Monthly Archives: October 2011

Charmeuse sencha, deconstructed

Thank you so much for all your lovely compliments on my Sencha blouse! As promised, here’s a photo post detailing all the steps… well, most of them, anyway 🙂 It’s hard to remember to stop and photograph when you really get going!


This is going to be a pretty picture heavy post, so let’s put it behind a fold, shall we? All the photos are up on Flickr, so if you want to just browse through those, click here. Hopefully all the photos will show up.. I had to rotate a few and that caused them to be “temporarily unavailable”…but if you’re having trouble, go check them out on Flickr!

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Posted by on October 16, 2011 in creations, new skills



Girls, this is what I’m talking about!

Did you see this delicious creation over on Carolyn’s blog?


click the pic for more photos. It’s her fabulous interpretation of vogue 8764… A pattern I was pretty meh on, until I saw Carolyn’s version.

This lady looks seriously fine! She’s employing the fabulous Rule of Thirds here… You thought that was a photography term? Well, maybe so, but it also applies to clothes. This was an awesome lesson from Sewing for Plus Sizes… Never wear things that cut you in half. Either raise or lower your waistline… Your choice!

So classic Chanel jacket? Out!

Long riding coat? Definitely in.

Low rise anything? Ten foot pole territory!

High waisted skirts? Oh, it’s on, baby.

Carolyn’s dress does a much more elegant job of illustrating this phenomenon than my pencil skirt of last night, though. No fidgeting or adjusting to maintain your proportions throughout the day!

Keep rockin’ what your mama gave you, Miss C! You are an inspiration to us all!

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Posted by on October 16, 2011 in fashion, inspiration, planning, smokin hot


Grading for Plus Sizes

I’m getting to the point where I’m feeling more comfortable with adjusting my patterns and grading patterns.

A lot of that comfort has come from a combination of reading and re-reading everything I can get my hands on about the subject, and then just sitting down with some sacrificial fabric, and trying things out. Sewing is all about trial and error, I’ve found!

Some books that felt too advanced for me, have become easier to understand over time. One of these was Sewing for Plus Sizes. There is some great info in there on selecting flattering designs for larger women, how to select a pattern that will compliment a large frame (and why that mightn’t work on a smaller frame) and how to grade a pattern without throwing all the proportions off. I wish it had a thousand more images, but the info is solid.


I find it a little frustrating that plus size seamstresses must learn advanced techniques right off the bat in order to get anything to fit right.

As I mentioned earlier, one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from all my projects so far is to NEVER use your bust measurement to find a pattern! That will result in overly-wide necklines for your shoulders and things that just want to fall off you everywhere else but your bust!

What lessons have you learned in fitting for a fuller figure?

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Posted by on October 15, 2011 in book review


Sencha: Finished!

I finished my silk top! What do you think?


I learned so much on this project! I’ve got lots of photos to share, but here are my big take aways from this project.

Sewing with silk is not hard.

My new sewing machine is awesome.

Organdy interfacing is pretty cool.

Blind hemming really requires the same color thread. I only have black and white silk thread, so I made do, but I might re-do it some day.

Fastenings are not always necessary.

I’m sure I’ll remember more when I go through the photos!

I’ll be wearing this to my friend’s puppet show tonight… It’s an adult show called Riddley Walker, put on by our awesome local puppet troupe, Trouble Puppet.

I’m definitely ready to get into trouble!



Posted by on October 14, 2011 in creations, fabric, new skills


New pattern goodness

Were you as excited as I was to hear that Colette was coming out with new patterns for fall (and a book too!)?

I just love how much care goes into the instructions and storage for the pieces…. each one is like a little work of art! With the big 5 constantly having sales where you can get their patterns for $2 or $4 a piece, I know it’s tough to plunk down money for an $18 pattern, but I think they are worth it, and I really want to support Sarai and the amazing work she does.

Here’s what we bought:







And I’ve already got fabric for many of these plus a few others. I need to stop shopping and start sewing 🙂


Posted by on October 14, 2011 in shopping



You guys? Sewing with silk is actually coming pretty easily to me!


I don’t want to show pics yet, but I’m almost done with my Sencha blouse…

Promise I’ll update tomorrow!

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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in creations, fabric, new skills


OMG I have just cut into the silk!

So far, I’ve only put in tailors tacks and cut it out with my rotary cutter…

What I’m really scared of is putting the bits together… Will they play well with feed dogs??

More coming soon!


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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in fabric, new skills