Saturday, July 25, 2015

Rhanda Teaches Us All About Interfacings

Guide in NYC provides a sampler pack of various interfacing options
Many thanks to Rhanda, who bravely took on a VIP topic, use of interfacings in garments. Rhanda carefully researched a huge variety of applications, dispelling several myths about when and where and how to apply interfacings for good effect.

Light weight fusible appllied to a metallic fabric

Light weight knit fusible applied to slinky

Heavy and medium weight woven fusibles

And then, of course, there was fun and inspiring Show N Tell:

Jim wowed us with a dress for his granddaughter and an ensemble for his wife. These garments were submitted for consideration to participate in the 2015 Passion for Fashion contest at the American Sewing Expo in Novi, MI. Jim has been accepted and will participate in late September. 

We are all very excited and impressed. We are hoping for more news, perhaps at the October meeting of CWC. 

Last year he came in third! Here is a picture of the 3 winning garments from 2014. Jim's is the one on the left:

2014 Winners Passion for Fashion in Novi MI

And here is even more Show N Tell:

Bag that converts to a blanket for new grandbaby

Knit tops and a skirt (above and below)

Summer skirt

Beautifully fitted top

4th of July topper

Katherine Tilton shirt for summer

A summer dress for studio work

Lined knit top and linen pants

Perfectly chevroned stripes

Baby gifts

Convertable baby bunting for new grandbaby

Friday, July 10, 2015

June 2014 - Classic Shirts

During this meeting, we had a panel discussion led by June, Martha and Lorraine. It included a trunk show from each, illustrating their differing approaches to shirt construction:

June focused on yokes.

Lorraine makes fabulous shirts for her husband.

Recommended men's shirt pattern

Pictured is Martha's Liberty Shirt from TSW

Oh, and then there was terrific show and tell, always the best part. Here are just a few shots of the items shown:

Jeannine is the master of upcycling, here wearing and showing evening desses she upcycled to wear.

Kathy, always so elegant, here is a crisp summer topper.

Karen's sewing time has been interrupted by a fire but she managed to construct a cool knit top and added some pretty sashiko.

Evanlee shows us a RTW item illustrating how the clever folds are created with a right angle in the seam.

This is a masterpiece of upcycling. Jan reknitted and fitted a man's sweater to herself. She also lined it with lovely soft silky charmeuse. It is going to be lovely to wear when temps dip.

Laurel designed this fun summer top. Love the layers.

Martina made this dress for her prom a few years ago. It is featured in an article she wrote for Threads, just out. Go read about it. Fun story and great that she kept the dress.

Marybeth loves Marcy Tilton designs (who doesn't?). Here she wears a great summer dress in fabric from the House of Lucretia, I believe.