Friday, February 25, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Very Basic T-shirt Disaster

If I had to choose one word to describe this shirt it would be.... UGH! I figure each garment, whether I wear it or not, is gained experience. Here is what I learned from this one:

Never buy plus size patterns with size 2 models on the front. Usually I am good at picking out what would or would not be flattering on me and I was so so very wrong with this one. Secondly, what is the point of making your own clothes when they are so so boring! I mean this top looks worse than most things I would try on in a store. I try to ignore the fabric because this was free fabric I was practicing on but even with nice fabric in a color that didn't look like hospital scrubs this is boring. Thirdly, I took the time to do all the suggested measurements and ended up making it two sizes bigger than I wear in the stores and the end result, although not a flattering cut, fits perfectly. I love when clothes just lay on you not hug you. Also, the practice with sewing on knits with my regular machine is always appreciated. I think I got the hem looking... wearable. I ended up serging (<3<3<3) the raw edge and then hemming it with my sewing machine. The pattern recommended using a double needle which I want to attempt at some point with something that doesn't make me look like I'm wearing scrubs. [yes I realize this is the most boring detailed sewing post yet, but this is what excites me]

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Try to use your imagination to make these two bad pictures into one good picture.
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Lets add up some points!
* 5 points per yard of fabric used
* 10 points for fabric being vintage, thrifted or upcycled
* 3 points for every pattern used that you've never sewn before
* 10 points for using a pattern/fabric you've had for more than a year
* 20 points for integrating a SCRAP (not a piece of fabric you cut) less than 1/2 yard into your garment

+5 points - for one yard of fabric
+10 points - for the fabric being thrifted
+3 points - for never having used the pattern
+10 points - for using a pattern that i've had for 3+ years
-20 points - for knowing I will never wear this and now having to find this pattern a new home! [i decided this needed to be added to really evaluate this project hehe]

total: 8 points!

Next project:
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Oh, and I've been making these for Bella's friend's birthday gifts. We have had a surprising number of them this season!
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Do you recognize it from anywhere?


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A New Skirt.... For Me?

I know I know! I never wear skirts so I was a little unsure about spending money on this project. Well, to my surprise it doesn't look horrible and I may just make it again with nicer fabric. For now my $0.99 goodwill linen look alike fabric will have to do. The pockets are made with this adorable piece of scrap fabric Grandma gave to me a couple months ago. It was a rather large scrap so I've been saving it for something special. I was inspired to make this skirt by a dear friend who has the exact same one but in a wintery red flannel from L.L. Bean. (I think she found it at the Goodwill too!) She let me borrow the skirt to use as a pattern. Woo! Pattern cost: $0! Thanks Liz!

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It's a wrap skirt so no worrying about if it will fit just right. One size fits most.



So it is no secret that I like points and challenges so when I found this challenge over at Sew Weekly I decided I needed to add a point system to all my homemade creations! I'm adopting their point system because it makes so much sense. It looks like this:

* 5 points per yard of fabric used
* 10 points for fabric being vintage, thrifted or upcycled
* 3 points for every pattern used that you've never sewn before
* 10 points for using a pattern/fabric you've had for more than a year
* 20 points for integrating a SCRAP (not a piece of fabric you cut) less than 1/2 yard into your garment

Points for my skirt:
5 points for one yard of fabric
10 points for it being thirfted
3 points for never having used that pattern
20 points for integrating a scrap

Total skirt points: 38!


New Years Resolution Update: I finished A Lesson Before Dying last night which is why my eyes are all red and puffy this morning. David and I tried to have a conversation about slavery last night but it got too upsetting. Sometime the masses can be so disappointing. I hate to compare slavery to global warming but it seems like in both cases people knew what they were(are) doing was(is) wrong but didn't(don't) want to change because it would be too hard. I wonder if that is human nature or just American culture. It seems like the rest of the world is trying to improve a lot faster than we are on a government level.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Kitchen Helpers [read: this may turn you off from ever eating at our place again]

So I have the most eager kitchen helpers in the world, which, as I'm sure you could guess, slows breakfast/lunch/snack/dinner to a halt. Usually I try to distract the kids with objects found in the kitchen like, whisks, silicon baking cups, wooden spoons, measuring cups, anything that will keep them out of my hair and my way for, oh say, three minutes. Last night in desperation I handed Elliott the closest thing I could find. It happened to be a big fat yam. Now this kept him busy for quite a while but unfortunately for me it was so cute I had to stop and take pictures and watch him try to figure out what to do with this giant piece of uncooked food. Eventually he did get a couple bites out of it. Note to self: wash before handing raw produce to Elliott.
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