Archive | April, 2012

One of Those Days

24 Apr

It started with a nail in my tire…..

And then I almost had a car accident, but avoided it by slamming on the breaks.  Which in turn sent my newly purchased (at $14.50 a half dozen) 6 pack of gorgeous Flavor Cupcakery cupcakes, flying onto the floor of the front seat.

Shortly thereafter, Lelia decided she didn’t want the rest of her cupcake and so she smeared the massive quantity (I’d say 2 parts icing to 1 part cupcake, which is ideal in my book) of icing all over the arm rest in the back seat of the car.

A little later in my day, while I attempted to make my day right by sewing, Lelia took it upon her self to slather copious amounts of glue on paper and adhere it to the wall and the hardwood floors.

Throw in a few more instances of Lelia being obstinate and I was ready to call it quits.

Once again I retreated to my sewing hole in the basement to try to sooth my temper and mood and right the wrongs of the day.

Alas that was not to be the case. I was merely working on the simplest of projects, knit yoga pants, complete with pattern and instructions.  And once again, much like the incident with Colin’s Christmas PJ’s, I missewed the seams.  Except this time, I had serged, and french seamed them before I realized my errors.

So here I sit, having put the children to bed at 6:45, drowning my sorrows in a delicious red wine and pounding out this post.

Oh and did I mention, I’m down like 30 votes in the Fabrics-store.com contest that I entered.  My adorable linen maxi skirt is losing to a beautifully sewn, but not exactly Spring friendly, costume.

Boo hiss to my day!!

 

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Help Me Win!

19 Apr

Please vote for my entry in the Spring Fling Craft Contest!, on the fabrics-store.com Facebook page! http://bit.ly/HSR1uF

I entered my a-line maxi skirt into this contest and could win a $200 gift card to the store! I’d be in heaven if I won! Thanks for the help!

Kindergarten Registration

13 Apr

I’m registering Isabelle for Kindergarten today! Can’t believe she’s old enough, and I’m so excited for her to go next year.

And not just because she’ll be there from 9 to 4 every day!  She will LOVE everything about it.  Riding the bus, meeting new people, being challenged intellectually and physically.  Everything.  She’s been asking to go to school with the neighbors since they started there 3 years ago!!

Anyway, part of the registration involved having her teacher this year fill out some info about her as it relates to school.  There was space for extra comments and look what she wrote!

I am bursting with pride for my girl!

Isabelle’s Notes

1 Apr

Translation:

I’m going

to DC

to the air and space

museum

with Cole

Piper and Grant

Cole and

museum

 

Tranlation:

Mommy

I’m sorry

for crying

and whining

 

Written on the white board at school

Translation: Oh My Gosh!

 

FBA AKA Full Bust Adjustment AKA My New BFF

1 Apr

So many good things going on in my little sewing world!

I finally placed an order for a bunch of knits from Girl Charlee.  I got 8 different fabrics for a total of almost 30 yards.  And spent $5 a yard or LESS!  The order arrived on Tuesday and I whipped up two creations before the end of the day on Wednesday!

And this shipment spurred me to clean up my sewing area and oh how nicely folded piles of fabric make me smile!

Knits on the left, quilting cotton on the right, fabric earmarked for kids or others on top

I broke into the striped sweatshirt knit first and sewed it into a chevron pattern before cutting out a dolman sleeve top and a maxi skirt.

Also I’ve discovered a wonderful camera app for my iphone called Camera Awesome.  It’s by Smugmug and it includes a self timer!

On Thursday, I had enough advance notice of a 99 cent Simplicity Pattern Sale at Joann’s that I scoured Simplicity.com and Pinned the 10 Patterns that I wanted.  The day of the sale, I got to the store mere minutes after it had opened and pulled all but 1 of my desired patterns.  Then I flipped through the Spring catalog to find a suitable substitute.  Just look at all the goodness I scored for $10!!

3 Lisette patterns, 2 Cynthia Rowley, and 5 additional.  Included are 4 pairs of pants, 14 shirts, 17 dress variations and 2 jackets.

On a separate shopping trip I picked up a little McCall’s pattern that was for a simple silhouette and promised the ability to alter it with ease.

Thank you Palmer and Pletsch for McCall’s Patterns M6355 ! You’ve changed my life. With one simple pattern, I learned enough about adjusting darts, to not only attempt it on the provided and fully marked pattern, but to also use is on one of my newly acquired Lisette patterns!

Here’s what the altered Palmer and Petsch pattern looks like.

I pinned the tissue together, held it up to me and cut accordingly.  Then I ironed the tissue onto freezer paper and made my new darts. Even still I was a little nervous with the outcome so I just made a simple short sleeved shift out of Heather Bailey’s Pop Garden Chevron.

And it worked!  So then I added some embellishments to the neck and hem in the way of some fancy stitching.

I feel like a new woman.  It is truly remarkable how much better these clothes fit when the darts are properly sized for my bust!

And upon having such success, I decided to try it out on my Lisette Traveler Shirt dress. And low and behold it worked too!  I also read up on the pattern and as per another reviewers remarks on PatternReview.com, I cut a larger skirt so that it was more gathered.

Other than the FBA and full skirt, I followed the pattern to a T and it is fits beautifully! I added a little striped grosgrain ribbon for a belt and will be sporting this for Easter!