Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Ultimate Vintage Apron

I've been meaning to find time to do some sewing lately, and finally decided to try some of my vintage apron patterns. Goodness knows I have enough of them, and am always looking for more! This past summer I found this one online at Chez Cemetarian. This pattern is gone obviously but she has consistently good stuff. Anyway, one of the plusses of buying and selling vintage fabric and other sewing necessities is that I usually don't have to go shopping for fabric unless I just am in the fabric shopping mood. That way I save gas, time and usually money on the fabric since I buy old fabric when I find it. This piece was some drapery or light upholstery linen I picked up somewhere, that just spoke to me of fall because of the colors. It called for seam binding on all of the edges and for the sash and neck ties. I couldn't find enough of anything I liked so used smaller pieces of different colors that matched the floral colors. That was a lot of fun! I'm pretty pleased with the apron but will make it shorter next time. The jumbo pockets were what I was after, because my iphone doesn't fit comfortably in most of my pockets, and I don't carry my purse around the house. I'd like to be able to carry my camera around too without it hanging around my neck. By making the apron as shown, it puts the pockets at my knees where it's not as convenient to grab stuff out of as I'd like. I see a mama-san style apron in my near future too, again for the big pockets. I think I'll make a market bag with the leftover fabric from this apron. The fabric should durable, and prettier than the ones most stores have for purchase. Of course I'm too frugal and crafty to buy one when I could go home and make it myself. I guess that's the curse of the DIY-er.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

In Sooth, I'm Sewing For A Renaissance Faire.

Well, after not writing anything new on here for so long, and logging on after such a long time, I've decided that I'm definitely through with the orange! So hold on to your hats cause I'm going to change it again. Perhaps something mellow this time. We'll see. Tonight I'm working in my sewing room, sewing! My sister, niece and myself are going to a Renaissance Faire this weekend, and I've decided I can play dress up. They-re planning on renting a costume but I'm much too frugal to go the easy route like that. I have to do it myself. At least it's handy having such a lot of fabric when I start a project. I just walk into the handy dandy storage area, which is pretty much my whole basement, and start digging in boxes. First thing I had to do was to google the subject and consult the lovely people on the vintage clothing and accessories board on ebay. I got some pointers about Ren-Fairs in general, and appropriate costumes in specific. I decided that I was just looking for a 'Ren-type vibe'. That made it easy. Any purists needn't nit-pick my outfit... I'm just a newbie. So I found some bottom-weight linen in a too-light color, with a woven-in tone on tone plaid. That's for the skirt, which I've pretty much finished. It's a basic gathered waist thing, but I pleated the top edge some to try to reduce the bulk since my waist isn't all that thin to begin with. I'm going to dye it tomorrow into a dark color, probably a lovely mud-brown. Then I need a basic peasant type top. I've seen hundreds of those over the years, since the hippie days of the 70s. Can I find one now that I need it? Oh, no. In fact, I had to go buy a pattern! Yikes! But it had the corset-thing included in the pattern so it was a good deal. Anyway, I'm going to do the top tonight before I go to bed. I have a lightweight muslin that will be perfect for that. I'll be a study in wrinkles on Saturday, for sure. I'm afraid that I might have just killed my poor baby-lock sewing machine. It just sort of died while I was stitching the skirt, going slower and slo-wer and sl-ow-er, well, you get the idea. I hope I just burned out the foot pedal. It's me and the old Belvedere straight stitch for the rest of this project. When I get a picture I'll add it to the post. For now I prithee farewell gentle readers!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Memories and Old Sewing Patterns


