October 31, 2011

Toil or Trouble

What is with my face whenever I have photos taken?  Anyway - yesterday I did nothing but putter and play in the studio and I had a great day indeed!  

I plugged my sewing machine for the first time since the retreat - the first weekend in October! 

I bought this cute Halloween print at a local quilt shop this past summer - it was on clearance and I think I paid about $10 for 3 yards.  How could I pass it up?  It hung out all summer - but really the window for wearing a skirt that says "bubble, bubble, toil & trouble" is pretty limited.  So, After cleaning up the studio and putting away the summer fabrics - I found the Carolyn skirt pattern and got to work.

I added 4" of length to the pattern pieces and it's just about perfect.  The entire skirt was sewn with black thread, and because it's a quirky I didn't put a lot of effort into finishing the inside.  I did fold the seams under and topstitch them to keep the fabric from fraying.

Here's a close up of the print? Isn't is cute? I can honestly say that most people I work with didn't notice it was Halloween themed.  You can also see in the close up - the seam topstitched with the black thread.  Which is really a seam finishing technique.

The one most thrilled with the skirt?  The neighbors 3 year old son.  While I was putting candy in his bowl, he was pointing out witches, cats and bats.  But he couldn't find any ghosts!

October 26, 2011

Why Yes, I Did Fall Off the Face of the Earth

Those two (The Princess and The Boy) came to visit, there were birthdays, day trips and lots of running. 

Will catch up as soon as I recover. 

October 20, 2011

Whatever Lola Wants

Lola gets.

Because, really, who could refuse this face?

Lola is my coworkers 7 month old mastiff puppy.
She comes to work 2-3 times a week.
She's very laid back and with the exception of camping out right in fron of the copier
she's never in the way or stops you from doing your work.


I think at 7 months - she weighs in at just under 70 pounds.
Look at the size of those feet!

Today's Dog on Thursday is brought to you in Memory of Thor.
Have a fabulous day everyone.

October 17, 2011

Winner, Winner!

So - I'm way late drawing a winner for the My Memories give away.  I think the coupons and codes are still good. 

Anyway - tonight JB and The Musical One are both sitting on the couch and say:  Pick a number between 0 and 8.  Without missing a beat - they both said AT THE SAME TIME Seven! 

So that means Bubblesknits is the winner!  Contact me and I'll put you in touch to get your software!  Congrats.

And because no post is complete without a photo, here's a sneak peak of one of my completed sewing retreat outfits. 

October 14, 2011

Who Knew?

According to Sue it's a very special day for yarnies.  It's I Love Yarn Day!
I have no idea who sponsors this or even that it exists.
But how fun!


I thought I'd share a pic of my bowl of sock yarn leftovers and the basket that holds circs.
They living in my sitting room.


The sock yarn left overs are enough to make baby socks.
There are no babies in my future but I should get busy using them.

Happy Yarny Day - what special "day" surprises you?

October 13, 2011

Digging Deep

I have been tired and cranky this week, so I'm digging deep to find things to be thankful for - you know, to remind myself that my life really is good in the grand sceme of things. So - here goes:

~ 3 healthy dogs sleeping in a row.  This means they are aren't barking at the kids walking to school and that is something to be very thankful for.
~ the pond in our backyard.  JB put a new pump in and it sounds like rushing water our there now.  I also love the fall colors happening and how they look against the fence I found against having installed - but I really do like it.  I'll try to get out and get a good picture this weekend. 
~ the moon hanging in the sky.  Can you see it there?  Just behind a tree?  Love it!

So - what little things are reminding you that you have a good life - come on, share your list with me.  

October 12, 2011

Quick, Simple Sewing

I saw the ruffled fabric on Lori's podcast blog - Sew Forth Now.   More specifically, the Episode 71 where she interviews Lynne.

In the links from that episode, Lori lists a link for ruffled fabric from - get this - Ruffle Fabric dot com.  As well as a tutorial for making your own ruffle skirt.  Of course I was smitten - and it didn't hurt that Carolyn made a ruffle skirt   (scroll down).

Ruffle Fabric was lovely to deal with and a joy.  I will order from them again.

The one thing I didn't know when I ordered the fabric was that the ruffles run perpendicular to the selvedge edge - I thought they would run parrallel - so I ordered 2 yards of each color - but really only needed one yard of each to reach my knees. 

I bought a fun polka dot ruffle for the brown ruffle fabric and I bought a lovely lavendar for the grey.  But as I still had far more fabric than I needed but only bought enough elastic for 2 skirts - I bought wider black elastic at J's for more skirts. 

The two skirts shown here will be boxed up this weekend and shipped off to non-sewing friends who need a little ruffle in their life.

October 10, 2011

Dressing for Flattery

Carolyn posted a very interesting conversation the other day.  Of course, being who I am - I immediately started thinking about how it applies to my life and sewing. 

I just spent the last 3 days at a sewing retreat sponsored by my local ASG chapter.  It's big fun - but I over the course of 3 days I made 2 dresses, 2 t-shirts, and 2 skirts for me.  Everything was precut and kept in ziplock baggies with all the appropriate notions.  Skirts are hemmed, tops are finished and ready to wear - the dresses still need hems.
McCalls 5974


The one thing I heard over and over - Wow!  That dress looks great on you - in relation to McCalls 5974.  I made the scoop neck view without the waist tie and it was suggest that I make the mock wrap view as well.

But often I feel like I'm the person Sewist #1 in Carolyn's dialog is referring to.  The last dress I made - not very flattering at all - fun print, comfortable to wear - but it was a very shapeless sack.  How come nobody says anything?  Well - with the exception of Marjie who always says it with love and tenderness.

Several of the other woman at the retreat spent the entire weekend (9 am Friday to 4 pm Sunday) working on one garment.  One woman made a lovely, lightweight cotton skirt.  It was pleated and she put in a handpicked zipper - it's lovely, but honestly I could never spend an entire 3 days making one garment. 

Even working in a law office my life is very, very casual.  Yes, I dress up my weekends a bit with mostly skirts and tees but why do I walk away from a wonderful weekend feeling like I can't sew my way out of a paper bag or dress myself.  I've done the exercises, ripped pages from magazines, studied colors, shapes, etc.  How do you do it?  How do you figure out how to dress an ever changing body in a flattering, but comfortable manner and not always throw on yoga pants or a shapeless dress?

October 5, 2011

The Last Thing to Come Out of the Studio

Last weekend I made Vogue 1179.   Once again, I took my inspiration from Carolyn. 

This pink knit was a heavy and it really is too heavy for this dress.  But I made it anyway. 

Without the cardigan it has a maternity look, but with it - I think it's okay - not that you call tell from the only photo that JB was willing to take. 

Due to yardage limitations - the dress is just a smidge on the short side - and I put just the tiniest, narrow hem I could into it. 

I cut the dress essencially with no alternation to the pattern - with the exception of the usual - I cut a 14 though the shoulders and chest,  used my french curve to grade the lines to a 16 at the waist and then out to a 20+ at the hips.  Honestly - that was too much.  Given the ease in this dress, I could have stayed at either a 16 all the way from the underarms down or possibly an 18.

I wore the dress all day with grey tights and boots and my grey alpaca cardigan.  I was comfortable all day long.

The rest of the weekend I sat on the couch alternating reading and knitting.  I didn't feel  well and ended up staying home on Monday and unfortunately, I'm still playing catch up at work and Friday morning it's time for the Fall Sewing Retreat again. 

Starting Tuesday evening, i've been cutting and preping patterns to sew up.  I'm looking forward to a weekend away with like minded people, sewing, laughing, relaxing and generally having a good time.  How about you?
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