Trying to make time to sew.

I have not had much time to sew recently, but I am not complaining! It has been a busy time for me at work and at home. Spring has finally arrived in St. Louis!

 

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I spent last weekend doing some potted gardening. I put some dahlia’s out on the front porch.

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Vogue 1496

It’s supposed to be spring soon, though you could not tell from the temperature! I’m dying to get outside and plant my tomatoes and some herbs. Until then I have started sewing for spring with this Vogue 1496 and a multicolor rayon.

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2018 Sewing Plans!

I know it is already April. (How? What?). And even though I am still finishing up some things from my last year to sew list, I have been thinking about what is on the sewing horizon for 2018.

1. Cashmerette Ames Jeans

I wear black or grey pants to work almost everyday. I thought I could make a nice pair of Ames with this navy scuba faux suede. I had no idea such a fabric combo existed, but I am very excited about it!

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Drafting a Knit Sleeve

When I posted my Upton dress in a few places I received a lot of messages asking me how to draft sleeves for it. You may have noticed I add sleeves to a lot of my makes. I added sleeves to the Cashmerette Upton, Simplicity 8379, and to my sort of unfortunate Collette Sorbetto. When I buy RTW the sleeves are most often the part of the top that does not fit me.

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Knit sleeve added onto my Simplicity 8379 dress.

My biceps measure 19″ around so you can imagine it is difficult to even grade up as most plus-size sleeves are 13″-15″ around including the seam allowance. I have tried the slash and spread method, but if you are adding more than 1-2″ it gets really messy. I have found that drafting sleeves from the bodice I am working on works out much better for me.

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