Monday, December 20, 2010

I never thought I'd be annoyed that I lost weight...

I never thought I'd be annoyed to have lost weight, but I am. On one hand I am thrilled to have lost weight and inches, but it is f-ing up my fitting. And that is annoying. I'm in the middle of sewing McCalls 5590, a way out of print high waisted skirt.


This is actually the first pattern I tried sewing about two years ago. I bought some what I now know is quilting cotton from Walmart and attempted to teach myself to sew. It didn't really go well. That UFO now sits on my ironing board waiting for me to either fix the mess I made out of it, or repo the zipper and materials.

Back to the present. I really like the pattern (hello, only four pieces!) so I thought I'd try my hand at it again. Three weeks ago when I first started, my hip and waist measurement both fell within the size 18 range. The waist gaped at the top and I wasn't sure how to remedy this. Do I widen the darts? Do I add more darts? Do I try and grade from an 18 at the hips to a 16 at the waist? That was three weeks ago. Now I've lost half an inch from my hips and an inch and a half from my waist. Yay, but now the waist gapes more. Ugh. Annoying. I am still not sure how to fix it. The final product will be made out a stretch cotton sateen so I know that will be a factor as well. This one, to be exact.


School is out for the next two weeks, so I'll have lots of time to sew. My plan is to finish this skirt tomorrow or the next day so I can start catching up with the Crepe sewalong. Procrastination is my middle name. :) Wish me luck...actually, wish me some discipline to sit down and finish my damn skirt. That might be a better idea. I'll be back soon with either the finished product or a post on some fashion inspiration. :) Aloha all.!


P.S. K.Line & Dissolved Girl- Thanks for the comments on the last post. I heart you guys. :)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Life...

Hello bloggy friends! I have missed you so. I have had an interesting last two months. I certainly didn't see this phase in my life coming, but sometimes life throws you a curve ball. I'm not sure if I'm going to hit a home run or strike out, but I'm swinging as hard as I can. :) To make a long story short, I am no longer living where I was. My perfect sewing room that had taken me nearly three months to set up is all packed up in boxes and half of my belongings are in my parents' basement. I was terrified I would be homeless for a little bit, but apparently I have lots of guardian angels, and a place to stay until I can get back on my feet and my life in order.
My internet connection can be a bit spotty, so it's taken me awhile to get this posted. Plus, it's kind of embarrassing to go through the big D. I never thought I'd be part of that 50% statistic. But I am content for now, and on my way to being happy again.
I haven't been sewing but I have been reading all my favorite blogs.
K.Line- Thanks for your super informative Lady Grey post. Yours looks amazing! I figured out early on that it was just way too advanced for me, but I'll try again the the future.
For now, I'm setting up my temporary sewing studio and trying to get my butt in gear to do the Crepe sewalong. I'm pretty sure I can manage that one. Not to mention, it's Christmas time soon and I'd like to make the majority of my gifts if possible.
So, yeah. That's where the hell I've been for the last two months. I really really really want to sew again, so hopefully I'll have some things to show you guys soon. I hope all my American readers had a great Thanksgiving. Talk to you guys soon. Aloha!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Zombies+Stitching= So Freaking Awesome!!!

I love zombies. I do. I think of them often and have a library full of books on the subject. I have a zombie plan for both my home and work. I encourage you all to plan accordingly for the zombie apocalypse. When I whine about exercising, I remind myself that cardio health will separate the survivors from the blue plate specials come Z-Day. This is half public service announcement, half crafting post. :)

Today I found something super awesome. It combines my love of sewing and my obsession with zombies. Are you ready? Check it out!

How freaking cool is this!? I literally gasped out loud as I snatched it off the shelf. I may have bounced a little bit as I read over the different projects. :) Look how cool these are!


There are 12 patterns and enough supplies to do the first three projects in the book. The only thing missing is a hoop, but I already had one. My blouse has taken a back seat for the moment as I work on one of the patterns. I had planned on doing a few steps a day so that I'd have it finished in a week, but somehow (Season Premeire week of all my favorite shows) I got off track. So I'll try and get it all done tomorrow. I hope everyone is having a great weekend! :)

I'll end this post with my favorite zombie haiku:

You are so lucky
That I don't remember
How to use door knobs

:)

Photo credits: MrXStitch.com

Monday, September 20, 2010

DIY Pattern Weights

Hello Bloggy Friends! Today for show and tell I have a little project I just completed. Nothing as super cool as my last skirt, but pretty useful for lots of people. Pattern weights! Not just any pattern weights though. Shiny gold pattern weights!!!

