Draft it

Drafting rocks.
Earlier this year I drafted an A-line dress using Enid Gilchrist. TJ gifted this publication to me and it opened my eyes to pattern drafting again. While studying, I saw a call for sewers to test out an instruction sheet to draft a pencil skirt from Studio Faro. So I put my hand up to help out.

Anita from Studio Faro sent through her updated Pencil skirt worksheet and I’d finished 3 assessments and DH was watching the rugby so I took an hour to draft my own pencil skirt. What a sewer rush I got once I put together the test skirt. Sewing geek dance of joy. This is the same dance as the Pattern Magic dance of joy.

My drafting tools at home are minimal – a standard 30cm ruler and a curve shape of some description. This skirt has 4cm of ease at the waist and on checking the fit I felt this was a bit much but once you put on the waistband, 4 cm is worthwhile having.

You know how we put fly facings or Zip guards on jeans? Well Anita suggests adding a zip guard for this invisible zipper. I originally though – why would you do that?

But I decided to stick with the instructions and learn something new from Anita’s suggestions. Now – I like using the zip guard for skirts.

If you’ve ever had one of ‘those’ morning where you’re rushing around to get ready in the morning and forgotten to zip up the back of your skirt after doing the top button on the waist band, having the zip guard would help me get through one of ‘those’ mornings. The zip guard also stops the zipper teeth getting caught on other fabrics such as tucked in silk tops and other ‘bits and pieces’.  I really like zip guards on skirts.

Keep an eye out for Gail’s version of this pencil skirt. I saw her lovely hand sewing on her version last week. I’ve hand sewn the hem. on my skirts.

Belated thanks:
Thanks for your comments about the PR a-line skirt. Carolyn is right – I now need tops to suit the dropped waist a-line skirt:))  And there are some pics to show soon. Being part of the Dandelion blog hop was fun. There were so many variations that everyone made. The top version is in my sewing list.

Is being made up with brocade right now. It’s my post-study project. 
Blogger on my phone
And I’ve been using the mobile version of Blogger lately. It’s more limited to the computer version so I’ve only used it to updating text and not pics.
5 pm update: I’ve used blogger mobile to update the text on this post:))

Tabbouleh salad

Take the best parts of Project Runway and the Great British Sewing Bee, and mix them together with the cooperative, supportive atmosphere of the #sewcialists, and you’ve got the Sewcial Bee!
The first test run in July looked like fun and this month was another test run.

So the challenge was “You can make anything you like; inspired by food or show us food inspired by your garment.”
The rules are simple:
1. This rounds challenge will be provided by GidaStudio and will be posted 12am GMT August 10th on her website and on twitter.
2. We encourage you to pick a project that will take between 4-7 hours to sew. So you can get a little crazy but not insane.
3. You have 48 hours to complete your challenge garment and post it to the Sewical Bee Flickr group. Then we will all aww and ooooo over it.
4. Again there is no judging or prizes…other than that sweet new garment on your back.
5. It’s an open event so tell a friend, tell a neighbour, tell your spouse to take the kids out.”

I chose inspired by food and made a skirt to match my test jacket McCalls 6292 I made last year, while it’s still officially winter here.

I chose to use a pencil skirt pattern I’d recently tested for Anita Adams of Studio Faro. So while I could have chosen a lime milkshake or green frog lollies as the food inspiration I chose tabbouleh salad.

I was part of a local kitchen challenge and we discussed the finer points of a good tabbouleh salad ie finely chopped parsley is the key.

And for me, lots of lemon juice. But you gotta chop the parsley finely.

And in the remaining time I tested a knit top Kwik Sew 3790. This pattern has its challenges and it’s not the gathers on the side or on the neckline. It’s the gaping neckline and the dropped shoulder seam. This did top seem to be drafted for broad shouldered women.

My aim for this challenge was to see if I could meet the criteria in a different timezone and I did.
Study update:
I’m now three-quarters through my study so I took a break this weekend and sewed. It’s all about the fabric.