Some Things You Might Want to Know about Frixion Pens

Our Guild Member Faye wanted to share the following articles with you on Frixion Pens. From the articles linked, “Frixion pens are a line of pens and highlighters made by Pilot that are heat erasable. Frixion pens make a crisp, clear mark which goes on smoothly and easily with no skipping.”

Frixion Pens – All You Need to Know

The article referenced three other articles the author had written, but I couldn’t find a link easily so one link is all I can give. Besides, if it’s all you need to know as the title says, then you don’t really need the other three articles, do you? 🙂

Enjoy! Thanks Faye!

National Sewing Circle Website

Beverly in the Guild wanted to share an online sewing resource with you all called the National Sewing Circle (nationalsewingcircle.com).

National Sewing Circle Screen Capture (click to enlarge)
National Sewing Circle Screen Capture (click to enlarge)

It is a site of sewing videos, with a blog, projects and things you can purchase. Some of the content is free, but some is for members only.

You can get a free newsletter emailed to you if you sign up that way, perhaps to find out more about things before deciding whether or not to commit to a membership.

For those of you looking for new online sewing resources, this site “seams” to be well worth a look! 🙂

Thank you, Beverly!

Seamwork Magazine Resource

Mary wanted to share this online resource with members.

In their words, Seamwork is a new online pattern magazine bringing you two beautiful projects every month for just $6, along with articles, techniques, and creative ideas that make sewing a pleasure. This month’s feature is bras and lingerie.

This link will be added to our site under Patterns and Reviews, under the Links menu.

Thanks, Mary!

Making a Body Double Class

On Saturday, Guild Members Fran, Kathleen and I took part in the Making a Body Double Class given by our President, Josée.

The class was very informative, enjoyable and interesting, with something really useful for us sewists at the end, a dress form just like our own bodies!

Josée had a fairly easy and easy to follow set of instructions with garbage bags, packing tape, scissors, exacto knife, Sharpie pens, and weight on end of string (plumb weight). The process was methodical to tape on three layers, with short tape strips for areas with more curvature. The first was to be done slowly to get the shaping right, mostly up and down but sometimes in the direction of curvature. The second crossed that perpendicularly, and the third was back in the same direction as the first, for some strength.

Then came markings of gravity lines, where a weight on a string hangs from the front, back and sides. Contrast that with where you look visually centred, in case you aren’t ideally shaped and/or bent in those areas. This helps you put seams where they look aesthetically pleasing rather than where gravity lines are that pattern lines tend to be built on cause they are designed for more symmetric and uniform bodies than most of us have.

Notches were then put on like zippers (but not so close like real zipper teeth are) so that when we were cut out at the back, we would know how to line up the marks to close and fill the body doubles again. A horizontal line was also made so that we would know how high to properly mount the body double. Good for full length gown or pants gauging as well. We did this, as well as got the body double made, in shoes we normally wore for the same heights and body stature.

Finally, we were cut out of our body shells. We will mount and stuff the body doubles later.

I didn’t have someone to work on so JosĂ©e was nice enough to do a full body double for me, and not just the torso like a dress form. I will make use of this making body armour style costumes where arm and leg joint lengths and thicknesses, will be key. They would be next to impossible to measure accurately on my own, and cumbersome to do with others measuring as it would be a trial and error process throughout that would require lots of remeasurement and eyeballing. That person would be there almost the entire time, in other words, but not with my body double! Picture is at the bottom.

Thanks to JosĂ©e and classmates for a wonderful, enjoyable and useful class! If JosĂ©e ever offers it again, I’m sure I can speak for my classmates that we would highly recommend it!

body double

Class and Learning Options Outside the Guild

Courtesy of research by Tory and Marcia…

Guild Classes

The Guild had just announced our classes for 2014-15. These two are guaranteed, plus other potential ones to be determined.

  1. Pocket Techniques, with Anneke Henderson (Oct 4, 2014)
  2. Making a Body Double, with Josée (Nov 15, 2014)

However, there are many other options for classes around the Halifax area, as well as online. There are also many other learning resources besides classes, where there is no interaction involved but just instructions. The following list of sewing related resources might interest you.

Local Classes (Halifax area)

You might consider these local options for classes in the Halifax Regional Municipality and Nova Scotia area:

Continental Classes

If you were willing to travel for some classes, treating it as either a serious trip or vacation, you might want to consider these options:

Online Classes and General Instructions

These sites offer classes and/or general instructions online:

There are also plenty of other YouTube channels you may want to search for to find instructional videos. For video instruction, you might actually be better off searching from the YouTube site, rather than using a search engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing.

Blogs

Blogs tend to be are more personally produced instruction, compared to business or professional like instruction, although some blogs are quite phenomenal. They also tend to be more a mish mash of topics and may not be as well organized to find specific items like sewing instruction videos. But those things can add a personal touch and connection business sites tend not to have, and be more entertaining with a real life touch to them. It really depends on what you like. Here are some Guild Members like a lot:

When you read blogs, be sure to look around, often on the side, for links to the authors’ favourite sites, blogs and such. Some will likely be related to sewing and they can serve as your lead to find out more of what is out there! If you liked the authors’ blog, chances are, you’ll like his/her taste for other enjoyable and/or useful blogs, too!

