Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Curvy Closet Sewing Club.

We are all about the manias here at Casa Del Aguas. The boy is out in the garage working on a giant orc axe. The Wonderhub has been practicing surf guitar and building ukuleles. I've been learning to sew clothes.

 Burda patterns are kind of cryptic but worth the extra effort. The ones that I've done have nice quirky touches that make it worth sorting through the scattered instructions and lack of little triangles to match pieces up.

I know this is monochromatic. I'd normally pair the grey top with a bright scarf and jewelry. And the pants are just flannel PJs that I'll wear with a teeshirt.

I have ten to twelve more yards of this purple color in linen and cotton.  I'm not sure what I'll do with it all yet. And below is some of the things that I'm working on. The scoop neck top is don. I'm going to try the knit pants next.

 Here's a page listening what fabric I have left. I have tons of patterns that I get on sale for a buck or two. I've found that Simplicity patterns live up to their names. I've also been hacking each pattern a little bit to adjust the fit. The peasant top that I made was voluminous so I sewed a stretch of elastic in the back to nip in a waist. The thing that I would like to learn is what makes larger size clothing look good. I'm on a mission!

Do you sew? Anyone have any tips? Is there a trick to folding patterns back up? To me they seem like the devil. Anyone have a really fancy machine that they love? Tell me your story.

Sew on! Marilyn.


"One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl. I wear colors that I really like, I wear makeup that makes me feel pretty, and it really helps. It doesn’t have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see. Your body is your temple, it’s your home, and you must decorate it." ~ Gabourey Sidibe 


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    1. So far, so crazy! I like the process more and more with each piece. :-)

  2. Sew on! Beautiful pieces, Maz, and you're looking lovely in all the photos! Do Burda patterns still make you add on the seam allowance? Oh man, that used to be SUCH a pain. They do fit well though! I liked the Kwik Sew patterns back when I was sewing - designed for stretch and a 6mm seam allowance which was the exact width of my serger...whrr whrr... everything came together in a heartbeat! :)

    1. Celia, you have a serger? I've seen them but never used them. They look interesting. The Burda patterns I have do have a seam allowance. I've seen Kwik Sew patterns at the store but never bought one. I'll have to check them out. Sew on! Maz.

  3. I like those clothes,the fall very nicely. I like gray a lot too. It makes all other colors so much prettier,right? you want your clothes to make YOU look pretty not the other way around.

    1. Good point! I like neutral pieces to use as backdrops for accessories. mmmm scarves. :-)

  4. By the way,I just adore your paper toys.

  5. Marilyn-
    Pattern refolding question-- don't try to match it up again, just make it fit something new like a large mailing envelope or a gallon-size plastic zipper bag (my mom did this, because your pattern envelope can show through) and they are of a size enough to file.
    What makes larger size clothes look/feel good? Fitting right and not getting talked into "too big" or "too flowing". Even if I am big, if there is too much fabric, I feel too large. Having shoulder seams where they belong and armholes that aren't too big go along way toward feeling comfortable and not like I am wearing something made by (designed by) a tentmaker. That said, flow of fabric is nice, so bulkier fabrics I tend to avoid to help provide a nice drape without having extra visual weight as it falls. If I need warmth, I layer with several lighter things and add scarves instead of one big bulky thing that makes me feel big.