Piece by piece….

Hello! I’d first like to give a big “welcome” to those of you visiting from Whip Up! Thanks for stopping by! It’s always nice to meet new friends.

Monthly Apparel is getting off the ground, and I’d love to have even more people join us. Have you been to the Flickr site yet? If you haven’t, stop by, join up and let us see what you’re sewing! We just had the first project of the year put up. Can’t wait to see more!

I think I finally figured out what holds me back from getting more sewing done. As I squeezed in a few rows of knitting the other night, I realized that the reason I get so much knitting done isn’t because I sit down for hours at a time. It’s because I knit every day. Maybe only ten minutes at a time sometimes, but I make time for it. For some reason, I have always felt that to sew I need a big chunk of time. But why? I can work the same way I knit, a bit at a time. Because really, with three boys how often do I ever have hours to sew? That rarely happens!

Crepe Dress

So tonight I actually started sewing on Crepe. I only worked on the bodice, sewing in those dreaded darts. But upon looking at the pattern, if I only sew one new piece on each night I’ll easily get the dress done by the end of January.

Speaking of darts, does anyone have some good tips on getting them to fit right? Just from holding the front of the dress up it seems as if I’m close, but since I don’t have much in the bust department I’m worried it will not have the smoothest fit. I have to admit, sewing a pattern together doesn’t bother me too much, but the alterations? Yikes. While I chose not to do a muslin for this dress (wrap around, remember?) I hear-by promise to do one for the next blouse/top/dress that I make.

In the meantime, I’m already coming up with a plan for next February. It’s a tie between some type of a-line or circle skirt or the blouse that in in the new Burda Style book. What will you sew in February?



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2 responses to “Piece by piece….

  1. Did you see this post? http://www.oliverands.com/blog/2012/01/strategies-for-efficient-sewing.html

    I love the idea of pinning you next seam before you stop sewing so you know where you are the next time you pick up the project.

    I’d be happy to help with the darts. I can pin/mark them for you as you have it on (no, I won’t get fresh w/ you).

    Can’t wait to see the finished dress. And congrats on your Whipup.net article. I loved it!

  2. I loved seeing this challenge on Whipup because it is something I did in 2010 – sewing an article of clothing for myself each month. I learned a TON, but had to take a break the next year because I got pregnant. Learning to fit garments while your belly is expanding seemed pretty close to impossible. 🙂 Good luck this year!

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