Alterations!!!! Aaagh!!!

Alterations and Commercial patterns are synanomous. Basically you can’t get one without the other. I have been working to no end on a customer‘s blouse pattern from McCalls. Horrible to work with for fullsize women. After the fitting it just makes me want to trash it all and start with a custom pattern. I hate all the slashing and spreading. More paper is used than with designing the pattern. And the time spent in this process is unbelievable.


Cartridge Pleating

Well today I learned what “Cartridge Pleating” is. No wonder a leg of mutton sleeve and waist pleats looks so good and stands so tall in those vintage gowns. Here is the sight I found the information. Hope it helps.

Garden Party- Blue/White Floral Dress

Great!!! I finished a beautiful dress for myself. Excited about that, I don’t get to much time to sew for myself. But here it is. I Love It!!!! This was a Vogue pattern (Advanced) as I always try the hard stuff. It has a corset built in to handle that tummy of mine and give me a lift if you know what I mean. I loved the blue and white floral print the moment I laid eyes on it. The dress is made of all natural fabrics, starting with the Cotton/Linen Jacquard, nice texture and a wonderful fabric to work with if I might add. The lining is 100% Kona Cotton, which is a terrific weight to support the outer fabric. I often use the same fabric for my Granddaughters clothes. The only polyester/plastic in this dress is the rigilene boning and the cotton coated poly-thread.
I like the piping on this dress and the pockets. But if I were to do it again, I would add more curve in the bustier area. The piping/seam runs straight across the bust, thereby creating a serious pushup affect. Some may like that, as corsets/butiers are “in vogue” now. A nice little jacket would be forthcoming. To much skin when at a party, otherwise it’s perfect for an outdoor event, dressy or casual, just change your shoes and you’re off.