Patternless sewing

I’m the sort of person who does better with a recipe when making dinner, directions when learning software and definitely a pattern when sewing clothing. For a while, though, I have ruminated over how certain clothes that I have couldn’t be all that hard to recreate. This is my first foray into doing just that. And don’t laugh! I know this is a ridiculously simple recreation. That’s why I started with it.

The first is a simple black skirt with rolled edge serging on the seams. Simple as it was, I had to go back to the fabric store for more material when I discovered I’d miscalculated the yardage. I’m pretty happy with it, though. It was my first in-depth foray into using the serger for which, happily, I found the user’s manual online! I have a lot to learn, but I’m enjoying it so far.

The waistband did not turn out great. That’s the only thing I’m unhappy with. At the same time, I hate tucking shirts in, so there will never be much danger of anyone seeing the imperfection.

Excuse the lousy quality. but there’s not all that much to see anyway!

Yesterday I was going through shirts and putting aside ones that I don’t wear and might as well get rid of. I had a few Lotus Festival shirts, which is sad to get rid of because the Lotus Festival is so great, BUT there is still no point in keeping shirts you don’t wear. So I made a skirt out of them:

LotusSkirt1 LotusSkirt2

I used the t-shirts’ neckline ribbing for the waistband. It worked pretty well, but I had to take it off and shorten it when I found that I’d made it too loose. Unfortunately, after redoing it, it is still too loose! But not so bad that I feel like ripping out the seam and trying a third time.

Vacation time

It was a short vacation, but pleasant. I went to San Diego for the first time, and I stumbled upon the Mengei Museum. I chose that over the Museum of Modern Art, which I’d have gone to as well, if I’d had time.

I was thrilled to find something by James Castle. (For those of you in Bloomington, IN, check out James Castle: Portrait of an Artist (video) which is available at the Monroe County Public Library (Adult Audiovisual 709.2 Castle Jam).

Castle

And I got what I’d hoped for when I chose the Mengei: that is, to see something I would not otherwise seek out on my own. There was an exhibit on black dolls, which was an interesting view on both history and creativity.

BlackDolls