Monday, September 10, 2012

Sewing Away...

Hello Dear Blog Readers! It's another busy week with more busy-ness ahead of me, but I'll be posting the winner of last weeks giveaway, along with the giveaway item for this week at the end of the post...in the meantime, here is what I've been working on this week...

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It's been another busy week for me as I've been working on a sewing project for a Very Special Client. Last week I shared some images of the fabrics I've been working with:


These fabrics are actually ready-to-wear dresses that are being cut up to make a different garment altogether. It has been a bit tricky to accomplish, but I've been meeting the challenges that have come up, such as creating patterns that fit the client, and insuring that the patterns can fit into the amount of fabric we have to work with.

I usually try to make a sample of a pattern first - to insure the pattern works as it should and to make any fit adjustments that might be needed. Here is a sample that I made using a pattern made from an existing garment the client had and loved wearing...


The original garment is made from knit fabric as is the sample above. I am currently attempting to use this pattern with woven fabric, which has been a bit challenging. Here is fabric being used for a woven fabric version, which will be made with a longer sleeve variation...


Here is what the finished garment looked like before the client fitting took place:


The finished garment was taken to the client for a fitting and some adjustments were needed, which I am currently working on...I also had other tunic/dress samples made up in muslin for fitting and many of them worked out quite well. Those patterns are in process of being used for more garments to be made from the ready-to-wear dresses and from fabric the client will buy in the future. Here is a peek at another tunic/dress that I've been working on:


I'll share a full view of this garment soon - it has a story all it's own!

It has been a rough week getting these garments completed since I had an emergency root canal during the week! It has thrown off my regular schedule and it has also thrown me off in general with sleep patterns and ability to focus. Luckily, the hardest part of the root canal is over and it will be completed with a crown by the end of the week, but I still have a lot of work to finish, not the least of which is a special workshop I'm conducting in two weeks...

Due to a packed schedule, I may not be able to post next week, but I'm still having a giveaway for this week as I countdown to my 400th blog post - only 5 more posts until I reach 400!

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Now for the winner of last weeks giveaway...there were only two comments from last week and they both addressed the theme of favorite art supplies to use; however only one commenter got their comment in by the deadline so this weeks winner is Mel from "I Speak Melsh"*! I'll be sending along your goodies at the end of the week Mel...

And now for today's giveaway...

I'm still cleaning and clearing art supplies and books so this week you have a choice from one of two books up for grabs:


The winner of this giveaway has a choice of a sewing craft book or a knitting craft book!


This sewing craft book, Home Sweet Sewn, is filled with many lovely craft projects for the home...you can take a peek inside the book at Amazon =-)


And this knitting craft book, Knitting Little Luxuries by Louise Harding, is filled with lovely projects to knit...you can peek at some of them through Amazon...

The winner will choose the book they desire and they will also get some wonderful fabric scraps from my stash OR yarns and knitting needles from my stash, depending upon the book they choose. The book that is not chosen will be given away later during the countdown. How can you win some of this creative goodness?? Read on for the rules of the giveaway...

Rules for entering the giveaway...

The giveaway is open to all readers from near or far
You must leave a comment to enter the giveaway
Your comment will be whether you love sewing or knitting and WHY
Comments will close at 12pm Pacific Standard Time on Friday September 14
The winner will be announced at the end of the next blog post...which will be in approximately two weeks due to my creative work schedule

OH! And if you want a bonus surprise goodie, follow my blog and let me know you have joined the "Tribe Of Creative Kindred Spirits"! 

Thanks for stopping by and for reading my blog! Good luck to all who enter the giveaway!


* - I was unable to link to Mel's blog due to technical glitches - sorry Mel! =-\

7 comments:

Kathryn Hansen said...

your shirts look fabulous! can hardly wait to see them completed!! love the fabric as well!!

i use to be a huge sewer...sewed my wedding dress, a down parka, shirts, etc. but then got deeply involved with my drawings and paintings...haven't sewn since!!

i'd love to learn to knit scarves...just haven't had the time!

Devon said...

I sew and knit actually. Depending on where I am/what mood I'm in, I choose one or the other. Lately I've been doing a lot of quilting!

humel said...

Oh, thank you, how kind of you :) Yay!

I totally love your garments, you are amazing - the blue one looks stunningly gorgeous (it's my kind of colour and pattern, that) - can't wait to see it properly!

Anonymous said...

Another cool post Monica, and the books look fabulous. Good luck with finishing your tunics so you can prepare for your workshop. I do love sewing because my choice of fabric patterns, colours and textures will always be unique. Deanna

Laura Catherine O said...

I love sewing because it feels so very good to make something myself in an age where everything is so rushed. Knitting takes me back to previous generations, which feels magical. It also helps me work on my patience!

Karen Wallace said...

Love what you are making. Root canals are not fun! Hugs

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing..