Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Vacation Over

My sewing vacation is over.  Last week included a spree of pattern buying.  At least a dozen patterns were purchased of varying time periods….even some modern patterns….gasp!

Last night I rummaged through the stash to find the right fabrics. I dithered about contemplating various combinations or an all purple/white seersucker.  The yellow and multi-colored stripe won the day.
Of course since I purchased a number of patterns, I went with something I have sewn before.  Figures.  But I am on a tight deadline and I want a minimum of fitting issues. 

Tonight, I started cutting out the yellow fabric so no changing my mind now!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I may not have any desire to sew but I am at least looking for inspiration.

Take a look at this website and see if you are not inspired!  I know I am.  If you enlarge the picture you will see that even thogh the magazine is French, there are English tranlations on the page!  Major score

2 skirt patterns are winding their way to my house sometime next week.  They are for some of the wools I bought in my fall buying spree.  Here is one of them:

Is it not yummy!  Is it enough to get me out of this slump?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Lost: my sewing mojo

Last seen 2 weeks ago.

Any help would be appreciated.

Reward and no questions asked.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fun with Ribbons

I did so much sewing last week that I spent all my sewing mojo.  It vanished and has not yet re-appeared.  I have some ideas about future projects and I definitely need to finish up a few projects.

In the meantime, take a look at the neat ribbon folding techniques I learned this weekend.

Now how in the world can I integrate a couple of these into a project?

Head Plant

I created a short post last night, took a picture and then forgot all about it until sometime this morning.  Major head to desk moment.

How could I forget?  I guess it is age creeping up on me.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Back Home

Long weekend.  Saw some amazing outfits!  I wore the 1918 dress on Friday and received many compliments and a few people asked to take pictures. 

More importantly, I learned a lot of great techniques like how to grade up or down a pattern!  I plan to use that knowledge very soon.  I also learned a heirloom sewing technique that looks amazing but is quite easy!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Dress o' Doom Conquered

It is done.  The dress of doom that is.  No pictures right now because I finished it at 2:30 am and then collapsed.

Tell me why I do this because I cannot figure it out!

Pictures to come.........................

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Derailed...or Welcome to the Kitty ER

I had a list of everything that needed to get done by Thursday.  Every free minute was accounted for by that list.  That was until yesterday morning when my cute little furry helper started limping.  A quick trip home to check on him at lunch showed no improvement.  When I got home for work, he started growling at me, something this cat never does.  So off we went to the kitty ER.  It was proclaimed that he is very sturdy ( I wonder if that means husky in the furry helper world).  The thought is that he was bit by a spider and given pain meds.

So there went 2+ hours of my night.  I did take my hand sewing to the kitty ER and got a little done in the waiting room. 
What is the status of the Dress o' Doom?  It is hemmed.  The collar is pinned on ready to be basted on tonight.  I did buy some buttons that I am not thrilled with but they will work.  That's it. 

BTW, the furry helper was not limping this morning and seemed to be almost back to normal.  He is still under confinement per vet's orders and he is not happy about that!

Monday, August 02, 2010

Dress of Doom Update

I am beating this thing into submission.  Nevertheless it is the Dress of Doom because every thing just goes wrong with it.  My beloved workhorse sewing machine started revolting yesterday.  Luckily, I can basically finish this up by hand.

What needs to be done? A lot.  Finish the sash.  Buy and put on buttons and button holes.  Hem the sucker.  Put on the soutache collar (ready made and from stash).  Sew down the facings.  Whew, I am tired just typing that list.

There is still a lot of work to be done but the majority is completed.  Because, that is an awful lot of green and I do not want any kermit the frog comparisons, I am placing some off white soutache on the fichu.  Ah yes, something else to be completed on this. 

My love affair with late teens fashions continue.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Dress of Doom Attacks Pin.....

News at 11

Enough said:

Dress of Doom

Seriously, that is what it has become.  Everything and I mean EVERYTHING has gone wrong.  All of those hours spent measuring and measuring for naught.  The skirt pieces are of varying lengths.  It is not long enough for the tucks I wanted.  I am going to have to do a faced hem to make this work.  I do not have time to take out the top tuck so that the skirt is longer, which I may do sometime in the future. 

The only thing that was easy was putting in the sleeves.  Again, seriously!  If sleeves are the EASY part, that gives you an inkling of what a bother this entire dress has been.

Oh yes, the dress looks fine in the pictures; you cannot see the mistakes or the misery it imposed on me.  But trust me, this is merely terrorist propaganda by the Dress of Doom to make people think I am exaggerating this situation beyond all proportions.  I am not.  Do not believe the propaganda!

I have been soooooo close to chucking the whole thing but part of me will not let me do it.  I will wrangle this beast into submission and into something I can wear if it kills me.  One of us is going down! And it better be the Dress of Doom

Want to bet I decide not to wear it cause it is too matchy with the hat since I have no time now to make additions…….hahahahaha.  But that would mean the terrorists won.