March 28, 2013

Thurlows: The Muslin

After much procrastinating, I've finally got these bad boys assembled, and aside from my own stupidity, I had very few problems.  I left off all the extraneous bits, pockets and the like.  My biggest  problem was that I assembled the back seam late at night, and I missed the part where you don't sew that seam all the way up.   I did so, and immediately got depressed when there was the usual huge flap of fabric between my rear and my waist.  Luckily, I caught my mistake the next morning, and can I say that the idea of doing the two halves of the waistband separately, giving you the freedom to adjust the CB seam as needed, is genius.  I mean, I'm sure you could that with any pants with a CB seam, but the fact that she specifically allowed for it means she really understands those of us with...ahem...ample rears.

Even with the pear shaped pattern drafting, the standard seam back there looks like this on me:

Lots of extra fabric at the waist (and my BF playing WoW in the background).  This is pretty much how regular pants fit me most of the time.  But my number one goal for these pants is to make them fit well enough to not have to wear a belt.  I can overlook just about any other fitting weirdness, but I want them to fit my actual waist; otherwise, what's the point of making them myself?

But because of Tasia's foresight, I was able to take them from that fit to this:

See! No back gap!  It's a little bubbled because of all the seaming and re-seaming, but this just made me want to jump for joy.  Unfortunately, the fact that I made the back out of white fabric means a full back view will have to wait until the real pants get made.  Here's the seaming after I was done with it:

The pink line is the original seam line, the leftmost yellow stitching is my final fit.  I will probably just transfer
these stitching lines to my final copy, leaving all the extra fabric until I'm 100% sure I don't need it.

Other than the back, I didn't have any other significant fit issues.  There's a little bit of extra fabric in the front and in the waistband, but since I didn't use a double waistband and was using really thin fabric, I think I will lose most of it when I have a thicker base fabric and a waistband lining in there.  They are drafted really long, which has been noted by others, but I would always rather have them too long than too short. I could also use the tiniest bit of extra fabric in the inner thighs, but it should be something I can adjust within the seam allowance if I absolutely have to in the final pair.

I'm not sure if the side seams turning towards front at the bottom is an actual fitting issue, or if I was just standing on the bottom of the pants funny. I'll keep an eye out for it on the actual pair, but it's not worth making another muslin for.  So unless someone points out a glaring fitting error I'm not seeing, it's onwards and upwards to the actual khakis!  Finishing these got me really excited to make the real ones, but in general I procrastinate the worst at the cutting out step.  So we'll see.

It's not really sewing related, but the reason I was able to get these done is because of my newest obsession, HabitRPG.  It's a to-do list manager at the heart, but completing tasks progresses you along in the "game".  Your character gets weapons and pets as well as real-life rewards (like money to spend on fabric) when you do real-life tasks, but when you neglect things you should be doing, you lose health points.  It sounds a little silly, but considering I am both a chronic list maker and long time gamer, I am pretty much exactly the niche customer.  It's still early in development, and the servers like to crash a lot, but for me it's worth it.  Off to earn some more XP!  :)

March 20, 2013

All the cool kids are doing it...

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In other news, I've got a skirt (not previously mentioned on here) done all the way up to hemming.  I'm still not sure if it's wearable, and it will definitely be a "Lesson Learned" post.  Also, the weather is getting straight up ridiculous here.  I am moving south south south as soon as I graduate.  I should have something more substantial up sometime this weekend.  Hope everyone else is warmer than me! 

March 9, 2013

Weird Sewing Experience

So last night, we had a poster session for grad student recruiting.  I had my group's part set up and walk over to a group of other grad students, wearing my paisley KS3338 t-shirt.

"I like your shirt, Alicia."

"Thanks, I made it." (offhandedly, since this is an old make and a pattern that needed significant tweaks after this version)


If I'd have said I personally landed a spaceship on the moon, I don't know if they could have been more impressed.  One woman literally starts peering at the side seams and mumbles something about there being "details and everything".  It's a t-shirt; there are no details except maybe the twin needle stitching on the hem.  It was an odd experience, to say the least. They got over it fast enough, and it actually turned out that one of them might want to buy my old backup sewing machine.  But their initial reaction was just so far outside of anything I've ever experienced before. Has something like this happened to anyone else?  Have you had even weirder reactions than that?

P.S. Real sewing has happened, I just haven't had time for pics, due to said grad student recruiting and such.  Hopefully on Sunday...

March 3, 2013

February Wrap-Up and March Goals

It's that time again.  Time to assess what I accomplished this month and what I want to do next month.  The combination of February being a short month and also having grad student recruits for two of the weekends (including Sunday, my usual day off) means not a lot of progress was made, but I think I did alright with the time constraints I had.

From last month:
1. Thurlows.  Make some progress.  For realsies. - IN PROGRESS.  For this one, I'm deliberately choosing to be loose with my definition of "some progress." 
2.  Make a wearable muslin of the Vogue 8379 dress out of black knit and make any needed pattern adjustments for the next version -NOT EVEN TOUCHED. Honestly, a lot of the motivation for this one kind of depended on the happy warm spring starting.  We got 3-4 inches of snow yesterday.  Just not dress weather yet.  

This is not to say that I didn't get any crafting done whatsoever.  I made two fabric infinity scarves from leftover pieces of fabric (woo stashbusting!), and have made lots of progress on a crocheted blanket I'm working on for a friend. 

For this month, I'm taking a different approach.  This month has seen a lot of family-related emotional turmoil for me, and I'm having a hard time getting motivated to do much of anything.  To help combat this, my goal for this month is to try to look better every day. I would say fabulous, but I really mean "like I put in any effort at all".  Taking a little time to look a little nicer in the mornings always seems to trickle down into the rest of the day.  So my March sewing goal is going to play into this.  I want to contribute one garment into my wardrobe that I feel fabulous in.  Something I can reach for when I need a pick-me-up and know that it's going to help me through the day.  Which is a lot to ask of a garment, but I think a really favorite garment can do that for you.  It's not to say that I only want to get one garment done this month, but if that's what it takes, so be it. 

I've got a couple more posts in the works and I'll finally be able to take enough pictures since I bit the bullet and got a new memory card, so keep an eye out for that!