Sunday, March 29, 2009
It's a simple dolman sleeve top (that's the right kind of sleeve right?) with a drawstring at the empire level. I didn't do my normal 1/2" shoulder to bust shortening because it is loose.
Check out this awesome video. He's much closer to the volcano than I am. It's a time lapse video.
Things are okay here. The ash has stopped falling at my house. I need to go brush off the cars and steps but haven't found the masks yet. We use the same kind of masks that you use when you are removing insulation. Just the white ones to block the ash. Hopefully there won't be any more explosions because my husband is supposed to fly in tonight. Flights have been cancelled on and off for a couple of days now.
Later, I went back and hand sewed the facings back.
Here's the front with the tab. You can see that I didn't gather the front bodice enough because when I folded over the tab, it didn't fit. I would need to gather the front a bit more and have a smaller "knot" on the front.
Here's a close-up of the knot.
- Cut off the damn front facings and just add seam allowances to the front bodice pieces.
- Gather the shoulder sections.
- Attach the front to the back at the shoulder seams.
- Bind the front and back in one swoop. I would make sure that you stretch the binding as you attach it. You can see mine needs a little tightening up. I would do this by cutting a stretchy strip of self-fabric binding. I would sew it RST to the shirt front and back. I would flip it to the inside and topstitch from the front side to secure it to the inside. This would do two things: ensure a snugger fit across the bust and get rid of the sloppy facings.
- Gather the bodice fronts the recommended amount and carry on with your top.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
There are some pretty impressive photos that have been taken in the last couple of days. Most of you probably know that Mount Redoubt has been gearing up for a couple of months now. Here's a previous post on the topic showing the proximity of the volcano to Anchorage. The last couple of days, she has really been belching and exploding. This is from yesterday, March 27th.
Photo courtesy of the Alaska Volcano Observatory.
This is a lightning storm from last night above the volcano.
Photo courtesy of the Alaska Volcano Observatory.
This is what it looks like today near the volcano.
Photo courtesy of the Alaska Volcano Observatory.
This is my Kid-mobile. That is not snow. The ash has been coming down for a few hours. It's windy so it's accumulating like snow drifts.
This is a foot print in my yard. All the gray particles are ash.
He's excited to wear his Ocean Hat. "Mom, I thought I told you I wanted a million dolphins. There are only five! What happened to the others?"
The coverage is good and he won't be getting cold. It's Polartec 200 so it's gonna be ugly and warm. I guess that's better than just plain ugly. See? He loves it.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Here you can see the inside. I used Whisper Weft on the edges and the facings. I used small scraps of bias material to back the darts.
Here's the inside. I love using some totally odd color on the inside.
I used hem tape to get a nice finish on the inside. I'm not sure how to really use this stuff. I sewed one edge onto the unfinished wool and hemmed the other end by hand. You can barely see my black hemming stitches on the top of the tape. You can see I made the hem pretty deep. But, that brings me to my next picture.
I think I may have hemmed it too short. I know you can't tell when it's photographed like this. But the last thing I want is to walk into school and have people think I'm dressing too young, trying to hard or that I'm prowling the school for potential mates. This is the back.
Here's the front. Tonight I'll snap some photos of it on so you can actually see how it fits. I love the overall hip and waist fit. I'll let you guys be the judge. I can easily let out the hem. Do I want to do it again? No. Do I like this fabric and want to wear it all the time? Yes. It's above my knees but not much. And I know some of you will say if it makes me question myself or if it makes me uncomfortable, change it. But, I lend to be "too safe" if you know what I mean. I want to look good at the same time.
Monday, March 23, 2009
This is the inside shoulder seam. I used bias tape in the seam to stabilize it and then I coverstitched the edges. This fabric was picky so I fused all the edges first before I coverstitched. You could make this top is one or two hours but it took me a bit longer because of the fusing.
Here's the inside. It's a two-layer fabric. One side is rayon and the other is wool.
Beware: this top is low. I moved the top up by 3" and did my shoulder to bust shortening of 1/2" and it okay now.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Since I'm a business owner I can buy Malden Mills products at cost but I have to buy it by the bolt. I went a little gung ho the last time so I am trying to sell some off. If you want some nice fabric for wholesale prices, see my Etsy shop. I am trying to get a bit more room in here and right now I have 11 bolts of fleece. Sheesh. It takes up a little space.
Mommymita has left a new comment on your post "Jeans Sew Along": i just ordered the pattern and I have the denim already in my stash Any word on the rivets? That would make them great!
Mommymita, I hope you are part of the PatternReview.com Sew Along thread. There is a ton of information there, including rivets. I think most people are buying them from Junior.
My Fabrication has left a new comment on your post "Jeans Sew Along": Count me in. I'll be working my own pattern from existing pants. Love the Jalie pattern but don't think they are available in Australia. I've never done a sew along before. How do we communicate?Also I'm very jealous of your drawstring neckline blouse. I can't wait for the pattern to arrive downunder!
