Now. This room is maybe half the size, used to be the craft room until 9yo wanted her own room 2 (?) years ago, and now I've got it back. It does not look as tidy right now, and there is still soooo much more that will have to fit in. But I think I can only fit beading, cross stitch and sewing stuff in there, leaving the rest (and assorted fabricky things waiting for mending or upcycling) in the other room. For now. The goal is to remove the little wall we built so the kids have their large room back. Or leave the partition and let them have a kind of craft/play/store room too.
The Soho Purl mittens!
I'll definitely be using this pattern again, adding a cm or two width wise so I can have a fluffy outside with a cozy inside.
More craft room: Using my old desk top which has 100cm depth I found that the sewing machine cords are too short. So I could either reach the machine, or the pedal. Not both at the same time.
In non SWAP related news I'm a little late on a few more masks for my nephew, as well as costumes for my little ones. 9yo wants Apple White (Ever After High), 7yo Vida (of the Disney Fairies). These are due on 7am Tuesday, Faschingsdienstag...
So I had marked today for tidying up the desk so I can finally do some sewing again (those costumes!), but then I obviously reading a few posts here (thank you @stephaniecan for reminding me of flickr!) was a better idea. Success! But now I think I actually have to do some tidying...
Last post by boppingbeth - February 13, 2021, 09:28:00 pm
Ok. Grey shirt cut out and half constructed. I have been clearing out the excess in the house which has been interfereing somewhat with the sewing plan. That said, the peg board went up today and the mobile pressing station was also finished. I cut and constructed half of the grey shirt. It needs sleeves, and the collar attached, but it looks good.
Made progress, sort of, on my dress. Things I learned: --Dresses cut out 8 years ago are not necessarily going to fit now. --They make muslins out of white cotton for a reason; black ponte is very difficult to see to sew, let along see to rip seams out. --All those adjustments that should be made for narrow shoulders cannot be skipped.
Conclusion: I am going to adjust the pattern and make a proper muslin the next time. This dress is not unusable; I ripped fabric while trying to take out stitching.
Trying to make "wearable muslins" is not going to work for me. This SWAP might be reduced to a half-monty. Or att this point, I might just move to making spring and summer clothes and throw in the towel on this SWAP. Haven't decided yet.
@CCL I like the sound of the pieced bomber. I have always wanted to make a wool bomber, but have never gotten around to it. That will be a nice project.
My waistcoat is prepped and interfaced, lining cut out. I just need to sew. I had cut out the shirt first so thought I'd sew it first and then sew the waistcoat. I am a very slow seamstress at times, and the truth is that I often second-guess myself and sit around stewing a bit before I accept that I have made choices and need to move forward!
I've committed to cutting out my yellow coat tomorrow and then will sew the waistcoat, if I can get the blouse done.
I can relate to the issue of work getting in the way. That's another reason for my slow sewing, as I prefer to sew in daylight and that is in limited supply in my world, especially in the wintertime. I'm trying to savour the time I do have, so at least I am enjoying the sewing when I get to it.
@LillieT - Oh, I really like your yellow pieced jacket. What a great job you did! The color placement, the workmanship. Just great overall, and I think I like the snaps/poppers better than buttons. They seem as they were always your plan. I am going to investigate that pattern - Niece had sent a bomber jacket pattern that I intended to piece wool fragments to make up - she's very into sustainable and reuse. I like your Carol pattern so much better. That's on the to-do list and I may work on it while futzing over some of the pieces in the SWAP.
@treefrog - Hope things are going better for you - hugs and encouragement.
@sharonspils - I still like the shorts... Are you still thinking of lengthening the pattern for the next make? I like the length they are at.
@stephaniecan - beautiful blouse - looking forward to seeing what's next up on your sewing table. Are you letting the vest simmer?
@warpjr1965 - Meandering is good - sometimes I find it leads me to new fun things I wouldn't normally tackle.
@Sew Ruthie Sews - I am so impressed - you are always so disciplined and organized. Your example of "pausing" is probably one I should follow. Will miss seeing what you are working on sewing wise while you pause.
@Karamiel - I am entranced by the jumpsuit - love the ties and from the photos - it looks like expert pattern matching - and not an easy print on which to do it.
