This McCall's pattern was just as easy as the claim on the envelope. I made view "F" which has these beautiful drapey folds that cascade down from a low neck.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016
A couple of weeks ago, I was introduced to the free PDF patterns on the Lekala Sewing Patterns website. Upon perusal, I came across this gem of a skirt:
The final product, on the other hand, came together like a dream. Well, a weird, crazy dream where you are on a train that follows tracks through space, or something...
Monday, January 18, 2016
many, many, many times because it is easy to customize and quick to sew. I actually whipped one up for myself over the holiday since it is a convenient bag to sling over a mountain of winter wear.
I really hope that my friend likes the gift. I always get really insecure about gifting things that I have made to people that don't understand the care and effort that goes into it. But, if nothing else, at least it is thoughtful - right?
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Holiday gift crafting is in full swing over here, and I can never seem to just stick to my list and save myself some stress.
For example, I made a planned project for my mom last week (which I can't talk about because she may read this), which led to an unplanned project for my sister (who doesn't read this blog, so we're good).
|The most time consuming part of this project was figuring out how to divide a circle in to 10 equal parts.|
It all started with an order of color changing nail polish that was delivered in ugly, cheap brown boxes. I couldn't fathom wrapping them up and presenting them to my sister, so I thought I would make my own gift box for her.
|Adding binding to vinyl makes it a heck of a lot easier to sew.|
A nail polish caddy! Of course! Much math ensued... :( But, once I finally figured it all out, I was pretty proud of myself for creating something fun and functional. It holds all 10 bottles of polish, plus a center cavity for nail accessories, and it has a drawstring to close it all up!
|Those are cotton balls in the middle, which I swapped out for a jar of remover w/ a sponge.|
Thursday, August 13, 2015
If I had known about the horrors to come, I probably wouldn't have opened this package.
First up, pieces upon pieces upon pieces of fabric to cut. SO MANY PIECES!! And then, after all of the cutting, I got to spend 30 minutes yelling at my machine because it wouldn't pick up the bobbin thread. Eventually, I figured out that I had the needle in backwards, which is why I never change the needle. Nothing good ever comes from it!
|That seam matching is the stuff of dreams.|
Finally, my finger healed a little, my headache was gone, and I got down to business - zippers were expertly installed, linings were hand-sewn, and ruffles were stitched to hems. Everything came together beautifully. The only thing that bugs me a little is some gaping at the neckline in back. It's not very noticeable, and it corrects itself when I'm sitting, but you can see it in this picture:
A little bothersome, but not enough to make me love this dress any less.
It turns out that New Look patterns are a great fit for me. I have yet to try a New Look that needed a lot of adjustment. The secret may be in all of the extra work that goes in to the construction of these patterns, but apparently my body requires multiple pieces and lots of darts for a proper fit. I sincerely feel like the end result here was worth all of the pain and torment.
Oh, and did I mention that it is a thousand degrees and excruciatingly sunny here? Because it is. Pictures were a sweaty, squinty mess.