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New Direction

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I thought that I wanted to blog again starting in October. I was wrong. It seems I needed even more time away. I have written tons of posts but they tried too hard. This space isn't meant to be "aspirational" or a magazine. I kept losing sight of that. I just want to learn and share what I've learned. I'm working on a schedule to do just that. Currently, I don't have any sewing projects on deck. Possibly a gown for my birthday in January is in the works, but I have no solid idea yet. 

I'm also branching out more into woodworking and I'll share that here too. Along with whatever else I decide to create such as calligraphy and working small faux leather goods. Firstly, this space is for me, but I hope others might get something from it too. 

Here we go, truly,

Claire

While I've Been Away | Instagram

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The most I've done in my studio these past few weeks is walk through it save for the random small progress I make here and there on my  Burda 7123 pants. I'm growing more and more frustrated that I haven't had time to myself to do as I please. Now that Labor Day weekend has past I'm looking forward to quiet evenings and maybe just perhaps a weekend all to myself with no major social demands. I may be outgoing and I adore being with my friends and family, but I am quite the introvert and need time alone to regroup/recuperate.  Though I haven't been posting here as often as I'd like I have managed to post on Instagram. If you want to keep up with me even when I'm not here you can find me there @trulyclaire or www.instagram.com/trulyclaire. Above is a feed of my latest posts. Take care and I'll see you there!

Truly,
Claire

P.S
I'll be posting frequently on the blog again starting in October!

Double Breasted Rehab

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I haven't done much of anything in my studio this week. Let's not even talk about the Burda 7123 pants. The most I've done is cut them out and pull out the binding fabric for the waistband and stared at it. What I did do was buy new buttons for this Goodwill treasure that was missing two buttons and has been languishing on my spare form for months. There was a whole button saga, the details of which I'll spare you; but essentially I was holding out for a set of crossed revolvers that to my chagrin aren't available in 1" diameter. 

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So I went to my local Hancock and picked these. They are called "brass pointed shield" and are a classic style if not a little boring. The good thing about buttons is that they're an easy and quick change so if  I ever do find 1" diameter crossed revolver wonderfulness I will not hesitate to swap them out. I just can't stand to wait and not have an opportunity this season to wear this great jacket. It's another $5.00 USD find that can do so much. Now, with the way my schedule has been I don't know if I'll even have time to sew on these buttons, but at least they'll be ready for when things slow down again; fingers crossed: will be soon. 

Truly,   

Claire

 

New Little Brother

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I've had this little gem in my studio for the last two and half weeks or so.  I have no need whatsoever to own four sewing machines....and yet I do. Now, let it be known I have a great animosity towards modern Brother home sewing machines. I will not hesitate to bad mouth them in polite company. They are temperamental,  a right pain to calibrate, and have let me down far too many times, but when my friend sent a picture of this while she was shopping in Goodwill I couldn't say no. It was only $40.00 USD including the table.  I wanted it because of the table, but this little Brother is from the old school complete with metal body (not that flimsy plastic crap) so it holds more favor in my eye than it usually would.

Sure the table is missing knobs and is made of wood composite, but it's adorable and with a little elbow grease and maybe some paint can be made even more so. I have high ideas for this little treasure, including replacing the Brother machine. I haven't taken the machine for a run yet, but it came with accessories and a sign saying that it is fully functional. No instruction manual but that won't be problem. 

Also, by a sheer stroke of luck I've gotten the day off so everything I couldn't get done this weekend due to a terrible allergy attack (sewing those Burda pants) I'll get a chance to do today. Wish me luck!

Truly,
Claire

Burda 7123 First Fitting

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I was not happy at all with cutting the size 12. This after I carefully measured the pattern. My deduction is that Burda doesn't cut for curvy body types as a default. This of course is always a possibility as the average body type pattern companies cut for is not curvy. No reflection on actual bodies in society but there it is. Next time I sew a Burda pant I'll cut the 14. It will be easier to fit that way.

So what I'm going to do is undo the side seams and sew them a little smaller, maybe leave a quarter inch behind. I think that's all I need, but if that doesn't work then I'll just re-cut the pattern right around the hips because surprisingly I'm satisfied with the fit around my thighs. The center back seam should be reshaped but I think the crotch depth is fine. Hopefully, I'll have time this week to do all this and crossing fingers that next week I can cut and sew these in the fashion fabric. If I can get these done sooner I'll be shocked. Shocked I tell you.

Truly,
Claire

Barren Studio

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I haven't done any of this in nearly three weeks

I knew my schedule was about to go into overdrive but I had no idea that it would take me away from my creative space for so long. Though I've been busy with lots of really wonderful things like baby baptisms and new jobs and spending much needed time with friends, I have been hankering to get back into my studio. I've barely had time to blink let alone work on my current projects and start developing new ones. I managed to sew a muslin of the Burda pants and be really, really unhappy with the fit before everything went full throttle. I should have cut a size 14, but I'll put all of that in another post. I won't apologize for leaving my blog for so long because my non-virtual life will always come first, but I am so very sorry for myself that I haven't been creating. Very soon I'll be back at it and will be posting my updates more regularly once again

Truly,
Claire.

New Hair | Breeze

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In the studio taking pictures instead of working. I got as as far as doing my eyes and then gave up. Let's be happy I got this far. Let's be happy I had the wig on inside the house because that wouldn't have happened if it weren't for the blog.

