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Photos or it didn't happen.... Jun. 24th, 2016 @ 02:48 pm
well, except for the pillowcases. Y'all will just have to imagine those - I gave them to Himself before snapping photos (what? They're just rectangles!) and...well....I am NOT asking for them back. :lol:

Anyway...first up, my finished fishie blouse:

2016 fish blouse

Finished it this morning; I had been putting off doing the buttonholes. I forgot how fast and easy the attachment makes it. :shrug: The buttons are from the '40's, according to the seller. I thought they looked like bubbles and HAD to have them for this top. :lol: (The bubbles don't show up very well here - they are OPALIZED, y'all! They look like stones under water, the way they sparkle!)

Next up, my 1940's Homefront overalls as a playsuit (why, Hello Google! :lol:) This is a review of the pattern as well as a brag post, because....well, the pattern has *issues*.

This is a Retro-vivo pattern from Wearing History. She takes an original pattern and grades it up/down, but does nothing else to it. The instructions are photocopies/scans of the original pattern....and therein lies the problem. (Well, ONE of the problems.) I'm not sure this pattern was written for a sewing machine - the assembly directions want you to make the bodice, then make the bottoms (sewing up ALL seams, except for the short bit on the left side where the facing/button band will go), THEN attach both to the belt, THEN attach the facing/button band and do the button holes.

I'm sure a more experienced sewer could do this....*I* canNOT. The first pair of overalls I did, I followed the instructions. There was NO WAY I could neatly apply the facing and button band, and the buttonholes are...well, creative. The 2nd pair, I left everything FLAT; did the facing/button band/buttonholes and THEN sewed up both side seams. Anyway, on to THIS project.

I decided to line the bodice again - it's a much nicer finish then the way the pattern calls for (bias tape on the raw edges). My choice: Watermelon fabric!

2016 overalls fail inside

I have to say, I did a bang-up job on these! The sewing up was as close to perfect as I can get it. I carefully sewed the seam, then overlocked it to tidy up the inside. All was going well, until I sewed the bottoms to the top.....

2016 overalls fail

Don't know if you can see what I did there.....:sigh: Basically, you attach the RIGHT side of the bodice front to the back, and the RIGHT side of the bottom front to the back. Um.....I did, only I sewed the side that was on the right of the front as it was FACING ME to the back, then neatly overlocked the edge, then overlocked it AGAIN because it wasn't quite neat enough. I then proceeded to sew it to the belt, overlock it, press it, and TOPSTITCH it. THEN I noticed my mistake. :bangs head:

I spent a bit of time looking at it, but decided to junk it and start over. (Don't worry - I figured out a way this AM to USE both parts - I'll cut the bottom off of the belt, add a new belt, and have a pair of shorts. I'll take the top and add a skirt to the narrower belt, and voila! A dress!) I didn't have enough of the lining to do another watermelon set...so I got cupcakes, instead:

2016 overalls inside

THIS time, I obsessively marked the side seam I was to actually SEW. :lol: I was just as careful, so this set is also pretty "perfect":

2016 overalls front


2016 overalls side

I figured out a few things: instead of using 2 layers of denim for the front facing, I used the lining fabric. On the long overalls, I couldn't figure out exactly WHAT the instructions wanted me to do (still can't, to be honest!), so I folded the facing in half and used it that way. It was MURDER to try and do the buttonholes thru 3 layers of denim; this time it was a *breeze*. I cut 2 of the facing pieces, sewed them, flipped them, and topstitched them before attaching them to the bodice. The buttonholes hold it in place.

The button band is the same - the outside is denim, the inside is lining. It's neat, it's pretty, and it was not as difficult to install the hammer-in jeans tacks that I used.

Of course, that could be because I discovered that my grommet press will also work on the jeans tacks. (Helpful hint: IF you're going to be sewing a lot of jeans, run - don't walk! - to eBay and snag one of these lovely, lovely tools. I looked last night and there are a few listed for as low as $35! I paid $65 for mine, and it's worth every penny!)

