Enchanted By Sewing (general)

 

Part of my 3-piece Mother-Of-The-Bride outfit. I'm also working on a lace over-blouse and a skirt. The camisole I talk about in this show, is Part one of my 3-piece Mother-Of-The-Bride  (MOB) outfit. 

In this show begining to share experiences working on MOB ensemble. 

All 3 garment pieces have involved  pattern creation or alteration.

Snapshot of This Month’s Show 

 

Pensamientos Primeros - short sewing history to date of my MOBride - -

- Technicos: Jan Bones Lingerie Secrets book,Original pattern  designed for knits, How I altered to use a woven The darts - added plus natural placement,Strap placement

- Pensamientos Finales  - is it worth the trouble?

This podcast is an extension of my regular sewing blog - http://meencantacoser.blogspot.com

 

Direct download: castfFINALCamisoleMOB_LAURELSHIMERENCHANTEDBYSEWING.mp3
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Kunghei fatchoy! (Happy New Year!) Sewing inspired by the Chinese Lunar New Year and the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit "China Through the Looking Glass".  

Direct download: castFINALYearMonkeyjan2016LaurelShimer.mp3
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Ench By Sew-31: Historical Bathing Beauties

Bathing and swim wear has certainly changed from the cover-em-up days. This month I’m sharing a walk around an historical bathing suit exhibit I saw at the Vancouver Maritime Museum in the fall of 2014. I get a kick out of hearing and reading about how bathing suits have changed over time, and thinking about what a shock people must have had to suddenly start seeing others, especially women, revealing so much of their flesh on beaches! The big changes in swim suit styling around the 1920’s seem to have been about the time when the  sport changed from ‘bathing’ to ‘swimming’ in the English speaking world. It wasn’t enough just to immerse ourselves in water outside, as we did indoors anymore. Now more people wanted to get some exercise when they went into a pool, river or ocean.

Direct download: FINALBathingVancouverEnchantedBySewingLaurelShimer_-_42815_2.05_PM.mp3
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Ench By Sew-15 Festive Time Fabric Quiz - Made for California

Show Notes : http://enchantedbysewing.blogspot.com. This month I’m taking a leaf out of the book of some of the podcasts and columnists I enjoy, who run a themed quiz during the winter holidays. I’ve always enjoyed taking these kinds of mini tests,  and feeling like a smarty pants when I’m  able to answer their questions. I also get a kick out of trying to wow my family with my knowledge of trivia on various subjects.

They are rarely impressed.

My own, Enchanted by Sewing holiday quiz is focused around four fabrics that work well for sewing, wearing and enjoying here in California’s temperate San Francisco Bay Area. So pull up a few bolts of your favorite stuff, plop down on top, and let’s get started. And don’t forget to keep score!

During the audio quiz... you will be ranking four fabrics in terms of their strength. At that time, I sing you a little fabric themed tune. Since cotton is one of the fabrics in the quiz, I thought you might enjoy my updated version of the old "Boll Weevil" song. The lyrics I adapted are in the show notes http://enchantedbysewing.blogspot.com

Direct download: CastHolidayQuizDec2013FINALENCHANTEDBySewingPodcast.mp3
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Ench By Sew-13 Jeans Style Sewing – Skirting the Issue

I was intimidated by sewing well fitting jeans, in addition to learning how to achieve an authentic jeans-styling look when it comes to fabric, hardware, and embellishment. So, I put aside fit issues, for the time being, 

and created a jeans-style skirt.

Direct download: EnchantedBySewingJeansStyleSkirtingIssueFinalCastOct2013Podcast.mp3
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Ench By Sew-12 Dress Forms

 

 

My experiences creating a) a Duct Tape Dress Form (with a friend) b) a Uniquely You Dress Form (Instructor Judith Jackson) 

1)What is a dress form? (also see Sew Forth Now Podcast) 

2)Why I wanted a dress form3)Body Issues and your Team

4)Two types of dress forms I experienced

5)Cost

6)Materials (tools)   and Resources (web stuff)

7)Safety- Cautions about Standing - also -Working around kids - Two good reasons not to !

 

8)Social Comfort/Body Issues  and Your Team 

9)How I've used my dress forms and other Ideas for Use - Wedding/Special Occasion Sewing?

10) Technicos: In-depth details about how I made these two different styles of dress forms

 
 

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Show Notes http://EnchantedBySewing.blogspot.com

 

 

Direct download: draft5_dress_formENCHANTEDbySewingFINAL.mp3
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California Sewist seeks inspiration at the Victoria and Albert

In the June Enchanted by Swing podcast I shared some of my favorite sewist sights in London: Tana Lawn fabric at Liberty, street fashion and a trip to a special exhibit at Buckingham Palace.

Before the show returns to a California sewing scene,  I take you along with me on a tour of the Victoria and Albert fashion gallery. It's just like we're walking the floor together (and yes - we do take a tea break too), looking at all the details dear to a sewists heart. Did you see that cuff? How did they make those roses? What is giving that bodice it's structure? 


Yes, the sights and sounds (even some of my camera clicks) of the gallery are all there. It's an in-the-moment show.


Direct download: VandAPART1EnchantedBySewingJuly_2013.mp3
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California Sewist seeks inspiration at the Victoria and Albert

In the June Enchanted by Swing podcast I shared some of my favorite sewist sights in London: Tana Lawn fabric at Liberty, street fashion and a trip to a special exhibit at Buckingham Palace.

Before the show returns to a California sewing scene,  I take you along with me on a tour of the Victoria and Albert fashion gallery. It's just like we're walking the floor together (and yes - we do take a tea break too), looking at all the details dear to a sewists heart. Did you see that cuff? How did they make those roses? What is giving that bodice it's structure? 


Yes, the sights and sounds (even some of my camera clicks) of the gallery are all there. It's an in-the-moment show.

Direct download: VandAPART2EnchantedBySewingJuly_2013.mp3
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London's got what a sewist yearns for, historically inspired fabric and fashion, not to mention the regular inspirations we bring back from vacation tripping in an historically rich area. When this California sewist vacations in London she does more than promenade along the Thames. She visits historic Liberty to buy soft delicate Tana Lawn fabric and the Victoria and Albert to study historic fashion. She also looks both ways before she crosses the street (cuz she can never remember which way the traffic flows) to take camera phone photos of street fashion.

Direct download: FINALCastLondonJune2013.mp3
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In celebration of Mother’s Day… Laurel reflects on her own experiences with mother-daughter sewing. She also finds out that this relationship doesn’t always fit into a traditional pattern. This conversation with sewing cohorts, who happen to be related, may surprise you as much as it did the show hostess.

Direct download: MOthersDayMay2013EnchBySewing.mp3
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