Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Today was a good day. I finally made time to get to work on that dress I had planned since the first of the year. I had brought the fabric upstairs after I pre-washed it, and set it on the piano so I looked at it at every meal. Today I decided "Why not start that dress?" Whenever I get a chance to sew, I remember just how much I enjoy doing it. Yes, it's sort of tedious too, but in a good way. Maybe painstaking is a better word than tedious. It seems to take longer to do things than I remember them taking, but I haven't done bindings and darts in ages. My serger is not working the way it should... the poor old girl wants a new foot pedal. I'll be sewing an epic seam or hem, and it just starts to slow down, then stops completely. It will start again after it sits for a while but by then my sewing time has gone away again. Anyway, I decided to just sew the side seams and use the old pinking shears on the edge. That felt like cheating. I'm sort of obsessive about seams, so that was a huge concession for me. I decided that no one else will ever see the messy seam, and if someone does see my thread-balls, too bad. It's not a contest, after all. All that's left to do now is the cuffs, the hand sewing (unless I just do it by machine) the hem and buttons and button holes. Unless I get lucky, the buttons will probably require a trip out to the store. Why is it that with all the boxes, tins, and cards of buttons I have in my sewing room, I'll probably not have the 6 matching buttons I need for the dress? That mystery is probably related to the missing sock mystery but I'm not sure how.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Happy New Year Again!!

Well, 2009 is off to a great start! I've made 2 pattern sales on a site other than ebay, and I went to a sale today, and found dress patterns in the size I wear. Both of those things make me happy, happy, happy because I really love vintage patterns. I love to hunt for and find them, especially in my size, because I love to sew with them. And to top it off, I found the shirtdress pattern that I've been looking for, in the right size. I also found some fabric that I'll use to make the dress. Lately I've been so into the color orange. But it's not a color that I can wear well. The fabric I found was black cotton with orange, yellow and white squiggly lines that has a sort-of mid-century vibe. That's just what I was looking for! I'm going to give the dress a try this week. It looks easy... a simple pullover shirt-dress with 3/4 length or short sleeves. I hope it's ok in this size. Vintage sizes are different, as is the ease/fit. The last dress I made I still haven't been able to wear but it was a wiggle-style dress. Shame on me for not losing the little bit of weight that I said I'd lose. Oh well. Wish me sewing and fitting luck!