They don't fit Kat perfectly, but you can at least SEE them on a "body". Sorry, but I don't do morning pictures - bed braid and hay isn't a good look for me. :lol: Not that the husband complained.....he seems to have a thing for women in overalls. :wink:

The only thing I don't like about these is that the denim I bought for me is a stretch denim. I thought I had grabbed a bolt of non-stretch; it didn't stretch any when I tested it (I also bought a bolt of stretch for Herself; it's still stretch. :lol:) This was a bit.....fun...to sew up; I think the lining will help the bodice not stretch out during wear. The bottoms...well, I guess they'll get a little baggy. :shrug: NEXT time I'll be more vigilant in my testing of denim! (I STILL need to get me some lighter-weight NON-stretch denim. :Sigh:)

All-in-all, though, I'm happy with these. They are perfect for summer barn work. And the lining does make me happy. :lol:

Oh! For the 2nd pair of overalls I made earlier, I added 2" to each leg piece (because the hips on the original pattern are SNUG. To the point that you can NOT work in them. You can pose, you can walk, you can look very cute, but you can NOT actually do any work. Since I wanted them to USE.....) I carefully added another dart to the back and tuck to the front, taking up the amount I had added to the side. I remembered - now! - that I had a problem with the pants being too wide; this time I widened the added dart/tuck by another half-inch EACH.

The pants were STILL 1" too wide. :bangs head: I re-drew the dart AGAIN; the pants on the cupcake set was only 1/4" too wide. I simply made a small tuck on either side of the right side seam and called it good. Thing is, I can't see HOW it's too wide! I carefully used 5/8" seams, like it calls for, I took out via the dart/tuck the same amount I had added.....:shrug: The belt fit the bodice (which is traced from the same size as the pants, and is a wee bit loose on me)...so I dunno what's up with that.

Hope y'all have a great weekend!

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Just a quickie... Jun. 22nd, 2016 @ 07:00 am
it's HOT. Hot, hot hot - and it's only JUNE. :sigh: Maybe we'll actually get a winter this year?

Been sewing - since last week I have made 6 pillowcases, 3 pairs of PJ's, and am in the middle of a 1940's playsuit (think overalls, but with shorts instead of jeans). I am trying to knock out as much as I can - I do NOT have room for all the wonderful $1/yard fabric! :lol:

Herself has a cold - we see the doctor today. Himself is doing well. The pool is now officially open - it's been great every evening, hopping into the lovely, coolish water.

Today is grocery-day, so I need to get hopping. Laters!

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It has been a busy week... Jun. 15th, 2016 @ 08:32 am
and it's only Wednesday! Oy vey!

Let's see...Monday we went to the Grandparent's. Um....Grannie isn't doing very well. We got there around 9:30; the door was open so we walked in. She was sitting on the floor - she had (please excuse me) fallen and couldn't get up. And we couldn't get her up. Her neighbor got home at 11 and got her up into a chair; while we waited the kids and I did a lot of little things for her around the house. :sigh:

Yesterday was SG's day of working from home. I had to go with him to the Toyota dealership (40 miles away) to drop off the Camry for recall work. I then spent the day (after school, of course) sewing some tank tops - here:

2016 tank tops

I have 5 (well, 6 if you count the wearable muslin - watermelon fabric. It seems SG has a "thing" for fruit prints - he LOVES the top. He couldn't comment on the *fit*, but the print? LOVE.) The lozenge and the fish are finished; the other 3 are waiting on bias tape for the neck and armholes. Here - look at it on Kat:

2016 fish tank top

It's unstructured; loose and comfy. PERFECT for outdoor chores.

I also have another Gertie top almost finished:

2016 fish Gertie top

(I can just eke out 2 shirts from 3 yards of fabric, IF I use bias tape for the binding, instead of self-bias. Not too bad! It's why I have the same print in 2 different shirts.)


I'm waiting on a button placement gauge - I love this print so much, and I want this blouse to be as perfect as I can get it. (The other tops are a little wonky in the button area - no big deal, but I'm trying to up my game here.)

We're pretty booked the rest of the week, so there will probably be no more sewing. Next week I need to tackle shorts. And PJ's.

