sensory blanket

sensory blanket
(made for mary anne) Praising Him with the work of my simple hands

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Would you like a free pattern?

As I mentioned before I did not think I'd make this pattern again. Once I got home tonight from our stay in the woods; I realized I won't make this top ever again.

Here is the link to the pattern.
https://indygojunction.com/collections/tops-tunics/products/indygo-essentials-slight-sleeve-top-tunic?variant=35348048329
I noticed they say it only has 3 pieces??!! It has 2 pieces for the front, 2 for the back and 2 pieces facing. (front & back) So I'd say that is 6 pieces! LOL!

I have cut it out and used pins sparingly. So it is like new. It is not cut down to one size.

The first person to e-mail me that wants it can have it. Cick on my profile, and click contact me to e-mail me. I'll need your name and address to mail it. :o)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

How the Gaither Vocal Band saved the day!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqHFOiyMouI

This is one of my favorite songs by the Gaithers. But I do prefer the version utube has that is included in a long selection of their songs; grouped to play consecutively.

I was sewing this last night~
It was raining the monsoon rain we often get in the fall here.
And this super stupid-easy pattern was giving me fits!

Some of it was my fault. I accidentally cut the 3x size instead of the xl size.(I always think I'm bigger than I am)
It was re-cut easily using the same pieces.

Part of it was their fault- how can a xl yoke fit so beautifully and then be so absolutely tight throughout the side seams of the body?

I hated their construction order. I like to sew my yoke facing on the neck and then sew the shoulders together with the facing. I can't stand "easing" the sewn together facing into my neck opening. ugh. So seam rip. Re-do my way.

The pattern was giving me fits. To keep from having a bad attitude (which always makes things worse) I turned on the radio. Nothing sounded helpful. Until I remembered utube. But who to listen to? And then it hit me, my very favorite! The Gaithers.

And then it was smooth sewing!

Above the sleeve hem was to be folded over. I made my own bias tape (above) instead. I love it.

The top fabric was a cherished piece I had store up here in the woods. The bottom fabric was the bed sheet I wrote about a few posts back.

The patterns front photo showed the completed top was not as "full" as I like, or as long as I like. I added 5" in length. But I made the top as is. It was not form fitting- it was tight! I was so frustrated.

So I improvised.
Above you can see the V insert I added from under the yoke to the hem. I needed fullness!

                                       Here you can see the start of the V insert under the arm.

 
I made more bias tape to hem the bottom . I remember years ago hand stitching bias to the inside of the garment because seeing stitches was a sign of sloppy work! Now its acceptable to sew it on with the machine!

I pinned the shirt onto my xtra lrg martha stewart ironing board. (purchased when Martha had her own catolog- eons ago!) It was so hard to get a "good" picture.


        Here you can see the V (above) added to the back. Every time I pass by it it makes me smile.

My sweet Zay took these photos for me. I love how it turned out! It's very comfortable. The sheet fabric is perfect. I was worried it was too sheer, but it isn't at all.

The front.
I could have cut a bit larger front and gathered it for more fullness there. It still would not have helped the snug side seams. And may have made it more like maternity wear. But once I decided to insert the side V, I did not want to take the front piece off and re-do it. I should have let the sides show in this picture, like the back side photo! It's very flattering to wear.

It was way too much time spent on a pattern that should have sewn up in an hour and a half tops.
Considering the Cashmerette Springfield top went together with such ease, I'm thinking I may not make this pattern again.

The best part of my sewing night was my music. If you've never heard Mark Lowry and Bill Gaither make jokes, you need to go watch. Mark is hilarious! And Mark wrote the song "Mary Did You Know". He sings beautifully too. So gifted by God!

Happy Creating! God Bless!
thanx for visiting!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Praising Him...........

We were cleaning up here (in the woods) in July and I found a few more pieces of fleece. Three pieces were enough to make two more throws. I finished these in the 2 weeks we were home. Which is pretty amazing considering all odds were against me. :o)
The bear throw sits on my favorite chair up north.


 The back of this throw is snow flakes. I beaded the bear side to tack them together. 

There is something about the quiet ("Be still....") of crafting and thinking to yourself about your troubles; ("and know I am God" Ps46:10) that always brings me joy and answers my deepest questions.
I hear Him so well in this peaceful time. 
In this world "noise" is everywhere. I sew while the children sleep, or after the youngest 6 go to bed.
I now realize I can meet Him there as I stitch in the final quiet of my day. 
Especially up north where there are no sirens, telephones or loud neighbors!


This is the front of the 2nd throw I finished.