You can buy pattern weights. These are made by Dritz.

They are, however, ugly. I didn't want to pay for ugly. My inner Drag Queen compels me to surround myself with things that are shiny, sparkly, glittery, or animal print. So I decided to take things into my own (glitter tipped) hands. :)

The recipe:

One box of washers.
One can of spray paint. I picked gold.

Some newspapers.

Instructions: Spray, let dry, flip over, and repeat. Repeat all steps until desired brilliance.

The end result: The total cost is a little over 8.00 dollars. I still have tons of paint left though, so really, I'd say it costs less than 5 dollars. The Dritz ones sell from 8.00 to 10.00 dollars (for four) depending where you buy. I have 15 for about 5.00 dollars.

Note: I know this is not totally original and lots of sewists use washers to cut their patterns with. However, they are pretty and I wanted to share. :)

Also: I received my Sencha and Crepe patterns from Colette patterns today. I'm supposed to work on McCall's 5977 this week, but now I'm feeling the urge to bust out my new Sencha. Tough decisions!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Oh Em Gee Guys! (Warning! Picture Overload)

I've finished my Emma Pillsbury inspired skirt! I'm pretty much pleased as punch right now. This is a pretty big achievement for me. Most of you don't know, but I have a terrible condition. Sewing ADD. My overactive mind bounces from idea to idea and leaves a wake of lonely UFOs (unfinished objects) behind. So the fact that I was able to come up with the plan, draft the pattern, obtain fabric, prep, cut, sew, rip out, sew, rip out, press, and hem (whew!) in a smidge over two weeks is pretty good for me. And I managed not to start another project too! I know some sewists can turn out a new skirt in a few afternoon hours, (one day so will I!), but for now, I'll be happy with two weeks. For the record, I have one UFO that was started over a year ago. Sad, I know.

Here are a few shots before I start nitpicking.




I'm not a fan of posting my face on the internet sans makeup, which is why my head as been omitted. On to the details. First, the good.

I'm super happy that I took the time to use bias tape on the inside seams. I love how finished it looks. Keep in mind, this is a 10 gore skirt. That's a lot of bias tape, but totally worth it, in my opinion. However, the next time I will probably use french seams.


The not so good.

This is the zipper that caused so so much angst last weekend. However, with some deep breathing and some super focus, I fixed the zipper stop. I sewed and ripped this out four times during the process of this skirt. I'm happy with how straight the sides are, but not so happy that the top is uneven. Also, it peeks out. I may look into an invisible zipper foot.


The other thing I need to work on is hemming with such a full skirt. When I added the bias tape I only brought it down as far as where the hem would be. It ended up being a tad shorter than I'd like. Next time if I use bias tape, I'll bring it all the way down the the bottom so I won't end up stuck at the end. That way, I'll be able to trim away the excess fabric so I don't have this. I could have trimmed it so this didn't happen, but it would've taken off another inch. That would've made it too short for work. I'll take a slightly pinched inside hem. It doesn't show on the outside. Lesson learned.

This weirdness happened after I had to take almost four inches out of the waist. WTF? I don't even know. It may have been a combination of a slight stretch in the fabric, sewing with a smaller seam allowance that on the pattern, or my math. Ah, and you can see the zipper is slightly cockeyed. I think that is why it peeks out at the top. Another lesson learned.




I am happy. Weirdness and flaws included. I learned a few things and have a cute new skirt to wear. I've already planned a few outfits. :)





Oh! I have left over fabric so I'll be making a headband, hair bows and some fabric flowers for a pin. Don't worry, I won't wear them all at the same time. lol Okey dokey. I'll talk to you guys later. Aloha! :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

New from Colette Patterns!

Many people are familiar with indie pattern company Colette Patterns. She has fabulously feminine patterns with a lovely vintage twist. The fact that they all have culinary themed names appeals to the foodie in me. I subscribe to their Facebook, and was delighted to find a notice for a new pattern.


This is the lovely Crepe pattern. It is a very cute wrap dress that I know I will be able to wear at work. I love a lot of her patterns, but knowing I can't wear them except for the weekend (I play with kids all day, sometimes in the mulch) has kept me from ordering more. I know I will utilized this pattern. It also helps that there are no closures to fiddle with. Yay. Unlike the Sencha I just ordered, which has a million and five buttons.


