Saturday, October 23, 2010

Finally Up -- Lady Grey

Well, I am so far behind with the Lady Grey Sew Along that I'm not so much sewing along with, as just lollygagging way behind the pack. Never mind though, I have finally got it cut out! Evidence:
Instead of using my studio cutting table, I really wanted to spread out. And I'm a squisher. As in, I like to squish the pattern pieces up to have as little fabric waste as possible. And as a result, I have almost 2 yards left over. Enough to make a great skirt (or two). You can see it uncut bit draped over the chair toward the window.

One of the reasons I wanted to do this particular sew along, is the high caliber of Gertie's tailoring tutorials. I've never really done any tailoring, and this is a great opportunity for some free lessons. But I'm clearly way behind on her blog posts. My solution... I'm going to make my own book of Gertie's Tailoring Tips. The first four "chapters":

I'm using both sides of the paper, printing the odd numbered pages, reinserting the paper into my printer, and then printing the even numbers. In an effort to save some trees, I'm not printing all the comments, but if I have any problems with any of the techniques, I'll be sure to go back and review the comment section, too. And of course, you can't "read" the videos, so I'll have to go back and watch those.

First up is the bound buttonholes, and I've made my practice one. More on that tomorrow.


  1. You are not the only one of the sew alongers that's behind - because I certainly am too. What a great idea to print off the tutorials - I'd do it too by my state of the art printer is not working at the moment.

  2. Looking for ward to seeing the completed projwct.

  3. Can't wait to see it completed!

  4. You're still further along than me! I hope to do this same step this week. How much can I cram onto some muslin? We'll find out!

  5. I've been following your blogging on the lady grey coat with great interest as I am just about to start making it for my sister-in-law and I was intrigued to say that you had so much material left over. Why was this - is this because you made pattern alterations or just because the pattern asked for too much fabric (I am looking into fabric to buy for this now so would really appreciate any thoughts you would be willing to share)?

  6. The LG book is such a good idea. I may copy you.



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