July 29, 2011

Possible First Projects

Work on getting my sewing nook all set up is continuing. There is now a table in the space and everything is more or less packed how I'd like it.  Then of course the BF does laundry and dumps all the clean laundry on my table.  Grrr...

However, this means the time has almost come for me to actually put some sewing on the sewing blog (go figure).  I will be the first to admit that I have sewing ADD; I almost never have just one project on the table at a time.  This is something I hope blogging will help with, but I accept that I will never be the type of person who always just picks one project and follows it through from start to finish before starting the next one.  Keeping that in mind, here are the possible candidates for my first blogged project:

           Simplicity 2181, View C in this knit from JoAnn's (the green is darker than it looks in the picture)

2.       Built By Wendy basic fitted shirt (from the first book) from lovely teal striped fabric I’m pretty sure I got for free off Craigslist

 Simplicity 3956, View C, in brown poly shantung with coral patterned overlay (also from JoAnn's)


   Plus, I already have all the pieces of McCall's Costume 3789 cut out to make the tunic part of a costume for the BF (Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon, if you were curious.)

     Each of these has their merits. I really want to do the sleeveless top before sleeveless weather is completely gone here in WI.  I’ve not yet done a nice fitted shirt, and the Built By Wendy pattern looks nice; I’m just afraid of the stripes, even though I adore the fabric.  The long sleeved pattern I think will look really flattering and I’ve been trying to get more brown into my wardrobe.  None of the sewing will happen this weekend, unfortunately, as I will be on a trip with my research group to Milwaukee.  Any thoughts on what I should start with when I get back?

July 26, 2011

Newly Moved

So, one of the reasons I chose to start this blog right now is because as of yesterday my boyfriend and I moved out of a less-than-ideal neighborhood and into a happy clean new apartment.  One of the feature of the new place is a cutout in the hallway that I have claimed as my "sewing nook".  However, the current state of the nook is this:

Obviously, first order of business is to clean out the nook and put in a table and chair so the machines can get set up.  I've already got my first two projects picked out, and the fabric set out.  Off to organize!

Start at the very beginning....a very good place to start...

First post! Woohoo!  Being new to this whole blogging thing, I decided the first post should be to explain what I want this blog to be about.  Also, I like lists.

Things This Blog Is About
  1.  Sewing.  Obviously. But specifically sewing with no illusions.  Sewing for my real size, clothes I will actually have places to wear, in fabrics I can afford, in the limited free time I have.  I see lovely dresses, in expensive fabrics, and then I remember that I work in a chemistry lab and have a grad student budget.  Hence, the name of the blog. 
  2. Sharing said sewing with people of all skill levels.  If nothing else, I hope to be just one more blog to push someone thinking about sewing to try it and find the love for it that I have.  On the other end of the spectrum, if the experts I see on other sewing blogs even look at this here humble blog, I’m doin’ alright.
  3. Learning through explaining. I can sew a straight line and know the basics, but by no means am anything other than a novice.  But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from trying to teach organic chemistry, it is that there is no better way to learn (and often see things in a completely different way!) than to try to explain a concept to someone else.
  4. Kicking my own butt into gear. Hopefully by plotting things out for the blog, I will do better at planning and following through, as well as just plain sewing MORE.  In addition, I’ve already learned so much from other sewing blogs, that I can’t help but believe that starting my own will definitely be a catalyst for increasing my technical sewing skills.  

Things This Blog Is Not About
  1. Fashion.  In the sense that I am not now, and probably never will be, on top of what is trendy.  I wear what I like, period.  That said, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to look good in terms of flattering my shape or having garments fit well.
  2. Tearing others down.  I will be doing my darndest not to bash things on this blog; be it patterns from a company, someone else’s work, a way of performing a task.  The world is a negative enough place without me adding to it.
  3. Weight Loss.  This comes up in a lot of sewing blogs because fitting to your actual measurements, instead of imaginary"ideal" measurements, means sewists are confronted with this issue head-on; however, unless it directly contributes to the conversation, I will not bring it up otherwise.  The girls of today have enough sources telling them they must lose more weight or fit into some sort of mold.  That's why we sew, right?  To flatter who we are now, not who we wish we were.

I think that’s enough for now.  Next up will be the current state of my sewing “room”.