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and I'm blaming Hearthwench. It's HER fault, you see - she's been posting pictures of skirts and child-dresses she's made. I've tried to avoid it - I haven't even left comments, because if I do, I have to admit to myself that I wanna be able to do that! :heh: Yes, I have an inner "Becky Home-ecky" that wants to be able to sew pretty things (thanks, Hearth! LOVE the name!) I haven't even visited her other blog, because I KNOW that'll push me over the edge.

I've tried to appease it - that's why I banged out the 2 wall hangings a couple of weeks ago. That's why I spent today painstakingly piecing together Sabbath placemats, v.2.0 (the first set...well, were a horrific failure. All 4 of them came out wonky, mis-sized, and...well, I wanted better for the Sabbath table. We stopped at the quilt store Saturday and picked up NEW fabric for a set - and they turned out BEAUTIFUL. I just need to quilt 'em up and bind them and they're ready to use.) In the middle of piecing mat #2, my scissors fell, I grabbed for them, and stabbed myself in the process. Stab wounds..bleed. A lot. :shudder:

Herself isn't helping - she got a machine from Granny for her birthday, and made 5 shirts while over there. She's an Expert, now.....and keeps telling me that SHE'LL be happy to make me whatever I want....only, *I* want to make them! :pout: (She doesn't get that - she can sew, so she can make me stuff. I want to have the personal satisfaction myself, y'know? Even if it's not perfect, at least *I* did it!)

We picked up 2 clothes patterns today - Easy Sew brand. (Or something like that - supposed to be SUPER simple, which is my speed.) I wish I could use my serger (but I kill it every time I try to use it), but I can pull out my sewing books and learn how to make pretty seams. :sigh: Hearth - Look what you've done! :lol:

I also bought a new quilt pattern.....with GOATS. :lol: I wasn't looking - the last time I looked for goats, specifically, nothing came up. Today, I was looking for Sheep (I have a sheep wall-hanging I did, and it's starting to get "old". I wanted a new one)....and found a bunch, and then the Goats popped up. Nubians, and Alpines, and Angoras, and and and....I am already planning the new hanging, and the pattern just got mailed out today! :lol:

In all seriousness, sewing is something I need to conquer. Home-sewed clothes last longer than the cheap crap you buy, and the colors are better suited to the wearer. The styles are more suitable, too.....now that I feel like I "get" my machine (I LOVE my White! They knew how to build 'em in the '50's!) I have the itch to USE it for "real" stuff. I can knit, and I can weave and spin...I NEED to be able to sew!

At least the quilted stuff has been good practice. I can do pretty straight seams now, and I can keep the tension even and the speed even, too. I've had plenty of practice with the seam ripper, too...:grin:

I need to cut the backing fabric and pin up the 4 placemats. I also need to go hunting for a pattern for RH, and the other Feast days - it's only right that I try to decorate for the REAL Festivals. I mean, I have patterns for Turkey-day, and St. Pat's day, and Chocolate day (Valentine's, if you want to be "real" :lol:) - so I really should put forth the effort to make Biblical Holiday ones. I've found a Passover hanging....but need to hunt for the others (and decide if a hanging of 10 squares with sashing is worth $40. :sigh:)
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From:Ali Snowdale
Date:August 9th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
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If it makes you feel better you are way WAY above me in sewing talent.
Stellar even. I have a machine - I want to learn - but....life ya know?
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From:fiberaddict
Date:August 9th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
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Believe me, I know. And, stellar? :blush: You honestly wouldn't think that if you could examine my stuff up close....seriously. Clothes are going to be a HUGE leap for me.....wall-hangings don't get washed a lot, they don't get a lot of wear'n'tear....placemats don't either, really.
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Date:August 9th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
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Yay you! And um. OW! Don't try to catch sharp things!!!

I really hope those aren't See and Sew patterns. If they are, and they don't work please don't blame yourself. Some of those see and sew patterns should be shredded instead of used. I would look for "Easy" rated patterns on the big four (Vogue/McCalls/Butterick/Simplicity) - or Simplicity also has some patterns for learning to sew for children (my mom bought me one so I could make straight skirts for my 7yo). A line skirts are a good place to start.

Feel free to send questions. I am still learning (lots!) but I probably can point you in the right direction. The internet is a wonderful tool for sewing info... there are so many good blogs out there.

The other blog is where I go all philosophical about the uses of beauty and talk about color etc. It's not a sewing blog, so you should be safe. You've probably seen the clothing pix on xanga anyway, since I like to show off. I've not been posting terribly regularly. I need to get back to it.

Yay you!

-The Evil HearthWench-


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From:fiberaddict
Date:August 9th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
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I think they are See and Sew....oops. Well, it'll be a good learning experience! 1 of them is for bottoms - and I've made simple "bloomers" before, so that one should be easy. The other one is for peasant-type tops....we'll see. I gotta buy fabric, first - all I have on hand is quilting cotton, in small amounts.

Yeah, your pics of your daughter's sparkly dress are what finally pushed me over the edge. :lol: Not that I (or Herself) like pink and sparkly, but......*I* want to do that! Only, with tops for us (since I like the boho look, and can't find affordable styles *anywhere* - or if I do, the colors won't work on me. :sigh:)
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Date:August 9th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
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OH!

Easy really pretty seams: French seams. You can look that up online. Basically you sew the seam the opposite way you'd normally do it at 1/4" and then trim it, press it, and flip it, then sew it at 3/8", which gives you the usual 5/8" seam allowance. And you have no rough edges showing.

Suitable for light fabrics, not suitable for anything heavier than a twill, but after that the pinking shears should be of help, or you can always do a bias-tape seam finish or whipstitch it if you want to get all couture on us. :D
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From:fiberaddict
Date:August 9th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
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I was actually reading about French Seams last night! I think that's the way I'll go...for now, anyway. I live in fear of fraying....and that looks like the easiest way to prevent that.

My machine has...cams that make it do fancy-smancy stitches. I've never used them - but 1 of them is a really, really tight and tiny zig-zag. The book says you use that on seams to prevent fraying...but I'm scared to try to use the cams. The machine works fine now....I'm afraid if I mess with it, my "curse" will come out and kill it. :sigh:
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