The One Day Dress

January 8, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Posted in clothing, Sewing | Leave a comment
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Ok, so technically two, since I cut out the pattern yesterday, but all things considered I could have made this dress from start to finish in one day.

Using this beautiful lycra that my hubby got me long before he was even considered for the position of hubby, and a pattern borrowed from my friend J, I made this:

First picture taken with flash, second picture without, and in NONE of my pictures can you see the beautiful turquoise stripe that’s going down my right side. Hopefully it wil show up when pictures are taken in daylight in Cuba.

So the pattern is Simplicity 3775, view A but with short sleeves. I was worried when I was planning this dress, because my lycra stretches both horizontally and vertically, but to different degrees. I knew I wanted the waist band pattern to be perpendicular to the rest of the dress, but that would mean it would stretch differently.

I took my fabric to a knitting meet up and got opinions, and it all turned out fine. The fabric is a complete static ball though, probably from being in my stash for 6 years.

The dress got rave reviews from hubby and other than the static, I find it well fitting and very comfortable. I’m pondering wearing it to work tomorrow to see what others think. It needs a run under an iron, and a rub with a bounce sheet first though.


Circle Skirt – first FO of 2012

January 4, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Posted in clothing, Present, Sewing | Leave a comment
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Whoot! I love it when a progect is simple and comes together quickly. On Monday I posted about this skirt that was grabbed off my friend’s shelf.

It was beautiful, I loved the fabric, the hard part was done! It was a gorgeous circle skirt, hemmed and everything, all it needed was a waistband.

Problem was, the little circle for the waist was a bit too small for me, so… I cut it a bit bigger… maybe a little too big, but, the great thing about circle skirts is you can just gather them.

There had been a bit of extra fabric found near the skirt, so I had just enough to make a nice interfaced, double sided waist band with hooks and eyes.

Taking pictures of myself with the timer is difficult… but I still think they turn out better than when hubby takes them… I need to get him lessons.

Anyway, this is not a favourite skirt of Hubby’s, it’s just not his style. I got endless amounts of compliments though, and I enjoyed wearing it, and that’s the main thing. I kept catching my reflection in glass or by the elevator at work, and having the song “I feel pretty” pop into my head.

Thanks again to J for letting me rummage and find this! I know that this is going to be a frequent wear (though maybe not with this shirt… I don’t normally wear a lot of pink, so it’s actually a pajama top… no one knew.)

Why Facebook and Crafty Friends are Awesome!

January 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Posted in clothing, Costumes, Knitting, Present, Sewing, Socks | Leave a comment
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Today I have a bunch of work yet to do, it is 2:45 and I must empty out our spare room and work on continuing laundry, but before I do that I must explain why Facebook and Crafty Friends are awesome.

This morning, I got up, watched another episode for Gertie’s Bombshell Dress and realized I was itching to sew. I looked through the fabrics that I had on hand and realized that everything that I have is for costumes, and therefore, isn’t really worthy of clothing. It’s basically a lot of Fake Fur and Lycra. So I hopped onto Facebook and lamented my fate, before continuing to read back posts of Gertie’s blog and push more loads of laundry through.

At about 12:40 the phone rang. I figured it was a telemarketer, but picked up anyway. It was one of my knitting friends, J, who has read Facebook, seen my blog and that I was sewing again, and noticed that I was fabricless. She had previously offered me some leather that she had, and was wondering if I wanted to come look at her stash and see if there was any other fabric that I could use.

I was jumping up and down excited, and got ready rather quickly. I took one bag, not wanting to be presumptuous, and excitedly headed over to her house. When I entered, her husband said “did you bring a truck, because that bag won’t get nearly enough out…” So suffice it to say, there was plenty to choose from.

After showing me to her Quilting room, which had a full quilting machine in it!!! We started going through her fabrics. She had so many pretties to choose from! I knew I had to set some rules, especially when she took me down to see her patterns and told me to pick through and feel free to borrow any of them. So the rules were as follows:

1. I was only allowed to take a pattern if it was something I would sew within the next few months, or something I already had fabric for.
2. I was only allowed to take fabric if I had a pattern for it at home, or had just chosen a pattern that would need to be sewn in the next few months.
3. I was not allowed to grab anything just because it was “pretty” nor was I allowed to take anything because “someday” I might find something to do with it.
4. I was not allowed to take more than my bag could hold, period, no exceptions.