I was going through a box of old sewing patterns I picked up last weekend earlier today. When I picked up this pattern, suddenly I remembered that this had been one of my favorites back in the 70s. I was a constant sewer back then. Oh, how miss it! I began sewing when I was fairly young, on a treadle sewing machine that my mom ended up with. Mostly I just messed around at first, trying to make clothes for Barbie and the other dolls us girls had. I must have started to sew more seriously in junior high school, but really don't remember the "A-ha" moment when sewing clicked. My Mom and Grandma both sewed, so they must have encouraged me. I remember my Grandma showing us how to knit. crochet and embroider, but not actually being shown how to sew. One day when I was in high school, I was in a little store in Portland, The Sewing Circle, that had both handmade clothing and vintage clothing for sale. The owner commented on my smock, similar to the one shown here, and asked if I sewed professionally. Maybe that was my "A-ha", that I could do something that I loved and be paid for it. I started sewing for her store soon after, and was hooked. There's nothing quite like having someone like what you yourself have made enough that they are willing to pay for it! Anyway, I've sewn professionally every since. Or I should say, made things to sell. It's hard to make anything without trying to figure out how to profit from it in some way. Lately I've been itching to get back to jewelry making, especially playing with found objects and wire. So if I come up with something I like, I'll show it here. To my invisible audience that I hope looks at this blog sometimes.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Happy Half-Year

Well, Ebay, in their infinite wisdumb, has decided to eliminate any links from our "ME" page to off-site pages. So I don't know if anyone will ever see this little blog again. I guess I've got to decide how to wake up my self-promotion skills so that this is more than just my diary. It's the first day of July, so it's half-way through 2008. Happy Half-Year to everyone. Time for some soul searching and new resolutions. In fact, I'm going back to the vintage clothing board and posting this same thought to everyone. I'm a super-lurker with an 'Half-Year" resolution to lurk less and participate more. All my life I've been a "side-line Sally". Why? What has been the point? It's safe but pretty boring. So another resolution is to mingle and mix it up a bit! That will be a challenge for an introvert. Lose weight? Well, that's on my perpetual resolution list. I ate my way through a very stressful year, and have gained back probably 30 pounds that I had successfully lost with the help of Weight Watchers. So back I go, starting TODAY! I'm eating my Xocai chocolate daily for my health, so it will be a delicate balance to not constantly use up my extra points. I want to make jewelry daily! So in order to find time for that, I'll need to get up earlier. I don't think 6 AM will be an easy change, but I already stay up till midnight so there's no room to add time in the evening. Early morning is the answer. Aaargh! I like getting up at 8 AM. That's comfortable. But that's the change that needs to happen now. I'd better get organized to make these changes. And blog more consistently! Every two weeks isn't really okay. I do some really interesting, fun stuff and I'd like to share it with everyone. Garden more, clean the house more often (yuck!), you get the point. So happy Half Year everyone! Have a great day... I'm going to plant tomatoes!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Still playing with colors and logo. Sorry!

Well, if anyone is reading this, and you have been here before, you'll see that I'm fiddling around with the graphics again. No, I just can't leave well enough alone, I guess. And I'm probably going to play with my pretty pictures and colors again! I love the fact that I can make this look however I want it to if I can figure out how to do it. I don't have to ask anyone else to do it for me. Of course, it's playing hell with "proper branding" of this site. Maybe I'll be satisfied eventually but now I'm like a kid with the BIG box of crayons. Not the 64 box, but the even bigger one that you hardly ever see! Or I'm like the gal in the art supply store with a juicy gift certificate looking at all the "Prismacolor" colored pencils. Don't even get me started on Sharpie's or watercolors! Learning to play with graphics on the computer has sort of taken over, and replaced embroidery for now. But I just found a super vintage linen tablecloth, that's printed for stitching but not stitched at all yet. I might keep it, or I might sell it. Haven't decided. I have another great one that was started and I'd like to finish it but finding the colors close enough to match the vintage cotton floss could be a problem. Or do I care if it matches exactly? Since no one else at my home would ever notice that the purple is a shade off, I'm being a little OCD even worrying. I mean, the family will eat what I put in front of them without noticing that sort of details. The only time they'll notice is when they say "oops, mom, sorry about the spaghetti sauce on your tablecloth you slaved over for the last year!" In fact, that in a nutshell is why I'm leaning toward selling this beauty. Let someone else do the work and reap the sauce! Maybe they have figured out how to remove stains that I can't budge.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Pretty vintage seam bindings!





