Friday, June 28, 2013

i must be crazy, but here goes

I've said it a lot lately, but, I'm running out of clothes.  I've literally worn the same outfits to work the last couple weeks, and I'm sure my coworkers are just as tired of seeing the same outfits as I am of wearing them.  So,  I've decided to set a challenge for myself:  I will sew 5 clothing items this weekend, starting tomorrow night, Friday, June 28th-Monday morning, July 1st.  I'll let you know the outcome Tuesday, July 2nd.

Will I finish??  I hope so!  It's a challenge for a couple reasons:

-I sew slowly, very, very slowly.  And not only am I slow, but I get distracted easily.  Shiny object.
-My weekends are busy.  I have a pretty hefty commute during the week, so my leisure time is kinda short when I'm working.  Most of the household stuff and errands I do on the weekends.  This one will be no different.  
On top of that, my Saturday also consists of meeting our doula for breakfast and possibly going to a neighbor's going away party Saturday evening (just found out about this today).  Sunday morning includes our 2 hour birth class.  After that, two of my girlfriends are throwing me a shower in July and are coming over to scout my house for the location.  

So, I must be crazy, no?!?  But I need clothes!!  And I'm too stubborn to buy anything when I have plenty of stash fabric.  Plus, I'm not sure if it's a strength or weakness, but I work best under pressure, with a deadline.  So, for the whole sewing interwebs to see, I'm gonna sew 5 things this weekend, dammit.

What are these new lovelies I'll be adding, you may wonder?  In no particular order:

1.  The Renfrew Top by Sewaholic Patterns

what a difference a pregnancy makes, haha!

I've made several of these in the past.  Most recently, and still unblogged (bad blogger!), a Renfrew dress altered for pregnancy using this tutorial by So, Zo on how to turn a jersey shirt pattern into a maternity one.

2.  Jeggings using the Jalie 2920 pattern

This is a great pattern, which I've used twice.  And, again, bad blogger, but I haven't truly shown off my stretch velvet leopard print ones yet!

3.  A maxi skirt

Just like this worn out black one I've been wearing to death

4.  A dress

A super simple make.  It's nothing more than a rectangle with arm and neck holes.  I belt it just under the bust and it looks quite chic.   And more importantly is so freakin' comfy I could die.  Not really, but you get the point.  When I started getting back into sewing clothes a few years ago, this was the first thing I made (don't look too closely at those seams!)

5.  A Men's shirt to Maternity Top

Another tutorial by So, Zo!  This is a very cute and stylish look and seems easy enough to pull off.  I went to the thrift store last weekend and picked up 3 XXL men's shirts.   Bonus:  they were having a sale, all clothing in the store was $2.  Three shirts for 6 bucks?  Huzzah!  Just to be clear, I'm only trying to make one this weekend, lol!

These were all chosen cause I can mix and match them with each other and with what I've already got.  I've sewn all but the button down shirt before, so for the most part I'm familiar with these makes.  I won't be trying out any new skills, which is perfect for some pressure quick sewing.

To prepare, everything is prewashed already.  I've checked all my supplies and will be stopping by my local sewing store after work tomorrow.  I don't want to have to make a last minute dash during precious sewing time if I run out of thread.

And, in full disclosure, I've already cut out the navy dress weeks ago, but that's the only progress I've made toward any of these.

Now that I'm putting it out there, I'm scared, hehe!  Wish me luck and see you on the other side!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

link love

Here's another round up of links I've loved over the last month or so.  And not to leave a blog post pictureless, here's my silly dog, Oz, who's managed to get three of his babies at once, hahahaha!

