Thursday, September 17, 2009

9/28/2009 is Coming!!!!!

Peace to my Universal Family!

Well the clock is winding down on this Fashion challenge. Come Monday the 28th I will be free to shop up a storm. And I’m not going to lie when I say that I have already been in the shops planning what I will snatch up. I saw a white silk blouse in Ashley Stewart that I have my eyes on and 2 other blouses that I am stalking. But that is really it. Having to make do with what I have or creatively finding ways to score the booty has made me not fiend for the commercially bought clothes like I had been in the past. RELIEF. I now have a new addiction to making clothes for self and celestials in my Universe.

I decided to give patterns another shot. Not so much making them bibles, but for inspiration and learning purposes. In the past my sewing has been figuring it out as I go along. But why reinvent the wheel when I don’t have to? If using a pattern for some things helps, then use away. I have learned some sewing lingo and some techniques that have really helped me. Now I can discuss my sewing with other sewists. I made a gift for the God, using a pattern which really came out nice. I haven’t reinforced it because I made it without him being here. If I don’t have to make any alterations then I will reinforce the seams so it doesn’t come apart. It’s a surprise, so don’t tell.

Also, I have learned that the people in the stores are a resource. I have learned how to make my own patterns, bias tape and how to choose interfacing. But that’s if you go to a local store and not someplace like Wal-Mart. Them folks at Wal-Mart don’t know how to sew. They cut and charge. But don’t sleep on Wal-Mart. They have dirt cheep fabric in crafty choices. And you can’t beat their prices on notions, machines, yarn, stuff like that.

That all being said, I’m not abandoning my free styling sewing. I always feel a greater sense of accomplishment when something that was initially in my head appears in from of me. And I don’t want to be totally dependant on patterns. It’s good to have options.

My current goal is to master jacket making. Currently, my jacket attempts are not at all successful. But I am planning to make a customized dress form and try my hand on that. I have awkward measurements. I still have not come to understand the need for muslins and lining. I patterns and slips. That’s not to say that I never will understand it or that I’m blocked but we shall see won’t we what develops.