I know I'm a little slow on this particular bandwagon, but seeing all the fabulous versions of the Sencha all over the internet helped me finally commit to buying it. Remember, I've never paid more than 3.99 for a pattern (yay for sales) so you know this is true love. I already have about five different fabrics I want to make the Sencha out of. :)

I just put in the order, so hopefully I'll have these by Friday and can spend some of the weekend on them. I figure having these "beginner" patterns will help if things don't go so well with Lady Grey (which I still haven't found fabric for).

Also, I am a ninja and I taught that zipper who is boss. My Emma Pillsbury inspired polka dot just needs to be hemmed now. I should have that to show you all soon. :) Aloha all!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ooooo...shiny nails!


Today's nails are brought to you by, "I'm still too annoyed/depressed to work on my skirt." I realized today that there is a substantial lack of glitz and glitter in my blog. I didn't want my bio or banner to lie, so here you go. I am a fan of pretty much all the colors of the rainbow, but lime green holds a special place in my heart. I've perfected (in my opinion) the technique for creating the half moon french tip at home. I like to practice with bright colors when I can get away from the quintessential white. So green it is for the next couple days. I also learned today it is surprisingly hard to take pictures of my hands without them looking strange. My fingers are kind of lumpy looking. Hmmm?

I'm not totally ignoring my skirt. It is serving as the background for today's picture. :) After thinking (brooding) for a while yesterday I realized a couple things.

1) My fabric didn't stretch, and my math wasn't wrong. Surprise surprise, I was assuming I'd drafted something incorrectly. Nope, my math skills are intact. When I drafted the pattern piece I gave the top part a half inch seam allowance for attaching the waistband. When I sewed it yesterday, I decided to just do a bias strip waist, no waistband at all. I forgot to remove the extra half inch on each of the 10 pieces. Duh. This is good, yet annoying to know. I'm feel less stupid now that I know I didn't measure/drafting incorrectly. But I'm also kinda peeved to have to unpick the bias binding, the four darts, and the stupid zipper. Oh well, lesson learned. And I fully expect this skirt to cooperate when I go to resew it tomorrow.

2) I will stop imposing stupid deadlines on myself. I only end up getting stressed and screwing stuff up. Besides, the wise K-Line said it right, people are too worried about their own outfits on the first day of school to bother to check out mine. Plus, I teach 3-6 year olds. They will not appreciate my ruler straight stitches or my beautifully finished inside seams. But you guys will! :) So, I am going to relax, and stop turning my bedroom into a mini sweat shop. I will calmly and serenely finish this skirt with a smile on my face. Can you feel the positive energy flowing from your computer monitors? lol

3) Look what came in today!


I am excited! I'm also kind of nervous, and I don't know what fabric to use. I'm feeling some lime green right now, but I don't want to limit how often I can wear it. I also don't just want a black coat/jacket. I know a bajillion people are doing this sew along. Fabric ideas?

I will leave you with this in closing tonight: A positive saying to go along with my new positive outlook. :)

May your stitches be always straight, and your bobbin thread never tangle. Sew forth and prosper!

Monday, September 6, 2010

I am going to cry...

Today was going pretty well. I sewed on a million inches of bias strips to finish my inside seams. I'm OCD like that. I even took the fact that the waist stretched (or my math was wrong) in stride. Easy, just added a few darts and "Presto!" all fixed. Then, at the last minute, as I was trying it on to double check the length before I started hemming, I broke the zipper. The zipper that I had to insert twice because the first time wasn't perfect enough. See, I trimmed the zipper and forgot to sew new stops. So when I zipped it up, off came the zipper head. Dumb, dumb, dumb! It was the last white zipper. I have pink, purple, lime, and teal zippers, but no white. And at this point I'm so disheartened I don't even want to leave to make a run to the store. :sigh: Perhaps it will be my second day of school outfit, but right now I can't seem to make myself devote any more time to it. All right, rant/whine over. I hope everyone else is having a stress free sewing day. :)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

I'm such a dork...

...but I had to take a moment to share this with you all. A while ago someone who knows of my fondness (obsession) with leopard print gave me some leopard print duct tape. I was completely tickled, but didn't really have a use for it. Until now! I saw the idea a week or so ago on another blog that I can't remember the name of. She used blue painters tape to protect and reinforce the edges of her cardboard cutting mat. You know, the one almost everyone has? So today as I was organizing my sewing space, I finally got around to doing my board. Ta-da!!!






