Ever get started with something and then before you know it a whole month has gone by?!? I’ve been faithfully keeping up with reading my favorite blogs, but not so much with writing this one!
Confession time: I struggle with “popularity” amongst bloggers. Being trained in PR, I don’t want to put this happy persona out into the cyberworld that is just not me. I also do not want this blog to be my job like a ball and chain. There are lots of enticements to add advertising, affiliate links and so forth. I am an affiliate for Craftsy, but have yet to post more than one post with a link. How successful is that? My heart is just not into selling stuff to you my readers. If there is something I really believe in, I’ll let you know.
Mainly this blog is here for me to look back and see that I really have been doing something with my time other than eating bonbons and watching TV all day! Hopefully I have something to offer, but I try really hard to not get caught up in the popularity game. I hate to “leave money on the table,” but that is just where I am right now.
I’d love to know what you think about this – I’m almost afraid to ask because I fear getting no comments!
Such may be life.
Anyway, here is what I HAVE been doing over the last month!
Lovely eh?! I’ve been working through the Craftsy class “Fast Track Fitting” with Joi Mahon. (I’m sure there is an affiliate link for this, but if you are so inclined, you can click the link in the sidebar and search for it.)
Notice all the white paper in-between the pattern tissue? It’s all added length! No wonder I had such fitting issues in the past! I didn’t recognize my own body size. I am 5’10” and no commercial pattern is sized for arms & legs the length of mine. Nuff said : )
The class was very helpful in where to measure and how to actually cut up the pattern to achieve your correct size and length. I do wish she had spent more time on the sleeve, but I will go back and read all the comments and perhaps my questions were answered there. I am now not afraid to measure and make changes on the pattern. More importantly, I know how to think through where to make those changes for the finished piece to fit right.
From those initial pattern pieces, I created these basic (without darts) pieces for knit fabrics. I’ve sewn 2 knit tops just to tweak the pattern blocks and they are now just right. The 2 tops are in the trash because they were out of some really cheap and yicky feeling ITY knit. There is a definite difference in quality! (I now only purchase fabric that I can feel first – from swatches! Mood Fabrics in NYC sells swatches and Fabric Mart sells a swatch subscription. Lesson learned!)
I’ve also reorganized my art studio to accommodate raised cutting tables, as well as a place to store my ever growing fabric stash.
I have begun to sew a few things and will be showing them in the future.
As for quilting fans, I will still show those from time to time. You know me, I’ll be into something totally different in 6 months time…
Ah, the life of a creative, where time really does fly!
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Creating!