So here we are in a brand new year, 2014, absolutely incredible!! January is always a good time to do a little looking back and a lot of looking forward. First, we'll look back and forward as well.
I'm sure you remember this crazy little skirt that I made.
I've had a lot of fun wearing it,
The project was all about taking something that was really meant for the trash and making it into something useful and fun. I initially thought that I would just go to the resale shop and find another old sweatshirt, but then I remembered a coat that I am embarrassed to say that I bought. Not that I need to make excuses, but...I was on vacation, it was rather cute and something that I could just throw on, so yes, I bought it. All was fine until I washed it. The lining shrunk and the coat turned into a mess. Now yes, I could take the lining out and save the coat, but it really isn't worth the effort. The coat does have some rather nice lines, so I decided to just put it in a bag I keep of pieces that I no longer want to wear, but are good for inspiration. Then a request came in for a tutorial. I remembered the coat, pulled it out and saw that it would translate to a fun skirt.
So, here's the coat in all its bunched up ugliness.
The next project that I will be doing is from another request. A number of you follow the Sleeves On Saturdays posts. I received a request for a tutorial on drafting a basic sleeve. In order to draft a sleeve that will actually be useful, we need to have a bodice that the sleeve will fir into. The first project that I will work through is drafting a basic bodice and then the sleeve. If you've followed my blog for a while, you know that I love to draft, so this will be a wonderful project that I will have a lot of fun doing. Remember the Master Sewing and Design Program that I am working on? This is a project that I will need to do for a client in order to complete the program, so doing it now for you will be a good practice run. Sadly, I'm not doing this in a classroom setting so I can't share different body types, but I will show you how I fit the bodice on my body and hopefully this will help with some fitting issues that you may have. In order to not stretch this project out for too long a period of time, there will not be posts for Fabulous Free Pattern Fridays or Sleeves on Saturdays for at least a few weeks, but not forever!! We'll get started on the bodice drafting tomorrow, so get your pencils and tape measures ready. The nice thing about a blog is that you can just save the posts and then work on the project when it fits into your schedule.
I have a few projects that I started last year that need to be completed, so those will be mixed in along the way. All in all, I think January is off to a good start.