Friday, August 01, 2008

Are You Thinking Ahead to Fall?

I know I am. I'm glad to be pulling out some of my fall fabrics (well, early fall fabrics - it doesn't get cold until November here) and playing with ideas. Of course, I'm still sewing for summer, so I'm looking for "transitional pieces"

There are two contests starting today at PR. One is the mini-wardrobe contest. I've already posted my story board, but basically, it's 4 pieces, 3 different types of garment, 3 different colors (at least) and 4 wearable outfits (or more) as a result. All of this in four weeks. Then there is the
lined jacket contest. I am making a lined jacket as part of my mini-wardrobe, but I'm not entering that contest because I'm managing the board.

It's not too late to sign up for either of these contests. There are only 11 people in the lined jacket contest, so let's start making some jackets! Also, I think there is going to be a sew-along on Stitchers Guild for the Fashion Sewing Group 1945 jacket. I'll let you know more about that when it gets going.

Today I had to go buy some shorts for my dad. Well, somehow I just made a little side trip (20 miles) into Tulare to the outlet mall where Bass was having a big shoe sale. I bought 3 pair! All at 40% off. Yes, I'm definitely thinking about school and what I will wear to make it through the days comfortably. I just had to buy those shoes you know. The truth is, once school starts, I never take time to shop. I take time to sew - but not shop. So I was happy to find 3 pair of shoes that fit and hopefully they will not hurt my feet.


Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

I'm starting to think more transitional fall sewing than actual fall/winter sewing...I still have some summer on the brain and it's been horribly hot and humid here lately...makes it seem like fall is far, far away!

Anonymous said...

I was hoping you could answer a couple of questions relating to the Simp. princess-seam blouse of last week. 1. if you usually lower the bust apex, would you start the fba lower than 1" below the armscye?, and 2. once the fba is done how do you set the straight-grain arrow? Thanks!

Nancy Winningham said...

Yes, your FBA should go through the bust point. So wherever that ends up being, that's where you draw the line to split the bodice. The grainline runs parallel to the center front, so keep the same line that is below the bust point, and draw it up to the top of your pattern. Hope that helps :-)

Cennetta said...

I'm thinking about fall too. Most stores, including fabric stores, are starting to in the fall merchandise. I've only sewn half of my summer wardrobe.

I totally understand comfortable footwear. I was shoe shopping Saturday, every pair that I tried hurt. Unfortunately, I came away with nothing.

Good luck on your contest entry.

Anonymous said...

I'm very interested in finding a copy of Kenneth King's book, "Birth of a Bustier". I live in Canada, & read your blog often; you're a brilliant sewer! I've searched Amazon & Chapters, but cannot find a copy. Any ideas where I'd best be able to buy one? Thank you in advance!

Nancy Winningham said...

Yes! Pattern Review (see link in sidebar) sells the book on CD. From the main page, choose "Patterns and More" tab. Scroll down to books on CD and you will find it!
Also, Kenneth King has his own website - - and sells books on there as well. I've taken 2 online classes from him (one of them the bustier class) and he is a great teacher. Lots of knowledge, lots of patience!