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 ~

Monday, September 1, 2014

August Recap 2014

The last of the summer sewing :)

My August Makes:

My August Fabric Purchases:

My August Pattern Purchases:

August Totals:
(stash is anything purchased before this year)
Stash used: 5.5 yards
Fabric Out: 14.5 yards
Fabric In: 13.25 yards

Totals for the year to date:
Stash sew this year: 40.5 yards
Fabric out in 2014: 141.75 yards
Fabric in 2014: 154.5 yards

And on to fall!

~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ottobre 03/2012 #13 Hollywood Cerise Tunic

I was totally not able to get done with K's other dress I was working on.  I only have the knit bodice to sew and then attach to the skirt portion. It wasn't in the cards.

I have to backdate this post to August because this cute tunic was finished before September.
Ottobre 03/2012 #13 Hollywood Cerise has been on my list for awhile now.  K is growing fast and I had already traced and cut this out in a 134, even though her measurements now put her almost in a 146! I figured I better sew it fast before she grows more.
134 shoulders, 140 waist and hip, and 104 in height to make it a tunic and not a dress.

It went together fairly easy and reminds me a lot of the Oliver+S Ice Cream Dress.  I sewed this up without issue. The instructions are well written. I used the "shaped facing" pieces for the armholes as directed but they are more like shaped bias tape pieces.  I opted for using bias tape for the neckline, instead of the facing because K would not want that flapping around in front.

There were a ton of buttons to sew. I spaced the top two, two inches apart and then the rest 3 inches apart. There is a tiny bit of gaping when she sits down between the buttons but she wears a tank under it and it is no problem.

It turned out really cute and I'm really happy with it.  Somehow it matches these shorts of hers exactly!

The fabric is a light, breezy cotton that I picked up dirt cheap.  It was intended as muslin fabric but I like how it looks and really don't care to sew this up again so it will have to be the real deal. 1.25 yards of A day in the garden "Ava Vezite." Purchased in March 2014. I think it was like $1.20 a yard for the box I bought so this would have cost $1.50. Cheap!

August Totals:
(stash is anything purchased before this year)
Stash used: 5.5 yards
Fabric Out: 14.5 yards  
Fabric In: 13.25 yards

Totals for the year to date:
Stash sew this year: 40.5 yards
Fabric out in 2014: 141.75 yards
Fabric in 2014: 154.5 yards

~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~

Friday, August 29, 2014

Would you like some Ice Cream?

Back in Summer 2012 I made Miss K two dresses that we both fell in love with.  They got a lot of wear and she finally outgrew them the beginning of this summer. Dress 1, Dress 2
Make more you say? Well I'd love too, but I had cut the pattern in size 7 and didn't want to deal with grading it up.  (I'm way too lazy for that business!).

I broke down and re-bought the pattern just so I could make K more, because she has been begging me.

Welcome back Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress - you will get tons of wear so be prepared!
Oh, and why stop at one when you can have 3!

Now there are some pros and cons to assembly line sewing.
Pros are the obvious:
you do 1 step 3 times so no stopping to re-read as much
you have 3 finished items at the end in less time
you do 1 step 3 times, lol even if you don't like that step much
from start to finished item seems to take much longer as you have to do everything many times
front shirt
 back shirt 
cute little purple vintage button

I threw out my back almost 2 weeks ago now (just after I made my thurlows) and couldn't walk for like 4 days. at. all. It was misery and painful.  After finally dragging myself in to the doctor, they let me know I also have a kidney stone. Thanks.  I've been taking it easy  pushing it more than I should, but I move slowly right now.  So I broke these up into a few steps.
Day 1: trace, pre-wash, cut fabric
Day 2: sew all 3 yokes
Day 3: sew pocket to front, middle panels, and yokes to middles
Day 4: sew bottoms and hem (then beg child to take pictures-bribing with anything necessary)
look at that pocket matching!

It worked out well. I could sew about 1/2 to an hour and then had to break before coming back to it again each day too.  I thought I'd never have them done in time for school (which is creeping up Tuesday!).



Size: 12 in width, 10 in height - K is 8 yrs old and a 10/12ish in RTW

Top/Shirt: $16.34
                    1 yard Acacia Raccoon Bluebell from in March 2014 for $9.20
                    1/2 yard Acacia Pixel Dot Teal from in March 2014 for $4.60
                    1/2 yard Cotton Voile Turquoise (lining) from in June 2012 for $2.54
Blue Dress w/o pockets - rounded neck: $25.00
                    1/2 yard Picnic Pals Organic Small Floral Lavender from in Oct 2012 for $4.99
                    1 yard Picnic Pals Organic Animals Blue from in Oct 2012 for $9.98
                    3/4 yard Picnic Pals Organic Polka Dot Blue from in Oct 2012 for $7.49
                    1/2 yard Cotton Voile Turquoise (lining) from purchased for $2.54
Pink Dress with pockets: $13.06
                    3/4 yard Pink Linen from Hancock's in 2013 on clearance for $1.60
                    1 yard Wee Wander Summer Ride Seafoam from in Feb 2014 for $9.46
                    3/4 yard White handkerchief cotton (lining) from Hancocks I don't know when but I'll guess $2

"Mom, I can't find the pockets?"

6 fabrics were stash and some from 2012! It was bittersweet using these up, lol.

I had forgotten how much work sewing these really is.  The lining is separate for the yoke and bottom panel.  It is sort of a pain to have to sew it up.  In the future I'd opt for a full lining instead of a segmented one because I think it would save tons of time!

I love the simple style of these dresses and now shirt.  Apart from all the flipping and sewing and whatnot, the instructions are extremely well written.  I enjoy the many illustrations that help you out along the way.  The pieces all match up too.  I'm sure these will be in Miss K's rotation quite heavily.

I also have a top done and a partially finished dress but those are for another day. I always take inventory of what is needed for back to school but then it seems to fly up on me and Boom! "Mom, I have none of X to wear!"  sigh. I still need to work on leggings and probably bottoms for K, T is good - for now.  And Mom really wants some me-sewing-time!

August Totals:
(stash is anything purchased before this year)
Stash used: 5.5 yards
Fabric Out: 13 yards  
Fabric In: 13.25 yards

Totals for the year to date:
Stash sew this year: 40.5 yards
Fabric out in 2014: 140.25 yards
Fabric in 2014: 154.5 yards

~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~