Monday, December 31, 2012

Going to try and keep up on this next year

As always, one of my New Years Resolutions is to sew more.

I actually did a bit of sewing last year, but started a full time job in August, and things sort of got pushed aside, as we all learned to adjust to me not being there to take care of the little day to day stuff.

I did some sewing for Christmas, and took some pictures, and will start posting those shortly.  My goal this year is to update on Sunday evening, after hopefully sewing some over the weekend.

A few things on my list to hopefully accomplish soon are:

Mini-Axelgirls Christmas Present
Skating dress for Mini Axelgirl
Winter Guard flags for Axelgirls Unit
Skating Pants for Axelgirl
Clothing Protectors for some of the students I work with as a Para

There are a lot more things, but these are what I am hoping for soon.

Happy New Year, and stay safe.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Dress for Me!

Several things have happened/are going on, that have me determined to start sewing for myself.  Hopefully I will post more again.

More on those in a later post.  Nothing major, just time to make changes.  Axelgirl is going to be a Junior next year, and our schedule is changing.

I have made 2 things for myself in the last several weeks.  I am going to share the second one first.  There are pictures of me in the outfit.  This will be very rare  :)  Most of the time, you will get to see the hanger.

I have liked the Sis Boom Jamie   dress pattern since I saw it, but have been afraid to try it for me, I was concerned with the skirt fullness, and the gathering, afraid it would make my already large size even larger..  I went ahead and did yesterday.  Overall, I like the dress, but there will be several changes when I make it again.

We are heading out to Arizona on vacation this year, and one of the things I wanted was a cotton sundress if we decide to need anything nicer than shorts.  I didn't want to wear pants because of the heat.  I want to see if I can find a shrug and shoes to go with it before then.  The shrug is just in case it is chilly inside.

The fabric is a Top Drawer fabric from Hancock Fabrics (one of the benefits of being a part time employee is a discount, after my first paycheck, I spent more than that shopping there).  I prewashed and dried it, so I don't have to worry about shrinkage in the future.

Changes I made

  • Made the dress larger than the pattern.  I measured a 3X in her patterns, and because I had read that most people had to size up, I went ahead and did that.  Big mistake for me.  It might be different for you.  I was able to bring it in some, but the top is still too large.    Next time I will make a 2X.  Measure yourself and the pattern pieces carefully
  • Used an invisible zipper.  Many of the pictures I had seen online used a regular zipper, and that is what the pattern called for.  I find it easier to use an invisible zipper, and I prefer the look.  In some of the pictures the zipper looked 'messy' at the waistband.  I don't know if that was the seamstress or due to the shirring there, but I decided to stick with what I was more comfortable with.
  • Shortened the elastic by about an inch on the front and the back over what the pattern called for
  • I didn't purchase any lining fabric, so I used a pima gingham.  This worked great, and is just fun on the inside.  I'd like to have about 5 yards of each color, just because it is so versatile for things.
  • I cut the skirt long, then let Axelgirl determine the length.
  • Used the blind hem on the machine.  I was running out of time when I got to this point.   We were leaving for Cirque du Soleil in about an hour, and still needed to get ready, and I wanted to wear it that night.
  • I reduced the width in the skirt by 7 inches on each piece.  I didn't want or need the fullness.  With a thinner fabric, and for a dressier look, it might be ok.
Changes I will make in the future
  • Evaluate size choices carefully-Smaller for me, will measure carefully if I use it for Axelgirl
  • Change the straps.  Definately shorter, and may only use a smaller piece of elastic in the back.  It just didn't feel secure enough on the top.
  • Lengthen the bodice on the top and bottom a bit.  I would like the waistband not so high, and a little higher on the chest area.  
  • I haven't decided whether or not to make it with the waistband in the back.  I think it might just be a bit to much with the gathers back there for me
  • Will change the sewing order, adding the skirt on last.  If you completely construct the top, except zipper, including adding the straps, this will make it  much easier to fit.  
Overall I liked the pattern.  The instructions and pictures were clear, and simple to read.  Almost to simple in some ways, as I tend to not read pattern directions, and just move ahead, so that may have slowed me down a bit.

This is the finished dress.  I obviously need to reconsider my eating habits and get some sun!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A dress for Axelgirl

I haven't posted lately, as I haven't been doing as much sewing as I would like.  Other things have gotten in the way.  I have been subbing a lot, no real excuse, as I know lots of people work full time and find time to enjoy their hobbies.  One of the biggies that has taken my time is that Axelgirl made it on their schools Winterguard team last fall, and that pretty much engulfed our lives.  She had practice 3 nights a week for 3 hours each, and either competed or had an all day practice on Saturdays.  Many competitions required an overnight stay, or we got in so late on Saturday night that Sunday was a waste (Jan through Mid April).  I will say it was a lot of fun to watch their team come together.  Early on in the season the team was promoted from Scholastic A to Scholastic Open.  They are the only Scholastic Open team in Missouri.  As the season progressed, they continued to do well, they placed First at MCCGA Chapionships, 2nd at the WGI Regional in Dallas, and were 22 overall nationally.  Two weeks before nationals a teammate quit, causing a rework of almost the entire program.    

In the time I have had to sew, I haven't taken pictures, or taken the time to post.  I have decided that I need to make it a priority, and make sure my family sees it as such.  They actually are pretty good about it, but I always think I need to be doing other things for them.

I decided that one of my challenges needs to be to be able to alter patterns for adults.  My first challenge is in sewing for Axelgirl.  My ultimate goal is to be able to make her Homecoming and Prom dresses.  This is the first thing I have made for her in a while.  It is Burda 8045.  I did not make any changes to the sizing, and I am pretty happy with the fit.  I did alter the bodice pieces slightly, so that the V wasn't quite so deep.  There are a few adjustments I would make in the back I think, I would also line the midsection, the upper bodice is already lined.  The pattern went together fairly easily, except I couldn't get the zipper right.  I kept sewing it on backwards, which was definately operator error.  The other thing I didn't like is the pattern did not have yardage for 44" fabric.  We made it with cheapy Joanns quilting cotton, so I had to go back and get more fabric, as I didn't calculate correctly.

I do think she is happy with it overall.

 and when I do finish something, I don't take pictures