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Here it is, the stuff I sewed in 2011. I didn't do any knitting like I wanted to, but I was far more productive than usual. I got done, on average, just over one project a month, which was my original goal for the year. I think I can up my productivity for next year a little bit. I have some new strategies, like to just force myself to get started, because once I've started I have no trouble continuing. So...

Grape dress- which I want to re-fit in the waist section before I wear it

The rest )

Whew! That was a lot. It seems like this was a pretty productive year for everyone on my Friends list. See you all in 2012! Happy New Year! And best of luck with all your future sewing projects!
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Toward the end of summer, I made two pairs of shorts using a modified version of the Wearing History Smooth Sailing pattern. I'm so happy with them! Modifications include lowering the waist, removing the front pleat, adding DEEP pockets, and making them close in front. Here's a whole bunch of pictures as proof of productivity.

Shorts! )

And on me, to show how great they fit. I think that these ones really have a cute, retro pin-up vibe.

More denim )

In other sewing news, now that it's September the Fall sewing line-up is being planned. On my list for modern wear is the ivory satin blouse and plum wool jacket. Plum wool, chocolate bember lining, and fake leather wrapped buttons shown.

For historical stuff, I want to get cracking on the 1840 stuff like [ profile] jennil. This means completing the flounced petticoat. However, I'm thinking that I don't want to have to deal with all the flounces and it may end up being a corded petticoat instead. (Unfortunately, all the flounces are already cut out. They may end up becoming the back of a bustle petticoat in the future.) A plain petticoat will also be needed to complete the undergarments. I also have some plans for the DPP on Your Wardrobe Unlock'd/Foundations Revealed that I'll get into some other time.

With all these plans and being in school as well and my need to get a job, I am going to be busy, busy, busy!


Aug. 11th, 2011 03:39 pm
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Why yes, I am sitting in front of the computer in my newly completed shorts. :) Unfortunately, no pictures at the moment because my camera is on the fritz. I love my new shorts. Except that the fabric tends to pick up fuzzies. I don't think I've ever made anything that fit as well as these shorts. I feel like I'm getting lots of new sewing techniques and experiences under my belt this year. It's great!
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I just finished installing the zipper on my shorts using Casey's lapped zipper tutorial. It was the first time I've ever used this technique, and I have to say, this was THE most trouble-free zipper I have ever put in. I didn't even need to baste it, although I'm sure the fact that I'm using cotton twill has something to do with that. I want to make all my zippers lapped from now on. If you've never tried it, you should. :)
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In my half-finished shorts because they're so comfortable and I love them. The fit is great! I've got them pinned on. Still need to put in a zipper, the waistband, and hem the legs. But I don't want to take them off to do that.


Aug. 9th, 2011 04:50 pm
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At the moment, I am making up the Wearing History Smooth Sailing shorts in black twill. However, in my never-ending quest for bigger and better pockets, I've made some adjustments to the pattern. I removed the front pleat and (obviously) added slash pockets. I also lowered the waist so that they're no longer so high waisted. I've found that pockets that are too high up look funny when I put my stuff in them. Also, because of pockets, I've changed the shorts from being side opening to front opening. I'm going to put in a lapped zipper at CF.

So far the shorts have gone together really smoothly. All the seams line up well and construction is straightforward, even with my adjustments. The only problem I've run into is not the fault of the pattern at all. It's my bum. Making these shorts and the ivory knickers has brought to my attention the fact that my bum is uneven, thus making a weird bulge in part of the seat. As a result I've had to take in one side about 1/4 inch more than the other in the back seam. Silly bum! ;p


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