 I beaded the center of each snow flake.


This is the back. I beaded each "box" along the edge to keep the sides closed.


I had lofty ambitions to make Zay something cool out of this fabric! So I brought it along up north this trip. 
First I really need to line my trailer curtains before the sun "eats" them up. (I use the bottom green fabric to line curtains.) I was just too ill.

Then last week I needed to take a new med since the nation has a shortage of Atenalol. Atenalol keeps my heart from racing. (tachycardia) The new med makes me sick as a dog. I took it from Wed to Mon. 
I lost sewing time. :o(


                                               The bear throw on "my" chair.


It has been unseasonably cold at night here in the woods. As low as 40 degrees. This is my little heater that makes me happy. Especially when I crochet in my chair next to it. While I watch Acorn Tv. (british television shows)
The little rug was bought 19 years ago for up here, but sat in SP's room until now! It's finally home! 
To the right you can see I started painting. I bought the paint last year and it matches my happy little camper curtains nicely.

More painting. I'm leaving some of wood brown because it has plastic trim that can't be painted. It would look odd blue with brown trim. So I'm just kind of accenting with the paint.
I painted while on the new med. It was not fun.


Tom picks up the mail once a week. I had a fabric order from girl charlie that I had hoped would arrive before we left to come here. But it didn't. Wed. I got an e-mail that it was with the mail that was held for us. phew! These (above) are 3 of the knit fabrics Zay picked out for his new tshirts.

                                                                      Two more.


                                                           And the last 2. 
I was very happy because he liked the same fabrics as I did! He chose them before I told him that! He lays on my bed and looks at the computer screen behind me while I scroll!! Lazy boy! 
Sew So it will be fun for me sewing on his choices. :o)
Very often he tells his dad what I'll say about things. And he is frequently right! Love my pumpkin pie!

I wish girl charlie sold woven fabric - just sayin ;o)


In my haze (new med) I thought surely I can cut 7 pieces of a 1950s shirt pattern, to make for my sweet boy. By the time I put this together I noticed my unusually sloppy cutting. 
I've since quit the med. Not sure what to do other than wait for my regular med. :o( 


Please disregard Zay's filthy arms! He was burning with our burning cage when I called him in! 
Here's the front. Shirts in the 50's were shorter than today. He didn't want the little vents on the sides of the hem.
This was absolutely the worst shirt in a long long time to put together. First, I had to seam rip for 2 hours and sewed atotal of 5 hours??!! 
Wayy too long to make a simple shirt. And then I had to hand sew the inside to finish it off for another 1 1/2 hours. 

                                                   The back.
                    (I should have straightened his collar! boys!)
The pattern drawing was misleading about the placement of the front yoke pieces. The collar sewing instructions were confusing.
There were no pattern pieces for interfacing! The collar was easy enough to interface, but the front yoke facings were harder to "guesstimate".

On top of that my fabric choice was just plain dumb. I wanted to use up the small piece of fleece moose fabric. Too thick. And the camo corduroy was very lightweight. Too lightweight. So the machine stitches had to be set longer to sew them together, so they wouldn't "bunch up". The corduroy wanted to "pucker" constantly. I did not have the correct needle up here either.(nearest fabric store is 46 miles south) So the needle refused to go through where the pattern was shown to be sewn along the seams of the yoke and collar. ugh. 
Seam ripping fleece should be a form of torture! The thread from the machine incorporates itself into the fleece!
Lesson learned.

My handsome young man all of 13 :o) 
He loves the shirt, he ran off to finish his chores wearing it. At bedtime he asked if I wanted it back LOL! Goodness if he loves it to death then all of my frustrations were worth it!

We go home in 3 days. Not sure I'll get much done in such a short time. I did get our huge garage completely sorted in 2 days. What a relief that is! No more searching and finding nothing! It's all done! 
Well until Tom dumps more things here on his trips up. (clean bedding, repaired items) He likes to pile things in the worst places. And he knows where nothing goes!! :o( ugh!

Happy creating!! God Bless!
thanx for visiting (((HUG)))

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

This and that

My new sewing machine came last week.
I've been too sick to use it. I hate to learn a new machine when I'm not 100%.
It is quite different- thread spools "lay" down. Bobbin drops in! I may not start using it till October after our vacation days. My Zay (13 yr old son) will help me :o) He's my handy man.

I was reading a sewing blog I really like. She posted that this was her machine and it sewed all of her lovely creations. I've been looking at machines for 5 months now. I'm dizzy! I had looked at this one several times.
Sew So I bought it off her blog link so she'd earn a few $ from A*ma*z*on.