I started a thread on PatternReview.com. On there we have been discussing where to get materials and how much to get, pre-treating, patterns, etc.
Imaan has left a new comment on your post "Burda 03-2009-106 Top with Gathered Neck": Hi Dawn, Completely aside, I am a beginning sewer (depending on your definition), and am about to go on maternity leave in 3 months with my third child, and really looking forward to having time to sew. I took it up, after years and years of wanting to, during maternity leave with my second child, 2 years ago, but never managed to find the time regularly. Throw in exams for post grad education, two kids under 3 etc etc, and I am almost back to square one, and feeling very disappointed and disillusioned. I need someone to tell me there is hope at the end of the tunnel...that if you keep persisting, and are patient, especially if you are learning on the "job", that it does fall into place, in time...or I am being unrealistic? I am in a frump, and need some encouragement, especially since you seem to have done it on your own...
Imaan, I'm sorry I can't reply to you privately. I don't get emails with the comments. I think that is why some people change from this kind of commenting. Kids, job, school, etc makes it hard to maintain any sort of "regular" sewing time. With me, the more stressed out I got, the more I needed that Crafty Therapy. I think in the early phases of parenthood you are merely trying to survive. Anything productive that comes out of those years is a miracle. After about two years old it is sooo much easier. They can get dressed, play by themselves, etc. and it frees you up to be productive again. I would try not to get discouraged because there is light at the end of the tunnel. But sometimes the tunnel seems like it's never ending. Trust me, I know. My son was barely two when I had two five pound twins. Yikes. You can email me too, info 'at' cabinbaby 'dot' com. Keep your chin up!
Mommymita has left a new comment on your post "Did you see these?": you've got me tempted and a sew along may be just what I need to attempt it.Do you do your children's jeans also? Honestly how labor intensive is it?
Mommymita, It's all just details. The more topstitching and detail you put on it, the longer it's going to take. I can do kid pants in a couple days if I do all the topstitching and pockets and embellishing. For kids pants, it seems not worth the effort. They only wear things a few times before they are too big. Well, my four year old will wear things out but the two, two years olds just grow too darn fast.
Myra has left a new comment on your post "Did you see these?": Beautiful! But I cannot wear low waisted pants, it is very uncomfortable to me. I would want to find some that are higher. The top is great for kids.
Myra, Did you see that the jeans pattern includes a low waisted and high waisted version? The kid version is a higher rise b/c they didn't think low rise would be appropriate for little girls. I love that they think of details like that.
Julia has left a new comment on your post "More of #105": Love the boots with it. Really! What do you teach?
7th grade, Science. Fire, chemicals, and hormones.
Shannon V. has left a new comment on your post "Burda 01-2009 #123 Wrap Blouse": Love this shirt. After reading your blog for a bit I think I've decided to dive into the world of BWOF. I have a question though, what do you use to trace out your patterns? Do you buy special pattern paper or something else?
Shannon, I use lots of things to trace patterns. Most recently I discovered Blick Art Materials and their 36" wide tracing paper. I buy the 50 yard roll.
And, a long, long time ago, Dana, Karen, Kristine, Rachel, Mimi, Amy, and Claire S. nominated me for the Sisterhood award. I was neglectful of passing it on. I'm a loser, baby. Thank you for the award though. It makes me smile to know people read this drivel.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
A red and tan houndstooth. It's not pure wool. I think it might be a blend.
More silk dupionni. This is a green/blue silk. It's bea-uuuuuu-tiful.
This is another crinkle gauze fabric. It's very similar to this red and cream top.
This is a crinkle poplin. It's orange-y. I love it.
This is another polyester moleskin. I think another skirt is in my future.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I added pockets to this one and I really like it.
I love the shoulder topstitching and the side seam shaping.
This fabric is awesome. It's Polartec Waterproof/Windproof. It's super thin and comfortable and keeps out the chilly Alaskan weather.
I don't really know what I'm doing with embroidery still but I basted this to the hoop because I couldn't exactly put it in the hoop with the zipper and all.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
It also contained the plastic discs for the AZA Attachment which "offers the possibility for completing automatic embroidering any ornamental design by simply running your machine!" I love the text of old manuals.
His wife also had a buttonholer with all the fixin's. The original instructions are under the buttonholer.
From left to right: buttonhole presser foot, quilting guide with clamp, zigzag hemming presser foot, and straight stitch hemming foot.
L-r: looks like a zipper foot (it's not in the manual), cording and zipper foot, darning presser foot, blindstitching foot, plastic invisible zipper foot, rolling foot (??this isn't in the manual -- is it for leather?)
L-r: needle foot plate for embroidery and darning, needle plate for straight stitching, straight guide, levers for the wonder wheel, don't know, assorted screws.