Sam seems to be doing well. :fingers crossed: We're slowly tapering the steroids down, so....hopefully he'll continue doing well. I want to tackle a Thundershirt knock-off for him out of some of the knit fabric I picked up last week....people clothes first, though.

If I don't get back here before Friday, have a great week/weekend!

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Um....there are Balloons EVERYWHERE! Jun. 12th, 2016 @ 12:30 pm
*ahem* So. Herself and I ran to Wallyworld Friday afternoon, and they were pulling fabric out and putting it in clearance. The manager wasn't there, though - so it was "full-price" clearance.

I got up early yesterday, did a quick clean (it was Herself's birthday party)....but I had the overwhelming urge to Go. To. Walmart. I put it off, until Himself had gotten up and eaten; he agreed to go with me. (It was about 9 AM).

Well. The manager was there, and about 1/3 of the fabric was pulled. I, um....fell down. Hard. I bought about 70 yards......what? ALL the Star Wars fabric was clearanced ($1/yard, folks!) as was the My Little Pony fleece that Herself wanted for PJs. It took about an hour....when I got home I texted Mom. :lol:

After we cut Herself's cake, I asked her if it was OK if Mom and I went back up there...she said Of Course - $1/yard fabric! So......this time I only got 30 yards (What?)

To be honest: I'm not materialistic (see what I did there? :lol:) - I have plans for 90% of this fabric. Of that 90%, I already have the pattern picked out. Out of the 10%...16 yards are knits (2 bolts.) 1 bolt is for making "thunder shirts" for the dogs ($40 at PetSmart.....$1/yard here!) and the other is for t-shirts. I figure I'll get used to knits this way - it's no big deal if I screw up! (Most of the fabric, I was asking myself what I'd do with it before I added it to my pile. Except the Star Wars fabric - I asked Himself about it, and he said "Mom, it's STAR WARS. You should get it - you'll figure out what to do with it later." :rofl: At the cutting table, we decided he needed pillowcases.)

I got fleece for PJs, Star Wars flannels for PJs, some cotton for tops, and a bolt of Minion fabric for tops/PJ tops, and.....I dunno. I got some Minion fleece for me, hence the fabric - and I wanted 5 yards; 8 wasn't much of a stretch. :lol:

I've washed a bunch of it, and will be turning it into shirts soon. I traced off a tank pattern for Herself; I'll make the first one then turn her loose. She needs to start sewing her own stuff. :lol:

I'm very thankful for this blessing - it's not often I scored $1/yard fabric! Especially not current-style fabric! It's also not often that I happen to have the funds to take advantage of such a sale - The Lord was certainly looking out for me!

Tomorrow we go to Granny's - I hope to get some sewing in today. Then, next week - it's all sewing, all the time. I need to convert some of this to wearables!

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Busy little sewing bee... Jun. 10th, 2016 @ 03:46 pm
I have been. :ahem: No more Yoda, I promise. For now, anyway. :lol:

So. It's already HOT here in Texas, y'all. 94* yesterday - and it's just JUNE. I figured it was time to add some sleeveless shirts to my wardrobe, because t-shirts, while nice, are Too Much Fabric for the heat we get.

I made a wearable muslin in the size that Butterick B6217 said I was. THAT was a joke - it was Too Big. :sigh: I went down a size, then used the larger-sized darts - I now had a blouse that fit:

2016 Gertie Blouse worn

(What? You thought I'd be modeling? Not this time! :lol: Kat can stand in for me - although the blouse fits a little bit better on me than on her.)

So yesterday I sat down and knocked out 4 more. :rofl:

2016 Gertie blouses

I had good reason for "mindless" sewing - Wednesday evening Sam started wheezing. Loudly. All. Night. Long. No sleep for the household! First thing yesterday AM, I called the Vet. The earliest appointment was 3:20, so I jumped on it. I guess the receptionist heard him in the background, because at 10:30 she called and told me they had a cancellation at 11, did I want it? YES.

