3/8/08

Blocking Boards & Easing

I can't recall where the discussion about Blocking Boards took place, but I do remember Niksknits & Crimsonpurl discussing using other items to make blocking boards. Jumping on their creative ideas, I remembered that I had extra exercise mats and created a blocking board using them. I only had 4 left over and will stroll over to Modell's and pick up a pack of the Interlocking Exercise Mats, which cost only $10.99.

But looka here....haha!
I placed my EE Kcal project on it and pinned it down and Presto..... A La Blocking Board....lol. The good thing about it - you can take the mats apart and store them under your bed/closet, etc. when not in use... Thanks Ladies!

On the sewing front, I've managed to set-in the sleeves to my jacket. I watched Jackets for Real People DvD and Marta discussed using bias interfacing to help ease the sleeve cap into the armcyse, but I didn't have any around and while watching Project Runaway (Oh! btw the finale was off the hook...) I brain stormed on another way to easily ease the sleeve. I experienced an epiphany!!! needle & thread.... I ran a row of long stitches along the top of the sleeve cap, slightly pulled on the thread gathering the sleeve cap. I then placed the armhole over my sleeve board and pinned the sleeves in place. Once the sleeves were completed with bated breath I tried on the jacket and started doing the happy dance... it was perfect. After straining my brain on how to make it work I came across a tutorial by Threads, which discusses easing sleeves using the same method... lol. Now, if I could just get over the next hurdle... bagging a lining.



I will be using this fabric for the lining, which is cotton & lycra. Its been shuffled around over the last couple of days and has barely wrinkled... so that's a good sign.

Sheesh, I was long winded on this post...lol. Oh! Don't'forget to set your clocks an hour ahead.

15 comments:

Adrienne said...

YAY YOU GIRL!!!

toy said...

gosh don't remind me,, cutting into my precious weekend time, lol
the jacket is going along great, and thanks for the reminder on that book, I want to get it but I always but it off

Liana said...

Your jacket looks so good! And thank you, thank you for the blocking board idea. Brilliant!

gold said...

Thats a good idea on the blocking mats!!You jacket looks awesome!!:)That fabric is nice!

Lashell said...

I need to use that technique for easing. My sleeve seems to always have a slight puff. lol The jacket is coming out great. I can't wait to see the completed garment.

Lesalicious said...

Oh wow you always amaze me you did great witht he jacket the sleeve looks wonderful great job. The blocking board is a great idea I have to start blocking more.:)

Mary Sarah said...

I love that idea for a blocking board! Thanks! Your jacket looks fantastic!

Tany said...

Yay, well done with the sleeves! Your jacket looks awesome!

Virtuous said...

Gurl luv it!

I was just eyeing some exercise mats and planned to post about them 2mrrow! Haha! :o)

You are making great progress on your projects!!

Judy said...

Thanks, Sheila. Wow, look at that jacket! You have quite a talent, girl. That's beautiful.

rubysnpurls said...

I cruised on over from Stacey's blog to check out your blocking boards. I have been looking for some cheap foam mats forever, but it looks like you've found the best deal!! Thank you so much for the link!!

And Wow, on the jacket!! I hate setting in sleeves, but you did a fabulous job!

del said...

Crafty people are so creative--love the blocking board, especially the easy storage!

The jacket looks great so far...very nice choice for the lining.

Nik said...

aren't those boards great? I have a set of them, but mine have a hardwood floor pattern on them.

And you're making me jealous of that jacket.

Make me one.

Sheila said...

Thank You. The jacket is just hanging on my mannequin until I can get up the nerve to bag a lining...lol

Faye Lewis said...

Love, love, love this jacket!