Sunday, December 19, 2010
First I made a cardboard 1/2 circle template, I made mine about 1 inch larger than the template in the instructions and I'm glad I did... then I folded the fabric in layers and traced the template with white chalk & cut several layers at once. I did mine with print fabric on one side and a solid on the otherThen I serged the edges...some in red, some green and some gold embroidery thread. There are several way to finish the edges but this was the quickestHere's a link to one set of instructions if you would like to add embroidery Christmas Tree Napkins, I also have another PDF of instructions that are a bit simpler (the one I used) without embroidery but I I don't know how to post the PDF. So, if you'd like that set of instructions send me an email. I'm going to make a few more this week and I'll be pretty much set for Christmas.
Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!
Monday, November 29, 2010
I wish I'd gotten a picture of me with it on & I'm a bit too lazy to set up the camera right now...sorry. SO, I'm looking though my pattern and fabric stash to see what I'll get into next. I really need to work on some wardrobe separates. I seriously have some basic wardrobe needs and I'll probably sew some Christmas gifts in between. More later...
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
OH, remember this. I hate UFO's so I'll usually stick with something until it's done or I decide that it's just not working out and I decide it's a wadder. That brings me to this top...from back around Spring time. Well I think I forgot to tell you all it totally became a wadder. Yeah, just had to let it go. It never did fit well so I decided it had to go. I guess "You've Got to Know When to Hold 'Em, Know When to Fold 'Em, Know When to Walk Away, and Know When to Run, as the old country song goes. This was a fold 'em and run. I think I might try it again maybe next spring cause I really like the pattern, next time I'll try a muslin first, novel idea huh.
More later, thinking of some things for Fall.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Here's another one, almost done, it's also a soft poly knit. This one however is giving me a real workout around the neckline, it's stretching out of shape so it's giving me a fit. SO, we'll see how this one turns out, I'll keep you posted on that one. Yes, I have a black & white theme going. I love black and white, I'm working on building my wardrobe around black, white & red.
Here is one last top that I currently have cut out and ready to sew and I hope to get to it soon. Sew & Sew #5444. I'm using this fabric for this top, yep...it's knit. I guess that my other theme lately. I will be mixing other colors in, I really do love color also but the black, white & red will be my base colors. I need to get some more pants made and start working on jackets too. So, I've got lots to do and so little time but I chuggin' along.
Hope everyone had a great and productive weekend. More later...
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I didn't use one of the big 4 to make these, I used a system called; "Fit Nice Sew Slim System" I've had this system for awhile and tried it once before without much success, but decided to give it another shot. I still had a lot of tweaking to do but I think I'll use this as my TNT for pants. I put a waistband on the front but used elastic across the back and that worked out well for me. I used an invisible zipper on the left side. Over all I'm pretty happy with them, I'll have to try them in a variety of fabrics to really say they deserve to be my pant TNT.
I also decided to work on this dress today, Butterick 5500 out of this fabric I bought during my trip to NY with Alethia back in July. Hopefully I'll get to finish this tomorrow or early next week. I also cut out a few knit tops that I'll post pics of and hope to get busy on them this week also.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I've always had this low metal cabinet but with the move I also acquired a large metal file cabinet that I would be facing while at my deskI thought...I've got to do something about this cabinet, it was not a pleasing sight. So, I decided to cover the drawer fronts with upholstery fabric. Mind you I couldn't do anything permanent because they belong to my company. So this is what I did...made a paper template to cut my fabric, turned up 1/2" hem and used "Tacky" glue on magnetic strips to the back and...here's the after
The low cabinet is actually behind me while I'm seated at my desk and with the fabric covered fronts they are much more tolerable.
Hopefully I can get to some sewing this weekend.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
I prefer skirts and pants with either facing or a very narrow waist band, so here's my skirt sloper. I'm still deciding which pant pattern I want to use. I've had a real ordeal with pants if you remember from a few posts back...so I'm saving them for last so I don't use up my mojo on pants. I don't want pants with front pleats of side pockets but I want it so the zipper can be back, side or front fly. Fortunately Alethia gave me a few great tips for my pants fitting so maybe this time it will be a better experience. More later...
Now just a matter of picking patterns and getting some of this fabric sewed up. Stay tuned, more later...
Monday, July 19, 2010
Finally we got there and immediately enjoyed touching and drooling over fabric as we made decisions about which fabric would leave the store with us. We kept Mr. Kashi quite busy and jubilant measuring up our selections. Then suddenly coming through the door was none other than Carolyn. What a pleasure it was to finally get to meet her in person. She couldn't help but notice the piles of fabric Alethia and I had amassed in the short period of time that we'd been there. Just moments later in came Sheila, the four of us just had a ball in that store. Here we are with Mr. Kashi I had my fabric shipped to my work address. I got it today at work and needless to say I couldn't keep my mind on work, I just wanted to go home. I endured the torture of having the fabric in my office and not able to play with it. At 5:30 I flew to my car and quickly but safely drove home. Ok, enough suspense here's what I got...
This gorgeous piece of fine silk crepe, This was the most expensive piece but I had to have it, Ok don't drool...HA! I hesitated on this one for a moment but was strongly encouraged by Carolyn. I would have been a fool to leave this behind, I'd been looking for the perfect orange fabric for a dress and this is defiantly it,To top it off I'll use this piece as a shawl with the the orange silk
This is a piece of silk also, yes, had to have it...
I'm not sure of the content of this fabric but it's enough for a couple pairs of pants and a skirt, The pen is there because my camera needed something to focus on...
Oh, yes and had to have this too, not sure of the content, I think it's a cotton/poly blend, this will be great as a jacket and I might be able to squeeze a skirt out of it too but I won't wear them together, that would be too much on me. This one will be a tunic or maybe a dress, it's a knit jersey,
I love this one...Ok I love them all but can't you see this as a jacket. It's a cotton sateen with a bit of stretch.Not sure of the content on this one but I love polka dots, this is a light weight kind of crepe or something (hard to describe) but this will make a cute top to wear with a white skirt or pants.Whew, that's the damage I did at Metro Textile Fabrics. I simply had a ball and now I've got to recover and get busy planning my projects.
After leaving Metro, Carolyn took us over to "Daytona Braids & Trimmings, she got us settled in and headed back to work. Then Alethia, Sheila & I stopped at another fabric store (couldn't resist) then we headed off to "Juniors" for lunch and spend the rest of our visit together chatting about sewing, fabric, projects & techniques we've tried. After lunch we parted ways and seemingly skipped off to our destinations. I must say from start to finish my trip to NYC was inspiring, exciting and just the spark I needed. We will have to do that again and next time I'll look up all the NJ/NY sewing friends out there that want to join us, the more the merrier.
I will be working on a muslin shell & sloper I think that will also help me with TNT's. Then I will be planning what to do with my new treasure trove of beautiful fabric. No breath holding please, but stay tuned, LOL.