I've been cleaning in my sewing room, trying again to sort and organize. I've been accumulating rick-rack trims and seam bindings lately. Since I make dog coats, I'm using the binding for the edges on quilted ones. I like to use vintage fabric for them, and the colors are hard to match with todays bindings, not to mention that the modern bias binding is a yucky poly-cotton blend. For the small amount of exposed fabric, the blend shouldn't matter. I'm just an old-fashioned fabric snob, I guess. Anyway, I've been looking at the packages of vintage binding. Boy, there was sure a lot of different brands! A far cry from the one offering available today. I took pictures of some of the older ones. Penneys fabric department must have rocked! They changed their logo at least 5 times! The deco looking package is my favorite Penneys one. I especially like the 'Tailor Bird' graphic. Well, now my cutting table is covered with rick-rack and binding packages. Every time I try to tidy up the place it gets worse. I've got a formal wedding to go to next Saturday, and nothing to wear. Reallyl! I gained weight this last year and need something more dressy than jeans. Shopping is out of the question right now. So I"ve found a pattern, found some fabric to use, now I just need to find some time to sew! I'll show the pattern, and my progress later this week.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Where have all the patterns gone?

What a day! I love Fridays, as it's my get "out of the house and look for patterns" day. Since gas prices went through the roof I've been staying home way more than I used to. On my shopping days I have a regular route of about 5 of my favorite places, and sprinkle in any sales that sound good along the way. I'm not very aggressive but decided to head out around 9-ish. Who needs to be number 103 at a sale. That's when you see the boxes of YOUR stuff that YOU wanted walking out in someone else's hands. I checked the newspaper, craigslist and more to find where the goods are likely to be. Trust me, folks either don't know or don't care anymore about what a estate sale is supposed to be. Two boxes in a garage is not an estate sale. It's a garage sale. So shake it off and move along. Second sale, lots of nice glass and pottery, pretty good prices but nothing else. I've sworn off shipping breakables so there's nothing here for me. Back into the car. Follow garage sale signs way off route, nothing there either. Back on the trail, decide to head to what sounds, from the newspaper's description, like an estate sale. Oh, joy, it IS a real one this time. Found some nice Vogue patterns from the early 60s. Elated, I head on to next one. Dud. By now it's almost 11:30. Head out to my favorite thrift. I swear, they haven't added any new patterns for weeks. Nice place but too crowded today. Buy myself a couple of skirts and leave. Lunch time. Burgerville strawberry smoothie. A liquid lunch for a busy business-person. On to the next thrift. Yuck, I'm not even going there again. Someone is scrawling prices on the pattern covers with green sharpies! What the hell? Why not just a sticker, or a sign posted on the wall with the prices. Maybe they're trying to stymie those pesky ebay sellers. The gal at the counter was online, on ebay, when I walked in. Bad sign. I won't be back there again, even though it's on my route. I drive past the Goodwill that doesn't even keep patterns in stock anymore. Onward to Value Village. They at least have patterns and frequently have different ones. Good sign...at least I"m not the only one buying them and so they will keep putting them out. Last stop, almost home. Nothing today, but it's one of my favorite places so I'll be back. Disgusted with the day I've spent driving around with so little to show for it, I stopped for a haircut. At least the day's not a total waste. So I go home. But I've got one final ace up my sleeve.
I posted a "want to buy patterns" online. Was contacted by a guy with his wives old patterns, and arrangements were made for this evening. As it turns out I was in the area earlier today. Ate dinner with visions of the boxes of patterns he was finding in his shed. I took my husband with me because I'm nervous about going on home visits by myself. So we get there at the decided upon time...he's not there. The daughter brought out the zip-loc bag with the 6 old crochet books in it. Hid my disappointment pretty well, paid a dollar for the two books I didn't already have. Got into the car and growled. Vowed to revise my ad. 6 crochet books? I drove 20 miles for patterns and ended up with 2 crochet books? Right. I need to work harder on finding sources for my beloved patterns. But tomorrow's a new day...maybe I'll go to a sale or two in the morning. The search is frustrating but addictive. I'm hooked!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Like She Said!

