Monday, April 20, 2015

Nose To The Needle

It's that in-between time with the weather where the heater is still coming on at night but you can open the windows during the day and sit out on the porch. The sunshine and warm air make it harder to stay in the studio but I did keep my nose to the needle this weekend and get some things done.

I'm making tremendous progress on the cruise collection and I can hardly wait to be finished. This will be the first time ever that I've finished any kind of SWAP - sewing with a plan - and I don't think I'll be too eager to do another any time soon. I will - however - be quite proud of myself for finishing.





These are the buttons I chose for the denim pencil skirt that I started on Friday. I loved the faux stitching although in the end, I used black thread for the top stitching so it would barely show making the skirt a little dressier than it would have been with jean-like top stitching.





It's a mix of patterns and ideas. I cut out the longest version (blue) from out of print McCall's 3830 and added an extension to the front for buttons as in the center (brown) skirt from Burda 6902 and then...





... I used an elastic waist so I can just pull it up over my hips. The denim is stretch.



 


On the Burda skirt, the buttons are 3 1/4" apart and on mine, they are 2 1/2" apart to minimize the potential for embarrassing gaps. Closer together meant stitching the buttonholes horizontal rather than vertical. For each, I drew a chalk line for the horizontal position and another for the vertical starting point and then...





... stitched on the line, trimmed the threads, overlapped the edges, and sewed the buttons through all layers. It's just a lot easier this way especially with the elastic waist.





I washed the skirt to get rid of the chalk marks and put it on my dress form to dry. Millicent does not have the same hip curves that I have so it's looking wrinkled and skewed. If I'd waited for a pretty picture, it wouldn't have happened but hopefully I'll get some pictures of me wearing it on the cruise. The top rather than the bottom of the waistband is at my waist. This is working quite well and I'm starting to use that position on all pants and skirts. When I sew this pattern next, I'll adjust the hip depth a bit more. The curve is ever so slightly too low.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a second grandchild due early September

Is the strategy that enabled me to get where I am now the one I want to keep using?
- Roger von Oech

11 comments:

  1. First-yay for new grand babies! Congrats!!!

    I really like this skirt. Love those buttons. They are very cool!

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    1. Thanks. It's exciting. I'm sure baby will be as much fun as big brother. I like the skirt a lot too. I know I'll wear this style.

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  2. Nose to the needle - ouch! (Sorry, couldn't get that image out of my head!) Very nice skirt, both a little dressy and relaxed at the same time.

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    1. LOL - grindstone sounded worse. I'm glad you saw it as dressy and relaxed. That's what I saw too and I think it'll work great.

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  3. Congratulations on the second grandchild!!! Cute skirt too.

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  4. Congratulations on grandchild #2! Wonderful news. Can't wait to see pictures of the skirt in action.

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    1. It was wonderful news. I'm excited. I think this skirt will see a lot of action.

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  5. Beautiful skirt! I can't wait to see it in person. I'm really happy to see your elastic waistband as I just sewed one yesterday in a pair of wool pants (wool PJs is what I call them - dressy from the hips down, PJ-comfy at the waist).

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