I’ve missed you all, and after a bit of a hiatus, I’m going to get back to sewing. I’ll be kicking it all off no later than Friday. I’ve missed you all terribly.
now if the pattern I bought from eBay would show up, I could get started on this month’s sewing challenge from Pretty Girls Sew
I’ll be starting this one as soon as I get the pattern as in running a bit behind. I already have a future owner for this dress so in really excited about this one!!
Also, cross your fingers for me, I may have an owner for a larger corset!!! Squee!!!!
I’ve been gone for to long, I’ve missed y’all, and after taking to a friend a few days I’ve device to give myself a little challenge…. 30 garments in 1 year…
Am I crazy, possible, but why not? I love challenges and this one sounds like a lot of fun. In starting off with McCall’s 6462 as I’m going to be participating in pretty girls sew November challenge.
After that I’m going to be making a corset based off of for a very understanding friend who understands I’m still new to this resulting hobby. then, well, we will see.
I also have decided that the last 10 garments are going to be my own creations, and not made from patterns.
My time frame is around 2-3 garments a month.
Wish me luck everyone!!!
With all the different days we have, (throwback Thursday, Formal Friday), I decided to add to that with #TipFriday. Just a quick post on a tip that I found or I’ve figured out. Since I’m still figuring it all out, I decided to post a little tip I found over on Pintrest this morning. How to sew bias tape easily every time. Shout-out to The Haby Goddess. Have a great weekend! What’s everybody working on?
Hey all, I decided to try the zipper foot again, and I figured out the problem, it was f’ing sewing machine 101!! I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I forgot to put the foot down. SIGH
I found it at the thrift shop for $3.29 and half off! Go me!!! I find I have the easiest time understanding something by taking it apart.
Hey all, this post was too cool not to share!! Tips on keeping your rotary cutting mat in good shape.
Life took me away from the sewing machine, and I didn’t like it, no sir, not one bit. But over the last 3 days I completed another project, this time a pencil bag. This one right here:
Now that I’ve had a chance to sleep on it, I decided a recap, a postmortem might be helpful to you and to me.
I got the pattern from this blog post just passing it along to anyone else who wants to try it out. I learned a lot in this project, and that’s the point right? Here’s what I learned:
I hate using duck fabric, I felt like I was a in a race again time the whole time as it was fraying from the moment that I cut the pattern out. I think using pinking shears would have helped in this regard. If I ever try and use duck again I’ll make sure to use pinking shears.
Making a fabric tube is hard, like whoa. I must have pinned and repinned the sides 3 or 4 times for each of the 4 round panels. That brings up another point, making a panel that’s 4″ diameter. Remember how we thought we never needed geometry when we learning it in school? I tried printing out a circle that was 4″ in diameter, but that didn’t work, then I started looking around for something that fit the bill. I ended up using a roll of blue painting tape that was just about perfect. If you all have a different idea, let me know.
Zipper foot! After trying to do the piping in step 9 with a normal presser foot and not getting as close as I wanted to the piping cord, we bought a zipper foot from a local store in Austin called Austin City Stitches. Nice ladies there with a good selection. Anyway after installing the foot which was really easy, I did a test run and with the foot and I quickly learned that it’s nothing like a standard foot. The fabric didn’t advance unless I guided it through the machine, I’m not sure if that’s normal or not.
Sewing the zipper closed was another challenge as I didn’t baste the zipper and instead pinned it, I had an issue of trying to maneuver the bag around the machine. Next time, I’ll just baste and be done with it.
I learned a lot on this, and I think I will be redoing the zipper sewing as it’s a bit well, gross.
That’s it for now. I’m working on another project starting in the next day or so. I’m going to be deconstructing a dress I bought at the goodwill for 2 reasons, 1 for a pattern, and also so I can get a better idea on how it was constructed.
So after a few days away from the machine, tonight I got back in the saddle, trying to make this pencil bag and I couldn’t get anything right. My thread kept breaking, I miss cut fabric the fabric, (twice!), I mislaid some piping, and realized I sewed the wrong end of and panel… so I stopped for the night, there are times when the mojo just isn’t there and you need to step away, and so I did. Tomorrow I will try again and I’m sure things will work easier.
I’ve been reading Tim Gunn’s book Golden Rules and beyond his catch phrase of “Make it work”, he has a wealth of experience and stories to tell. I learned that while it wasn’t an ideal situation, I tried to make it work and do with what I have.
Also on a different note, I’m now on twitter, never been on twitter, but decided to be the Dude on twitter as well. I’m https://twitter.com/thedudesews if you’d like to follow, I promise to follow back.
Sew my friends, (see what I did there?), we’re almost to school time and that means millions of munchkins will be heading back to school. I found this fun pencil box, I’m going to make 1 for me and one for my (GASP), middle schooler. I’ll try to have it finished by Monday.