I don’t think I mentioned this before, but I became a member of the New York City Sewing and Fabric Shopping Meetup group sometime last fall. I haven’t been able to make any previous meetings, but I went to my first meetup yesterday and had a blast. A special thanks to my best friend Cayce for babysitting Jack so I could do so. Wendy of West 38th hosts the group and I love her blog. She makes the most beautiful clothes for her nieces and nephew as well as herself. She was wearing the most fabulous skirt with what looked like pintucks, but were actually constructed using twin needles (if I heard her correctly). So cool.
We went to a bunch of fabric stores that are open on Sundays (not many of them are) and shopped. I bought 3 yds of some gauzy cotton with a mod brown and tan circles pattern on white with some flocking — very cute and for only $7/yd. We also went to M&J Trimming too, but I didn’t need anything there really. Then Mica from Sewnista in the Making and I took off and visited my local store, P&S Fabrics, for notions for me and some basic fabric for her. I thought I would be the only person who would bother to trek down there, but apparently I’m not! I met some really great people, all in various stages of their sewing careers, beginners to experts. We shared tips, new techniques, places to shop and I found out about the classes at FIT. Apparently, being a NY resident gives me a significant discount and the classes are supposed to be awesome. I might have to investigate that.
The notions I bought were for my spring/summer blouse project I’m working on for the sew along so I could whip up the muslin. I forgot that P&S closes Friday afternoons for the Jewish Sabbath, so I walked there for nothing on Friday night after work. 😦 The single fold bias tape I bought confuses me. It says it’s single fold and yet there are two folds. How does that work??? I will post a picture of my fun new fabric later tonight. I didn’t have time to do so yesterday, but that’s a tale for another post…
HP101 was supposed to be a super easy pattern for me to jumpstart my beginner sewing frenzy, but already I’m stumped!!! I thought after reading all of the sewing blogs in my reader for these many long months (almost a year now) and two classes, I would be able to read a sewing pattern. Sheesh!
In my own defense, I don’t have all the requisite materials for this pattern, like single fold bias tape or the elastic yet. And I thought I should be able to understand reading the directions without them in front of me, but it’s like reading Greek. Here they are, the directions, in all their glorious obfuscation…
Is it just as confusing to you as it is to me??? Am I just word problem challenged? How am I supposed to sew if I can’t read directions? I don’t want to need handholding all the time (thank you Victoria for your patience in explaining to me the most mundane things about sewing). I am so frustrated with this aspect of my learning curve. Can you imagine me trying to figure out a Burda pattern? Everybody on PR keeps talking about how Burda’s instructions suck. So I guess I just blew money on my subscription there. *discouraged*
Question for you all out there in sewing land: Can I substitute FOE (fold over elastic) for the bias tape/elastic part of this blouse? Which would look less becky home-ecky? From my limited understanding of the instructions, it would seem that the bias tape shows on the fashion fabric side, does that look nice? I thought bias tape was more of an innard kind of thing (do you like my technical lingo?) 😉
On a more positive note, I did cut out my muslin last night. I just have to pick up some single fold bias tape and elastic and I can start working on this again on Friday night. Tonight and tomorrow night I have outings planned. This is going to be a slow process for me as I am a working single parent and still have some sort of a life (ok, I only have a knitting group on Thursday nights, but I am counting that as a life), so I can only devote a few evenings here and there to sewing.
Until later, happy sewing!
Guess what??? Made by Rae started a Spring Top Week Sew Along and I’m joining!
Can’t wait to get home tonight and start my muslin. 🙂
Last night I spent a delicious evening eating wonderful food prepared by my sister, drinking a great chardonnay with the most incredible nose, and watching 24 with said sister… All while tracing out my springy/summery blouse! At the last minute, I changed my mind and decided to go with Hot Patterns 101 instead of the other two choices.
HP 101 No Sweat Easy Sew Bubblelicious Top and Skirts
This looks like a super easy top. I won’t have to worry too much about fitting since it’s such a loose top. There are only three pattern pieces (four if you count the sleeves twice) and two notches to match up. I traced the size 12. It looks like I”m between Hot Pattern’s sizes 12 and 14, but since it’s loose fitting, I went with the smaller size.
So tonight I am going to cut out the muslin and see where that takes me.