We took him in...and our dear Dr. Sunshine said "He has a collapsed trachea." No "Hi", or "hello", or "Oh, that sounds bad. Let's take a look, shall we?" :sigh:

Long-term: it's fatal. Pomeranians are apparently prone to this - the cartilage weakens and collapses; the more the dog get anxious or excited, the more it happens, until the brain becomes oxygen-starved and gets damaged (um...how could we tell? He's pretty much brainless, now! :weak grin:)

Short-term: he's on steroids and antibiotics. IF this works - and it seems to be helping; he's only wheezing occasionally, not constantly - we'll keep him on low-dose steroids for however long he stays with us. I've already said the diet is out the window - let him enjoy life! (We don't over-feed, so it's not like we'll be straining his heart. Just...he can have treats from the table, y'know?)

Anyway. 5 new shirts. I've gone back and ripped the bias tape off of the yellow one; I screwed up the neckline and it bugged me. It and the watermelon one are pullovers; I'm going to modify the facing and do it like the pattern says. (But with bias tape on the arms. Maybe. :lol:) Not sure if I'll rip out the watermelon neck; it bugs me (because I can't do mitered turns worth a hoot), but....not as much as the cherry one did.

Today we picked up Herself's Bernina, and a few more yards of fabric. :innocent whistle: There's a few more shirts for me, 1 for her, and another FNAF bound (this time Springtrap. Our semi-favorite outlet had cotton in the perfect colors for $3/yard :shrug:) and a bunch of buttons. I'm planning on using this pattern again - because I have it *down*, y'all. :lol: That'll be next week, though - tomorrow is Herself's birthday party. :bounce:

Hope y'all have a great weekend! Shabbat Shalom!

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» State of the Fiberaddict.....
H, tell your fan Thank You from both me and Herself. :smile: She is STILL giggly....I think I see a LOT of costuming in our future!

Her Bernina is supposed to be ready tomorrow - we'll hopefully be picking it up on Friday. Hope so - I have lots of yardage I need to get....brown twill and black, for the boys. And Herself has planned a Springtrap bound....SHE is going to be sewing that. I told her I would sew up the Iron Man dress, but after that SHE has to do it. I'll help, but......:evil grin: I'm hoping that the one fabric store was able to buy the Estate that he told us about.....Quilting Cotton. I have PLANS, y'all! :fingers crossed: (And yes, I do have fabric...but I've just about sewed up all that we bought last time. I haven't touched the denim or wool, but...those are long-term projects. The cotton? Is all gone. The shiny stuff? Is up next-ish (Iron Man).....and the silk. Well, it sits, but - it's SILK. :lol: I need to stock up now while I have funds - once SG's job is gone, money will be quite tight. I'm trying to plan ahead.)

Yesterday was eye exam day. Herself still has 20/20, Himself's prescription changed marginally in 1 eye (but I ordered him new glasses anyway. Hey, we HAVE insurance right now, let's USE it, right?), and my distance vision changed a little, but the close up (the dreaded bi-focal!) changed more than I expected. I went from +1.25 to +2.00. :sigh:

I ordered Himself's from the optometrist, but they said that our insurance didn't pay well on progressives, so when we got home I hit Zenni Optical. 2 pairs of progressives - 1 regular, 1 sunglasses - for $126. That's......pretty good, actually. :lol: (No, Zenni doesn't pay me - I am just a VERY happy customer!) It would have been right under $100, but I just couldn't do cheap frames for everyday - I bought the same green ones I am currently wearing. ($27.95) and I got the upgraded lens treatment ($14.95). :shrug: Why not?

Today is run to Cyn's to drop off work day. Tomorrow is stay home and hopefully clean the doe barn day, Thursday is stay home and wait for Home Depot day.....we have a busy week! At least it gives me time to sew up my top - I have it to the point that it's ready to be assembled. Let's hope it fits well, because then I can crank out a few more. :lol:

Need to get back to school - Himself is almost done with Math. Laters!

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» Whee! What Fun!
Today was Dallas Fan Days (aka: Comic Con) - but I'll get to that in a minute. Let's do a quick Weekend re-cap, shall we?

