Little Black Scarf

I put this scarf together last night. I started with a light see thru black material with 22 inches wide by the width of the fabric. I serged the edges and ran 3 baste stitches down the centre of the scarf and 2 inches from each side. I was lazy when I gathered and went with a single baste row & thought I would take my chances against the thread breaking. After it was gathered, I ran a 3 step zigzag to hold the gathers in place.

It has been a cool summer here and my office is as cold as a fridge with the air conditioning.

The next time, I would make it slightly more narrow and longer. I am thinking 16 inches by 60 inches. But it will do the trick as is!

I also got my swap package mailed this morning. It should arrive in 6-12 days!

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Notions on my mind…

I was quite excited to receive an email from Kat http://macskakat.wordpress.com/ | Modern Vintage Cupcakes this morning. She is collecting measurements for a pattern & notion swap which is part of the sew weekly 2013 reunion – http://thesewweeklyreunion.wordpress.com/ My recipient is overseas so I want to get my package mailed tomorrow to account for travel time. I spent quite a bit of time trying to find the perfect pattern. Clothing is such a personal thing so I hope she likes it. I think we are both new sewists, so I want a feminine dress, without a lot of complex construction and the correct size. I ended up purchasing a printable pattern from Butterick.

I buy a lot of PDF patterns but this is the first time I was not given a PDF but instead I had to download software and print off without saving. The whole experience was enough for me not to purchase like that in the future. I was under a time crunch this time!

Now I have notion ideas floating in my head. I think I have come up with the perfect plan…a needle book. I hope to get some sewing time in tomorrow to finish my package up before the post closes. Crossing my fingers or it will be plan B. Either one will be fine!

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Five Dollar Finds – Hem Marker & Sewing Box

A great find was had on the street I grew up on! I was helping my mom and when I drove away, spotted a yard sale. I always ask the same thing on arrival ‘Any sewing items or guitars?’ The guitar question I ask on behalf of my son.

Here is what I found. A sewing box in great condition. Wood, large, made in Poland. I have a smaller version of this box from university days, taking art class. I love this new box on legs and it was $3. I spend a Friday night, with a glass of wine organizing my notions – yes my life is the life of envy 🙂

The other contraption I first read about in Gerties Book of Better Sewing. Love the book and it is chalked full of information. It’s a vintage hem marker which can be set to a length of 7 – 24 inches from the ground. A partner clamps and pins around the skirt hem for more precise hemming. There is a small place within the clamp to place the pins. This handy device was $2.

The yard sale owner said she sold her dress form last year – arghhh. One day….I will find one.

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Pattern Wants!

I keep a running list of pattern pins on my ‘Sewing Clothes’ pinterest board. Often when there is a $1.88 sale and I will go thru and see if there is anything pinned on my wishlist. I do have a long wishlist, and plenty patterns waiting in the wings to keep me busy. Here is the current $100 list which doesn’t fall into the McCalls 2 dollar sale.

  1. Cake patterns – Tiramisu
  2. http://boutique.deer-and-doe.fr/2-dresses-belladone-dress.html
  3. Sewaholic – Tofino Pants, Cordova Jacket, Renfrew Top, Cambie Dress, Alma Blouse
  4. http://www.tessuti-shop.com/products/tokyo-jacket-pattern-print-at-home-or-copy-shop-version
  5. Victory Patterns – May have to have a couple of these too!
  6. My list keeps getting longer. Easy, knit – Lady Skater Dress

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Ruffled Foot

I have several ruffler feet which I seem to be collecting with each sewing machine I acquire. A few weeks ago I spent the evening with a glass of wine and the idea to master the use of this funny looking foot. I found out the foot has three settings. It will gather at every 3rd, 6th, or 12th stitch. Now the geek in me thinks this is really cool so I made samples of all three setting.

The mechanics of this foot is basically to attach it to the sewing machine by hooking onto the needle holder. That’s it. I created an a-line skirt which I used this foot to create THE most uniform pleated gathers to add to the bottom of the skirt hem.

I was very excited about what I learned and passed along an extra foot to another sewist friend. Not many people share the same enthusiasm for these vintage gadgets. I just can’t believe what kind of person invented this foot? Truly a time saver for anything needing gathers. Too bad it is still not 1980! I will have to be discrete in which projects I will use this attachment for. 🙂

Although some say ruffles are back! http://www.sewmamasew.com/2011/03/sewing-trends-whats-new/

Here are a few samples.

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Another Bag!

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I have finally ran out of silk ties to sew with. All I have left are 2 inch squares. After making a large bag from my favorites, I also made a small bag for my mom’s birthday – Forgot to snap a photo. This is the final bag which is a combination of up cycled navy trousers and the last of the ties. I like the colors. The pattern is super easy and not sure how many more bags will be a result. I seem to have brain lock on making these bags. And other ideas of how I can re use ties to add accents garments or other projects are swimming in my head. Taking suggestions on something else to create?

I used the retired pattern by Michelle’s patterns – the cross over bag.

Where I Sew 2013

I am in between projects, so now is the perfect time to post photos of Where I Sew – http://www.pinkchalkstudio.com/blog/2013/06/30/where-i-sew-month-2013/ Just looking at the 2013 Where I Sew photos by pink chalk, gave me a lot of inspiration. Each space is differentand that is what is so neat about it. I would love to move my sewing space upstairs to a spare room with a larger window but will have to wait about 10 years!

Until then, I have created my space in the family room downstairs. Therea many positives to this despite the lack of natural light. It is the place my husband spends his extra time and my kids too. We have an open concept large room each divided for our own purposes. Media, exercise, computer, and sewing of course. My space is the second largest which affords room for my supplies and my SMAD – sewing machine acquisition disorder! I like to collect vintage machines, fix them, and use them.

I also have a few machine cabinets playing double duty as side tables upstairs in case there is a teen sleepover that takes over the basement. I hope you enjoy the pictures of Where I Sew.

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