Wednesday, April 15, 2015

What I'm working on

I thought it was high time I dropped in to give you an update of what I've been doing since my last post.  I didn't realise how long it's been.  I've been so busy starting projects but unfortunately not getting any of them finished.  Note to self; I must try harder to complete projects before starting new ones. One of those was a project for Jungle January of which I had everything ready to go, but got busy with extra hours at work and some health issues and it got put on hold and now I'm thinking it will have to wait until next summer.

Workshop sample - Whitework

I've also been working on an embroidery project from a workshop I did at the beginning of March and that's still a work in progress.  Slow and steady wins the race, right?  I've been working on a cross stitch as well.  Please tell me I'm not the only one who works on several projects at the same time.

With our Racing Carnival coming up in May I need an outfit to wear and I'm currently working on that.  I decided I wanted to make a coat this year from a pattern I purchased in 2009 but haven't made up yet.  This is my first time making a coat; surprising really since I've been sewing for so long.  I guess it's one of those things that scare me.  I'm not sure why but it does. Anyway, I figured if I'm going to go to the effort of making a coat I wanted to do it properly. I often have issues with fit because I'm lazy and don't do all the adjustments and make a muslin like I should before I cut my fabric but I really want to do this right.  I've made two muslins and think it's a pretty good fit.

I selected a nice jaquard fabric and washed it according to the instructions on the bolt.  I never pre-treat my fabric before sewing but there's a first time for everything and boy am I glad I decided to do it.  The result...

Top fabric pre shrunk, bottom fabric as purchased

I cant believe how much it SHRANK!  15 cm!! Yes you read that right. 15cm across the width.  I don't know what I lost in the length.  It never occurred to me to measure it, not being something I usually do and all that, until I had cut half of the pieces out at which time I realised I didn't have enough fabric.  OMG what do I do now!  Maybe there is still some left; at the very least I have to let the store know about this.  I raced back to the store and yes they had some left.  Phew!  Breathe a sigh of relief.  They gave me the rest of the bolt - 1.8 meters, at no charge.  I hope there wont be any more problems like this to give me more reason to be scared of making coats, or maybe that's part of the challenge I have to come to terms with. 

Do you have a fear of making certain garments?  Are your fears justified?  Do share what they are in the comments.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

New year, new plans

Hello everyone!
It's been 6 months since I last posted at which time I decided to take a break from all social media for a while as it seemed to be taking over my life, forever sitting in front of the computer/Ipad/phone or wherever, reading posts and not getting anything, and I mean anything done. But as with all things there comes a time when I felt I was missing the community I so love and need to return to. 

2014 was pretty unproductive on the crafting front for me. I started quite a few projects, mostly knitting projects but sadly they lay in the UFO pile waiting for my return.  In my last post I was saying that I had knitted practically a whole cardigan on the wrong size needles. Well, I pulled it all out and was almost finished, using the right size needles this time when I ran into a problem with the front/neckband and have yet to figure out how to make it work so this too resides in the UFO pile. I did however, make not one but 2 quilts for my daughter and her new son.

Anyway, moving right along... new year, new enthusiasm! I have been thinking about what I want to make and include on my blog this year.  If you didn't know, sewing is not the only craft I indulge in, it's just the one I spend the most time on and so I thought I would perhaps include some of the other things I enjoy creating as well.  Don't get me wrong here, I will still keep this blog about my sewing journey just with a little touch of the other things as well.

So, my plans for 2015...

I'm sure you all know that I love vintage and I purchase vintage patterns along with the best of them but as so often happens they just sit being adored but waiting to be loved and so my first commitment for 2015 is to join with the hosts Marie of A Stitching Odyssey and Kerry of Kestrel Makes along with many others and make my vintage pattern pledge.

During 2015, I will make at least two of my vintage patterns.

Also, I have always loved animal prints and have in the past followed along with Maria's makes for Jungle January, hosted by Anne of Petty Grievances, so I thought this year I would join in. I mean really, who doesn't need more jungle prints in their wardrobe?

Recently as I've started to read along and catch up with whats going on around the blogosphere I've noticed quite a few people have been making bras. Now that's something I've wanted to try for a while.  I already have pattern and fabric so I want to stretch my wings and delve into the world of lingerie also.

Now, call me crazy if you want, many people do, but I also want to start working on a hexagon quilt.  I'm not talking large hexagons here but tiny little ones, 5/16" to be exact.  Yeah I know! But I did say you could call me crazy.  Just remember this will be a long term project so don't expect to see any fast progress with this one.

So, I think these seem to be achievable sewing plans while leaving room to choose more as I decide what other items I want to make.  I don't want to commit to too many things as I want to enjoy my other crafts as well.

What do you think? Are these plans doable?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We shall remember them...

On the 11th Hour 
of the 11th Day 
of the 11th Month
We will 

I give thanks to those who fought and died for me that I may live in peace and freedom.

"Lest we forget..."