I painted a TV tray table to see if I could use it for a sewing table. But it just wasn't comfortable. Oh well, I have a nice  pink TV tray! LOL!

I pinned 2 more throws, using fleece from my stash. I just started tacking the one above together last night.
I can lay in bed to do this. :o)

 I finished this one (above) yesterday. Here it's just pinned.

My last 2 stash fleece pieces- Buzz Lightyear, and winter trees. Not sure how I'll finish these off into 2 last throws.

I was painting 3 crates I've had for a long time but had no "real" use for.
The pink one above will go in my new sewing room.
The red one will be decoupaged with Fair Isle patterned fabric and go up north.
They had their first of 3 coats of paint here.
The 3rd crate not shown was painted white. It will go in my sewing room too.
My white craft paints actually cover bare wood better than the enamel paints.
I'll decorate the pink and white crate with sewing designs.

I also had a few wood boxes (covers not shown) I painted pink for my sewing room. I'll stencil on these.
I had painted 2 red ones last winter for the Lodge up north. Now I'll decoupage those when I do the crate.

I had cookbooks on this shelf. Now I have Zay's patterns and fabric he chose for his new clothes. What a pain to find the "few" patterns for teen boys. :o( I had saved a few patterns from the 90's. But seriously where are the fashionable Teen boy patterns? He's too small for the mens sizes. I saw a couple men shirts he liked. Frustrating.

                          Little boy's sweat pants still waiting.

The 4 Teens bought me these beads for my Birthday. They weren't quite my style- but I use them on the fleece throws to tack the 2 pieces of fleece together. They look nice. :o)

The box looks quite deceiving. The Teens thought every square was filled with beads. But the 4 center ones had no beads in them! Oh well, live and learn.

 On Amazon I ordered 2 yards of Fleece that was decorated with Air Force planes. I think Amazon owns Fabric.com? Anyhow, look how the box arrived!

Ugh! Of course the box was as light as a feather with only that 1 piece of fleece in it. So how did it get so damaged?

I feel like I'm falling behind in my sewing goals.  Right now I need to do our 2016 taxes for our Group Home business. My tax appt was made for the end of this month. I need to channel all my energy there.
But Creativity is such good medicine! ;o) Taxes not so much.

Happy Creating!! (((HUGS))) God Bless!
thanx for visiting!

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Cashmerette Springfield Top- part 3 the Finis!

Yesterday I was reading comments on a sewing blog. One posted comment said that she found this blog by googling a pattern she wanted to make. She was googling the pattern so she could "see" how others had sewn the pattern, that she was wanting to sew.

Now why hadn't I thought of that? 

So I googled the Springfield Top and came up with 6 sewists who beautifully made this top. 

I was a bit surprised that only one of those amazing sewists made their top kind of (but not really) similar to mine. :o) 

I was happy to see one amazing sewist with a body shape similar to mine who used the pattern to make a dress too. Mine is a tunic.  From her photos and our similar shape, I could see the pattern fit her in the same way as my tunic fit me. (as a larger busted woman) 

I was bit worried I might be overly critiqued by how mine "hangs" on me. 
Unless we can see and touch a sewists end product in person, can we really judge where improvements could be made?

We could drive ourselves crazy with "perfection" or showing off things like french seams.

Life is short, sew only what you love. And I do love the Springfield Top pattern.
Also I bought my own pattern, no one asked me to make it. These posts are for me only. I don't earn money or get kick backs from anyone! :o)

My sweet 13 year old son took these pictures for me. The fans were blowing and I was trying to "hold" it down! :o) You can see I made the neck 1" higher + the binding makes it a bit higher.

Side view. The bust lifts the hem higher in the front.
It is a very very comfy and perfectly roomy for getting up and down chasing little boys! I will make many more.
This will be a go to pattern for me. I give the Springfield top a 10 out of 10! Thank You Jenny! (no I do not personally know Jenny, but I've watched enough utube videos with her in them to feel like I can "shout" out to her ;o)


My favorite- is the back. It is quite feminine. I like to think of my style as feminine /Lagenlook/Wood Fairies/ and Scandinavian Grandma rolled into one! ;o)

Me and my Barred Owl friend. (carved by my Norwegian Grandpa in the 80s)
This is how I picture me! Apron, Fair Isle costume, and lace. ;o)

So what will I sew next? Hmm sadly nothing more for me for a while. First I must recover from my illness. And then-
I still have the 10 cut, pairs of boy sweat pants, a huge fleece dog bed for 3 dogs, and then there's this young man below-

He is the same height as me at age 13. And running out of clothes quickly! Isn't his outfit sad? Poor guy. I need to start cutting now! aack! Love my sweet sweet young man!

