16 March 2012

What's On My Sewing Table...


What's on my sewing table? Lots of scrunched up bits of paper, that's what. And tons of pencil sharpenings on the floor. Ever since the first pattern cutting course I took last Summer, I've been meaning to draft a pegged skirt in my size. I finally got started on this a couple of weeks ago and all I have to show for it so far is half a pattern. Yes, half a pattern - the front of the skirt. I'm pretty pleased with it, but it's still only half a pattern. I won't go into the long and boring story of all the steps I took to get this far, not to mention the mis-steps which are just plain embarrassing ("I don't need a calculator! I'll can do all the divisions in my head..."). Suffice to say that I feel the worst is behind me and I'm now well on my way. This pattern cutting thing is hard work!




The good news is that I do now have a basic skirt block tailored to my measurements, adjusted to match the exact curve of my hips, with just the right amount of ease for sitting, bending and disco dancing. Like my bodice block, this is going to serve as a great starting point for developing skirt patterns. I've already got tons of design ideas I want to try out and can't wait to get stuck in! For now though, it's back to the pegged skirt...

  

What's on your sewing table?

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23 comments:

  1. Awesome Tilly! Looks like a great skirt. I like all your planning sheets with the fabric swatches. Well, I am working on bound buttonholes right now and a 50's blouse, button down skirt and a 40's dress, too many projects up in the air. We will get there!

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  2. I really love that highwaisted skirt design!

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  3. Lovely! I hope write more in detail about what you did!

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  4. How fantastic Tilly! I'm loving your sketches and fabric choices too, can't wait to see some of your finished skirts ;o)

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  5. I really like the pegged skirt you have drawn, it reminds me of a tulip! I have a lot of paper, pencils and tape on my table as well, I am altering a bunch of vintage patterns as well as making muslins in preparation for my "spring/summer" sewing plans: a pair of shorts, a couple blouses, a dress or two. I need to stay focused though.

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  6. Ooh, I love seeing your little sketches and fabric swatches. Good luck in your pattern drafting adventures! That's something I've never attempted myself. What's on my sewing table is my fourth version of Simplicity 2614. Almost done--just need to attach the sleeves and sew the hem!

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  7. I like the direction you're going with making your own patterns. It's inspirational and fun to watch.

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  8. Too cute, Tilly, I love seeing what you are working upon, it's always so interesting!

    I'm working on a Truffle Muslin, a Mad Men Copy Cat Muslin, and my 3rd pair of Clovers for this little challenge I'm participating in at the end of the month...

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  9. Looking good!

    best,
    Emcake

    http://www.emmaerickson.com

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  10. Wow, the pattern drafting sure looks complicating--esp for those of us who can't draw straight lines-even with a ruler!! But anyway u are a great inspiration and hopefully I may decide to give it a try.

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  11. Forgot to mention what I just finished working on. A handbag with a Spring theme. I intend to start working on clothes in April.

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  12. I too have a black and white gingham gathered skirt in mind, but I'm trying to sew from my stash first so it'll have to wait. Your last skirt idea reminds me of my straight skirt I drafted last summer! You've reminded me I really need to make use of that sloper for some pencil skirts I'd like to make. Great work!

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  13. I'm very impressed with your drafting and project planning!! Drafting a simple skirt is so easy, but I never take the time. Good for you!

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  14. I like your high waisted side-button skirt design! I am currently supposed to be creating a dress pattern for my niece. I also am procrastinating cutting into a huge stash of fabric designated for two twin sized quilts.

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  15. Love your little drawings! So cute! I think I HAVE to get to a pattern course soon... I love this!

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  16. I really like that last skirt with the buttons and tie waist. I'm trying to draft a skirt, too! Less trial and error and more error and error! It's quite a nice process though. Feels calmer than some of my frenetic sewing.

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  17. Great stuff, Tilly!

    Can't wait to see what you come up with...

    I'm taking a skirt pattern making class next week, so you will be my inspiration.

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  18. My table is a clean as a whistle pre-project... Full of inspiration and notions etc peri-project and full of cameras and mess post-project!! The ways of a novice seamstress and blogger!!

    Love your blog!!

    Bundana
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  19. Nothing on my table right now but you have inspired me to get going. Thanks!

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  20. I'm glad to hear that you finally have a skirt block. Blocks are so important to creating future designs. Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve

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  21. I´m looking forward to see the high-waisted skirt!
    There´s a skirt too on my sewing table - a black pinafore skirt.

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  22. Wow that skirt design looks great! So wish I could make my own patterns! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk/

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