It will fit in nicely with my leopard print ironing board. :) I'll have my polka dot Emma Pillsbury skirt to show you all tomorrow. Promise. It's my first day of school outfit so I have to finish tomorrow.

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! Aloha!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Apparently, I'm crazy...


...Because I just finished ordering the Lady Grey pattern from Colette Patterns. That's right, peeps, I too, will be (attempting) participating in the Lady Grey sew-along that super cool sewing blogger Gertie is hosting. I'm pretty nervous to say the least. I have a few concerns.

1) I've never payed more than 3.99 for a pattern (Thank you Joann pattern sales), so twenty bucks for a pattern that might be too difficult for me is a little daunting.

2) As my husband lovingly puts it, I'm a "noob" (newbie, you all ya'll non geeky gamers). I have doubts that I can even complete this coat. However, Sarai did an interview with Gertie where she explained that the Advanced label on the pattern refers more to the abundance of pieces and the length of time it takes to sew it all, rather than the difficulty of sewing it. This makes me feel a little better. However, I've never done any tailoring. This makes me more nervous.

3) 5 plus yards of coat appropriate fabric is probably going to be expensive. I like to justify my fabric purchases by saying, "Oh, this is 15 dollars of fabric to make a skirt that would probably cost 90 bucks in the stores. I'm saving money!" I know coats are expensive, but I've never paid more than 70 bucks for one, so the idea of paying about that much for fabric that might not even get turned into a coat...madness! For now, I just won't think about that part. :)

However, I am not a logical creature all of the time, and even with those 3 pretty solid arguments against participating, I am indeed going to try. Madness, I say. 100 plus people are also in this crazy boat with me, so I figure what is the worst that can happen? :)

P.S. Polka Dot skirt of Fantastic-ness is near completion. :) :) :) It is coming together much better than the stupid Leopard Print Skirt of DOOM! Which I still have not completed. We've broken up for now.

ALSO: Joann's has 1.99 McCalls and 3.99 Vogues this Labor Day weekend. Woot!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It's a bird...it's a plane....

No, it's an actual post on my blog. Who woulda thunk it. lol Hello bloggy friends. Life has been changing. Lots of awesome changes though. My hubby is back from the middle east, some scary health scares of been resolved (all clear!), and I have a new job. Which I LOVE LOVE LOVE! I am now a super cool preschool teacher! Which means I need a super cool preschool teacher wardrobe. :) One of my favorite bloggers is Shannon of Hungry Zombie Couture. She is a super cool high school teacher with an awesome sense of style. We also have similar heights and body types, so I know the things she wears will probably look good on me too. So, using her as inspiration, as well as our mutual muse, Ms. Emma Pillsbury, I am working on building my super cool preschool teacher wardrobe. I did buy a bunch or RTW stuff to get me started. Which is wear I found "The Perfect Work Skirt".


This is a 10 gore skirt made out of Swiss dot fabric, lined, and with a sweet little eyelet detail at the bottom. You can't really tell from the picture, but it is fabulously twirly. I pair it with a red shell and a black cardigan, and I feel pretty damn spiffy while I flounce around. :) Anyways, I decided it was perfect for pretty much every aspect of work. Sitting on the ground, chasing children around the classroom and playground, and the fact that we don't have adult size chairs. So when I'm sitting down, my butt is about a foot off of the ground. I was surprisingly sore after my first couple of days and I wondered why, until I realized I was probably doing about a billion lunges and squats all day. lol

So, since it is "The Perfect Work Skirt", I decided to take a pattern from it so I can make about a dozen more. This is what I came up with along with the fabric I'll be using. I discovered I have a stupidly difficult time drawing straight lines, on graph paper nonetheless. Ridiculous.






The fabric is being pretreated as I type and I hope to have everything cut and the major seams sewn by the end of tomorrow. It is interesting to find out that I am more productive when I only have short periods of time to sew. I didn't work as many hours at my last job and would literally have a whole day to sew sometimes, yet I didn't sew a stitch. Now, between the gym, work, dinner, and hubby time, I have maybe an hour or two. And I spend all day at work thinking about coming home and sewing. I guess I have my sewing mojo back.

Also, my birthday was a couple days ago and I received numerous books, including some about zombies, horror, futuristic romantic mysteries, and a sewing book. What more could a girl need?