So, with those rules in place, here is what I ended up brining home:

The first thing we found as we were digging through was this beautiful circle skirt that is just in need of a waist band. So that will be project number one tonight probably so that I can see about wearing it tomorrow. The waist may  need to be a bit bigger, but the great thing about circle skirts is that it can be accomplished by making the centre circle a little wider. I love the fabric, and the hem is already completed, so it’s a perfect skirt to finish and add to my wardrobe.

Next, as I was looking through her patterns, I found this lovely dress, that is supposed to be made in a 2 way stretch. About 4 years ago, Hubby bought me this beautiful blue fabric, that blends from a light blue in the middle, to a navy blue on the edges. He bought it under the stipulation that it needed to be made into something for me that I could wear. I had not yet found the pattern to make it and had been designing costumes with this in mind but nothing seemed to work. When I saw this pattern I knew exactly what fabric I was going to use it with. I’m hoping to have this done for the first week of March when we go to Cuba. I’m thinking of making View A which doesn’t use any scrunching or ties on the waist band, but I may ask Hubby his opinion on which version he likes best, but I think A is simple and sleek and that he’ll vote for that one too.

These fabrics were found in two different areas of J’s house. The plaid I thought was very nice for a casual shirt, just something to wear in summer, maybe throw a bolero or cardigan over and it would be wearable to work on casual Friday or in the Summer when things are a little more relaxed. The white fabric was found in a drawer with the selvages serged, J said she thought that it was used for a head covering for Mary in a nativity play at her church. I thought it would be a lovely short sleeved blouse. After we’d found these two fabrics, we were searching for a pattern to work with the white fabric, and I think that view B with the short sleeves would be good for the white, and the view A sleeveless version would be good in the plaid, then I could wear the plaid over or under another shirt however it fit.

I love well tailored outfits, there’s just something about them that really hits me. As simple as plain straight lines are to sew, there’s just something about shaping, darts, and tucks that really seem like class to me. So when I saw this Dress Suit and Skirt, I knew I had to give them a go. We weren’t able to find enough fabric to make the full Dress Suit, but with a bit of planning and improvisation, I should have enough of the black pin-stripe denim to make the skirt and the jacket, which with my white blouse would probably be really stunning. The brown and beige fabric will be used for the dress, which won’t be worn with the jacket, from the looks of it, I may just have enough of the floral fabric to make a matching bolero, with some brown trim, I think it would be really cute, and I have the perfect brown suede shoes to wear with it. This dress is another possible outfit for Cuba, the fabric is light enough, and it’s dressy enough that I could wear it out, or casual enough just for during the day.

And now to the leather:

One of the big reasons this all started is because I make costumes and J has a MASSIVE TONNE of leather, seriously, she has a full box! Anyway, one of the things that happens with costume making is you have to have a number of plans. Plan A right now for the next costume I’m making is the Bombshell dress from Gertie’s course. It’s got the right seams, the right shape, and would only need a little bit of altering. However, Plan B is the red corset in the left corner. It’s got the right seams for the bodice part of the dress, and it’s got the structure that I could build the rest of the costume off of it. However it requires leather. So I grabbed enough to make the corset, in a nice enough colour so that if Plan A works, I’ll still have a nice corset that I can wear under a shirt that’s a little sheer, or over a blouse to go out somewhere or something. Plus, I don’t know if you noticed, but I really like that blue.

After all this fabric high, J was going to show me a shawl she just finished knitting, and as she was looking for it, her husband mentioned that the kettle had boiled, and I was offered some tea.

Not just a cup:

But a selection to take home. Which is perfect, because my tea drawer at work was getting pretty low. After J had shown me her shawl, I mentioned that I needed to head to our local knitting store to get some mens sock yarn for more Grandpa socks… well down to the basement we headed again and I added these to my bag:

So that’s 4 more pairs of socks for Grandpa, which I’m hoping to knit like the wind on my bus rides to and from work, and in Cuba, so that he has 4 pairs of new socks when he gets home from Florida in April.

I’ve got a bunch of work ahead of me, and the first step is emptying my sewing room, which is what I’m going to do right now! Once all that’s out, we can start rearranging the house and getting things set up finally.