Share Your Favourite Sewing Resources with Us!

If you know of great class and/or instructional resources not mentioned here, please do let us know. We will update this post, as well as our Classes page on this site. Thank you.

Patch Fabric Store Review

PATCH is a relatively new fabric store in Halifax at the time of writing (Aug 15 2014). This detailed review is from one of our Guild members, Faye M. who visited the store Thursday. Thank you Faye!

I visited Patch this morning. It is located on the east side of Robie St. On street 2 hour parking is found across from the store on the west side of Willow.

Sewing classes will be geared towards beginners and no longer than 3 hours. They will be project based to teach varied skills. However, the objective is to teach how to sew, not to fit.  Class lists are supposed to be ready soon and to start in Sept.

Patterns are intriguing with lots of independents coming. I bought a Liberty pattern myself, which is a British brand.  Sewholic patterns and Oliver (children’s) were displayed. Colette patterns are enroute and will be carried.

Some limited but quality books i.e. Colette Handbook, and some on quilting, and dyeing fabrics, are available in addition to a few basic quilting rulers primarily to be used for classes to be held. I purchased some black twill tape which I had been unable to purchase elsewhere.

Half the store is a classroom setting with Bernina sewing machines and serger ready for rentals.  Want to try out this brand – here’s your chance. Test drive a pattern and see how you like sewing with them.  Have your machine break down or need servicing and need a project completed yesterday – this store will come to the rescue. Lots of possibilities including space constraints in your living quarters or temporary housing, and this store can come to your rescue.

Lovely cotton by Liberty is available as are some pretty chambrays. The selection is limited but that is to be expected with a new fledgling store. I noticed some good quality solid white cotton which is hard to find.

I did mention that I was from the Guild but did not receive a discount upon purchase – Perhaps that may come later when the store is more established and financially sound.

All in all the store has a good start.  The hours are limited as only the owner is there 10 to 5, Tues to Sat, but is open on Sun, 12 to 5 for the worker bees.

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As with all individual reviews shared on a group platform,
it needs to be stated that this review represents the opinion
of the reviewing member and not necessarily that of the Guild.

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Store info

Patch is owned by Christina Pasquet, who came to visit us at the Guild early this year.

The store is at 2571 Robie Street at Willow.

Their website, patchhalifax.com, is not yet up at time writing.

They are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ patchhalifax/info

Phone (902) 423-0303

Email​ ​ hello@patchhalifax.com

Does Anyone Know Anything About Covet Fashion – The Game App for iPad & iPhone?

Sample Covet Fashion Design
Sample Covet Fashion Design

Update: LeeAnne has had a quick look and provided a few comments in case listed at the end of the post, so you may want to look at them before deciding if you want to have a look. Thanks to LeeAnne!

I happened across this free app for iPad and iPhone that looks like a nice little design game, called Covet Fashion version 2.7.1. However, I have neither an iPad nor iPhone to try it. Does anyone know anything about it? Or if you care to download and try, can you show me it sometime?

Supposedly, it’s a bit of a game because people vote on designs, though someone said hardly anyone votes. I can see that as it’s probably a pretty niche audience. However, if it’s anything like a real good version of Wild Ginger pattern design software in terms of designs (rather than patterns), I think I would LOVE it! That’s because the previews in Wild Ginger are absolutely horrible! Their user interface is, too!

But if Covet Fashion were anything like I think it might be, I could use it as a design preview before going to Wild Ginger for something close given all the style options available in Wild Ginger. At least the key thing is I’ll know what I’m wanting before I design it. In Wild Ginger, I’m not really sure what I’m getting by choosing certain options cause the preview is that bad.

I hope some of our iPad addicts can tell me. Thanks.

101 Things I Learned in Fashion School

101 Things I Learned in Fashion School.

After our last Guild meeting, I ventured yet again to New York. While there, I took some time to focus on fashion rather than fabrics. I ventured into a huge Barnes & Nobles store at Union Square and looked through their good sized fashion section to find some books I thought would be good to look into more later. We could get a lot of them in Canada so there was no need to fill my baggage with them, but it really helps to look through books in person rather than online to know not only what was available, but what was in each one to see if it might really be of interest. That’s the thing I love about American book stores. They have so many books we just don’t show or carry in Canada! And how is one really supposed to know what one can get if one doesn’t know it exists?

I’ll write more on many of those books in the near future. However, here’s the one I did buy for practical value to an untrained person like me, and because it was cheap enough I didn’t mind getting it at the undiscounted US price compared to discounted Canadian price. Kind of like a small fee for having it as reading material at the airport sort of thing, rather than waiting a week after I get home to get it shipped.

I liked it, but considering we’re a Sewing Guild and not a Fashion Guild, I’m not sure I’d recommend it for our library. Still, considering we make garments, a good fundamental fashion knowledge isn’t a bad thing.