Saturday, December 31, 2011

Finally some sewing... and why I haven't been sewing lately

It's been a while since I've been able to post some actual garment sewing projects -- mostly because it's been a while since I've actually sewn any garments! The second half of this year was quite busy for me: I decided to take the training to become a Home Inspector, so I can join my husband's company, Inspections by Bob, as a fellow inspector! This meant that I had to devote a lot of time to classwork and studying, so the sewing room was lightly visited. But in early December, I took the National Home Inspector Exam and passed with flying colors! Now I am just waiting for Maryland to shuffle the paperwork from one corner of a desk to another and send me my license. I will then be able to start doing Home Inspections!
First, however, I had to get ready to attend the annual conference of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). The shirts I had made for the Las Vegas conference two years ago really didn't look as nice as I would have liked (plus my measurements aren't quite the same, unfortunately), so I wanted to make some new shirts, along with a pair of pants and a skirt.
Everything was drafted with PatternMaster Boutique, version 5.
Here's one outfit:

I'm really, really happy with how the shirt turned out. I hadn't had much luck with long-sleeve button-down shirts until now. Even the sleeve plackets came out beautifully! I'm also very happy with the buttonholes; my Bernina 930 does beautiful buttonholes.
The pants feel nice, but I'm kind of wishing I had dropped the waist just a little bit. Next time. But the length is good; the pockets are deep enough to hold my cell phone without risk of it falling out (a pet peeve of mine in RTW pants).
Here's the second outfit:

The shirt pattern is the same as the one above, except the fabric is a little lighter and I shortened the sleeves. The skirt is a simple gored design, with inseam pockets (gotta have pockets!!).
What I really love about wearing these shirts is the logo:

I just took the company's logo and modified it a little! After all, lots of the people we work with call me "Mrs. Bob," so why mess with what works? I had digitized Bob's original logo years ago, and just used Embird Studio to add the little caret and new letters!

I'm hoping to get back to the sewing room in 2012; much of my wardrobe needs updating and I really want to whittle down some of my stash. But right now, I need to start packing for my trip to Phoenix on Monday. Have a safe New Year's Eve, and I look forward to sharing more of my creations in the coming months!


  1. Hi Welmoed,
    Congrats on the qualification! What is a home inspector, or what do they do?
    Sandy in the UK

  2. Thanks, Sandy! A home inspector is hired by the buyer of a home, to make sure the systems and structures of the house are in order before the sale is finalized, and to identify what needs to be fixed.

  3. Welmoed, We're proud of you for taking on a new career and certification! And great clothes from my fellow PatternMaster user!


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