So Autumn is definitely here. Brrr. Last night, I finally succumbed and put the heating on "just to get the chill out of the air". But I have loved being wrapped up in my big red kerchief. This weekend I suppose I must hunt out the rest of my warm things (hats and gloves etc) and sadly pack away my Summer clothes - the much longed for Indian Summer never happened afterall. *sigh*
But anyway, here's my second FO for the week. Another Scout Woven Tee:
As you can see, I modified the sleeves to make it more seasonally appropriate. I lengthened them to a 3/4 length and added a cuff band (using the pattern piece from the Wiksten Tova).
Apart from that, no other mods. The fit seems a bit looser than my first version, but I think that's more to do with the fabric choice. I used a not-great, over-priced polyester from John Lewis. Yes, I do know better but I just popped in for a zip, and it was pay day, and before I knew it, I had 2 metres of this stuff in my hand and was handing over (*embarrassed whisper*) £20. Well, as silly as that was, I do actually really like this top, and have worn it three times since I finished it early last week. But I won't be going back to John Lewis' Haberdashery department on pay day (or ever really, because £3.50 for a zip? pppsshhhhwaahhhh. no thanks).
BUT, have you seen their new collection of sewing tins?
|Images from John Lewis|
Anyway, the sums for my long-sleeved Scout:
2m polyester (110cm wide) £20
Yesterday, I took a little excursion to the annual Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace (on til Sunday). I've been going every year for the past four years, and I really enjoy it. It is mostly quilt and knitting based, but over the years it's become slightly more dressmakingy too. There are usually some really interesting exhibits (but no photography allowed, boo), and the rest is just lots of window shopping. I briefly met up with Melizza of Pincushion Treats, but sadly wasn't able to spend too much time hanging out with her as I'd booked onto a few workshops:
|L: English paper piecing; M + R: Machine embroidery|
The next class was a quick intro to machine embroidery. Again, really simple: basically, drop your machine feed dogs, use a free-embroidery/darning foot, and away you go! (Apparently, this can be done without a machine foot, but I know I'd just sew my finger, so personally, I wouldn't try it.) It's such a weird sensation - we did some practising and then made a small design which was used to back a small cosmetic mirror. My final mirror is on the far right above (the blue and white polka dot). I can't say I've mastered the technique - it basically looks like a child's scribble, but with thread. But I think with practise, it would be a great way to decorate cards or gift tags.
I also attended an hour-long session on tissue fitting, led by Celia Banks, a Palmer Pletsch qualified instructor. It was a super class. Unfortunately, I didn't think to take a pen and notepad to the show, so couldn't take notes. But I took away a couple of really useful gems of knowledge, which I think will help in my approach to fitting:
- Always go by the high bust measurement. Celia demonstrated that using the high bust measurement will mean a better fit (with fewer alterations) around the neck/collar and shoulders, and that it's much easier to make alterations to accommodate our "cuddly lady bits". She also showed how very easy (and similar) full bust and small bust alterations are (the difference is only whether you need to add or subtract).
- Always fit the back first. I must admit, this had never occurred to me. I look at the back, but always look to fit the front first (because that's the bit I can see!).
- Tissue fitting is actually easy peasy.
And of course, I couldn't resist making a few purchases while taking a turn around the exhibitors (but I was very good and stuck to budget):
Definitely no more fabric purchases for a good while!
I'm getting started on one of my Autumn skirts this weekend. I'm going to try the tissue fitting method, and (gasp) not bother with a muslin.
Hope you have lovely things planned for your weekend!