Friday, July 23, 2010

Meet Nia

Please say hello to Nia, my new Pfaff Performance 2058!  She's arrived just in time for tonight's sew-in.  I'm so glad she's finally home.  I've made a few stitches on her.  The tension and adjustable overcast foot are now ready for the knit top I wanted to work on tonight.

About the top.  I just pinned the muslin and I've decided to start over on the paper alterations.  This top has TNT potential, so I want to get it right.  I need to take way more out for the sway back alteration.  I also had problems truing the armhole after the FBA.  Well, gotta get back to the alterations.


Friday Night Sew-In!!!

The Friday Night Sew-In is tonight.  I have a quicky msulin for a top that's ready to be cut and hopefully I can make some progress on my skirt alterations.  I need that completed by August 20.  I'm off work today, so my sew-in may start this afternoon!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Taking It Slow with Kwik Sew 3789

The Young Adult Choir has to sing tomorrow.  Denim skirts again.  My previous attempt at a skirt, while wearable, is actually too short for the choir.  I thought I could whip up a new skirt in time for Sunday.  This would have translated into a minor miracle since I bought the pattern Wednesday night.

Anyhoo, still delusional, I thought I'd give KS3789 a try.  I might have stood a strong chance of finishing if I had known I didn't have any 3/4" elastic.  I also woke up this morning around 8.  Any other time, I would have popped out of bed by 5 a.m. After getting back from Hancock around 1, I realized my chances of finishing were slim.

So, I decided to take my time on this. I cut XL pieces.  For the waist area, I traced the L markings.  The tissue fitting was interesting. The skirt has an elastic waist; I wasn't ready for how big it would be without the elastic.  I promptly folded the waist casing and added the elastic.  I ended up having to use those L markings.

There are some bumps and bulges that need some extra fabric.  As best I could, I tried to mark this while wearing the skirt. I was worried about making adjustments to a pattern that had no side seams.  However, it's so easy to slide and angle these pieces differently to get the room I need.

I'll add additional paper to the affected pieces and refit.  If I have enough Swedish tracing paper, I might retrace those waist pieces to make fitting with the elastic easier. There will be a muslin in my future.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

90% Off!!!!

I'm really not supposed to be buying any fabric (other than for projects I'm working on now).  Really, I'm not.  But what had happened was ;-) The Riviera Collection at Jo-Ann is 90% off.  I fondled this fabric for months because I couldn't bring myself to pay $13-$15/yard.  I waited for sales; I collected coupons.

I couldn't get the yardage I wanted on all of the fabrics, but I'm still happy!  Here's a shot of the pieces I purchased over the summer.  All at 40%-90% off.

Top left to right:  Royal Blue Woven $1.49/yd (I also have it in Caviar $3.90/yd), Royal Blue Sequin Daisy Embroidered $1.29/yd (Oops! Forgot to turn it right side out), Stretch Cotton Sateen $4/yd,  Caviar Shine Solid $3.90/yd

Left to right:  Turquoise Woven Ombre $1.49/yd, Royal Green Space Dye Tweed $1.49/yd, Stretch Charmeuse $4/yd

Good things come to those who wait!

***If YOU find any extra of the Royal Blue woven, Caviar Woven or Caviar Stretch Cotton Sateen, PLEASE grab me a few yards!  I'll take whatever they have (up to 10 yds in either of the Caviar fabrics and 4 yds in the Royal Blue Woven.***