My confession: It has been 30 days since I have blogged. .. And as I sit in front of my computer I ask myself why? Could it be laziness, great possibility..Could it be an addiction to stupid Facebook games, I sure have wasted a lot of productive time farming virtual crops, feeding virtual animals, searching for clues to virtual murder mysteries. The endless local online actions houses have loved me, I have bought so much stuff they know me by name when I walk in to pick up my boxes of junk. I haven’t walked into a fabric store in four weeks, I haven’t even looked at one of the blogs that I normally follow and read daily. Could it be lack of sewing mojo.. another great possibility, I have not sewn anything, Is it a touch of clinical depression? Probably a great combination of all of the above or none of the above.
Now I sit here thinking of all the wonderful creations that you have each made, all the sewing patterns that have been designed and produced, all the wonderful advice and encouragement that I have missed and it makes me sad. How many challenges have I let slip by me, missing the wonderful opportunities of sharing the love of creativity.
First I have to thank Laurie from Sew Exhausted for the wonderful package that I received in the mail. Please forgive my rudeness for the late “THANKS”. It was such a wonderful surprise and certainly helped to raise my spirits.
Among my endless boxes of junk I bought I did get a great sleeve ironing board. And the lace that I managed to acquired for cheap is beautiful.
I have managed to lay out most of the shirt pattern on the plaid flannel that needs to be completed. I have committed myself to Diane’s facebook group, Stitch Once, Rip Twice. If you are on Facebook make sure you look her up and join her group. She also have a blog, Vintage Zest. It is always informative, it is a great read.
I will begin to catch up, get going and get back on track. I look forward to seeing what everyone has been up too! I have missed my community of friends and colleagues.
Saturday afternoon I was able to score a great set of “Blue Heaven” dishes! They were made by a company called Royal China from Sebring, Ohio. It is not a rare set, I am sure everyone’s grandmother had them but they is beautiful. As far as I can tell they were made in the mid to late 60′s. I got several pieces to start a collection on. They are a teal/blue color and will look great with my pots and pans. We will be adding pieces as we find them. Aren’t they wonderful? Not all pieces are in mint shape, there is some cracking in the glaze of the cream server, and a chip on one of the serving bowls but all in all I got them at a great price. Only $60 for all of them!
I also came across some old scrap pieces of fabric from Cloth World and got a vintage rolling pin as well. Over all it was a pretty good score for a Saturday afternoon.
The bad thing is as I was carrying the box of dishes to my car I snapped something in my back, I heard the pop, the lady I purchased them heard the pop and I literally fell to my knees. luckily the woman was kind enough to carry the box to my car and I was able to gather myself up and make it to the car. The pain was unbelievable and I was so mad at my self for being so foolish. Finally after a day and a half I am able to sit upright, I can move my arms a lot better, but alas I did not get my pattern laid out this weekend. But you know what they say, the best laid plans …..
It is amazing how much can change in a person’s life in just seven days. I had a major change this past week. My oldest daughter and her kitty has come home, She needed to come home and make some major changes. We spent the last 5 days shifting things around, emptying her apartment and closing that chapter of her life. Seems funny to have her back home but not sure why, she has spent more time living at home then living away. When she first moved out I have to admit I was devastated. I felt as if I had lost my best friend, we had always been close. But after a while I got use to her living her own life, in her own home plus my youngest was still at home. Then two years later my youngest began her adult life and I was truly an empty nest mom. Another big adjustment but for the last 18 months I have become accustom to it. I have taken over their closet, lovingly hanging my fabric stash on hangers, so neat and color coordinated. I began to turn their room into a large closet, storing every thing in there that I didn’t want to store in the damp musty basement. My pattern collection grew, I finally owned two dress forms that I loving referred to as my daughters. I will even admit that I was beginning to enjoy it, the peace and quiet at night. That is really when I began to sew again. I had the time, I had the space and I finally had extra money.
