February 24, 2008
I bought an invisible zipper because I want to practice with my new invisible zipper foot. And got this fabric off the $2.00 a yd sale table to make my vintage pj's from the new Sew Stylish magazine.
I had to return a lamp that had gone bad so I used my merchandise credit on my purchases and only had to spend $.49 today. That makes up a little bit for that coupon blunder that I made on Friday. (lol).
While at the store I ran into a dear friend and former customer of mine that I hadn't seen is such a long, long time. Of course we chatted and got caught up on what's been going on.
Ok, thats it for tonight, got to get ready to try to watch two shows, A Rasin in the Sun, and the Oscar Show.
February 22, 2008
I love excitement; I've been criticized before for loving it so much but oh well, I still love it. Learning excites me; thinking about possiblities excites me, and my weekly trip to Hancocks also excites me. I'm a FABRIC FEELER (lol). I love to run my fingers through it. Feeling fabrics sometimes bring back memories often from childhood. I can remember learning about some fabrics even as a child. I don't think my Mother knew that she was giving me fabric lessons when I was young - I didn't know it either. Even though she was not an advid seamtress I do remember her talking about fabrics such as pique, seersucker, and eyelet. Maybe it was because she was raising three little girls and these fabrics are often associated with children's clothing. Some way she familiarized me with the fabrics and I still recognize them when I see or feel them. They bring back bright and happy feelings! Thanks Mom for the fabric knowlege!
I try not to live at Hancocks, but I had a coupon that was burning my pocket because it was expiring today. Or so I thought I had a coupon. There was this piece of fabric that I wanted to buy and that 40% off coupon was just the incentive I needed. Well, after I had the fabric cut and had chosen all my 99cent McCall's patterns I scooted right up to the checkout counter with my RUNWAY SLIDE (I love this phrase can't you tell). Slide right up there with a 40% coupon off on Decorator Fabrics! My expression was - WHAT, WRONG COUPON! I didn't realize until today that the 40% off fashion fabric coupons are only in the flyers that are mailed out, not the ones that you pick up in the store. Imagine my surprize. I did have another coupon, but alas, it's not good until March (egad)! SERVES ME RIGHT WITH MY PARTIAL READING SELF! All I saw was the 40% off ending February 23rd.
Anyways, this is what I got at the pattern store (usually known as a fabric store but called such by me because patterns are what I buy most of).
I also picked up two pieces of Retro knit fabric (sans the 40% coupon). The one piece is the knit version of the blouse that I tossed yesterday, same color and pattern. Got to get it pre-washed and ready to go.
And these are two pairs of boxer shorts that I finished for my eldest grandson Velente last night. I made all three grandsons boxers on my visit with them at Thanksgiving. They actually said they enjoyed them so I wanted to make more. Now I have to make two more pair each for the other two boys.
February 21, 2008
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And my New Look knit top. My moleskin vest, and picture below with matching
Pajama pants fo two of my grandsons
The Vogue knit dress looks really big in this picture, but it really fits like a glove.Now all I need to do is learn how to line these pictures up......
February 9, 2008
* developed some really good sewing blog friendships;
* I found me a sewing buddy who is just as passionate about sewing as I am, who shares information, and who really inspires me;
* become quite a copy cat in that I am so inspired by the fashions that I see others create...that I want to make them too (hope ya'll don't mind);
* actually created some projects that I really enjoy wearing. So my blog has been a good thing!
Now concerning my sewing progress I have almost completed this blouse.
Man oh man it has been a challenge. First of all it has 11 pattern pieces, I could have made a jacket using that many pieces. Secondly my fabric choice didn't make it much easier - it is very slippery thus hard to cut and hard to control while sewing. But, I am almost finished! I'm working on the cuffs now; then the hem and, finally give it a good final press and I'll be able to add it to my collection of finished projects...it almost became an UFO!
I suprised myself because I seem to be actually working on my 6 piece swap Goal without really realizing it. I started with the moleskin vest and pants. Then I finished my last knit top and now I realize that the blouse I'm working on (picture on right) also matches the vest/pants combination. All I need to add to accomplish my goal is 1 bottom, 1 top and a jacket. I could count the vest as a jacket because it's already finished but I'm not sure I'm all that much of a vest person. I think a jacket would give me more versitility than a vest. So I'll end up with a 7 piece swap instead of 6 which will be all the better. Next up I'll be making a pair of pants, a jacket and a top to complete this thing. When I set my goals initially I didn't feel I could commit to an 11 piece swap so I opted for the 6 piece one instead. I didn't know that I had already started it until last week during Lisa's visit when she said "That could be your swap". So I guest I could call this my "INCIDENTAL SWAP" or my "ACCIDENTAL SWAP". I am not usually a brown person, but both of the tops that I have made so far do have a little black and beidge, so I'm thinking about adding black pants and jacket.
A 6 piece swap yields 12 outfits. NOT WOULDN'T THAT BE LOVELY! Twelve outfits!, which means I wouldn't need to even think about what I was going to wear to work for 12 whole days. What a wonderful idea! A 6 piece sway involves:
* 2 Bottoms
* 3 Tops
* 1 Jacket
February 6, 2008
February 5, 2008
Did ya'll see this - I saw it on Sewl Sisters site and just fell in love with it. I want one just like the one in print. The directions to make it is on Pattern Review.
So todays end all is...I LOVE BEING AT HOME, AND I LOVE TO SEW!
...last night while sitting under the hair dryer conditioning my hair (I would have much rather been sewing ya'll) I entertained myself ...
...Sewing information and tutorials that recently caught my eye: An interesting conversation about choosing the correct pattern size, from...