Yesterday, I went on a road trip to with a new friend who moved to the area this past summer and hasn't had time to explore yet. Always fun. We drove for an hour and a half to a nearby town, had a pub lunch, visited the local Fabricland, looked at all the details in my favourite clothing store, searched through two second hand stores and a decor store, had coffee, and walked around enjoying the sights. We have a lot in common. She sews and is making the switch from textile art to creative everyday clothing. YES!
The bargain center at Fabricland was neat and clean - which I always love - and virtually empty - which was not such a thrill. There was nothing tempting although I did come home with half a meter, on sale, of a very soft stretch lace for some purple lingerie.
About five years ago, I took a bra making workshop and discovered it's really REALLY simple. Like every other garment, fit is the issue but the how to is basic sewing. My favourite bra pattern so far is Kwik Sew 3300 and I use...
... an adapted pantie pattern from their book Beautiful Lingerie by Kerstin Martensson. Me made lingerie has become my favourite. Like my other sewn garments, it fits WAY better.
Another useful book is Sewing Lingerie That Fits by Karen Morris who is possibly still - but definitely at one time was - an editor for Threads Magazine. The review on Amazon makes me giggle. It says Morris clearly gets a kick out of sewing as if that is beyond the scope of the reviewers imagination. I know that even some long time sewists have looked at me strange when I talk about sewing bras. Lingerie is only a different form of the addiction.
The Bra-makers Manual has some serious editing issues that may absolutely drive you crazy but the information is pure gold. The author - Beverly Johnson - clearly knows her topic and the book covers the subject extensively. There's even a follow-up book if you want more info. The workshop I took was with one of her trained instructors and not with Beverly herself. I'd love to study with her since she's the expert. The list of workshops is extensive and quite a few of them entice... if only they weren't so far away. I live on the other side of the country and travel across Canada is expensive. It's cheaper to leave the country which boggles my mind but that's the reality.
Today, back to the secret gift, phase two. Progress is being made. While stitching, I can think about my 2013 sew list. What new sewing adventure would I - would you - like to take?
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - a fun day