I have been reading a lot of sewing blogs lately. I love to see what everyone is sewing. And I get "sew" excited when I find someone similar to my style! ;o) Or someone who is very creative.
I've learned lots of new tricks/tips as well as read tips I knew and used for years. :o) Cool to see they still apply!
When I wanted to sew for me in the 80's, I had no where to find encouragement, or patterns for my look. Plus I did not know anything about sewing with or without patterns OR designing adult clothes. I used patterns but the instructions killed my creativity. I did not know how not to follow them. Altho eventually I used the confusing instructions less and less. Back then I thought THAT was creative! OY!
Today I would actually choose to sew the exact same patterns I chose in the 80s for me, (sadly I threw them out by the 90s) only BETTER!
Many of the blogs I've read suggested idea boards and sketching your designs.
Well I'm not a designer, and I have minimal time. Why would I waste it on the unnecessary steps?
That's where I was still in "follow" the pattern exactly mode. :o(
If I don't sketch out my plan/pattern. I'll fly by the seat of my pants cutting and sewing. And I can see where I'd mess up the construction by "forgetting" to add or missing the opportunity to create. Then I'd waste more time trying to fix it! And then I'd donate it.
I also bought some inexpensive muslin for pre-fitting. Once I thought this too was a waste. But with my dress form (I named her Newmie!! Get it? LOL! Newmie = New Me!) the muslin pre-fittings will be another great tool!
All for the end result of clothes I finally love!
I love the 100 Act of Sewing patterns. So simple, basic, classic and easy to tailor to any style! The fewer pattern pieces the better because I like to add pieces!
I also bought the Cashmerette sketch book after I researched a ton of fashion sketch books. So many bad fashion sketch books out there. I can't wait till it comes!
Until then I use a little journal book I had used for cooking/recipes and now sewing!
You can sketch on anything! I used bits of paper but then how do you neatly save them? Yeah, I lost a few.
The above sketch is just a "vision" of how to piece it, not exactly how it will look when done. It shows the possibility of using different fabrics, as well as the pattern piece placement on the fabric fold to help figure out how to cut the apron front. I'm sure I'll add more sketch ideas as I choose the fabric, sew and fit on Newmie. It could look much different when done! :o)
(In fact I just thought of adding-cutting the dress front "top" off and inserting the apron with the bottom half instead of on top of. :o)
That was just my first idea.
First I like to buy patterns in styles I know that I can easily alter to my preferences. Then I choose patterns with as few pieces as possible. (I hate darts!! ;o) I hate "fitted" looks. But I've found I need some fitting or my end product is shapeless.
Adding shape doesn't make me look fatter. And shapeless has not made me look thinner. :o)
At my age you realize you've wasted way too many years thinking about how much you weigh. Wisdom a gift from God comes with age.
You might see "mumu" style here. But I'm a child of the 60s, I see flowing hippy dress. ;o)
I use flat sheets on my bed, but none of the children do. They use a fitted sheet with quilt. (easier for them to make the bed) So I often find a "lost" flat sheet here and there. Now I can upcycle them. :o)
I'm wanting to use up fabric scraps as I go instead of having a scrap box :o) Years back I threw out my scrap bag because I never used the scraps and I don't enjoy quilting. The sketch above shows the bottom of the top in panels of scrap fabric sewn together. :o)
I also like to sew from rectangles and square shapes, saving fabric as I cut it off the original yardage. I hate waste :o)
The bottom fabrics are new from Craftsy. I have purchased some really nice linen solids there on sale with free shipping!
The top fabric scraps I'm considering for my sketches.
I love color!
I never look at the high end clothing catalogs in the mail. Their prices are too high. This week I saw the Lagenlook jumper on the front of this catalog above and thought- there may be "ideas" for my sewing in here!
I often collect photo ideas on my computer, but rarely look at them again. I don't know how to do files on here.
I do look at the cheaper large sized catalogs. I find SPs (Group Home gal) clothes in catalogs. The big box stores don't carry the Grandma styles we like. For me I wouldn't pay the prices at the big box just to get a style I "might" like.
This winter online, I found Tshirts for $2 to $5 (on W*om*anWit*hin) and capri knit pants for $9.99- $14.99. (It is so hard to find "cheap" pants.) I buy clothes for the price. The style comes second. Of course I must like the style- I like plain colored tshirts, I like plain colored capri stretchy knit pants. :o) It's my "utility" wardrobe.
I bought about 30 shirts (15 for home, 15 for up north) and 20 pants (10 home, 10 up north).
But now I want a wardrobe I enjoy wearing when I'm not sweating over the stove, scrubbing floors or changing diapers! :o)
I do have my trusty go to 2 pair of pants and about 4 tops if I go somewhere!
I'm the same with shoes. I buy canvas "summer" style shoes for $5.99 at w*alm*art. They last me years. (they were $1.99 years back)
Also I have a degenerative neurological disease so I can't wear any type of heal.
These were styles I liked or design ideas.
Its faster to "see" what's in each book than read the front!
Now to get started! Sew much to do!
Happy Creating! (((HUGS))) God Bless!