marking. I’ve done this before when I was a child, so it isn’t entirely new to me…and I think one thing all three of these crafts have in common is that beginning is one of the hardest parts.

I’m using a method of marking pattern points by leaving different-colored threads hanging out of the spots which are supposed to be marked. I feel much better about this than about using chalk or disappearing ink; I don’t have to worry about the marks remaining for all time, at least unless the thread bleeds dye into the fabric.

Right now I’m working on a muslin mock-up so that I have something to practice on and won’t feel bad about messing up nice fabric if I make a mistake or three. I’m thinking about going out and purchasing a book which will help with advanced tips (like marking pattern points with thread instead of with pins or chalk or marking pens, or why diagonal basting is usually superior to straight basting, etc). I have a book a friend loaned me, so this will hold me for now, I suppose. I should also get a pair of shears with angled handles. But I don’t need those immediately.

Maybe I should go work on this now, it will give me something to do.