I think Nhi over at Lolita Patterns might become a favorite of the link love!  Here she offers tips gleaned from her factory seamstress mom on
efficient sewing

I have yet to read this book, but I've seen the many great reviews from fellow sewing bloggers.  It's on my short list for sure.  In this interview, author discusses the recent tragedy in the Bangladesh garment factory.
elizabeth cline interview

How to install magnetic snaps.  I've always wondered how to do this...
how to install magnetic snaps

Who remembers the 80s? Home made fruit roll-ups anyone?
homemade strawberry fruit rollups

Where has this blogger disappeared to?  In the meantime, a great post on
How to do "all in one facings"

I've seen this techniques before, but I think her pictures are especially helpful
Rolled hem tutorial from Grainline Studios

Yikes, this looks so uncomfortable.  I'm not a corset person myself, but even less after seeing these!
x-ray of a corset wearer

I think a lot of us feel this way sometimes...
stuck in the wrong job, but don't know what to do?

Still in love with this guys quilting
Ben Venom

Fascinating take on making pattern changes from a new-to-me blog, The Cutting Class
Ways to think about pattern changes and fitting

My mouth is watering over these homemade hot sauces
homemade hot sauce!

This looks like so much fun
DIY watercolor paints

For the knitters out there, this is so cool looking! 
Stitch maps

Hope you enjoy these!!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Spring Sewing Swap!!

As soon as Kerry from Kestral Makes asked if anyone wanted to do a Spring Swap, I jumped on that!  In the (almost) 3 years, I've been blogging, I've yet to join a swap, and I'm so glad I did.  There's really nothing like getting a package with surprise items inside, tailored all for meeeee.

Kerry paired me with Melizza from Pincushion Treats.  I have a suspicion she did that cause Melizza just had a wee babe (and OMG, he is so freakin cute!) and I'm on that bandwagon now.  Perfect!  Not to mention, we're in the same state, so shipping is pretty inexpensive and quick.

Now for the goodies...

Cute card to start it off right!  Wish I had thought of that...

 And what is this? Looks like a pattern...

But it's a notebook, how cute is that?!? I may have squealed when I realized.

A couple of grown up patterns...probably gonna be jumping on that Burda real soon.

And a wee bebe pattern.  Squeeee, how cute.  Not sure what language it's in, but Melizza put a note on it saying there's English instruction on the website. 

And a couple pieces of fabric!  I love the colors of the cotton on the right.  And the little birdie one on the left is a knit-just what I need right now.  Also, it feels like a vintage print to me, always a good thing!

I'm just thrilled with the goodies Melizza sent and can't wait to get crackin' using some of them!

Thank you, Kerry, for putting this all together, and thank you Melizza for being so thoughtful in your choices.   This was much more fun than I had hoped and I'll definitely participate again!

When's the next swap?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

mmm '13-week 5-going out with a whimper

Hmmm, this post has been patiently waiting around for me to finish it.  Work, travel and post travel exhaustion have taken it's toll.  Sorry for the delay, cause I'm sure everyone was waiting with baited breath ;-)

Let's make this quick, shall we?  This is a damn boring post, cause really, I kinda ran out of clothes at the end.  Everyday, I'm finding another article of clothing, both me-made and store bought, that isn't fitting anymore.  I forgot to take pictures two of the days this particular week, and the one picture I got is not mind blowing.  Oh well, they can't all be winners.

white t-shirt

black and white striped T (Marshalls?)
black maxi skirt (unblogged)
 this also doubles as my pregnancy Week 27 photo!

What I learned...It's hard to say as this month isn't indicative of my wardrobe as a whole due to the basketball edition hanging out in my front section.  However, it's been a learning experience trying out new combos, attempting to accessorize, which I'm kinda pretty bad at, and really trying to look cute when I leave the house.  It's so easy for me at the moment to throw on a pair of dingy yoga pants and a ratty t-shirt and call it a day.  Of course, going back to work was a huge impetus in not letting that happen.
Overall, I had a lot of fun with this challenge.  I particularly loved looking through the Flickr group and found quite a few fun, new (to me) blogs to read. 
And that is it, folks, my out with a whimper, last week of MMM '13!  Woohoo!