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I haven’t been blogging for a while. I’ve been using Instagram instead. The words haven’t been coming for full blog posts about sewing.

Yesterday one of the girls at the shop reminded me that I have followers. Sorry gang.

I’m a really slow sewist and it’s really been getting me down. Trying to dedicate between 30 minutes and an hour every day to just DO SOMETHING towards finishing projects….

Just looking at all the dreams I had for all my aging stash Fabrics. Maybe it’s time to just sew them all into Jammie pants for the world.

Jammie pants and quilts.

I guess I’m having a sad time in sewing land right now.

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Tough stuff

That’s me, with a piece of polka dot fabric on me head. My friend is laughing at my frustration over this quilt…and life in general I suppose.

This is what happens when I drink and craft. I get into the sauce, I get saucy.

Hoping to actually finish this crazy quilt today. It’s for my 11 year old, and he doesn’t “like” it.

This is why I think sewing fairly for all my children is dumb. Not all of them “like” homemade mommy style things!

So what should I do with this thing I spent over a year working on, on and off!?!?

Actually? Now, What the Hell? Help! Kwik Sew 3275 size 8

Would you look at what happened after a few washes? What the hell?

Feedback, please!!!

More fabrics from the basement, and a pattern from my binder. Nothing new bought for this. Actually, really exciting news. While cleaning in my fabric hell I was able to combine 2 blue bags into 1! It was during that process I came across these pants, already cut out, with the pattern pieces still attached. If my memory serves me right I was attempting to alter the size 8 pattern to fit my 12 year old and discovered they were, again, too short. In frustration I threw them into the pit of dispair. Well, discovering them now is Gods perfect timing, as the 10 yr old just asked for more cozy pants.

Boys pants must have pockets. I chose a contrasting remnant to make the pockets. Too weird? I think the top stitching helps make them look store bought. I love top stitching. I really enjoy doing it, and I really like the look. Chalk line will disappear once I wash them….

I added a heavy ribbing waist for the elastic casing, but in reality, when he finally tried them on, they are a few inches too long, so I could have just turned under a waist band.

To compensate, I made a wide ankle cuff, and put elastic in, to keep the pants from dragging on the floor until he grows a wee bit taller.

Overall, I am very, very pleased with the completed pants.

And, it’s gone from my basement forever! That’s the best part!

Pillowcase gifts

This fabric is gorgeous. It’s a nice heavy quilting cotton with gold gilt accents. The name of the designer and manufacturer on the selvage was not readable on the piece I bought. It was only 8.99 a metre. My husband loves and collects books. I love and collect fabric. Pillowcases for his birthday seemed apropo.

In the end they seem a bit short. I did a super wide 6″ cuff, because I like that. The narrow hem on pillowcases seems less dressy. Next set, I will measure the length before indulging in a very wide hem. I had actually originally intended to add a deep green velvet as a trim, but ran out of time, and simply turned under a wide hem. They are alright, just the pillow might sneak out over time. I don’t know how he does it, but my husband has a habit of losing the pillowcase in the middle of the night.

I still feel as though my nerves are somewhat shattered from the labour intensive and incredibly detailed dress I just finished. I feel wiped out by it. So in that way, simple straightforward pillowcases seemed like a gentle task to bring back my love of sewing. I’m debating on what to sew next, a T shirt for myself, or another 2 pillowcases for him for Valentines Day. But I’m so tired. Probably neither.

Burda 6520 view A

I will tell you straight up that this project pretty much solidified my decision to sew with knits and never use wovens again.

Anything you want to learn about sewing, this pattern has it all. Buttons and buttonholes. Gathered sleeves. Pleats. Set in Sleeves. Side Zipper. Darts. Facings. In Seam Pockets. The only thing I didn’t have to do was an elastic casing.

I found the pattern instructions straightforward, well explained, and the diagrams made sense.

I didn’t find it hard to match the plaid…where I DID match the plaid, centre front, and side seams. I found that part easy, actually. Looking at it now I wish I knew how to match the sleeves. But…I still don’t know how you would do that.

Just – so many steps. So many time consuming, fussy, finicky, steps. I would have like to have taken 3 months,- to slowly sew this dress right. I raced through it to meet the deadline, and it shows. I hope no one looks inside.

