sensory blanket

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

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Progress on my skirts is going slow

I cut my skirts out two nights ago. Now to find time to sew. I've been so busy.
This pattern (above) I love! I'm making view D with the blue above.

When I bought the pattern I didn't notice view A and B were princess style, petal? skirts. So pretty. 

 This skirt above will be view A. The petals will be the white with roses, the inner skirt will be the pink.

 Above another view A skirt that will have pink fabric petals over a darker red skirt.

 And last but not least the 3rd -view A skirt I'm making has- red roses for the petal pieces and pale green for the inner skirt.

 This skirt is view D. From the same pattern shown at top.

This skirt will be (above) view C. (far right). Yellow will be the wide ruffle.

This pattern above will be view C the mid length skirt.
All 3 patterns were up to size 24/26. No drafting needed! ;o)

After all that I had enough fabric left over to make 4 pair more pants. That will make 9 total. Enough for now.

Now to sew the 7 cut out skirts.

This was the only piece of fabric left over after the pants. It's about 2 1/2 yards. No plans for it yet. Maybe another skirt after I re-draft 4 patterns.

After I sew the skirts my next project is the Metamorphis Dress by Sew Liberated. It goes up to 24 - yeah! I may grade out at the hips for looseness. I'm using up my 1980s - 90s sale fabrics from my stash. They are cottons that are much "lighter" than quilting cottons.

Happy Creating!! (((HUGS))) God Bless!
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Monday, June 25, 2018

I'm only going to wear what makes me happy!

I have never sewn more than a handful of items for me. I sewed them from age 14 (Home Ec.) to age 23. 
After my 2nd baby. I never felt I deserved to spend that kind of money and time on me, until last year. Before last year I felt I needed to lose weight, or to fit into a pattern size that was "acceptable" first.

I always bought fabrics I loved. But I I realize now that I loved them as art. Not as clothing fabric. Beautiful patterns of fabric I liked to collect like paints. No purpose other than to look at! I'd collected them for when I started sewing again, to use them for something?? 

I did finally start sewing again. 

Last year I made 4 tops. I made 4 indie sewing pattern tops. And I only liked one of the pattern companies. 
(until later I made my daughter their wrap dress and the sleeves were to small! ack! They've since corrected this. But I had to buy the corrected sleeve pattern? bleh! It's free in their new patterns.)

I wasted fabric and notions that I loved sewing those tops. This spring I picked them apart as best I could and salvaged what I could. 

I learned a valuable lesson from sewing those. Don't make art (for me to wear anyway- LOL!) Make what you love on your body. 
But what did I love? It took me a year to figure out! I thought it was dresses. Nope. 

After I realized I loved skirts. I realized I also loved wide leg pants with paper bag waists. (I love Tina Givens Lagenlook sewing pants patterns too!) I love to wear big floral patterns on my skirts and pants, is it in fashion? I don't care! All the big bold prints clinched my need to make solid color knit tops to go with. Of course you can get creative with solids too- using different solids together. 

My clothing color palette is blues, yellows, and pinks with reds. Those colors are what I thought I liked. But when I sewed my "artsy" tops it was hues of greens?? Go figure!
Thank goodness I already had a good sized stack of those colors I love in my stash!

I must say to those like me who hate their size. If you are not sewing for yourself because you've been shamed for your size or shape- please; you must make yourself something you love to lift your self esteem. Ready to wear clothes never fit my shape right and I looked stupid. Now I will only make clothes I love to wear that fit perfectly on me!
Friday night I sewed 4 pairs of pants. They are very basic, very fast to make. The fabrics are bold prints. A fancy sewing/design or pattern would get lost in the print.
Above new pants on the ironing board, without elastic in yet.

Above the front view of my new pants on me. (photos of me by my love Isaiah) I'm wearing and old raggy work around the house top here. ;o) Hey! I'm in the woods!
I did not want the legs to lose the look of pants. Like culottes or split skirts. I hate long pants any time of year. So these are capri length.

The back of the pants (above) looks a bit more full after covering hips and back side. I have a flat bum, but hips make up for that.

 Above side view. Yup, there's my tummy. I've hated it for 40 years. Guess what! I don't give a rats a** anymore!! This body has birthed 4 children and lived a life I've loved. What more could I ask of it!
(well maybe no blindness, PCOS or MS, but for all the good its done- I won't be greedy)

I saw on a blog a sewist used a piece of ribbon on the back of her pants to make finding the back easier. I stole the idea! I have no ribbon in the woods. Closest store is 50 miles away, I used fabric scraps. :o)

I read in Barbara Emodi's book that she used masking tape to mark her fabric after cutting it out. 
So do I! I use it to write pattern piece number, or F for front or B for back. And to mark pieces if its hard to tell wrong side of the fabric. Or just to help with any little reminder a tired old lady may need before she accidentally makes a mistake while sewing!

The finished pants! I love them. I soon realized 5 pair (one at home) is not enough! I need at least 5 more for rotation and in case they get dirty from little boys who touch me with their unwiped after lunch hands!

