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Patterns, Tutorials and Works in Progress from the Sewing Studio of Lynne Williams

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pegs Silk Ensemble

A number of you have heard me speaking about Pegs Silk suit she made for her sons graduation. Here finally are the photos you have been waiting for. Its very likely you were expecting better pictures then these, but as you know its a little difficult for me to focus on photography when excited about the completion of a lovely garment.

Peg originally saw this jacket in Threads magazine and was so inspired she became determined to replicate it. She ordered the Tussah Silk as listed in the article, but the braid and cording were purchased in NY during one of my recent trips. The blouse is made from a "tie" silk sold through Sawyer Brook and as such is printed on the diagonal. The Jacket and skirt are lined in silk crepe de chine.

The pattern for the jacket is a Claire Schaeffer produced by Vogue and I believe is called "The Channel" The wrap skirt is from a pattern Peg has made many times and altered to suit her. The silk has quite a lot of body to is and so she "controlled" the pleats along the front by stitching invisibly. For the blouse she used a favorite basic pattern of hers and changed the neckline by adding the attached tie.

This suit required a great deal of handwork, and hand tailoring which Peg really enjoys doing. She could not find buttons that suited her, and so decided to make her own by using rayon cord to make chinese knot buttons. She is not thrilled with this choice, but feels it will do for now while she keeps hunting for something more suitable.

I really commend her effort on this project. She did a beautiful job! Personally I like to do these rather intense long term projects. They are so rewarding. You might not have a lot of opportunity to wear something this fantastic, but your sense of accomplishment is profound. Also nothing fits as well nor looks better on you then these very carefully produced garments.

When Peg and I last spoke she was designing a jacket for a family member while making some " quick" tops. So we can look forward to seeing more in the near future.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Restyled T-shirts - Threads

Restyled T-shirts - Threads

These are some cute restyled t-shirts. You could make one for yourself, or as a gift.

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Sewing tutorials: Introduction

Sewing tutorials: Introduction

Ladies check out this wonderful Blog/site! Lots of good information on all kinds of sewing issues.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Teen Fashion Camp

As many of you know I just completed a week of teaching to young girls at Nicolets summer camp. I taught a Fashion Design class where the girls designed a "line" of clothing which had to include a wrap skirt. We spent 2 sessions learning how to develop a sportswear line, and how to sketch using Croquie's to produce proffessional finished design sketches. On the 3rd day we all began sewing our skirts. The girls were introduced to the machines, grainlines, proper pinning and cutting. They learned how to do a roll hem, straight seams with finishing, darts, and a simple ribbon waistband. Although they had 3 days to sew the sessions were only 2 hrs long! There were 2 sessions a day with 2 groups of girls, 12 girls in each group.

I am so thrilled that first of all we had 24 girls total who were interested in sewing!

On top of that the majority of the girls finished their skirts! I am so proud of their results! My only regret is that I could not spend more individual time with girls teaching, it was fairly chaotic what with only 2 adults, 12 teens, and 6 machines. Hopefully we will see some of them at Sewing Cafe as a number of them showed a geniune interest in learningmore.
I do regret that I did not get more pictures of the completed skirts, but here are some of them along with some of the sketches.
Enjoy and I look forward to reading your comments.

I would like to extend a very special thanks to Peggy Jordan and Sandra Bethke for assisting, as well as the Oneida 4-H who supplied the sewing machines. Additionally many of the girls were interested in entering their skirts at the Oneida County Fair, so please look for them when you attend in August.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Pattern reviews?

I recently found a web-site that invites members to write reviews of patterns, notions, machines, books, etc. I thought you all might be interested in checking it out.

Wondering if spending money on a new notion or gadget will be worth the expense? Go to this site, do a search of the item and read what members have to say about it.

Worried that a pattern will be to difficult, or having problems understanding the directions? Again go to the site, search for the pattern and read how members rate the difficulty level and their suggestions for constuction.

They also have on-line classes for beginners to experts, and when you register you get to take one class for free!

This site has over 181,000 members so you get a wide variety of opinions from around the globe and there was not a pattern company that was not represented. They also offer discounts to members from their merchant gallery.

I have posted their link on the toolbar at left under Pattern review.

Check it out - Enjoy! - and let us know what you think

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