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Tuesdays with Gertie: Cutting and Thread Tracing

This year I’m sewing along with Gertie from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing.  A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up through the Craftsy online community to make her Starlet Suit.  Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.

The momentum that carried me into last week’s Tuesdays with Gertie post subsided a bit as I waded through K-Line’s Starlet Suit Jacket posts. I procrastinated on cutting out the muslin all week (helped out by having fun things to do Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evening), then got a surge of motivation over the weekend that resulted in my cutting out every single pattern piece.  I even cut out all of the pieces needed for the skirt.  I figured if there were problems with any of the pieces, I wanted to know about them sooner rather than later.  And, I also hoped that I could use the muslin pattern and not the printer paper pattern when the time came to cut into my fashion fabric.  Only after marveling at the sheer number of pieces did it occur to me that it might have been better to wait until I knew the size was at least in my ballpark before cutting every single pattern piece out.

This thought led to the waning of my motivation yet again.

It came back last night after work and errands were complete.  I enjoyed thread tracing each of the pieces I plan to sew together for my first fitting.  I put one in the machine after the other, creating a ring of pattern pieces connected by purple thread.    Now all of the pieces are ready to be stitched together, which means next week I should have jacket and skirt muslins to show off!

Two things of note from this week’s efforts.  (1) The back facing is labeled “cut two” with an indication to also cut on the fold.  Cutting one on the fold is all that is needed.  (2) After laying out all of the pieces, I calculated that I need exactly two yards of fashion fabric for both the jacket and the skirt, not the four indicated in the instructions.  I am ever so hopeful that there really are two yards of this ivory linen and wool blend from FineFabrics.com left in the store.  Otherwise, maybe a pretty gray?  Or a cute brown tweed?

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11 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Gertie: Cutting and Thread Tracing

  1. Hi Amy – I love your blog and really appreciate your detailed explanations of how you are working through the craftsy classes! I nominated you for a liebster award at my blog to show my appreciation 🙂 Happy Tuesday!

    1. Thanks! I’m honored and flattered. It’s nice to hear that week after week these bite sized class reports aren’t getting tiring. They sure help me out.

  2. Pretty fabric! I’m a sucka for grey though. It’s kinda timeless and limit less with where you could wear it. I hope to get some thread tracing done this evening myself! I was thinking that if you were planing on getting Gertie’s book you could extend Tuesday’s with Gertie to completing projects in the book. I’m sure you have already thought of that but it came to me while I was folding fabric ….unless of course she makes another craftsy class! 🙂

    1. Yes, I had planned on doing just that. The timing should be perfect since her book comes out in September, and I imagine I’ll finish this jacket around then. We’ll see if I have the stamina though! (And, the Starlet Jacket will be a good test for how well patterns drafted for her conform to me.)

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