Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year! Five Sewing goals for 2014

Every new year I set some new goals. So why would this year be any different?

My sewing goals are pretty boring for non-sewers, but I'm a sewer--so I'm excited.

Here they are:

  1. Participate in at least ten Sewing Pattern Review contests, I'm not in it to win. It is a good way to hone the sewing skills and help plan what to sew when.
  2. Review at least 20 new-to-me sewing patterns. I have been sewing mostly the same patterns for a while and need some variety. It is also a way to give back to the sewing community by saving sewers from poor patterns and helping them find good ones.
  3. Participate in the 2014 Ready-To-Wear Fast on GoodByeValentino.com. I plan to write a post specific to that in the next few days. I also hate shopping for clothes that either don't right or I don't like. I mean, an item that fits, with features and fabric I like is awesome. Plus, I'm cheap and love to save money.
  4. I also want to sew more consistently for my two younger sons (9 and almost 13) and my husband. They have requests that I just haven't done all of it.I also want to blog regularly, to help hold me accountable and build my skills. Plus, I'm sure my non-sewing friends might be pleased that I find others to discuss sewing with them. Seriously, why don't they think its exciting to sew French charmeuse without pickers? I mean, come on, it really is pretty cool. It isn't meant to be bragged, but amazing that the folded up cloth can be transformed into something real
  5. Use up at least 50% of my fabric stash. More would also be ok. 
Happy New Year and Productive Sewing in2114.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas Day and I've spent the day admiring the sewing I've done for family over the last year. Of course, like any obsessed sewer I've been planning my projects to finish, the projects for next Christmas gifts and most importantly--the Pattern Review Contests for 2014.

Mr. Toad received plaid blue and green flannel jammies pants (McCall's 6236) with a hunter green interlock knit long sleeve tee (Jalie 2918 ) and Redskins' fleece blanket (don't tell my family of 49ers s fans). This blanket was a turned and hemmed edge.

Adult daughter received a half finished set of white and hot pink flannel jammies (McCall's 5248) and a hot pink and black zebra fleece blanket with rippled served edges. The top didn't seem quite right so , so I stopped. I just need to have her try it on to check sizing . If the sizing is right, a few loose threads to snip and adding the straps. She slept in them jammie pants last night and curled up with her new blanket for a nap this afternoon. I think she's ok.

Youngest son received a pair of blue camp flannel jammies (McCall's 6236) a spastic multi colored fleece blanket. Served edges using nylon made this a hit for a nine year old. This guy doesn't usually sleep in his jammies, but he thought they helped him sleep a little better, which helped Santa drop off the gifts a little faster. Small sacrifice on his part.

Middle son got jammies  (McCall's 6236) a cycling jersey (Jalie 2216). He let me know that the Jimmie top is no longer necessary and that in the future he would prefer a tee like Dad. He was a little disappointed that he didn't get a blanket until he found his cycling jersey, which was being opened by his ambitious gift opening machine little brother. He was pleased with the jersey, even if it is a little big for him.

I used a serger with a three thread stitch, nylon thread and nylon stretch fabric. This is the first time I have ever had problems with stitches unraveling when stitched over by another seam, but I spent a few hours hand sewing a few seams that were unraveling like a pair of stockings.

One gift that was not given is the cycling tights (Jalie 2216) made for middle son. I must have traced the wrong size. They were too big so I figured, why not just make seam allowances larger. Nope. It has a gusset. I'd never worrked with a gusset, but tried to be confident and it was a mess. How could I take three pieces of fabric and make such a mess? I will fight it out AFTER the chaos of Christmas is over and my hot pink chanteuse jammies (McCall's 5248) finished.

I haven't reviewed these patterns yet, but once I catch everyone in their jammies and cycling jersey, I will post the review here and pattern review.