The reviews for this are pretty good. I'm not sure if I would categorize myself as a beginner or novice seamstress, but it has some good basic information that would be helpful to someone new to sewing. I love the great photographs and the idea that you use your own measurement to create your pattern. I've become more interested in pattern drafting, and was actually looking for this book for my birthday, but it wasn't at the store. Has anyone read it? Is it any good?








Perhaps it will be my next conquest after I work through the skirt book. I'm off to iron some polka dot fabric now. Until next time, Aloha all!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Almost finished....

Well I finally got around to sewing my McCalls 5523 skirt in View A, with my super awesome leopard fabric. All was going swimmingly until I pretty much finished and then wondered how I was going to finish the seam allowances. I had failed to read through the instructions (recently, anyways) and thought they would address that at the end. The last pattern I sewed was from Diana Rupp's book and it was a "beginner" pattern, so she went over that in the instructions. I guess McCalls assumes I'm not a noob and will know to finish my seam allowances as I go. Lame. Now I don't know what to do. From the outside the skirt looks great. But the inside? Not so much. I don't even think pinking them will work, the fabric is kinda prone to fraying. Grrrr! I don't think I have enough sanity to unpick everything and start again. Any ideas? I have to save it, because I love it already. Do you ever sew anything and by the time you're done with it you really don't want to wear it? This is not the case. I LOVE this skirt. I tried it with a purple top and matching shoes earlier. LOVE! I love leopard and purple. So as you can see, I really need to figure out how to salvage this. Perhaps I'll line it so all the seams are enclosed within the liner? Maybe? Ideas? Bueller? Bueller? lol I'll talk to you guys soon. Hopefully with a finished skirt to show you. Aloha all!

P.S. I have a GIANT Fabric Fairy post for ya'll. I think she likes me or something. lol

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Real Reason I Never Get Any Sewing Done


I LOVE to read. I always have. I'm never without a book. That said, it's also what keeps me from getting as much sewing done as I'd like. I'm either reading novels or surfing through my favorite sewing blogs. I totally consider that research by the way. So I don't think it counts.
Since it occupies so much of my time, I thought I'd include a bit about it on my blog. These are a few that I've read in the last few weeks or so. There are more, but I've returned them to the library, so no pics.

Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb: This is the newest in the futuristic crime series. This is my favorite book series hands down. I think this most recent is number thirty. If you're interested in reading about a strong, kick-a$$ heroine set in a very interesting near future, this is awesome. But for the love of OCD, please start at the beginning. That would be Naked in Death.

Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain: I just finished this yesterday. This is the third in a series about a female serial killer. I love a good serial killer story, and I was really interested to find one where the killer was a woman. These are good reads, but very, very, violent. Not for the faint of heart. You've been warned.

The Living Dead: This is a huge anthology of zombie stories. I love zombies. I can't watch zombie movies, too chicken. But I love to read about them. Great collection.

Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts: This is what kept me distracted on Saturday. Third in the Wedding Series. I really like this quartet so far. The last one will be released in Nov. I started reading these book while I was planning my own wedding. I've been waiting for this one to come out because it's about the wedding cake baker. I make cakes too. First story was about the photographer, second was the florist, fourth will be the planner. The series is about four friends who run a wedding planning business together. It's fun, fluffy, and guaranteed to leave you in a good mood.

Life Nude Elf by Reverend Jen: This is one of those random books you see for a couple bucks and figure "why not". I'm glad I picked it up. It's written vignette style as she talks about all of her "sexperiments" as a columnist. It's hilarious. And totally not for kids. You've been warned.

I'm keeping track of everything I read this year. So far I'm at about 30. The goal is 100+ and I'm pretty sure I'll make it. Now I just need to get my sewing production up to speed. :) I've just returned home from visiting the in-laws and then making it down to spend time with my madre. No sewing was accomplished, however I did discover I am a terrible golfer. lol I've got the leopard skirt on the table for tomorrow. Updates to follow.

So, lovely bloggy friends, what are you reading? Let me know what you love. I'm always up for a good book. :)

Aloha all!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Fabric Fairy Strikes Again!

Aloha all! My fabric family is growing. The fabric fairy (by way of Fabric.com) has bestowed these beauties upon me. I figured I would show and tell, and maybe you all could help me figure out what these will become one day.

