Friday, May 28, 2010

It's So Sad.

Have you ever seen anything so sad?

Remember this?
Here's what happened. This is some of that special, untouchable, waiting-for-the-perfect-garment fabric that I bought when I had visions of becoming a real, live, shy but famous fashion designer. It's been patiently waiting for more than 10 years. Three years ago I made my first just-break-down-and-sew-it garment from one of my really old patterns that I'd made before and loved. Well, the pattern didn't age very well and the jacket just looked goofy. This is the first time it's been seen in public.

Then I found the Butterick pattern. Made it, wore it, loved it. One day I tried it on with a cotton blouse and it felt a little snug. The next time I went to pull it out to wear AAAAHHHHHH!!! The fabric must have simply given out when I tried it on with the blouse. Maybe I'll try to convert it into a long vest (which I'm kind of diggin' lately). But for now, I'm still getting over the shock. I invested so much hope, so much love, so many beautiful possibilities on this fabric that it will definitely take time to recover. Lesson: Don't wait for the ultimate special garment to use your good fabric!! It's just fabric. Make your garment then go out and buy some more! (Yea, like I need to tell you to buy more fabric :))

Okay, this is the last of the sad news.

Just in case you can't tell, those are spider webs on the thread guide for my industrial. Enough said.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Life's A Bee

(Trying to be kid-friendly.) At least it has been for the past month. Just when I see a light at the end of the tunnel, the tunnel caves it did about an hour ago. I'm going to get to that light soon though, definitely by the time summer vacation starts!

Since I don't have any really informative sewing to share I thought I'd show you some of the pictures I've been collecting. These were all meant to be their own separate blog posts at one time but...

A few years ago my mom, the person that taught me to sew, started sewing banners and liturgical stoles seriously. She'd done the banners before but when she got "serious" they became amazing! I don't have any of the banners but here are a couple of her stoles. She makes her own designs, scouts the fabric at JoAnn's and sews them up!

UFO's (unfinished objects) Over the years I've developed a sewing system. I plan, I cut hopefully several garments at once, I sew as the spirit moves me. Once a garment has been cut it is considered "in process", i.e. not the same as a UFO. I found this storage unit at a garage sale for...$2.00. (Gotta love a bargain.)

So when the garments are cut all the pieces, notions, and pattern are stored in the drawers until the spirit moves me.

In my little sewing world this is what a UFO looks like. See that black blob shoved in the corner or that brown blob shoved under the table?

They are the pieces that need to be fixed, altered, or just finished. Since taking this picture I have freed the black blob from it's humiliating home (actually a pair of black double knit pants that suffered from the big-honkin'-pants syndrome). The brown blob (a boring brown pair of pants) is still there. It may not make it back into the closet.

Well, it feels good to blog again. I haven't even had the chance to comment lately. So glad that you keep blogging anyway and give me that little escape from the tunnel. Thanks, you guys!