Tuesday, August 5, 2014
I used Burda Style's Jessica pattern, rated 'novice', and could not believe how easy the whole thing was. I doubt I ever buy a swimsuit again. Plus, this fabric is super smooth and soft.
A couple edits--
Other than serging the lining on, I just used my regular machine and a zig zag stitch. Voila!
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The decision was made astronomically harder by the fact that we have a three year old son and have been determined to minimize the impact on him. It's tempting to use this venue to again deliberate what is The Right Thing To Do, but I'm going to stick to what I know for sure. And, that is, that sewing brings me great comfort and satisfaction even in the hardest of times.
We consulted with a child therapist about how best to care for our son in the context of joint custody; something I highly recommend if you find yourself in a similar situation. One of the suggestions that seemed most helpful--probably because it was concrete--was to create two simple, identical 'calendars' (one for each home) that will represent which of us our son will be with any given day, basically a Where-I-Am-Sleeping-Tonight Calendar (if you can think of a better name, I would love to hear it), and then a Something to represent our son that could be moved between the two locations. As part of our son's arrival and departure to and from our individual homes, he will move the symbolic Something to the location representing where he will be that night. The idea is to give our him a sense of control over what is happening to him and help him to understand where he'll be when, despite the fact that his concept of time is still pretty shaky.
So my solution is above. . . and below.
And, for anyone else who finds themselves in a similar situation, here's how I made it.
1. Cut out the following rectangles (keeping in mind that this will give you enough for two pockets):
4- 9"(ish) x 7" of Daddy fabric (DF)
4- 9" x 7" of Mommy fabric (MF)
2- 6"(ish) x 7" DF
2- 6" x 7" MF
4- 9" x 7" fusible interfacing
4- 6" x 7" fusible interfacing
4- 8" length of ribbon, cording, etc for hanging
4- first initials from either or both fabrics
(I recommend drawing out the letter that you want then adding a 3/8"-1/2" seam allowance when you copy it onto the fabric.)
2 (or more, if you want them really fluffy)- cotton quilting batting first initials
2. Long edges and right sides together, join two of the larger DF to two of the larger MF rectangles and one of the smaller DF to one of the smaller MF, for the pockets. Press the seams open.
5. Baste the pocket onto the interfaced large rectangle.
5. Stack your large rectangles right sides together, and colors matched up, with the 2 cords sandwiched in a u-formation on each side. (You could use just one cord in the center. Probably would work just as well.)
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Sewing Bible by Ruth Singer.
Here's my mitering breakdown:
2. Do it again. (And if you want to stop here, just sew a line all around as close to the edge of the fold as you can.)
3. Fold down a corner like you're dog-earring the page of a book. Iron. [Picture of this step to be uploaded in the next day or two.]
4. Now, open the corner back up and fold the two adjacent sides together. See the nifty little line that you made in #3?
5. Sew right on that line. Trim the seam allowance to just about an eighth of an inch from the hem.
6. Open it up, push the point out, and now sew down the seam as close to the folded edge as possible. Et voila!!!
Saturday, May 31, 2014
I typically go for wool (top-left and bottom pics) or double-sided cotton (middle-right) as it's super easy to put a single stitch along the cut sides and let the edges fray. If you use the full width of the fabric, the selvage can be kept at the ends--no stitching needed on those sides.
Okay, so tucked in randomly (thanks for reading this far) is my gift to you! A link to 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf by Wendy's Lookbook. Best YouTube video ever, in my humble opinion.
Bar Agricole. Yummy food and cocktails marred only by not-so-super service. I wear this scarf every chance I get.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Initially, I have to admit, I wasn't so sure that I was going to be into it (apologies to Auntie Deb). The clothes really are very basic. But, one after another, as I've tried the patterns, I've gained an appreciation for the clarity of the instructions and the wearability of the clothes. Here's what I've executed so far:
And here's my rendition--
I particularly love it with a skinny belt, my navy blue pencil skirt, black tights and black ankle booties. I need to figure out what I'm doing with it now that it's summer and I'm not wearing my ankle booties so much.
I chose two different fabrics that worked together and used french seams to bring the panel together in the front. The book recommended a double-sided fabric, and I can only imagine that would be even better. All in all, I have nothing to add to the instructions. It worked out beautifully and was easy.
Next one up, 1b:
The pattern called for 'wool gauze'. I'm sure that would be fantastic. I used cotton and have been wearing it over a brown long-sleeved t-shirt with rolled-up jeans and sandals or sneaks.
Somehow, it feels a little Princess Leia-ish. My only real problem with it is the color choice. Beige does nothing for a fair-skinned white-y (sp?). Luckily, the brown bias-tape, courtesy of my mother-in-law's recent antique sewing donation, breaks up the beigi-ness.
And, for now, finally, these pants:the Smuggler's Daughter. Modeled, linen; followed by Marc Jacobs.
They're awesome for both work and play. The pocket even fits an iPhone. Though I wouldn't run around as it might bounce out. Maybe a button next time. . . .
Until next weekend, adieu!
Sunday, May 18, 2014
So, I hunted around for just the right pattern to turn this fabric into something I could wear as often as possible. And I landed on Burda's Sweatshirt Mini Dress. Kind of a gamble because it seems like nobody has ever actually made this--at least no one has posted a rating on Burda to date. But I'm a sewing risk taker. [Aside: I accidentally rated this one star rather than my intended five stars and can't figure out how to undo it--meaning no one is ever likely to make this pattern again, and that was NOT my intention.]
The Sweatshirt Mini Dress from Burda 01/2011 #121. Cute, right?
It was, as advertised, easy to execute. I think the most difficult part was probably the pockets. I'm afraid one of my pockets is a bit wonky, but here's the good one.
Love this v-patch, sweatshirt-y touch.
One last pic. Feeling very the-future-is-now and wishing it were office appropriate.