Saturday, August 31, 2013
Obviously, I had to pick up a pattern since I don't measure. Ever. And, luckily, the fabric shop that I went to had this on one of their racks:
Your pocket instructions suck.
5 hours later, I was at my wits end trying to figure these pockets out. So, I did what I always do - I ignored the instructions and did my own thing. Unfortunately, that means that I paid $12 for pattern pieces. Oh well. The shorts came out pretty great, and my kid is happy.
"Whatever, mom. Are we done now??"
Friday, August 2, 2013
After that project, I started on a dress inspired by this DIY Crop Top tutorial that I found. Now, I don't DO crop tops. Quite frankly, I am perplexed by the concept behind a crop top. As far as I am concerned, my stomach is MY business. Not yours, or anyone else's. So, although I love the idea of using denim scrap for the top, I decided to add a skirt on it and make it a dress.
Everything started off beautifully. I measured my little heart out, added straps that match the lining (denim seams rubbing against my torso skin?? I don't think so.), and started sewing the skirt strips together.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
First of all, I was BLOWN AWAY by the fact that this pattern had never been used. The package dates to 1974, and the paper was as crisp as when it was new! Unheard of for me. So, I decided to preserve the original pattern and use some special pattern transfer fabric stuff that I've had lying around for a while. The nice thing about these older patterns is that the ink is really dark, and it is super easy to trace:
The final piece came out really well, and I know what to tweak for my future visors. I love that this is a "one size fits all" hat, and it actually looks pretty good on me! Not that you'll ever know, of course. I used my good friend Simon (a.k.a "simone" - when modeling female head apparel):
I had to use a double layer of interfacing for the brim since all I have is "lightweight" fusible, but I like that it isn't too stiff.
I think that it will be loads of fun playing around with different fabric combinations on this pattern. Also, I plan to make the cap from this package as well. This was a fantastic find for me!
Friday, May 10, 2013
So, I was at the store the other day and I saw a cute Nike or Adidas or some-sports-related-brand drawstring backpack on sale. Considering that I was juggling an armful of household necessities, trying to figure out how I would fit my purchases AND my purse in my bike basket for the ride home, this backpack looked like heaven to me. But, as I calculated the discount percentage off of the retail price (I rely pretty heavily on those little signs that list the "before and after" pricing), I realized that this bag would be easy to make on my own. Of course, that didn't help me while I was precariously balancing a small mountain of items on the bike ride home, but I felt good that I didn't waste the 40% off of $14.99 (Yeah. YOU figure that out on your own).
I got down to it almost right away. I have had this jersey tank sitting around, waiting for a re-fashion for a long time now, and I thought it would be awesome for a drawstring back pack.
-The graphic on this tank was so close to the neckline that I had to put a strip of fabric at the top in order to keep the image from being distorted by the casing for the straps.
- I do not own cording of any kind, and the selection in my little town is super-limited, so I had to buy this thick shoe-lace type nylon weave stuff for the straps. Not my first choice.
- I really liked the grommet idea that I had seen on another blog, but I only have teeny ones for apparel uses (which I have never used), so I found those weird "D" loops that I re-purposed from another bag.
- The question of whether or not to add a pocket kept me up at night. In the end, I decided against it because this is more of a bike-riding knapsack rather than a daily purse.
Ultimately, this project took longer than it should have because I was being really picky about its construction. I know myself pretty well, and I tend to put a lot of heavy stuff in my bags. This pack needs to hold up to water bottles, sunscreen, bug spray, and whatever else I can cram in there, and I wasn't going to cut corners just to get it done quickly. I am really proud of how it turned out (having not used any instructions), and I know that it will last me a long time. Plus, there are so many ways to add to this design that I could make a hundred of these and never have two of them be the same. I can't wait to make a child-sized one for The Bear now that I ordered grommets and cording from an online sewing supplier. Let the obsession begin!
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
So, here I am. New year, new state, new sewing room, and new projects. I have actually been doing stuff since my last post (a million years ago), I just haven't been posting it. Now that I have a nice, bright, non-creepy-spidery-basement area to work in, I have been spending a little more time sewing. Of course, I still do the requisite hemming and patch work that seems to stick to you like stink when you own a sewing machine, but I have made a promise to myself to actually make some stuff for ME this year. For example,
After the tunic disappointment, I consoled myself by taking a trip to one of the 2 local thrift shops and found this truly heinous men's shirt:
And, there you have it, proof that I have not been a total sewing slacker. I have some shorts that I will attempt in the next few days, and I might, possibly start a quilt. Maybe.
I promise not to wait another century before my next post.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I bought a huge bag of sewing/crochet/macrame/cross-stitch books at a local book fair a few weeks ago, and, since most of the books were published in the 70's, I came across a bunch of patterns utilizing a "Broomstick Lace" crochet technique. The skill is also called Jiffy Lace, and it requires a monster knitting needle ( I used size 50) and a crochet hook. After watching some video tutorials (the picture instructions that I have are AWFUL), I gave it a go:
Pretty cool, but an awful lot of work for something that looks the same as a standard shell crochet pattern. Plus, apparently people in the 70's had ENORMOUS heads. I had to add some ties so that it wouldn't fall off. Of course, I could have measured using a gauge pattern, but then I would be one of those weird crochet automatons.
Ooh, I also crocheted some socks last week, but I haven't taken any pics yet. They were super fast, but it seems that those poor 70's people suffered with tiny feet that couldn't possibly have supported their gigantic heads. Had to personalize the pattern, as usual. :)
Monday, June 14, 2010
This weekend has been super-productive for me! In addition to a quickie up-cycled jersey skirt (that I didn't take a photo of), I sewed up a new sun hat for The Bear:
And a Bum Bag for myself:
This bag has a split zippered pocket on the outside and a small open pocket within. I tested out a new stabilizer on the straps, and squared off the bottom. I stuffed it chock-full-o stuff for a boat trip yesterday, and it held up like a champ!
Now that I got some personal sewing projects out of my system, I can go back to making stuff for other people! I bought a sweet t-shirt at the thrift store the other day that I am DYING to make into a bag, and I still have another dress I want to put together for Princess Peanut. Plus, I really need to restock my Artfire shop and get some things together for potential craft fairs this fall. Busy busy!