Friday, February 27, 2009

New Look 6149

is yet another wrap shirt that doesn't work for me. ;) It looks nice in their drawing, but when I made it, I kind of looked like I was in a karate class.... Something about the tie is a problem. I actually have another one cute out, and I'm pretty sure it will actually fit, so I'm just sticking with it for now! I actually have been busily cutting (and thinking) about projects, so I think there will be more to come soon.

And on another note, I'm the coach of A's soccer team now. The first practice was last night, and it went well. So that's a relief! Although I definitely need to get some more drills - 5 and 6 year olds can only focus on a drill/game for about 5 minutes before you need something else! But everyone (including me) had fun, so it all worked out.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Hat, take 1

I haven't blogged much lately, because I've been sewing for my secret/anonymous sewing swap, so nothing can be posted. I've finished that up, though, and the other day I decided to make myself a hat. Just a simple bucket hat sort of thing - summer sun hat, etc. I took a pattern from Craft magazine (for a fused plastic rain hat, but same concept), and I based it off that, only I lined it. And here it is:

It makes me laugh.... Well, so does the picture, but the hat itself is a little silly. I'm going to make some adjustments and try again, but I think eventually I'll end up with a cute summer sunhat!

Monday, February 9, 2009


Well, the sewing was unsuccessful for the wedding, but happily, the shopping wasn't. I have a pretty new dress to wear. Whew! I'll have to post pictures of it after the wedding. The funny thing is that colorwise, it's sort of the inverse of the dress I made - black on top and bottom, with a greenish/bluish strip in the middle. But somehow it fits way better and is actually flattering. So that's good.

In other sewing, I worked for a while this weekend on another wrap top shirt, of my own invention this time. Still didn't exactly work out, although I think I got some good thoughts out of the process. I'm going to try another pattern (Simplicity 4076, which Pattern Review picked as a best pattern of 2008, so hopefully this one will work for me.) I got it traced, but that's as far as I made it with that.

I also spent some time making bags for the game Cornhole. Ever heard of it? Apparently it comes from the midwest. At any rate, we have friends with a set, and it's pretty fun. Basically it's a beanbag toss game - each team tries to throw their 4 beanbags into a hole on a board. Iestyn's been meaning to make a set for a while now, and he finally got around to it this weekend. So I put the beanbags together for him. It was an entirely scrap project for both of us, so that's a bonus. However, it does mean that my bean bags are made from Amy Butler Nigella fabric, which I find hilarious for some reason. Anyway, they were very straightforward to make, albeit slightly tedious, because I did some major reinforcement on the seams. (They are going to be thrown something like 40 feet over and over again, you know?) Actually, the worst part of the entire project was finishing them once they were filled with beans. I had a lot of trouble fitting the full bean bag into my sewing machine (it was too tall to really fit very well), so my outer seams are extremely ugly. But I think they'll hold together.

Oh, and I did a little bit of work on a project for a swap that I'm doing with some people from But since it's secret Santa-ish (you send your gift anonymously), I can't talk much about that at the moment. ;)

Huh, I guess I actually got to sew a lot this weekend. And yet I have no pictures to share. Guess I'll get back to it, though! :)

Friday, February 6, 2009

Or, you know, not.....

So, you know how I mentioned "progress". Yeah, well, progress was made on the dress for the wedding. Unfortunately, progress led to dress that just really doesn't suit me at all. And kind of makes me look pregnant (which I'm very definitely not). So, I guess I'll be going shopping this weekend.... Here's a picture:

Not flattering, huh? (Okay, the expression on my face doesn't help. I don't know what that was!) It's pretty fabric, and a pretty pattern, and yet completely wrong for me. My mom had some ideas for possible fixes, but I'm too annoyed with it at this point to want to try any of them. Ah well, at least the other one is nice. (Not done, but at least it clearly *will* look good on me!)

Shopping mall, here I come....

Monday, February 2, 2009

Progress is made

I haven't posted anything in a long time, because I've been in sort of a blah place with sewing. Between some just general creative blahs, and some major problems with a series of projects, I just really haven't been in the mood.

But I'm back! :) I went to Joann's last week to pick up a couple of things, and I was all inspired to make a dress. It's basically this pattern (the shorter, sleeveless one), except I'm making it in knit, and I more or less took the pattern pieces and completely ignored the directions. It's brown with a pretty light blue sash. It's actually almost completed, although I'm not sure I'm happy with the bodice. I may chop off the bottom half, make a new bodice, and reattach it. I haven't quite decided. But the important part is that I was inspired and having fun. And eventually I'm going to have a darn cute dress.

I mentioned in my last post that I was working on a dress for a wedding, and I was afraid. Well, I made a muslin of the bodice, and, as I suspected, it didn't fit at all. So this weekend, my mom came to my rescue. ;) She pinned and draped the bodice and fixed where the darts should be, and made it work. So now my assignment is to do the same thing to the lining, make the rest of the dress, and then she'll come and figure out where exactly the zipper should go. Thanks, Mom! It's handy having someone to help me who actually knows what she's doing, lol! Anyway, pictures will come once something's actually completed. But I'm feeling happy about my progress.