@Upstate Linda - How is the black ponte dress coming along? It just sounds like such a perfect base for all the leopard print garments.
Life is intervening a bit (-nothing serious, just work related) and I won't be doing much sewing for a few weeks - but I will be enjoying vicariously through all the progress you guys are making!
Last post by Turquoise - February 12, 2021, 09:53:55 am
@Sew Ruthie Sews - I like your approach to going through your wardrobe. I'm going to redecorate a bedroom in our house that has my wardrobe space in it and think I should tackle mine, so I will be really interested to see how you get on. I went back to look at your makes for the SWAP and haven't you already completed a "Half-monty" SWAP with your makes?
Last post by LillieT - February 12, 2021, 06:10:10 am
I have cut out my jeans but can't start sewing them until I buy some more grey thread. Our local quilt shop has been forced to only stay open a few hours a day due to COVID restrictions and I got there too late yesterday. Fortunately, in the small town I live in, it isn't far to make another trip today.
After I got home from my two week stay with my son's family following my knee replacement I received two packages of fabric. The first package I remember contemplating, but didn't remember actually ordering the two pieces of fabric in that package. The second package I vaguely remember looking at the picture on my laptop and considering it for a lining for the yellow jacket. I don't remember ordering it though. Lillie thinks that I shouldn't have the means to order anything when I am taking strong pain killers - I'm sure she is right. Neither package contained big ticket items, (fortunately) in fact, the last one had two yards of an animal print ITY that cost less than $20 with shipping. Ultimately, when I changed out the pattern I was originally planning to use for PS Carol's jacket I decided not to line it at all. All the seams are pressed to one side and top stitched with the same herringbone stitch that I used to attach the various pieces to the foundation. It looks quite neat inside and a lining would have been extraneous.
I have included a grey dress in my plan that I intended to mash up from one of my two TNT tee shirt patterns. However, the last issue of Seamworks featured a pattern for a sheath dress that certainly fit the idea I had in my head. I had a little time last night before bedtime to sew but without the correct thread for the jeans I couldn't start them. I had printed off the pattern for Tai, the dress in Seamworks, so I put it together and cut it out of the ITY animal print to serve as my muslin. Hopefully it will be wearable, another bonus piece for my Half Monty. With only 3 pieces plus a shoulder gusset it should be a really quick make.
I realize I am quite fortunate to have a lot of spare time to sew. This Half Monty has been a great diversion for me while I recover from surgery. I am restricted from doing a lot of things right now although I am at the point where those restrictions will soon be lifted - a good thing too - my house really needs a good cleaning. My DH is a paraplegic in a wheelchair and while he is amazing at the things he can do - house cleaning isn't one of them. He tracks in mud with his wheelchair, hard to clean the wheels off before coming inside, plus we have three dogs that track in their share of dirt.
My goodness, I have rambled on long enough - my coffee cup is empty so it must be time to go and stitch up that muslin.
I started to reorganise my wardrobe (closet) and realised that I have an over abundance of clothing, so am not sewing yet more new things at the moment.
I am doing some repairs and minor alterations as I go through a sorting process.
I am using these questions for my sorting process:-
- does it fit me?
- does it suit my colouring?
- is it in good condition?
Items then go into several piles
Keep Definite - fold or hang back in the wardrobe in colour order.
Keep Maybe - try wearing and see if comfortable and works with other items in my wardrobe. Some will stay but many will go after being in the Holding Bay for a bit.
Keep DIY - these go in a duffel bag and are for any dirty/messy jobs as I tend to ruin my clothes! These clothes fit but have pilling or other issues (baggy neckline, pulled threads)
Donate - bagging these up ready for donation later. Tie the top up to avoid second thoughts.
Textile Recycling - not donatable so will go for textile recycling rather than landfill.
I might try to sell a few items as well, but I suspect most will be for donation.
So far I've worked through the main wardrobe, but have not yet tackled out of season or too small stuff. I've decided that apart from one or two very special pieces anything too small will be straight to donate/recycling.
I've gained weight and changed shape during menopause so although I do want to loose some weight, I don't think I'll find the smaller clothes would work for me so don't plan to save them anymore.