Wednesday, December 1, 2010

What should come first the sewing or the blogging?

It's not that I don't have spare time. I do. It's just when I get it I want to get far away from the computer.  For those of you that sit at one all day like me, you know where I'm coming from. But I promise, even though the blogging has been suffering the sewing hasn't.

Before it gets too far from Halloween, I wanted to post the princess dress I made for my best girlfriend's daughter, her name is Lucy. We were doing a little shopping at a party store a few weeks before Halloween  and she mentioned how she would like to buy Lucy a princess dress to have for playing dress-up but they were all too scratchy.  Before I could think about it, my mouth blurted out "I can make one". So, we headed right to the fabric store to get the supplies.  This was the pattern Jen, her Mom, felt was most "princessy"!
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed making this dress...especially the sparkly lavender ruffles. This gave me a chance to break out my rolled hem foot. I curled the ruffle edges perfectly.  The only real issue I had with this little dress was cleanly attaching the puffy sleeves to the bodice.  I had to do quite a bit of hand sewing to get the sleeve to meet the bodice in a way that it would stand up.  I did add a few decorative details like a little ruffle in the seam of the neckline, overskirt trim and a small rosette where the overskirt overlapped. 

As you can see from the look on her face she's pretty happy about the outcome.  It's probably the most rewarding project I've ever worked on but it usually is when you are making something for someone else.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Crazy Summer Madness

I feel terrible that I haven't been keeping up with my blog. We've been down a man at work, we are putting our house on the market, and trying to prepare for a vacation among other things so I've been a little frazzled.   I have a few pieces to post but just haven't gotten around to taking photos.  I did take several pics of the jumpsuit and that's when I realized that my husband was's not very flattering...on me, at least.  So I think I'm going to put it on Ebay.  But all of that will have to wait till I get back from vacation!

We are taking two weeks to travel around western Europe and the UK. I'm so excited! If anyone has any fabric store recommendations for Barcelona, Milan, Geneva, London or Paris, please let me know. Or just general recommendations would be great too! When I return I'm going to start working on some fall wardrobe pieces so hopefully I find some goodies on my trip :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Jumpsuit

I'm seeing them all over the place these days. Some of them are really cute...some not so much! So, I thought I would give one a try.  Due to some recent changes at work I haven't had much time for sewing so its taken me over a month to get this pattern complete. I chose the pink view on the McCall's 6083 pattern envelope. I had some gray knit in my stash to work with which sounds pretty neutral but covering your whole body in it is not that flattering as I found out the other night when walked out to the living room in it, my husband just said "No, I don't like that" before he even got a good look at it. When I told him I made it, I could he see he was trying to think of something polite to say. I still have the belt to finish before I post a picture but I'm kind of in agreement with him.  Maybe gray wasn't the best choice! Perhaps black ponteroma might be a better choice.  Anyway,  this is the fourth thing I've made that I don't think I will ever wear.  Does that happen to any of you?  I get so excited about my project but when its complete it is nothing like I envisioned.

Monday, May 17, 2010


The great thing about returning to sewing is that it seems like someone is always trying to give me awesome stuff to feed my new habit.  And getting something new is always more fun when its FREE!

First, my best friend's Mom who has given up sewing for painting gave my so many wonderful fabrics from her stash that she's been carrying around for years.  There are lots of wools and silks and best of all she purchased most of them from a wonderful department store we used to have in New Orleans by the name of Krauss that is  long gone. Even though Krauss closed in the 80s, I have wonderful memories of shopping for school supplies there as a kid.  But what I most remember it for was its insane fabric department...the escalator would bring you up to the second floor and dump you right in the middle of it and it was could hear the angels singing on the way up.  Historical's location was at the corner of Canal and Rampart, at the edge of Storyville District...a neighborhood known for its ladies of the night and they came to purchase satin and lace at Krauss so you know they had to have some snazzy stuff.  Krauss was closed for almost 20 years and recently reopened in the rebuilding effort as condos. 

My best friend's mom used to go to Krauss on her lunch break when she worked in downtown New Orleans.  Knowing where they were purchased makes me want to find the perfect pattern for each one so I can do those memories justice. 

Next, my Mom acquired these two Magic Fit Patterns by Dusan. Although, they look a little dated these boxes are so nice and I suspect I can learn a lot about fitting.  Who ever previously owned them left a library pamphlet inside with the patterns, called Short Cuts to Fitting by Alfred Bach  .I'm interested in reading about what The Pied Piper of Sewing can teach me about fitting. 

If anyone has used one of the AFI Magic Fit patterns that can offer some insight into using them, I'd love to hear about it. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

No more frays!

This post is for Cybergirly...who is also the proud new owner of a Janome 6600...guess that makes us 6600 Sisters!  We were discussing that serger stitch to finish off seams.  This fabric frayed like fact, the carpet under my sewing table looked like I murdered Raggedy Ann so I was keen to finish off the seams on this dress as to not leave a lint trail behind me when I wear it.

Monday, April 26, 2010

I'm plaid this is over...I mean glad

Two weeks in the making and I don't know how I feel about this dress.  I learned so much in the making of it...starting with you can't always trust a pattern.  I think this dress would have been better off as one piece or maybe I just need to work harder at matching one size bodice to a different size skirt.  This pattern called for a lined bodice and seam bound armholes. Why not line the entire thing? Or just attach the fabric to the lining to create an armhole??? I don't have the confidence yet to get too far of the beaten path yet as it pertains to pattern liberties but I guess that will come with time.

I haven't decided if I can wear it in public as the back of the bodice is a little slack on the back right side. Very similar to the problem A Sewn Wardrobe  recently had. I couldn't spend anymore time on it though so this is what I ended up with...a little busy, isn't it?

This week I'm moving on to separates...I think!  Going in the stash tonight to see if I have anything I can get through before the weekend arrives. :)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Plaid is NOT for Sissies!

For any beginner sewers out there, plaid can be your worst nightmare!  Oh Lord, I have been working on this McCall's pattern for almost two weeks now!!! The fabric I'm using is a very cute ivory and chocolate plaid that I mentioned in an earlier post and despite its defiance I still like it a lot but its really getting me down. I figured since the little sketch on the pattern envelope had a hounds tooth version and plaid is somewhat similar to that,  I could handle it.   Wrong, wrong, wrong was I!  I have sewed every dart no less than 7 times, I have sewed the skirt seams 4 times on one side and two on the other.  I've ripped enough thread to weave a separate dress.  And I haven't even attached the bodice to the skirt that should be fun!  I will not let it beat me though! Hopefully by this weekend I will have conquered matching patterns at the seams. 

On the bright side, I love my new Janome 6600 which I ended up having to wait two weeks for but it is brilliant and was worth it and has made this plaid endeavor a little more pleasurable than it would have been on the old Babylock.  I love the thread cutter and being able to serge the seams the most.  I do have a problem winding the bobbin though per the instruction manual....the thread seems to miss the bobbin entirely and wind around the bobbin post.  So I've resorted to wrapping it several times around the bobbin before hitting the winding button.  I have so much more to explore.

During my patient waiting for my new machine I pumped out a batch of fabric flowers, only one is for my dress belt...I'm not sure what to do with the rest.  I know fabric flowers a little Carrie Bradshaw and I'm not sure if they are still in fashion but I think they are really feminine and a great way to use up old fabric. I really like this separates number from Newport News. So perhaps I'll put a grey skirt on the list of to-dos so I can find a home for another flower :)