Wednesday, November 25, 2009


At this point I don't even remember what the details were for the 2008 Stitcher's Guild SWAP, but today I attached the very last button! Woohoo!!

I only had enough energy to take pictures of the garments today. (Not even enough energy to iron the blouses lol!) As soon as I can, I'll show the outfits. I was actually very close to finishing on time. Believe it or not, it was not the jacket that prevented me from finishing - that was all done (except for hand work, which I consider done ;)) a month before the contest ended. My final obstacle was the purple "silky" blouse. Originally it was to be ivory silk charmeuse but I didn't have as much as I thought in my stash and then I found this purple that matched the pants perfectly. As much as I'm not a fan of this poly fabric (from JoAnn's) I knew it would be easier to sew than charmeuse. Anyway the pattern for this was gathered sleeves, gathered cuffs (from this blouse pattern), and a bow. I just didn't have the energy to tackle that when all the other bloggers were sewing for spring! Well, the blouse is done now and I love it - especially the sleeves.

It wasn't until today when I pulled all the garments together that I realized I really love how all the pieces can work together. I'll put together more details when I show the outfits, but here are some bullet-points, FYI.

- I've worn the purple pants almost as often as the black pants. Seriously, who looks in their closet and says, "I need a pair of purple pants to make it complete."? Well, I didn't. The fabric is actually a hand-me-down wool crepe that my mom gave me after it sat in her stash forever. I now agree with Carolyn that this fabric is fantastic for pants, especially a wide leg!

- The biggest disappointment is the pair of dark gray pants that go with the jacket. From the knee up they look and feel awful! I see myself wearing them exactly once, just to show off the suit. I've been searching the web to find this fabric for a different pair of pants - no luck. It's wool denim. Anybody else seen it?? I bought it locally at a store that I only visit about twice a year.

- The jacket pattern called for all pieces to be interfaced. I really went back and forth about this because the fabric was quite firm to begin with. I decided to follow the pattern...unfortunately, NOT before I purchased my interfacing from Pam. The interfacing started to bubble long before the hand work was finished.

- After I realized I wasn't going to meet the deadline my jacket just sat and sat and sat on my dress form. When I finally took it off, it had smoushed all the shoulder and bust padding on the form!

- I also made turtlenecks in black, purple, and medium gray - my standard winter comfort garment.

Thanks for all the well-wishes for my daughter. She's adapting well - when she wants to!

That's all for now. Hope everyone enjoys the holiday!

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Taking some baby steps with the sewing...sewed up a muslin for my vintage jacket pattern and made small adjustments. Revisited the brown pants that I cut out and couldn't remember what modifications and pattern I used. It looks like they might be wearable soon.

Then my little princess fell off the monkey bars. Four days, three splints, one surgery, and countless healthcare professionals later she's ready to return to school. Well, for half-a-day anyway. She'll be getting a permanent cast in the afternoon. Tomorrow morning we'll be working out the fashion details. It's not easy to find shirts that will fit over a giant cast. Today, between Goodwill and JoAnn's I put these together. You can't really tell from the picture but almost all of them have some sparkle. When you're 8 that's really the most important part (at least in this house).

Managed to sew and write a review for this garment. I love the dress with a turtleneck but in my "virtual sewing" imagination I thought it would look about 100 times better all alone. Figured that I would be making many of these for all seasons. Not now. Not with that neckline.

Here's hoping everyone gets lots of sewing, or at least fabric-shopping done this week! My vacation days will be spent, catching up with all the days I've missed from school, sewing, eating, shopping - definitely not in that order!

Happy Thanksgiving!