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Sewing, uninterrupted

It’s kind of what I’ve always longed for. 10 days alone at home. The sewing machine constantly set up, the cutting mat covering half of the kitchen floor. There’s a constant flow jazz in the background and there’s no stopping until 3 in the morning.

My mum and sister has abandoned me to visit family in Nigeria, and although I’ve realized that even though I’ve always wanted to live alone, I’m willing to admit that it’s definitely not for me. I might -weirdly- be more organised on my own (if I don’t do the washing up, nobody else will after all…), and I might have all the time in the world to do my own thing, but I painfully miss having someone around to talk to. But enough of the self-pity, I hope they are having the time of their life, and there’s only a couple of days left until they come back, so I’m planning to make the most of the remaining time. In between hosting sleepovers and dinner parties, I came up with a couple of projects to finish until next Tuesday.

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Set up dressform

I’ve made a dressform guys. Again. This time around I’ll just have to show you how it was done, as there’s so much you can learn about how NOT to make one. I would like to experiment in draping, so I’ll mark the Centre Front, CB, etc. and make a basic bodice block first, to see how close it comes to fitting my real body.

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Finish Mum’s dress

I’ve found this fabric in Rolls&Rems in the remnants box about a year ago. It’s almost finished, but the waist line is terribly wonky, so it’s the kind of annoying but necessary alteration that keeps a garment  in the cupboard for ages. I’ve already marked the new waistline, so all I need to do is gathering the skirt bit again and attaching to the bodice.

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Make a knit garment

I have quite a bit left from the fabric I used to cover the dressform, and I guess I got the “sewing with knits bug” from seeing all the Netties, Monetas & Mabels springing up, so I decided to join the party. I’m making a bodysuit as well, by copying a RTW garment and altering the pattern so that I can use the smaller fabric pieces.

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Make toille for the Birthday Dress

My birthday is less than a month away, and even if I don’t end up wearing this, I really want to finish it by then. This is going to be the first time I’m using boning and I can smell a disaster coming, but I’m pretty excited about it at the same time. If I can fit the toille this week, then I assume I could use that as the underlining later.

Upcycle the leather shorts

I found this real leather, dark brown pair of shorts on Brick Lane for about £1.40. It’s a tad too small and very 80’s, but the wrong side of the leather looks really nice. I was going to make a moccasin for myself, or for a colleague’s newborn baby, but I might stick to making something I can actually wear in public, like a skirt, some kind of a top/jacket or a bag inspired by my ever-growing Bags to make board on Pinterest.

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Make a bra

This is my favourite fabric I’ve ever bought, and although I have about 3 meters of it (remnants box find too!), I haven’t been able to figure out what pattern could do justice to this awesome, but very loud print. To avoid making that decision I keep coming up with small projects to use a piece of it that I cut off when I  got it. I used the flowers for the embellished trainers (still in the making…) and I’m planning on making a triangle bra this time.

 P.S.: Any advice regarding draping on a form, using boning, or making bras is more than welcome! 😉


10 thoughts on “Sewing, uninterrupted

  1. Nice projects! I’m very intrigued to hear about the dress form making. I’ve got an adjustable dressmakers dummy, but it’s useless.

    My boyfriend works away three days a week, and I enjoy that short amount of time alone, but I don’t think I’d like to live alone full time. Mind you, I have a cat, and I think that makes a big difference. Talking to the cat seems much more acceptable than talking to myself!

    • Well, it was practically free to make, but it’s far from perfect. I’m curious too about the usefulness of it though. Oh, and seeing my my measurements in 3D was pretty shocking, so be prepared! ;).
      3 days free weekly sounds like the perfect arrangement and I can totally see how having a pet around can keep you from going crazy! Since I’m allergic to pet hair, I guess I can always talk to my dressmaker’s dummy if all else fails. 😉

  2. Ooh I’m excited to hear about your handmade dress form! I have read about all kinds of strange methods involving duct-tape, but have never seen one finished.

    I went through a massive corset-making phase a while ago, so using boning is my jam! If you’re using spiral steel boning, wrapping the ends in plumbers tape is WAY easier than fiddling around with boning tips, and it won’t poke through the fabric. If you’re using the fabric store stuff (an elastic strip with little wire channels), make sure you have a tiny stitch length across the top, or the wire will poke through the casing. Also, it’s much better to cut your boning slightly too short than too long!

    Can’t wait to see what you make! 🙂

    • This is kind of like the duct tape one too, but I ran out of tape and had to improvise at several points.

      Thanks so much for the advice! I am using Rigilene boning and would have definitely cut it too long “just to be on the safe side”, so thanks for the warning! 🙂 I’ve found a tutorial which looks pretty clear, although I’m not sure if I need to put this Rigilene stuff in hot water before I use it or not, and I can’t remember if she was using premade casings or if she made her own…so I might bother you with some more questions in the future. 🙂

  3. Can’t wait to see your projects! I was thinking of making a dress form myself, so any advice on how you made it would be really useful!

    • Thanks! I can’t wait to see them either. 🙂 It’s going way slower than I thought, so it’s just a bunch of new plans added to the existing long list, but I’ll try my best to get them done.
      And the dressform? Oh, the dressform. You’ll be surprised about all that stuff that went into it… 🙂

  4. Geo P says:

    Wow, 10 days for yourself! I wouldn’t mind that! But I’ve been travelling alone for a while and talking to myself (though not out loud) is what kept me going. Oh, and going into shops to speak with the shopkeepers 😀
    I’ve made a few corsets before and I used the sew on boning. I just stitched it to the seam allowances. I tried the plastic one too, but I found sewing channels the right size a bit difficult. They were always to narrow or to wide. But that was a long time ago, my sewing might be more accurate now.

    • I can definitely relate to the talking to yourself thing. I once spent a day in Paris on my own and i hated the experience as there was noone to share the excitement (or the lack of thereof).
      I thought about the problem with sewing the casings, I’m not sure what’s the right way to do it… And I have no idea if the boning I have is the one that you can sew into (it does have tiny holes in it, but I need to check this first I guess…). Thank you for the suggestion!!

  5. Hope you enjoyed your sewing time 🙂 as for being alone, I know just what you mean. I’m an introvert, but after some time alone I do long for good company. It’s a shame we live so far away from one another. It would be so cool to have a sewing buddy!

    • That’s so sweet of you! I agree, I don’t know anyone around me who sews, or who is that adventurous when it comes to Malaysian food for that matter…;) I didn’t actually sew as much as I wanted to, and I can imagine I’d be like that if I lived alone for real, but I’ll give it a try in the summer holidays again.

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