a little blog about crafting, sewing, nothing, & everything.

1.30.2009

Zombie, zombie, zombie? Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, oh, oh,

Not so much crafting or sewing going on lately.. Things have been a bit busier than I can wrap my mind around. While I digest my ideas and obligations..here's some random news.

I've been asked to come up with some clothing designs for a guy at work's side project, so I'm pretty excited about that. It's called Teaching Young People Obligations. I can definitely dig an organization/company that has the goal of bettering the community. I wish their acronym weren't "TYPO", but what can you do.. I don't know how serious he is or how far he is into planning this potential clothing endeavor, but this could be a great way to expand my (meager at best) portfolio. I'm going to probably start brainstorming on this this weekend.

On a completely different subject, I have come across several deals recently that I thought I'd share with any other frugal junk-eaters in the area:

Mrs. Winners (Nolensville) charged me $3.47 for a #1 meal that says it's $4.49 + tax on the menu. I didn't register the savings until after I drove off, so I am unable to give an explanation for this discount right now.

Subway (Nolensville) added chips and a drink for free with the purchase of my 6" sub on Wednesday.

Chick-fil-a (Brentwood) has Free Coffee Fridays apparently. I do not know if this is a universal Chick-fil-a thing, but I intend to find out.

Finally, possibly the most needed light-news I've heard in a while:

1.21.2009

Let me hold it close and keep it here with me

Today brought the completion of another garment that's been almost done for..long enough for me to wonder if it would still fit.

Admittedly, I'm a little rusty on zippers (unintentional pun alert). See below the first try's "zipper butt", a phenomenon which occurs when pieces of fabric seemingly (not a pun, but wishing it were) the same size end up vastly different sizes when applied to a zipper. The result is a weird bunchy pocket of fabric on one side of the zipper..


nogoodnik.

Other than that, this was quite the quick finish. The only way I'd be more excited about this dress would be it were maybe made of cake. Yeah, a cake dress would rock. This one's cotton though..still cool.


My final aim for this dress will be to have it fit when it's warm enough to wear it outside..

1.19.2009

I'm better at hiding than deer are at vision.

Amidst my shirt related excitement, I completely forgot to post this yesterday:



..more later!

1.18.2009

Take my brain or what remains and throw it all away.

Gigantic Western Button-Down Shirt is done!!



The cuffs on the sleeves proved to be pretty cumbersome, but alas, it is done.



In honor of the completion of this project, I might knit something from my never-ending yarn stash..

1.11.2009

Spider inside my dreams, I think I love you

I found this partially finished shirt in my UFO stash, and rekindled my love for the retro-tack fabric. All that it was lacking was a hem and having the facing stitched down. It's a pretty flimsy tissue knit polyester fabric, so it was a bit of a struggle to get all of the stitches so come out right, particularly the zig-zag stitches of the hem. Because this shirt was for me and I wasn't in a particularly anal mood, I didn't take any measures to unsew any imperfect stitches. I can not wait to wear this thing.


Heinous or awesome? Hein-awesome.

In other news, to my complete horror, I may have lost my zipper foot. I realized this while trying to complete another UFO: a summer dress, which only lacks the zipper. This missing zipper foot may be one more step in the direction of my dream machine. (If they still have it at Hancock.)


Probably doesn't fit anymore.

Also, the Giant Western Button-down Shirt is looking pretty shirt-ish. I'm almost done. Thankfully, it doesn't require any zippers..pictures later.

1.03.2009

New Year, New Skillz

Happy new year.
So, I'll keep this update short:

By totally ripping her idea off, I made this:
It turned out pretty nice. Also, extremely simple idea; you should try it.


gold silk shantung, beads, fabric glue, headband.

In a strange turn of events, I've done some real work on the Giant Western Button-down Nightmare Shirt. Though it's been a little scary and a major source of procraftination*, I am quite pleased with it so far. I'm not sure how this happened, but it's almost done.

Because I made this pattern from tracing an existing shirt, there were several areas that I wasn't very confident about, including the yoke around the neck, everything about the sleeve, and a few other crucial seams. The sleeve fit into the sleevehole perfectly, much to my surprise. You can see below how the yoke did not fit perfectly with the shirt front lines. Unnervingly, I won't know if I did the collar and neckhole right until I try to install them. I'll either triumphantly tell you when they work or..cut the shirt into tiny pieces swearing that it never existed, the bastard. (Fingers crossed!)


By the way the yoke was not lining up with the shirt front (see the middle bottom of the picture), this was lining up to be a shirt-tastrophe, but through sheer luck, it worked out alright.


I hope you can read that, suckers.


My button-hole fear is over. Throughout my entire sewing life, I have been terrified of any pattern requiring button-holes, no matter how cool the end product would be. I would not even try it. By some miracle, I was able to successfully stitch 15 fairly nice button-holes, with the 4-step button-hole function on my Brother. I am a button-hole badass.

Those of you who don't know what a lottery win this is for me, 4 steps to creating a button-hole are 3 steps too many. Most nicer machines have a 1-step feature which makes a button-hole the exact size of the button you provide for it. No guessing, no finger-crossing, it just does it. They are really nice, but also a bit more expensive. I was gearing up to buy a new sewing machine to complete this project, but now I don't have to. Just lovely.

My friend gave me this shirt, and it might be a good shirt-surgery project. I have a couple ideas up my sleeve, so stay tuned for that, and hopefully more.



*I do not know how to do the TM symbol, so until I learn, enjoy the asterisk.