I just finished reading the newest post on Erin's wonderful 'Dress-A-Day' blog. She was writing about how folks are so reticent to cut and use expensive fabric, thus avoiding the risk of ruining their beautiful fabric and investment. I agree with her about the fear of risk and the potential failure and humiliation. My mother always said "nothing ventured, nothing gained". Was that a Ben Franklin-ism? But she also said " one must suffer to be beautiful" too. She was right on both counts. But I digress. When I started my now-failed skateboard shop, I was encouraged by 2 things I read. One was "God can't drive a parked car". The other was more profound but I've forgotten most of it. Something like the fear of failing was worse that the actual risk and failure. That you must work through the fear and gain from the experience, both good and bad. Well, failure sucked BAD! It was expensive, bad for family relations at the time, and humiliating to boot! But after a year in Hell, I've emerged a different person that I was at the beginning of the entire 9 year experience. I've awakened an actual entrepreneurial spirit that was really missing at the beginning. I've read a ton of books in the last year while avoiding and eventually facing my creditors, and have gained knowledge of myself and the business world that I never knew. So cutting a piece of $45.00 fabric seems like child's play to me now. My one-of-a-kind, no more available vintage fabric, that's another story...but when I have the right pattern and know it fits, I'm going to cut it too! And wear it while working on one of my businesses!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

First try with new logo.

Good grief, this isn't easy, is it? I don't know why my image didn't line up where I thought I put it. I'll have to try again but it's too late tonight so I'm going to leave it as it is for now. I'm determined to figure out how to do this html and editing myself. I'm tired of having to ask someone else to do my stuff for me. So I hope you'll bear with me while I work out the bugs. I'm using the Gimp program, and I have to admit that I love it! But it wasn't exactly easy to learn. Their instructions are maddeningly vague at times. That was my new years resolution last year... to become a gimp wizard like Nicole, my daughter. And it took a full year to figure it out! I feel pretty comfortable with it most of the time for my usual projects like tidying up pictures for listing on ebay, playing around with vintage images and other fun stuff. I've been playing around with fonts and other graphic elements all my life. Using a computer made the process much more immediate once I learned how the program worked. Well, I'm about to be on my battery reserve now. Better log out and recharge. And try again tomorrow.

First try with my own customizing.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Random musings!

