Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Lack of updates

There are two main reasons I haven't updated recently.

1) The pattern took a long time to arrive.

2) I was cleaning my sewing area last week and accidentally threw out the power cord. I had unplugged it from the outlet and machine so that my rabbits can't get to it. I thought it was part of a laptop charger that I had throw out so I put the cord in the garbage.

I'm such an idiot!

At least the muslin pieces are marked and cut out. All I have to do is sew everything together when the power cord comes. That should only take two days to do.

I'm going to use this time to work on another project. I picked up Butterick 5935, which is a bodice. I'm going to try my hand at making one. I picked up rigilene boning because it doesn't require casing. It can be stitched right to fabric.

I may not be able to sew right now, but I can pin, cut, and mark the muslin pieces. The goal is to make Meg's Degas costume. The Broadway production of Phantom uses linen for the bodice, and cotton gauze and tulle cut with pinking shears for the skirt. It seems like a fairly simple project.

I used my Clover chaco pen to mark the muslin pieces for Meg's masquerade jacket. I love it! I was even able to mark two layers of fabric at once. For the darts, I used a tracing wheel and carbon paper. By folding the paper in half, I was able to copy the darts on both layers at the same time.

The chaco pen also comes with an eraser. If you make a mark and didn't intend to, all you have to do is erase it. It's also a water soluble marker so all you have to do is add a little water or wash the garment, and the mark will be gone.

Oh, and some other things I wanted to share:

This is a neat tutorial on how to organize sewing patterns. I bought an expanding folder from Staples two weeks ago, and the darn thing broke after a week. This is a cheap, neat option for storing and organizing patterns.

This is a tutorial on how to sew straight lines using post it notes as a seam guide. My machine has one on the throat plate, but no matter how hard I try, I still can't sew neat lines. Hopefully this will work.

I also learned that zipper foots are great for when you have to sew a very narrow seam allowance. I wish I could remember where I saw the tip.

One last thing: the good fabric, lining, crinoline, the trim and top layer of the apron and tails came in the mail, yay. I still need white lace, black lace, appliques for the jacket, and black brocade for the vest and as the main fabric for the apron and tails.

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