My aunt whom I consider a sewing expert, serges all her pieces as soon as she cuts them out. That would have been helpful in this project. Again, taking time to do it right the first time. Sigh.

I’m actually really burnt out from the stress of this project. So much manipulating and fussing with the pieces, the edges frayed quite badly. I did get my serger rethreaded and lumping along close to the end, because by that point the seam allowances were just so trashed.

I’m totally done sewing for a deadline. I love sewing, but I love sewing slowly and perfectly more. I’m even revamping the way I sew for myself and my family. No. More. Deadlines. One project at a time. Start to finish. However long it takes, working around the whirlwind that is my life.

Growing kids

I brought up some fabric to cut out a pair of pants for my 12-year-old son. I was disappointed and surprised to discover that I would need more fabric, as his legs have grown!

Upon further examination, I discovered that most of the pieces of fabric that I have purchased over the last 10 years to make pants for my sons are now too small to use for the 12-year-old.

Although he is petite and a very picky eater, I’m sure the 10-year-old is not far behind. That leaves the 5 -year-old boy. I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel any panic at all.

I can combine two small pieces of fabric to create a color block shirt. Colorblocking is NOT really appropriate for pants,  unless you were just adding patches, or pocket facings for interest. What boys need, are pants. Boys, destroy pants, much faster, than they destroy shirts.  April is the 12-year-old’s month. I would like to make him at least two pairs of pants, before the end of the month. However, at the moment, I only have one piece of fabric that is big enough to make him a pair of pants.

Don’t get me wrong. I have MUCH fabric in my basement that is long enough to make him a pair pants! Pretty pink plaids,  yellow and lime green fleece, many printed tee shirt materials, velvets and minky, and flannels in lime green and orange.

None of these fabrics are appropriate for a boy who is entering grade 7 in September.  I feel as though what I am experiencing,has less to do with what’s in my stash, and more to do with the sensation every mother experiences  over and over again as her child grows,

My Baby Is All Grown Up! 😢<<<<
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Finished is finished no matter how simple

This morning after the Biggs went to school I finished two pillowcases. Finished and finished perfectly gives me great satisfaction. I’m struggling with some personal issues and some mental health issues compounded by sick kids and horribly cold weather. As a result I will be making changes to my sewing life. I will be returning to my original pants pants and more pants destination. But these pillowcases were also a very simple project. I can’t take full credit for them anyway. A lady at work started them then decided she didn’t want them and gave them to me half finished. All I have to do was Serge the seams and add a nice wide folded over band or hem or whatever.  Still the satisfaction of taking a piece of fabric and turning it into a useful functioning item is grand!!!

Opinions please!

As you may or may not know, I organize my sewing projects by month, and each of my children and myself get one or two months a year where I sew exclusively for that person.

Staring aimlessly at my horde of fabric again… I had a brainwave.

It occurred to me that I should store my fabric in bins according to the person I bought it for. My children and I all have very distinct personalities, and what fabric works for one person, certainly doesn’t seem to suit another. I would also like to have a bin for quilting, and a bin for fabrics that I have no idea what I’m going to do with.

Then, each time that the first of the month came around, and I was now sewing for a different child, I could just grab their bin.

Now that I’ve written it out, I like the idea a lot.  I still would like to have other peoples opinions, though!

Stash Star Fabric – BEST APP EVER

As I am constantly battling the “overwhelmed by my stash” feeling I decided to look for apps on my new phone that dealt with FABRIC. I am thrilled to share a fantastic app call Stash Star Fabric. If you have any kind of a fabric stash at all, you have to download this app. I am incredibly excited about all the detailed fields that are already in place for each fabric. Now, when I buy fabric, I can add it to my elecronic stash before I even leave the store!!! I have no idea if this is going to help me get more done or not, but it is SEW MUCH FUN to add all the fabrics in to the app! Did I mention I was excited?

Keeping my pattern envelopes in a binder so I could flip through them was my last greatest advancement. Now, I can flip through my fabrics, and my patterns, at the same time, all from the comfort of my couch, bed, or bath!!!

2017 is going to be a great year of sewing up my stash, I can tell already!