Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I've seen others struggle with passing on awards... Whom to give it to, when there are so many inspiring, wonderful sewers out there? Sewing Spots decided to nominate new (-ish) bloggers. I will alter this new-ish (to me) sewers/bloggers and will add a bit on why they inspire me. Maybe you will discover someone new to you, too?
- Steph from 3 Hours Past the Edge of the World. She sews classic, classy, lasting garments. Her series on Sewing Habits and Practices is enlightening.
- Mikhaela from Polka Dot Overload. I love her colorful and exuberant style!
- Zoe from So Zo... See my last post. Enough said.
- Sinje from Mighty Mouse. She's fearless, creative, and German.
- The Cupcake Goddess. I like her style! (Anybody else have a cheesy 90's song playing in their head now?)
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I couldn't realistically clothe myself in all-me-made garments for more than a weekend (full of parties preferably, given my weakness for sewing dresses). So I signed up for Me-Made-March-Lite, meaning to wear one home-sewn garment per day (someone mentioned pajamas; well, I'm not going there anytime soon!). Zoe clarified today that the point about Me-Made-March is for it to be a challenge, not to set up strict rules that apply to everyone. Excellent concept! As it is, the (original) idea of MMM-Lite of one garment per day is enough of challenge for me, so I'm sticking with it.
Actually, it is quite the challenge! As you know me, I've been planning and revising, but of course, since signing up for the challenge, I haven't sewn a single piece for myself. A pair of girl's dungarees/overalls, yes, but I'm not fitting into them, and aren't we glad for that...
- Interrupting the regularly scheduled sewing for this kiddie clothing message:
Pattern: "Iguana Dungarees no. 11 from Ottobre 1/2008"
Relief factor on being done: v. high! -
What I'm hoping to gain from Me-Made-May:
- Fun! I'm not usually the playful type or one to run with the masses (unless in blogging, ha!), but this seems a wonderful way to enjoy our craft, dress creatively, and all in the company of fellow sewers who inspire!
- Wearing my (already) made garments more often and, as follows, more creatively.
- Making up some more garments under the pressure, erm, challenge, of MMM, and thus upping both my wardrobe size and sewing skills.
In true Zoe spirit, I'm hoping to make some progress on my blue SWALP before and during May, adding a few vaguely nautical pieces to my wardrobe. I always loved this style, and Zoe showed some great navy blue and striped styles. So this time around, instead of sewing nautical dresses for DD and pirate jeans for DS, I'm joining the navy myself!
If you haven't already, head on over to Zoe's blog and get inspired!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I'd like to start on a blouse next. Trena remarked it would be a nice change from coats and jackets, and I think she is right. (Besides, who wants to contradict the Queen of Cute Blouses, aka The Slapdash Sewist?)
Hopefully my SWALP won't fall victim to overplanning, since I've been thinking about it for a while!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I lengthened the legs, added a bit of width, left off the darts and tabs on the pant legs, and abandoned the instructions. Oh, and I added a carabiner hook (?) for attaching odds, ends and bike keys that can be left hanging outside or put in the pocket.
Yes, the topstitching/seam matching is a bit wonky here and there, but I really can't be bothered ripping apart perfectly functional seams on a pair of kids' pants that will be worn one year, max! One more thing on topstitching: I'm a bit cheap when it comes to buying notions - really, the thread, interfacing and fastenings can ruin the best fabric deal! So instead of buying the fantastically expensive topstitching thread I've switched to using two strands of regular thread (and one strand in the bobbin). It works just fine and looks good, I think!
The pants might be a bit wide-legged I'm afraid. DS will return from a sleepover soon to try them on, and I hope the legs won't need altering!
(back pocket detail)
I made the first pair of pirate jeans from the same fabric. Ottobre had a tutorial on giving the jeans a worn look; I decided to leave them be and see how actually wearing them (and washing... and wearing...) would affect the fabric. Here's the original pair and today's pants for comparison:
I think "life" ages them just fine!
I wish everyone who celebrates Easter a blessed holiday with their families, and everyone else a happy (sewing) weekend!