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April 22, 2010

My creative space

I am joining in with Thursday's My Creative Space at Kootoyoo.

This week's creative space is feeling distinctly un-creative just now. In the background there, you can see lots of cut pieces for a trial-run of my first shirt, McCalls M5522, View D. And I know its about to cause me grief; lots of it.

You see I've reached a point in my sewing where my ability to alter patterns is lagging behind my ability to construct garments. I would love to make lots of shirts, jackets and trousers, but sadly there is little point unless they fit nicely. And for someone of the full-busted-sway-backed-protruding-tummy-you-really-need-to-stop-slouching-like-that persuasion, there's a lot of altering to be done.

So I am sitting at the cutting board this week, contemplating the hard yards ahead. (Its not a good place to be, if your secret favourite quote is work fascinates me; I could watch it for hours.)

Thank you very much Kirsty for hosting My Creative Space. Its great fun seeing what everyone is doing. To see who else is showing their creative space today (or to join in), head over here.


  1. Ah, I know that place well. Maybe we could think up an elaborate plan to kidnap Sue and keep her as our pattern altering slave?

    Too far??

  2. Keep on keep on. You'll be a pattern altering champ in no time.

  3. Sending positive pattern altering vibes your way!! If you're like me...calico will become your best friend on this new sewing journey of yours. Hope all is well :)

  4. Wishing you lots of luck with it. I have every confidence you'll get it and be a master before you realise it, probably long before you realise it. It won't happen until you start cutting though - so stop watching and get to it!

  5. I'm with Kirsty, keep on at it. You'll get there.

    Love that photo from Tuesday night, by the way. What a stunning sky.

  6. Oh pattern altering is the worst, it's so bloody ongoing. Hoping you have a magical pattern alteration break through.

  7. Just think how wonderful you'll look in your custom tailored shirt, Liesl. (Says the woman who's yet to run up a straight seam in the 5 years she's been sewing, and who avoids patterns like normal folk avoid rabid canines...)

  8. Yes, it is hard. The only short cut (and it's not that short!) is to pay a pro to fit a handful of patterns on you. Things with a basic fit that you can then add style details to (collar, sleeve length, pockets etc) make it your own.

    Otherwise - toiles are your friend (UK term for muslins) and there is truly no such thing as a 'wearable muslin' if you doing it right the calico will have red and blue pen and holes and pins and sticky tape all over it to become your new altered pattern.

    You can do it!!


  9. I hope it went (or is going) well!


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