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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and I write a monthly humour/sewing column for the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=barbara+emodi&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Abarbara+emodi

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Drive by

Yes I have been sewing my brains out, but because friends and family read my blog I can't show you what until after Christmas.

Speaking of which I also hope to finish a dress for my daughter today, a Christmas party emergency number. We will get shots of that.

On an aside the current issue of Collette's Seamworks ezine came into my mailbox today. I was struck by some of the photos, but this one in particular which is a wonderful illustration of what a difference dart placement makes. I am brewing a review of Indie patterns soon, but this is a case of why remembering the basics in execution is worth the thought:




16 comments:

Bunny said...

I saw this photo as well and was taken quite aback by it. You just wonder...........

Laceflower said...

Yikes! And sent out as enticement to buy!!

badmomgoodmom said...

OMG.

Debbie Cook said...

There were a few bewildered comments about those darts on that blog post. Quickly removed and a new "improved" pic substituted. Improved in that you now can't actually see how wrong the darts are placed.

annie said...

Yep!

Louisa said...

Well obviously the garment wasn't made for that model (who btw is terminally cute!) which was a definite mistake. Personally though I always have the opposite problem with darts and always need to move them down!

Bunny said...

I went back and saw the new photos. This is the creative photography that is being used by independent designers today. Beware long hair drape over the bodice, folded arms, dancing and twirling, boas (?) and other props, etc. Give me a front, back and side with a technical drawing as well. I want to see armscyes, waistline areas, darts and side seams and how the all hang. The artsy business, while fun and sometimes really lovely, would be OK if we got the simple front, back and side as well. If all we get are the artsy photos, you really better beware. Something is being hidden.

Janine said...

Pictures speak for themselves ! I hope the newer sewers that this magazine seems aimed at do not think this is the ideal dart placement. The darts were commented on in colettes blog too.

Leigh Wheeler said...

Ha, I saw this on my phone and thought it was just the typical baggy basic top. After blowing up the pic, yikes! No wonder it looks like an ill fitting sack. I doubt the young will notice much, as the rtw they buy doesn't look any better so how are they to know?

Bunny is 100% right. That observation also applies to knitting patterns. If half the sweater is covered by a giant bag, and the model has her long hair over the neck, beware! The only good thing is going to be the color.

badmomgoodmom said...

@Leigh Maggie Righetti cautioned against being seduced by artsy sweater photos in 'Knitting in Plain English' in 1986!

Lynn said...

THIS is my entire problem with Collette Patterns! The low, long, o-so-very-wrong dart placement! I like some of the patterns no really want them to fit me, but I need to work the bust darts entirely EVERY single time!

velosewer said...

If the majority of the promos for this type of pattern gets a bad wrap, that's their loss.

Leigh Wheeler said...

@badmomgoodmom, Yes! That is exactly who I was quoting. :) I have her book.

Sarah Liz said...

This is why I avoid independents. I stick with the Big 4, and even some of those are iffy - especially those by young "designers" who have made it in the internet world with very little sewing knowledge, but lots of cuteness and personality.

LinB said...

It's sad how many of us have no idea what good fit means. It's more than just being able to close the front of a blouse, or zip up a pair of jeans. Such a simple thing as moving the point of a dart up or down (even as an alteration on ready-to-wear) can mean the difference between a Dud or a Dream (we used to play Dream Date, the home version, when I was a young girl).


Even if you can't move the dart up or down, you can usually convert it to gathers at the seam, at the fat end of the dart -- that way, it matters not which bra you wear with it, your blouse will adapt to how you are wearing your breasts that day: up, down, off to the side, or front-and-center.

Kristine Abat said...

Yikes, thanks for sharing this photo as a warning. Good thing I love reading other sewing blogs while I read site of my friend. I appreciate learning a lot from fellow bloggers to know what to watch out for.