Thursday, September 25, 2008

What Does That Have To Do With Sewing?

I've been meaning to do this post for awhile. Then Summerset asked the question, "what do you keep on hand that you use all the time?" That's just the motivation I needed. I decided to show you things I use that are not necessarily considered sewing items.

1. Binder for pattern envelopes. This one is a perfect size for pattern envelopes and if the envelope is too big (like Vogue) I just fold it in half.
2. Twin sheet set – my new fabric source for a crisp white blouse. Depending on the style of blouse, one twin flat sheet is probably enough, but this set was on sale.
3. Sandwich bags to hold the contents of my patterns, which are then filed in numerical order.
4. Fabric sizing (light starch) – My new BFF! I read a tip about using this while constructing your garments – even knits – and I LOVE IT! (I didn’t realize it was a light starch until I came home. Next time I’ll go for the real thing.)
5. Padded shelf liner. Originally purchased to keep my sewing pedals from moving. It hasn’t really made a difference there but has worked miracles on stabilizing my serger.
6. Pattern paper (actually vinyl). This is a tip that I sent to Threads (and got published :). It’s a roll of tablecloth vinyl that I can get at a local craft store for about $10, and it’s huge. I mean, it will last a loooong time. (Michael's craft stores probably carry it too.)
7. Crayola washable markers. My new fabric markers, from a tip on PR.
8. Glue stick; used to attach all the pattern pieces for the Neue Mode patterns I downloaded this summer.

Lastly, my sewing sanctuary treasure. This was purchased from a local antique store that was going out of business. I'm convinced it was originally made for storing and displaying patterns. So, that's how I use it.

That's it for now. Kristi tagged me, but that post will have to come later (when I can think of some witty answers)! And, Carolyn asked us to share our vintage pattern purchases (BTW, just got an email that momspatterns is running a sale, use the code "momsweekender"). I've had another recent delivery but that will also have come later. AND...I made a skirt last weekend! Finally, the basic black wool skirt that never got done last year. Not only that, it's part of a suit...stay tuned!

Monday, September 15, 2008


Here they are, the poor summer projects that didn't get any attention. Constructed with tender loving care, but in the end something is just a bit off. I don't have the heart to part with them...yet. But I fear their home in my closet is only temporary.

Maybe by next spring I'll be excited at the possiblities these misfits have to offer!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Hi, I'm Dana. It's been 12 days since my last post. Feel free to respond in your best monotone voice, "Hi, Dana."

Yikes, life has gone from 0 to 50 in 12 short days. I may not be making many comments, but you can trust that I'm out their getting my daily sewing blog fix. Thanks, to all you bloggers that post on a regular basis!

Just a quick post about Project Runway. I was just catching up on Tim's Take and found that the SIX remaining contestants all showed at Bryant Park today. I understand the logistics of having everyone show, but why do they keep advertising that as one of the prizes for the top three?! (Okay, sometimes I miss the finer details when I get worked up, so maybe they don't do that anymore.) Does that bother anyone else?

So, here's the link but don't feel obligated to visit if you want to be surprised. IMO I think Jerrell, Korto, and Leanne's were the most innovative. And I just have to add, Suede - yikes! Maybe he made the clothes that bad on purpose because he wasn't (isn't going to be) one of the top three. Care to share your opinion?

Maybe I'll get some sewing done this weekend - I need some quality time in my sanctuary (sewing area)!

Monday, September 1, 2008

More Plans

Summer's really over. In the past week my daughter had a tonsillectomy, my husband had emergency surgery to remove his gal bladder, my 6-year-old son was sent to the Principal's office (the second day of school) to discuss what scissors are used for (as in NOT cutting your hair!), and school started for me too. I'm currently enjoying what will surely be one of the few quite afternoons on my lovely porch that are left.

Here's the result of my little wardrobe challenge (the plan, anyway) using Butterick 5258. If you click to enlarge the picture, I've written a key to the pieces that match the pattern envelope.

As part of the challenge I wanted to reproduce the exact garments on the envelope just as the designers had put them together. But as I realized once I got the pattern, the skirt and pants don't have pockets. So, with the black pieces I will add side seam pockets. The purple set I'm going use a different pattern, at least for the pants. Wow. That looks awfully ambitious, hmmmm...

Time to break the peacefulness and go announce to my little girl that we really and truly are not going to the air show today. It's tough to be tough.

Happy sewing to those of you that are actually doing some!