Archive for January 2018

Snow Day Sewing

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Experiment:
Megan Nielsen Brumby Skirt
Version 2
Size: Small

Materials:
2.25 Yards of Cotton Ikat
White Thread
9" Navy Invisible Zipper

Procedure:
We had an unexpected snow day this week. My family and I were convinced it was not going to snow.  But sometime in the middle of the night the rain transitioned to sleet then to snow. When we woke up the ground was blanketed in a bit of snow. Of course, we ventured out to sled and then came home to warm up with hot chocolate.
After the excitement of snow faded and the cold faces and hands were warmed, I was able to finish a WIP that had been sitting on my sewing table for -- wait for it -- 6 months! 
Gah! I cut this version of the Brumby skirt in August or September last year.  I marked and serged the pieces. Then it sat. To be honest, I forgot about it. I have a sewing basket where I keep the patterns or ziplock bags with projects that I am working on or will begin. The new year hit and I had that nagging urge to organize. . .annnnndddd, guess what I found?!
I love the Brumby for the pockets. They are serious deep pockets. I love the Brumby for the length.  I am still on my midi-obsession.  My original Brumby gets a lot of wear.  I knew this ikat would be perfect for a second one. I did not have a fancy zipper to pop in the skirt so I opted for a standard invisible zip that I had on hand.  There was no way I was venturing out in the South with snow.  Although I am from the North and feel very confident driving in snow, I do not get the same warm fuzzies from Southerners who have less experience in dealings with snow.  Hell, snow comes like every three years here.
I am quite smitten with this skirt.  And I am so thankful it is off my sewing table -- sewing is like books for me.  If I start a book, no matter how bad it is, I still finish it.  I can name the books I gave up on -- its a grand total of nine!!  A sewing project is the same -- my time, energy, creativity, and juju all go into making a garment.  I want to see it from start to finish even if it is a hot mess.
This is my "What should I sew now!?!" picture.  I have been eyeing the Zadie dress from Tilly.  Any other suggestions??

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Toasty Toaster #2

Wednesday, January 10, 2018



Experiment:
The Toaster Sweater
Version 1
Size: Small

Materials:
1 5/8 yards of gray fleece
Gray serger thread cones

Procedure:
All last week the South was blanketed with below-normal freezing temperatures.  When I mean freezing, I am talking 15F (-9C) in Louisiana.  That is 20 degrees F lower that average.   Cold weather had me reaching for warm clothes only to be reminded that I am lacking. After making my first Toaster sweater and still inspired by Meg, I wanted another Toaster Sweater.  Opting for the full Toaster effect and in an effort to stay get warm, I printed Version 1 and set to the task.
This sew was a cinch -- all done on my serger (Man -- I love how fast the serger zips through seams! Very satisfying!).  Over the course of three evenings, I dealt with the pattern, then I prepped fabric and cut -- by the end of the third evening I had a new sweater.  Ummmm, hells yeah.
I choose gray fleece -- fleece is universally warm and it adds to my winter wardrobe.  Similar to my previous Toaster, I did not do a muslin. The sleeves are a tad long but I think it adds to the coziness of the sweater.  I wish I would have thought to add thumb holes to the cuffs.  I guess I need to make another. I'll also probably add a bit of length.
Overall, I love both of my Toasters.  They are going to get a lot of wear this winter since we are again set to get freezing low temperatures going into the weekend.  I want to try the Simplicity Toaster pattern as well -- anyone try it? any thoughts?

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Toasty New Year

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year.  I am not a New Year resolution kind of girl.  But I am a list maker and goal oriented -- that sort of counts, right!?  Here is my sewing list:
  • Sew more of my fabric stash
  • Make a pair of jeans 
  • Face my fear of sewing knits and just sew (I am sure my Bernina can handle it!)

I have to share one of the last of my 2017 makes.  I blame Meg from Cookin' and Craftin'.  She showcased a whole week of the Sew House Seven pattern: The Toaster Sweater.  If I am honest, well, I wasn't wowed when this pattern was released.  The sweater had a boxy look and I couldn't imagine myself wearing it.  Soooooo, I skipped it and admired all the bloggers from afar that made the sweater.
Experiment:
Toaster Sweater
Version 2
Size: Small

Materials:
A bit over 1.5 yards on Ponte Knit
Brown thread from an estate sale

Procedure:
Yup, perfect timing.  A week of Meg blogging cozy sweaters and the realization that I was heading to spend 10-days in Boulder, Colorado where it was forecasted to snow a majority of the time we were there led me to purchase the pattern.  Thank goodness for inspiration and downloadable pdf patterns.  By mid-Toaster-week, I was a Toaster believer.  In an evening, I purchased the pattern, printed, and taped that sucker together.
 
My knit stash is rather pathetic (look above at my list of things to tackle in 2018 -- I do have an aversion to sewing with knits.  So many bloggers swear by it but I have not had the best of luck.  I avoid sewing knits AND buying them).  Rant aside -- I did happen to have a luscious ponte knit within my stash.  Amazingly, it was washed and prepped for a project.  Since ponte sews like a woven I was confident I could make the Toaster Sweater. BAM! Toaster Version 2 was whipped up in an evening.  
In my haste, I did not have time for a muslin.  I find the length just to be alright.  I prefer a little longer.  Next time I make one (and yes, it is an easy sew, flattering sweater, and cozy so there will be another sew) I think I will add a couple of inches in length.  I may add 3 to 4 more inches so that I could wear a version with leggings and it would cover my bum. The neckline is divine and those side vents are on point.  You cannot see it in any of my photos (I needed to get some beautiful mountain blog photos) but the mitered corners are gorgeous. 
I spent last night taping together the pattern for version #1 of the Toaster.  This Arctic air mass has the whole Southern portion of the United States drowning in freezing temperatures.  I'll probably have a new cozy Toaster by the weekend!

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