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The Return to Sewing

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I hope everyone is having a delightful Labor Day weekend.  I am.  I am sewing! 

My husband commented that no one is having a barbeque this weekend.  That doesn’t bother me because it won’t cut into my me time.  I know someone is thinking why my husband doesn’t have a barbeque.   That’s one of the things that has happened since I last blogged.  We had our annual end of June backyard barbeque.  This year we had 100 people; we started around 2 p.m. and the last group left around 1:30 a.m.  My husband and I do all the cooking and baking; it’s what we enjoy doing.  This year’s menu: chicken, ribs, chopped BBQ, hamburgers, franks, fried fish, shrimp, bean salad, fruit salad, cole slaw, mixed green salad, pasta salad, potato salad, red rice, macaroni and cheese, corn, potato chips , tortilla chips and salsa, devilled eggs, cookies , graduation cake, birthday cake, cupcakes, ice pops, ice cream, watermelon, soda, water, lemonade, sweet tea, beer, cocktails, and coffee.

So what have I sewed so far today?  I just finished sewing a pair of black linen pants.  The only thing left to do is work the buttonholes on the waistband and sew on buttons.  I made the fitting shell earlier last week.  Last night I altered the pattern and cut out the pants.  I used Vogue 7881.  I thought the legs were too full in the thighs for the look I wanted so I narrowed the leg around the knee area, making the leg straight from the knee area to the hem and not from the hips to the hem. I did a sway back adjustment by folding out 1” on the center front and tapering to 1/2” at the side in the front crotch area, then folding out 1/2” on the side and tapering to nothing at the center back in the back crotch area.  I like the look and fit of the pants, but I don’t love it yet.  On the next pair I will add 1/2” to the back crotch extension continuing all the way down to the hem.  After I made the linen pants, I looked at the sway back adjustment in the book “Fitting & Pattern Alteration: A Multi-Method Approach” and noticed that back crotch extension is also altered along with the center back.  I also compared my linen pants with a pair of ready-to-wear pants I like a lot and I noticed that the back leg of the RTW pants were 2” wider than the front, whereas the back leg of my linen pants was only 1” wider than the front.

Hopefully, I can convince my husband to take a picture of me in the pants so I can post the picture in the next blog post.  In the meantime, I think it time to start making a matching top.


Author: Mpressive Threadz

I started sewing when I was 11 years old, and had my own clients when I was 12. I graduated from the H.S. of Fashion Industries, majoring in fashion design. I expanded my technical background by attending evening classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology and working many years at a major pattern company. I have been creating custom wedding gowns and evening dresses for more years than I care to count. I LOVE WORKING WITH FABRICS. I love fine sewing techniques. I love creating beautiful dresses.

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