Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . .

Well, I finished my MyImage dress I’ve been working on. The fit is great. The fabric is fun. The length is good. But, when you put all three together, it’s not good. In fact, it’s so “not good” that I didn’t even take a picture of it. Part of it is the crazy-ass print but that’s not even bad it’s just that there is so much of it. The cross over neckline is pretty high so it seems like I’m just covered in green/blue/black crazy print. I love the ruched side panel but it just seems messy with all that busy print.

I’ve decided to work on a Jalie slam dunk instead. I’m making another dress.

Friday, March 25, 2011

My Image Magazine – Winter 2010/2011

So I’m a little late to the party for this magazine (here’s a link to their website) but I do have a copy and I really like it. I have traced out M1005 in size 34 and I didn’t make a muslin either. I’m probably going to regret that decision later but I thought I’d just hop into this whole “sewing thing” again. So, it’s your basic faux wrap dress. Although I read the reviews and they said it’s more of a tunic length so I’ll add a few inches to make it longer. 


Here’s the line drawings for all the designs in that issue. I also like (read: LURVE) that coat in the upper right hand corner. I have some red wool coating that needs to be loved on. M1014 is really cute too. I saw Karen’s version of the mini-skirt and loved the pocket details and all the seams. She said it’s super short though so I’ll add a few inches. If you know me, you know I like my skirts short but I do want to cover all my girl bits. (**ETA- Dammit! Karen’s version is in a totally different magazine!! What I have circled is a girl version. That certainly would not cover the girl bits! Ha!) also love that dress with the cowl neck and tabs. Cute!  MI_winter


Hopefully I will be able to cut out fabric this weekend and sew this little puppy up. Luckily, my Viking is already set up to coverstitch so I can do that overlay and then switch it over to overlock.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Is it pathetic that my great big Sewing Accomplishment is to hem a pair of pants?? On the positive side, that does mean that my sewing room is now functional. I found the iron, my pressing clothes, got all the cords managed, etc. I’ll have to pick any easy thing for my first garment. Maybe a knit Jalie top? Those are fun to make an always seem to fit well.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

More on the Room

Here’s a rough sketch on the new sewing room. The storage rack and built-in desk are on the wall with the Vintage Merlot.

I finished adding the outlet covers last night. Now all that needs to happen is some shelving that is built-in and backs to the backroom and attaching my pegboard. I have three machines on the desk and one embroidery machine on the little table that’s between the storage rack and the desk. Love!! room_6


I actually looked for about 30 minutes today for my iron so I could hem a pair of pants. I finally found it but it was too late to work on them. Once I get all the stuff in the right place, that room will be rockin’.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It’s Me Again

I feel like I need to change the name of my blog to, “I’m Back! No, Wait – I’m Moving, No, I’m Back!! Moving! Back! Moving! Back!!”

I’m not going to make any promises this time. You guys know I bought a house. Well, the first room I painted and fixed up was my sewing room. A girl’s gotta have priorities right? Granted the rest of the house is totally livable, it’s just dated. Picture white walls, white textured ceilings, brown trim, some wood paneling, and brass fixtures. It’s certainly a place I can call home. I plan to replace windows this summer so I’ll paint my walls and redo the trim then. The sewing room is in the basement so it’s kind of out of the way. I did two-tone walls with an accent color called Vintage Merlot. I left the old trim because I don’t plan on changing this window at all so I left the original trim/doors too. The rest of the house will eventually have brown walls, white trim/doors/windows, and a few accent walls. It’s kind of hard to figure out the shape of the room but it’s kind of like an L. I’ll have to sketch out a picture for you guys. It’s under the stairs so there are all sorts of fun angles. I really like how the colors look with each other. It took four coats of paint for that red wall!


This is looking toward the bathroom. That’s a little built-in desk. It may become a homework desk for my son when I’m sewing.


Here’s looking toward the door into the room. I put my storage rack that holds most of my fabric behind the door.

Here’s a view from the bathroom side. I bought a desk from Costco that fits perfectly in the space available. It’s got three desks, a hutch, and some drawers. Right now things are sort of strewn about.


Here’s another view toward the door. I am able to put four machines in here. I had three machines out up at the rental and boy do I miss being able to do topstitching on a separate machine!


Here’s a good shot of the three colors. This Vintage Merlot may show up somewhere else in the house. I love it! Maybe in the master bedroom? It looks very much like a boudoir color, no?


p.s. And thanks for the note yesterday from my “Blog Readers/Lurker.” Y’all make a gal feel loved!