Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sew it begins....

I want to use this blog to record my clothing construction journey. The goals are:
  1. Clothing that fits me

  2. Clothing that I enjoy wearing

  3. Clothing that I am proud of
This past year or so, I have been unable to find anything that fits right or that I am happy with. Most shirts are too short in length with sleeves that are too long. Pants that meet to fasten at the waist are too big in the hips. Petite length pants are too short and the regular length is too long. I do not enjoy making alterations.

Last summer, I took a leap of faith and purchased the Bernina My Label software. After taking and re-taking and entering many measurements, I have been able to print some patterns that fit. I have made a few tunics and several t-shirts. Next, I want to create a classic button shirt that fits. And, pants....I want pants.

A kind friend has given me a Bernina 930 sewing machine and I also have a Kenmore (I think it is a Janome) serger that I have had for years. The Bernina 930 is fairly new to me and each time I sit down with it, I learn something new. Tonight, it was how to make a decent buttonhole. Along with the presser feet that came with it, I have bought 3 pintuck feet (eBay) and a foot that sews buttons on (from the local Bernina store). Yeah!

And, for months, I have been purchasing fabric from Fabric.com (mostly $1.95/yd.) and FabricMartFabrics.com ($1.99/yd.). It is all prewashed, folded and ready to go.

All is in place. All I require is the time and energy to produce. For now, I need everyday clothing. Shirts, pants, capris. May it happen.

1 comment:

  1. Great Start! I look forward to reading your sewing adventures!