Saturday, July 28, 2012

Funniest thing ever

Have you seen this? It should be shown to anyone who ever asks you to sew for them.


Enjoy.

PS-R if you read this, you didn't ask, I offered.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Discussing DISQUS

Apparently legions of my fans stalkers followers have had some difficulty commenting on my blog since I added DISQUS as some sort of mediator/filter something or other. It worked, no more spam. However, this will NOT do. I have removed it, it may take up to 48 hours to go away. You all should have no more issues with commenting on my blog.

Big thanks to Darling Anne for bringing this to my attention.

PS-for those of you who are envious of my pattern collection, I just received my latest fix from BMV.

Current Count

Butterick 25
Vogue 103

Hey lady, wanna buy some Vogue's? Cheap.


Once you buy from those people, they will stop at nothing to get you to buy more, emails every day reminding you they are just a click away. They are almost as persistent as purveyors of other products that are not quite legal. They also know when they have you in their grasp.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Frosting, Cake or Bread


There has been a lot of talk in the Land of Blog recently about sewing "cake" versus "frosting". The first one I noticed was Tasia of Sewaholic patterns, her post was about how much more fun it is to sew pretty shiny flowered tops and dresses etc (frosting) and things and how you can end up with nothing to wear with them, ie plain skirts or pants (cake).



Steph from 3 Hours Past the Edge of the World  has launched her new pattern company Cake Patterns (which is awesome, congrats Steph), aiming to help women make clothes that are wearable basics, hence the name Cake.



Which got me to thinking, what am I sewing? Since beginning my blogging career, yeah right blog, I have made panties for me, camisoles for Aunt Edna, many pyjama bottoms for me and one pair for a friend, two sleep Sorbettos, a bathrobe for me, a jacket- Vogue 7907 (too hot to need a jacket) along with a Skirt formerly known as The Tablecloth skirt and the top from Vogue 1247, which I have never worn.  The skirt could be described as cake, I have been wearing it and it is a nice casual summer skirt, the jacket would be cake too.  One could hardly describe panties, pyjamas, camisoles and a bathrobe as cake or frosting, could one?

Don't you just love referring to yourself in the third person?



I think I have been sewing bread. Clothes one needs (here I go again), or has to have. One needs to wear underwear, clothes to sleep in, a robe (dressing gown for you Brits) to cover your body with after a shower. Stuff that isn't thrilling, but necessary nonetheless. All part of my plan to eventually sew my whole wardrobe. Until I have achieved my goal weight, I do not want to put a lot of time and effort into producing clothes that will not fit my current body very long. So until I am there I will sew bread and not bake any (which I am very good at btw).

What do you sew? Frosting? Cake? Bread?

What qualifies as each? For instance, for me jeans should qualify as bread, they are a complete essential in my wardrobe, but they feel like cake. Sort of.  Is an easily altered elastic waist skirt cake or bread? T-shirts?

What do you think? Do you ever sew bread?



It isn't the best idea to spend time looking at photos of frosting, cake and bread before you have eaten breakfast. Just sayin'. 




Monday, July 23, 2012

Procrastinating, Netflix and housework

Or how Netflix helped me procrastinate and helped me do housework.



I still have a fleece Koos style bathrobe on the mental design table, I can't quite see it in my head yet and I don't want to start another project until I get this one done.  I have been procrastinating. I admit it. You saw the jam making, but there have been many other incidences of putting it off as well. Many hours of blog reading for instance.

Then I read House of Pinheiro's spectacular example of procrastination. I am truly impressed, procrastination as a blog post, and a pretty good one at that. Her post is stunning, with pie charts and colours and everything. So there was nothing for me to do but to create a spreadsheet of my patterns. Company, Pattern #, Description (ie designer or easy, or whatever), size, garment (skirt, coordinates etc), year printed and other notes. Very satisfying.

For those you who are interested get a life, I have a total of  206 patterns.

1 Akasha 
1 Betsy Ross
8 Burda
23 Butterick
2 Carol Lane-Sabre
1 Favorite Things
4 Folkwear
1 Jalie
1 Kandel
13 Kwik-Sew
1 Material Things
18 McCalls
1 Merchant Rag
4 New Look
1 Revisions
1 Sewn
1 Silhouettes
22 Simplicity
1 Stretch and Sew
2 The Sewing Workshop
1 Trudy Jansen
3 Unique
96 Vogue

If you want, I can also tell you how many of those are Marcy Tilton, how many are dresses, and that I have two patterns for gloves. Why? I have no idea.  

Hello my name is Elle, and I am a TV addict.

Saturday, on a whim I signed us up for Netflix. We had just finished Season One of The Wire. OMG that is an excellent TV show, if you haven't seen it you should and probably without your kids. I was hoping Netflix would have it, that is why I signed up, we needed our fix. Alas, it was not to be. There is however many worthwhile programs I have never seen, that are worth my viewing time and therefore capable of assisting me with my procrastination program.

However, on Sunday, I was sitting down, ready to embark on another day of accomplishing nothing. The thought then occurred to me that I can do housework and watch TV via Netflix on my laptop, so it (it being housework watching TV) isn't such a waste of time. I spent almost the whole day procrastinating cleaning. Very rewarding and now I am on a mission.

I, Elle C, Will Have A Clean House Before My Friend Terri Comes to Visit in August.

Because of Netflix and procrastination. 

Hi Terri.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The BEST method EVER for tracing off patterns-IMO

I know some people don't buy Threads magazine, so this post is for them. In the recent issue of Threads, Kathleen Wagner of Seattle Washington wrote in a tip for tracing patterns that I think is the most brilliant thing ever. Ever. She won for the "best tip". Well Duh. I think she should win for the Best Tip Ever of All Time.