I've been busy the last several days, not doing anything notable but rather just random stuff. Hence the title "Random Musings". First of all, last week was Victors 12th birthday, which passed uneventfully on Monday. It's hard to get excited about a Monday birthday, so he got to declare what was for dinner and dessert, which was calzone and pumpkin pie. Man, was my crust tough! Don't know why but it took an effort to cut the darn thing with the knife. Weird! I think that I didn't add enough water, or over handled it. But he liked it and that's what counted. Anyway, I promised him a birthday party, so Friday I went to crappy estate sales during the day, ran errands and went to hell, I mean Costco on a Friday. I love Costco for groceries, but the weekends are awful. When I got over that ordeal, I fed 5 boys an exotic dinner of grilled cheese sandwiches, chips and tomato soup, and then we all went to the nickel arcade. Holy cow, what a place! Epic money waster, I thought. Of course they were all blissed out. I dropped 30 dollars there. Don't you love the prizes? What crap! Cheesy, shoddy junk that hopefully is broken and can be thrown away soon to put it out of its misery. Several of the boys brought home little lasers that had safety warnings on the packages about not shining the light in eyes. Are they 12 years old? Did they care about the warnings? The lasers came with changeable picture screens to shine on the wall. How about packaging a swastika in with the happy faces? Doesn't that seem like a great idea...I know, lets take it to school. That should get me a meeting with the principal...."Oh yes, I saw it...didn't you notice that it's a backward swastika? What, you didn't know that backwards makes it a good luck symbol?" Great! Anyway, we told them to get to bed that night about 2 am. I'm sure that the angels didn't get online and mess around after we were asleep. They were up when I got up in the morning, still playing a Sims game. They all stayed until about 5pm, when I got to transition into the next party for my husbands birthday. At least it was easy. He just wanted steak and baked potatos, and apple pie. Again with the pie! The crust was excellent this time. And he chose the steaks so they were great. But expensive! On sale they were over 20 dollars. But for a special occasion it's ok.
Sunday the weather here was dry and mild, so we worked outside. Here in Oregon it's time to prune the fruit trees so Brian worked on our dwarf cherry tree and the old pear tree. Our dwarf tree was probably over 20 feet tall...I think it was mis-labeled. The crazy tree has three different kinds of cherries on it. Bing, Royal Anne, and some kind of pie cherries. It's a beautiful sight in the summer when you stand beneath it and look up at the blue sky, and see the bright red fruit hanging there. Picture worthy actually. So he worked on the trees and I tried to clear awful grass that is overtaking the yard near the house. I decided to put the chickens to work. They love to scratch the dirt looking for grubs and goodies, so I cut the grass short, and am waiting for them to wipe out the grass for me. Then all I have to do is figure out how to keep them out of the flower bed that they are creating for me. Well, I guess I'm rambling now. There's not a bit of vintage patterns in this post tonight. No redeeming value for it. But that's just the way it goes sometimes. No vintage at all.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Once a crafter always a crafter!

I'm kind of excited to try another venue outside of ebay. Or hopefully in addition to ebay. I'm still trying to decide if I'll strike in a couple of weeks. I had the dates wrong and didn't realize that it was for a full week. That's a lot of sales I'll be missing and I need the money for bills and stuff. You know, the usual. And I get to go to San Francisco for a week in March but need air fare and food, a tourist money. So the timing pretty much sucks. That's why I'm still on the fence.
Anyway, I've been exploring etsy. I like what I see, and I think I like the vibe although it's awfully hip. Maybe everyone is just so excited about making things. I've been sewing or crafting professionally off and on for (gasp!) over 30 years. I LOVE to make things. A teacher once summed it up when she described herself as a 'maker'. That pretty much sums it up. And there's nothing quite like having someone like something that you personally created, enough to spend their cash on it. It means that you get to make some more, and get paid for it! I love selling vintage patterns and fabric, or anything to do with vintage textiles on ebay. But I've been missing the creative outlet since I closed the retail store where I was selling some of my stuff, in addition to skateboards and things. I got into making hats from some of my old patterns and would like to explore them some more. I've been making pet accessories and would like to spend more time on those. And I love beading, especially using delica beads in the peyote stitch. Sounds like I'm talking myself into giving it a try. There are other sites I could try but it would be just doing the same old thing, and if I'm going to use this as an opportunity to branch out into another direction, why not try something that I'm excited about. I'll think about it.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Killer Patterns I Can't Sell!!


