Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How are they holding up? Feb-May

Since no sewing is going on yet I figured I'd share the fun post I like to do where I let you know how things I've sewn are holding up and if they are in fact being worn.  I love reading these types of posts because we all see new, pretty sewn up things but I want to know how they fare day in and out. What may be nice on day 1 may not be so great on day 30.  (small health update on bottom)

From Top L to R
1, Winner: Simplicity Ariel Pjs are worn quite often and much loved as are 2. &3. both pairs of those Jalie undies, zigzag for me and blue for K.  4. K doesn't play much with dolls but she liked that outfit.  5. Winner: I wear my Ottobre zig-zag l/s tee all the time. It is one of my favorites.  6. I never did anything with the Lady Skater hack muslin there. 7. And K wears the Ottobre dizzy shirt a bit more than the 8. other one but both held up great.

1. K hates this O+S skirt and won't wear it. Her butt makes it stick out funny in back too.  2. She sometimes wears the pj shorts but not often (she prefers nightgowns).  3. Winner: K wears her orange Ottobre dress ALL THE TIME, lol. She is even wearing it today in fact.  4. My Kwik Sew pj set was not comfortable.  The shorts were a fail right away but the tank was too itchy with elastic trim for me to ever wear it.  5. Winner: I wore this Burda striped racer back tank a lot over the summer.  6. K only wore her Kwik Sew green tee shirt on this day and now it won't fit :(  I loved it too, but now it's been given to a friend. K didn't like the elastic in the arms and thought it was too short in length.


1. K has only worn this Ottobre jumper for photos. I'm not sure she's happy with it. I may try to get her to wear it yet if I can make white leggings and l/s tee for underneath.  We run about 50°F now days.  2. I haven't yet worn this dress. I attempted to on the 4th of July, but it didn't seem practical for sitting on the ground.  I'll try again next summer. The bodice is a tad big but I do like it.

1. K loves her Jalie undies. 2. K likes to wear this Ottobre tunic/dress but the pockets like to pop out and that annoys me.  3. K also loves these Jalie undies.  4. & 5. Winner: T wears these two pairs of Ottobre PJ shorts all the time. I can't wash them fast enough.  6. & 7. Winner: K wears these two Ottobre nightgowns all the time too.  She loves them to pieces.  8: Super Winner: This swimsuit was the best make of the summer. K is so shy and hates to wear swim suits but she was confident in this one with the swim shorts.  She swam so much more this summer and it made me so happy for her.  It held up very well too.  9: Ottobre shirt for K's bff. She's still wearing it from time to time so I'd say winner :-)

I've noticed a lot more success with Ottobre, Jalie, and Burda than I've ever had with the Big 4.  It's a good thing I have a ton of those magazines and patterns.  I hope you enjoyed seeing what worked and what didn't.

Winners: 16 (includes 4 pair of undies)
Fails: 1, so that's not bad
Dislikes: 3-maybe 4.

You know, this list really helps me see that my sewing has gotten so much better and we really do enjoy and wear the things I make. I'll remember this when I get down and frustrated.

Heath update:
So I'm still not sewing. And it's painful to not be sewing! I'm not very dizzy anymore but eating is still painful and tough. I have to wait until the end of November for my endoscopy (scope) :(  That is sooo long of a wait when you are suffering but I can't change it. I've lost 11 pounds now this last month and I'm pretty tired because I don't sleep or eat well.  So I have this constant pain where your gallbladder would be, except they took mine out two-ish years ago and I still have the pain. It gets worse when I eat.  That is in addition to my throat/stomach pain but I've had GERD and ulcers most my life so I assume that is what is going on there.  I also have other chronic things that make finding an answer difficult.

I'm hoping they figure something out and in the meantime I'm just digging through all my patterns and making LONG lists of things I want to make :D  I've created a spreadsheet for each family member and I might do a rotation thing when I get back to full sewing.  I also completed my Evernote database of all my patterns, magazines, and even fabric inventory. That was a huge task and now I can scroll through when I want to find something instead of digging.

Thanks for all your kind words and thoughts on my last post.  You guys really make me smile and it puts my spirits in a better mood. So Thank you!

~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Update and a small blog break

So.... I have been sick. Like sick, sick, sick - as in "I can't get out of bed" sick.  This has been going on for 3 weeks now and of course before that I was dealing with a kidney stone/pulled back muscle.  I do have chronic health issues, and a myriad of other crap I deal with but this is unlike those and isn't letting up.

I'm really not sure what is going on but I have chest pain, dizziness, shortness of breath, and my stomach is killing me. My heart is fine - I've been checked and re-checked. But I just hope I don't have another stomach ulcer. Those are no fun!

My doctors have not been able to figure it out, but I still have hope.  Needless to say my sewing has come to a halt.  :(  I can't get out of bed most of the time, much less do or focus on anything else.

