Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Photo Friday (two days late)

I had this blog post queued up and completely forgot to schedule it....until now.  Two days late is better than never right?  

I'm trying to get back on the Projectlife365 band wagon.  I was much better this past week, so look forward to a fuller photo Friday in a couple days.  This particular week however I only got two of the prompts completed.  

Quality over Quantity right? 

# Tick_Tock


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Challenge: Week 5

Ombre is a trend I have been completely taken with. I absolutely love, it seems, all things ombre. Maybe I've even painted my nails ombre.

I've thought about painting my sewing desk ombre...

via Pinterest

Dreamed about painting my houses' staircase ombre...

via Pinterest

And bought the supplies to make dip dyed ombre curtains out of some bland blackout curtains we already owned (bought the supplies almost a year ago but havent done yet). 

via Pinterest
Despite this love of ombre I didnt even think of it when brainstorming for my categories. Thank God Manda did!

Per usual, I was kinda torn about what i wanted to do for the challenge. I thought initially that I would make a whitedress and   then dip dye it.  During a conversation with Manda, I realized this was probably a bad idea. I told her my plan to dye my fabric and her exact words were "Ain't nobody got time for that shit". True words. I had ombre fabric in my stash. I used that. 

I made Simplicity 1662 view B.

Super easy until I was putting on the waistband. I have no idea what happened, but i had way more fabric then I needed, and it wasn't   supposed to be gathered. Not wanting to take any of the stitches i had already put in out, I just took a couple tucks. LAZY.

I really like how it turned out, but i think I'm  gonna have to secure the front "flap".  It's windy in New England and I'm afraid that if I don't things are gonna get indecent. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Photo Friday (on Monday): Week 24, 25, 26

I've been biting it pretty hard on ProjectLife365 lately. I completely skipped weeks 27 & 28 , and posted very sparingly for 24, 25 and 26. I've  been downloading the prompts, but not getting any of the pictures taken or uploaded....oops.

But, I know Photo Friday is a fan favorite for my reader(s), (Andrea I'm talking to you), so I didn't want to go another week without posting.  So, here's everything that I have posted, since the last update:

Week 24:


Week 25:


Week 26:




Friday, July 12, 2013

Birthday Dress

I have a problem; actually it’s more like a condition, where I wait till the last minute for EVERYTHING. Not only am I a procrastinator, but I’m also a perfectionist.  This is NOT a good combo.  Waiting till the very last minute and then needing everything to be perfect is a recipe for disaster.  In an internal effort to better my worst character flaws (and this is definitely one) I've been trying to be better about doing things before they are “absolutely due”.

This year when April rolled around, I started thinking about Liv’s birthday.  I had plans to make it a very cutesy, looks like I’m a stay at home mom and have tons of time, event.  She needed to be dressed as adorably as all the decorations, that I had yet to make, would be.  Not wanting to wait until the last minute I looked online and ordered her a dress from Nordstrom (my absolutely favorite department store of all time). 

When I ordered the dress I had thought it was made out of knit, but when it came in it was clearly cotton.  I tried it on Liv, and it was really cute…..and really WHITE.  WHAT WAS I THINKING??  She was going to ruin that dress in 3.5 seconds….and I had paid WAY too much for it ($38….seriously…what was I thinking).  I decided to make her a birthday dress instead, but kept the dress just in case I ran out of time.

I had basically married myself to the idea of making Liv her birthday dress, but did I leave myself enough time?  Of course not!  I finished Liv’s birthday dress at 1pm the day before her birthday.  It was intense, but I was really happy with how it turned out.

I used Simplicity 1624 for a pattern.  I LOVED view A with the ruffles.  It just looked classic little girl cute to me.  What I didn't think about when I started sewing this dress was how damn annoying those ruffles would be to attach.  They nearly killed me.

I had THE MOST PERFECT material in my stash for the dress.  I basically buy anything with weenie dogs on it as an ode to Guinness.  This print I got at Joann’s and it KILLED me.  Weenie dogs and rain boots…could it get any cuter?  NO.  The answer is no.

The dress turned out adorable.  The only thing that I didn't like about the pattern is that the waist seam was exposed inside the dress.  I like, especially in kids clothes, when this is covered.  I feel like when it isn’t, it bothers their little bellies.  So, next time (if there’s a next time), I would sew a bodice lining or put a ribbon over the seam.

Here are a few pics of the dress in action at the party.  We had it at my in laws cause they have a nice deck and in-closed backyard.  It was a small affair with a couple dozen delicious cupcakes from my favorite local cupcake bakery.  Yup, all that decoration planning was thrown out the window, and decorations were bought at Iparty.  It was a good day.

Maybe next year I'll spend less time pinning decorations and more time ACTUALLY making them.  Maybe.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Starting a Project

I’ve been having a hard time completing my challenges on time…..not sure if you’ve noticed. 

I’m quick to blame Olivia for my tardiness (actually more like my inability to finish at all), but honestly, it’s more than just her.   

I’ll let you in on a little secret: I hate the process of actually starting a sewing project. I love buying patterns and love picking out the fabric, but after that I start stalling.

I don’t really mind washing the fabric…..but it slows everything down so much.  Then it has to be ironed, and that’s a pain.  Have you ever noticed how hard it is to iron really large yardages?  Ugh.   Once it’s ironed it’s time to place and cut out the pattern.  This is where everything really falls to pieces.  

I absolutely DREAD marking and cutting the pattern.  I’m not sure that the way I get my pieces cut out is the best method.  I’ve done a lot of research on the matter, and am just not sure if there is any NON-annoying to mark and cut out pattern pieces. 

When my mom taught me how to sew, she also taught me her method of marking out the pattern.  She pins the pattern down on the material, and then carefully traces her size all the way around.  When they are all marked she cuts out.   I’ve used this method for years, and it’s a real time (and back) killer.  Plus, if the fabric is dark, or shiny then marking it is just another issue entirely.  Another issue with marking I have is that I’ve never found the “holy grail” of marking tools.  Pencil works great on lighter colored cottons, but what do you use if you have a silky or dark colored fabric?  Lately, (and I feel like this is awful), I’ve been using Liv’s little Crayola markers.  They are bright, and are washable….right?   However, if I’m using Mumma Ouellette’s marking method the marker kinda gets everywhere……

The other method that I’ve been trying out lately is to trace the pattern onto freezer paper and  then trace it onto the fabric using pattern weights.  I like this method, but the tracing takes a while….and it makes me start to wonder if it’s really worth it.  I tell myself that it is, because if I want to make the item again then I don’t need to retrace everything.  But…..I haven’t made anything a second time yet……

Once the pattern is traced and ready to cut out, I’m basically in the clear.  I like the sewing part, and it goes pretty fast from there……as long as I don’t sit down on the couch before I start.  Once I’m on the couch it’s so hard trying to get myself off.

Is this a part of the sewing process that you hate.....or am I just a  terribly lazy person :) 

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