Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Sewing - Still a beginner

When I was sewing for my daughter I was churning out stuff so quick. I was new and was willing to try various things and fail several times. For some reason now that I've progressed to sew
for myself I want to know ways and to perfect things. I'm taking several online courses. There is so much I want to do and so little that I'm able to.
To think of it I still don't know most basic stuff, I've a long way before I can come up with something decent for myself.
Sewing Learning basic techniques

Here is my to do list.

1. Draft a sleeveless blouse from the basic bodice for myself.  I'm on the way. I've a good moulage I made for myself so Ithink I should be able to do this one.

2. Draft a skirt sloper.I'm wearing a lot of skirts these days.. Bought so many from east.co.uk. I'm loving them. So I thought why not try sewing them for the summer.

3. Invisible zipper on waist with waistband. Haven't found a good tutorial yet on this. The best and most logical tutorial for the zipper on back from neck facing is this from fashion incubator - Such beautifully calculated for the fold of the fabric. I'd do it slightly differenlty though, instead of a different pattern piece, I'd just move the facing pattern slightly right to compensate for the fold of the main fabric.

Enjoy your week!
Preethi.

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Thursday, 12 March 2015

How to ease sleeve cap by crimping - easy quick and no frustration way

Sleeves are always tricky. Aren't they?

How to ease sleeve cap for set in sleeves


Ever wondered how on earth does the arm hole match up to the circumference of the sleeves?
Why don't sleeve and arm hole match for a garment with no gathered sleeves?
A poorly made set in sleeve can scream homemade, not that I'm ashamed of it though. :)

The sleeve circumference is so much larger that it becomes so difficult to do it without puckers.
Some upto 3 cm. Well it also depends on the type of fabric (knit, woven). You should comfortably be able to rise your arms up.

I have the tried the following options:

1. The gathering way (2 rows or 3 rows) but it always ends up with puckers which almost look like gathers. Yeah! gathering way produces gathers, atleast for me.
2. The finger pressing way (the heat in the fingers does help to manipulate the fabric) but it takes ages to get it right. It's frustrating to say the least. Divide and conquer way it is.
3. Crimping way - The easiest and simplest and quickest and bestest. No more frustration or patience required.


I have read this in a couple of fashion books without pictures so had to do a number of trail and error to get this right. So let's see how to do it. Below is the video.
Set the stitch length to 3. Max is 4 on my machine Guess I forgot to mention in video.

Do you need to finish the sleeve (sleeve seam, finish raw edges and hem) first or after crimping/easing?

I have done both ways and both have pros and cons.
If you finish the sleeve it becomes slightly difficult to crimp because it is difficult to lay flat - you could always remove the tray to make it easier.
But if you don't finish the sleeve then the threads may come in the way when you finish. You could always tie a knot but then when you start to pin it up against the arm hole you may need to adjust.
I'd prefer to finish the sleeve first.




Don't forget to let me know if it worked for you.
After you have eased you'd need to match up the notches or the dots and pin up at few points before you stitch. Sorry should have taken a few pics there, may be next time!
Happy stitching!
Preethi.

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Crimping sleeve ease

Just checking, how have you been?
I don't have a blog post with me, but I can't wait to show you the sleeve I made.
I used the crimping the method. I have seen the crimping method in text books but haven't seen them in blogs or videos. It has taken me quite an effort to get it right. But once I did wow the whole sleeve easing was a breeze.

UPDATE - Blogged with video here - How to ease sleeves crimping way - Easy, simple, Quick - No more frustration

No more 2 rows of gathering - what rubbish!  hahha .. Sorry
Crimping sleeve ease
Sorry about the photo. Just took it late night. I was so thrilled. And I have to show you what I'm making.
Do you use the crimping method?
Do you want a video of it? Pictures may not work here.
Have a good weekend!
Preethi.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Half size pattern drafting experience- A skirt



At the pattern cutting course in London we got to work with half size patterns at home - scaled to half size.
Seriously it was such a saver and it allowed me to work when the kids are awake, not having to wait until they sleep to get the entire dining table to myself without being disturbed.
This is something I could do watching tele.

Half size size 12 skirt blocks
 So here it is, I made a pattern myself of this skirt and also tried stitching it. Well the kids were asleep and I couldn’t use the sewing machine but my fingers were ithching to complete so I hand stitched it.
I’m so proud of it, I did show off in the class.


Slash and spread peg skirt
 At first when I started I couldn't even make out which way was top and which bottom when I started to sew but eventually managed.
Half size block skirt peg skirt
 Finished half skirt.. Well I didn't complete the waistband or the hem.. Just wanted to sew to see how it comes together.

