August 30, 2007
Pieces finished: 5 of 12.
Guess my piece/hour estimate was a bit off... spent last night and part of tonight on the middle back pieces, which had a bit more surface area and therefore took longer.
I also took a little bit of a break to work on my swimsuit--got the new one from North Shore Swimwear last weekend, and discovered that it didn't have pads in the cups. Which, for me, is a must-have. So I took the pads from my old tankini from there and sewed them into the new one. Had to do it all by hand and very carefully, because it snagged on the outer fabric quite frequently, but it's laying much better now.
Will be taking a bit of a break from the quilting this weekend-- another crafty day with N, and just to shake it up a bit, I'm going to take scrapbook stuff. I might not actually finish any layouts, since I tend to like to do my journaling on the computer (my handwriting tends towards the illegible, especially when I'm in a rush) and I'm way behind on those. So it might just all be assembly prep, but we'll see how it goes.
August 27, 2007
Pieces of lining quilted: depends on how you look at it. One pattern piece, both halves. So the front lining piece is ready to go... now I just need the back/side back/2 piece sleeves. So that should be what, 8 more hours?
August 26, 2007
- Editing photos from the road trip. Nothing too serious, just generally touching up the odd purplish tint that photos taken on manual settings on my digital camera seem to end up with, or a little cropping here and there. I've done several photos already, of course, but this is the first time I've sat down and systematically gone through them to make sure I've done all the edits I want to do. Also uploading them to Snapfish as I go in preparation for getting prints (will also make it more convenient for Julie to order her prints.) So far, gotten through 4 days of the 14 this way, though it's technically 13 because I didn't take any pictures the day we came home.
- A little bit of computerized journaling for scrapbooks. Still hoping I can get through enough of that to sit down and do a scrapbook binge sometime next month, though I might want to get some done sooner-- I've got tentative and as-of-yet dateless plans to get together with two different friends for crafting, and scrapbooking would likely be on the menu. So journaling must get done.
- The big thing this week: working on my peacoat. Name, of course, comes from that old TV show of the same name, since I always liked Felicity's black peacoat that she always wore. It's still in the absolute beginning stages, since I had to completely resize the pattern before even starting. When I went, they only had two size ranges in the pattern--one below and one above the size range I actually wear. I figured it would be easier to downsize the 18-22 than upsize the 6-10, so I spent about 3 or 4 hours this week doing that, with the help of some instructions from Sew Stylish magazine. Over the last 2 or 3 days, I've also managed to get the lining cut out. No outer shell yet-- I should have taken it down two sizes, technically, but I only took it down one to allow both for fitting over bulkier winter clothes and any mistakes I might have made on the resizing. I'm making a fully quilted lining with two layers of the thin-but-warm quilt batting that my mom favors, and since this is the bulky part of the jacket, figured I'll get that basted together first, try it on over a sweater to check the fit, make any necessary adjustments, really sew that together, and then construct the outer shell of the jacket with whatever adjustments I needed to make. (The other factor is, I think it'll be a lot easier/less expensive for me to get more of the batting and lining fabric if I really mess up than it will be for me to get any more of that embroidered suedecloth, so I'm not cutting into that until I absolutely have to!) I'll also have to remember to get to Joann's this weekend, since one of the Labor Day sale specials is buttons, and I haven't gotten any for this coat yet.
I really hope this works--given that it's fully lined, a Vogue pattern, and that I'm complicating things and adding a lot of time to it because of the quilted lining, this could easily rank in my top 5 most complicated projects I've ever sewn. I haven't started the quilting yet--maybe tomorrow, but I told B that if she needs help with her apartment after she gets back from tomorrow's IKEA run I could do that tomorrow afternoon/evening, so I'll have to wait and see if she takes me up on that or not.
Finally, here's the skirt I shortened earlier this week:
A little wrinkled since I wore it before taking the picture, but you get the idea. Simple yoked drawstring skirt from Simplicity 7229, which has become one of my standard patterns because they're soooo comfy and due to the drawstring, the capris always fit me. I have a black linen skirt from the same pattern, which I'm going to leave as is, because the plain one is more forgiving of the mid-calf length than this embroidered one was. I do have to say the length works much better now for this particular skirt.
August 20, 2007
So instead, I shortened a skirt tonight. No pics yet, since I still need to iron the new hem flat and I'm too lazy to do it now. (Plus I forgot to take a before pic on my digi. It's one I made years ago, so I know I have a print somewhere.) Chopped off about 10 inches to take it from awkward mid-calf frumpy to just below the knee.
August 16, 2007
August 15, 2007
August 9, 2007
August 7, 2007
This was tonight's work, finishing piecing together the lining. The directions for the bag, which I probably should have read a little more closely before jumping in, involved sewing together backings for the pockets and that would piece together the lining, but I didn't realize that until I actually started sewing the pieces together. This process was made far more complicated by my making it larger and deciding to change what pockets would actually be used. So besides the two segments that had gotten finished over the weekend (to the right on both pieces), it took me another two hours tonight to get lining pieces that were the right size. (Partially because I decided to give up reading the directions and winging it-- I was so far off of them that they were more confusing than helpful anyway.) I did manage to put in zippered segments for both my bills and a change purse, though the change pocket took me a couple tries to get it pointing in the right direction. I also managed to get the lining pieces sewn together (minus one seam of the bottom, which I'll sew once it's in the actual bag), and basted together the outer and lining sections for the flap.
August 5, 2007
August 4, 2007
I'm also having a little archiving debate. Before I started this blog, I had gotten into the habit of doing one offline, so to speak-- basically just a Word doc in which I did the same kind of rambling about ideas and progress that I do here. Since I started doing that back in early 2003, you can imagine that it's a rather huge doc! And also hard to find things in. So I'm strongly considering backlogging them on here, since having all that sort of thing in one place is one of my few things I anally want to be organized about, and so I can use the tags. It would be time consuming, especially if I do link in the pictures of the past projects I took, but mostly copy-paste so probably less time-consuming than skimming through the whole file to find things in the long rum. Must consider this.
August 2, 2007
I did have a little mishap with the midriff panel in the back--accidentally sewed in one of the pieces the wrong way, colorwise, but other than a little bit at the one side seam, it's not very noticeable. And the top of the zipper doesn't look quite as nice as I'd hoped it would, but hopefully that's not noticeable either.
Now if I can just figure out how to get both ends of the tie going the same way...