Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I've Been Committed...

To sewing that is.  I closed my fabric store a couple of years ago and last year, I began working for our local indy fabric store.  In doing this, I have to be committed to sewing.  I counsel people all day on matters of sewing.  I've even taught a sewing with knits class using the McCall 6559 maxi dress.  My students were the absolute best and everyone walked away in a fabulous dress.  Now we're gearing up for the American Sewing Expo. We're all making model garments and I'm doing a breakout session on sewing with faux leather. All my garments will most likely be faux leather.  I was nervous about model garments until I actually did one for my class and I realized that it's a really good way to seriously step up my sewing game.   I really want things to look stunning and perfectly finished, because you know people are going to be looking at the inside.  One of my buds at the store (they all are, really) made the Butterick Katherine Tilton dress in the summer.  I haven't held the Tilton patterns in the highest regard, but her version is just soooooo adorable. Then I saw Kay's dress and another one of my buds from the store made this one.  I think I'm loving the Tiltons.  I've made a few things in the  last year that are pretty cool, some more successful than others. Like there was a McCall jacket sweater thing that had no side seams, so you just cut a hole in the body of the "jacket" and attached the sleeve that way.  That was literally, the worst pattern I've ever used.  It just won't fit right on a human body, then I went to Pattern Review to check what was said about it after the fact and guess what, everybody hated it. It is now a discontinued pattern.  I have had success with a few dresses and at this moment I'm loving Butterick 6182 by Lisette.  At first glance, I didn't like the dress, I thought it was unremarkable at best but it was assigned to one of the ladies at work to make it in home dec linen.  It was super cute,  N made one in apparel linen and then both L and G made one.  Each one looked great, in a chic, modern style.  I took the plunge and made it in green linen.  I put the sleeve band on wrong but after that tiny snafu, it looks great.  I told hubs it reminded me of a 1930's prison dress, he said I was "weird" and that it looked fashionable and minimalist, I'll go with that. I really liked it so I made a second version in a navy tissue weight linen.  It's stunning, but now unfortunately, it looks like that pattern is discontinued as well. Next up is a Burda motorcycle in soft metallic faux leather. And yes, there will be pictures.

6 comments:

Catherine said...

So great to see you blogging again. Can't wait to see the jacket.

Melody said...

Thanks Catherine, I lost my sewing and blogging mojo, but it's back now!

Audrey said...

Good to hear from you again. I'll bet you are a great asset to the indy fabric store with your knowledge of fabrics and sewing. I am always amazed when someone ask a clerk at JoAnn's or Hancocks a sewing related question and they reply that they don't sew. Your breakout session at the Expo sounds like one I would definitely attend. Hope to see more about the samples you sewed for it.

Melody said...

Hey Audrey, Thanks for stopping by.

What you said about corporate fabric stores is so true. I was at the pattern table about a month ago when I and another customer overheard this
Customer: "I'd like to buy one of these sewing machines, can you tell me about it?"
JA Associate: "I wish I could help you but I don't know how to sew"
She and I both rolled our eyes.

I'm having fun working on the faux leather samples and the jacket. I'll put up the jacket making project as my next post.

Michelle said...

Yay! I am so happy to see that you're sewing and blogging again! I recently finished a coat with one of the wool coatings that I bought from you a while back and I was wondering how you were doing.

I've bought several cuts of faux leather recently but am kind of chicken to sew with them, so I'd love to hear any tips that you have. (I know that you have to use clips and not pins with it, but that's about it.)

Melody said...

Michelle! Hey! I thought I saw you working on that. I'm so glad it didn't become one of those "what was I thinking" pieces. Love it when it gets turned into something. I am loving the faux leather right now. The new post is all about sewing the faux leather mc jacket. At the expo today, I bought six more yards of it. Teflon foot, don't sew without it.