Okay, so maybe it appears that I am super productive every week with sewing projects. I am here to correct that notion. I think I will share a few entries from my sewing journal to show how much I actually get done and how often I get it done. (Unless of course I have a deadline, then beware! I sew like crazy and ignore my family.)
I cut and stitched a new skirt sloper. Mom took pictures for me so I could post them on Craftsy and got feedback.
I moved on to the bodice sloper. I copied it and cut it into a princess seam. I cut it out of blue cotton. A few bobbins later, I got it all put together.
I think there will be less problems with the bodice sloper than the skirt, but I am not quite sure yet. I haven't gotten all pinned up. [I believe I mean that I didn't put it on and have the back closed up yet.] I do know I will need to bring the shoulder in and probably put a little more slope back into it, but bringing it in might be enough.
I was listening to Jack Benny's May 17th 1942 radio program and they played a medley of George M. Cohan songs from Jimmy Cagney's "new" film "Yankee Doodle Dandy". We just watched that a few weeks ago and finally got the songs most of the way out of our heads.
Anyway I think I will put a zipper in the back of my moulage to make trying on easier, a.k.a. I don't need help.
I basted the back of my moulage and then hand picked a zipper into the seam. It fits pretty well. I am going to bring the shoulders in a half inch and I need to take in the low hip [Correction, high hip] to remove some bubbles. I am not sure if I will do anything about the fact my waist is 1/2" up from where I think it should be. I like it where it is though.
I fixed some things on my moulage. I took in the shoulders and the high hip. There are other things I am going to need to look for including whether I need to drop the waist or not.
I need to bring the shoulder seam forward 1/4 - 3/8 inch. I need to take an inch out of the lower half. I need to ask why the side seam tilts back just under the arm. Otherwise the side seam is pretty straight.
I took the inch out and tapered it up the side seam. The shoulder will be adjusted on paper. But taking out that inch really helped the fit. It may still be just a little loose, but I think it is pretty good.
I posted on my blog about my moulage. I adjusted the paper moulage and then copied it by taping it up to the patio door. The copied moulage I turned into the bodice sloper. I will then have to copy that again onto the poster board I do not have. I am close though to being able to work on another pattern. Sooner or later though I am going to run out of fabric to test things. One day I will not have to watch the classes at the same time I am making adjustments just to remember what to do.
My sloper should be fine since it is based off of a correct moulage, but I think I will test the sloper just to be sure.
If you haven't noticed the last entry was about a week ago, and I haven't really done anything since then other than question my moulage and sloper that my low hip is too high, and I really need to lower it. Everything else fits really well above there, so I think if I do anything I will just add an inch or two to bring it down, but otherwise I am not sure that really there is anything I should do. You might also notice that my sewing journal sometimes rambles about the strangest subjects not directly related to sewing, but I do listen to the Jack Benny radio show while I sew, so it is somewhat related. :D Besides, if I was reading this journal many years from now, I think it would be fun to read some anecdotal information that ties my whole life into what I did in the sewing room.
Did you like my sewing entries and would you keep a sewing journal?
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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