Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A thrifting we will go......

Look what I found today! I turned around and there it was. I am sure I heard angels singing and there seemed to be a rainbow ray of light coming down from the heavens engulfing me and my precious. Notice the price tag. SCORE. Now I just have to learn how to use it.  The Coletterie blog has what I am sure is an excellent tutorial, cause the directions that come with it are a little on the vague side. I have heard rumours of there being a Dritz Welt Pocket Maker as well, has anyone ever seen one of these, or are they a myth, something like Unicorns?

I also found these.

 I have a very old Husqvarna machine that uses these bobbins and I only have one. I have never used the machine because what if it worked better than any machine in the history of the planet and the one and only bobbin broke. Now I get to play with another vintage machine. Peter would be so proud.

Of course, I found some fabric as well. "It followed me home Mom, honest". Those of you with good memories (damn you anyway), may recall the fabric diet I am supposedly on. It only lasted a couple of weeks, alas. I haven't been posting about my finds, because I have been hiding them from The Husband (hi honey, love you).

This is a list of the stuff that is moving into the fabric closet.

Three and a half meters if what could be white linen, 4 meters of it, gonna wash it, we will see then.
Plain navy blue, I think it is rayon, 5 meters.
Black boucle, about 1 1/2 meters. 

Royal Blue silk noil, 4 meters, unfortunately only 90 cm wide. Silk noil is my favourite fabric to sew.
Camel coloured corduroy, 3 meters

Navy and white woven stripe, feels like a rayon cotton blend, 8 meters.

Last but not least black and cream woven that is hard to describe, so here is a picture 7 1/2 meters.

I am starting to feel a little foolish continuing to buy fabric, when I haven't been sewing, but I am not going to let a little thing like that stop me from shopping.

I am going to leave you with some cute dog pics, cause you can never have enough photos of cute dogs.
Jasper with his summer hair cut and our house guest (who we may get to keep) Karma.

a romp in the yard-ignore the unkempt garden in the background

Friday, June 22, 2012

They're Here!

The patterns that I ordered from BMV in May when they had their sale on, finally arrived. These were the patterns that prompted my breakup letter to Fabricland. I ordered them on May 19, I received notice that they shipped them on May 24, and I just got them today, June 22.

I'm not complaining, really I am not, this is more of a cautionary tale for my fellow Canucks. If you want and or need your patterns quickly, don't order online, or order far in advance. Considering the Canadian Price for a Vogue is minimum $3 more here than in the US, and Fabricland's best deal is half price, I really couldn't afford to buy this many patterns any other way. It isn't like I can sew any of them right now anyway, now that I am on my way to becoming a thin gorgeous supermodel. That all of you will be jealous of, oh yes, I know you will.

Now I can fondle them, and talk to them and tell them what they are going to be when they grow up. I get to visit the stash closet and fantasize about what fabric I am going to use for what pattern. Such fun.

Do you want to see them? Of course you do.

McCalls 6511-I love the piecing on this one. I probably could have figured it out myself, but it was $1.99.
Vogue 8810-is exactly the style of dress that works on my body, I like the different views

Vogue 8620 and 8690, what can I say? I worship at the altar of the Tiltons.

Vogue 8793-another Tilton, I love this top. Love.
Vogue 8804-The Claire Shaeffer Chanel jacket. When I am at goal, I will make this and it will be my present to myself.

Last but not least. Vogue 1277-I think I will start this in the fall, a winter coat can be oversized.
I am going to make this entirely from my stash.

Something else found a home with me this week. I had resisted buying this book, because, I admit, I have more sewing books than I need, and Colette patterns are more body conscious than I am comfortable wearing right now. After making the Sorbetto several times, I became a fan of Sarai's and as I am losing weight and getting fit, the patterns won't be totally ridiculous on me when I am done.

I am going to make this blouse this summer, it is so cute and I don't care if it won't fit for long.
I am really glad I did get this book, it is one of the best books with patterns the best book with patterns included that I have seen. The pattern are not just 4 sizes like some out there, and the photography and descriptions are outstanding. I really can't recommend this book highly enough.

