Sunday, March 5, 2017

Original Sewing and Quilt Expo - Atlanta March 9-11

Anyone planning to go this year.  My plans are on the verge of failure.....I'm still working on them!

Where Has The Time Gone

HI YA'LL

Just wondering if anyone is still reading blogs.  Not mine of course because I got caught up in everyday life, i.e., adult children, grand children, returning to the workforce, dog passing away, fostering a dog that ended up becoming mine and a million other things and  have not posted in years.  If ya'll are still interested, I have bunches and bunches of stuff to talk about again.  Let me know.

XOXO
GrandDiva

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Fitting....Still a Struggle

Sometime in 2011 in this blog, I vowed to create a set of patterns or slopers that would fit me perfectly.  I am pleased to report that I have made some progress.  I purchased more books, videos, went to workshops with experts and practiced.  Well, sorry to say that I have not mastered the process.  You see, I'm lazy and always in a hurry to see the finished product that I tend not to want to make a muslin for everything.  Of course when I don't make the muslin, the fit is less perfect.  So as of today, my new pledge to myself and readers is that I will now add a 1" seam allowance to all seams that require some fit even after fitting adjustments.  I'm finding that I need to do this for the granddaughters as well.

I now understand what Cynthia Guffey ment when in her workshop on fit she told us that many women stopped sewing garments when they got older and their figures changed; they started making quilts and purses.  Yes I do understand, however I'm still determined to find a way to have less sewing drama and stress around the fit of garments.

Went a little crazy tonight and ordered $125. of fabric from the Fabric Mart's year end sale.  Some for as little as $1. p/yd.  Will let you know if I am pleased with my purchase.  Guess I'm a little tired of Hancock Fabric, since it is the only game in town.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Cute Skirt




I made this for my younger granddaughter.  Very easy, but check waist measurement against actual pattern pieces.  I used a flocked taffeta with velvet as the contrast.  I've made a few other things for the holidays and I'll post as soon as I can retrieve them.

Hope everyone's Christmas was blessed and memorable.



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Debutant Dress ^%*&##


I was relatively disappointed in this pattern as the collar is really misleading and the fullness of the dress is really much less that the picture depicts.  I eliminated the collar and redrafted the top.

It was a really nice affair and we were pleased.  And ya'll didn't have to come bail me out of jail for teen abuse!  lol

Friday, October 26, 2012

New Vogue Patterns *&#%@!


I know I haven't posted much this summer and early fall basically because of my obsession with Pinterest.  But now I have a serious vent!  Vogue Patterns...."What the______".  Each new issue of Vogue will usually have several patterns that I am dying to get, just waiting for Hancock to have them for $3.99 so I can buy all of the ones I like.  However, this season they have really disappointed me.  The patterns are either way too big with too much fabric (3-5 yds in a jacket) or way too costumey (thats probably not a word), you know looking like it should be in a period play or something.  Maybe its just me or my age showing, but I have only found one thing that I like and its the red dress under that gray jacket that has way too much fabric in it V8866.  Oh well, maybe the holiday issue or early spring will bring something I really like.

Is it just me ya'll?

Monday, September 24, 2012

ROAD TRIP.....The Original Sewing and Quilt Expo @ Birmingham


Hi Everyone:

I returned Saturday night around 10:30 p.m. from three days at The Original Sewing and Quilt Festival held at Birmingham, AL.  Let me tell you it was really a fabulously put together event.  I took five classes for a total of $119.  The average cost is about $20 per class, some more depending on the time over an hour.  I learned so much about fitting from some real experts like, Louise Cutting, Cynthia Guffey  and others.  I must admit that I knew nothing about some methods of pattern adjustment i.e., the seams and hinges method.  The class I had was hands on and we used 1/2 sized patterns for practice.  I was amazed at how easy it was and can't wait to try it on real patterns.  This method is now being taught at colleges and universities.  The textbook is "Fitting & Pattern Alteration" which can be purchased from Amazon for $89.  I purchased it from the vender at the show and it reads like a novel (not really,  I just like it).  Information on the seams and hinges method is also online, so you can just google it and see what you think.

Louise Cutting and Cynthia Guffey both were excellent.  Of course they had fabric for sale and I was very good and only purchased 3 pieces.  However, I did purchase five of Louise Cutting's patterns which are pricy as they are by an independent pattern maker.  I had tried her one seam pants several years ago and they just had too much fabric in them for my taste, but I noticed at one of the new designer fashion shows that they seemed less full.  I asked her about this and was told that yes they had been tweaked and instructions were online for the changes if you had already purchased the pattern.  So I'm planning to try it again.  I also purchased some of her elastic that  makes a wonderfully comfortable waste band.

This was the fourth Original Sewing and Quilt Expo I've attended and the first in Birmingham, the others were in Atlanta.  Because this was the first time in Birmingham, there were not as many vendors.  I especially missed Vogue Fabrics and the Wool House vendors, however, I saved me money because Vogue Fabrics has such a large selection and the Wool House has great quality linen as well as wool (you know down here in the really deep south, we wear linen year round:  We just darken the color selection and weight for winter).  I know the temptation to purchase would have been too great to pass up especially when you live in a town that only has a Hancock and a few upholstery fabric shops.

Overall a good time was had by all especially since my travel buddy agreed to drive as I now have  serious anxiety about driving outside of my area.  I guess its a senior thing.  I don't care as long as I can get someone else to do the driving.

This show travels to many cities, so if there is one near you; I highly recommend you go.  Check then out online at originalsewingandcraftexpo.com (I think thats the correct link).  If not google it.  It is well worth it.