Monthly Archives: November 2015

Mondays are for sewing

I made a few more mistakes today. I was rushing. I just really, really, want to finish something. I am now trying to examine my feelings as I write. Sewing is emotional for me. I am going away in January with some friends to spend the weekend sewing,  and at the rate I am going at,  all I will need to bring is a huge pile of stitchripping to work on. 

I like quilting…… But when I’m done quilting, I never want to see the quilt again. In fact, this seems to be a common theme. When I am done sewing something, if I dont LOVE it, I never want to lay eyes on it ever again. 

I think I need to look at the process differently. Each blog entry should be called, Now what did I learn? 

What do you do with your projects you aren’t happy with? 

This is Madness!!!

At the risk of sounding like a 4 year old…I’m real real mad about that!!!

I have two projects in particular that are pissing me right off right now. Two projects I “made” without directions or intructions. 

One is a skirt out of this fabulous slinky fabric from work. It was supposed to be a very straight forward easy project. Cut a whole in the middle of the fabric square to make the top of the skirt. Attach a circle of wide elastic to make a waistband. Two seams. One to sew the two ends of the elastic together, one to sew the elastic onto the fabric. Wear and wash, wear and wash, wear and wash. 

Well, I’ve lost a little weight since I last sewed for myself. So the skirt is completly finished, and its huge on me. I need to take the waist in by about 5 inches!!! I have to stitch rip the whole thing. Its a very delicate knit, Im terrified the stitch ripping is going to cause runs in the fabric. Normally, I would probably just cut the seam off, and try again, rather than risk ruining it by ripping it out. But, I can’t just cut off the edge of the elastic, it would just unravel ever after! 

So for now I am abandoning it. 

I also recently attempted to make a quilt front. It turned out beautifully. I was so pleased. Then I went out and bought 2.5 m of 90″ quilt batt and chose a wide fabric for the backing. I laid them all out together, and began pinning them together. First in the middle, working out, then from the top of the front, working down the quilt, and lastly, from the back, trying to keep it all flat. 

This is not my forte. Now I will look at finished full size quilts in even more awe than before. It didnt matter which way I worked it, I couldn’t get all three layers to lay flat. In fact, I am so upset with how hard the putting together was, I might rip out the whole front and try the quilt as you go method. 

I will probably never use that quilt batt I bought. And that makes me mad mad mad. I don’t know what to do. Stupid stash buster project. Now I have more unfinished business to put back in the basement. And that quilt batt is HUGE!!! Guess I will be using a vacumn bag for that. 

Pillowcases, a set

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No, it’s not going to be a Dr. Who Dinner Party. Just preparing my fabric to make it nice and straight.

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Here is a close up of the exploding Tardis fabric, for my neighbor, as per her request.

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Using a REAL pillowcase as a pattern…

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I forgot to buy matching thread. I promised myself that if I could afford to buy fabric, I could afford to buy a matching spool of thread. I own zero yellow thread. So which brown will it be?

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My very hands on helper.

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French seams on the insides of the pillowcases.

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I love French seams. Sew lovely.

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All done! I have been sewing so many sporty pants for my boys, I almost forgot how wonderful good pure cotton felt to work with. Sew, press, sew, press. I really, really, enjoyed this project. I think everyone might get licenced cotton pillowcases for Christmas.

Another great pair of pants DONE

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My kids complain that there are no pockets in the pants I made them with the piping or cording down the sides. These are very thick polar fleece, so I opted to add cargo pockets on top of the side seams instead of bulky in seam side pockets. I know the polar fleece doesn’t fray at all, so I didn’t even finish off the edges, just turned to top under “for looks” and sewed the pockets on. In hind sight, I regret using accent color thread. I should have used black, or white.

Every pair of pants I make, I make a pocket waist band, and insert the elastic through the space. I have always used high quality elastic. I dont understand why, but on my boys’s pants, the elastic ALWAYS folds in half!!! This drives me bananas.

