Thursday, December 12, 2019

Ikea Shark

I've been trying to post this to Instagram, and it's not working. I'm also working on several things that are presents and am reluctant to blog about them.

I will have a post about simple bag making, which makes a quick scrap happy present (have made several) in the next few days. But first I need to finish another one.

So, for your entertainment: the Renton Ikea Shark Displays

As we walked in, the first tableau tells you it's not just another day at IKEA

Employee Shark of the Week

I did not get photos of the shark chef in the kitchen, as it was being played with/photographed by a kid and a parent, and I just don't take pictures of other people's children, even if they say I can and what's my blog address.

They are so huggable!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Men's shirts and collar stays

Somebodies already did the work on this topic.
I'm just making mashup contrasty pictures of it.

I like her version the best. It's almost just like all the real ones I've seen, and she gives you the instructions for assembly.
But this is hard to see.
And there's a free pattern for a similar thing, which we're going to borrow. But let me make this clear, this is Mad Housewife's Idea. This is.... the children's book version.

If you combine her ideas with their pieces, you get a pretty nice collar for free. Her recommendation to stretching the smaller undercollar and showing the results is sweet.
Go read it on her page!
Then come back.

Looking at the shirts in the family closet, I mocked this example up. I used contrasting scraps to show the fabric layers.

The grey is the under collar, the dark grey is the pieced section. Make sure you cut them ongrain; small pieces go wrong so fast if you don't. You would make them of the same colors, unless you are Robert Graham and then you would not.
My spouse has a couple less flashy RG shirts. They can be very worth that extra money, though we bought his at the thrifts. They hold up well.

Folded over the edge once. I'm not anticipating a lot of fraying in this place, so I didn't finish it

I have wandering collar stays around the laundry area, picked a random one. They vary a little, but generally are about this big.

Roughly there

Marked it

Stitched it
It is important to leave enough clearance to get that stay into the slot next to the interior collar seam fold. You could leave a lot more and the stay wouldn't wander. Except in the wash, and they do that anyway.

This is the wrong side.

 Marked where seam lines go.
This collar point is a little weird to me, but to each their own.

The actual stay in the actual shirt it was made for. My thumb is pointing to where the fold meets the collar stand seam. Yes, this collar point is a lot different.

With similar layered piece thinking and a button loop, you could do this

No finished products, just half samples today. The holidays are busy with family and managing disappointments. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

William Blake mosaics and a fine fine blog suggestion

It's a holiday week in the US, and while it's got a shopping day in it, I would like to give you a present.
Please, enjoy this other person's blog, specifically:

It's an avalanche of photos of mosaics concerning William Blake, but it's mostly a fine fine exhibition of art in an unlikely location. Just the kind of art I adore.
Photo by the gentle author of Spitalsfields Life

And generally,

And in honor of promotional sales events 

and the machine in action

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Wrap And Go Pants

In the wilds of Capitol Hill hipness, unironically worn wrap and go pants, a stealth photo with apologies. I took a photo of the pants, not you in the pants.
Is that okay?

It has a scarf top option!
You can tie all your clothes on!

reissue in 2017

I've got another copy of this pattern knocking around here somewhere.

I am updating old posts with dead photo links. It is taking me awhile, as I tend to get bogged down in the "what is missing - OOOH LOOKIT THAT!" rabbit hole of pattern photos. As I've said, this blog is more a storage facility than newspaper or newsletter. 

Monday, November 18, 2019

Yes, I made a corduroy dress. Fight me.

Pleased to say that I saw this 1991 pattern online, and remembered I HAD one in the stash already (from Value Village (stifles sniffles))
I even knew where it was.

The sleeveless version looks a lot like the Sewing Workshop Veranda dress

Or vestments

This is a table runner. You don't fool me one bit.
This is for vestments.

Okay, so this dress probably isn't built for corduroy. In fact, I know it's not. All of the suggested fabrics have the word "lightweight" before them.
But when have I ever let that sort of nagging detail stop me?
Should I?
I did not take a lot of process photos, as it blew by. It has few parts, drafted precisely and goes together quickly.
Remember when pattern pieces always went together?

