Thursday, May 30, 2013

For me :)

Life has been out of control the last few weeks, and probably will continue to be so for a while.  Nothing major, just end of year activities, etc.  Next week is knee surgery, so I have been getting ready for that as well.  I have moved a bunch of stuff to the living room, so I can do hand work to keep myself occupied while on crutches.

What I have upstairs to work on:

  1. yarn, crochet hooks, and books.  Trying to learn to crochet the right way, and have been making dishcloths.  Lots of errors on those
  2. Wee care, over a half dozen gowns needing either smocking or embroidery
  3. 3-6mth bishops to be smocked
  4. Several Wendy Schoen embroidery books
  5. 2 inserts to smock
  6. Another nightgown for me to smock

Last weekend, I finished the Primrose Lane Victorian Dreams nightgown for me (with lots of modifications)

I will say, the sizing seems generous.  I went with my RTW size in tops.  I wasn't worried about the fit in the hip, since I knew there was plenty of fullness.  I really think I could have gone down another size as well.  I also don't care for the amount of fullness in it.  While it is pretty and flowy, it gets in my way.  I am starting another one, and will go down a size, and only use 44" width for both pieces as well.  I will add TOG interfacing to bulk up the pleats, and smock a smaller center section to compensate.

I made it from some silk I picked up in Tucson last year.  I am thinking it was at SAS Fabrics by the pound. I can't find a website for them, but it was definitely warehouse style.  I picked up several pieces of silk there, along with a few other things.  I'm not sure what 'type' of silk it was, but it is about a lawn weight, and really soft and drapey.  It was a little hard to work with, but it feels really nice.  Because it was hard to work with, no close ups of some of the seams and the piping  :)  It is a really pretty coral color.

Honestly, I did not follow the construction directions, so I can't comment on them.  Everything except the piping and armhole bias are done on the serger.  The next one I will do the same.  I have some lawn picked out for the next one.  I found the silk very difficult to do the piping with, both hard to make, and hard to stitch to the garment.

Here are some pictures

Monday, May 6, 2013

Clothing Protectors

Currently I am working as a para at Francis Howell North.  During meals, and at other times during the day, some of the students I work with have a need for clothing protectors.  I have been planning on working on these all year, but just nver got around to it.  Honestly, that was silly, because it only took a few hours to do all eight of them, and the sewing is very basic.

Finding something 'age appropriate' can be a challenge for a teenager. Lets face it an Elmo bib is an Elmo bib even if it is turned inside out, you can still see the printing through it.  A diaper to wipe drool off the face is still a diaper.    Many things available for older adults are not age appropriate as well.

I was fortunate that some of my co-workers gave me some of their old shirts, and that the office also had some they were giving away at the beginning of the year.

At the beginning of the school year, I cut up one of Axelgirls old tshirts and serged it onto a prefolded diaper.  This could then be placed on the students chest, pratically covering it, almost giving the appearance of a shirt.  I made 5 of these, and made 3 in bib style, placing the diaper horizontally across the chest of the bib, cutting the sleeves and part of the front and back off.  I am curious to see how these will work.

The burp-rag style ones are just serged around the edges to the diaper.  I cut the shirt to size using the backing as a guide.







For the bib style, the shirt is cut to width removing the arms and sides.  The length is also trimmed shorter, and along the back is left at a few inches.  The neckline remains intact for the ability to pull on and off.  I then serged around the edges of the rectangle, putting the backing fabric in place horizontally.  (serging along the short edges).  The long edges were then stitched down wit a zig-zag stitch.








These aren't anything fancy, but I am trying to keep track of what I am actually accomplishing this year.  Have a great day.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Either really late or a bit early

I finished up several to-do items today, along with working on several others this week.  Not sure exactly what has made me so productive, but I will take it.

For this week:

  1. I started a nightgown for me.  I am modifying a smocked Primrose Lane pattern.  I was going to make  a shirt from some silk I had, but it felt so nice, and I had enough, I decided to make a smocked nightgown.  I deserve nice things to.  I started the smocking last week, and am almost finished.  Will share details when it is complete.
  2. Started a skirt for Axelgirl.  It just needs to be checked for size and hemmed.  I will probably roll hem both layers, so once we determine the length it should be quick and easy.  She hasn't had much time do to end of semester homework crunch for fittings.
  3. Did the clothing protectors for students.  They are in the laundry so once washed and dried I will share pics and information.  I'm hoping they work well.
  4. Finished up the Pitter Patter Betsy, that was smocked with Make a Ladybug Wish.  This is the one that is either really late, I think I started it for my neice who is now in 5th grade when she was 5 or 6.  I cut it down I bit on length, and it will probably be a Birthday present for my neice who will be 3 in July (the early part).
Here are pictures and details of the dress:

Front of dress.  Collar was left off and I added piping and bias to the neckline.  Dress is Imperial Broadcloth, not sure of the shade.  I think I bought it intending to make Sherbet Fizz for Axelgirl.  Maybe Waterlily Green looking at a color chart, but I'm not sure.  It really is a nice shade, limey enough but not to yellow.
Back of dress.  While I like the color, it was hard to match for buttons an.d thread.  Looing back, I should have piped and done the buttons in one of the smocking colors
 Close-up of smocking.  There are a few errors in it, but hopefully they aren't too noticeable.  The left blue wing has an extra stitch width in it, and the pink ladybug should have been two colors.
 I chose this pattern because if I remember properly, I liked how they fit.  They were a bit long for play clothes, but otherwise fit Axelgirl well.  I also like this one better than Mary De, or PP Paige, because of the smaller armhole.

Hopefully my SIL, BIL, and niece will like it and wear it as a play dress. I hope to do a coordinating dress for Bitty Baby to go with it for her birthday.  Since I doubt if I have a smocking design that will work with it, I am going to look for some small ME ladybug designs or small buttons in the correct colors to stitch on it.

Since 2 projects on my list are well in the works, my top 6 for the upcoming week are:


  1. Add stones to a skating dress.  She is taking the Killian and the Starlight Waltz on Saturday.  We are using  dress I made last summer for the Silver Tango, and modifying it.
  2. Finish skirt I started for Axelgirl.  Just needs hem.  This counts as a dress.
  3. Summer shirt for me
  4. Finish Nightgown for mom, smocking almost completed
  5. Make doll dress to match ladybug dress
  6. Finish blouse I started for a Mary De I made last summer, let out hem on Mary De.  This will also go to 3yo neice.
  7. I thought there was something else, but can't remember at this time, so I will leave a blank space on here for when I do remember.