The paperbag waist above. Adds "bulk" to my waist but I don't care. My shirt ends up covering it. I still like the look of it. I like the feel. And it makes me HAPPY!
I'm only going to wear what makes me happy from now on! (did it really take me 40 years to learn that?)

             LOVE-LOVE my pants! LOL! Did I say that already?

After I cut my 8 skirts out Saturday night I had enough fabric for 4 more pants. That was all the fabric I brought up. 
So that will be 10 skirts I make total, 2 made are at home.
I still have 3-4 skirt patterns to draft to my size. I will hold off sewing them after I've worn my already made skirts first. I now have 1 TNT skirt and pants pattern- woo-hoo!

Before we came to the woods the solid knit fabrics I ordered came. (for my tops) I left that at home, I'm lucky enough to get the skirts/pants sewn this trip!

Happy Creating!!! (((HUGS))) God Bless!
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sewing at the lovely Lodge in the woods

I don't really sew in the Lodge. I clean and organize the Lodge and the attached garage. 

I sew in the big trailer we bought in 2015. When we bought the big trailer, we thought we needed more space while the Lodge's interior was finished. We ended up only needing the trailer the first year. 

The builders, well drillers and electricians finished the Lodge the first summer! It was awful to be here while they did, but we got through it! We stayed in the big trailer that summer. 

The next year they put the new siding on the whole building. We painted it last year. It is done!! 
The Lodge is not equipped for winter visits. No plumbing. That would require more work. We are fine with the Lodge as it is!

The 2017 summer posts here show how I sewed for the interior of the Lodge, as well as other sewing I did up here. I noticed June 2017 has 2 pages. I thought they'd all show on one page? And they start with June 30? So at the bottom if you press "older posts" it takes you to page 1 of June 2017. 
ack! blogger??!!

I sew, cook and sleep in the big trailer. That way I don't wake people up working! Which is great because I'm watching Project Runway Australia on my lap top as I work! LOL! (less fighting than the U.S. version!)

Last year I posted about a bag that I carry up here to the North Woods with sewing projects. (the bag is from Nancy's Notions) It is a bag that was for traveling with a sewing machine and sewing supplies. 

My machine has lived up here since the 90s. First at the lake, now in the woods. It stays here. 

I pack patterns and fabric, with supplies in it.
The pattern shown above, is one I've made 3X now.
Two high low skirts with ruffles.
And 1 pair wide leg pants.

The pattern only goes to 22. I need a hip size of 24. I also like my skirts full, so I added 2 sizes to those too.
I hate pattern drafting. But with a wider hip and a smaller top with biceps. I have to.
Pictured above- my first pants draft needed a tweak. I made a muslin first, and drafted the front and back. Front for tummy. Back for ease. I hate form fitting!
We took a picture of pants #1 but Isaiah deleted it before we got to the woods!

These (above) are my pants fabrics. Big bold florals and a stash piece of blue from the late 1980s. yikes! I am making 4 pair. The top fabric in the pile was not big enough.
I already cut them all out. It literally takes 1 hour to make each pair.
I also brought 6 other patterns to re-draft but forgot my rulers!!

These (above) are my skirt fabrics. I want to make 6 more skirts in 3 other styles. All will have high/low hems, which make it easier for me to walk. I am at this stage of my old life a skirt person! AND!! I am a big florals pants/skirt person. With solid colored knit sleeveless tops. in the big trailer. Today's project is popsicles made with coconut milk and pureed blueberries. Eighteen in all. 
Plus microwave mug cakes, dinner, and soup.

I love this book. I used it to help re-draft my pants. Its called "Sew...The Garment - Making Book of Knowledge" by Barbara Emodi.

 My re-drafted wide leg pants pattern. I'm cutting out the 80s fabric above. It is a bit thinner than my other fabrics. As wide as the leg looks here, it is not that wide when I wear them. It is not like culottes or a split skirt. They look like pants.
I cut my patterns out on my beautiful large mat. I have a long folding card table to put it on, with a pretty piece of oil cloth on top. 

 I love how I can swing the mat around (above) to cut out the other side of the pattern without reaching/bending way over.
You can see the cooking/food supplies in the background. :o)

 This is the 80s fabric. I made my oldest daughter (now 42) something out of this when she was in grade school.

 My granddaughter/daughter Kitty picked flowers for me and put them outside my trailer door for me!

 I loved this sign! I saw it in a catalog. The bottom twists on the base. We put it sideways, the thin way. People coming will see this side- Welcome!

And people leaving will see this side- "Go Away"!! Perfect! LOL!

I guess I better get sewing those pants! Only 4 more days Tom goes home to get supplies. He'll pick up my rulers!! yeah!

First I better go grill chicken for 5 hungry kids! The younger 6 will eat theirs on rice tomorrow.

Happy Creating!! (((HUGS))) God Bless!
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Girls just wanna have.........a lot of clothes!!!!!!!!!!!

I never should have posted about the Hepburns! After the teens read that post, Elizabeth handed me 5 knit fabrics and Faith gave me 1 knit fabric and they asked "please" for more!! Why can't I say no? LOL!
I cut them out tonight to sew later.

