Sunday, April 20, 2014

It's always something when you sew...

I used to think I had a pretty good TNT pattern for a knit top, but struggled with the fit on pants.  Now I have a great TNT pants pattern (Style Arc) but the top is not so good.  I've lost some weight and that has something to do with it, but really it may be because, as I grow in my skills, I'm not as satisfied as I once was.  I have the new Pamela's Patterns twin set on my cutting table to try out for fit.  Fingers crossed!  We are off to a great friend's home for Easter Dinner, so I'm wearing a necklace I made.  I have a thing for crosses, but rarely wear them.  Today seemed appropriate though.

This is the great fabric I ordered from Emma One Sock awhile back.  I was surprised to see that I have made 9 outfits so far this year!  Of course the fabric is coming in at twice the rate I sew....

Style Arc Eva top and Diana skirt: My version of a dress.

I love to dance.  It is easy and practical to dance in a full circle skirt, and since I've found the Diana skirt from Style Arc I feel no need to reinvent the wheel and have made it countless times.  I use a knit so don't need to have a different fabric for the busk (which the pattern calls for).  This time I paired the skirt with the Eva top.  I made this top about a year ago but of course I forgot how I inserted the crazy neckline.  This time I ended up doing it exactly opposite of how the instructions were written, but it all worked out.  I did not sew the two ends of the binding together and then insert the neck piece (it's late and I can't remember the correct term).  Instead I started sewing together at center back and left it open until I gathered the bodice to fit, then hand sewed the ends of the neck piece.  It's fine that way and I didn't have to work my brain too hard.  I wore the outfit to the Easter dance this evening and had a great time!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blatant Plagerization

Yes, instead of blogging about my sewing...yet ANOTHER Diana skirt from Style Arc, and in nearly the same colors as the last one I sewed...I'm simply going to present to you an entertaining and humorous work by a sewing blogger who is more creative and funny than I am.  Plus I suspect she can sew a lot better that I can.  Enjoy!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Boring Sewing

I am making black pants.  So boring, but so needed.  I've decided I need several pairs of black pants so I can assemble a complete outfit in my closet and just pull it out, instead of searching for "what will go?  I will spare you pictures of partially assembled pants---they are all the same Style Arc Linda pant.  All black.  Some are stretch Bengaline and some will be from Ann, of Gorgeous Fabric, which has been highly recommended. 

Atlanta Sewing Guild's Spring Fling

Spring Fling is tomorrow and I have been working to help make that happen.  I've also been doing a little sewing, but mostly just boring black pants.  Above is our themed table, and below, getting ready for the fabric sale that is always such a big part of the event.  I've already brought home a couple of bags full, which was our reward for arriving early to help out!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Being Craftsy

Every year our city wide Atlanta Sewing Guild has a luncheon, called "Spring Fling". All of the neighborhood groups sponsor a table, complete with theme and decorations.  Of course it's a little bit of a competition and some get really elaborate.  This year one of the groups I belong to (thank goodness, not one of the "elaborate" ones) has decided on a zoo theme.  Someone is responsible for animal themed placemats, another will bring animal crackers for a favor, and many will make stuffed animals to be given to a children's charity later.  I volunteered to make the sign for the table.  I don't know why, but I enjoy projects like that.  So I've put together this sign on about a 3' stand, which will be above the heads of the seated women.  And now I'm working on the hard part.  This is subject to change, which is why I've simply cut out the letters and haven't stuck them on yet.  I did try on the computer, but it didn't work out well because the sign is so large.

Have you been following the Hobby Lobby kerfluffle?  I won't shop there, so the supplies came from Michael's Craft store, and I was very pleased with the selection.  The frame was already elaborately carved from a light balsa wood and the dowel was at Michael's as well, along with the little animals, the turquoise foam backing, the lettering, and the gold glitter paint.  Now, where did I put my Bedazzler?

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Yes, there was a whirlwind of house cleaning going around last week as an honored guest was expected for the weekend.  We had a lovely, exhausting time catching up on each other's lives and playing cards nonstop!  I managed to keep her out of my sewing room, though.  It NEVER is really, really clean.  But fabric was still arriving at the doorstep, so next week it's back to sewing!