Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Top idea needed to go with skirt

This skirt is dark blue wool gabardine. It was the Cynthia Guffey princess seamed skirt pattern and went together quite well.

Ignore the wrinkles, it's been hanging up in a small closet.

I need a top idea. I think it has to be shortish, and have the "look" of a waist as I don't have one. I'm thinking of a fitted princess seamed type of top/blouse. I haven't really looked at patterns yet.

Suggestions are welcome. Click on photo for a larger view.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Lunch at Yia Yias

Talk about yummy. Lunch was divine, the wine kept flowing, and the ladies flirted shamelessly with the cute waiters.

Chat was naturally about sewing and the upcoming sewing expo here in KC, which classes we were all interested in, and how broke we would all be.

Here's a few photos:


Jennifer and Judith


Julie, Stephenie, Melody, Connie and cute young legal waiters (we think....lol.)


One of me, Annette, since I needed someone to photograph my new skirt.

And Sondra had on her classy new black and white dress, the one she just wrote about.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Ta Da!



Victory snatched from the jaws of defeat!

Jennifer posted a comment about my last post suggesting that I cut off the border print and attach it to another dress. A light bulb went on, and I decided to cut the dress at the level of the bottom of the armholes and make the top of the dress and the sleeves from black fabric. I ordered a couple of swatches on line and found a fabric that I could use. I've worn the dress a couple of times already and have received two or three compliments--one from a chef at Dean & Deluca, of all people!

It still needs some tweaking. It looks like a bit of a sack because I need to deepen the darts in the front and in the back to give it more shape. I curved the side seams more, but apparently that wasn't enough. I also need to add some lingerie strap guards because the neckline keeps slipping to one side, exposing a bra strap. In the picture it looks like the sleeves are cut on, but they're not. They're set in.

I'm delighted that I was able to salvage the fabric because I loved it so. I just hope the black and white motif doesn't go out of style too soon.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A cautionary tale: Measure twice, cut once (OP Gal)

Last year, I bought this black and white stretch cotton sateen at Kaplan's for a dress. Since it's a border print, I didn't know how much to buy, so the clerk held it up to me and determined how many body widths it would take. Unfortunately, we forgot to take in to consideration the fabric for sleeves, a fact which I realized after I cut out the front and back. I had decided that I had better make this fabric into something this year because the black and white stems and flowers design was hot a couple of years ago, but is in danger of becoming totally dated.
Here's a blurry picture of the front pinned to my dress form:



Here' a picture of the sleeve pattern lying on the fabric I have left:



As you can see, the sleeve head won't even fit on the fabric that's left, so shortening the sleeve won't help. I sent for a swatch of white stretch sateen from Gorgeous Fabrics and from Fabrics.com to see if I could use another fabric for the sleeves. That one was too thin and was slightly a creamier shade of white than the original fabric. The Fabrics.com swatch was too thin and was whiter than the original fabric. I even called Kaplan's to see if they, for some strange reason had some more fabric languishing on the basement. No such luck. So much for finding another fabric for the sleeves. Making it sleeveless isn't an option. Covering my upper arms in public is my little gift to the world. : ) I guess I could order swatches from every internet source there is that has white cotton sateen, but I that by I'd finished doing that, that print would be totally out of style.

Another problem with the dress is that I decided to use a 1 1/2" facing, turned to the outside for the neck and a band on the sleeve from some black cotton I had. I thought it would give the dress a little punch. I carefully drafted the facing piece by following the line of the neckline and adding 5/8" to each side and allowing 5/8" at the neckline. As you can see in the picture below, the inside of the facing is too large—there is a fold of fabric there. I realized that I needed to eliminate some fabric from the inner side to make the facing hug the body, but I don't know how much smaller to make it. I looked it up in Joseph-Armstrong's pattern drafting book and she had picture of how to draft a facing and said that the inner edge should be 3/8" smaller and had marks 1-1/2" apart, and I couldn't tell from the pictures and text what the 1-1/2' marks meant, and why she decided on 3/8". I can't make the dress anyway, so I guess that issue doesn't matter, although I'd like to know how to do that. Here is a picture of the facing as I cut it:



Here's a picture of the facing on the dress form that shows how there's too much fabric at the inner edge of the facing:



