Monday, August 9, 2010
The Blouse, The Skirt and The Table
The Blouse: BWOF 04-06-126
I've made this blouse twice in three weeks and there isn't much more to say about it. After reading Kenneth King's article on treacherous curves on the Threads website, I applied the techniques to the curved seams on the collar and collar stand. The method made joining the curves much easier. After I saw King's article, I checked a few of my sewing books and found the same information there. I really need to spend more time with my sewing books. I'm missing lots of useful information.
The Skirt: BWOF 09-06-135
The skirt is a wardrobe staple - a six gore skirt. The recommended fabric was wool but it worked well in linen. The instructions called for a lining and I included one in my linen version so I wouldn't have to wear a slip. (They are so uncomfortable in the summer!) The last time I lined a skirt, I somehow got the zipper opening on the wrong side and I had to cut another lining. This time I marked the front and back with chalk and double checked the position before sewing in the lining. This is a classic skirt and I don't know why I took me almost four years to make it. It is destined to become a TNT pattern.
My next sewing project doesn't involve fabric. I've been very happy with the cutting table I designed and built. I designed the table to straddle the bed in the sewing room and to be disassembled when the bed was needed for a guest. My design had a major flaw: taking the table down and putting it back up was a big headache. It is difficult even with two people. I came up with an alternative design and I'll be working on another prototype. For the next few days, I will be working with wood at the same time I'm working with fabric. Hopefully, I'll have a new and improved cutting table by the time I finish the blouse I'll be sewing.