Purfylle: 50 Litres Of Sewing Clutter Part 2 - Calico

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Friday, 9 January 2015

50 Litres Of Sewing Clutter Part 2 - Calico

A bit over a decade ago I studied Clothing Production Certificate III, because I wanted to know more about the standards and methods used for modern clothing as almost all of my sewing up until then had been for historical costumes.

It seems I kept everything from that course. *rolls eyes*

All the calico stuff in that 50 litre container I made as part of that course. (you might call calico muslin or unbleached cotton)

sewing clutter


I know there's more in other boxes and some in folders and some that I've already decluttered but this is what was in that box. (sorry about the poor white balance in the photos and the unironed fabric, but I'm not ironing just for photos. )

calico with lots of thread monsters

After I washed everything the first thing I had to do was cut off all the thread monster knots.

mysterious calico pieces stitched together

There were a few unidentifiable things. I don't know what that thing above was supposed to be, but I think the one below might have been a sleeve cap or a pocket.

sleeve cap

stitching samples

We did a lot of stitching samples and techniques: left - gathering; middle - straight stitch at various widths; right - top stitching.

waist darts

When we covered skirts, we started with darts... 

poorly stitched zip

...and zippers...

faced skirt waist

...openings and waistband facings. 

skirt toile back

I'm not sure if you can see, but the picture above is of the back of a skirt with a denim style double top stitching, pockets and yoke.

skirt toile front

The front has pockets, a zipper opening, and vent/slit that is far too high if you ask me.

calico shorts inside out

We made shorts which covered how to sew elastic waist bands, body rise, top stitched hems and in seam pockets. 

right side out shorts

For bodices there was a lot of dart styles to cover. 

whats left of a bodice toile

 Collar bone to bust point.

bodice toile with princess seams

 Princess seams.

double fancy darts

Decorative darts from shoulder curving in toward the neck and out to the bust point.

strange bodice darts

And strange vented darts I doubt I will ever use.

high waisted bodice toile

This is right side (back and front) of a high waisted dress bodice toile with a V insertion.

high waisted bodice toile

This is actually a usable piece of fabric. It had a pattern for some 'Marquise' inspired pantaloons drawn on it and the outline is just visible after washing. 

What am I going to do with all of this? It's officially clean calico scrap now and is just too useful to be thrown out. It's very likely a lot of it will get used as stuffing or interlining or for testing stitch tension or catching excess machine oil after cleaning the sewing machine.


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2 comments:

  1. Really interesting that you learning all of those techniques from a class. I may be crafty but my mom is the talented seamstress. When I see projects like yours, it always bring back fond memories of her doing fittings and such with me.

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    1. The lessons I enjoyed the most and learnt the most from were on pattern drafting - I would have liked to continue with the class the second and third years, I'm so grateful the internet provides. How lovely you have those memories with your mum :o)

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