I am bringing MY fabric to our Lodge in the woods. And every minute I get a chance, I am sewing the rest of my skirts and pants!! for ME! I am not bringing sewing for anyone else! ;o)

 This (above) is the kind of yarn? they keep bringing me home for my birthday. Only one skein of each. And well, its not very inspiring to me! ;o)  I can't even remember what i used it for? Maybe it was a kitten blanket? For the new kitty named Bunny!

 In the meantime Kitty, now 15 pulled out more tops that she said needed up-cyclyng. Above she matched the nautical top with the blue fabric I bought for me. 

 This sparkly top had a front lining underneath. So I could attach the skirt to that in the front. She picked this fabric above to match. This fabric was purchased for my birthday last year. I wasn't really a fan. So I was happy to see it used!

 This is a black polo top, she chose the fabric above to match. This was a print I bought just because it was lovely and on sale. impulse shopping- my bad habit.

 And last but not least the blue polo top and fabric she matched. I bought that fabric for me. And I'm also making a skirt out of it for me!

                                        The finished results! Dress #1
I added a strip of binding from the fabric to the shirt sleeve too.

                                         Dress #2 So pretty!
Kitty has very good fashion taste. I call her my barbie because she's always dressing up looking so fashionable!

                                             Dress # 3
                              photos by her sister Faith

Last but not least! Dress # 4. No trim on the sleeves, its sleeveless!

I wanted to make Kitty a little jacket to go with her sleeveless tops/dresses. I found this Bolero pattern. (vintage) Can't recall the big4 name or number. Anyhoo, this turned out so cute. You might have seen this knit fabric last year on girlcharley?? The sleeves are not lined but the bodice is. The pattern suggested lining the sleeves?

After these photos I put 2 small flower bouquet appliques on either side in the front, with a piece of ribbon under. So she could tie a pretty bow in front to keep it closed. I'll get a picture and post next time
I love it! It used up all the fabric I had in this print.
I think it was almost 2 yards.

In the mean time I'm making my son-in-love a surprise. First a muslin. I want to get his size perfect!

My sweet Faith's new fascination is jelly fish!? I searched for fabric. Of course it was woven. This top above is a vintage 90s pattern. unisex. I combined the fabric I could afford to make 3 shirts. 
                  Three different fabrics! Only 2 on this shirt.

This was another fabric above Faith chose. It was on sale. She likes anything green. 
I finally broke down and bought some buttons and labels to put on my makes. Now could I just remember to do so!!!

I also personalized a label that says "Always remember how much I love you", with 2 blue birds.

This was the 2nd jelly fish shirt I made Faith. I guess Kitty didn't photograph the 3rd shirt.

Now could you say no to this face when she asks you to make her another "Hepburn"???
I couldn't! LOL!

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

Friday, June 8, 2018

Sewing the Hepburn for my Elizabeth

I have 2 Granddaughters named Elizabeth. 
I was named Elizabeth after my maternal Grandmother. But it also happened to be my paternal Grandmother's name too! LOL! It was quite  raucous when my paternal Grandma claimed I was named after her! 

The first Elizabeth Granddaughter is from my oldest daughter. That Elizabeth is 21 now. I have not seen her in 11? years? My oldest's first husband was not good about bringing My 2 Granddaughters around after my precious daughter died. I didn't think it was very nice, because I loved both my Grandmothers the same. I'm so happy I had both. 

The 2nd Elizabeth is from my second oldest daughter. I have raised her and her sister Katherine since birth. I got to name Katherine. It is my 2nd oldest daughters middle name. They are now 15 and 16. Where does the time go? 

Katherine is only 6 months older than my sweet Isaiah! Who is her Uncle, but they adore each other as very close brother and sisters. When Katherine was coming I asked the Lord if maybe I'd done my will and not his Will with adding so many children. And then I found out I was pregnant at age 46. He was born when I was 47. :o)

Elizabeth needed some old turtle necks up-cycled. She likes turtlenecks but she wanted short sleeves. I cut the sleeves off the RTW turtlenecks and bias taped the edges with home made bias in pretty flowered colors. The turtlenecks were solid colors.

She really needed some new turtlenecks. She wanted nothing fancy. I wanted to add ruffles etc. But no way!
So I chose the Hepburn from itch to stitch. (link below)

                                                                Isn't she cute? :o)

 She is incredibly smart. Super helpful. She wears my dad's old Army shirts like a comfort blanket!

 I bought some knits from girlcharlee. The peachy/pink knit I had from the 90s. Elizabeth was excited and picked the knits above for her new turtlenecks.

 Always a jacket on. You'd think we were freezing! Wearing the peachy/pink turtleneck. She's lots of fun too! ;o)

 My daughter Faith, 17, her other sister, noticed there were jelly fish on the fabric. Who knew! I bought it cheap many years ago.  So I had to make Faith a Hepburn too! (I am not associated with itch to stitch)

 Because a rolled over hem would be too thick above or too hard on thinner fabrics, I used bias tape.

 The Hepburn sews up fast and easy. I shortened the sleeves. I made six in all. I made them in size 12. Sizing was perfect. Not snug.

This pattern couldn't have been easier and Elizabeth wears them every day! She is a blessing! And lots of fun to sew for!

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