Monday, June 18, 2012

new blog alert

I have decided to follow Sassy T's example and have a fitness and weight loss blog separate from my poor excuse for a sewing blog.  I think it will help me become the thin, gorgeous, sylphlike creature that I am meant to be. So, no more dieting talk on this blog.

If you are interested, come for a visit.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Oh. Canada.

I challenge any Canadians to read the title of this post and not hear the National Anthem. Can't do it, can ya?

Here is the promised scrub for The Husband. Suitable for wearing on Canada Day, for those of you ignorant in the ways of the people of the True North Strong and Free, it is July 1. 

As usual the pattern matching on the pockets is pretty damn near perfect. I am so ridiculously anal about that. Those of you with sharp eyes will notice the v neck is not so much, maybe it is a v that got drunk one night or something and couldn't come to the point, something like I am doing now. I am getting bored making these, the only thing that makes them anywhere near fun (besides how much The Husband enjoys telling anyone at all, even strangers on the street "my wife made this") is doing something different with them, such as the red bands on the sleeves and bottom.  I like the way it turned out.

The weight loss is going well, l had my first weigh in on Friday and the burnt offering and live sacrifices were successful. I lost 2.4 pounds. Are you not astonished that I held on to that information for over 48 hours before sharing? To be perfectly honest, I was a little disappointed with the number, considering how hard I am working at the gym, but I am building muscle blah blah blah. I may have lost enough to have the first casualty in my wardrobe. I bought a pair of cheap yoga pants at the Mart of Wal, they are now falling off me. I am not certain whether this is due to the quality of the product (very likely) or whether I have lost enough off the butt and belly (maybesortakinda likely). At any rate I will try to fix them. It is strange to say, but I am looking forward to my wardrobe getting smaller, not just in size but in quantity. 

Jilly has been posting lovely pictures of the flowers in her garden. It seemed like a good idea, so I leave you with this.


This is my sage plant, it's not a big deal, but it is the first year it has bloomed.

Friday, June 8, 2012

the beginning of a weight loss journey

Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Okay, okay, stop making gagging noises. I joined Weight Watchers today. Earlier this week Andrea mentioned that she signed up and asked if anyone wanted to be her weight loss buddy. Seeing as I am killing myself working out at the gym it seems ridiculous not to stop eating completely change my eating habits. So I said yes to Andrea.  I think it will be helpful feeling accountable to someone.

So what does this mean for sewing? Obviously there is no point in making clothes for me, as I have a lot of weight to lose and nothing I can get into now will even come close when I am at my goal weight. I have some ideas.

I am pretty much taken care of in the pj department for now. I think I will make a caftan from some rayon in the stash, to wear around the house, it would be lovely and cool for summer. We usually get a couple of weeks of high 30's (95 to 102 F)  here and wearing as few clothes as possible is a joy. I have some waffle weave cotton which would be perfect for a summer robe, so that goes on the list too. I have McCalls 5985 OOP, it's a capelet, which looks like fun, and completely different from anything I have and it wouldn't have to fit. So another goes on the list.

For The Husband I have some red and white maple leaf cotton which is suitable for a scrub for Canada Day, he has around 25 scrubs so no more is needed there unless I come across some fabric at the thrift store.

S (rubber duck pj  friend, love that description), is always cold, except when it is too hot to breathe and then she is comfortable, so she needs a really warm bathrobe, I have Burda 2653 which has a hood and is floor length. It will be a fun project as I plan on making it from fleece and I am going to use what I have on hand so I will be piecing the fleece together. I am hoping for a sort of subdued sophisticated Koos look, not a homespun piecework effect.

To recap:

Maple Leaf scrub for The Husband-due date of July 1
Caftan and summer bathrobe for moi
Capelet for moi
Warm (and possibly strange looking) hooded bathrobe for S
Possibly capelet for S

Am I the only one who finds it helpful to regurgitate their thoughts about sewing plans on their blogs?  I have been dithering about this for a few days now, and now that it is in black and white it seems so clear. Or is writing your plans cursing them? What is that saying, if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans?

