16 November 2011

What's On My Sewing Table...


I'm doing the intermediate pattern cutting course at London College of Fashion at the moment, along with Suzy and another lady who reads my blog (hello!). For someone who is used to sitting at a desk all day, the course takes serious brain power and intermediate leg muscles, but it's lots of fun and intensely satisfying to get down and dirty with the scissors and glue on a Saturday. So far we've done fancy intersecting darts for a bodice, tapered trousers and flared trousers (oh yeah). I'm really looking forward to the last week when we get to work on our own design - I've got so many ideas I want to work on, so it'll be quite difficult choosing just one!

Back at home, I'm working on a self-drafted button back blouse. The pattern is an adapted version of the one I made for the Refashioned Lace Blouse, with a looser fit, yoke, puffed sleeves and small Peter Pan collar. You might call it a wearable muslin (sorry, toile) of a blouse I've been wanting to make for ages in a lovely chocolate brown polka dot fabric which I've been saving for the perfect project. I was hoping to have finished this blouse by now but I'm juggling so many different non-sewing projects at the moment that it's taking longer than expected. But isn't that always the way?

What's on your sewing table?

[Soundtrack: 'How to be Invisible' by Kate Bush]

21 comments:

  1. Ooh, very exciting. I can't wait to hear which of your own designs you decide to draft. The blouse looks lovely.

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  2. right now i have an adorable late 50s pattern that is 80 percent finished. I leave hemming and tacking down facings to the last...things i like doing the least...

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  3. Ah, the LCF courses are great aren't they? Tilly are you doing the 'Womenswear 2' course? I've got 2 weeks left of my Customised pattern cutting & fitting 2 and it's been so enjoyable. I'm thinking hard about doing their Draping on the stand 1 in January.

    On my table for this weekend is to finish of the 2nd toile of my personal basic bodice block + to start sewing 1st toile of my personal trouser block too (and maybe squeeze in drafting and sewing the basic skirt too). I want to get the tutor's opinion on their fit before the course ends LOL!

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  4. I love the courses at LCF! I did my pattern cutting with Jeff a couple of years ago, and it helped me so much! I did another one two summers ago, and I'm considering one for next summer... Too bad I have to include the flight ticket in the course price.
    If you pick up some nice recommendations on books, please share!

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  5. Ooh I like the look of your blouse Tilly. Can't wait to see the chocolate polka dot version with Peter Pan collar too! I'm halfway through a cord Ginger skirt, just waiting for an invisible zip to arrive. x

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  6. This course sounds amazing Tilly and I'm loving the sound of your button back blouse. I'm really struggling to find time to sew at the moment, which is especially annoying when I have so many things on my cutting table: a circle skirt for a friend, a negroni for the boyfriend, some lavender bags for Xmas...and that's not even including all the things I want to sew myself. I'm hoping that I'll have more free time after Xmas!

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  7. Last year I made a cute little plaid dress to wear for Thanksgiving. I'd only been sewing for a few months and while it's wearable, it has some fit issues that make it not comfortable enough for a full day event. So this year I'm making another little plaid dress to replace it.

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  8. brown polka dots? Sounds yummy and the design looks great!
    I just finished the Pussy Bow Blouse by Pattern Runway and am itching to start a new one, but I really have to finish a few other things first (like a circle skirt and some Clovers!).

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  9. Lovely color, Tilly! Right now I just finished a dress from a 1960's pattern to where to a play opening tonight, and then next up it's pajamas. Thrilling, I know, but it's a vintage pattern, so at least that's fun! I wish we had classes in the States like you do in the UK!

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  10. I'm so jealous of your classes. I have a couple things on my sewing table...I have to hem the silk dress I made from a vintage Simplicity pattern, which I will be wearing for Thanksgiving, and I will also be finishing marking the fabric of muslin for a Claire Schaeffer for Vogue jacket I am starting, exciting! The color of your blouse if fabulous.

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  11. Lots and lots of Christmas market sewing is on my table right now. Shopping bags, mini stockings, stuff like that. I dream of summer wardrobe projects while I am working in these things. It's all worth it for the fundraising it causes for my stash reinvestment and for a couple of my favorite charities :)

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  12. Technically, I have a skirt on my sewing table at the moment, but I've been so busy, all I've done is baste two sides together, sad times. There's a high possibility it's too small :( waaaah. Nevermind eh. The top looks lovely and the course sounds like fun!

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  13. Yay! Can't wait to see what you come up with! I have nothing in my sewing table at the moment. Just doing a lot of pattern drafts and playing around with possible designs. I will start my winter dress soon but wanted to keep the whole month clear to practice after class. It can be so intensive but I think I get more out of it if I practice straight after at home.

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  14. Claire - yes, it's Womenswear 2. I think we get to do a bit of draping on the stand as part of it. Sounds like you're really going to get your money's worth out of your course - good for you!

    Marie - I know the feeling, it's very frustrating. Have you ever tried Karen's trick of getting up at the crack of dawn to get some sewing in before breakfast? No, me neither!

    Suzy - you're doing much better than me. I'm off to Leeds tomorrow and won't have time to do my homework this week. Hope Belgin doesn't tell me off!

    Y'all - I'm loving reading about what's on your sewing tables, stitching lots of projects up vicariously through you!

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  15. Hi Tilly, I guess I'm the other lady who reads your blog :) Love the blouse you're making. Today made up a toile of the basic block as Belgin suggested. I think the next step for me will be to draft a block with my custom size so I can start making things that fit me perfectly. Enjoy the rest of the week and see you on Saturday!

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  16. ooooOOooH can't wait to see what you think up!

    I have a sample capsule wardrobe on my cutting table and a full three or four day weekend all alone to work on it. I'm pretty excited, though I'm kind of thinking I won't be able to blog them. (So the plan is to bang them out quickly and efficiently so I don't have a lot of awkward blog pauses...)

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  17. It's great that you're doing a course at LCF. I hope you get lots out of it. I'm restyling a few dresses that need refreshing at the moment.

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  18. So exciting. Is the course worth it? I really fancy doing something like it...

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  19. That class sounds like it'll be wonderful for your sewing creativity. And, I have to say, I love the blue of your wearable muslin. It looks very wearable indeed! Right now I'm reworking a circle skirt, with plans to work on jeans next. And lots of little odds and ends for presents in the next month.

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  20. Gorgeous top! Look forward to hearing more about the course. Hope to see you soon xxx

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  21. I like the look of your blouse. Can't wait to see the chocolate polka dot version with Peter Pan collar too!

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