You don’t realize how messed up everything gets when you have renters until they move back and you try to set everything up again.



2 in 2011

December 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

So I started late for a long list of sewn objects, but I have a second that I finished today.

Yes, this is the exact same colour as my skirt, it is actually the exact same fabric as the skirt and shirt work together to be Lucy from Peanuts, but I wanted this costume to be something that I can wear regularly.

So this top is made from the New Look 6338 view B in the same cotton-poly blend that  my skirt is made from. I think the weight of the fabric is a bit too much for the pattern though, because the arms stick out rather than fluff around my arms. I still like it though.

If I remake this though, I will need to change the neck because it’s a bit tight. I’m really impressed with how the zipper went, it’s probably the best one I’ve put in ever.

I finished this up for the New Years party we’re going to today so I didn’t have time to do a proper outfit get up to show off the shirt. I’ll get around to that tomorrow or something.

My plans for 2012 are to actively start using Suzy (my sewing machine) and to make lovely outfits for myself.

First up:

Gertie’s Bombshell Dress Course. This is two fold, first, I’d get a full tutorial in how to make a proper dress, a muslin, and everything from start to finish. Secondly, I have a costume that I’m going to be making, and this dress pattern looks just about right for it (with one or two minor tweaks.) So I’ll have a lovely dress, a lovely costume, and the skills and knowledge to continue on my path of a home made wardrobe.

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year, catch you on the flip side!

Hey Look, I made something!

December 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ok so wow… yeah… this blogging thing really isn`t my strong point, but I do like having a place to show my stuff.

Like this:

Please excuse my horrible posing, I`m really not good at this stuff. Plus taking a picture with the timer on your camera and trying to pose properly is difficult.

Anyway, the skirt is one that I started making for a Halloween costume, but didn`t finish the costume in time. The whole point of this was to allow me to not only have a costume, but also to have 2 pieces of wearable clothes. (The second being a top that currently needs sleeves and a bottom hem… maybe I can get that done today..) The top and skirt are made from the same fabric so I will never wear them together as then I would look like I was wearing a costume, but separately I think they`re cute.

This skirt is made with New Look Pattern 6190 view C, in a cotton-poly blend. I`m a little surprised at how straight it is because from the picture it looked like it would be more flowy, but that could be from the weight of the fabric.

I think I might need a slip with this though, at least if I`m wearing it with leggings like this, because it seems to like to catch a bit.

Since this is the first piece of clothing that I`ve actually wanted to really wear and look nice, it was a bit harder for me. I usually make costumes so I tend to take shortcuts while I`m sewing, then wonder why the piece didn`t turn out how I wanted it to.  A lot of the things I have issues with on this skirt (the zipper cover is a bit puckered, the waist facing could have been done a bit nicer) are basically all from inexperience. So now my challenge is to finish my shirt and start planning my next piece of clothing. I have some nice printed lycra that I might use to make a top… I`ll have to look through my patterns and see what I have.

Plus I have my big costume that I`m planning on making this year… in the process, I`ve found a beautiful dress tutorial on Craftsy that looks like it`ll work perfect! And then I`ll have the skills to make a dress I`ve been drooling over for years… just need to find the right fabric now.


November 11, 2011 at 7:46 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’ve had an issue with Remembrance Day for a while, since I was in high school and watched a couple of boys put poppies over their genitals and wander around.

It seems a lot of young people just don’t get it! Maybe it’s because they haven’t lived in a world with war affecting them personally, or maybe it’s because it’s just not talked about at home.

In my family, we still talk about it. My great grandfather on my mother’s side lost his leg in World War 1, my grandfather on my father’s side was in the Navy in World War 2, but only for the very end of it, and never saw battle. My grandfather on my mother’s side was in the Air Force for 50 years, but missed the two big wars, and pretty much all of the little ones.

Still, Remembrance Day is significant in my life. It’s a time to remember those who we may never have met but have protected us and others around the world, in past, present and future.

Where I am Remembrance Day is not a stat holiday, and as much as some people might like it to be, I don’t know if that’s a good idea. I know that I would go to the Cenetaph and watch the ceremony, and make it significant for my kids, but I know a lot of people would just bag off.

