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You know how bad things often happen in 3s? For me, it's been the last couple of days. I got banned from the Queen Mary Hotel, the video card in my desktop computer went bad, so I had to use my slim savings for a replacement, and my tub drain is clogged! Geeze, will it ever end!?
But I must solder on. We all must, and now that I have absolutely, positively no cash, what better time to do the official launch of MandM'11.
This year the main focus of my sew along is repairing what you have and using what you have. Let's face it, pattern prices are through the roof. We have all seen them. We all have that stash of garments we have made that we skip over in our closets because there is this *one* thing wrong with them that we have to get to later. NOW is later!
I won't stand for a mess of "I can't get it done"s. I know you all can get it done! I have faith in each and every one of you, and we can all encourage each other. You still have time to gather supplies and materials.
What you will want to have for this MandM is a dress form. As most know, Onda has been patiently waiting for me to start this sew along. She cant wait to go through more photoshoots. Don't tell her I told you all this, but she is a little vain.
Making a duct tape dress form is not very hard.
I followed the tutorial on Threads Magazine's site. All you need are $20 worth of duct tape, an extra pair of hands, and a couple of hours.
Muslin. Get about 5 or six yards or use an old sheet if you have one/some. I'm going to be going over drafting on a form and making some base patterns like a blouse and perhaps a good base for a skirt. I've had a lot of busty ladies ask me about making a bodice that does not gape. I'm gonna share some secrets that I've learned along the way.
Modifying an existing garment is something I really need to work on. I have this pattern that I want to actually use on a dress I have and I'm going to be using some of my vintage fabric on it and make it happen.
Also I want to make a dress I've been lusting over for some time. This Du Barry.
Plus, if there is time some other treats are in store including a fab 40s pattern giveaway.
As always the Flickr forum is open for business. Drop on by if there are questions or concerns or just for support. We all need it from time to time.
So who's with me! Come on gals and dudes! Lets Make and Mend!