Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I omitted the little fabric flowers (end of the neck ties and on tie belt), and made the ties my own way. I just stitched them in half (lengthwise) right sides together, turned them right side out, and topstitched the edges.As soon as she tried it on, she asked to keep it on for 5 minutes longer, then checked herself out in the mirror and declared, "I look spectacular in this dress!". Such a girl....
Being a Biology major (Math minor), I thought I had it in me to skewer a worm on a hook for my kids. Boy, was I wrong! I can pick one up, but when I had to stick a hook through it, the task was just too gross for me! Dawn, I know you're laughing your ass off at me... go ahead, I don't care! Thankfully, there were other moms there that were willing to pick up my slack! Didn't catch anything, but the kids had fun just casting out, and it was really nice just to spend quality time outside! Two sunny days at the beach, and one slightly rainy day when I cut out a paper pattern, but no other sewing activities were accomplished. I finished "Lean Mean Thirteen" in the Stephanie Plum, Bounty Hunter series by Janet Evanovich. I didn't know there were "Between the Numbers" books, so I have more books to read than I thought! I've read all but 2 of them on my Kindle, and absolutely love my electronic book reader. No one can fit 6 books in their purse at once, and I still have room for my next wireless download! If you like read on the go, while you wait in the carpool line, or during the train to work, you should really put this device on your next "Wish List". The price is currently $299, which is the lowest I've seen... (Sorry, I didn't mean to gush, but it is a really neat gadget!)
Monday, July 20, 2009
Here's my review at PR.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
This week's "To-Do" list:
I know a lot of you have made this, and it looks great all around, so I know it's winner (a great place to start my fall sewing)!
Sorry about the photography, but this cotton (speckled with red and white x's) will be another "twirly dress" for Little Miss Princess. I made it up last spring, and it actually still fits! She's been asking to where it everyday, so another sure thing! Just have to buy some red or white for the border and ties! Bunny made this up recently using smocking (out of my league)!
And the "Question Mark" project of the week...
#122 from the April '09 BWOF, in this pleated poly blend?
Another pattern that I know a lot of you have made, so what's the story? Pro: This pattern is perfect for pleated fabric! Con: Is my fabric too "nice" (formal/dressy) for this casual pattern?
Saturday, July 11, 2009
- The only difference is that the adult version has a circle skirt, while this one is more of an A-line. Oh, and it's also worn backwards from the adult version (ties in back vs. ties in front).
- I strongly recommend purchasing double fold bias tape for this project. It might cost more, but you'll save yourself about 2 hours, and be done in half the time!
- Just over a yard required, not quite a "1 yard wonder" but pretty darn close!
- After making it for Little Miss Princess, I'm pretty sure I don't want to do it again for myself. That's a lot of bias tape!!! Not to mention that most of you agree the Vogue is better and the Butterick has fit issues.
The floral print cotton came from Gorgeous Fabrics, and since the pre-made tape offerings at Jo-ann's didn't even come close to matching, I bought the blue quilter's cotton there and made my own. I had a lot of bias strips cut and a little left over, so I used some for the button tab in the front (underneath). The pattern has you make a stand-along piece with 2 button holes, but I think that would get lost in the laundry pretty fast!
Gonna be a busy week for me, got 20 more shirts to embroider for another fire department (by Friday) and 4 more essays to write. Yuck. Good news: Only 6 weeks until NYC, though!!! Bad news: Only 7 more weeks until school starts again!
One last thing... My nephew's wife is trying to teach herself to sew, but her native language is Spanish. They live in Colorado (they visited this weekend), and I'm trying to find some Spanish resources for a beginner. Only some of the commercial patterns are printed in Spanish (all in English/French), and I'm not sure she's ready for Patrones. If you have any ideas, let me know... Thanks!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
The first time I saw this fabric, I didn't buy it. But, it wouldn't disappear from my memory, so the next time I was at Joann's (and it was on sale), I had to buy it. When I saw Sharon's version of this pattern, I realized that I already had it and the perfect fabric for the job!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I usually spend one (very long) day at the show, taking 4-6 classes, watching demonstrations, and shopping the vendors. Last year, my classes covered machine embroidery, working with leather, reconstructing denim, creating your own fabric (stamping/painting/texture) and pattern software. You'll see from the registration brochure that there are hundreds of classes offered on all sewing topics: fitting, quilting, garment construction, home dec, weaving, knitting/crochet, embroidery, embellishment...
The vendor floor is amazing, with lots more than just fabric and sewing machines for sale. There are a good number of quilt booths, but many more that offer various notions and services. You can test drive any machine or software you've ever dreamed of, watch designers construct garments for the "Passion for Fashion" contest, and many booths offer free make-and-takes and there are also 3 Free Demo stages where classes run all day long. The first year I went, I met and chatted with Chloe Dao (Season 2 Project Runway) and last year's denim reconstruction class was given by Carmen Webber (Season 4 Project Runway). Kenneth King's class sold out in the first 10 minutes that registration was open, so I missed that one!
This year a new contest is being held with Pattern Review to make your own version of the one of the Top 10 Patterns of 2009, with the grand prize of $1000! Vogue 8379, here I come!
So, if you're in the area and planning on attending, I hope this information is helpful, and please leave a comment so we can meet up for lunch at the expo! I usually squeeze all I can into one day, but this year I might beg DH for two...
This is the website for the expo. When you click on the brochure picture on that website, it will open and you can see all the classes being offered. Admission is $12, and class cost starts at $14 per session. All day classes are $98, but considering the level of expertise of the instructors (Koos van den Akker, Connie Crawford, Kenneth King, Pati Palmer, Sandra Betzina...) that very worthwhile! Registration opens July 21 at 9:00am, and if you're interested in a "Big Name" session, you'd better be clicking away not a moment later!
Here are the Top 10 Patterns of 2008 at Pattern Review. Vogue 8379 is already in my stash, and I'm always up for a challenge (that may net me some cash and cover my spending at the show)!!!