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

Monday, February 22, 2010

Oh, hello there.

I swear...the fabric just orders itself! :) More on that when it arrives on Wednesday. I hope this is a better shipping experience than last time. Stupid snow (and further proof I should be back in Hawai'i.)

I had a super busy weekend that was devoid of any sewing. So sad. My hula teacher is here from Hawai'i which means I have no life until he leaves. Dance classes all weekend. Music practice and meetings during the week. The upside is that I run around so much during the three weeks that he is here I feel like a drop a few pounds. I hope.

Cleaning and prepping for our move back to Tysons (oh thank god). No more ghetto "Hoodbridge." I didn't realize I'd be super close to G-Street Fabrics. Yay! Although my wallet is smoking from the thought. hehe

I see a bunch of bloggers I follow post nail photos, which is groovy. I'm thinking of following the crowd. At least with my makeup. Youtube videos are time intensive, but a "Look of the Day" photo on the blog would be cool. I think. Sometimes I can be a little Drag-tastic. :) We'll see.

That pretty much sums up the past week. I'm determined to finish (fix) my skirt and complete the cover. Those are this week's goals. I'll try not to slack. Feel free to poke at me if I do. :)

Aloha All,
Andrea

Friday, February 12, 2010

Epic Fail

So....30+ inches of snow means delayed shipment...equals no V-day fabric until after V-day. (Insert preferred swearwords here) Good thing is the fabric isn't only for V-day, it just happens to be red. I'll still end up sewing the outfits, but without the sense of urgency.

On another note, hubby and I will most likely be moving within the month. This will be the first time moving into a place together. Our itty bitty apartment is super cramped right now, and I have a very hard time sewing (or functioning, for that matter) in clutter. Its super distracting for me. Not so conducive to productivity. So sewing may take a back burner for a bit while we move and get sorted, but the end result should be an even better and organized space. Hopefully with pics so I can show you all my leopard print ironing board. Heck yeah, talk about epic. Okey dokey, aloha all!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

V-day Projects: Update

Well, this hasn't been going so well. I just received my notice today that my fabric was being shipped...from Hawai'i...to Virginia. It's a good thing I chose 2nd Day Air. I still won't get it until Thursday. I did go buy Muslin to start practicing but I was distracted when I found some hot pink leopard fabric in my stash. My sewing machine (who still doesn't have a name, do you all name your machines?) is in the process of getting her own couture outfit. I'm using the instructions from the Diana Rupp book but I had to calculate all new measurements since my machine is bigger than hers. I've discovered I suck at drawing straight lines. Really, it's harder than it seems. Anyways, the book says to use oilcloth, but since I couldn't find any fabulous oilcloth, I'm using cotton. It's floppy so I'm going to reinforce it with interfacing to give it some more rigidity.

Also, here on the East Coast its been SNOWMAGGEDON! I haven't left my house except for groceries (once) in about a week. I've had TONS of sewing time, which is part of the reason I'm ticked about the fabric taking so long. The website says processing takes one to two days and then another two days for shipping. I could have had my fabric by this past Saturday. Then I would've had plenty of time to muck my way through not one, but two garments. Have I mentioned I've never finished a single garment? I know, I know, super ambitions, but I was giving myself plenty of time. Now I'll have one and half days. On the other hand, the party might be postponed for the snow. My hubby hasn't been to work since mid-Friday. Plus it's snowing again right now. We shall see.

For now the checklist is:
1.Prepping and cutting all the muslin for the outfits tonight.
2.Sewing those up tomorrow.
3.Probably getting frustrated with that and needing a break so I'll sew the Wrap skirt from the Diana Rupp book. (Turquoise zebra fabric!) Its a big rectangle with straps, how hard can it be?
4.Finishing the "outfit" for my sewing machine.
5.Naming my sewing machine. Any ideas?
6.Finding a way to fix my skirt. I used the wrong interfacing. It's too thick. Besides going out a buying new interfacing (not really an option with the snow) I'm not sure what to do with it. Not sure if I should scrap it or try and salvage. Ideas? I started that skirt last year about the time a started the blog. It's going to be a year in March I think.

