Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hi, my name is Omega and I'm a fabricaholic

Yes, it's true.  I've been trying to get my stash whittled down a bit but I just can't seem too.  So, the other evening on my way home from work, I just made a casual visit to a local fabric store "G-Street Fabrics".  It's pretty convenient to stop on my way home so I just wanted to stop in to see what new stuff was in.  I love to visit the $2.97/yd table at the back of the store.  So, I strolled into the store Oooing & Awwwing all the way back to my favorite spot...the $2.97 table.  There were mounds & mounds of fabric on the table and I often find some real treasures there.  So, here's what I got...

I actually did pretty good and didn't go overboard.  But, I'll go back again & again.  I just can't help myself.  I guess I could have much worse addictions but I love this one and I don't want treatment.

HAPPY SEWING!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Finishing UFO's from my sewcation...

Tonight & tomorrow will be another sewing day..Yeah!!  I finished two of the skirt from the pile I made toward the end of my sewcation a couple weeks ago..(see last post at the bottom).  I hope to get a couple things knocked out this weekend,  hopefully two pair of the cropped pants.  So stay tuned  I hope to make some progress before the weekend is over.  Stay safe & stay cool....


Happy Sewing!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Where did the time go!!

Long post ahead....
I was off work this past week for a well deserved and longed for sewcation.  It was so nice to have untethered time all to myself.  As Carolyn said when commenting on my last post, it really "calmed and centered" me, it's amazing how you feel when you are doing something you enjoy and not being under stressed or pressured for lack of time.  I was able to read, relax and sew to my hearts content.   So as promised here are a few pictures, the result of my week...  
Vogue 1224
I finished this dress from my last post. I wore this one to church today and got several nice complements.  The fabric is a knit jersey, I lengthened it quite a bit about 5", the pattern was way to short for me.  That short stuff is for the little hot young thangs, LOL.  I really like this dress and have cut it out again in all black knit.  After making this one I wanted to find more knit fabric in more of a summery print.  I did go to JoAnn's but really didn't find anything & I didn't  feel like running all over town so maybe I shop for something online.  My time was to precious and really wanted to spend my time in my sewing room, I can shop anytime. 

This next one is from a couple posts back shown on my dress form, as promised these pics are just to show it on me.  I mentioned adding a little triangle piece as a modesty panel because I failed to make the neckline high enough.  With my full boobies...I really don't need to flaunt my cleavage.  I really feel more comfortable with this little piece added.  Also on this version vs. the first one I used gathers instead of pleats at the waist, I also like that much better.
Simplicity 2703

This one is the Simplicity 2703
I like the dress except for the fact that it's sleeveless but I thought I'd give it a shot anyway.  I like the dress overall and might even make it again. I will definitely won't wear it without a jacket but I don't like the jacket in the pattern.  So, I'll still have to make a jacket for this before it's wearable for my personal comfort level.  I also didn't put the ribbon bands around the waist, that just didn't work for me, but that way it could be belted so I might try that.
Also for better fit in the bust area I added to the width in the neckline but added a couple extra tucks and that worked out really well.


This skirt was super quick & easy...
This fabric panel and I wanted to make it into a dress but that small design at top was off center and I couldn't get it centered on my body and still have enough fabric to go around...(the boobs) so I cut it and made a skirt.  I plan to applique the design onto a black top such as the one I'm wearing above.  I do want a special top for this skirt so I'll be thinking about what will really look good with it.  I forgot to take a picture of the back but the back is exactly the same.  I really like this as a skirt.  I rarely wear a long skirt like this but it will be ready for whenever I need it.  I've been pretty lazy about doing the "PatternReview" posts so maybe I'll get around to getting these reviews on PR soon.
So after all the sewing I cut out several other things so they'll be standing by ready to sew.
This what my cutting table looks like right now...















These are the items cued up for sewing next...
 
I'm trying out this Bruda pattern for a pair of cropped pants. The fabric is an army green stretch cotton.
Also these Butterick cropped pants... one pair light olive green and tan stretch cotton sateen.  The blouse is a semi-sheer poly, not sure if it's considered chiffon.  I think it will look nice with the tan cropped pants.  A couple  skirts, I've been needing a white skirt, I'm making this one out of the white pique from my stash and this print that I've had for a really long time.  I originally made a jacket from this print.  I wear it now and then but I'll never wear these together...just too much of a good thing for me.  Finally the famous Tracy Reese dress again in black knit.  If I had another week off I could knock these (or most of it) out but I hope to have this all done by the end of the month.

Well back to the weekday grind, guess I should be grateful for a job to go to.  That's what makes having this fun possible. That's it for now stay tuned...
Happy sewing!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

I could get used to this...

This is what I worked on today...
                                                                   Vogue - 1224
I stayed home today to sew, no celebrating other that celebrating the fact that... I didn't want to do nuttin' but what I wanted to do today and that is just what I did.  I also wanted to do something quick and easy just to feel a sense of accomplishment. I've kept it a secret that I'm off work this week because I didn't want certain people to know, but I think I'm safe with letting it out now.  So, this week is mine all mine...ha, ha, ha  can you hear my laughter!!  It's a well deserved sewcation and I'm so excited.  I promise to have a review at the end of the week of all I get done including the dresses that I posted about in my last post.   I really like this dress and I think I want to make it a couple more times, one being all black.   I know this print isn't exactly summery so I want to get something really summery to make it again before this week is out, so I might have to go fabric shopping tomorrow just for something perfect.  So, I hope to get lots of sewing done this week & I'll report back later in the week....so more later.

Happy Sewing!!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Making some progress...

I got a chance to sew for a couple hours today, Ya!  So I worked on the dress mention in my last post.

Simplicity 2177
All left to do is add the zipper & hem it and it's done.  I made a couple changes instead of pleating I gathered at the waist and I added a little modesty triangle since the neckline was too low and I didn't pay enough attention to that before cutting.  When I held the pattern pieces up to me it didn't seem as low but it ended up a bit low for my comfort.  I also ended up adding this little feature to the other dress I made like this one from the last post.  I actually I like this dress better.  The fabric is a little bit heavier but it still has the lycra stretch.  So, I'm going to finish this one up tomorrow and get started on Simplicity 2703 dress also shown in my last post.  More later...

Happy Sewing!!
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