February 13, 2012


I am still here, though I am a walking incubator for some sort of nasty cold.  (Thank goodness for Dayquil is all I can say.)  As such, I have no sewing to show, but a few random sewing related thoughts to share.
  • ·         I am still sticking (more or less) to the sewing 30 minutes in the morning thing, and it’s done wonders for my productivity.
  • ·         Unfortunately, said productivity is not in any cohesive direction.  I’ve got at least 3 projects in progress at the moment.
  • ·         Made my first order from Fashion Sewing Supply yesterday; here’s hoping the interfacing is everything it’s made out to be.
  • ·         Now that Kwik Sew is under the McCall’s umbrella, I’m seriously considering joining Club BMV.  I know they’re not super stylish, but there are a lot of KS patterns I want, and they are never on sale.
  • ·         I finally got fed up with having an overstuffed closet and nothing to wear, so I’m trying  to get rid of things that I know don’t fit/ are too worn for public wear as I encounter them.  I’m just afraid there will be nothing left!
  • ·         Because I’m sentimental, all my college t-shirts from said closet purge are going in a pile to make a snuggly t-shirt quilt.  Boring sewing, but I think it will be worth it.
  • ·         I need to finish something so I can show off my newly permed hair (well newly as in after  Christmas).  My grandma was a hairdresser and firmly believes that everyone should get a perm once in their life, just to see “how the other half lives”. 
I think that’s enough for now.  In non-sewing related news, my baby sister starts rehab today, so thinking good thoughts for that.  Hopefully I’ll have more to share soon!

February 1, 2012

“On a scale of one to twins, how pregnant does this shirt make me look?”

        I like to think that I’m pretty good about trusting my instincts in everyday life.  I chose a less academically rigorous university for one that I “meshed” with better, and ended the 5-year relationship that everyone expected to end in marriage.  So why can’t I trust it when I sew?

       When I bought Butterick 5644, I told myself that it would look okay, even though I know that empire waist tops don't work on me.  "Absolutely must be made in a floaty drapey fabric," I mentally told myself.  When I really wanted to make something with this linen, even though it was neither floaty nor drapey,  I told my gut it would be fine.  Of course, it wasn't.  *Sigh.*
 The linen is stiff enough that it basically stands up, making me look even wider than I already am.  I'll leave it to you to imagine the side view - the picture of that was simply too depressing to post.  But the title really says it all.  This one will not ever look good on me, plain and simple.

And yet, I'm not ready to call it a complete loss.  This was the first completed project to come out of my "sew 30 minutes every morning" plan (still going strong).  I learned how to do a bias tape finish on sleeves and necklines and I plan to use it again as soon as possible, I love how it looks.  Because sewing is now literally the very first thing I do when I get up in the morning, I really do wake up excited most every day.  So while the shirt itself will be going straight to the Goodwill pile, the time I spent making it was not a loss at all.  

Next up, a wearable (?) muslin of the skirt the linen was intended for.  It's already cut and all the pleats sewn, so it shouldn't take too long to finish up.  Hope everyone's enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, if you're in the Midwest.