Thursday, 5 January 2012

Trying out terrific tutorials in 2012

Happy New Year everyone, welcome to my first post of the year!

I don’t have a finished project to show off yet (I’m working on four things as we speak though), but I do want to share one of my hopes for this year. Despite not setting myself specific aims/resolutions/targets for 2012, there are of course things I want to achieve. Especially new sewing techniques like trying out piping, pin-tucks and the like.

One of my burning desires though, is to try out some of the terrific tutorials I bookmarked last year, but never got round to doing! There are so many tutorials available from generous and talented bloggers, so last night I had a good browse and decided to put these at the top of my list:
 
Scalloped Hem Sorbetto from Coletterie /  30s scalloped collar tutorial (part 1 & part 2) from Casey's Elegant Musings

Vivat Veritas Scalloped Waist Skirt  /  Smocked Skirt Tutorial from Victory Patterns  / Gertie's Gathered Skirt Tutorial (part 1 & part 2)

Double Agent Dress from Oonaballoona- not sure this is very 'me', but it would be great to have a go at sewing with jersey!
You’ll notice that most of them are very summery, but it’s what I want to sew, so I’ll just have to layer up! You’ll also notice my slight obsession with scallops...I just can’t help being drawn to them!

Is there a tutorial that you just can’t wait to try? Or better still, are there any you’d strongly recommend?

12 comments:

  1. Fab, fab, fab choices! A few of those are on my 'must try' list. The Gertie one was fun and really easy. A nice tutorial to save for when you want satisfaction quick! I 'd love to make a Sorbetto with capped sleeves.

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  2. I have made a couple of skirts from Gertie's tutorial. What I will say is choose your fabric carefully. Anything too thick and you'll look very bulbous! My successful makes have been from a taffeta gingham and a raw silk - fabrics that have a bit of structure but are light enough to stand all that gathering. I tried this skirt once in quite a thick cotton - urgh! Good luck with your projects! I really want to do some scalloping this year, too.

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  3. I love the double agent dress I'm hoping to give that one a whirl too as it seems like a good introduction to jersey and the scallop edges are to die for, so pretty and feminine!

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  4. Great tip Karen, many thanks for that! The last thing my body shape needs is unecessary bulk!

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  5. I adore scallops too! I would love to try Casey's scalloped collar tutorial and the Vivat Veritas scalloped waist skirt tutorial.

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  6. Great projects. I too seem to be obsessed with scallops. I think they make almost every plain item better.

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  7. I agree, scallops are lovely, and I'd not seen the Sorbetto version which is a great idea. You might also like this, which I found ages ago and have just googled for you:

    http://www.craftstylish.com/item/51679/how-to-make-a-scalloped-front-skirt

    I agree too about bulk in a gathered skirt - personally the style wouldn't work for me, but it's lovely if you can get away with it.

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  8. Great plan Marie. I'd forgotten about some of these and particularly like the scalloped sorbetto and scalloped collar. Time to get some French curves I think!!

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  9. Great tuts, all of them!
    I made Gertie's gathered skirt, one time with a silk (maybe taffeta? I don't know the english term for it) fabric of some kind, and the second with a cotton fabric. I just reduced the amount of yardage for the second skirt, because I wanted to reduce the bulk. And it worked. Both skirts turned out very pretty.
    The Sorbetto top was another one I tried, and ended up giving it away to a friend of mine, because it turned out too short for my torso (and my taste). But my friend loved it, so the tut got the job done!

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  10. Happy New Year Marie!
    I had a wee laugh when I saw your list of tutorials, as I have every single one of these 'pinned' to try out sometime too!
    Can't wait to see how you get on. Ooo - and curious about the four (!!) things you are working on at the moment.

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  11. Thank you for the tips Madame Pelagie, very helpful!

    And Suzie, that's really amusing! They are great tutorials though, what can I say!?!

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  12. I also made Gertie's gathered skirt in some satin I got from Vietnam dirt cheap. Turned out lovely. Def recommend!

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