Look, I haven't published anything since October. I actually have been sewing. Just feel like I'd be blogging to say 'see, look what I've done; isn't it cool?'--which is a bit strange and needy. I do that kind of stuff on Facebook. Friend me and I'll prove it.
So I have a new idea for blogging--you know how I've become obsessed with tree pruning? (I can hear you all the way from Washington, Oregon, and Texas with your resounding 'yes's!!!!)
Well, I'm going to do a blog on my tree pruning experiments. So if I only post photos once a month--which is likely--I'll still have a blog and I'll still be showing what I've created. But with a different twist. Maybe you'll be tempted to prune some trees along with me? In 25 years, you can post your before and after pictures on my site. Fun!!!!!!!
Friday, October 10, 2014
Start by measuring the circumference of your head. Mine's 20 inches; so I estimated that 16 inches would get me from behind one ear to behind the other, joined by a piece of elastic outta keep the band on snugly and attractively. Then I cut these rectangles that were roughly 16" x 4".
Next step, iron right sides together lengthwise and sew raw edges together with approx 1/4" seam allowance. I like to use pinking shears to trim the seams allowances and prevent fraying, but it's probably not necessary given that these seams will be inside the finished band.
Pull one end of the tube through the other to make them right-side out. My preferred method is pinning a safety pin on one end then working it through the tube.
Iron them again, folding the raw edges inside about 1/2" at each end.
The idea on these hairbands is not mine, and, if you're reading this blog and remember that you actually gave me this idea, I will insert your name here, Friend. And maybe give you one of these babies.
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!
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.