Monthly Archives: April 2009

I’m not feeling it…

Folks, I’m just not feeling the Easter basket project at all.  And since Easter’s just a handful of days away, I really don’t want to pressure myself and not enjoy it.  So, I’m taking it out of the queue.  I hope I can dig up Jack’s Easter basket from last year.

Maybe next year…  Or maybe I’ll use the fabric for a little boys shirt.  Hmmm…

Happy sewing everyone.

Bummer!

Remember back in mid-March Lucy at My Birdhouse alerted us to a sale at http://www.quiltartsonline.com/index.html?  I did my civic duty and I bought some pretty Japanese prints right away, 2 yds each.  Then I waited and waited for my package.   Sadly, I just received an email from Quiltartsonline.com the other day informing me that they were going out of business due to the economy and that orders placed after March 17th would not be filled.   I placed mine on March 18th. 

I am so disappointed, but more importantly, how awful it is to lose a fabric store like that.  Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic talks frequently about “stimulating the economy” of online and brick-and-mortar fabric stores.  And recently, a knitting store that was convenient to my workplace shut its doors because of the economy too. 

It’s a dilemma though.  We need to save money, but will the stores still be there if everyone saves their money?  I’ve noticed a lot more sales notices from a lot of online fabric stores in my email box lately too, another sign of the times.  Haven’t you?  Desperate times call for desperate measures.

So my question to you all is:  Are you going to still support our fabric stores?  Or are you in self-preservation mode?  And please note that I don’t mean anything negative about being in self-preservation mode.   If some of us are hurting financially or anticipate a job loss, it not only smart, but prudent to save wherever you can.

Ch-ch-ch-changes

So I’ve been fooling around with my blog set up. 

Just an fyi:

  • Updated my blog list to accurately include most of the blogs I follow
  • Added my machine models
  • Added links to my meetup group and the spring top sew along
  • Added a project queue
  • And just all around cleaned up some things.

I also looked up where I bought the cute brown/tan circle gauzy cotton fabric this past weekend:  Chic Fabric, 225 W 39th St.  They had a decent selection of fabrics and it was on the large side of a small store. 

Check out those blogs!  There’s amazing work going on everywhere.  So inspiring!

The eagle has landed!

Or, how I won the Battle of the Chiffon!

Well, last night I fixed an eye on my Singer 5160 and was determined to finish this scarf.  I took some more of the advice I was given on Pattern Review and cleaned out the bobbin area of my machine.  I opened the plate and, lo and behold, there were all these dust bunnies in there!  I used the handy dandy brush that came with my Singer and dusted away.  I even used a stiff piece of fabric to clean out the bobbin tension discs.  After screwing the plate back on, I took my Singer on a test drive with some chiffon scraps…

And voila!  It worked.  No more loose stitches on the bottom and no more chewing of my precious chiffon.  I couldn’t believe it.  No more hand sewing for me! 

I quickly sewed on the remaining scraps, frayed them and the scarf was done!  Here is my rendition of Victoria’s beautiful RTW scarf…

Anne's Scarf

Anne's Scarf

Scarf, end detail

Scarf, end detail

Closed up of scarf w/ frayed scraps

Closed up of scarf w/ frayed scraps

 

Next up in the queue is NOT going to be the spring/summer scarf, but an easter basket for Jack like this one that Liesl of Disdressed made…  I am going to use the cute planets and rockets fabric I bought from Purl recently.

Happy chiffon sewing everyone!

What the?!?!?! Did you just see that?

Have you seen the new Vogue summer line?  OMG!  I don’t know what’s going on but there is a lot of fugly in their new line.  Usually with Vogue there are a few pieces that I will think aren’t my style, or that I can’t wear because I personally wouldn’t look good in it, but rarely do I think something is ugly.  But OH MY GOD, these following examples have me absolutely dumbfounded. 

Vogue 1106

Vogue 1106

 

Vogue 1114

Vogue 1114

Vogue 1116

Vogue 1116

Vogue 1113

Vogue 1113

 

There is only one pattern that I will get, when it goes on sale of course…

Vogue 8584

Vogue 8584

Pretty Pictures

Like Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic, I have been in a fabric buying frenzy.  Here are some pictures of my newest stash entries.

 
This is the gauzy cotton I picked up while doing the fabric store walk with Wendy’s  sewing Meetup group.  Unfortunately, I can’t remember what store.  If I still have the receipt, I’ll take a look at it tonight.  I am going to use it for Rae’s summer top sew along

cotton-brown-dots-with-flocking2

 

These three fabrics from Purl’s online store are to be used for Jack at some point.  Not sure what yet, but they are perfect little boy prints and orange is his favorite color (just like his grandfather — are favorite colors encoded in our genes too?!?!).  The orange cotton will most likely be a lining for whatever I make with the other two.planets3rockets

Jack's fabric's with orange cotton lining

Jack's fabric's with orange cotton lining

 

And I also increased the pattern stash this month when the latest Club BMV $4.99 sale was on.  These won’t be made up anytime soon as I don’t have good enough sewing chops, but I can’t wait for that day to come.

McCalls 5847

McCalls 5847

Vogue 1027

Vogue 1027

Vogue 8182

Vogue 8182

Vogue 8379

Vogue 8379

Vogue 8489

Vogue 8489