I was in the middle of listing this vintage dress pattern, McCall's 6278, just now, but had to stop. It's happened several times lately. Just couldn't list it...had to keep it for myself. This one is an early 60s Italian-looking dress, like something Sophia Loren would have worn in one of her movies. The dress has a dropped gathered neckline in front, and a deep U-neck in back.It's shown with two versions of skirts; a full gathered skirt, and a slender wiggle skirt. Sometimes a fashion just speaks to me, and this one sure did. I'll be a vision at the thrift stores in the area this spring if I get it made. Not that I even remotely resemble Sophia Loren. I wish!
The same thing happened with a skirt pattern last week. It was another McCall's pattern, from the late 50s this time. It's another 'wiggle' style, and it has a "mermaid" skirt, and a version with a pleated kick-pleat hemline in back. This skirt pattern even has pockets, and it's my size. Perfect. So I was going to list it too, but thought "how often do I find something like this...in my size, a style that i like...KEEP it!" Oh yeah, its factory folded too. If it sits too long I'll sell it, but I want to make it. Maybe in a denim, and a gabardine or twill.
I guess I've been in pattern paradise lately, come to think of it. That same week I found a vintage stuffed animal pattern for a poodle that I also had to keep. It will be great for displaying the dog accessories I make and sell. I've been collecting (hoarding) vintage stuffed animal patterns and hat patterns to make to sell. I was reading about the great ebay strike in a couple of weeks. Maybe that will be a good time to activate my account on etsy. I agree with the strikers and think its time for us to send ebay a message. Yes, it is ebay's business and they can and do make the rules to suit their needs. But it is a symbiotic relationship...they also need us sellers, and should consider what is not harmful to us for a change. There has been a lot of panicky talk on the discussion boards, and a lot of very thoughtful ideas about the situation lately, and it would be smart for the powers that be to listen to it. Unfortunately, I don't think the strike will yield any change in corporate policy regarding the feedback issue, the final value fee increase, or the paypal with-holding of funds. Anyway, if I decide to honor the strike, I'll put my store on vacation hold, and not schedule auctions to end, or begin during that period. Of course I'll still ship anything that is paid for in that period, but I'm also leaving town for a couple of days then too. But I'm still mulling the whole thing over. In the mean time, I'm still having auctions and adding patterns to my store, to serve other vintage pattern lovers like myself. Happy hunting everyone!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Latest Find...Egyptian Assuit Textile

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I LOVE what I get to do! I treasure hunt for a living. Well, vintage sewing patterns and fabric are usually the treasure, but it's definitely treasure hunting. Last Friday I found almost 2 1/2 pounds of silver. I was at one of my top-secret favorite hunting grounds, and I found a glittering metal and cotton mesh textile. I calmly scooped it into my shopping cart and checked out. When I got home and did my research, (I love wikipedia and the internet for research) I found that it is antique Egyptian (no, not ancient Egyptian), called tulle bi telle or Assuit. The scarf or shawl is 86" long and 36" wide, heavily stitched(?) with silver tape. Stitched isn't really accurate; the tape is wrapped by hand diagonally around the intersections of cotton netting which is twined together in a sprang technique. The border design is geometric, and I understand that it's most likely Muslim influence and not Coptic. I'm trying to find out for sure that the metal is actually silver and not silver plating, but after looking closely at it in mid-day sunlight, I'm pretty sure it's silver. So what am I going to do with it? Sell it, of course. It's a lovely ethnic treasure, which I don't happen to collect, but someone is going to love it! There is only one very small hole at one end, which could be carefully mended. As soon as I do the rest of my research I'll list it on ebay, since it will be seen internationally that way. It's either valuable as an antique ethnic textile, or as a whole lot of silver. The pictures only show a part of the scarf; I haven't figured out how to best get a photo of the entire thing. Perhaps on the deck in the daylight will work. If it's not raining. It's an amazing piece of craftsmanship! Each one of the pieces is wrapped by hand and flattened. I get bored just knitting a hat. Can you imagine how long a piece like this would take? How old is it really? What was it used for...garment or table cover? If I find out, I'll post a PS. And if anyone reads this and knows more about it, please contact me here.

PS: Well, we figured it out. Not silver but silver plated copper. Very beautiful but not of value for the metal. I've listed it on ebay now.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

My Furry Office Helpers.


