I feel as though I’ve been on a sewing marathon this month – a good one! Another goal for the new year was to do more pattern drafting. I took a year of pattern drafting in college, but then moved away and didn’t go any further with it. So, I felt a refresher course was called for. This was serious business – proper drafting, not a casual “wing it” sort of drafting that I was pursuing.
Craftsy had just what I was looking for with instructor Suzy Furrer. I cannot say enough good things about her classes – they are outstanding!!! Our youngest daughter was my willing
victim model and stood for me to take the numerous measurements. A sloper was made, muslin of the sloper sewn and tried on – it was a nearly perfect fit!!! One little tweak to smooth out a seam allowance and I was ready to draft!
I drafted 2 skirts for her. I chose the skirt style (definitely wanted control of what I was going to draft) and she chose the fabrics. Both skirts are completely lined and have an invisible zipper in the back. They both fit perfectly and we’re both thrilled with the outcome!
She was unaware that the skirts would require a modeling session, so due to the lack of appropriate clothing and accessories, only the skirt is being shown and not the beautiful model. LOL. Perfect fit! I can’t wait to start on another one!
Notice that dropped yoke – no side seam bulk, just a smooth line all around! You don’t get that in off the rack clothing.
I’ve also been busy doing some mini-workshops for our SAGA guild. This month the workshop was on bishop bias band application as well as tackling and perfecting the pintucks. We had such fun at the class and I think everyone learned something. Of course, samples were needed, so I whipped up a dress with pintucks. We have been working on the Wee Care gowns for our workshops and techniques – they are a perfect sized canvas to learn a new technique on because they are so small.
Corded pintucks add such a nice soft bit of color to the little gowns. A few little machine-made granitos at the peak of the scallop and I called this one complete.
A day trip to the mountains offered the opportunity to smock a couple more gowns. The next workshop will probably be working with lace and lace shaping, so I finished up a little gown with a lace shaped heart.
For a simpler hem treatment, stitching ribbon down with a ladder stitch seemed to be perfect for a little boy gown – not frilly or fancy but tailored and sweet.
Yesterday was my marathon finish day – I cut out and stitched pintucks in 4 gowns and bonnets Monday night, so yesterday was the day to sew. I finished up the 4 gowns and bonnets and added machine embroidery to the gowns and a few blankets. They all turned out so sweet!
The cross on this gown came from the Wendy Schoen embroidery designs from Martha Pullen.
This embroidery design was my favorite of the day. It is a freebie offered by From the Needle of Anne. She has some beautiful designs!!!
Sadly, I have no idea where these other designs came from – I didn’t take note of the designer folder when I loaded them to my embroidery machine. The small cross was just the right size for the smaller gowns.
Whew!!! I am so blessedl that I can spend time sewing, smocking & embroidering – all the things that I love to do.
What’s up next??? I’ll be spending the next few days with our grandchildren. That’s even more fun than sewing and will definitely keep my busy. I can’t wait!
What have you been stitching this month?