Sunday, January 31, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016
Click on this link in iTunes to download the 40th episode of the Enchanted by Sewing Audio Podcast, recorded in January of 2016. Or listen directly on the web by clicking on this link.
The Celebration of the Year of the Monkey begins just a little over a week from now. This month’s “Enchanted by Sewing” show celebrates sewing inspired by the Chinese Lunar New Year
Primero /First - A brief introduction to the Chinese Lunar New Year
Entonces/Then: My audio notes from the show “China through the Looking Glass” a very popular textile and fashion show that ran last summer 2015, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
Y Tambien/And Also: I include reflections on my own experiences with Chinese inspired patterns, textiles and fashions.
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The American mid 20’th century musical “The Flower Drum Song” is a great way to get a sense of Euro-American people’s awareness of Chinese –descent communities in their midst.
Chinese fabrics and styles, whether from history, stories, films or a growing awareness of Chinese culture, have inspired elements in my sewing, since before I first put a needle into a piece of material.
Remembering where my inspiration to create and sew comes from, is just one more thing that keeps me…
Enchanted by Sewing
*In Cantonese “Happy New Year” is “Kunghei fatchoy “ (/gong-hey faa-chwhy/)
Monday, January 25, 2016
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Saturday, January 16, 2016
|Fungus - Stanford Arboreteum|
Drought - since 2010
But now the mushrooms arise
Welcome El Niño!
I cut out the muslin for this princess-seamed shirt a while back. It's the same pattern, M6076, I first started using to create my sleeveless Western Winds shirt back in the early fall. Now I'm continuing to create a sleeved version. This pattern has multiple princess-seamed options (a princess-seam can end up in different spots on the garment) and lots and lots of instruction sheet ideas for getting a good fit. A really good basic pattern.
I'm not instruction sheet oriented - so I have a tendency to forget about stay-stiching! And then I wonder why the sleeve stretches out of shape when I go to set it in! Same deal with other curved seam areas. And it's particularly important when I'm creating a muslin/toile - because this is the time for getting the seams to come together right .
|Set in Sleeve test - the outer line is stay-stitching (regular stitch line).|
The inner line is a basting stitch for easing or setting the sleeve cap into the
armscye (the curved opening in the bodice)
I added two tucks in the front of the sleeve cap, because after I measured the alterations to the bodice (the armscye line),
I found that there was too much sleeve cap. I want only about 3/4" more in the sleeve cap, than in the armscye. Also I took note
as to the center of the sleeve - so I only altered the front, the back looks like it has about the right amount of extra.
I must admit, this is not exciting sewing. In the past I always just went ahead and sewed up a pattern and hoped for the best. But I've learned the value of a well fitting pattern. It means I'll get this one pattern working for me - and then I can just zip through future versions, knowing they'll look and fit great and I'll reach into the armoire for them again and again.
|I added a one inch seam allowance for fitting a muslin/toile. |
Learned this from Lynda Maynard.
I used a double Clover tracing wheel for this - it has two heads.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
These charming lions were block printed on cotton fabric, in Iran, sometimes between the 10'th and 11th centuries. Eventually traders imported block printed fabric on to other lands and Europeans were inspired by the use of wooden or metal blocks, to print on fabric of their own.
I think this design would make a charming modern fabric. A quilt for a child? Definitely! But also I can imagine borrowing this pattern for patch pockets, tote bags, or miniaturized for a border print on a skirt hem or shirt cuffs.