Here’s the thing. I didnt even put the buttons on this before I tossed it. Dont get me wrong, I learned a ton (welted pockets, topstitching etc) Never took on something so complicated – with so much construction. Forty pieces in all.
So what’s the problem? The fabric! The demin is way to heavy and stiff. It was free so I used it as a muslin to see if I was a med or lrg.
Next time, if there is one, my fabric will be much lighter and with a bit of stretch. The feeling I have right now is Im tired of this pattern and process involved. It will be a while and I am onto sewing other things.
This is the first time I have abandoned something at the muslin stage? How about you?
At least I know my size now!
I have mixed feelings about the consumerism of Black Friday.
But I had a moment of weakness on Thursday. My seamless pledge was holding strong until I bought two pairs of jeans from Old Navy for $15.
The only places I plan to visit to make a purchase today is the fabricstore, and to buy a bottle of Las Moras shiraz.
I plan on finishing another archer this weekend. (which is so outta character for me – not). This version has a major pattern mis-match of the plaid on the front. Tradgic for my OCD, but Im ok with this mistake.
If you havent gone over to Craftsy – stop reading this post and buy yourself another class. You cant go wrong with everything listed as $19.99 (my consumerism weakness is showing). Yesterday I purchased the Sew Better, Sew Faster by Janet Pray.
This class is chalked full of learning opportunities. (Yes, I watched all 8 lessons at once!) She has a ton of tips which are awesome. And she really explains the ‘why’ behind these tips.
I am waiting for my hard-copy jacket to arrive in the mail. The project is an unlined demin jacket with a large amount of top stitching and welted pockets.
I cant wait to get started on this project!
This is the class that really got me started sewing. Being a quilter, I was afraid of knit material before this class. I also was having fit issues with wovens which can be very discouraging for a newbie.
This class is very worth the $30 dollars. I have made numerous hoodies (3), the slice dress (so comfy), several skirts (3), the pants and the shorts. You get 5 patterns with the class but Meg includes mods for shorts, skorts, and capris – so there are 8 patterns.
They are forgiving patterns, and her videos are very detailed so anyone without sewing experience could have a comfy item in a weekend.
Here is the class and here is a sample of the skirt – so easy!
I used a grey athletic non wrinkle fabric – feels great against the skin and washes awesome. Plus the waist band is double fabric folded and sucks in my gut – love that. The pants have the same waist so thats a bonus. I used a subtle navy chevron, but dont have a pic.
My co worker bought 2 copies of Gertie’s Book of Better sewing and let me buy a copy from her. Not sure if I would have ended up with this book otherwise. I am sure glad I did. It is chalked full of every kind of alteration question a beginner sewist would have. I also like the way she explains the various finishes that one could do to make the garment their own. I made a couple of the easier pattern – the portrait blouse. They sew up super fast, take only a metre of fabric, and forced me to face my zipper phobia. I conquered the invisible zip….just couldn’t do the lapped one she explains in the instructions. I am a visual learner and that is one downfall of the book…..I need more images! But that is just me. The first pic is a sateen and the second a sale cotton.
I thought I would give the Honeycomb precuts a try. Having never worked with hexagons, I found the moda bake shop YouTube video and 1 PDF instructions very helpful. It’s coming along nicely and I am very greatful for my sewing machines…tie offMon feature which helps secure all these hex points. The finished product will be wall hanging size. I thought I would use over size running stitches in contrasting DMC floss and vintage buttons in each hex for the quilting size of it.
I found this pattern online and needed a small project for tonight. I had some really great material with scanned barcode images that lends itself to shopping and money. The holder was meant for a small pad of paper but who writes stuff down anymore! I have been using ‘notes’ in the cloud.
Here are pics of the inside and out. I travel lite with very few cards – can’t be bothered with locality programs.
My daughter wanted to buy a Totoro stuffy. She likes watching Japanese animie. The one she picked out was $40 from some unknown website…so we decided to make one. It has earned a favourable spot in her bedroom. And I have enough fleece for about 5 more! In found the pattern & tutorial here: http://cheekandstitch.com/diy-totoro-plush-tutorial/