So, I guess it's a wadder. How sad, because I love the fabric and spent a lot of time developing and fitting the pattern. I used a simple A-line dress from my Pattern Master Boutique software, which I really haven't really learned to use yet. I printed out the pattern pieces and made any necessary adjustments the way I would with a regular commercial pattern. A least I can use the pattern to make a dress sometime in the future. I'm not really a dress person, but they say you should always have a day dress in your wardrobe and I don't have one. I haven't checked to see if there’s enough fabric for sleeves in the fabric below what would be the hem of a tunic because I would lose the border effect on the main piece, plus the fact that I think sleeves from that fabric wouldn’t look right next to the white on the upper bodice.
This whole project is a mess, but it can at least serve as lesson. This is what happens to little girls who don't make sure they have enough fabric before they start cutting out pattern pieces. If I'd realized just how much fabric I had, I could have made a tunic or top and would almost certainly had enough fabric to squeeze out a wearable garment.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Lunching with the Ladies

Seriously folks, I thought I had put up these photos. Perhaps I forgot to save it or something weird happened.

We met first at Kaplan's Fabrics down in the Plaza to fondle fabric. I think Melody did some good damage there. Judith and I hit "Beauty Brands" right next to pick up some new fancy nail polishes.

Lunch was at Bice in the Power and Light district in KCMO. Melody has some strings there or something. We ate a lovely lunch out on the deck.

Follow that up with a trip to "Bob Jones" shoes and it was a great day for all.


Melody and Sally are in love with the hand painted silks.


Jennifer also is hanging out in the silk section.


Here's Judith and a great view of the store.


Sondra, Melody, Jennifer and Judith at Bice


Linda's arm, Sally, Judith, Jennifer and Melody (Sondra is hiding)


Annette and Judith


Sondra and Melody


Jennifer has fancy tastes in shoes.


Melody, could you really walk in those stilletos?

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Pants Fitting at Hancocks

Written by Melody on PR
What Jennifer is referring to about being violated is really funny. Hancock's has a lovely classroom with a huge window and the door was open. Jennifer is standing in front of me and I am about to take the bendable ruler and apply it with vigor to her back crotch curve when I get this eery feeling eyes are peering at the back of my head. You know this was one of those times you think you are alone and someone catches you picking your nose---except I was about to play with her back crotch curve. And sure enough! There stood a couple of shoppers gawking at all the events in the classroom. I about fell out laughing when the realization hit!!! So, we closed the door and scooted over to the corner so no one could witness this procedure that should go on only in a fitting session.
We all did get a huge laugh out of that silliness and goes to show that my tagline from Heidi is so true!

Judith's pants muslin came out really well, and for all her work, so did Annette's. This will be an on going process and we can use Hancock's classroom again when we need to. The managers there have been most gracious. Of course, we had to help them out and buy some fabric while we were there. They also had lots of disc. notions 60% off, and a couple of us picked up one of those really nice T-square rulers with the foam backing that will be great with patterns.

Of course, we had a great lunch at the Macaroni Grill before hand---that is one thing this group is gifted in ---- lunching---we do it very well.

So, till Annette gets the pictures on the thread, that's all folks! A good time was had by all!!! Once again, we laughed, we ate, and we played with crotch curves, and then bought fabric! Is there anything more fun than that???
So here are the photos, being posted under duress:



Monday, May 11, 2009

Dinner May 16th at the Smokehouse in Zona Rosa

SATURDAY -- May 16th -- PR WEEKEND DINNER PLANS
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Reservations are for 7 pm at the Smokehouse BBQ at Zona Rosa.

SmokeHouse BBQ Restaurant Link

You can get menus and driving directions off the above link.

Ody has reserved a private room for us. Please let her know if you are coming, so she can let them know in advance.


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Next piece of information - Instead of Ody mailing out the measuring information for our Fitting Day, I will email or post it online for you to print out yourself. It seems silly for her to mail it. I hope to have that done in the next few days. So if you haven't received anything by Friday, let me know.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Greetings from Pinheads-ville

Is wonderful here. The sky is bluer, the sun shines brighter and there are no puckery seams!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Lunch on Thursday - May 7

At TGIF's, 11:30....yea.

Leawood Town Center

GoogleMaps directions/map

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Slowly getting things started

Nothing to post yet, just wanting you all to know I've been working on things (like the background.) Will work on the title image too.

If you want posting rights, let me know (only KC Pinheads though.)

If you have a blog and it's not posted, let me know too.

This post will eventually be deleted.