Because the cut on sleeves and the style made everything too big (if you make this, read those finished measurements: there's about 11 inches of ease in the bustline between the size and the finished garment), I unpicked the seams (seams I had prematurely top stitched, as I tend to do) and took them in about 5/8", which makes it wide enough but not as ginormous as above.
My tum is getting all the glamour shots this week (similar exposure on Turner dress, another post shortly)



Corduroy stands up mostly on its own (attaching the bodice to the skirt)
Snap rehearsal. I'm not crazy about any of them, but buttonholes in the corduroy Ophelias sorta broke my buttonhole will, so we are snap snap snappy (or pop pop poppers)
Yellow and greenblue....or greenblue and yellow? Decisions. This is its real color. I overdyed a camel corduroy to warm it up, and it's nice and caramel in person.

I pondered a bias trim in the seams. I mean, I was taking them apart....and I still have bits of the reversible polka dot shirting from District Fabrics. I can milk yardage until it cries, baby!

But I went rick rack. Which is brown, but refuses to color correct from purple (which is its brother color). Also vintage rick rack, preshrunk just in case.

It's a bit nicer in person

It is a wide load of a dress though; more like a jacket as shown on the envelope. The original has ties to take in the excess width (oh man, I still need to deal with the Ophelia flappy side ties). I honestly don't think it needs any more snaps for functional wear (although it may get some more purely for decor) as it is a pullover, not a step in.

It will need a little more revision before I wear it for photos.
And if it doesn't behave, it will turn into a jumper.
Or what others call a pinafore.

Just like Lyra. 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Middle of the Night // Creation Myths and Rituals

Stolen from Seamwork again.
I take my inspiration where I can get it.

I feel compelled to point out that Ms Tharp is a taskmaster who does not suffer much.

I'm putting REG in here because I love him.
Deal with it.

My sewing ritual is more of a unruly thing that i am trying to change.

For the last..... twenty-two years, I have been someone's on-call, in house mother.
The sons have both been out of the house for the last year, but those years have burnt a few habits into me, habits I would like to break.

That is: I can't start doing anything creative until after bedtime. 9pm.
And this is annoying, as I have other hours I could be doing this stuff in.

As much fun I have at the expense of them, I do get inspiration from the Seamwork/Collette emails, and the idea of the sewing ritual reminded me how I have been avoiding my problem with it.

Yes, I'm going to illustrate this with GIFs.
I consider writing stuff down as a form of "I will do what I said I would do", and I can think of no better scold that Dwayne Johnson. Mr Whupass.

A friend of mine and I passed a can of Whoopass (shown below) back and forth as a  "get 'er done" reminder to do what we had said we would. We finally opened it, and it was piss yellow and ghastly as hell. Ice cold would be the only way you'd get er down. I no longer have the can, but you can be sure I looked for it for twenty minutes because this blog isn't getting down slowly enough

My sewing process, my 'creative' process doesn't really start until after dinner and the dishes have been done and the kids are in bed.
But the kids do that somewhere else now. There's no reason for me to wait.

But I still can't get going until about....9pm. Even on days where I have the whole day to work on a project for me, I just can't get the juice going until the sun comes down.
I'm writing this at 10:15pm. and editing it at 6:16pm a day or two later, while I'm cooking dinner.
Or burning it, I should say.
It soaks out pretty well, though. We ate the not-burnt stuff in the middle with a lot of peanut butter and coconut milk mixed in. Tasted just like peanut butter with coconuts.

Luckily I can start earlier if it's a work project. Hemming would not get done in time if it only happened from 10pm - 1am. Same thing for costumes and mending jobs.
And now it's 10:19pm.

I keep a notebook on me at all times. I find no matter what time it is, I can do some good thinking with a pencil in my hand, and I am getting a little better at spreading that creative time over the day. Instead of opening up the phone, I open up the notebook.

I am also trying to make myself keep office hours in the cave. 
Which, like Vegas, is open 24 hours.
It could be some of the hours during the day.
However, I did spend time letting dinner burn making this a pretty GIF of worthiness.

I am not worthy but he is.
This is clearly a work in progress.

Mary had to lean way over to stoop to my level.

I had a wonderful time chatting it up with Mary of PDXSquared at Seattle Frocktails yesterday evening; I was an honorary Stumptowner. Mocktail consumed, runway applauded, and bus stop right outside of event location was for my bus route. Practically perfect night for me.  Mary and I have never met in person before, and it's super nice to put a person to a social media account. 
@Pimpslapped does the twirl