February 26, 2013

A few small things

  • No finished project post yet. I still have been unable to take a picture, but I will as soon as I can.
  • Do you ever have dreams about sewing? I do, sometimes. Last night's was that I made a Tiramisu dress. Except that for some reason, subconscious me decided to pair just the skirt from it (in a navy blue jersey) with a sheer, woven coral thrifted button-down with a peplum. Which a) I do not own such a garment, and b) dream-me had it as one giant v down to the waist. Which I would never, ever do in the real world. At least subconscious me did ok with the color pairing. (Incidentally, I do have a mental plan to make a test tiramisu in navy blue jersey, since I have some jersey bedsheets to play with.)
  • Today is my birthday. I'm 32 now. That sounds so weird.
  • The Swap Your Stash was fairly successful for me! I didn't get rid of everything, but I did have requests for about a third of what I'd posted. And most of those were things that I had either already made things out of and was therefore stuck, or things I couldn't use at all (like accidentally pink silk!) I've sent out 4 pieces to 3 people, am waiting on addresses for 2 more, and so far I've received one package, from Anne in the UK. I'm not sure how this will end up as far as yardage in vs. out goes, but I tried to be very thoughtful in the things I swapped for, so hopefully I will end up with things that are much more useful for me!
  • My future sewing room is coming together very nicely. Doug and I spent last Friday night moving my sewing machine table to his place--I haven't been using it lately, because I get way too cold in the basement this time of year and have therefore been doing all of my sewing upstairs, like I tend to do every winter. We also did some organizing in there. Most of my scrapbook/jewelry related things are there now, as well as a little fabric and probably about half of my yarn. We've also been discussing fabric storage options, and stumbled across a good option on sale at Target. So we're probably going to spend this Friday evening moving the bulk of my remaining fabric stash and organizing that. Assuming I get done the dress in enough time to actually sew something else before the wedding, I figure I can just stop by his place and grab the fabric that I want.
  • Speaking of the dress, I'm now working on the hemming stage! I also spent some time over the weekend cutting out lace appliques for the skirt. 
I think that's everything for now...back to work.


February 24, 2013

back details

I'm keeping this one fairly short today-- just wanted to show some details of the back that I've been working on over the last few days, as told on Twitter.




Yes, that's right, I made my own hashtag. And yes, I also realized as soon as I'd posted it the first time that it looks like my dress is ruling the mall. Oh well. Anyway, my mom gets the credit for finding these fabulous rhinestone buttons, because I was having a really hard time finding ones that weren't pearls. No offense to those of you that like that, but pearls just really aren't my thing.



I actually had to do the wider side of it twice--the first time, I got it a little too close to the zipper and it was showing all over the place. It still shows a bit at the very top, but I've also discovered that if I unzip it about a quarter inch or so, the overlay hides it rather well. So I think I'm going to do that with a hook and eye at the top of the dupioni section.



And here's a view of the back! It doesn't quite button at the top when Donna's wearing it (I have a thread loop there), and the zipper shows much more on her. I spent at least a good half-hour on Friday walking around in it and standing on a chair so my mom could pin up the outer hem, and it fits me much better. I didn't actually do any sewing on Friday, since we were also messing around with centerpiece ideas, but I did spend a couple of hours cutting out sunflowers from the lace to sew on the skirt. So, minus that, the hook and eye, and the hem, the outside of the dress is done! I still need to cut out and sew/install the lining, but I'm waiting until the hem is done, since I'm not sure if I'll need to add some tulle layers for fullness and I need to see how the hem will fall first.

And guess what? I have an actual finished project to show! But I need to take some pictures first...

February 20, 2013

On the map

I'm sure that by now, several of you have seen the "Sewintists" map that Another Sewing Scientist set up. Brilliant idea, right? (As is the name. I'm also rather fond of the "sewcialist" one that's popped up on Twitter this week.)



I managed to get my location pinned on there yesterday--my post-wedding one, tbh, since it's so close now and it's not like 20 minutes of drive time makes much of a difference around here. It's been fun to see who's in the general vicinity of me. Meaning in the Philadelphia or Baltimore regions, because so far, I am the only sewing blogger in Delaware. Yeah, that's right, I get to represent sewing for an entire state! (Come on, internet, tell me I'm not the only one...)

Anyway, if you're so inclined to join in, here's how, copy-pasted from Vicky:
Open this link to get to Map the Sewintists
Click on the red Edit button on the left
Click on the blue pin on the upper left of the map
Click on your location to drop the pin
A box will open that will allow you to add your name or blog URL in rich text
Save et voilĂ !
**********update from users:  it appears that you cannot pin if you are using a mobile device / tablet; also, you may need to use Firefox since other browsers may not work; finally, you must be signed into your google account.  If worse comes to worst and you can't pin after trying all this, just comment below with your location and info you want to include, and I'll pin you!

I would
strongly advise people to only pin their general location or closest city, since we don`t want creepers peeping in our windows while we sew in our unders, do we?

p.s. Philly/Baltimore-area peeps, I'd be eternally grateful if you also add some fabric stores to the map! I'd love to have some driveable options other than Joann Fabrics!)

p.p.s. Speaking of locations on maps, on my to-do list today is to mail out fabrics for the Swap Your Stash! As of now, I've got stuff going to the UK, New Zealand, and Australia. Pretty exciting. Also, Juliet, I still need your address.