First up: 100% Polyester Charmeuse Satin in Off White. I thought I'd try to make a slip or a night gown with this. I love the way it feels. Apparently so does my husband. After feeling it, he promptly demanded a pair of boxers. Ha! We'll see. Perhaps I'll make him a pair to match my nightie if there is any left. How annoyingly cute is that? lol This comes in about a million colors. I especially love the peacock blue. If this goes well I know what the Fabric Fairy will be bringing me next. :)


Next: I call this my Big A$$ Blue Blooms fabric. Each rose is the size of my hand. It really was love at first sight. It's a stretch cotton sateen. I'm thinking skirt, probably pencil. It would probably be too much as a dress. I adore this fabric, plus I have matching eyeshadow. Heck yes!



Next: This is a stretch cotton poplin. In reality, it's more burgundy than what is showing up in the photo. I still haven't figured out how to make the colors show up right on film. I was also thinking a skirt with this one, but I'm a little afraid of giant purple flowers on my butt. It will most likely be a fuller skirt.



Lastly: Duh, you guys know how I roll. Of course there is an animal print. This is a stretch cotton twill. It's a little stiffer than I'd like. Definitely a bottom weight. While I don't like them for the most part, I can see this as a skirt with an exposed zipper. Maybe.


Can you guys tell I'm a little afraid to venture into anything harder than a skirt? I know I'll have to (wo)man up eventually, but for now they are my comfort zone.

What is that you ask? What happened to my Super Saturday of Sewing? Well....I kind of got distracted. But it's ok, because I think I'm bringing my sewing machine with us this weekend to visit the in-laws. Apparently I never shut up about sewing and have gotten my madre-in-law interested in it again. Yay! Maybe she'll be a bit more focused than I am and we'll get something accomplished this Saturday. Btw, Happy Mother's Day to all the mommies out there.

Also, I love Fabric.com. I can always find something I like at a great price. Shipping is fast and I've yet to be shorted on yardage. Unlike Jo-Ann, which is also (always) more expensive. Receiving a box in the mail is fun too. It's like Christmas all the time! lol Plus I can always find a coupon for them too. :)

P.S. I'm am not in any way payed by Fabric.com to sing their praises. However, if they'd like to give me free fabric, awesome.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Andrea's Super Saturday Sewing Adventure

After a pretty hectic week, I was pleasantly surprised I had absolutely nothing to do this Saturday. Well, cleaning the house doesn't count, I'm ignoring it. No work, no performances, no travel, nothing. I almost don't know what to do with myself. Just kidding. It has been nearly three months since I've sewn anything. I know! It's terrible! I hang my head in shame.... However, I have managed to increase my fabric stash and pattern population. I swear, those things multiply like rabid bunnies. Damn 99 cent sales. :) Anyhoo, I've declared Saturday to be my sewing day. I will will have a finished product by the end of tomorrow. Cross my heart. I've decided on my pattern and fabric, and I'm setting up my game plan as I type.

The fabric: My new lovely leopard


The Pattern: View A from McCall's 5523

The Game Plan: I'll sew a muslin with some old sheets (Die ugly bachelor pad sheets!) while the fabric is in the washer. Hopefully everything goes well and I don't get confused. :) If the sewing gods are kind, weird fitting issues will not arise and the real one will go together smoothly. And if things go really well and I'm not 1) pulling my hair out 2) yelling/cursing at pieces of fabric or 3) crying , by the end of all of this, I may even play model and show off my new skirt.

So that's the plan. Hubby will be out of the house for most of the day, so I'll have some peace and quiet. As long as I don't get distracted by some of the new awesome books I've just picked up, Mission Saturday Skirt will be a success. I love alliteration. :)

On a side note, does anyone other than me have to pour through dozens of Pattern Review posts before they'll commit to a pattern? Maybe it's because I have so many now, (THAT topic will get its own post lol) or maybe I'm just skittish about using my fabric. I still have that fear of ruining it by cutting wrong, or sewing "retardedly," ect. Well, I guess that would be the whole point of the muslin, huh?

Anyways, I'm off to sleep so I'll have plenty of energy for my SUPER SATURDAY SEWING ADVENTURE!!! lol Wish me luck, and hopefully I'll have pictures by the end of the day. Aloha!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

For the Love of Leopard (and most other animal prints)

Hello there my long lost bloggy friends! I have returned from the wretched world of moving. Well, I'm still dwelling in the land of unpacking, but I'm sorely in need of some creativity and "me" time. Therefore, those boxes can sit there and suck it up. I'll get to them later.

