Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I Haven't Stopped Sewing

I understand it may seem like it.  It's been over three months since my last post.  I had two very (very) intense classes this fall.  I have one final class for my program that begins next Tuesday and I am under the impression that it will not be nearly as difficult. (I hope!  I hope!).  This final weekend before my class begins, I plan to finish some sewing and will post pictures and updates.  One of my goals this year is to be far more active here.  As a result, I am most definitely going to stray from sewing.  I want to be able to share more here like what I made for dinner (lots of grain free/sugar free stuff these days!), how my workout is going, and what stupid random person ticked me off that day.  (Sort of kidding about that last part).  Anyway, I am going to broaden my horizons in the blogging world and hope you will come along for the ride.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Sew Selfish

I believe I mentioned in my last post that I generally sew for myself.  My time to sew is really limited and the clothes I make are to expand my wardrobe.  I have one more weekend of sewing before class begins again.  Although now that I think about it, Christmas is very quickly approaching and I should get started on actual gifts.  One more weekend for me and then I will start to think about sewing for others!

Anyway, I was quite productive last week and promise to share photos soon. I made a great dress, finished a top, made the Sew Liberated Simple Skinny Jean, and made a pencil skirt.  I am currently working on the Make it Perfect Poppy Tunic but the bias tape is taking me a little longer that I expected.  Mostly because I am working on pressing it only twenty minutes at a time.  I'll finish up the bias this morning and tonight and tomorrow actually make the dress.  I would love to wear it at the end of the week.

I signed up for a couple of Craftsy classes on fitting patterns.  I am really excited about this class Adjust the Bust and I signed up for this fitting class as well.  Also, CreativeBug had a special price for their unlimited classes at $9.99/month in September.  Have you seen this Amy Butler tunic tutorial?!  I think this is a project I will attempt to tackle this weekend!  Perfect for fall!  I'll be back later this week with photos of all I made last weekend and an update of the plans of what I'll be sewing this weekend before class starts again on Tuesday (groan).

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Stars are Aligning!

I have been out of commission as far as sewing goes for must of the summer.  My machine was giving me fits (and knots of bobbin thread!) but my mom has come to the rescue.  She arrived two days ago and brought her old Pfaff machine for me.  While I have done my best not to ask her and her husband to leave so that I can start sewing, I can't wait to get started.  It needs to be cleaned up a bit and I plan on having a test run tomorrow afternoon to make certain everything is in working order.  In the meantime, three other events have happened to make this a potential sew-out/blow-out.  My husband gave me some cash to buy fabric after I helped him at a catering event (boy, does he know how to make sure he can rope me in again, or what?!).  All my fabric is here, washed and ready to be cut!  Event number two: after I take my exam Monday night, I have a full two weeks before the next class starts!  I have NO life with these classes but this break is just perfectly timed!  And number three:

Admittedly, most of my sewing is selfish sewing but now, I have full permission to sew just for me!  Oh joy!  I have some great projects planned! 

The Skinny Jean and Schoolhouse Tunic both from Sew Liberated.

The Poppy Tunic from Make It Perfect.  And

the dress from Simplicity 2245.  Those are just a few of the projects I have planned for the next two weeks.  I double-pinkie swear, I will post as I create these things.  I am so excited to have a chance to actually create!  Stay tuned for these things as I start stitching them up on Tuesday!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Slightly Obsessed

For the last 24 hours, I have been obsessed with finding this pattern, made by Simplicity.
I am not exactly sure why.  I really like it but I have gotten caught up in the hunt.  It does not appear to exist anywhere.  If you have one you are willing to sell or have seen this floating on the internet for sale, please let me know!  I think at this point, I just have to confirm that this pattern does indeed exist (I know.  Simplicity is just completely striking out with me this month!!)

