Thursday, May 15, 2014

McCalls M6751

 I saw this pattern and thought my daughter might like this made up for her.    I used a light weight silk like poly  I have had in my stash for so long I don't remember where it came from.

I made view B,  which was simple and quick  to make. I happened to have matching bias tape so I used it to finish the straps and key hole opening.  Even though I don't usually like bias tape bindings this worked out perfectly and kept the bias edges from stretching out of shape.  I would show you this detail but I am unable to find her shirt (must be in the laundry or the bottom of the closet).  One thing to notice is that the straps on my version are much larger making the keyhole opening smaller.  It probably has something to do with my lack of trimming but I am happy with how this looks on Lisa.

She really likes the shirt so we are both happy.

Fabric  detail but the color is more royal blue like the pictures below

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Week 1 of Me Made May

Nothing exciting here, I love this skirt and as soon as I find the pattern I'll make another one and blog about it,   There is too much black in this out fit.  I did have a long necklace on but had put it up as soon as I got home so I wouldn't get attacked by Cricket.

This is a fun shirt to wear Simplicity 3634 blogged here

On Saturday   we went to Southern Indiana and played in the dirt with my in-laws so I wore old clothes not made by me but I made PJ bottoms  so I think that counts.  This is probably McCalls 2476 just a basic elastic waist pattern that I have made countless times.

The nice couple that cleans our office just had a baby so I used the red minkey and children's knit for a quick blanket.  Best of all both pieces were from my stash.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Me Made May

It is time for a challenge, last year I did the Me Made May and wore at least 1 hand made item each day for the entire month.  I made it and like others the biggest challenge is taking daily pictures.  I wanted to participate again this year and thought about increasing the number of wears for my hand made items but,  I really need to make some more items, my wardrobe is lacking in several places and I don't want to wear to many repeats  so I will need to keep the challenge doable for me and get busy sewing.

I actually figured out how to get the badge on the blog, amazing.

'I, Darlene   sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to wear at least 1 me made or refashioned item each  day for the duration of May 2014'

Tomorrow it starts!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Big Dog Bibs

Last week I got a new customer, a big customer that drools a lot and needed some new bibs as her current bibs were worn out from frequent washing,

The bibs are made of 2 layers of terry cloth and are about 15" across.  I didn't have any trouble coming up with some "girl" type prints for the binding and made 6 bibs 2 of which are duplicates

And here is the baby with one of her new bibs.  If you look closely you can see that the bib has already been field tested.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Vogue 8634 again

This is actually the 3rd time I have made Vogue 8634, see my last version here

I made this version with a light weight fleece fabric that I wanted to use before it started getting warm outside.  This top is warm and very soft, but even though the fleece is a stretch knit I should have made this bigger.  It was comfortable to wear but you can tell I need to adjust the size by the back view and work on a back adjustment for all my makes.    Funny, my teenage daughter really liked how this looked on me but I think it must be because the color suited me rather than how it fit.

I really like this pattern, it goes together quickly, something I appreciate during my late night sewing bouts.


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Give a Homemade craft kit for a gift

I was rearranging  a box of fabric in my sewing room and found  a snow man panel.  I had purchased this and a Santa panel when my daughter was young.  I had made the Santa and even hung him up for several years but I no longer want to make or hang the snowman.   I thought that my niece might like to make this panel as she has 2 young children and rather than just send her the panel I thought it would be nice to send her a complete kit.  I had everything needed and I think it will be much more fun for her not have to shop for anything.  The picture below shows the batting, backing fabric, and panel.  If you look into the plastic bag you can see I have included the buttons thread, fiberfill as well as the plastic rings and wire needed to hang up the snowman when finished.  This idea could also work using any craft idea, beads, yarn, note cards, cooking items.  I hope she likes the kit as much as I liked putting it together.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New years resolutions or rather goals for 2014

Ok it is time to face the music.

When I started my blog I said that I didn't like to made resolution but would make goals.  I didn't meet most of my goals but that is really okay.  I still think goals are important so I am going to continue working toward these in 2014 and have even added a couple of items.

 1.  Start a blog and post at least weekly             
      I published 43 posts so I am 9 short by number but there were more than a week between many posts. 
2.  Sew a winter coat
     No, this didn't get done yet but it is cold and I have been eying some of my wools.
3.   Sew slacks
     I did sew a pair of elastic waist one seam pants mock up but I am not counting those even though I will probably make some in the future.

4.  Knit a sweater
     Not yet, couldn't find a pattern, yarn match that I wanted to spend money on. I can' spend on yarn, beads and fabric.

5.  Make most of my own clothing in 2013
     Yes, I did.  I prefer making my own clothes but haven't quite committed to not purchasing any for an entire year.         That would be like going on a diet, it would just make me hungry to buy something new.

6.  Clean and organize my sewing room
     Pipe dream

7.  Learn German
     I think adding 5 words to my vocabulary doesn't qualify so I need to book time weekly for this.

8. Be less wasteful
     Yes, I am less wasteful Before I made a purchase  I am conscious of where an item was manufactured, how it will be used and  how will it be disposed of.  This includes food as well as other goods.  The problem is that this is hard to measure.  I could take a picture of any wasted food, the amount of recycling done and the amount of trash picked up or items donated and post weakly.  What do you think?

9.  Keep my paperwork up to date.  This includes balancing my check book.

10.  Sew 2 yards of stash fabric for every yard purchased. 

Wish me luck and I hope you all have a happy and prosperous New Year.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Snow, frigid temps and empty store shelves

We have had some extremely cold weather the last couple of days.

 Luckily we had some warning and knew since Friday that we would be getting lots of snow on Sunday  and frigid temps on Monday and Tuesday.  We received about 11 inches of snow some more or less in the central Indiana area.  Shoveling snow is good exercise.  The real more serious problem is the temperature which started dropping late Sunday early Monday.  Right now it has warmed up a bit, it is -9 degrees F which is -23C  Earlier today it was -13 with a wind chill of -25 to -40 degrees F.  Baby it is cold outside.

Churches were closed on Sunday and many business were closed today and will be closed tomorrow.  This I am sure will be a financial strain for many people and small business.  I brought my laptop home on Friday so I was able to work today.

We  adopted a cat from the animal shelter and  on Saturday evening I wanted to get a couple of toys for her so I went to Walmart.  I knew that there would not be any bread or milk, but I was surprised to see so many empty shelves.  It was like this all over the store especially in the freezer case, with the exception of the ice cream  the pickings were slim.


Good thing I was only looking for cat toys.  She loves these and already has received 3 of the 6 to play with.