October 3, 2012

The Generosity of Others

Filed under: Sewing — Tags: , , — soozeinthecity @ 6:04 pm

One of the knitters I know is a sewer, in fact at one point she was an avid sewer. She decided to start clearing out some of her unused hobby items and she asked me if I wanted some fabric. We worked out a deal that she would get a sweater’s worth of yarn when I finally destash some of my collection.

We meet yesterday and after a leisurely lunch she sent me home with this stack:


I easily brought home 20 pounds of fabric. Now I’ve got cottons, linen, silk blend & even knits – all waiting for me to experiment! Thanks so much Peggy!

June 18, 2012

Finally Out of the Box

Filed under: Sewing — Tags: , — soozeinthecity @ 6:14 pm

Space has been cleared and after 18 months my sewing machine is out of the box. I forgot that it was computerized but I understand just about everything in the manual.

Now to find an empty outlet…

June 5, 2012

My jeans are just about finished

Filed under: Sewing — Tags: , , — soozeinthecity @ 6:21 pm


I learned how to install an invisible zipper! Not difficult but it does required the use of a special foot for the sewing machine. Kim (my instructor at The Sewing Studio NYC) helped me with the left side of the zipper but I had the darnest time making sure I sewed the right side without getting it twisted. But I did it!

What remains? Finishing the waistband (photo right) and hemming the pant legs.

Although yesterday was officially my last class, four of us decided to arranged a 2 hour “private” lesson for next week. Kim is such a great teacher that we feel it’s worth the money.

And oh yes, we shared our class space with the Beginners Basics group yesterday. I kept thinking I knew a person in the class. Once it was over we all figured out it was Jessica Hecht. While she has been steadily working throughout her career we all recognized her from her role on the first season of “Friends” where she played the girlfriend of Ross’ first wife, Carol.

May 17, 2012

Jeans that fit

Filed under: Sewing — Tags: , , , — soozeinthecity @ 3:28 pm

I’m taking the Intro to Sewing II class at The Sewing Studio in NYC. My first pair of pants are about 70% complete. Since I’m using a light denim fabric that means my new pair of jeans are 70% done!

The instructor, Kimberli, spent a good portion of class time working with me to get the correct fit. We measured me, we measured the paper pattern, we fit the pattern on the right side of my body. Kimberli used the ‘slash and spread’ method to adjust the pattern. We also lengthen the inseam.

I cut the fabric, sewed the sides & inseam and sewed the crotch (which was remarkably easy and simple). A second fitting found my jean legs to be way too straight and loose. So we went back to the pins and now my task is to slim down the legs. I guess I’m a bootleg cut girl 🙂

In the level 2 class we have the choice of several different clothing items to make. (Everyone makes a skirt in the level 1 class.) I chose pants because I have real problems finding a pair that fits. After having Kimberli custom fit my pattern I started to look at how jeans fit New Yorkers. I can honestly say that NO ONE wears jeans that fit! Not one person. We are a bunch that put together great outfits that don’t fit, LOL.



May 8, 2012

The Return to Sewing

Filed under: Sewing — Tags: , , , — soozeinthecity @ 8:35 pm

At the end of 2011 I bought a Groupon for a Beginners Sewing Class at The Sewing Studio in NYC. I took the class and was amazed at how much information was taught in a two hour lesson.

For the last two months I have been attending the Introductory Sewing class and I just finished our last project, a cotton skirt. I love the Kokka fabric I found at Pins & Needles – my eyes would have zeroed in on this fabric if I were shopping in a store.

I am taking the next class (Intro to Sewing II) with the intention to make denim trousers. Pants are the hardest item to make fit well on the female body. I spent almost all two hours of today’s class wearing the pattern pinned to the lower half of my body!!
But more about this project in the coming weeks.

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