Ladies Tailoring I

I finished Ladies Tailoring I at FIT on Monday. I spent an entire semester sewing just TWO skirts.In fairness. I employed several techniques that were new to me. Hong Kong binding, sewing a full lining, using a felling and pick stitch, sewing on an industrial sewing machine.

But, I live in NJ and spent nearly 3 times as much on the class as my classmates, and my professor’s instruction was pretty disappointing. He often forgot names of stitches, never gave handouts and forget discussing alternative methods or historical context.

I’m glad it’s over and happy with my skirts. I wore the orange one (fabric from Mood) yesterday and the green wool one today.

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DTS

We went DTS this weekend and stopped in Red Bank for some shopping and food on our way back. We stumbled in a thrift store where I found this awesome silk number. It needs some repair but thankfully the damage is all on the seams.

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I’m really in love with the collar. I think I need to replicate it in a shirt-sized garment.

Soldiers Dress

As soon as I finished my pattern grading class I finished up on a dress that had been half finished for months. I basically just needed to fix the straps together and hem the bottom. I didn’t have enough fabric at the bottom to hem without adding a strip to fold up. Pretty straightforward except that my blind hemmer was acting up. It took me several tries to catch the serged edge all the way around. I think it works best when the needle is catching a folded over edge of fabric… lesson learned.

I used Simplicity 2916.

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I’m very pleased with the results.

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It’ll be a great fall dress. I just wish I had lined it!

And, yes, those are soldiers on my dress.

Pattern Grading: Done

I finished the Pattern Grading class at FIT last week. It was intense!

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I think it would have been busy even if it hadn’t been a summer intensive class. Still 3 days a week from 6:30 – 10:20 was grinding. I must’ve made approximately 10 nested patterns, which means I madeĀ  at least 60 patterns in 5 weeks.

Things I wish I had known/done beginning class one:

– bought a mono eraser

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– bought a .3 mm mechanical drafting pencil
– measured my work more consistently

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Overall the class was interesting and should be helpful in sizing up/down some of my old vintage patterns. Given the intensity and redundancy of some of the work, I’m not sure I would have taken this. I think learning this style of grading would have been difficult from a book, so it’s a tough call.

In any case, it’s done. Whew!

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