Sunday, January 29, 2012

Why I love Sundays and a Sneak Peek of what I'm Sewing

What's up Bloggy friends?  I love Sundays.  I think they're my favorite day of the week.  Why?  Because you get to PLAN on Sundays.  Your week might've been complete crap, but on Sunday you get to prepare all your battle stations and make sure your next week is awesome.   This past week sucked.  Broken blender, fried crockpot, shattered dinner plate, THE PLAGUE!  And a postponed weekend trip because of said plague.  So, yeah.  Not the best week ever.  But that's ok, because tomorrow is the beginning of a new week and it better be fricken awesome, because I said so.  Here's what I'm excited about this week:

The Couture Dress- By Susan Khalje.  OMG, ya'll.  I was so excited when this popped up in my email.  I've heard of Susan Khalje, when Gertie blogged about her sewing workshops.  "Cool, but no way I could spend that much money." I thought.  Well, thanks to Craftsy, those awesome people, now for 40 bucks you get the wisdom and instruction of a woman who certainly knows her way around a sewing machine.  I've watched about an hour so far, and I can already say it's 40 bucks well spent.  Oh!  And you get a paper pattern mailed to your home.  I thought I'd be super impatient waiting for it to get here, but the practices she teaches can be applied to any sewing project.  Excellent course so far.  Also, the 40 bucks is a sale price, the class normally is 90, so get while it's hot, peeps.

Speaking of Craftsy courses, the teaser for Gertie's new course just hit my email.  Hopefully it comes out soon!

Sew Retro: The Starlet Suit Jacket
Gretchen Hirsch is back with another Craftsy Sew Retro class! This time she’s going to show you how to make a suit jacket to knock ‘em dead!

I'm enrolled in her Bombshell dress course, and have watched the majority of it.  I haven't sewn it yet, as I don't really have anywhere to wear it, and I'd like to lose some weight first.  However, Gertie is a wonderful teacher and makes everything seem so simple.  I don't know where a suit jacket would fit into my lifestyle, but I'll probably sign up anyway.  I'm sure I can always make it it leopard print. :)

Got a comment from a reader asking about the text color.  I've spent some time going through all my old posts and changing the font color to black.  For some reason, not all the posts are updating in Google Reader.  I have no idea what the problem is.  If you go to the blog itself, the text is black, so I'm not sure what the deal is.  I hope it's not too annoying and I'll try and get it fixed soon.  Hi, new readers!

With two days left in January, I'm thinking back on my New Year goals post.  The plan of attack was 1 Colette Patterns garment, 1 other of my choice.  I've sewn the choice item.  You can see that HERE, if you haven't already.  I've almost finished the other item.  Here's a sneak peek.

Can you guess what it is?  That right there is the cause of some pretty foul language in my sewing room.  I made the bias tape myself, and while I LOVE the look of the different polka dots, it was a frickin pain in the ass.  Which is why I still have the armholes and hem to do.  Hopefully I should be done tomorrow.  Look for a reveal post soon. :)

What's on your sewing table this week?  And why is your week going to be awesome?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My 1 Hour Polka Dot Skirt

 What's up bloggy friends?  I'd like to introduce you to the worlds fastest skirt.  I'm still in the middle of organizing my studio and am loath to bust out any paper patterns in the midst of all this chaos.  Is there anything more annoying than losing a piece of a pattern in the middle of construction?

Anyways, I've come across a dozen tutorials for a 1 hour skirt using elastic for the waist.  I'm not normally a fan of elastic waist garments, as they make me think of children's clothing but I thought I'd give it a shot.

Recipe for a 1 hour skirt
- 1 end of a flat sheet 
- A piece of elastic two or so inches less than my waist measurement.
- Sewing machine, thread, pins, iron, fabric shears

During the summer while I was waiting for all my household goods (including all my fabric) to be delivered, I picked up a twin sheet set of polka dot fabric.  I figured it was 10 bucks for several yards, and I like polka dots.  I had envisioned making a polka dot Sorbetto.  This has a very stiff hand and pretty much no drape at all, so no Sorbetto with this fabric.  However, it works with this application.  I cut the fabric several inches wider than my actual hip measurement because I wanted the skirt to look very full and it stands out nicely. 

Because I used the hemmed end of the sheet, my side seams and hem were already finished.  All I had to do was sew up the side seam and create the waistband casing for the elastic.  I'm pretty meticulous about measuring and pressing, so that was the most time consuming part of the project.  That, and inserting the elastic.  Oh, and ripping it back out because I didn't pull tight enough when I measured.  If not for those things, it really would've been a 1 hour project.  Still, not bad for an evening.

 It doesn't seem so impressive on the hanger, and it definitely has to be worn with a belt.  I still don't like the look of the elastic waist.  But, I think I'd call this a success.  Here it is styled for work. 
I need to fire my photographer.  This was 1 of 7 shots taken in about 45 seconds between rounds of a video game. :sigh:  Perhaps it's time to invest in one of those camera remotes.

I love these shoes.  They hurt like hell and were only worn for the photos.  lol  I promise I don't teach preschool in heels.  But they are so so pretty.  That's all for now.  See ya next time!
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