Things I wanted to write about this Monday: How my curated closet is coming along Which garments are missing in my curated closet Why I sewed an Asuka Hamada dress only to instantly rip it apart What I learned in my sewing course which started last Wednesday (again… after a Corona induced break)
What I am really writing about this Monday:
How much I love the @needleworkmonday community and especially @puellacreativa who send me a sewing book!!!!!
And I am in love with the book. If you did not read a post from @puellacreativa
than (very fast) hop to her blog. She is an amazing creative sewist who
already has a lot of experience in dress making. And after she read
about my problems with woven fabric (still… my dear readers, woven
fabric is still my nemesis, the end boss of the sewing game) she
remembered a book which could be helpful for me. Thought and done, she
packed a parcel and I already got the book (thank you, postal service,
you made my weekend).
It’s Wendy Ward’s
first book, which is aimed at the beginning sewist. And the preface of
the book made it perfectly clear why I should work through this book:
“I am a believer of doing things right and I won’t show you lots of
cheats and shortcuts. To achieve good results there are not man
shortcuts in sewing (…) Sewing is a craft and the process is as
important as the end result.”
I fear with the second topic I must fight a bit longer as I do nearly
everything for the result and seldom for the appreciation of the
process, be it sewing, knitting, painting or baking. Only in sports
related things its perhaps 50/50 process and outcome for me.
But back to the book. Thankfully Wendy Ward starts with a nice
mixture of projects for woven and stretch fabric. The projects
successive become more complicated, starting with an easy stretchy
shirt, covering a gathered skirt and wide pants and then leading to a
jacket with an asymmetrical zipper.
And how do I love this jacket. I know, I know…. I hear you
complaining I should start at the beginning as there are so many
techniques I never learned precisely (I am a bad case of fumbling my way
through sewing). But I cannot resist. The jacket looks so beautiful and
best of all, Wendy Ward offers modifications for the patterns and for
the jacket there is a version with a Peter Pan collar. Sadly, the jacket
with the collar is made of black fabric, so the collar is not visible
very well. I nevertheless give you photo.
Now you understand: I badly need this jacket.
But even my hubris has limits and I will restrain myself and first
try out a collar, without wasting expensive wool fabric for a whole
jacket only to kill the collar.
I only once made a real collar, and this was for my coat project.
This worked ok, but I completely forgot what I did :-DDD And as I love
round collars on shirts and sweaters, I will start with a simple sweater
(or shirt project – I am still indecisive) and add Wendy’s a Peter Pan
I already cutout a shirt front and back in light blue jersey as I
wanted to replicate a puff sleeve shirt, I bought some time ago from C
& A. But now as the collar got priority, I am unsure if I should sew
the sleeves as planned (mid forearm length and puffy with an
elasticated cuff) or if simpler sleeves would be a better companion for
the Peter Pan collar.
The white shirt was soiled with makeup, so could buy it for I think 4€ and I used it as a pattern template.
What do you think? Puff sleeves or straight sleeves?
If this works well, the jacket is next… I hope to find some lovely
black fabric, so that I can incorporate it easily into my curated
closet. And here I have the next decision to make, shall I make a “real”
outerwear jacket from a heavy wool fabric or should I make kind of
sweater jacket, which I can wear as a layer over a blouse or dress…?
So, I hope to hear from you. And again: Thank you @puellacreativa 💕💕💕 I love the book.