Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sewing Funk-a-delic

I'm struggling through a sewing funk. Actually, I'd have to admit it to more like a life funk. I got my patterns from Bra Makers Supply, my book, and all my supplies. I've been so amped to get it, and now that its here....
SO here's what went down. I sewed a muslin. It didn't fit. So I sewed another one. It didn't fit. So now I'm on my third. And I'm getting pissed. Bra fit is already awkward and then when you add in sewing it becomes a big mess. The first bra I made looked beautiful, but it pinched and prodded like I've never felt in my life.

I've been trying to read through bratabase to see if there was applicable advice and I've not seen anything yet. I've decided to put the project on the back burner while I work on a wool coat.

I've done some illustrations on style lines for inspiration into the next foray of lingerie. I like the illustration style, and it reminds me how much I like to draw.

I also got to go to NC State about a month ago to take a class on textile fundamentals. We got to explore the labs where I could see them spin yarn and weave fabric. Its a very cool class.

Cotton sliber going into the combing machine

Cotton sliber in barrels after carding.
While I'm not a fan of their basketball team (GO Tar Heels!) their textile school is incredible and I'm thankful I live very close by, especially when I take classes there for work.
Shuttle style weaving 
Its been a really rough winter for me. I feel tugged in many directions emotionally. All in the same day I got a promotion and stuck in my car on the way home from work for over 7 hours. I've been struggling a bit with personal identity and direction. Its been making larger impacts into many facets of my life than I am comfortable with. I am aiming to change that, but I'm not fully sure how.  One way is this project I've alluded to before (maybe?) and I'm hoping to share more publicly this summer. I'm excited and scared by it all at the same time. Its all been rough lately, but I'm hoping that as spring makes its appearance, so does my focus and energy.