While I have done no sewing in foooooorrreeeevvvvveeerrr, I have been keeping up with my favorite blogs. The Selfish Seamstress recently posted about some new super awesome fabric. She talked about how polarizing animal prints can be and asked everyone's opinion about the matter. Everyone in the comment section was pro Leopard. Except for the one anonymous person who said it was tacky. Hmmmm..... This got me thinking.

I am a lover of animal prints. Leopard, zebra, snake, peacock, even sometimes giraffe. I don't know why, but I'm drawn to them. While going through some old journals from when I was a child, I came across an entry about my first day of school outfit in elementary school. I was SO excited because I had my hot pink and purple leopard top to wear. Apparently this has been a life long love affair.

The Selfish Seamstress was wondering if two leopard coats (in different materials) would be too much. Ha! I have three leopard trench coats, one zebra, and a black winter coat trimmed with fuzzy leopard material. And that's just the coats. Let's not get into shoes. I fear it might send you more sensitive readers into a tizzy. :)

My question is, what is so polarizing about animal prints? I've been told they're tacky, ugly, and should only be worn by hookers. While I've been wearing them....lol Really? Because if so, I have a wardrobe that most ladies of the night would envy. But seriously, its just clothes (or shoes, or bags, or home decorating). Why is there such a love/loathe mindset in regards to something, that in the grand scheme of things, isn't really that important? :shrugs: I don't know. All I know is that I feel happy and confident in the clothes that I wear and so what if 80% of the time I've got some kind of animal print on.

Oh, and look at the new awesomeness the Fabric Fairy has bestowed upon me. She obviously likes prints as well. I believe this will become a pencil skirt. I only have one of those in leopard. ;)


Ta-ta until next time dah-lings! Aloha!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Quick Note

Hello all! I am alive. Where have I been? Oh you know, secret missions of the utmost importance, and all that jazz. Also known as moving. Bleck! However, everything should be done by this coming week, says the anal retentive neat freak on my left shoulder. Ha! You're crazy, says the lazy, procrastinating, slob on my right. We shall see who wins...

Anyways, once this annoying-ness is done with, I shall have a fabulous sewing space, unlike the corner I crammed everything into after moving in with the Mr. Things would probably have gone a bit quicker if not for the fact that I have a new job. I'm working at Curves! It's a women only gym. Which is great, considering my melt-down blog post from awhile ago. I'm getting paid to work out. How sweet is that? Plus it's a six minute drive from my new place. Super sweet!

Okey dokey, I'm off to pack. Aloha!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Few Things...

1. Found my camera! Many pictures to come as soon as I can get my hubby off World of Warcraft to help me with a photo shoot.

2. Vogue & McCall patterns on sale today. Woot!

3. New projects/patterns/fabrics to share.

4. I'm attending the all male gay chorus production of Grease tonight, which is why I'm not getting most of this stuff done today. I have to finish my polka dot pencil skirt that I'm wearing. :)

I'll be back in business soon! Aloha!

Monday, March 15, 2010

My sewing inspirations....

Since I've yet to find my camera I thought I'd post a few of the things that I'm loving right now. These totally get my sewing mojo going, if only for the day when I'll have the skills to knock them off. Ruffles and bows seem to be the theme here. Enjoy!



This ginormous bow actually goes in front of the skirt. I don't know if I'm brave enough for that, but I love this skirt.


This green skirt calls to me. Plus I love the button details. The color is divine.

Love! I'm planning some sort of nautical themed outfit for spring. I think this would be adorable with a red and white striped shirt. And a little sailor hat. Note to self: Learn how to sew piping, ASAP.


I don't dig the fabric. See through much? But I love those ruffles. I'd like this in fire engine red I believe. It would also work with the nautical theme.


I know, I know. But I can't help it. Something about this shiny (and probably highly flammable) skirt just grabs me. It then proceeds to yell "You would look SOOOOO Fabulous with me on!"

There you have it. My sewing muses for the moment. Why so many skirts? Well I feel like I'd be able to knock these off sooner than any of the dresses I lust for.