Happy Creating! (((HUGS))) God Bless!
thanx for visiting!

The Cashmerette Springfield Top part Two

Today I'll show you "my" process for sewing my top.
I was so happy with my stash fabric color choices. This picture above is the back. I think it's so pretty!

The lace above and the lace below were remnant pieces from my kid's clothes in the early 90s. I stocked up on lace back then and quit sewing. I donated a lot of lace a couple years ago, but kept some "in case". I didn't think I'd use it for me, at my age, but y'know some popular pattern makers use "ruching" to embellish. Why not use my lace instead! :o) I think I personally like lace better.

Since Tom ruined my sewing table, I have been sewing at my cooking table upstairs in my bedroom. (until I "find" a new table that I like) My bedroom is 18' x 25' with a back door. I do a lot of things other than sleep in there. It's almost like an upstairs living room.

Sewing the lace on the back of the top, before adding the bottom band.

                                  Ready for the bottom band.

The back bottom band was cut wider on purpose to gather it and make it ruffle. The front band was cut slightly smaller than the back band and only slightly ruffled.

My Husqvarna on its last leg. It was slow going, I could feel it dying. After using my zippy old Singer in the woods to make curtains 2 weeks ago, it was hard to sew limping along on this machine. I just hate throwing this machine out. :o( Sadly it's not repairable.

My little ironing board on my bed, since I have no room at the table with the machine there. Very crappy set up, but I made do. It's hot here and I had 3 fans going on me! We shut the AC off at midnight. I started sewing at 10 p.m.

The front of the top getting pressed.
To "test" the fit I sewed the shoulders together and tried it on. Then I realized the darts weren't done- (eeek!) I really hate darts and hate patterns with darts. But enough whining. I put them in.
 
I added about 1" to the front neckline when I cut it out to make it higher. I dress modestly. I was hoping that was high enough. If not I'd add ?something? later.

My darts were from the size 28. I cut the front piece in a size 28. Next time I would cut the front a size 24. Since I want it to be roomy and I wear a size 20. The pattern is very true to size! (thank you Cashmerette!)

However as a 60 year old woman, gravity has pulled my bosom down over the years so the largest part of my bust is closer to where the size 28 is. (next time I'll test the size 26 dart on a muslin ;o)

Did everybody learn the hand knot tie for the ends of their dart? Yeah, that's part of why I hate darts too! LOL! I wish I had time to check out some tutorials. I wonder if anything has been changed up! (duh! LOL!)

I stay stitched around the neck and the arm holes. I like to do that on curvy sewing areas.

I ironed my arm hole bias. They were cut extra long just in case.

                             The neck binding attached.
Next I "clipped" around the seams to the stay stitching, to make sewing it down easier.

 After "clipping" I "stood" the binding up and sewed along the yoke side of the seam, sewing the seam down so the binding would "show" like this. The pattern shows tucking it under. I liked my version.

The Fiskar scissors on the left are my favorite for nice clean clipping. Even better than the smaller scissors.

 I looked everywhere to find a nice place to hang this for a photo. Oh well. This is the back.

This is the front. The neckline "looks" low here on a hanger. It's not that "low" on me when I wear it.

The arm hole openings (left and right) were slightly too big. Because of the front darts I could not just re-sew a one inch side seam; starting at the arm and tapering back to the original side seam of the body.

So I took the arm binding area in the under arm opening, and matched it together with the 1" folded and re-sewed under the arm. This gathered the top side seam a bit under the arm and under the re-sewn binding. It's not noticeable at all.

 Love the little vents the pattern has on the sides of the bands.

 All done. This is the front. Throwing it on my bed to critique. With picture taking it took me only 4 hours to complete. Without picture taking I would have been a lot faster. Of course speed isn't my motivation. Liking it is my motivation.

                            The back. Studying if I'm satisfied.

Folding it up, setting it aside as I clean up. I love how it "folds" attractively even tossed! ;o)
(my new sewing machine box in the background, I'll post about the new machine another day)

It makes me happy when I look at it! Isn't that what sewing is all about?

I really really love this top a lot!

In my Part three post I'll model it. And write my final thoughts. :o) Coming soon! :o)

Happy Creating!!! (((HUGS))) God Bless!

Would you like a free pattern?

As I mentioned before I did not think I'd make this pattern again. Once I got home tonight from our stay in the woods; I realized I wo...