Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Prep Week

Well since the disaster that was to be pants, I have not touched the sewing machine since. I instead am using this week as a "prep" week of sorts. I am working on my least favorite part of sewing... The pattern tracing! So, in an attempt to check off some things from my goal list I have traced out McCall's M6034 views A & B. A the red one pictured will be for myself and B the blue one pictured will be for my sister. Although the top for me doesn't count toward any of the items on the list, I figured while I had that envelope out I might as well trace it off.

The next item I traced out was Simplicity 3882 view C. I plan to use this as the maxi dress so I added about 5 inches to the length. I know there are plenty of patterns out now for maxi dresses, but I am "fasting" from purchasing any patterns or fabric for the moment so that I will actually use up some of the stash I have accumulated in the 9 short months since my daughter and I took our first sewing class.
I have two more patterns on the table waiting to be ironed and traced. McCall's M5522 view D will serve as my Basic White Shirt and Simplicity 2403 view B (I think) will serve as my Shirt Dress.
J also asked for me to make her something, which is different since she usually just makes it herself. I use to like sewing for her and my sister a lot better than sewing for myself because with the exception of a FBA for my sister, I can usually sew straight from the envelope for them. Well I already had McCall's M5929 view B traced out for J in her usual size and right before I was about to start pinning the pieces to the fabric I decided to tissue fit. SURPRISE, it did not fit so it looks like we will be taking some new measurements before she can get this top.
Depending on how quickly I can get through tracing the 2 patterns I have out right now will let me know if I stop there and start alterations or if I keep going and trace off some other patterns. My thoughts right now are Simplicity 2401 view C and maybe NewLook 6354 view C (so that I can once again try to master a pant).

Oh well, I'll keep you posted.

Monday, April 26, 2010

I Think I May Have Actually Read Too Much

So, I managed to get some sewing in this weekend. I stitched up what was suppose to be a simple pair of trouser type pants. This was to be my first actual wearable pair (didn't turn out that way). To start with, I did not have enough fabric to cut all the pieces in the correct direction. That should have been the first indication to stop while I was ahead. But no, I instead said to myself "self, just continue as though it is not noticeable that one leg is cut in the wrong direction. If nothing else you will actually have a pair of pants that fit and then you can knock out several pairs from that." WOW, how optimistic I am when talking to myself... I will try and post a picture or two of the train wreak that they turned out to be. The crotch curve is still completely wrong even though the muslin seem to fit nicely. I had to end up adding a LARGE waistband to cover my plumbers crack in the back. Which lead me to chop off about 5 inches off the center front so that the pants were actually at my waist instead of up under my bust. Needless to say I will have to start from scratch another day with a pants pattern, because I just don't know where I went wrong with this one. I have a pattern on the table for a maxi dress that I am hoping will be easier to knock out, since I am in need of some instant gratification.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Stepping Back to Move Ahead

I have spent the past week and a half being a sewing blog voyeur (there are some talented and funny ladies out there in blog land). When my DD told me last summer that she wanted to become a fashion designer and I signed us both up for two sewing classes my only goal was to convince her to select a different career (we all want a doctor no?). Needless to say, I have been SUCKED into the world of sewing myself. I have made several hideous looking items with the comfort of being able to say that each item was better than the last. Since it appears that I will not be packing the sewing machine away any time soon, I thought I would put together a list of goals. So here they are (in no particular order):

2010 Sewing Goals
1. A basic White Shirt
2. A Maxi Dress
3. A Sheath Dress
4. A Shirt Dress
5. A Trench Coat
6. A Floral Print
7. Jeans
8. A Bra
9. A Little Black Dress
10. A Great Fitting Tee

Now, the one thing I can promise is that I will become completely distracted from this list along the way but it's out in the universe now.

For the short term I need to finish moving all the sewing stuff from the living room to the office. My mom (her cleaning company clean my house) and my daughter are past complaining that sewing has taken over every corner of the living room. I still need a proper table for the office before I can make the transition, but if nothing else the fabric stash needs to move ASAP. I am on a quest to get "fitting and alterations" down, but from what I have read it's an ongoing process. I also want to start documenting my progress and posting it here on a regular basis (this blog thing is new to me). Hopefully I will also get around to dressing this page up a little, since it is quite dull for me. That's all for now!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I think I have the right to be mad!

So, I put the PR mini wardrobe contest on hold so that I could spend all the time necessary to help my daughter with her Spanish project. We painted, cut, glued, stenciled, you name it (I'll try to post some pictures) to get it done and hopefully take home something higher than the 3rd place she got last year. But kids are so mean!!! I hand delivered the project to the school myself and it was beautiful. Yesterday, however I received several very panicked text messages telling me that the project had be vandalized. I emailed the teacher to make sure that the grade reflected the work that was put into the assignment. Being a think ahead kind of chic, I sent my daughter to school yesterday with a bottle of rubber cement to make any on the spot fixes, so I told her to use it for the repairs and hope for the best. The next text message I received said and I quote "I don't care about this stupid project, I'm not going to win so why bother trying to fix it". WHAT!!!!! Why in the heck did I spend every weekend for three months at home helping or schlepping you to the store to spend MY mad money (better known as fabric money) working on something that you could care less about. Then she says "I don't know why you are so mad, it's my project". Be on the look out to see my face on the news for wiping this girl off the planet.

On a side note: The dress is near complete. I will put in the zipper and do the hem when I get home. The office is more of a mess now that I tried to clean it, so that is still a work in progress. I am hoping that I can get the top cut out tonight. Even though I don't see any way to finish all the pieces in time for the S.W.A.P., I think I still deserve the wardrobe.