In other news, I am crazy. I entered the Pattern Review Mini Wardrobe Contest. I'm not sure why. I guess all the story boards and pretty fabrics got to me. I had thought to do my nautical themed outfits for the contest, but it seemed everyone and their aunt picked those colors. So I'll most likely do animal prints. I can't help it, its the Drag Queen in me. Ta-ta Dahlings!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Dear Missing Camera

Please un-hide yourself so I may share all the awesome stuff going on with my blog-friends. Thank you. That is all.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

FYI: Simplicity Pattern Sale

That's right all. This whole week Simplicity patterns will be 1.99 at Jo-ann. Yay! LOL, like I need more patterns. However, I just completed my first garment (gasp) which I will share with you as soon as I find my camera, so I decided I deserve new patterns. :) The logic makes sense in my head. Just ignore the fact that I have tons of others to sew up. Anyways, Simplicity patterns for all! Have a groovy Sunday. I'm off to hula class.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming....

I wouldn't normally post something weight related, but things have gotten so out of hand that I feel like maybe this will give me the kick in the skirt I need. I follow a blog, Bitch Cakes, and she is fabulous. From her sense of style, her fab hair, and her amazingly inspirational weight loss journey. Reading about her accomplishments gave me to motivation to finally step on the scale. I've been avoiding it, you see. I knew it would be bad. I could feel the difference in how my clothes fit, but the number still shocked me. I'm only 4'11. So according to the WW chart I should be 124 pounds. Really?! Wow, I can't even remember when I was that small. Middle school perhaps. I'm trying not to get too upset about it. A little self loathing can sometimes be a good motivator, but there is a fine line between that and just saying "F*ck it, I'm already fat. I'm gonna eat a Baconater."

I know weight loss has nothing to do with Sewing, Cupcakes, or Couture, but I'm thinking about adding weekly updates. For accountability. This does lead me to another thought...

Part of me doesn't even want to sew. I feel like why should I waste time and effort when I don't want to be this size? Should I wait until I lose weight to sew clothes? But I like sewing. Then I worry that all these patterns that I collect will be useless if I lose all the weight. How annoying.

Years ago I did South Beach and lost about 15 lbs. It was great, but I gained it back as soon as I stopped. The hard part for me is a lifestyle change. Plus I'm feeding my husband as well, and he loves food just as much as me. We're moving in a month, so hopefully we can start fresh in our new place. Kitchen, pantry, ect. The gym is across the street, so that's a plus.

Anyways, enough of this emo-ness. I have some really awesome things going on right now that I'll share soon. It's these things that are keeping me from going out my mind. Thanks for listening to my sob story. :)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pins are evil!

I had forgotten how tedious sewing can be sometimes. I HATE pinning. I do. It blows. I'm working on a wrap skirt right now and had just about finished pinning the largest pattern piece when I realized I'd somehow shifted it and it no longer was lined up with the grain. Ugh! I figured it would be best if I took a step back before I did something drastic...like light it all on fire. So I'm trying to relax while I whine (sorry guys) about it to you all and eat some fruity pebbles. Yum. Does anyone else find pinning to be the hardest part about sewing? It is by far the most annoying. I may be strange, but I actually enjoy prepping and ironing the fabric, but pinning just about zaps the enthusiasm out of me. :le sigh: Perhaps I'll go youtube it and see if there are any tips or tricks that would make it easier for me. I'd hoped to get this finished by tonight but I'm not sure if that'll happen now. At least I'll have new patterns to cheer me up tomorrow. TTYL!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

FYI

Joann's is having a 99 cent Butterick pattern sale the 4th through the 6th. You all know how I am about patterns so I will certainly have something to post about in a few days. Also, I believe I'll be receiving another visit from the Fabric Fairy. I guess I've been a good girl lately. :)

P.S. I have a project in the works and hopefully will have some progress to show ya'll tomorrow.

Aloha!
Andrea

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Visit From The Fabric Fairy

Yep, I've been graced with some yardage. These are all stretch poplin on sale at Fabric.com for 3.98 a yard. That plus a 30% off coupon and free shipping made me very happy.

From Left: New Red, Pistachio, Batik Blue

From Left: Black, White, Navy, Fuchsia

I'm not yet sure what I'm going to do with it all. It was a great price so I picked a few basics, and a few brights. I do think that the Pistachio (which happens to be the same color as my VW Bug) is destined to be a pencil skirt. The Navy and New Red may be used for a Nautical themed outfit. I have some fuchsia leopard that may be pared the solid fuchsia. I'm thinking ruffles. There are a couple more colors that I may go back for if these sew up well. I'm in love with the Grape and Dahlia colors. Super Spring Colors! I just have to make sure I don't look like a walking rainbow. Well, not everyday at least. :)

Anyways, just a quick update. I hope you all receive visits from the Fabric Fairy soon!

Aloha, Andrea
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