By now I am sure you are all sitting on the edge of your seats screaming at your 'puter. "What is it already?"  Here it is. She traces the pattern on the back of the pattern with a child's wax crayon,  and then IRONS the traced pattern onto pattern paper printed with light blue dots so grainline marking is unnecessary. I would use Swedish tracing paper or some of the roll of blank newsprint I am hoarding have on hand or whatever you use for your patterns. You could also use different colours of crayons for circles or whatever.


I'm not sure how well it would work for Burda, it would depend on how much of the wax comes off the paper after pressing with the iron.  You could test it and find out, if needed. If it worked, would this solve the issue of Burda patterns being somewhat difficult to trace? I haven't sewn with Burda magazine patterns yet (mostly because no one sells them where I live) so I don't know.

Is this idea as brilliant as I think it is? Tell me.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Rest in peace Sadie bum


On Monday July 9, 2012 one of the gentlest souls to ever walk this planet made her last trip to the vet. Sadie wasn't my dog, but I loved her as if she was. I am spared the pain of coming home and expecting to hear the thump of her tail and the sudden shock of disappointment of realizing I will never hear it again. I feel the loss of her nonetheless. My good friends H and B were fortunate to have Sadie come into their lives. I don't know what they ever did to deserve her, but it must have been something great because she was a wonderful dog. Truly one of those special dogs you find once or twice in your life if you are very lucky.

I hope you are having fun with Puss and Zoe at the Rainbow Bridge Sadie. We will all see you again one day.



The Rainbow Bridge


Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....


Sunday, July 8, 2012

I sewed something!


I sewed this weekend. I know, I know. A sewing blog with a post about sewing. So confusing. I will give you a moment to gather your thoughts.

I am no longer a Burda virgin. I made a robe this weekend, from Burda 2653.

It is super easy. Really super easy. I actually made it in less than a day, and I am a slow sewist. It is made from thrifted 100 % waffle weave cotton.  I ran out of fabric for the facings, so I used an old sheet, the colour is light green too and it works well. A sleeping Sorbetto and PJ bottoms are probably going to make an appearance soon too.  The fabric is perfect for a summer robe. Which I need now that we finally have summer. Summer came with attitude, it is making up for lost time. Last weekend we had floods in our area because of the rain. Now the forecast is for 36 C, or 96 F, Sunday. Hot. Damned hot.

Back to the robe. I made A, which is full length (a novelty for me) with a hood, and I made it in the largest size, so it is big. I always think robes should be oversized, don`t you? With the hood up, one looks like Obi Wan Kenobi would if he had his colours done and he was told he was a spring. 

This is not the sewist you are looking for.
The lightsaber is in for repairs.


The pattern went together perfectly or it would have if I hadn't made a mistake in cutting one of the fronts. Which is odd because I cut the fronts doubled. I cut one side 3 inches longer at the front and tapered to the right length at the side. The other side was perfect. I cannot imagine how I managed to do that.

This is actually a test run of the pattern. I am in the planning stages of a robe for S (rubber duck PJ friend), she needs a ridiculously warm robe for winter as she is always cold. For her robe I am using only fleece that I have in my stash, and so therefore I will be piecing the fabric. Not in the down home quilted look, I am hoping for a cool Koos look. I almost have it in my head, not quite yet. But soon.

There is nothing like finishing a project you love to inspire you to sew more. I will be heading down to the sewing dungeon today to start another project. I know not what. Yet.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Something I made a long time ago

Earlier this year a blogger (can't remember who it was) posted about having a bought a bunch of lace, and they were wondering what they were going to do with it. I mentioned that I had made something with lace, sort of a sampler. I couldn't find them to take a photo to show them. After suffering from ennui earlier this week, I finally got off my shrinking butt and started to clean up the sewing dungeon. Think of it as an archaeological excavation and you get a clue how bad it was. Almost at the end, I found them. So without further ado, here they are.


These are all pieces I picked up here and there. They are on acid free matt board and they are attached with teeny tiny dots of acid free white glue. They are around 20 years old and there is no signs of the lace degrading, so the acid free crap high quality products I used seemed to have done their job. The frames are vintage, retouched with Rub'nBuff gold colour.  Nice for a sewing room/studio/bordello/dungeon, don't you think?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

suffering from ennui



Yup. That is how I am feeling today. It is a wonderful word, isn't it?  One that isn't used nearly enough. Let's make it our word of the week. You might have to carry around a dictionary to explain to people what it means. Unless of course you hang out with smarter people than I.

Today I have been reading (An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan, if you want to know), napping, eating, thinking about eating, thinking about exercising, telling Jasper he is the cutest dog ever, reading blogs and feeling inadequate and lazy because of all the talented people whose blogs I have been reading.

Steph has been cleaning out her sewing room. This is definitely something that needs doing, The Sewing Dungeon is in serious need of a good clean out.

Tanit-Isis went thrifting and bought a bunch of sewing patterns. This admittedly doesn't count as sewing, but at least she got dressed and left the house, which is more than I have done today. Besides we all know she spent some time with her machine today.

Simona sewed up a Cynthia Rowley dress pattern 1802. A pattern which I adore. She is planning to make another one, this time with piping so you can see all the seaming. I can't wait.

Andi has been busy trying to ship her kids away for a while. She didn't put it that way. She is a better mom than that. They are going to camp.

KC has been helping her son put together a costume for The Anime Expo. What a good mom she is. We know that because she told us.


This is the ultimate demonstration of laziness, on my sewing blog I write a post about other peoples sewing, that they have already written about. Perfect. Now I am going to finish An Assembly Such as This.