What Sewing Means to Me

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Back in September Carolyn over at Diary of a Sewing Fanatic did a series of post called  What Sewing Means to Me, while I haven’t finish reading all of the post I really did enjoy the ones that I did and though why not do a post of my own so you can know a little more about me. To give you a better understanding of what sewing means to me, I think giving a little background would be helpful.

I started my current journey almost 16 years ago, before that I had only dabbled in sewing  a bit not making much and only producing a handful of wearable items. After the birth of my first child I had gone from a size 6 to roughly a size 10/12, so I was in much need of some clothes. Most of the time before this I would just buy an item here or there but never really having an all out day of shopping and spending. Well DH surprised me with a good amount spending cash so that I could. I went to largest mall in my area at that time which was Arundel Mills. I went from store to store, all over that mall. I came home empty-handed I could not believe it. I made a mental vow that day that I would no longer depend on these stores and designers to dictate what is available to me or what is in. This also so why I started learning to draft my own patterns even the Big 4 started to look limited to me. Not to mention some seasons they seem come out with some carbon copies of each others patterns.

So what does sewing mean to me? It started out as a freedom, a freedom to be me and choose the things I liked. It meant control of the whole process and the finished product. Along with this freedom and control came a lot of joy and pain since I was new to sewing. It was like this for a couple of years and then that freedom and control changed. It changed into something I never thought would happen, it became a passion of mine, sewing was a passion  and anyone who knew me knew it too. It is my peace at the end of noisy day. It is my joy when I am feeling pain. It is my relaxation at the end of a stressful week. It is my creative voice coming out to serenade in its own special way. Sewing is not me but very special to me.

How about you, what does sewing mean to you? Let me know in the comment section.

Until next time, happy sewing…

 

 

Book Review: Easy Guide to Sewing Skirts

Easy Guide to Sewing SkirtsHave you ever wanted just a little extra help when trying to understand a patterns sewing instructions or just wanted to do things just a little different or wanted to make that ordinary skirt pattern and make an extraordinary skirt, then this is a book you need in your sewing library. This book helps with choosing the correct pattern for your body type to fitting and all stages of construction. It even gives you a little test on your skills at the end. Of all the books in my library when I’m sewing a skirt and need help or looking to do something different this is one of my first books I go to.

This book is one of the very first books I purchased when I first started sewing. It was just on a whim, I had stopped past BAM and they were having some kind of book clearance sale where they had all these books on a table and were selling them really cheap. Sewing was just starting to become an obsession for me so of course my eyes quickly landed on the sewing books. At the time I didn’t understand most of it but over time it became one of my favorite go to books. This is the first book to teach me about straightening the grainline on my fabric.

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This book was written by Marcy Tilton who is well-known in the sewing world from her patterns with Vogue, former school and articles she has written for Threads magazine. She has written the book using four main chapters that take you from choosing your skirt to fabrics and fitting and finally construction. The book is written in the same order you would normally construct a skirt so your flow through to book is easy and continuous. It uses both pictures and illustrations to show the different techniques. The illustrations are just plain black and white and clear enough to understand. But the pictures are the majority in this book. It is like a mini skirt sewing class in a book.easy guide sewing skirts

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With all that this book has to offer I was a bit surprised that it doesn’t include shaped waistbands, but other than that this book will help you through sewing most skirts and is worth the investment if you like to sew skirts.

Easy Guide Series

This book nor any of the other books in this series are no longer in print but you can find them on some of the used book sites and on Ebay here and there. Taunton did publish an all in one book called “Easy Guide to Sewing Tops and T-Shirts Skirts and Pants” but not sure of how much it is like the original book and if it was undated at all.But if you want me to review any of the other books in the series do let me know in the comments section.

And until next time, happy sewing…

September is…

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September is National Sewing Month, now I won’t promise anything in the way of new post for this month but I do have plans on a few post for those of you wish to get started starting, need some inspiration, or maybe just thinking about it. For those of you that do sew there is  some extra fun going on, it is the #sewphotohop going on on Instagram, you could even win a prize. I may pop in a photo every now and then but with school starting back up it won’t be a top priority for me, but I do have a lot of sewing planned and do plan to show that to you.

Until next time, happy sewing…

 

Book Review: Sew What! Skirts

Sew What Skirts

Sew What! Skirts is one of those books I think anyone who sews and enjoy wearing skirts would really appreciate. With this book you can draft and sew an entire wardrobe of one of a kind skirts made to fit you or who ever you sew for. Even if you follow the latest trends their is a skirt in here for it. This is a very easy book to read and understand, but that said I would only recommend it to someone who has some sewing experience, since it is not very heavy on showing you how to sew the skirts once you have drafted them. With that said here is a quick review of what you get.

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The book contains 9 chapters

  1. How to use this book
  2. Basic skills
  3. Which waistline?
  4. The Classic A-Line
  5. Wrap It!
  6. Circles & Squares
  7. Play it straight with flair
  8. Layer It
  9. How Many Tiers?

There are all pretty much pretty explanatory with each chapter containing at least two skirts.

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The book is a hardback with a spiral binding, which is good for someone like me who can be a little hard on books and is easy to keep open when following the directions to drafting a new pattern.

 

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The book has both pictures and illustrations. The illustrations are used to show drafting, cutting layouts, and some sewing instructions. The pictures are of the finished skirts.

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Of all the books in my sewing library, is ONE I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to draft their own personal set of skirt sewing patterns. I use this book to draft my first version of the Sabriya Maxi wrap skirt about 10 years ago, which I have since improved upon with more professional drafting techniques.

Do you have a favorite book for drafting skirts, if so do let me know in the comments. And as always until next time, happy sewing…