sewliloquies

Sewliloquies is a sewing pun on the literary term soliloquy meaning reflective monologue.

Category Archives: Construction

Photoshop As A Design Tool

I am experimenting with using Photoshop as a design tool. This is the first attempt at sketching an illustration with Photoshop. I haven’t really used Photoshop as a drawing tool before; mostly it’s for editing my photography. The idea behind this sketch is clearly tribal bellydance style with a typical 10 yard skirt and tribal …

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Global Garb

Trying to launch the Global Garb collection I’m inspired to create! I need some fabric from Dharma Trading, some thread for the embroidery, and a little bit of gumption to #createsomething.

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Polka Dotty Goodness

I haven’t been able to post much lately, or sew much lately either. I have finished the “polka dotty goodness” project, my final project and replaced a zipper on a motorcycle jacket (not well, mind you). So, I present, a very ucky photo of the polka dots… a baby swimsuit and swim cap. Also not …

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Feels a Bit Snug

First and foremost, WordPress is driving me crazy. It takes me like 6 clicks just to get to this Add New Post screen. That’s too many. It’s too much work. Second, I am working on too much at once. Trying to sew with a cranky baby is nigh impossible. She was napping for a little …

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Shirt Dress Progress

With the princess seam dress project behind me, I’m moving onto the shirt dress. I have a pattern… Marfy 9876. And I also like this Simplicity pattern from the 1960s, but I’d have to track it down and buy it online. But that is all the shirt dress progress I have made. DH and DD …

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Kick Pleats With a Cherry On Top

I finished the dress. Woot. The kick pleats were torn apart and re-pressed, re-sewn not once, not twice, but THREE times. They finally laid flat, so I said don’t lets do it over again.   I also sewed the hem with the machine blind hem stitch. (There is supposedly a blind hem foot too, but …

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Kick Pleats What Kicked My Butt

After spending the entire weekend sewing – thank you DH! – I nearly have a princess seam dress. This was an assignment for the Dressmaking and Design course I’m taking, and I had to adjust the pattern to fit. After making a muslin and tweaking the pattern at the neckline, I scrounged for some fabric …

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A Woman Who Sews

What am I? There are all these words to describe people who sew. Tailor, dressmaker, sewist. What is it I do, exactly? I looked at the definition of these words before adding a few adjectives to my blog recently. A few people out there have talked about this already, but I wanted to add my …

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Not To Be Avoided

As I was finishing up my National Sewing Month contest entry, I realized that 99% of patterns have hand sewing. Even a simple pillow has to be hand sewn after turning and stuffing. When I was a lazy youth, I avoided hand sewing and finishing. I would do the least amount of work necessary to call …

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Garments in our Global Economy

Food. Clothing. Shelter. Three essential human needs. There has been a lot of discussion lately about food sources and commercial agriculture versus local, sustainable or organic. And shelter discussions can be about how green your lily pad is or homeless all the way to mansions of the rich and famous. But what about clothing? We …

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