Saturday, June 2, 2012

mental meandering

I have been busy going to the gym and feeling guilty about (in no particular order) not blogging, the disaster that is my house, the disaster that is my garden, eating too much, not walking my dogs, not giving the dogs their manis and pedis, not commenting on as many blogs as I should etc. You would be surprised how much time the guilt can eat up. So that is why I have been incognito lately.

Going to the gym is going well, if you call being in pain being well 8-D. The upside is I have been sleeping better (completely comatose once I touch the bed) and my depression is much improved. Hmm, depression improved, that sounds like I am more depressed, does it not? To be clear, I am feeling better. I have also noticed my default setting of stressed out is no longer, I feel much more relaxed, which is good. I do want to know where the energy is that all the experts say you get from exercising. They are all liar liar pants on fire.

I had mentioned in a previous post that I was going to review one of my many sewing books every Monday. Monday has come and gone, twice. I have discovered it is only fun to review a book if you don't like it and you get to be snarky. If you do like it, the way that I like Sewing Lingerie That Fits by Karen Morris, published by Taunton Press, you come off sounding like a fawning sycophant who is trying to get free stuff from Taunton Press. Taunton Press, if you read this, let me know if it will work, I will do it for free stuff, like a lifetime subscription to Threads or any of your videos. Just sayin. Anyway, got sidetracked. The book is great, I love it, you should buy it, if you find it cheap enough.

There has been sewing happening. I know, shocking.

I made a Sorbetto to sleep in cause I love the first one so much. I have sleeping in tie dyed mens vee neck XL t-shirts for so long The Husband went into shock. I used a white cotton sheet that I found buried in the linen closet (why do I have a brand new double white top sheet, I asked myself? myself didn't know), and I used purchased vintage bias trim for the neck. I used the plaid bias because I didn't want white, and I also didn't feel like changing the thread in the sewing machine. S (aka rubber duck PJ friend) found that amusing and said I should write about that in my blog, I told her sewists would find nothing funny about that because anyone would do the same thing if the circumstances were similar. Am I right? Of course I am. I lengthened the top to upper thigh length, any longer and I twist myself into a cocoon while sleeping.  Once again I serged a rolled edge for the hem. Wore it to bed last night and slept like the dead. Perfect. Success. Wheeee!!!

Today I washed the above Sorbetto, and lo and behold, the vintage bias binding is falling apart, and will have to be replaced one day Soon. See.

I made a skirt formerly known as The Tablecloth Skirt for S (aka rubber duck pj friend), I found some great fabric in the $2 section at the evil empire of Fabricland. It looks just like denim but it is quite lightweight and perfect for twirling. There was a flaw running about 10 inches from the selvage along the lengthwise grain for about 2 1/2 feet (that is why it was in the $2 meter section, notice my freewheeling use of metric and imperial measurements?).  Because S is quite a bit shorter than I, I started with a 45" inch square (perfect for working around the flaw, I am so clever), and I think the panels ended up being 13" after hemming.  S likes it too. Another success.  Wheeee!!!

Notice Barney trying to figure out what is hanging in his tree. 
S isn't up to modeling the skirt today, her fibromyaglia is acting up.

I actually wore my skirt formerly known as etc out in public last weekend. No one pointed and laughed and  no children cried so I obviously didn't look too weird in it. It is one voluminous skirt. I drive a Smart car and if the skirt was any bigger it wouldn't fit inside. Yes, I am exaggerating, but I did have to wrap the skirt around me to get it and me in the car. After making S's skirt, I realize the fabric I used for mine is just a little too heavy, a lighter fabric definitely works better. I may take the waistband off mine and try taking some of the bulk out of the waist. I might not though, I hate alterations.

There is more!

I also made a Vogue 7907, a OOP (but still available through the Vogue website) Marcy Tilton jacket. It is some kind of taffeta type fabric that I felt would make a nice Minoru, the fabric looked like it would make a good rain jacket, but unfortunately it decided not to act like it. So I made this jacket instead. I am on the fence about it. I like the shape, but the fabric really isn't drapey enough, and the jacket is noisy to wear. I think I will file it in the magic closet for awhile. I will probably love it one day.

Sorry about the shadows on the photos, it turns out the way to get the sun to break through the clouds is to plan to photograph clothing outside.

Finally. The End.