Monday, 22 August 2011

Tracing and cutting!

I have been doing a lot of tracing and cutting lately!
 This is my first time putting together a printed pattern. This is the one Gertie uses in Craftsy Sew Retro: Bombshell dress online class. I followed her instructions and found little trouble.
I have also cut the calico for the bodice pieces and they are now ready for the sewing machine. I used carbon paper which I always used somehow, but Gertie introduced me to using it to trace directly on fabric, instead of pinning. I quite liked that. When I pin pattern to fabric, and depending on fabric, they tend to shift. Tracing directly might be a better option.
The Bombshell dress is my only project that is not a Autumn/ Winter project. I just love Gertie as a teacher and have been itching to do this since it came out. No way could I wait till next Spring.
I am also venturing on my first Colette Patterns Beignet Skirt. I bought some navy cotton drill and orange lining specifically for this skirt when I was in hungary and I think it's a good choice pattern for Autumn. I traced all the pieces and have cut some calico from fronts and backs for a muslin.

I have two more projects I want to trace and cut muslins before I take anything to the sewing machine. And why you ask, all this bulk tracing and cutting? Well, my new cutting table (which I am madly in love with) is solid wood which is great to hide or fix little imperfections caused by pins, scissors, etc. But being new and being solid wood also means I have to treat it every 2 to 3 days for about two months. That means sanding it lightly and applying some wood oil on it. It then takes at least 24 hrs to dry. So my idea is to do lots of prep work on all my projects and then not worry about which days I can use the table and just get on with sewing. Does that make sense?


  1. Hi Suzy, it makes total sense.... I'm glad you got your table you wanted so much.

  2. Smart thinking re: timing the use of your cutting table Suzy! We're still up to our eyeballs in DIY chaos re: my sewing room (LOL!) but as & when it's finished (2-3 more weekends should do it) I plan something similar to you... I'm going to cut out/trace fabric + baste/pin/mark darts etc. together on the weekends when I have longer stretches of time to devote to it. And, then sew things together at the machine in smaller time-slots in the evenings after work. Hopefully, I can be more productive this way.

    Looking forward to seeing the Beignet especially (I've got a muslin of it still unfinished from last December opps! ).

  3. Wow, that's a lot of TLC for the table. I'm not sure I'd have the patience! I can't wait to see what you do with these two patterns. You'll look lovely in both. I'm doing the Gertie Bombshell dress, too. It didn't even occur to me to make this wait for more clement weather, but then I am from the North - we go out in our shirt sleeves in the snow on a Saturday night.

  4. Oooo - you're new cutting table sounds lovely! I'm excited to see what fabric you have picked for your bombshell dress as I always love your fabric choices. And your beignet colour combo sounds perfect for autumn - can't wait to see your progress on both.

  5. Sounds like you are learning a lot from Gertie, she has so many wonderful tricks for making sewing a breeze. I use the floor a lot for my sewing table, hard on the back. Congratulations on your table. Looking forward to seeing your dress!



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