Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

I have been missing in action for so many reasons, mainly Life. I have been sewing, completed a number of Christmas presents which included a quilt for my youngest daughter. See below

I wish the picture was more clear, then you could really see the colors.  It is a queen size and made from scraps of African fabrics and she absolutely loves it.  I have now completed a quilt for all three of my children and now my oldest wants another one because hers was made when she went off to college in 1992 and it was only a twin size. Not to worry, I have already begun her queen size.

I have really enjoyed reading all of your blogs this year and commenting on many. I endeavor to do better with my own posts in 2014, God willing.

I hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season.

As always, Happy Sewing.   

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sewing Plans

As I stated in a previous post that I have decided to get a little smarter with my sewing.  I am developing a sewing plan for fall garments.  Each time I make that declaration other things start to creep up that try to put a little hitch in my giddy up, not to worry, I am not going to let them this time.
I begin by pulling some of the fabrics that I want to sew first and I am starting a list:

2 black pair of dress pants, lined
2 pencil skirts, one black and one navy
2 skirts made out of the various pieces of wool in my stash
2 button up white shirts
Shirt dress
3 color blocked dresses, not sure of the color combinations at this moment
3 lined pant suits
2 coats, the current boxy shape and another 3/4 length
2 or 3 cardigans, one or two in the traditional style and another in the wrap style

I know this seems like quite a lot but I am pushing myself to get back to the day when I would make a garment a day just because.  My closet is boring right now and I need to add some life to it.  I have made myself a promise that I will not purchase one single garment as everything I on my list, I want to make it myself. 

This list does not include the 4 garments that my youngest daughter has requested, she will be home to visit me this weekend for a whole week. I will pump her stuff out and add a couple of my easier pieces in as well.

This should keep me pretty busy...Hopefully in a week I will have something to post.

As always, Happy Sewing.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Great blog on Tailoring

If you have not already checked out this blog you must.  Great tailoring tips from a professional.

As always, Happy Sewing, until next time.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Sewing with a plan (SWAP)

Hello All

I know it has been a while and I really can't say why I haven't blogged.  I have certainly been busy sewing but not necessarily for myself. I have made quite a few dresses for my granddaughter and that has been enjoyable.  She is 12 and loves it when her "Nana" makes her things. 

I have certainly been reading everyone's blog and loving the many garments you are creating and feeling a little melancholy because I have not been in the mood to sew for myself.  I have hit a sewing wall.  I am normally very creative and always thinking of garments I would like to make. Lately I have been going into the sewing room with every intention to sew and then loose all interest.

I thought about just making anything to get out of the slump I'm in but that hasn't proven to fruitful. I am kind of excited about fall because it is my favorite season of all.  This brings me to the title of my post.  I think if I have a plan for what I want to make maybe that will help drive the creative juices, so for the first time I am sitting down and coming up with a plan for some new wardrobe additions.  Then I will choose the patterns and fabric and hopefully I will be back in the sewing saddle.

I did visit Joann's on yesterday and did my part in purchasing some 70 cent McCall's patterns.  I wonder how much Vogue will be on sale considering they are celebrating their 70th year.  Just a thought!

So until next time....Happy Sewing everyone!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Enjoying this Summer Solstice

It is a gorgeous day, this first day of Summer. I am thoroughly enjoying it even though I am at work and currently on my lunch hour.  Decided to post one of the garments I have made over the last couple of weeks.  I needed (you see I said needed) something to wear to a retirement party on last week and I did not want to spend hours and hours making something.  I knew I wanted something quick and easy that looked (to the untrained non-sewist ) as if it took a while.  I had this gorgeous fabric ( I think anyway) that was gifted to me.  I like the feel of the gauzy fabric and the print and I knew I wanted a jumpsuit.  It actually came out just like I wanted it to and I really enjoyed wearing it.  I will have to post that picture later as someone else took it for me and I don't have a copy as of yet.

The picture does not do it much justice but at least the colors are pretty.  My review is below. I made the view E on the pattern.

Pattern Description:  McCall’s 6083, jumpsuit in three lengths.
Fabric Used: Gauzy cotton combination which was gifted to me.  Love the vintage look of the fabric.
Pattern Sizing: (14-16-18-20-22)
Were the instructions easy to follow? This pattern was self-explanatory and I didn’t need the instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  Nothing other than I just liked the pattern.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I adjusted the waist in the front about 2 inches as it was too long because I have a short waist.
Would you sew it again? Probably not as one thing I have come to realize about myself.  There are not too many things I want to make duplicates of and I have too many patterns that I want to make as well.

Get out and enjoy this beautiful beginning of summer and as always, Happy Sewing.

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