Lots of sewing and projects coming up.  I am in my last week of summer vacation and return to work in 9 days!  I got a big order of fabric yesterday from my very favorite fabric website and hope to get some fall sewing done before I have to return to work.  Actually, I want to get it all done but class has started up again and I have some other things going on as well.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Simplicity Lost

I don't generally rant.  More like seethe quietly and sulk when things don't go my way or I get let down.  But this, I thought, this has to do with sewing and it calls for a blog post.

Around the Fourth of July, Simplicity had a sale on their website.  They never put their patterns on sale (unlike McCall's who has a sale every other week it seems).  I like Simplicity patterns as much as the next person and ordered three of them for $3.99 each.  What a deal!  Here is what I ordered.
My youngest sister is getting married next summer in a casual backyard affair.  I thought this would be really cute.

Love this little jacket and the wide leg pants.  Thought this would be great for August when I am already back at school and sweating it out in non-air-conditioned schools.

Again, love the wide leg pants and they can be made in wool blends so it is perfect for fall into winter.  Those blue flared capris are also super cute!

My first red flag should have been the seven dollars in shipping.  It just seemed a bit outrageous for three patterns.  That brought my total to about $20 for the three patterns.  Suddenly not such a great deal but when you live hours from any pattern store, you can't be picky.  My order took more than a week to ship.  Maybe I am being prissy here but when you are running a mail-order business, you get those orders out.  I will have to say, whenever I have ordered from the McCall's company, I generally have them in my hands within a week.  I followed the tracking number like any eager girl would and my patterns were delivered on Friday.  To Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Notice my user name of Jen in Colorado.

I dutifully called the 800 number for simplicity and got a recording that stated to send an email.  I wasn't going to get to talk to anyone.  What happened to actual people answering phones?  I sent off my email explaining that my package had been delivered to the wrong address and that I wanted a refund (if it takes over a week to send it out the first time, I wasn't willing to wait around for them to try a second time).  I did get an email back very promptly stating that my refund had been issued, the tracking number attached to my order was wrong, it wasn't in Kentucky.  It was undeliverable.  And that it was basically my fault for not putting my PO Box in the shipping address.  Firstly, Simplicity was right about that.  I didn't put my PO Box in my shipping address.  That is one tough thing about not having home mail delivery.  You have to hunt for how the company ships and put in the corresponding address.  Simplicity's website said "ground" shipping which in my experience is synonymous with UPS and you use your physical address.  However, Simplicity did have my PO Box in my billing address.  They also had my email address and could have contacted me when my address turned up undeliverable by USPS.  Furthermore, they had my phone number and I certainly would have been happy to answer any calls regarding my address.  So I am sans patterns and sans my $7 in shipping costs.  That portion of my bill was not refunded.  And I am slightly bummed that my wardrobe this fall will not have any lovely wool blend wide leg pants.

I am not saying that I won't order from Simplicity again.  I really enjoy the printable patterns, being an instant gratification kind of girl.  I am just really disappointed that they could not spare a few moments to try to contact me to rectify the problem.  I will order from Simplicity again but I will think twice before submitting that purchase.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Favorite Things Flip Skirt

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I bought the patterns for the Flip Skirt by Favorite Things.  I finally got it made a few weeks ago and wanted to share.  I positively love Amy Butler fabric so I decided to make it out of some of her Lotus collection.

The thing about this pattern that I didn't like it that you are really supposed to see the backside of the fabric underneath.  If you were using a sheer fabric as the lining layer or maybe an eyelet, I could see how this would work but this fabric is gorgeous and I wanted it to show.  I lengthened the lining layer about two and a half inches to provide enough of a hem that I could turn it up and show the contrast. 
Here is the skirt reversed.

One other really odd thing about the pattern is that it says you need 3/8" elastic.  Pretty skinny stuff.  The waistband is more than two inches wide.  I ended up sewing a channel of sorts to hold the elastic in place or it would just get lost in a wide band like this.  I think you need 1" wide elastic at least.

I would love to remake this skirt in a fabric with a bit more drape to see how it hangs differently but I still really love it.