November 7, 2009

What is Going On at My House?

The sewing machine is down for the count and so is the serger....I think I'm cursed. The serger won't chain and the sewing machine keeps throwing stitches. I think those ghosts we were watching on TV earlier jumped outta the screen and into my kitchen. So, you know what this means? I can't finish getting my sewing fix until I can get them looked at on Tuesday. Grrr, what a way to start the weekend.

Finished Gown

Here is the finished gown I was working on not long after our move. I finished it a few weeks ago and the kid has been loathe to take it off ever since (I'm sorta proud of this). It was obvious from her measurements and the pattern itself that this was gonna be big on her, I didn't have a problem with this as she can get more wear out of it. I did have to take a good 6 inches off the hem to make it short enough for I left a good deal of length IN the hem so I can let it out as she gets taller (if that ever happens). It is a bit wrinkled in the pic because it had been put into a pile of clothes fresh out of the dryer. I still have some of the striped flannel left and want to make the robe for her. I think I am gonna use Lisa's idea and use some coordinating solid flannel to make the yoke of the robe. The next time I go to Joann's I'll take the remainder of the fabric with me to match it up. If nothing else, I can make the robe from white flannel and create a pillow for her out of the striped flannel.

I did learn a lesson about what type of trim NOT to use around a neckline. This was lovely trim that I found on clearance at Hancock's about a year ago. It had been sitting in my stash since then. It matched perfectly and so I put it to use. I'll have to get a more detailed shot of it to post. It is crocheted with lace run through the middle portion to make a woven look. It worked wonderfully around the arms but, not so well around the neck because of tension on the outer side of the trim, it causes the trim to roll up and sit funny. I also determined that I really dislike 1/2" buttons, they are just too small for my fingers. For any future projects, I'll pay special attention to the button section to determine whether or not I can make room for larger buttons.
All in all, I'm happy with the way the gown turned out and I am very happy that she likes it so much. I know I don't have much longer before she loses interest in the things I make her (the teen years are approaching way too fast for comfort). As much room as she has in this gown, she may be wearing it into her teen years...

November 6, 2009

In Lieu of Flannel

Until I can get more of the flannel fabric for the cuffs I am going to be working on fleece hoodies for the family to get ready for winter. I'm experimenting with this pattern for myself first so I can work out all the bugs and make some really nice ones for the kids and boyfriend. The last hoodie I made didn't turn out so well. I seem to have an issue getting sizes right. I measure, make the size according to the measurements on the individual pattern and it's still off somehow. My some measured in for a size 8 on a Simplicity pattern, the size 10 just seemed too big. The hoodie was made and it was the right size alright, almost skin tight right size, way too short also. The zipper size the packaging called for was off by 6 inches too. By the time I finished with the garment I was fed up with sewing for a bit. Yeah, right, it only took me two weeks to get back to it and here I am. I will, however, not purchase the zippers anymore until it is time to put them in.

November 5, 2009

THIS IS IT!! I need 1/2 yard, can anyone help me out PLEASE?

My Sister

Hi, just wanted to introduce my sis!
Check out her blog, she's got all sorts of great ideas although, I'm not going to applaud her gardening skills as these do not run in our family. Hugs to my sis!

P.S. I'll be posting a pic of that fabric I mentioned yesterday as soon as the camera charges (it's charging right now) I'm eager to get to work on the shirt.

November 4, 2009

I'm Still Alvie

I'm posting from Sacred Scripture class. Yes, I know, I'm being bad. It's repetitive =(. I am putting out a request for help finding some fabric. I need 1/2 yd. It comes from Joann's, from the English Accent Collection. It's flannel and has blue, white and yellow plaid colors. The Joann's near my house is no longer getting it in and I need enough to cut the cuffs for a shirt. I will post a picture of it as soon as I can. If you know what I'm talking about or would be willing to help me get the amount I need, PLEASE EMAIL ME!!! Thank You.