Monday, September 12, 2011
So, this is the first season Mom has ever had an employee and we weren't quite sure what kind of workload to take to keep us both sewing, but this is just plain ridiculous! I think with the economy being what it is, more people are inclined to get things they have fixed rather than buy new. On top of that, the bridal industry has just gotten so out of control and we are drowning in bridal gowns right now... something about 9/10/11 and then 11/11/11 for dates this year...
In totally selfish news, I went to SR HARRIS!! Its a fabric outlet in Mpls, MN and since Mom hates a fair amount of my clothes, the shop bought me fabric for clothing to wear to work. I'm currently working on a jeans pattern to make it fit me a little better (they lied when the said bootcut, it's more of a trouser...) and as soon as I can figure out how to make a dressform actually resemble my shape, I have a bunch of knit fabric for making layering tanks (that actually fit cuz I have the longest torso ever and G cup girls).
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
And here's something I found last night (I used the word today in my title very loosely... as in the last 24 hours...)
Monday, May 2, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
There are several blogs that I follow and I've been reading them for long enough that I feel like I know them personally, and yet I never bring myself to write comments and make the connection to people that share the same passions in life as I do. I have several favorites, that all seem to know each other even if it's in the blog world only - Gertie, Peter, Peter's Michael, Sarai (and all the other creative people who post on this blog) and too many others to mention right here. Carolyn at Diary of a Sewing Fanatic is one of these people that I love seeing the projects she accomplishes and how she takes patterns and makes them her own to flatter her figure. She recently shared this post, and I would love to respond in my own posting on the subject.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The Value of a Good Comment
Now as I explained to them and I've said numerous times here...I am a comment ho. I may not respond to all of them, but I do read each and every one of them and appreciate the time a person takes to leave a comment. And the discussion turned to what makes a good comment...this was a pretty interesting discussion to me.
I don't know about you but I like not only to receive comments but to give them too...because to me visiting a person's blog is like visiting their home. You always acknowledge the person for allowing you into their home and you should thank them for taking the time to host you. If you are really into the social do's and don'ts, you even try to bring a small gift to show your gratitude or appreciation for them hosting you. That's what comments are like to me...my way of saying thanks for taking the time to share your "whatever" with me.
So what about you? Do you or don't you comment? Is there a reason that you don't? I mean I totally get the don't say something at all if you ain't got nuthin' nice to say rule...but it was perplexing to me and my friends why so many people read blogs and don't say anything...nuthin, nada, zip!
It's sort of like ghostly appearances...anyway, I know sometimes people read at work and don't have the ability to comment (totally get that one!) I mean your day job is soooooo much more important than leaving a comment...and some people don't have a Google ID or an Open ID so when anonymous comments have been turned off...then you can't leave a comment.
But what about the rest of you? Is there a reason you don't comment? Now please don't feel like you have to leave a comment...*LOL* This was just a post wondering what was what based upon a conversation with friends. Or maybe I'm just delirious from all the cold medicine I'm taking because I've managed to catch the cold from hell...probably shared with me by the germ catcher himself - The Little Prince!
So comment or don't...I was just pondering...
Monday, April 11, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
I wasn't going to do it. I wasn't going to get a smartphone. However, Jerod at Verizon talked me into it. I managed to trim my bill so that even with the data package I am paying the same amount. And so phone blogging is born. Today I am finishing a patch that will go in a custom project we are working on.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
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So shortly after seeing this clip (on the internet, because my Grandma and Uncle told me about the clip) I made a trip to the Fabric Mecca of Minnesota, S.R. Harris and bought about $100 worth of fabric (which is a lot considering it is a discount outlet) and went to Bemidji and had a sewing party up there with friends.
I still have LOTS of fabric left over (because sewing projects always take longer than you think they will) and I've been thinking about doing a Sew-Along/Sewing Circle for a while, so what better way to get started than to make things for a good cause?!
Nancy's Notions has also interviewed Rachel and I will be using Nancy's directions for the project. I have fabric and thread, I have some bias tape and lots of hem lace that can be used for decorations and embellishments. If you have any Bias Tape you are looking to get rid of, bring it!!
This project gives us practice on sewing simple seams, working with Bias tapes and curves (the armholes), making drawstrings and simple accessories like pockets or bows or lace.
Here are Exerpts from Nancy's Notions:
Making the Dress with Bias Tape Ties
• Coordinating all-purpose thread⅝ yd.–1⅛ yd. cotton fabric, depending on size
3 22" x 42" 19" 8 33" x 42" 30"
4 25" x 42" 22" 9 35" x 42" 32"
5 27" x 42" 24" 10 37" x 42" 34"
6 29" x 42" 26" 11 39" x 42" 36"
7 31" x 42" 28" 12 41" x 42" 38"
- 2. Fold fabric in half, meeting selvage edges. Stitch or serge the seam. Press seam open or to one side. Center seam on the stitched tube. (This will be the center back of the dress.) 3. Cut out armholes on upper side edges using the Armhole Template Pattern on p. 1. 4. Cut two lengths of bias tape long enough to bind the armholes. Bind cut edges of armhole and edgestitch tape. 5. Fold under casings at the front and back top edges (the edges containing the armholes). Fold edge under 6. Cut remaining bias tape into two equal pieces. Stitch folds and cut ends of tape together with a narrow zigzag to prevent stitches from breaking. Insert one piece through each of the casings, allowing equal extensions at each end. Machine stitch at center front and center back to prevent tape from pulling out of the casing. 7. Hem the lower edge, turning under To wear the dress, pull up tape ties to gather the top of the dress to fit. Tie bias tape at the shoulders.
- For the full set of directions and the armhole templates, go to http://www.nancysnotions.com/text/pdf/LittleDressesforAfrica_pattern.pdf There are also directions for dresses with elastic in them and dresses out of pillowcases on this page.