Summer break and a few links of interest

I am going here

Summer took its time getting here this year, then almost immediately there were fires. Now we are in a monsoon weather path and the burn scarred areas are being scrubbed with rains. I knew this could happen, but had never seen it in action.  Here is a link to a youtube video of one of these burn scar flash floods in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBQ4TKOR-9E

I am getting ready for a vacation so I am not sewing much and writing even less. I am exploring what alterations I need to make on commercial patterns so they fit properly with less trial and error by comparing a pattern I scratched off of a dress that fit with a couple of different pattern drafting methods to see if the results will be any closer.  When I am finished I should have a great set of blocks or at least be able to more consistently pre-alter purchased patterns. Once I have tested these so I can compare them I will tell you more. 

While I am right in the middle of this exploration Brooke, at Custom Style also made a test using ratio reduction of purchased patterns on a copy machine. It was amazing how much better her results were so I plan to test her method too, but it will have to wait until after vacation. 

Here is a link to her two posts where she describes what she is doing and shows her results. You may find this helpful.  http://customstyle.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/pattern-sizing-experiment-part-1-grading-vs-ratios/  and http://customstyle.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/sewing-pattern-sizing-experiment-part-2-testing-three-mockups/

Ok, now if these three links are not enough for this one little post, here is one more I found yesterday. These harmonies are so beautiful you just have to listen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y1aOg_UO_A&feature=c4-overview&list=UUplkk3J5wrEl0TNrthHjq4Q

It is time to enjoy the hot summer and visit other places and people for a while, but I will be back soon.

from Online Etymology Dictionary:

vacation (n.) 
late 14c., "freedom from obligations, leisure, release" (from some activity or occupation), from Old French vacation, from Latin vacationem (nominative vacatio) "leisure, a being free from duty," noun of state from past participle stem of vacare "be empty, free, or at leisure" (see vain).

Meanings "state of being unoccupied; process of vacating" are early 15c. Meaning "formal suspension of activity" (in reference to schools, courts, etc.) is recorded from mid-15c. As the U.S. equivalent of what in Britain is called a holiday, it is attested from 1878.



Isn't fit always the biggest issue? If it doesn't fit you don't buy it from read-to-wear so why would you want to sew something that didn't fit? About 20 years ago I went to a Lutterloh System lecture. The lure was they would explain fitting issues and give you 5 or 6 patterns. It turned out to be an interesting lecture and as I suspected, they had something to sell. They gave us a little pamplet with miniture patterns with lines and numbers marked on it. Then they proceded to get a volunteer from the audience and used that person's measurments to create a waist coat pattern that fit the volunteer. They used the numbers and lines to expand the little one to two inch pattern into a full sized pattern.   

I was pretty impressed so I purchased the starter kit for these patterns and have used it all of these years. I found the same lecture a couple of weeks ago and decided to attend because they sold some things that would be pretty helpful tools that I did not purchase the first time.  Nearly word for word it was the exact same lecture. When I purchased the patterns the first time I was shaped like a Barbie doll so alterations were rarely needed or were very slight. 

In the twenty years between the lectures I spent more time sewing for my kiddos than for me and time has made alterations on me that I have to work with now. I specifically wanted to hear where to make height adjustments. Which they did cover so it was worth listening to the lecture again. Funny what we can forget, or not learn when it does not apply. 

Before I attended this lecture, I had ordered a kit from Glenda Spalding at Sure-Fit Designs.  Her kit arrived just after I attend the Lutterloh System lecture again. In addition, after much trial and error on trying to establish propper fit for me again, I succeded in scratching off a pattern from a well fitting ready-to-wear garment. Now I have three ways to make things fit properly.  

At the lecture I learned that the average seamstress makes about 7 garments per year. I think even in the "barely sewing at all years" I made more than that; but I can certainly understand why one would not want to sew if what they sewed did not fit.

From Online Etymology Dictionary - Fit

fit (n.1) Look up fit at Dictionary.com
1823, "the fitting of one thing to another," later (1831) "the way something fits." Originally "an adversary of equal power" (mid-13c.), obscure, possibly from Old English fitt "a conflict, a struggle" (see fit (n.2)).
fit (v.) Look up fit at Dictionary.com
"be suitable," probably from early 15c.; "to be the right shape," 1580s, from fit (adj.). Related: FittedfittingFitted sheets is attested from 1963.
fit (n.2) Look up fit at Dictionary.com
"paroxysm, sudden attack" (as of anger), 1540s, probably via Middle English sense of "painful, exciting experience" (early 14c.), from Old English fitt "conflict, struggle," of uncertain origin, with no clear cognates outside English. Perhaps ultimately cognate with fit (n.1) on notion of "to meet." Phrase by fits and starts first attested 1610s.
fit (adj.) Look up fit at Dictionary.com
"suited to the circumstances, proper," mid-15c., of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle English noun fit "an adversary of equal power" (mid-13c.), which is perhaps connected to fit (n.1). Related: FitterfittestSurvival of the fittest (1867) coined by H. Spencer.
fit (n.3) Look up fit at Dictionary.com
part of a poem, Old English fitt, of unknown origin.
fitful (adj.) Look up fitful at Dictionary.com
used once by Shakespeare ("Macbeth," 1605) in sense of "characterized by fits," then revived by Scott (1810) with a sense of "shifting, changing." From fit (n.2) + -ful. Related: Fitfully;fitfulness.
fitness (n.) Look up fitness at Dictionary.com
1570s, from fit (adj.) + -ness.
fitter (n.) Look up fitter at Dictionary.com
1650s, agent noun from fit (v.).
fitting Look up fitting at Dictionary.com
1530s (adj.); c.1600 (n.), from present participle of fit (v.).