Friday was take-the-Aunt-shopping day. SG called and said it was "Clean the Office" at work day (the plant is closing down Oct. 31; he'll have a job until Dec. or Jan.), and was there anything I might possibly need that they might be tossing? I said, um....they had a comb binder the last time I was there.....he said "Done!"...and came home with a Fellowes electric comb binder. No manual, no combs, and no wire rack, but hey - Comb Binder! I can get the combs on MyBinding.com from $4, so....:huzzah!:

Yesterday was decent - we got the backyard cleaned up and the dumpster is FULL. I knocked out the 4 cushions for the dining room, then decide I needed to focus on summer sleeveless tops. Managed to pick out the pattern before crashing into bed. :lol:

Then - today. Today was a HUGE day, y'all. HUGE. Herself - wait, lemme give you a photo:

2016 Comic Con Tony & Bonnie

Now, to *normal* people, this looks like a girl with a guy cosplaying as Tony Stark. What it actually is, is my Aspie squee-ing over getting her photo taking with TONY STARK. She actually asked me to ask him - this is a first. She is STILL giggly over it - and the photo was taken around 11:15 this morning!

She also happily posed for photo-ops with kids who recognized her costume: Bonnie the Bunny from Five Nights At Freddy's (aka: FNAF)(Don't ask, if you don't know. Basically, haunted robots at Chuck-E-Cheese's.)(trying to kill you).

This is HUGE. HUGE. Y'all have no idea - my anti-social geek would not shut-up about the kids. Or Tony. (She has a crush, y'all. :lol: This guy had the attitude and the look of a young Tony Stark. And he did NOT break character - which really made her squee!)

SG was also happy - he got to pose with Boba Fett:

2016 Comic Con Boba Fett & SG

OK, so this guy missed the mark a little - but it's still a good costume! (SG just pulled me aside - he wants to take Herself to every Con we can get to, with ALL of us in costume. No biggie - I just need to buckle down and SEW. :lol:) (He wants to do the NG (Engy? The Engineer) from TF2; she wants me to do an Iron Man bound, and me? I have 25 yards of handwoven cotton (Jedi robes!) to work thru. Or....Herself wants me to do Jessica Rabbit next time, so we can be 2 bunnies together. :snicker: I can do vamp. The heels....well, I'll do 'em just for her. :lol: (I need to get a few more photos of her cosplay; there's a lavender bow in the back that kinda sorta resembles a tail. :innocent whistling:)

We came home with more artwork than I had planned on. I've made a discovery: IF you want to shop Cons on the cheap, wait on go on the last day, early in the morning. Almost every vendor had slashed prices - and most of the artists were offering multi-purchase deals. We got some $15 prints at 3-for-$20, for example. (!!) I have to find frames now....I was looking for 1 or 2, we came home with *9*. :blink:

I have 4 fabrics in the dryer; when I went to get some "muslin" from the armoire in the Studio a mouse jumped at me.....I yelped, then shuddered as I cut off 2 yards and overlocked it. :shudder: I settled on Butterick's 6217 - one of Gertie's. I pin-fit the pattern....we'll see how it looks in fabric before I go hog-wild with it. :lol:

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» The Sewing is Strong with this one....
or so it feels. I've been busy this week! Not only did I finish Herself's dress, I also managed to make an apron:

2016 yellow smock apron

(Which didn't turn out as nice as I wanted - the photo in the book was awesome, and I HAD to make it. This...well, it works. I'm over it. :lol:)

a cushion for my sewing chair:

2016 sewing chair cushion

(it replaced the PINK one that came with the machine.)(Also, please, PLEASE excuse the state of my floors. It's been raining a bit here - perhaps you've heard?- and I simply can't keep up.)

a set of cushions for my rocking chair:

2016 rocker cushions

(I like the fabric as a cushion much better than as an apron!)

and a set of cushions for the kitchen table:

2016 cherries cushion

2016 cherries cushion back

I did something different on these; instead of ties I made tabs - right now they have bits of kindling holding them on the chairs. :lol: As soon as I can, I'll pick up a nice dowel rod and cut "pretty" bits - but this works for now.

