Sunday, July 6, 2014

Behind the scenes..


I am often asked what pattern I use for my various creations, so I thought I'd share with you all my dirty little secret..

I don't.

Like, Never.

OK, more like hardly ever.

Still...

I think the last time I used a pattern was at least a year ago..and honestly, I haven't even finished it.

When I am getting ready to make something that I am planning to make more than one of, I make one, taking notes as I go.


When it's finished I notate what I feel needs to be changed or adjusted, or not, depending on how the project went.

If a pattern piece is needed, I make a rough sketch and play with it until I get the result I'm looking for.

Once all adjustments have been made, a final draft is put into my master sketchbook, signed and dated for copyright reasons. The added bonus to doing this is that I can then trace each pattern piece onto plastic (Shelf lining plastic for wire shelves is perfect for this)


Take, for example, the shoppers I have been working on this weekend.

This first one had some issues, mainly pertaining to the interfacing choice, that made the finishing problematic.
Note the upper edge..
Due to the stiffness of the pellon 70 I used and the smaller seam allowance, turning the edges under for top stitching the opening closed was a bit of an issue. So, for the next round I have switched to Pellon 926, along with Pellon Decor Bond and increased the seam allowance to 1/2" which will fix that issue.

The other change that needed to be made was on the pen channel. This pen fits just fine, but I felt it needed to be wide enough to fit a marker or highlighter so I made a note to adjust my sewing lines to allow for a wider channel.


So, now that I know what did and didn't work, I cut a small run.

I limited the run to 6 in all, nixed the ric rack for expediency's sake, and changed out the original magnetic snap for velcro (due to availability..I've only 4 more sets of snaps!)

Here are my cut pieces prepped and lined up..


And the finished products..



Now that this run is finished, I am mentally kicking myself because I'm still not 100% satisfied. I think I want to make it more narrow, it feels too wide..but that is for another time, as right now I have a living room full of hungry guys waiting patiently for their dinner ;)

In Stitches,
Michelle


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Trying new things..

I am so excited for this next chapter..and for the first time, I will be utilizing a professional photographer for one of my products!!
My Tattered Tutus have been quite popular locally, and I will be offering them online soon as well, and with that in mind I will be working with local photographer Marcy of Marcy Harris Photos!

Here's a few that I've recently finished, the pink and brown is in the running for the photographs, but I've another set that I'm working on now that might just replace them ;)



Tattered Tutus will be available online July 15, but if you just can't wait that long, Simply Local on Waterloo st. in Canal Winchester has some in stock right now!




If you are in the Columbus Ohio area, and haven't yet, you really should come out to Canal Winchester and enjoy our hometown, Main street USA feel. Between the good eats, fabulous boutiques, Picturesque train depot..and even a new car museum that will be opening soon, it's a great place to spend a day!

In Stitches,
Michelle

Monday, June 23, 2014

Making a comeback!

The past 7 months have been rough..but I feel as though I am finally getting a grip.

Therapy Helps..a lot.

So does challenging myself creatively, branching out and trying new things, making the time for writing, my art and building my online presence.

In short...I'm back with a vengeance!!


Let's start this new "me" with a bit of a sneak of what is on the cutting table..
 


Some other creations I'm working on...




And my last creative finish..A birthday gift for my Mother-in-law,





Today I'm in Weekend recovery and laundry mode, but I'm hopeful that I will manage some studio time!


In stitches,
Michelle