Monday, June 27, 2011

Another UFO-Now to Finish

We finished our basement 4 years ago.  The big plus of that was my sewing room.

All along, I figured I would do it in a pale yellow/periwinkle color scheme.  4 years later, the walls are yellow, and I still haven't found the fabric I was imagining.  I would come close, but there wouldn't be enough, or there wasn't a coordinate, or I didn't want to spend the money that  week, or a thousand other reasons.


Today, I went to a quilt shop that online had fabric that looked promising.  It was a new collection that they had gotten in with hydrangeas in it.  Since that was sort of the colors I was looking for, I went to take a look.  The fabric wasn't quite what I wanted, and they didn't have the big hydrangea print with the blue background, only pink.  There was another collection that had some nice purples, and a pretty spring green, but not enough yellow to really go with the walls.  At this point, I knew that I just had to find something, and make it work.  I was never going to find exactly what I wanted.

These are the fabrics I ended up with.  It must be a fairly new collection, as I can't find much reference or pictures online.  It is called Sew Lovely by Andover.  The store I bought it had it listed as coming in June 2011.  Here is what I bought.  I purchased 2 yards of each.  Excuse the picture quality.  I took it in the car with my phone.  I was just excited to find something I like and finally have a decision.  Hopefully it will look ok with the yellow walls. 


I also purchased part of their quilt panel.  Not sure how I'm going to use it yet.

In looking around online, I found that there are a few more prints available.  Here is a link to the entire collection:  Sew Lovely by Andover  
I have never ordered from this website, so do not know about their service.

I have 2 small basement windows, an ironing board, and a bulletin board to begin with.  I also have to office rolling chairs I am thinking about recovering to match as well.  There is also an old rocking chair that belonged to my great uncle that is in the sewing room.

My current thought is this, and please share ideas
Window: out of the striped fabric
Bulletin Board: out of the button fabric, maybe doing the ribbon thing on it out of tape measure ribbon?
Ironing board: out of the pin fabric
New cushions on the rocking chair out of   the pin fabric with covered buttons out of the button fabric  (Axeldaddy has commented many times how he is afraid he will end up sitting on a pin) with a small pillow on it out of the button fabric.
Office chairs-maybe out of the teal tonal sewing baubles fabric on the website

Not sure if this would be to busy or not.  Is it too many different fabrics?  Do I need more of the fabrics?  More quantity of fewer fabrics?

What I bought is currently in the washing machine.  Next the dryer, and then the fun.  I hope to finish a good part of it this week before we pick Axelgirl up from camp.

Please share any opinions, positive or negative.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

UFO's or UnFinished Objects

Like a lot of people I know, I have a lot of unfinished projects.  And to be honest, some I will probably never finish.  I just need to be honest and do a good cleaning out of drawers and closets in the sewing room.  And there are some I have forgotten about.  Last night, while looking for some handwork to keep me busy, I found a size 1 Mary De fully smocked, awaiting construction.  It is even older than the one I finished today. 


Many times, like the one I finished this morning, only a bit of work was needed. I started it about 3 years ago.   I finished it in under 1 1/2 hours today.  I dug it up several weeks ago, without a recipient and mind, ripped out the smocking that was done, and smocked something different.  Since it was already back smocked and mostly constructed there was only one small figure.  I just had to pick a design and it was done in an evening in front of the tv.  All that was left to do after this, was the back buttons and buttonholes, and the crotch and snaps. 

Here is the one I finished.  It is a Primrose Lane-Michaela with the straight sleeves.  I started it about 3 years ago.  The main fabric is a lightweight denim, most likely from JoAnns.  The red gingham bias is probably pima cotton gingham left over from a dress I made my daughter 8 years ago.  It is smocked with one Sailboat from Ellen McCarn's "Sail"-abration.

All of the inside bias bindings are from the red gingham, even if they aren't visible.  The collar is a white pique of some origin.  I have lots of pieces of white collar fabric in the sewing room, and grab whatever will work for the project.  I couldn't find any blue buttons that matched, so I went with red.  I thought about doing covered buttons out of the gingham but felt the shanks would be to uncomfortable on an infant.

I honestly don't remember that much about the construction details/troubles, as it has been so long since I made it.  I know there is a lot of piping on it, and my piping skills have gone down hill since then.  I just don't do it enough anymore.  I do remember that I did it in the middle of a bunch of lycra sewing, and enjoyed the change and challenge.