Anyone reading this must have figured out by now that mine is not a pet-free home. I happen to think that pets make a house a home! I do keep our animals out of the basement where my fabric and the majority of my patterns are stored. I long ago had an incident with a pregnant cat and her litter in a box of vintage patterns and fabric...it was not pretty! They are also not encouraged in the upstairs room where some fabric and vintage clothing is kept. But the rest of the house is pretty much open range. With 3 kittens, 2 adult cats, and 2 dogs, it's usually a free-for-all around here. I work with a snoring Yorkie at my feet on a pillow under the computer. She follows me from room to room, snoozing wherever I sit down. Spike, our golden retriever, is a big guy. He pretty much sleeps all day, usually behind my rolling office chair. When I push away from the desk, I shoot across the room, waking up poor Spike, who jumps up, runs away and then comes back to repeat the whole thing. Goldens are lovers, but not that much for brains. My cat Pinky is a large long hair that likes to sit on the desk and watch birds out of the window. My son's cat Winston Churchill wanders in and out, guarding the yard from all of the neighborhood strays that call the back yard home. There was quite a party happening out there yesterday before I went out and broke it up. I don't mind the strays and don't want them to starve or get hurt, but my 4 chickens are out there too, so I think a stray cat relocation is in order. Inside the house, our three newest babies sleep and play hard. Up the back of my desk chair, down my back, bite my ear while passing, across the keyboard, look out the window, jump down, and repeat. They are wonderful but sure slow things down when they are all in the room where I'm working. I took this picture of them sleeping in my chair. When scanning pattern pictures, I get up to change the pattern in the machine, and when I sit down, there's a cat already there. Pick her up, place her on the floor, sit down. Repeat. Over and over! I LOVE working at home.

Friday, January 11, 2008


Ahhh, the weekend! Since I'm self employed, weekends aren't usually a big deal. I work when it's convenient but shop for inventory on Friday or Saturday. I love to shop so even work is ok. Lately I've been in pattern bliss...I've found lots of great vintage patterns to add to my own collection as well as wonderful ones to sell. It seems the vintage embroidery transfer gods are smiling upon me and I've found several to add to my ever growing collection. I've been counting pattern pieces and sorting transfers for several hours, so it's time to kick back and watch one of my favorite movies, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But even better is right afterward when AMC is showing The Day The Earth Stood Still! Thats a fantastic bit of sci-fi. Too bad that it will be cut to pieces with commercials! But my Comcast ON Demand is messed up tonight so no free movies. Oh well. But the best part is that tonight I have the t.v. to myself. The guys are out until Sunday! No schedule this weekend for me to keep, no "Wheres the...?" that I hear all week! So I'm watching my movie, drinking coffee and eating snacks (oops, don't tell Weight Watchers). Tomorrow I'm going to sew something, I think a dog coat for my Yorkie. Then it's off to a baby shower and dinner later. But it's all my own schedule...no one needing me to fix dinner, find anything, or even talk if I don't want to. I hope that doesn't sound too anti-social! It's just time for a little 'me' time. I'm posting a picture of one of the little transfers that I'm going to mess around with for a logo using the GIMP program. If I like what I do, I'll show that picture later. TTFN!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Taa-Daa! Finished Dress!


Yippee, I finished the dress, Sunday actually. I'm just pokey about posting sometimes. I'm really happy about how it looks and will be thrilled when I can wear it. Yeah, that means that it doesn't fit me know; it's just a teensy bit too snug in the waist. I like the fitted style though and will make another similar. Maybe the same one but without sleeves this time. The pattern was pretty simple, if you bother to follow instructions. I skipped a part and had to rip out the side seam to put the zipper in. The front closes with buttons and I actually found something perfect in my button box. Instead of blending in, I used cheerful turquoise blue buttons. In Oregon in the gray wintertime, bright is good. Anyway, the best part of this project was making time to sew again. I have such a great collection of vintage fabrics and am giving myself permission to use it! But the next thing I make will be a 40s suit blouse. I've wanted to try making it out of a lightweight knit fabric to avoid needing to iron the blouse, so it's off to Fabric Depot for some of their hemp jersey the next time I have time and money to spare. What am I saying...I don't need new fabric. I am trying to use what I have on hand as much as possible. My goal is to sew more but don't need to spend a ton of money doing it. I think I get to teach a couple of people how to sew this year. That should be fun...I've never done it before.