Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Mind Is Not Willing

Finally I can breathe. Kids are gone during the day. Other personal baggage is lightening up. I have time to sew, but I don't know what to make. Oooooo, I hate that! I'm desperate to sew something just to make room so I can buy some more fabric. The last 3-1/2 things I've made are on their way out of the house. Hated them. (This includes the two sleeveless blouses I just made - yuk, hated them.) It's so bad I can't even think of what to plan. I put all my patterns and most of my fabrics in Picasa files, I've put together a little plan for summer but it's just not motivating me. Poop. I know you've all been there and might be there right now. Just wanted to vent.

I think I'm just going to have to write-off this as one of the worst, most unproductive summers ever and move on. I've only got three weeks left before the school year begins. (More uncertainty there too as I'm once again in a position where there's about a 50% chance I won't have the same school/position I had last year. It seems that although my district is supporting the arts all of the open positions so far have been for Art or Vocal Music. Guess Instrumental Music is too much work!) I mean, it's not like I won't have anything to wear...

Totally unrelated to sewing - My daughter is at an overnight camp this week (she went last year too) and I discovered the Bunk1 website. It's so cool! I can go on the site daily and see photo's of what the kids are doing at camp (like 200 photos!). And for a fee I can type up a message, they print it and deliver it to her the next morning. I'm terrible at writing letters and even worse at making sure they get mailed.


P.S. DD doesn't know it but I'm totally purging her wardrobe while she's gone. Seriously, the child is 9 and still has garments that are size 6! And she wears them! I don't realize it until I look at her think she may be putting on weight. Duh, no, it's a t-shirt from when she was 6!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Blogger's Block

I wanna write more but just can't think of what to say. I do have a couple of pictures though. Remember those cool cotton prints from Gorgeous Fabrics? It only took me, ummm, just two years to put this one together. It did turn out to be exactly what I originally wanted the fabric to be though.

Try to ignore the waist, the green shapes on the print are not even and for those of us in the know, well, it's noticeable here. I have belts I could add but really liked the way it looked without...on this particular day anyway. The pattern is New Look 6723. A pretty basic pattern that I lined with white cotton/poly broadcloth. From the pictures, it looks like I'd better add a swayback adjustment to my list.

Kids are both out of the house for most of the day next week...maybe I'll actually get some real sewing done then!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fabric Store Tragedy Hits Home

Maybe that's a little dramatic but, one of my favorite local fabric resources, Cutting Room Fabrics - is CLOSING!! Shock, sadness, sympathy...and then guilt. Guilt because I didn't shop there enough (it's a 30 min. drive to get there). Guilt because I usually only bought interfacing, shoulder pads, and fabrics marked way down. Serious guilt when I read this: "Going Out Of Business - 75% off everything! Emergency fabric trip. Cancel all appointments, watch the kids, I'm outa' here and I don't know when I'll be back!

The normally empty parking lot was almost full. I saw, I grabbed, I stood in line.......and stood in line......and stood in line....for almost 1-1/2 hours but I didn't care. A couple of people said it but I'm sure everyone was thinking it - why couldn't it be this crowded all the time? Well, maybe not that crowded, just crowded enough to keep them in business longer. Enough, here's the good stuff.

Here are the details: The cutting slip reads 1.25, 4, 4, 3, 3 yards with only one piece marked below 17.95/yd (originally) figure in the 75% off and we have a grand total of $65. Still feeling guilty but felt the need to share.

* If you're in the area or familiar with the store I suggest you get over there quick. The sale goes through the end of the month, but if today is any indication there will little if anything left at that point.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Some Actual Sewing!

The three blouses I hoped to finish in one weekend (two weekends ago) have gone from this! To this. Ta Da!

What's that you say? One is missing? Well, the one that didn't get finished is actually about four years old. I think the hold up is the armhole finish. Well, that and the fact that I have no idea what pattern I used, so I'm not completely sure what it's supposed to look like. Does it have darts? Um, I don't know. The strips that I cut to finish the armholes (I think) are not on the bias. Sewing obstacle. What's that you say? Just go and get some bias tape to finish them off? Well, have you noticed how the tapes and briads at some fabric stores never seem to go on sale any more, have you? Zippers either, but that's not important here. Anyway, I finished two.

If you look closely you will find many mistakes. This I know. This I don't care. These are not forever-after blouses. They will be replaced soon. Maybe I'll tell people I bought them at an inexpensive chain store. I do like this OOP pattern though. I made it with the ruffles last year and have yet one more version cut out.

I should probably go on about all the sewing details of the blouses but I don't feel like it! Tonight I have other sewing issues on my mind. Last year I bought the end of this fabulous Liz Claiborne linen from EOS. At first it was going to be a long bias skrit. Then it was going to be the same dress that Isaac designed for Liz (bias dress, long skirt sleeveless top with collar). I didn't have enough fabric. Now it's going to be this sleeveless summer dress and I didn't actually have enough fabric for this one either. Oh heck, most people don't notice that anyway, right? The all-important CF is perfectly matched, so I'm just going to make sure no one sees my CB!

Took some pictures of how I matched the CF for this one.

Pinned front and back.

Can you guess what my next dilemma is? I'll give you a little hint...BIAS. This thing is going to stretch out of control! Any and all ideas for a suitable infrastructure are welcome!

Oh yea, I did something bad this week. Can you guess? It cost $35 and you can't wear it but it has to do with sewing. Hmmmmmmmm, what could it be?