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Monday, January 16, 2012

Small break.

I'm taking a 'short' 'vacation' for about a month :)
So postings will be few and far between.
In the meantime...
I have no idea.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Resizing the shirt

Because the original was just a tad too small...
I make the new copies a little bigger.
I'm probably doing this the dumb way, but then again it's not really rocket science..
there are 6 pieces in total...

One of my 'things'..

I take the left over scrap when I've finished a project, and I make a little bag.
Into that bag, I drop every quarter I get in change.
The first homeless person that asks me for spare change gets whatever is in the bag at that point, and I make a new one.
It may be a stupid thing to do, but I like to think this way they get both cash and a well made little bag to stick things in.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Well then!

I had planned to do this bit yesterday too, but then things happened and blah blah blah..
So I am working on a light blue version of the hooded thing.
Now, it's not the most technically challenging item, I mean....there are 5 pieces to it.
My solution to the sizing dilemma?
Make it BIGGER!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Todya's first entry:

The pink set is done!
The 1030 handled the silk beautifully.
It actually makes me want to make MORE like this!

Friday, January 6, 2012

It seems

I have indeed found the perfect maid, for me!
She is able to handle my overly controlling nature quite well it seems, and she's got no issues with formal address/service. Yay!
We'll see how everything pans out after a few months of service. But for now, I am hopeful. Once we get her uniformed and started, I think she'll be a tremendous addition to the household.

I used some of the excess fabric from my new undies to make a handkerchief. Then I trimmed the whole thing with 2 layers of lace. :)
I like frilly. I like frilly enough that if I had sufficient material I'd probably add a ruffle around the whole thing!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

minor miscalculation

in the amount of lace I'll need for the leg ruffles....

Satin continued

So here's the top to the pink set.
I did a few stupid things, but that's ok.
I'll learn from them!
The machine handles the fabric like a champ.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Two things..

here's the top I dismantled to turn it into a pattern to make more just like it:
My versions are not grey...

Here's the pink satin underwear in progress:
I'll add more pictures, both of the underwear set as I work on it, and the tops I've made/am making from that original form.

They say

the true test of a machine is how it handles problem fabrics..
And for me the biggest problem has always been...

It just never seems to want to sit right without extensive pinning/gluing.

Well today I'll be working on an underwear set in pink satin...
so, we shall see how the 1030 does.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


I haven't been finding much worthy of note in my trips around this fair metropolis..

But one thing I have been finding in abundance?

I've filled my cloth rack with bargains on bolts of fabric...
Today I got 5 yards of a nice quality pink satin for 2.99
I got an entire bolt of a nice cotton for 4.99, and a roll of a heavyweight wool for 7.99...

Hey, I may not be finding all the machines I'd hope for, but at least I have plenty of things to sew!

I'm working on another pair of machines, a Bernina 930 and 1230.

The 930 never ceases to amaze me. It's such a simple/well designed machine.
The 1230 is almost exactly the same machine as the 1130, but with added stitches.