Category Archives: sewing

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

After last night’s craftastic failure, I felt the need, the need for speed.  No, I felt the need to have a successful project.  My first attempt at embellishing a sweater turned out well, so I focused my attention on a project that I had started but never finished.  Ironically, it also involved cutting up a neglected t-shirt.  …

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Topsy Turvy

I finally finished a project that’s been in the works for a while.  It was one of those things that I’d pull out and work on a little and then get stumped and put it away.  Then I’d have an idea and work on it a little more…and then put it away again.  Last December/January …

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Sometimes, I Question Her Taste

If you ever watch Project Runway, you’ll hear that quote a lot, “You know, sometimes I question his/her taste level.”  Usually it’s coming from Nina Garcia, who, judging by what she wears on the show, has a fairly classic/timeless sense of style, never anything too outrageous.  In my house, it applies mostly to my almost-7 (going-on-15-who-thinks-she’s-23) …

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Pajama Pants and Second Thoughts

Not wanting my son to feel left out, I whipped up a quick pair of pajama pants.  Just in time for spring training this week, I picked up some baseball-themed fabric.  C is a big baseball fan and he loves his Cincinnati Reds.  He can tell you every player’s number, even the bullpen catcher (Mike …

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S’s Dresses

In the last couple of weeks I’ve finished two dresses for S.  The first was Simplicity 1949, a Project Runway pattern.  The dress had various options for yokes and sleeves and trims. She chose a red cotton fabric with little black paw prints all over.  There wasn’t quite as much fabric on the bolt as the …

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Something Old is New Again

There’s this sweater I’ve had for years.  Years.  It’s my favorite.  It was my favorite.  I’ve had it since college and I used to wear it all the time.  It’s a linen/cotton cableknit fisherman-type sweater and I always wore it with a denim shirt.  It was one of my go-to outfits.  I haven’t worn it …

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Get Them to Do it For You

Remember when our parents didn’t need remote controls because they had us to change the channels for them?  Well, as I was working on one of S’s dresses today, and I had to pick out the topstitching I was doing because the bobbin ran out in the middle of the front of the dress, I …

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Striped Tee

My first finished garment of 2012!! The pattern:  McCall’s 6034, pullover tunic w/ various details.  I made View B, with a cowl-ish neck and bottom band. The fabric: Green/brown/white wavy stripe knit. The verdict:  I like the pattern very much.  It came together very quickly and easily.  Because of the way it is put together, …

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A Little Ribbon

What I had…a bleh sweater set that I never wore.  The shell was a weird length and the wide band did not help.  The neckline was too low and the stitching on the front was open, which meant I needed a shell under my shell! My inspiration… http://www.rufflesandstuff.com/2010/10/shes-lady-cardigan-tutorial.html Isn’t it cute?   I’ve been looking at …

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No More Fabric

I went to the fabric store yesterday in search of a particular fabric, and only that fabric.  I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I still mangaged to leave with four new patterns (big 99¢ sale!) and four new cuts of fabric.  S was with me, and two of the patterns and two …

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