Peg Skirt pattern drafting
 Enjoy your weekend.
Preethi.

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Friday, 14 November 2014

London Pattern Cutting Course

My husband's cousin came home on a Saturday and I just returned from my course. He asked what course is it. I said Pattern cutting. and he asked me to explain it.
And then he said Oh glorified tailoring :)

And yes it was,expect we did no tailoring.
Size 12 was our basic block from which we did our different variations.
- Dart manipulation of front basic block
- Dark manipulation of back basic block
- Dart manipulation of skirt block
- Collars etc...
Pattern cutting london school of fashion


We learnt 2 methods -
1. Cut and spread method which is the basic and tedious method
2. Pivot method - A very very good video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbeTqR5GIU0

Being from IT I'd rather prefer do all that on inkscape. Just an ever so slight pencil thickness or the angle of the pencil creates overall 1/2 cm difference. I'd prefer to do all that on my computer.
I'm familiar with inkscape now having drafted a nightie for 2T and a multisize 2T-8T sun dress.
But dart manipulation on the computer is something I need to get familiar with.

It was really a feeling of school - not like a traditional one or rather I can say more like a practical lab style.
Need real leg muscles to stand all day - yeah all day 10 to 5. Only time sat was on the first day where we had a little theory and during our breaks of course.

There was also a take your hands off your face moment in the class. All were stunned, really stunned and couldn't believe it.

Every time I came home and my husband asked what I did I was like - dart manipulation. But really that's what we learnt; I don't know if there is more to pattern cutting or it was just variations. Surely there are many more advanced courses but until I make my pattern for myself and move all those darts I'm not doing any more.
Pattern cutting womer's wear

Sleeves pattern cutting

Have a fun filled weekend.
Preethi.

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Why are we different sizes in different shops?

Why are sizes different in different stores? Have you wondered? I’m sure you have?

Why different sizes in different stores

 At London college of fashion where I’m doing this course we work on  a basic block size 12.
When I first heard we would work on size 12 I was super filled with joy. I’m a size 12 on most days and I  could use the same pattern to draft something for me. Well I thought and Oh boy! When I saw the block
it  looked like it might be a size 4 – that tiny or rather that huge was the size 12 from the shops I was buying from.
So I asked the tutor why this difference. She said there is no standard size 12.
And went on to say if I was going to have my own collection I’d need to study the market to know where I was competing against, study their sizes and position accordingly.
Strange right?
Also there was a buyer on our course and she said the lower end of market sizes are bigger for their size and higher ends are smaller.
What does that mean? Is it right? How crazy right?
Whatever, I bought a tunic from fatface last week and I fit comfortably in a size 10. Oh hoooo. Did that make me happy. Oh yes! I say.
Did anyone else see that size label – No. Does it make any better from outside – No
But you know what I’m talking about. The whole shopping experience gets so depressing when you don’t fit in your so called size in a shop right?

Size: 

Also, how does retail cater to bust cup size? A pear shaped size ? Why do I have to fit in a a size. The clothes need to fit me. :)

So I want to make my own.

Geography:

Also how do they cater to different geographies - Zara sells in India but do they have different measurements for Indian women?

Age :

We are different shaped when we get older. Is that even a consideration for ready to wear?

I tried to find a bit more and I came across - What size am I
Have a look. You can put in your size and it will show you what size for each shop you would need to buy. My sizes range from 12 – 14 - 16.
Next – Size 14
Gap – Size 16
Zara – Size 12
I think this is particularly useful considering the online shopping we do.
It’s a cool website I thought and you’d like too.

Have a good week ahead.



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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Pattern Cutting Course in London

Although it may seem that not much is happening it actually is the opposite.
I've taken my interest to the next level.
Remember I always said if my interest last more than a year which it has I'd take this further. It all started Sept 2013 - the incubation and the buying of sewing machine and the browsing online and in shops, inspirations...

I enrolled myself (or rather indulged) onto pattern making classes in London. Its every Saturday for 5 weeks. Its a full on course.. really full on.

London pattern cutting short course


There are a variety of people on the course - some tasting whether it is for them, some who are in the industry interacting with pattern cutters and want to understand them, buyers, some who are already on other full time fashion course and some who have done a degree for 3 yrs just to find it was not for them and this is where they want to be. Variety of people from various backgrounds all learning something new. I've completed 2 classes now. The first class was a couple of hours of sit down but after that it was non stop action.

Completley and thorouighly enjoying it. Is it for me? YES it is. It sure is.

My sewing has come down drastically though. I've not created anything new. Sad face.  I've been going out lot more these days and reading a lot more on sewing than actually sewing.

Hold on and there will be lot of updates.


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