Monday, June 30, 2008

Uniquely ME!

The dress form fitting is complete! I'm very pleased with it, especially since I had to do it by myself! I'm still surprised it was as simple as it was. I was so relieved, in fact, that I had a nutty buddy when I was finished! (Apparently, I didn't spend enough time looking in the mirror while fitting the shell...)

I am now searching high and low for my Fitting Finesse book. I'm pretty sure I own this and didn't just borrow it from the library. It's been so long since I stitched for myself, that may very well be the case. What's the easiest way to disprove this theory? Buy the book. It will surface on it's own about the time the postmaster hands me the package!

I'm a little reluctuant to start cutting something out without this book by my side. Better log off and find it as the goal is at least one completed garment by the end of this vacation week.


YEAH! The book was hiding behind my manuals! It is so old, it predates the "Finesse" title. This is my 1990 copy, called "The Busy Woman's Fitting Book". I feel like I am in a time warp!

Sunday, June 29, 2008


After a long hiatus from sewing for myself, I've committed to start again. Like everything I do, I have to obsess about it for a fairly long time. I usually lose interest while I read, buy books, visit websites and collect all of the necessary tools.

Not so with this. I've done a fair amount of reading. I've bought a Dress Form that needs some work. I already have the sewing machines, the irons, scissors, notions and the rest.

So what do I lack? Fitting skills. As a teenager and young adult, I made most of my clothing. Ameturish but functional. Fitting was never an issue. The Big 4 fit like a glove.

Then I had children. I quit running. My hips and thighs conquered anything that even resemebled a "normal" shape. And my chest? It needs it's own blog...

Tomorrow the work begins. I plan on fitting the dressform cover if it takes me most of the day. I'm excited. And I hope I don't let myself down...