I am pretty happy with how this turned out.  I am starting to think of another one to make for fall, for someone else, with a coordinating big sister outfit.  I probably should have washed the marking lines out and ironed before I took pictures.  Need to do that before I send it off to its recipient.  She has promised to share pictures when her son is able to wear it.  That's the best part.  Seeing your clothing worn.

 Smocking Closeup



Finished Front

Finished Back

Just for fun Gingham details, I'm thinking the inside tab could be a cute place for something special, maybe initials of the wearer or something like that.

Friday, June 24, 2011

A Lovely Day

Currenly, Axelgirl is finishing up her 2nd week of a 3 week camp.  She is going to JBA which is held at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, about 3 hours away.  She appears to be having a great time, and I have been able to get a few things done, as the mom taxi is on vacation.  I have a CRV, and usually have to fill up about every 5 days.  I filled up on the way home 13 days ago, and I still have about 1/4 of a tank left.

Today, I had fun with one of her friends.  For about a year, I have been promising to have her over to sew.  She really wants to learn, has her own machine, and some supplies.  Our schedules have just never meshed with the time.  So we found time today, and I hope she had as much fun as I did.  She is now the proud owner of some new skills, and a new pair of pj pants.

I picked her up late this morning, and the first thing we did was her measurements, and talked about what she wanted to make.  She agreed pj pants were a good starting point. We also talked about how pattern sizes to not correspond to RTW sizes.

She picked Simplicity 5314 for her pajama pants.  As we were reading the pattern, I was a little concerned because it only used 1/2 wide elastic.  Most pj pants I have made use 1" elastic.  Turns out this pattern only uses elastic in the back, and then has self-ties or ribbon for the rest of it.  That gives it a little more stability for the thin elastic.  If I were to make it again, I would probably adjust to allow for 1" elastic, as I think I would like it for me.  The waist is also on the natural waistline (you know, near the belly button), she was fine with this, but for axelgirl, I would have to lower it.  She chose this monkey and frog fabric for the pants, and a 3/8" pink ribbon for the ties.  The pattern called for 1/2" ribbon, but Joanns didn't have any that we saw.  The 3/8" worked fine.  Helping her was good for me as well.  On many things such as pj pants, I tend to not read directions, so if there is something slightly different, I may not catch it.  This pattern was nice, as it had basic sewing in it, but she also got to experiment with buttonholes, in a non critical way.  The drawstring exits through 2 button holes in the front.  We need to experiment with her machine some more to fine tune how to make them.

Joanns was a lot of fun.  We walked up and down all of the aisles of fabric, except for the home dec.  It was fun watching her enjoy looking at and feeling all the fabrics.  She even found a skirt pattern she liked and we wrote down the number for the future.  We also purchased a t-shirt to do some coordinating ME, but have to save that for a later day, as we ran out of time.  A quick stop for lunch, and we were ready to work.

We talked a little about the 'boring' stuff.  Terminology, reading the pattern, layout etc. And we talked about ironing, pressing each seam open, etc.  Then we got to work.

First she pinned the pattern

Then there was cutting


and some sewing

Ironing and pinning

Some more sewing

And the final product

She should be very proud of herself.  She did the almost all of it.  There were a few things I would do part of to show her how, but she did it.  Hopefully she is more confident of herself and abilities, and will be trying more things.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mistakes or Design Features

I haven't posted in a while.  I have done some sewing in the last 2 1/2 months.

Some of the things I have done since I have posted are make birthday presents for my nieces first birthday, themed headbands for 2 skating team, converting an adult sized skating dress into a matching one for a BABW bear for another team, and made pj pants with axelgirl, smocked an outfit I started 3 years ago, and baby gifts for one of axelgirls former coaches.  I will try and get pictures up.

But, right now, I am going to share a few pictures of things I have done.  These 2 had major errors that I had to work around.  When I post on each outfit, I will go into more details as to what I did wrong, how I fixed it,  and how it changed the look.  Let me say that measuring is a primary key in avoiding some mistakes.  Along with reading directions and make sure you understand what is going on.  Both of these items were used as Birthday gifts for my niece for her first birthday.  I hope these items get some use, as I really enjoyed making them for her.  Yes, they are white, but I do hope she wears them and doesn't worry about them getting dirty.  They can all be washed and dried.



I am not going to share the mistakes tonight.  Please be honest with me, if you see what they are, or if you know, if it was an ok fix.