I just wanted to give you all an update, and let you know that when I do feel better (hopefully soon)  I'll be sewing ferociously!!  Until then, I'll keep reading your blogs and loving all that you make.

~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ottobre Dress 06/2012 #30 and Jalie 2920 Leggings

Sewing for kids is so much easier than sewing for adults. Less fitting is involved and the process seems faster.  Plus, my kids need to be presentable every day for school, whereas I don't leave the house much.  So my things got put on the back burner again and K got a few new things.

First up is this Ottobre knit dress.  K saw a similar one in an ad and came running to me "Mom, I want this, can you make it?" Luckily I could ;-)

(K is under the weather so these are the best pics I could get)

Issue 06/2012 #30 "Sulka" jersey dress. The sizes range from 128-170cm.  I made K a size 140 but added a 1/2" to the waist of the bodice tapering to nothing at the underarm. I also added a tad to the sleeves at bicep and elbow tapering to nothing at wrists.  I stared for a long time at the armhole thinking it would be too tight, and in the end left it. Well, the armhole is tight. I used only the inner bodice lining for this dress because I didn't want the outside piece with the bows.

K likes the fullness of the skirt and the swirly-twirly factor.  It turned out as she wanted it so she's pleased, and thus I'm pleased.  Long sleeve weather pounced upon us and it looks like it is here to stay.  We went from 80°F to 55°F overnight (the Midwest temps can be so fickle).

Fabric: Blue Cheetah Jersey Knit, A rayon/poly blend.  I purchased it in August from fashionfabricsclub.com when K picked out the dress and fabric.  It was only $7.43 for the 1.75 yards I used.  I'll pay $8 any day to make this girl happy :)

K also needed some leggings so I decided to try Jalie 2920.  I had it sitting in my stash for a bit and it seemed the right time to try it.  I went with a size "O" which is 150cm or size 11 US.  K has  a larger rear and I wanted to ensure they fit.  The pattern is only one piece, which makes these fast and that is nice.  They looked tiny and I was scared they wouldn't fit but they did!

These leggings are more like tights without bottoms.  They are snug, no bagging and sagging on them.  In the future I might do a large rear adjustment for K because I'm worried she will outgrow these super fast.  If I was making these for my self, I would definitely be doing a large rear adjustment!

The Purple are a stretch nylon/lycra rib knit.  It is super soft but I'm afraid she will snag them the first wear.  This fabric has been in my stash for.ev.er so I'm ok with it.  1 yard purchased in Feb 2012 from fabric.com for $2.99
The Light Blue are a cotton/lycra jersey I picked it up in August 2013 from Mill End Textiles before they went out of business.  It is sooooo soft and yummy but I only had 1/2 yard so I made them shorts/capris :) $1.75
The Pink are a 100% cotton jersey with less stretch. I picked it up from Hobby Lobby May of 2014, 1 yard for $4.89

This month has been rough as I'm still under the weather.  I hope to pull out of it soon because I'm starting to get patterns piled up in the "to sew" bin.

I was able to sell 23 yards of fabric and haven't bought anything yet so that helped my totals out a bit. It blows my mind how much fabric has come in so far this year and I haven't sewn as much as I think I can.  I need to remember that there will always be fabric I want and I don't need to buy more until I use what I have.

September Totals:
(stash is anything purchased before Jan 2014)
Stash used: 1.5 yards
Fabric Out: 27 yards
Fabric In: 0 yards

Totals for the year to date:
Stash sew this year: 42 yards
Fabric out in 2014: 168.75 yards
Fabric in 2014: 154.5 yards

~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fall Sewing Plans ~ Me Sewing

Fall, my favorite season. I love the crisp air and the beautiful colors.  (I dislike the allergies).   
Time to start a Fall Sewing List to keep me somewhat on track.
Summer plans will have to wait until next year unless they make it over to this list (and some did make it onto the fall list).

So here is what I would like to me-make between September, October, and November

Simplicity 4813; Fabric: a stretch blue gingham like this
  Stretch Gingham Light Blue/White
View 3 (short sleeve on top)

Burda Blouse 09/2014 #103a; Fabric: I think this green lawn

McCall's 6964; Fabric: a Navy and white stripe (need to purchase)

View C (boat-neck on bottom); let's see how the Palmer/Pletsch fits :)

Ottobre 05/2011 #13 Cardigan; Fabric unsure

Jalie Jeans 2908

Jalie 2908 - Jeans Pattern Cover

Burda Skirt 10/2009 #127

Advance 9052: Fabric this yummy lawn

Burda Dress 09/2014 #124; Fabric unsure

Sewaholic Cambie; Fabric: This amazingly awesome cotton lawn by Marc Jacobs
View A (on left)

Simplicity 3352

View 1 (right side).
Fabric: a lightweight white cotton in stash

~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~