So, for this pair, I actually sewed the elastic to the fabric, carefully pinning it, so each section would scrunch up evenly. Such technical terms. Then, I folded the fabric over the elastic, and sewed it down. Once this was done, I was so upset to see that one side of the waistband was practically flat, and the other side was gathered nicely. If you look closely you can see this in the waist band photo. I hope it sorts itself out in the wash.

My kids can never tell the difference between the front and the back of the pants I make unless I add bum pockets. I am hoping to soon learn how to add a fake fly.

As these pants don’t have back pockets, I added a fake label to the back of the pants using seam binding. ¬†Aren’t I clever!!

Then I hemmed them just in time for the 10 year old to arrive home from school. I made him try them on, and he put my lunch drink in one of the pockets.

I was rewarded with, “These are the best pants ever, MOM, thanks.”

That was nice of him. Now, we will see if he actually ever wears them, or if he was just saying that to be nice to his sewing MUM.

Sew pretty

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Here are all my threads. On display, all pretty and in a row. So lovely. They fit just so on this neat slim shelf at the back of my grandmothers hutch in my dining room / kitchen table area. She is no longer with us. I hope she finds my thread display pleasing to her eye. I’ve been told that this hutch is over 300 years old now, as it came over on the boat from Sweden with the original Axine family. I don’t think it’s true.

I love Gutterman thread. And my current sewing machine also loves it. This makes me happy.

Some people collect shot glasses, some people collect salt and pepper shakers, I collect 100m spools of Gutterman thread.

No, no, I didn’t buy them all, some were given to me by other collectors… Lol…

Today was sewing day, so I worked on quite a few projects, using my Gutterman threads. Once I download the photos I will post all about it from the big basement computer.

And yes for those smarty pants over observant people yes that is cat food and a water bowl for the cat also on the antique hutch. I am sure this pleases my grandmother much less. However, I have a 1 year old at home, who likes to

eat cat food

spill or stand in the water dish

and lay on the cat while dear old Frank is eating.

So for his comfort and sanity his dishes are up until she is older and has better taste in foods.

What is your favourite brand of thread, and why?

Little Girls Jean Skirt

Issues with pictures. I will post and hopefully add photos soon.

So I made a little skirt. It’s upcycled from kids jeans with holes in the knees, and then a fabric from my stash. The fabric I chose for this project was originally cut out for the bottom of an empire waist blouse. The fabric in the skirt was supposed to be the bottom of the shirt. But I never made it.

As this was my first little upcycled skirt, I made some mistakes of course. Where you cut the denim to make the skirt top, is above where the pocket sacks hang. I accidentally sliced one pocket off. As if that wasn’t bad enough, I then serged it to the bum in the seam instead of flat to the front. So the pocket was all twisted to the back.

Stitch ripping time!!!

Now that it is all said and done I am very happy with the end result. The best news of all is that I posted it to my facebook page and I have a friend who wants it for her daughter.

When you sew something, and someone actually wants it. THE BEST EVER.

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One more thing. This is my blog. These are my stories. I used to work at a really fun place called CP Distributors, when I only had one child. Imagine that!!! Every now and then for crazy fun and team moral they would have a theme day. The theme was hawaiian shirt day. So I ran out and bought this fabric. Of course the night before the big day. I took it home after work, washed and dried it, as I always pre shrink everything, and at 9 o’clock at night I began to cut it out. I ran out of steam as the pattern for my hawaiian shirt had a lot of fussy pieces. I still own the pattern. I was trying to be more tropical than hawaiian. So I borrowed a shirt from a neighbor’s hubby and threw the cut out pieces into my bottomless pit of unfinished business.

I am thrilled to finally make something beautiful and functional out of my failed hawaiian shirt attempt.

Halloween 2015

OK. Technical difficulties prevent me from making a great blog post fast. So, to make a long story short, we won first prize for the best family in costume at the Shriners Fund Raising event. We went as the characters from the Wizard of Oz. Now that its over, and I know there is no chance of last minute imitators, I can blab all about it. 6 costumes! But none were made from scratch, I didn’t have time for THAT!! So I hit up my local Value Village thrift store, and with supplies from my favorite fabric outlet, Marshall Fabrics, I went to work reusing, recycling, and reinventing! Pics and comments coming soon!!!