Sewing & Fitting with Darts: Using Darts to Fit and Design Your Sewing Patterns

Great books for great sewing tips. I personally hate darts but they are a integral part of clothing and can not be over looked. Here is a great reference for how to handle darts. 

http://www.amazon.com/Sewing-Fitting-Darts-Patterns-ebook/dp/B009JST8MK

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Simplicity New Look 6190

I made the wrap skirt (view D) a few weeks ago. The pattern shows it as a mock wrap skirt but I did it as a real wrap skirt mostly because I didn’t feel like putting in a zipper. This week my dude offered to buy me this awesome fabric on the condition that I make a skirt out of it this week. I was lucky that this fabric is kind of stretchy so I didn’t need to put a zipper in it. Here is view C in this awesome skull fabric. I only made one mistake when making it, I cut the back out upside down. You can hardly tell but I know it’s there. Next time I’ll pay more attention when working with prints. Image

 

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Halloween hair clips

So as you know I was using my new embroidery machine to stitch out some cute little hair clips. It started with a pumpkin and went from there. Here are the finished products.

 

Available for purchase here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/112422785/halloween-hair-clips

First project-Tailored Shirt

Our first project in my clothing construction class was a tailor shirt with a two piece collar and front panel. I must admit this class is a little below my skill level, I already know 90% of what she teaches us. The reason I’m taking it is one; to get back into the good graces of the financial aid department. Two; to have someone holding me accountable for my work. With a teacher there to judge your work and make you re-do the mistakes your less likely to just say fuck it when it comes to little things or to by-pass certain steps because you know they’ll notice. I just need someone to make me relate to doing it right the first time instead of my attitude of “oh well you won’t see that cause it’s on the inside”.

Here is the pattern I used and the finished garment. I still have a few fit issues to take care of with this shirt. I made a few adjustments but I am having some fit issues in the bust and in the abdomen area. The bust is too loose and the ab is too tight. After I fix the fit issue on the garment I have to go in and fix them on the pattern so I can then have a basic shirt pattern to work from. Another issue I found was the shoulder is too long and makes me look a little boxy. I’m not sure how to fix this on the garment itself without messing up the sleeve. Also I really don’t want to take the sleeve out again. Other than that I think it came out pretty good.

Fashion Goes Goth

The Fashion Cult:

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingYou could argue that popular trends in fashion are steered by the whims of designers and magazines. This is inevitably true. Still, it’s true that movements if fashion, as in other arts, are inspired by the populace. Art imitates life imitates art. And so it goes that the spirit that brought jet black and blood red to their current front row status in fashion has shown itself in all of pop culture.

Bands like Evanescence have brought a darker edge to pop music – with their sound and their look. The band is sometimes characterized as gothic rock or nu metal, but with frontwoman Amy Lee’s sweet voice, the band can hardly be called real metal. But check out a pop band like Breaking Benjamin and you may get surprised with a guttral scream or two.

And what’s more pop than supermodels. Versace harnessed the power of these cover girls…

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