Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pointless...like a circle.

I've been doing quite a bit of sewing in the past week. I guess I reached the burn out point for a bit with crocheting. Every so often I do that with each type of craft that I enjoy. I'm sure sewing is coming to that point soon and I'll probably take a break from it by crocheting again.  Let me give you an example of how I burn myself out, in the past 7 days I've made two skirts and restyled a shirt. The circle skirt I made after I worked a 9 hour shift at my regular job. So, you get the idea. I sit for hours on end, me, my sewing machine, and my record collection. Ah, Glenn Miller! Anyway, I reach a point where I just have to stop. I can't sew another stitch. And to tie it all in with the title: the reason why all this sewing is pointless is because I'm keeping it. I'm not selling it. Yes, I love being able to wear what I make, but I feel like I really should try to sell more than the eight little items listed on etsy right now! --In case you wanted to see them again: ;) http://www.etsy.com/shop/wizardofoddsandends

Here are a couple pictures of the circle skirt.
I am so happy with how it turned out! Believe it or not, that used to be a shower curtain. It was perfect for this! Plus I had extra elastic left over from a project I made about a year ago.  I used this pattern that I found on Pinterest with a few of my own modifications: http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-the-circle-skirt.html

...Have I mentioned yet how much I love Pinterest?

Now, to get you all caught up. I was going to take pictures of this shirt restyle in progress...I'm not good at that. Here are the only three pictures I took "in progress." It's pretty simple anyway...

That little blotch on the shirt is an olive oil stain. You can 't actually see it in normal light. Only in my insanely, insanely bright camera flash....  And as you can undoubtedly see, there is no method to my picture taking madness whilst I'm sewing.
Finished results were much better than I expected. The shirt looks a little, askew(?) because there was a little stretching and rumpling up (so technical, I know) of the seams. It looks fine when it's being worn, I was a little worried about that. I am thrilled that I actually have a nice summer top now and not just a plain old ribbed tank top!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Oh, Puh-leats!

Something I have always loved for as long as I can remember are pleated skirts. Especially the heavier ones that were amazing for twirling. Something I have never liked because they are useless and no fun to wear are pencil skirts, but that's beside the point...

Yesterday was my day off from work and I decided that I was going to make a skirt. Moreover, I decided I was going to make this skirt: http://grandrevivaldesign.typepad.com/grand_revival_design/sewing-tutorials/

It has been years, like more than 10, since I owned a pleated skirt. I have been itching for one lately, but could never find one. (Should have seen that as a big red flag style wise, maybe.) So, yesterday I pulled an old, old sheet out of my closet. "NO IRON MUSLIN" The tag looks old, like 1950s old...the "No Iron" part makes me think it won't hold the pleats so good.
Here, I dug it out of my trash so you could all see. Just kidding, it was right on top...

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had more than enough fabric to make the skirt. (Woohoo!) It probably took me a total of 6 hours to make. Not including the many breaks and distractions in the process. The time consuming part was probably all of the ironing, ironing, and more ironing. 

The pleats go a little funky because I didn't really understand the instruction sand, I'll admit, when I started out I would read a little bit and start following that step only to realize I did something a little wrong and should have read the whole section first. Note to self: Always read the entire pattern through at least once before starting project. I'm very pleased with how it turned out though.
So, what do you think?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Random Posting and Things of That Nature

I had some yarn...well fabric, no, yarn. It's a 1 inch wide strip of woven string. That makes it fabric, right? I crocheted a heart banner with it so it's yarn, right? Anyway, I had some and it was one of those little specialty/arty skeins where you pay about $7 for it and you have about enough yarn to make half a sock. I never knew what to do with it, but I liked it and it sat in my yarn basket for a couple of years....Fast forward to the beginning of February 2012....I found a crochet pattern that was supposed to be for little one inch hearts and BOOM! lightning struck. I got out my nice bulky fabric yarn and in no time had a very nice looking banner for Valentine's Day. It hung on my wall until March. it's so pretty I decided to sell it. Check it out.
 Uh, That's all folks!

                                         https://www.etsy.com/listing/99898310/heart-banner

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Oh, Hi Atus!

Hiatus:  a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hiatus


Now that I am just about fully recovered from my cold. Man, that was a bad cold! I am crocheting again. FINALLY! Instead of continuing on the blanket that I've been anxious to finish, I pulled out another project that had been se aside for a while. Hey, variety is the spice of life isn't it? It's a sweater. I LOVE the yarn. My mother bought a bunch of it when she found it on sale. It's such pretty yarn. I love the shade of blue and it's sparkly too. See!

This is the pattern: http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-Sweaters/Avalon-Top#
the pattern actually works really fast, I just get busy with other things and when I set something aside, I tend to really take a break from it for a few months before finally picking it up again. I've got 1 and a half sleeves left and I want to lengthen the whole shirt which means taking out all the work I did on that whole bottom edge. I'll probably have to lengthen the arms a bit too. I'm tall and string-beany so I tend to have to add a little length to anything with sleeves.

Here's what it looks like so far. :)


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