I still need to make 4 cushions for the dining room, then it's on to jeans and sleeveless tops for me. And another dress for Herself (Iron Man themed, this time).

Oh! We ran to JoAnn's again yesterday.....I spent $58, but SAVED $173. :lol: I'm telling you - Butterick patterns for $1.99 are a FANTASTIC deal. Also right now, Simplicity patterns are 5 for $5 - I didn't take advantage of that one, because 9 Butterick patterns were enough. :rofl:

Hope you all have a great (and DRY!) Shabbat!

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» A brief pause..
to Thank all our Military members. Your service is MOST appreciated!

Yesterday was an interesting day. On Friday we received our dumpster ($500! :ack!!:) and started filling it on Saturday. Herself and I took out 3 kitchen trash bags and 5 55-gallon drum sized bags from the Studio; it's better, but still not where I want it. (I can't do much more until I can pull things out of the space so I have room to move. Have I mentioned it's RAINING again? :lol:) SG's been tiding up the property, and Himself is working on his room. Now that the stage is set:

I was on the tractor yesterday, hauling the trash to the dumpster, when SG told me to cut it off. I did; we both heard a very loud MEOW-ing. After a few minutes of searching, we found a baby kitten in the woodpile. I took him to our next door neighbor - she's feeding ALL the neighborhood cats (and a possum!) and thinks she knows who the mother is.

After we finished up that area, we got cleaned up and ran to Home Depot - Himself had managed to kill the light fixture in his room. On the way home, we stopped at Starbucks.....on the way out I saw something *jump* over on the side of the road. It was a baby kitten, and she was in danger of being squashed by traffic. :panic:

Fortunately, the car that made her jump saw her and stopped. The 2 young 20-somethings helped us catch her (at one point she was on top of the engine. The driver cut the power - fortunately! - and she managed to escape with just a burnt paw.) - one of them finally managed to nab her in the rear wheel well of his car. We took her home, and I called Mom. :lol: (What? I can't have cats, because our dogs think they are play toys. I didn't want to hand her over to our neighbor; I had visions of saving her from traffic only to have her wander over into our yard. :shudder:)

Mom picked her up, and as of last night little Lulu was well on her way to being spoiled rotten. She was starving, so I think she's been on her own for a while - poor baby! - but we'll soon have that put to rights. She scarfed down a piece of KFC chicken the size of her head (twice!) while we had her, so....:lol:

The dress is done, except for the hem. I have cut out a new chair cushion for my sewing chair and have a template made for cushions for the dining room chairs. I need to find the right fabric for the kitchen, then I'll whip up some cushions there.....why yes, I AM busy. :lol: These are quick and easy projects, and needed.....I have an apron and a sleeveless blouse planned, and jeans.

I have some work to do, so laters! Have a great Memorial Day!

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» A Soggy Shabbat Shalom!
It's Raining. Again. At least it's cool? And we're not in a drought?

Almost done with Herself's Bonnie dress. I cut a straight 14 - this time I did something different that didn't work like I thought it would. My serger prefers to cut while serging; it doesn't like just serging the edges. So, when I cut out the bodice pieces, I cut 1/4" OUTSIDE the pattern, traced the pattern piece, and planned on serging the excess off. Basically, I wanted to end up with the exact sized piece, but with serged edges.

Only, I can't serge exactly on the line. :sigh: I did use the lines as guides for the seams, so I did manage to seam it to the right size, but....I need to work on that.

The skirt is cut, serged, seamed, and gathered. I need to decide if I want to put a couple of darts in the bodice (it fits, but it's a little looser than she likes.......*I* want her to have room to move; since this is a woven, not a knit I can't fit it as tightly as she thinks she wants.) or if I just want to slap the skirt on, add the zip, and hem it. We'll see....

I have some books coming on Tailoring.....because I want to research the heck out of things before starting to fit the coat. :lol: (Have I mentioned I am a bibliophile? Sounds better than "book junkie"...but same thing. :lol:)

I need to put on some music and be-bop around getting ready for Shabbat. My current obsession is "Shut up and Dance" by Walk the Moon. Very upbeat and fun!

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