Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Man, have I been lay-zee lately!! No post last week? Shame on me. I've been so good at keeping to my blogging and sewing goals this year, but I just wasn't feeling the sew-jo last week, you know? But, I dragged myself away from my Gilmore Girls 7 season marathon, and I whipped up an easy tote yesterday.
The t-shirt that I used for this project was bought off the clearance rack some time last year. It was one of those "fits like a second skin" type garments, and it is made of such a lightweight jersey that it highlighted everything short of my spleen when I wore it. No thank you. So, I tossed it in the "upcycle" pile and there it has sat for many a moon.
I finally rescued this shirt because I desperately, desperately need some produce totes now that farmer's market season is peeking around the corner. (All of the "reusables" that I have been using for the past few years were pretty well destroyed by a mini-flood in the cabinet under my kitchen sink. *sigh*)
I played kind of "fast and loose" with this whole thing. I just chopped off the top of the tee, left the side seams, used the cut tee as the template for the lining, boxed the hem, and threw some straps on. 20 minutes, tops.
Instant gratification is the way to go when I'm not feeling inspired. This project provided a necessary jolt to my mojo, and I am excited about getting back in to my sewing room. Well, between episodes of Gilmore Girls.....I only have 2 seasons to go!! ;)
Thursday, March 27, 2014
While sorting through my patterns for this month's stashbusting theme, I came across Simplicity's 5914 circa 1973.
|Roods Creek Diner © Leland Bobbé|
I wouldn't recommend this pattern for beginners since the instructions are definitely put together for someone that has experience with sewing garments. I struggled a little with finishing the seams because there are no instructions for that, and the construction can be somewhat confusing. Also, I'm not sure why they didn't include a pocket option on this dress. It would have been pretty easy to add to the existing design. I may make that adjustment in the future.
This is mostly finished, but I'm still in the process of tacking down the collar and facings, and I am working up the energy to make a decision on the hem. Any suggestions?
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
zig-zag embellishment tutorial on Make It Do that I pinned a while back, and I went to town.
Upcycling and re-fashioning clothes is one of my favorite applications for my sewing skills, and while I was sorting through my clothes, I came across another pair of jeans (am I the only one that owns 500 jeans, but only wears 2 or 3 pair regularly??) that screamed "PANEL SKIRT!!" I obliged:
Seriously, though, I am not a fabric-purchasing addict. The majority of my raw fabric stash has been given to me. I prefer to spend $2 on a good quality pair of jeans at the thrift store rather than $15/yard for denim at a fabric store. Plus, it's really gratifying to see a boring old pair of jeans transformed in to something quirky and me.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
During Sew Grateful week, I came across a giveaway that included a pattern that spoke to me the minute I laid eyes on it. It said, "Go to EBay immediately and purchase me in your size. You would look fabulous in this design." So, I did.
Well, it was really hard finding enough of one kind of fabric to complete this dress. The pattern calls for about 5 yards, and I don't keep that kind of yardage around. I have lots and lots of fabric under 2 yards, but that was not helpful considering the size of the skirt that needed to be cut out here.
Also, I thought I had LOADS of black bias tape, but apparently I don't. So, I had to tweak the design a little to accommodate 2 coordinating fabrics, AND 2 colors of double-fold bias tape. I'll tell you what, this became a project of "just enoughs." As in, I literally had JUST ENOUGH fabric and bias tape to finish this dress.
This bodice is darted up, my friends. 6 darts in front, and 2 darts in back. Being of the "big boobs, small waist" tribe, I love me some darts. Next time, I will take in the back darts a little more since I seem to have an uncommonly narrow back.
I am disappointed that the underskirt isn't more visible. The picture on the pattern envelope was misleading there. Either that, or these 50's chicks had some goofy posture. Altering the skirt pattern should fix that for the next go, and I promise to use a more contemporary print. Hello 80's!
Although this turned out okay, I have had enough of fighting with adult apparel patterns. Next week I will have a fun refashion to share that is more within my comfort zone.
Thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
This month's stashbusting theme - "Seasonal Change and Wardrobe Building" - is going to be a rough one for me. I am TERRIBLE at making clothes for myself. I just don't have the patience for all of the measuring, fitting, re-measuring, re-fitting, etc... I'm not ashamed to admit that I am an instant gratification kind of gal, and making my own clothes is time consuming.
But, I am never going to get better at sewing my own garments if I keep avoiding them. So, I thought I would ease in to the wardrobe building theme with a quick knit top from a pattern that I picked up at the thrift store a few months ago. I never would have had the courage to put this together for myself if it weren't for Jagoda over at Fitnottofit inspiring me with a recent wrap-style top she made.
I tried out a belt under the bust to see if it helped the shape, but it just created bulges under the arms.
Fit issues that I will have to correct the next time around.
- Shoulders are too wide
- Neckline is too big
- Hem is too short
- Sleeves are too loose
I think I should have kept the original size that the pieces were cut to, but I went by the measurements on the envelope. Plus, the pattern is printed on heavy paper, so it wasn't easy to fit to myself before I cut. Oh, well. It's still wearable, I just don't know if I will make it again. I definitely don't plan to buy more jersey specifically for this project. Maybe a candidate for upcycling some t-shirts later?
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Did you know that it is Sew Grateful Week? This link party event is hosted by My Happy Sewing Place, and it involves crafters from all over the world. There are dozens of generous giveaways, and it's a great way to connect with some fantastic bloggers in the online sewing community. Today is the projects link party, and I would like to show my gratitude by creating and sharing another craft blogger's tutorial.
I have been
The reason that this project jumped to the top of the list is because:
A - It is quick.
B - I need it.
I am VERY familiar with being everyone's camel during the hiking/biking/festival months, and when I saw this simple solution I was like, "Hell, yes! So smart!"
Unfortunately, I don't stock any insulated batting and I would have to travel a few hours to get some. So, I started hunting around my house for an alternative. My husband actually came up with the idea of using one of his neoprene-like Under Armour shirts. I was like, "Cut up clothes? Totally!" I know that the shirt isn't the same when it comes to retaining the cold temperature of the water bottle, but I don't care about that. Water is hydrating whether it is cold or warm. I just needed something that would keep the condensation from making the carrier a soggy mess, and this should work fine for that.
I am "sew grateful" to all of the creative, brilliant, inspiring, dedicated bloggers out there that post free tutorials. I know how much work can go in to drafting patterns or instructions, and I love the feeling of community I get when people share their efforts with the rest of the world. It makes the internet seem a little cozier. ;)