I think what should be done is that if you want to take the time and go to the ceremony, you get the morning off to do so, but have to bring in the pamphlet handed out or something showing that you were there. I think if you want to remember, and want to go thank those who have done SO much for you, you should have the opportunity without repricussion.

But I don’t think it should be a free day.

Missed again

November 10, 2011 at 7:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ok, this posting every day thing is hard, I thought it would be fine because I have this time in the morning, but now I’m finding that some days just get too busy, especially when I’m trying to cut back my net time.

It’s just amazing, on days when I don’t touch the internet, I don’t post! Well I’ll have to see how well I can continue. 30 days, 30 posts, even if they aren’t one a day.

I’ll make it!

Am I Insane?

November 9, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I had my physical a couple of weeks ago, and while there my doctor had “the weight talk” with me *SOB*.

I had known my weight was creeping up, but I’m fortunate in the fact that I put weight on proportionately, so it’s not like my stomach bulges or my butt gets huge. I still have my curves, they’re just a bit bigger than they were before.

Well, they’re too big for my doctor. So I’ve been watching what I eat. This is not a diet though. If I learned anything about my time moving up to my wedding, it’s that diets don’t work, because diets have an end date. Once that date approaches, you can go back to eating as badly as you used to.

So I’m having a lifestyle change, and I’m really trying to stick with it. Eating more chicken, eating more fruits and veggies, but most of all: Exercizing!

Blech, I’m not an exercizer, but I know I need to. I’ve started going to the gym at work regularly (I’m trying for daily), and there’s another person at work who goes to. Yesterday when I got there, she was doing a video and as I hopped onto the elliptical, I realized it was P90X.

Now I’ve heard a lot about this program, and apparently the gym has all the DVDs (I was interested in the nutritional side of it anyway), so I’m going to see about doing the P90X system for exercize. I’ve found something that lists how the 3 different challenge levels go and I think I’m going to do Lean. I want to burn calories and lose weight, after I’ve done this cycle if I feel up to it I might try the regular challenge.

I’ve also found material that shows me how to do the Fit Test and the worksheets to track how I do with the videos. I like to write stuff down, so this works for me because it helps me to see the small improvements.

However, I do wonder if I’m a little insane.

Making Time

November 8, 2011 at 7:34 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I don’t know how I did it. Last year I spent easily one hundred hours on the internet per week, I worked one hour longer per day, I had a bus ride that was an hour longer each way, and my house was a disaster. Now I spend maybe 10-15 hours on the internet per week, I work a shorter work day, my commute is a lot shorter, and my house is STILL a disaster!

I don’t get it. I cut out a lot of stuff that was taking up my time so why don’t I feel like I have all this extra time to do stuff?

It’s priorities and making time.

A few years ago I posted on here about how I was at college and knitting and a number of people would walk by me and state that they just didn’t have time for knitting. I then went on to say that technically I didn’t “have time” for knitting, but I made time.

The difference is that knitting is something I enjoy doing, it calms me, it feels productive, and it’s just neat to see the pattern form under my fingers.

I was willing to make time for it.

Not so with cleaning the house.

With the house, that’s “Chores”, that’s “work”. Why would I make time for that?

Well here’s a big thing, I’m an adult now, I don’t have parents to come by and pick up after me if I don’t do it. Nor do I have children yet to assist. So if I want a clean house I need to make time.

However, I read a quick little book called Fish! recently. It’s about loving the work you do, even if it’s not the work you love. There’s a quote in there, and I’m paraphrasing, about one person’s Grandmother, who always had the Grandkids in the kitchen, helping clean up, or make food, or bake. He said that she probably didn’t really enjoy that, but his Grandmother’s kitchen was a place of love, fun, and wisdom… because of her. She had an attitude that made it a great place to be.

Besides, if I want my house clean, some magical fairy isn’t going to come in and do it. We got completely blessed with our friends cleaning up the outside, now I have to make the inside look just as nice.

Ummm.. Oops

November 7, 2011 at 7:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ok, so the date says Nov 7, so it looks like I fully succeeded, but technically it’s very early on Nov 8, but I did have a planned post for the 7th, I just ran from work, sped through dinner, then went to a meeting and got back at about 10 and was bushed.

So I was going to write about making time and all that good stuff, but I went to bed. So this is a note acknowledging that yes, I failed NaBloPoMo, but I’m going to try and continue for the rest of the month.


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