January 12, 2017

New Year, Old Goal

It is a bright and shiny new 2017 everyone! I do love this time of year for that wiped slate clean sort of feeling, though it does tend to wear off rather too quickly. I'm not partial to making lots of resolutions as I've found that I never make good on them. One or two goals for the new year is good for me. An old goal that I've always had is to sew all the fabric. Or at the very least, to sew all of my fabric. More often than not, the accruing/hoarding part of my #fabricjunkie personality takes over and the sewing part gets tossed to the wayside. This year I decided to take more logical steps in trying to sew all the fabric. I mean, there's saying that I'm going to sew all the fabric and then there's actually making plans, laying groundwork and forming a foundation from which to accomplish a goal. While I know I won't be able to sew all of my fabric in one year, I can at least make a concerted effort to sew more of my stash than usual.
To start, I thought I would share a project that I undertook as my first official stashbusting step. Making a Swatch Journal. This was a tall order. I have a lot more fabric than even I realized. There were so many pieces that I forgot I had and some that I have no idea where they even came from. In fact, going through all of it gave me some much needed perspective. It is time to get some sew on.

November 5, 2016

Made: Figgy's Nituna Coat

I have some pretty darling nieces and a nephew and it just so happened that one of my nieces turned 7. I had heard through the grapevine that she could do with a winter coat. I thought it would be a great time to pull out this Figgy's Nituna Coat pattern that I've had stashed for ages and give it a go.
This is such a cute kids pattern and I feel that when you're making an investment piece like this, it's fun to add some of the bells and whistles of traditional tailoring to it for practice. Especially when it's for a little person and it's akin to making a sample, yet someone can actually wear it and use it. I opted to do some changes to this pattern to give it a more professional touch and because I do love doing a tailoring project and it's always good to remember how to do things like bound buttonholes and welt pockets.
Overview of the pattern: The Nituna coat is a children's pattern - unisex, which is a plus! - with a hood, optional back bodice pleat, patch pockets or welt pockets. This pattern also features a lining, but I would say that this is more of a reversible coat treatment than a traditional lining. I created a traditional lining for my version. The pattern itself does not really come with a lining pattern, but instead you cut the same pieces as the coat shell and from there put the "lining" and the outer "coat" together and attach with bias binding around the edges or right sides together, turn and topstitch.

September 16, 2016

Sewing Library: Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit

I was working my way through previous blog posts here, cleaning up things and working on my migration from Wordpress to Blogger. Yeah, that is still a thing. I had started some Sewing Library posts a few years ago and never really did a lot with that, but it's something I definitely want to pick up again. I've learned a major portion of my apparel sewing know-how from books. Text books and more mainstream books on sewing have been a major source of inspiration for getting to a point of mastering this form of creativity. There are so many different worlds within the realm of sewing and fashion design, it's easy to immerse yourself and just get sucked in. With so many books out there, I think it fitting that I can add to this conversation by giving you insight into my favorites.
One of these is Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit by Steffani Lincecum. The story goes that I found this book on Amazon as I was perusing books for patternmaking because I was sick of fitting sewing patterns from envelopes. I think there's a point that every sewist comes to where you are wondering if there is a work around to the whole fitting problem that plagues us all. Sewing patterns don't fit right out of the envelope for pretty much anyone and yes, that includes Indie's in my opinion as I have yet to find one that does. But this is a part of the apparel sewing process. Fitting and a basic understanding of good fit is essential and comes with time, patience and practice. But when you get to the part where are wondering if there is a work around for fitting, you start looking at possibly creating your own patterns.

July 25, 2016

Made: Ginger Jeans

Happy Summer y'all! I know it's been a looooong time since I posted. While I'm not one for apologizing for my whereabouts, it has been since (hello!) November. After closing up my physical and online store, I kind of morphed back into this thing called real life. The part where you go back to square one, get a job and get back in the saddle of mainstream Americana living. So I did that. Then the mister and I decided to move to a smallish country town (where I did all of my growing up as a child and teen). We've been here for few months now and we've been becoming acquainted with how life is lived in a small town. Mind you I was a teenage kid when I left this sagebrush. It's a fairly different experience, this living in a small town now. We're enjoying the good parts and remembering how denial works over the bad parts.

For some time, I've been waffling over whether or not to blog again. There are many of parts of blogging that I don't miss, but then there's the part that I really want to be apart of again - namely reviewing sewing patterns and just talking sewing in general. I get so much from reading blogs that still do this and I enjoy getting excited over seeing someone conquer a pattern, try out different patterns companies or products, tell us all where they purchased this or that fabric, tips and tricks, etc. This is the part of blogging that makes it worth it to me. So here I am, back at it again.

Before I move onto my version of the Ginger Jeans, please note that I am in the process of switching back to the Blogger platform. There's been some problems while doing this and right now I'm in the middle of uploading all of my old photos and reworking all of my old links, so if you're seeing missing images and the links within my blog aren't going anywhere, please bear with me. I'm working on it - slowly, but surely. Now, let's get back to the chatter of sewing! Yay!
These are the Closet Case Files Ginger Jeans. For the longest time I've put off making jeans for myself. I make jeans all the time for Mr. AFS, but when it comes to myself, I would rather huck myself off a cliff sew something else than make jeans. Jeans aren't necessarily hard, but they are a little hard on my sewing machine(s) depending on the thickness of the denim. I've made enough to pairs to know by now. And I loathe dealing with the topstitching thread. It's just kind of a love/hate situation. I love having good jeans that fit me, but sewing them is not as fun as other things in my humble opinion.

November 23, 2015


You may recall, I made Mr. AFS a plaid flannel shirt a little over a year ago from Simplicity 1544. Since then I've gone on to make more versions of the shirt, perfecting fitting problems each time and so this iteration is pretty much near perfect for his body and build. Additionally, he wears that first flannel shirt a lot when it starts getting cold. In fact, it's surprising just how much he wears it considering he doesn't like plaid - it's the flannel. He just loves the warmth. So I thought it was time that he received another. I hauled him on over to a Joann and had him pick out his own flannel this time. They have a surprising collection of flannels - called "plaiditudes" - that are quite thick and fluffy and soft. They wash up OK (just OK, not great) too and since I can't get my hands on any of that Robert Kaufman Mammoth Flannel locally, this works.
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