I wear wigs from time to time to give myself a break from my hair and give my hair a break from myself. We're both grateful for the time away. This particular wig is by Motown Tress and it is called "Breeze". I'll be wearing it throughout the summer. It will be this or a bandana because my Summer should be spent being carefree and not fussing and primping over my hair. The humidity where I live will wreck any style I try to do  anyway.

I've worn it off an on for about a week and a quick review is that: it tangles like a beast, is a little snug on my slightly large head, but wears delightfully well. For thirty dollars I'm okay with all of that.  It's a bit wiggy of course being that the damn thing is smoothly extruded plastic so it shines like a disco ball in a hall of mirrors even with a generous helping of dry shampoo (cornstarch). Also, I don't bother much to keep my hair underneath very flat. I like it wigginess and all. I'm not trying to convince anyone it's my hair only that I cared enough not to wear a bandana that day.

Truly,

Claire

Goodwill Navy Knock-Off

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Joann Sew Classic "Lime" Bottomweight Stretch Sateen. 97/3% cotton/poly. 

Joann Sew Classic "Lime" Bottomweight Stretch Sateen. 97/3% cotton/poly. 

I'm efficient (lazy) and only drafted one pattern piece for both the front and back.

I first mentioned this dress here. I drafted the pattern using a direct tracing method and cut out and sewed up a muslin. The fit, not surprisingly, is the same. My original plan was to make it in a reasonable versatile white or red fabric, but then I saw this incredible bright chartreuse sateen fabric and I had to. I just HAD to. What's more it was the end of the bolt so I got 75% off since Joann's rolls that way. It's not for sale online but as of this post they have a few boring colors to choose from. Just search for bottomweight cotton sateen and a selection should pop up. It runs for $9.99/yd USD.

I usually don't finish the hems on muslins unless I absolutely must. This case was not one of those. 

Today I'm laundering the fabric and that's about it. I probably won't sew a stitch on this project until next Sunday. It's no rush for me, but if I get a hankering to do it sooner I just might. I have to finish the pattern though. I usually hold off making facings and what not until I'm sure of the fit and even now I think I may alter the neckline to be a bit less puritanical. Though how conservative can it be in this quasi-highlighter shade of loveliness? The jury is still out and so are the facings until I make up my mind.  In the meant time I'll be working on sewing up Burda 7123 which are being done up in muslin today. Exciting!

Truly,

Claire


Simplicity 1696 and Burda 7123

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Simplicity 1696 that I made for my birthday in 2014. Sewn up in poplin, no stretch.

I've made Simplicity 1696 before and found it to be mostly enjoyable. Lengthening the inseam on the pattern was the only tweak it really needed which is fine since I have to do that on all commercial patterns. Sewing up a few pairs of pants in this pattern would be fast and give me some workhorses right away, but I like variety...

The pattern envelops and the blue gabardine laid out on my cutting/drafting table.

The pattern envelops and the blue gabardine laid out on my cutting/drafting table.

I picked up this Burda 7123 pattern a while back and I've never cut it. So the first thing I'll do is make a muslin for it (View A) and decide if I want to go any further with it for now. I have an idea to sew it up in the blue fabric pictured. I was saving it for sewing up in my own design, but it was so similar to the Burda one I found I decided against reinventing the wheel this time. If the Burda sews up to look anything close to the image on the envelope I'll take it in three pairs: white, grey, and blue to start. My only concern is that it looks a little baggy around the lower leg which isn't quite the look I'm going for but is an easy enough alteration.

I figure if I have around 6 pairs of pants in different colors and slightly different cuts that should be more than enough to satisfy my need. I'll have to go fabric sourcing this weekend and see what my options are. It'd be great to burn down some yardage from my stash but I just don't have anything beyond the blue gabardine that'd work.

New Job = New Clothes

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It's incredible how much traveling internationally threw me off schedule. I bounced back after about two weeks but then went headlong into a busy week of helping friends move house, working on projects for offcultured, and getting ready for a new full time job. I feel like I'm just now catching my breath and am able to turn my focus back on designing and creating.

Some of my finds from my last visit to Goodwill. Left to right: Blazer, Forever 21; Blazer, Etro; Shirt, Ann Taylor Loft; Shirt, Liz Claiborne

I have a bunch of new projects to work on to help me get ready for this new job. I'll be working in an office and though they have a relaxed vibe it's still business casual. My wardrobe is fine as it is but I've hit up the Goodwill looking for more pieces to round it out so it can transition more easily into an office environment. Along with the thrift store finds I want to make a few basic pieces that can be the bones of what I wear to work. The only rule in all of this is that whatever I find or make must be something that I would wear even when I'm not at work. I don't like having "work clothes" but I like when I have versatile clothes I can wear to work. 

My first project is to knock off this $4.oo dress (sans label) from the Goodwill. When I first bought it I wanted it in every color because it's very chic and so easy to wear. I even wore it to my interview that landed me the new job. Belted, it is phenomenal which is really the only way I wear it, but it also works with a sweater over it  to become a great layering piece in cooler weather.

I'll add this one and a few other pieces I want to do to the current projects list so you can follow along.

Truly,
Claire

P.S
I'll share detail photos in another post for the Wedding Guest Dress. I still want to put in a lining and I also want to recut a facing for it. Overall, it was a great success and the bride adored it. I can't wait until it's officially finished.