19 May 2015

Today's Miscellany

1.  No good reason for bad blogging.
2.  Just bad blogging.
3.  I've been very fatigued lately.
4.  And a bit lazy.
5.  I slept twelve hours last night.
6.  That is rare.  Really rare.
7.  And a little scary.
8.  No I am not sewing for two.
9.  Just really tired.
10.  The sewjo is on leave.
11.  I did make two muslins of a button-up shirt and a t-shirt.
12.  Both are tres hiddy.
13.  I have reviews to write about three successful garments.
14.  Gotta get pictures.
15.  See item #4.
16.  Yesterday it was 80+ degrees.
17.  Today it is 55 degrees.
18.  Even the birds are like WTF?
19.  Why do people stand pigeon-toed in their photos?
20.  Is this really a thing?
21.  I tried it.  My knees hurt and I look ridiculous.
22.  I gained weight.
23.  See item #10.
24.  I suck at Instagramming.
25.  I still need a new computer.

What's on your mind today?

28 April 2015

Welcome the Newest Visitors to Wadderville

I call them "visitors" because there may be hope.  Maybe.  For now, they both need lots and lots of time in Narnia - one step beyond the magic closet.

First up is the BWOF trench skirt (8-2009-107).  This has so much fail and it's all because of the fabric.  It's just too heavy for this pattern.  I am bummed about this too because I bought the fabric initially for a jacket.  I should have stuck with my original plan.  Oh well.

It looks horrible on me, so dress form pics are all I have.  The skirt is pinned to the form and so are the buttons.  

Given that I shortened the pattern 1", I probably should have repositioned the diagonal topstitching so that it was proportional.

The hem is turned under twice and topstitched.  With the fabric being so thick, I can't get the pleats to lie flat.  I could unpick the hem and lop some shit off, but I don't feel like it right now.

The instructions aren't that bad if you read them slowly and a few times.  The word maze sort of works itself out in the mind and it starts to actually make sense.

I'll definitely sew the skirt again, but in a much lighter-weight fabric.

Next is the very ambitious interlined eyelet button-front blouse, Simplicity 4077.  This pattern has been in and out of the rotation for...hmm...six years or so.  I made the FBA, but did not like how the darts looked.  So I converted both the front and back darts to princess seams and got the fit that I like.

Unfortunately, something is still off about this version.  Because the eyelets are rather big, I decided to underline each piece with a light-weight cotton batiste.  This thing feels like a suit of armor and I haven't even put in the sleeves or ruffles.  

Meh.  I have no motivation to finish it.

I had high hopes for both garments, but alas, it is not to be...for now at least.

I want to sew something, but my sewjo is on hiatus in the worst way.  I don't even feel like sewing a pair of jeans.  =/  

I'm in a funk inside and outside of the sewing room; I hope the tide will turn soon.


21 April 2015

Two Confessions

Confession #1:  I can be terrible at finishing a project.

I admit that I have several garments in some state of "almost done" that have been washed and worn several times.  From pants needing the other half of a closure to knit tops that need a hem - the list is not short.  I think a combination of project fatigue and the excitement of a new garment creates a little sewing attention deficit disorder.

Remember this Simplicity jacket?

I finished it (almost), but it took way longer than necessary.  I removed the robot eyes, set the sleeves, cut and assembled most of the lining.  All I needed to do was set ONE sleeve in the lining.  I had zero motivation to do it.  The ease stitches were sewn, all I had to do was gather, pin, and stitch.  I did other things, but to finish what is the simplest of tasks was not one of them.

Like I said, it's almost done.  The only thing that's left is to hand stitch the sleeve lining hem to the jacket hem.  There is no way to fake this one - not even slightly.  The lining peaks out under the sleeve, so if I am to ever wear this jacket, I have to do the handstitching.  I don't hate it, but I also don't jump at the chance to do it.

Confession #2:  I hate sewing lining and anything slippery.  HATE!

My tolerance for fussy fabrics is at an all-time low and it wasn't very high to begin with.  I know lining is important and I will always include it when needed.  But that doesn't mean I have to like it.  

From cutting to pinning, we are both fussing at each other nonstop.  I use a walking foot and microtex needle when sewing, so that's not too bad.  My interest in a garment wanes significantly when it's time to cut and assemble the lining.  It's the reason my now-year-old trench coat is still not finished.

Since I last posted these pictures, I've set the sleeves and assembled the front facing-lining unit.  All I need to do is cut and sew the back lining, and set the sleeves.  Sooooo simple, right?  Sigh. 

Does anyone else struggle with finishing?  What are some of your sewing hangups?



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