Thursday, March 06, 2008

Dogs on Thursday - Cold, cold go away!

The calendar may say March and spring may be just around the corner, but you wouldn't know it by the cold weather we've had. Last night the temps slowly dipped back down to 4 degrees with below zero wind chills.

Brrrr! At least I think it's cold.

Abby? Well, she doesn't seem to mind the cold too much. She wants to be outdoors almost more than she wants to be inside with the pack. She quite content to grab a toy and plop in the snow.

Of course since she's still a puppy she can't resist a good game of Chase Me! Chase Me! Chase Me! Much to her disappointment, I refuse to play that game with her. However, she can usually convince Sophia to play a round or two around the yard.

Until Sophia remembers how cold it is outside and runs back into the house.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Flirty apron - so many decisions to make!

I did it. I joined the Flirty Apron Swap.

Why? I dunno - it's not like I don't have a gazillion sewing projects underway at the moment. Guess I thought it would be fun to sew an apron for someone I don't know.

So now the question is .... what to sew?
  • A current pattern? Emmeline seems to be apron of the moment - and for good reason.
  • Make up my own? I have a few apron sketches (complete with fabric) that I haven't sewn yet but maybe I shouldn't make my swap partner an unsuspecting guinea pig.
  • A retro pattern? I do love this old Betsey Johnson apron pattern - and judging by the way it gets snapped up on eBay I'm guessing others do too.
  • A vintage pattern? I've wanted to try out this 1946 pattern with the interesting ruffle detail.
  • A simple half-apron with unique embellishments? I just checked out 49 Sensational Skirts from my local library (I first heard about the book when Stacy reviewed it). Talk about fiber art inspiration! Some of the embellishments would turn an ordinary apron into a one-of-a-kind art-to-wear apron.
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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Big List of Sewing Blogs

Just in case you didn't have enough sewing blogs to read...check out this collection of sewing blogs is maintained by Suzi from Suzical.

Click this button and you'll be taken to the big list of sewing blogs where you can find 142 sewing-related blogs to read.
The Big List of Sewing Blogs

Didn't find yours among the list? Instructions on being added are included on the site.

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The name game

Warning! Warning! Non sewing and useless information post heading your way.

I'll post about sewing later tonight.

But for now, this is kinda fun.

and Bonnie both had this name thingy on their blog. Since I'm a sucker for these quiz thingy's I had to head right on over and see what my name meant.

Of course I had to add my thought right behind the eerily accurate description...

What does Sharon mean?

You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong. - Wow! amazing how accurate this site is :-)

You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know. - oh yea

You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do. - uh, really didn't need to know that did you?

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out. - duh!

Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia. - ho,'s so hard to be perfect, LOL

Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person. - what?!? selfish and overbearing? I wonder if they were talking to my sisters....

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection. - yep and yep

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive. - and what's wrong with that? actually I'm not the least bit aggressive.

You have the classic "Type A" personality. - maybe a bit but I'm working on it.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something. - not anymore..I'm all grown up and a respectable adult ... just ask anyone at the clown club.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense. - you too can have a tone of energy like I do - it's called caffeine.

You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun. - trouble? Moi?

You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life. - maybe a bit too well rounded - I really need to get back to the know, to keep a healthy perspective on life.

You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you. - Absolutely! Solid like a Rock (are you now humming that old Ashford and Simpson tune?)

At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself. - oooo, yea, this is true too.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people. - wise and intuitive - I like how those words sound - I'm keeping 'em

You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts. - LOL! yep and this is the reason I can't watch scary movies.

You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals. - they plotted against me to say those things - I'm not jealous of them, they're jealous of me - yea, that's it. They had to plot against me because they're jealous...they're out to get me I just know it...

So, if you have five minutes to waste on perfect nonsense you can find out what your name means here.

And Stacey? I'm pretty sure Stacey also means
"You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun." Pin It

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Completing the look for McCalls 5532 - the skirt

Back in January I began the skirt suit from McCall's 5532 . The top/suit jacket I completed right away (here) but I kept putting off cutting out and sewing the skirt. Why? I don't know. I guess I wanted to waste my sewing time on knit dresses that don't fit, LOL!

Not any more - last night I cut the skirt out and today I completed the sewing.

The end result is a nice, classic, understated basic straight skirt suit.

That is until you turn around. Look at the details on the back - curved princess seams over the tush and a shaped lower hem that gives this skirt a bit of sass!

And of course I had to add a silk charmeuse lining to match the jacket/top.

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Butterick 5173 knit dress pattern review

Look at this cute maternity dress!

Oops, that's not actually what it is intended to be.

It's Butterick 5173, a Maggy London knit pullover dress, that didn't work out quite as well on me as I had hoped.

While I thought the dress was really cute, in the end the style of the dress isn't to my liking.

I did make a few minor changes to the original design, but nothing drastic. The first thing I needed to do was an FBA (full bust adjustment.) and I wasn't sure how to do it on this design. So what I ended up doing was tracing the dress front pattern above the waist only. Then I cut and spread the area where the gathers fall over the bust in three places. This worked pretty well, but I still could have added more to the width of the front. As it was I sewed the upper side and back seam in 3/8" seams rather than 5/8" seams.

The back of the pattern has a v-neck with a contrast band and I changed that. I raised the back neckline by using the back pattern piece from New Look 6429 as my guide. The back band was eliminated so I finished the back neck edge with a narrow hem using clear elastic. I also brought the front neckline up by 1".

Front neck band
The first time I sewed the front band on there were way too many gathers at the botto
m of the band (see the illustration on the pattern cover - it shows the tight gathers more accurately than the photo or the line drawings). The bottom point of the band stuck out in an odd way. I kept trying to make it lay flat but it would not cooperate.

So I removed the band completely - after sewing a double seam and trimming - and added another two inches to the length. This meant I could adjust the gathers so there would be less at the bottom point. It still pulls out funny at the bottom and that, in my opinion, makes it looks like a maternity dress - especially when viewing from the side.

Of course! Just not by me. Perhaps I could interest my daughter in a new trendy knit dress. I think she'd look really cute in she's a good four inches shorter than I am. Sadly, I was yet again seduced by the adorable dress on the adorable (and small busted) model on the cover of the envelope. I didn't take into account the shortness of the dress, the way the gathers emphasis the bust, nor did I anticipate the flaring underneath the bust line.

I'd still recommend the pattern as it's quite simple to sew and has nice shaping for a tee-dress.
Grab it on sale and then sew it quickly and review it so I can see how cute it can be, okay?

Full review on patternreview - here.

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Puyallup Sewing Expo blog links

Do you use Google Alerts? I do.

Not familiar with a Google alert? They're simple.
If you have a Gmail account you can set up Google Alerts on whatever topic you want. You then receive email updates with the latest Google results (web, news, blogs, etc.) based on what your topic is. I have one set up for the company I work for to help me track news coverage as well as one for sewing.

Knowing I wouldn't be attending the Puyallup Sewing Expo this year, I set up a Google alert for the expo. I guesses there would be bloggers who will attend and will likely write updates as well as post photos. Sure enough, here's the first few updates that came my way.

Article in the Puyallup Herald

Expo update on

Expo update on Sonya's Snippets

Try setting up a Google Alert with your might be surprised at what you'll get.

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