I think I'll consider this a brand new start. Does it count as a year if I didn't sew anything? I certainly don't have a years worth of sewing experience. Anyways, this post is about a million miles long, so I'll sign off now. Hopefully pictures of progress tomorrow. Aloha all!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

V-day Projects

Okey dokey. I am super stoked. I don't think I've ever mentioned, but I am from Hawai'i and teach hula here on the East Coast. This Valentine's day we're having a potluck get together since our main teacher will be here from the islands to conduct workshops. One of the requests is that everyone wear something red the party. I was trying to think what my husband and I could wear when I decided I would make our outfits. I've found some awesome red fabric from my favorite supplier of Hawaiian prints; Fabric Mart (fmart.com). They have brick and mortar stores in the islands which are more like warehouses. The best thing is almost everything is 2.99 a yard for the poly/cotton blends. I know this might not be the most desirable thing wear, but its what all my costumes are made of, and its hella cheap. This is the material that I've ordered.

I liked that it mostly one color, so I wouldn't have to deal too much with matching prints. I'm making Dave an 'aloha shirt', or a Hawaiian shirt as most people call it. I kinda of chuckle to myself when I see people complain about so many Hawaiian shirt patterns. For most men in Hawaii it is a wardrobe necessity. An aloha shirt and slacks are considered acceptable semi-formal wear. My dad must have at least 10 in his closet. My husband isn't from the islands, but he already has one. I love to see couples that have matching aloha shirts and mu'umu'us. By the way, mu'umu'u doesn't neccasarily have the be a shapeless frock. There are plenty of fitted dresses. Anyways, I'm using this pattern for Dave's aloha shirt.

I decided to go with more of a non-traditional shape for my mu'umu'u. I plan on making a copy of a costume I already have so I wanted to sew something different. I'm using this pattern.


I'm not sure whether or not to do the fitted or flouncy skirt. I'm feeling pretty fat right now so it'll probably be the flouncy one. Plus I don't want to deal with the fitting issues. It's the bottom left hand corner. The yoke and middle band will be in black (so I can wear my matching black heels) and I'll use black buttons on Dave's shirt. The fabric might not come in until Monday, so I'm starting the muslins tomorrow. It's a pretty ambitious project considering I've yet to actually finish a garment, but I tend to work better under pressure. Plus, I'll have almost a full week of sewing.

Alrighty then, wish me luck. Aloha!

Monday, February 1, 2010

I'm back! But for real this time.

I think my blog is dusty...from disuse. I know, I suck. To my two subscribers, hopefully I'll have something interesting for you soon. To make things short, I lost my mojo, not just my sewing mojo, but my everything mojo. My husband was in Iraq and I thought, "Ok, well I'll make the best out of this and get TONS of sewing done." Wrong. I got nothing done, at all. We'd just gotten married, and I come from a huge family, so it was a lesson in being alone. Cold turkey style. But things are better now. My hubby is back. I quit my horrid job. I'm trying my best to be the most awesome domestic goddess (also known as a house wife) known to man, and hopefully we'll be buying our first home within the next two months. OMG! Right? Which means, dear invisible readers, that as long as we manage not to get knocked up, I'll have my very own hobby/sewing/library room! Double OMG! I'm painting one of the walls zebra print.

So, I've regained my sewing mojo. I think it had to do with the new Vogue Patterns that just came out. I kept seeing all my favorite bloggers posting about them. As you know, I have a thing for patterns. So the plan was pick them up on Sunday and then....it SNOWED! Stupid, stupid, snow. My lovely, lime green, VW does not like the snow either. So I missed out on those. Bummer. I guess I'll have to use one of the nine-bajillion other patterns I've collected. Starting with actually finishing the McCall's 5590 skirt. I finally figured out (via Youtube) how to do the facing. The understitching definition was not so clear. Either that or I am a noob. But I get it now and will be whipping that baby out in no time. Not so inspiring on the envelope, but I like the tabbed versions. Plus I adore the high-waisted pencil skirt. A wardrobe must in my opinion.



Also, I purchased the Sew Everything Workshop book by Diana Rupp, which comes with 10 paper patterns and countless little tutorials inside. I want to make the "Foxy Boxers" for my hubby for Valentines days. I figure giving myself at least two weeks head start is a good idea.



The one hobby I have been paying attention to is my makeup. I've set up a Youtube channel and post makeup tutorials. It's fun. My husband got me a flip camcorder for Christmas so I've put it to use. Maybe when my sewing/hobby/library room is set up I can make a tour video. OMG! So exciting.

www.youtube.com/user/kawahine88 is the url for my channel, just in case you want to take a gander.
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