Now the bedroom is a bedroom again, my fabric stash is in plastic tubs and plastic bags, the basement is full of her furniture, every nook and cranny of this house is full. My dining room houses her mattress, my pantry is over flowing, the linen closet can’t hold one more thing, even the under the bed space is packed. We are eating meals at home again, instead of just grabbing a sandwich or eating a bag of popcorn. We have to worry about bathroom schedules again. But after it is all said and done I would not have it any other way.
I am glad that I had not committed myself to any challenges this month. I will continue to sew, perhaps it will be at a slower pace until everyone gets settled in, but I make time. If fact I have started my youngest daughter’s flannel shirt, she picked out this fabric when it was still 90 degrees, but fall has finally arrived, the days and nights are cooler now. I love the fabric and the colors she has made. I have even managed to get the first muslin done.
She has selected the short version, with a collar and long sleeve.
She wants a pair of slim fit high waisted jeans, she and I both were inspired by Butterick’s pattern #5895 after seeing Mimi’s version on her blog Mimi G’s Style. She rocks those jeans and we are hoping to use her inspiration to create a great pair of jeans for Stef.
I have lived through the Fall for Cotton Challenge, it feels good to be done. But now what? There are a couple of challenges that started yesterday. Do I jump right back into the fire or take this month off to catch my breath. Hell.. I like the fire and frenzy, I am ready to jump.
Now to make the choice, is it the Monthly Stitch’s Frocktober, a challenge to create a dress (my pattern stash is full of beautiful patterns calling my name, all waiting patiently to become a creation of my own)
Then there is the Red October Challenge, the name says it all. Create a garment using red. I love red, it is my favorite color.
Are there other choices out there? The calender dates are ticking away. I must make a decision soon. Another frantic month of procrastination, panic and sewing. Sounds normal to me!
I also noticed that the Craftsy blog is taking votes for the best blogs out there. The categories are Sewing, Quilting, Knitting & Crochet, Cake Decorating, Photography, Embroidery, Fine Art, and Food & Cooking.
Make sure you vote for your favorite blogger!
After several comments of encouragement I was able to regroup my thoughts and with a few modifications to the bodice I was able to complete the dress. A few sleepless nights, all night sewing sessions paired with a wing and a prayer I am done.
There are a few things I would have changed or perhaps added, the belt is a little long and I ended up using a slide buckle, I should have added a couple of string type belt loops to the sides to keep the belt in place and I really needed to add a loop for the excessive belt to slide through. I clearly could have given more thought to the covered buttons and made them all look alike. But it is not the worse garment I have ever made and Stef loved it! In the end that is all that matters.
We had a great time with our photo shoot. We rushed to our local flea market late this evening and got a few great shots. Stef even managed to have fun though she really didn’t want to go. She thought people would think it was weird that we were taking pictures, even though we tried to be discreet. One of the employees thought we were acting a little ‘suspicious’ but luckily Ash knew him and explained, and he was shocked that I had made the dress.
A special thanks goes out to Siri Andersen, from The Pinhouse Playmate, Laurie from Sew Exhausted, Elena from Elena Knits, and Catja from Gjeometry for all of your words of encouragement and helpful advice. Without these ladies I may have thrown in the towel and given up!
Something has gone horribly horribly wrong. When I first starting on my FFC challenge I created a muslin, we pinned and adjusted and the next muslin fit perfectly. I separated the muslin, cut the fabric using those pieces and stitched them together, so confident that it would all fit. Epic Failure. The fitting tonight is depressing. I am a loss at how to fix this or if it can be fixed. I have now gone into full shutdown mode.
Notice the huge gap with excess fabric above the bust. OMG! I tried to pin an extra dart, I tried taking in the side seam, I just don’t know what to do, other than rip it up and start all over again, which clearly I do not have time to do! I will not sleep tonight, I will lay there playing this failure over and over in my head.
THAT IS ALL