When I showed my LA sewing space, I wrote about how I make clothes from a combo of pre and post-consumer waste and new fabric.
I explained in Laziness or SWAP, how I organize my planned sewing projects by serger thread color. Then I tackle them in semi-assembly line order.
Let me show you a bit of the process.
First, I pull fabric and candidates for refashioning from my supplies. I lay them out and look at them, adding and subtracting to the set and moving them around, until I have a vision of what they want to be.
When I was looking for something else, I came across the black/tan marl fabric. When I bought it at SAS Fabrics, I reckoned it was black/gray. Outside, in natural daylight, I realized I had reckoned wrongly. But, 1.2 yards of cotton jersey for $2 is a steal and I thought I could make baby clothes for LA County foster children with the piece.
That didn't happen. When I came across this piece again, I knew what it wanted to be and who would wear it. I pulled some coordinating fabrics and refashioning candidates and laid them out on the dining table. Over several days, I added and subtracted candidates and pulled patterns.
Then I sewed them up in batch fashion (like chain piecing when quilting) over two dreary snowy evenings.
last two times that I sewed Simplicity 1199, I selected the size by the measurement chart, making the S for DD and the M for myself. They were huge. I wanted to test the fit of a S at the shoulders and M at the hips.
As you can see, it fits the dress form that approximates my measurements. I took 2" out above the waist and shortened the back another 1" to fit a petite friend.
Kwik Sew 2555 (which I have used 30+ times) instead of the method found in Simplicity 1199. The cotton/lycra printed jersey had enough body and recovery to make a satisfyingly hefty neckband.
While the serger was dressed in black thread, it was a good time give the thrifted black t-shirt I wear to the gym a curved hem.
Oops, this post got so long, I'm going to reveal the outfit I wore for MMM16 Day 1 on the next post.