Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sewing Convention wrap up

I am supposed to be tidying up the sewing room so it can be a guest room for the in-laws when they arrive on Wednesday, instead I am blogging :)

At the end of September Alison, Velosewer and I drove to Ballarat in Victoria to attend the 9th National Convention held by the Australian Sewing Guild at Ballart Grammar, arriving just in time for the first dinner on Sunday night and we would be there until after breakfast on Saturday.

We were looked after very well, our rooms were tidy and ours was very warm compared to others, but I'm definately not complaining, and the classrooms were heated as well. There was plenty of food, just wondering why the dining hall is not heated?

I had elected to do 2 x 2 day workshops and Wednesday was left free.

Monday and Tuesday was spent with Sue Marriot who was teaching us how to use our TNT Pants Pattern to design and construct a pair of jeans learning the following techniques - topstitching, traditional fly front, jean pockets (including pocket stay), belt loops and hems.

Monday morning I started with my TNT Pants Pattern Vogue 9537 (OOP) as my base and with Sue's guidance and great notes created the Jeans Pattern. I managed to cut them out in a black woven denim from Spotlight and the pocket pieces from a fat quarter. By the end of Monday I had:

• Stitched and topstitched the front pockets
• Inserted the Metal Zip and more topstitching
• Used the design from Margie T’s Jeans for my back pocket and had these stitched and ready to be placed on my jeans.

Tuesday’s first job was to stitch the back pockets in place and attach the yoke. At this stage I basted the legs together for a fit. This is when Sue took out quite a bit off the back leg (sorry the excess that Sue cut off, I cut off the pattern and didn’t take measurements) and I had to cut off 1.5cm from the waist so this is why my front pockets look like coin pockets. Once we were happy with the fit I finished off the leg seams. I then attached the waistband and ran out of time before I could get Sue to check or topstitch which turns out very fortunate. This is where they were left until I got home.

Last week I tried them on and oh dear, that waistband gaposis, it is not much but enough to bug me, so I have unpicked the waistband and again work has got in the way and they are still at this stage but thought I would show you how they look (well as good as you can see them in black).

Front (minus button)



Back


Pockets



Note the back waistband is not attached here.

Wednesday saw the three of us getting back in the car and heading to Melbourne to check out some more fabrics shops and Jimmy’s Buttons. It turned out to be the wrong season for me to purchase fabrics, nothing wanted to come home with me.

Thursday and Friday was spent with Pamela Kerr, who promised that those Perfect points on shirt collars wouldn't be so daunting anymore. Tips for edge stitching around the collar as this can also be hard work and often ruins an entire shirt because it can look poor quality.

Thursday was essentially the fitting day. We all started with McCall’s 5433 Palmer/Pletsch Classic Fit pattern. I had already cut the paper pattern out (size 8, View D), drawn in my stitching lines and taped the curves so I was a bit ahead of the others when class started on Thursday morning. I soon had it all pinned together and was ready for my first fitting and discussed with Pam about making this a shirtmaker style (View D just needed the hem allowance added).

I was ready to cut out my fabric after we had lunch. By the end of Thursday I had the front and back darts sewn, side seams and shoulder seams sewn and everything was pressed.

Friday morning started with cutting out the interfacing x 2 for the collar, collar stand, cuff and button band and fusing these.

Then disaster struck, I was busy overlocking my side seams and



I put it on to see where it was and it is sitting on my waist, which is fortunate.

I made the decision to ignore it (well sort of) and continued to sew the collar stand, collar and button bands on the dress and this is where it is up to.

Front



Back



Side view



Now Pamela did suggest that I add belt loops so I can wear a belt. I’m not a huge belt wearer and then I got to thinking about adding a self fabric band (probably stitched the same way as the button band is) around the waist and this is what I have played with very roughly this afternoon when I decided to take the photos.



I will share further details about my adjustments when I finally finish these items (note In-Laws in sewing room for 1 week at least).

I had a wonderful time at the Convention, catching up with others that I don't see from Convention to Convention, meeting new people and learning lots of new things through my classes but also through the generous nature of all those who attended. I will admit that by the end of the Convention I was exhausted, however, I am now trying to work out how to get my sewing machine to Launceston!

Now I had better get back to packing up the sewing room.

12 comments:

Handmade said...

I was waiting for this post ... it does sound exhausting, but very fruitful - the jeans fit looks great. And the dress is also looking very professional - beautifully pressed! I'm sure you'll solve the air vent issue ...hmmm Launceston - tempting!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sharon, thanks for the update. When I saw the photo of your dress with the ruler next to it I could fully understand your disaster comment. I think the colour of your dress is fabulous, the design looks great and the self fabric belt is a very good idea. I love your jeans, great fit, I hope you get to finish both of them soon.
Lee-Anne

RuthieK said...

The jeans look fab! And it sounds you like you had a great time.

velosewer said...

Your jeans are such a great fit. I like what you've done to the dress. Both pieces have worked out well. And thanks for easing me into my first convention :))

Gail said...

Your jeans look great. I hope that you might share the perfect points technique at the next guild meeting.

Sue said...

The jeans look fantastic and your dress is gorgeous. Such a lovely colour.

Sue said...

Thanks for the review of the convention - your dress looks like it will be worth persisting with!

gwensews said...

Your jeans are terrific. Nice job! And your dress-sad about the cut, but hopefully with a belt, the hole will be hidden. Hate when that happens!

Sew Passionista said...

Oh My but those jeans fit you well. congrats! The dress is also beautiful and I hope you solve the peek-a-boo problem.

Sewing Daisies said...

Your jeans look amazing, they look custom made ;-) as for the colour of your dress...divine. I can't wait ot se it finished.

xxh

Maree said...

Well it looks like the convention was a success if you're jeans are anything to go by. What a fantastic fit you've achieved and they look great too. You must have had a bit of a sinking feeling about the dress. It is so nice though that I hope you can save it. I once did something similar to a sleeve. Luckily sleeves can be recut if you have enough material - which I did. Maree

Audrey said...

I wish someone would teach "jean making from a TNT pattern" at the sewing convention I attend. It sounds like you took some wonderful classes. The jeans fit looks fantastic. I am sure you will come up with a clever way to cover the serger slit on the dress. Love the color!