Saturday, August 30, 2014

Bra from bodice sloper

Okay, I'm actually still working on something else, probably not making this any time soon, but I will be revisiting this page many times.

Okay, back to pattern proofing. Is there any way to make this job less tedious?

And the tins are great for pins!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Just messin' around

a theory of The Convertible One, by Their photo, my drawings.
This is pretty much what happens when I'm supposed to be doing something entirely different. 

I'm actually writing out instructions for a new pattern, the pattern I took up when I got bored writing the instructions for the other pattern. Neither has absolutely anything to do with this design at all; one's a hat, the other is another culotte pattern. 

Which is probably why I doodled this one.


Copy a photo of something you think is interesting.

Open it in Paint, or something you can sketch with.

Drop a grid over it, or eyeball it to make a mock up of what you think the structure is. In this case, I've made it side by side, to get an idea of what the pattern might be, and what the measurement ratios would be. Her torso is probably 17" high (or mine is), so that's my ruler. The bodice is half that, accounting for negative ease in a knit fabric that central tube is probably smaller than 32/34", but you could fit yourself for that.

I know from other photos that the holes to the sides are also tubes (might be longer than drawn) and that the bottom hem is narrower than the top. Based on the drape, I'm pretty sure the distance between the tubes on the top edge is relative to the width at the bottom.

Will I mock one up? 

I don't have that much knit for a muslin.

Did I enjoy myself?


Back to work. "Place bands on fold, or copy two and tape together to make one long pattern piece".

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Two Family Vacation means no sewing

We go to Fort Worden State Park most years

this is the official post card of the officers' housing row. Old, huge, indestructable apartments: great for families with kids with big wheel trikes to ride indoors when it rains

Actually, what it means is no electronics. No games for kids, and no machine for mom. It's only four days......

There was reading (book report soon!)

A big table to redraft Mail Order 9213

And vicarious living through reading. This book is still outgassing printers ink solvents from all the full color photographs. I had to read it outside.

A crabby crabapple

2013 Port Townsend Marine Science Center photo

See those sea stars? They're dead now. The wasting disease is killing them all over the Pacific Rim and beyond

Something happened in the offseason locally that no one wanted to discuss, but was hinted at all over town, including on the pizza boxes

Hmm. Ever see 'An Officer and A Gentleman'? Same place.

It would not be a ferry trip without logging trucks onboard

And there's another one in front of this one

Back to work tomorrow!