Saturday, February 12, 2011


So I've decided to go with the Vogue pattern.  It's feminine and swirly, and I lost another 2lbs on weight watchers this week, and I'm feeling feminine, lol.

I went to Hancock's this morning to get the knit interfacing.  Their store drives me crazy.  The coupons are always hard to use and the store is always crammed with things that no one seems to ever touch.  But I digress.

My other issue this morning is serger needles.  I used to live around the corner from a Joann's that had a Husqvarna dealer in it.  I bought my sewing and serger there.  I used to buy my supplies there too, like needles.  Now that we're in TX, I notice the Joann stores don't have the dealers inside.  I have been to every Hancock and Joann's in a reasonable radius, and none of them carry serger needles.  How can this be?!  This morning, I was finally directed to a Sew and Vac shop around the corner (that I never noticed in the year I've lived here, oops) that might carry them.  They did, thank goodness.  But my point is, why would fabric stores, which carry sewing supplies, even sewing machines, not have serger needles?!  I don't usually mind ordering things online, but sometimes I need something in the moment if I run out.  Very frustrating...

My pattern is cut, now I need to cut fabric and interfacing.  I'm really excited about this dress!!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Up Next

I had this great idea that I would be sewing more methodically, planning pieces that coordinate.  And I did, with my last top, which is great.  Except I really want to sew something up for Valentine's day next week.  And I don't want gray, black, lavender, or white, lol.  I just ordered some red bamboo jersey from a guy on eBay.  I would LOVE to make a red dress for my husband to take me out in!

So here are my current choices:

McCall's 6163 

First of all, ignore the model.  Seriously, that photo does nothing for this dress!  So the two choices here are 3/4 length sleeves or the cap sleeves (because there's no way I'd ever wear that long sleeved and cuff combo!).  I "should" just do the cap sleeve.  I live in Houston, where it is HOT in the summer.  Summer apparently being anywhere between April and October.  I don't see red as being a fall color.  And while it was insanely cold here all week long, today was beautiful and there's a strong chance that spring is on it's way in.  Which means I won't want to wear the 3/4 length sleeves for much longer.  Except.  Well, I like them, lol.

My second choice is Vogue 8553:
This dress speaks to me!!!  It's fluttery.  It's twirly (or so say the reviewers on!)  It's feminine.  It just doesn't say work dress to me.  But really, that isn't so much an issue.  I can wear it for church and other social events.  And I love that it's rated Very Easy, because that means it should go together in a few nights of sewing while my husband is out with Boy Scouts.  And I tend to really like how Vogue patterns fit me.  I don't know if they're drafted for taller people, but I do tend to get a better fit.

But I bought the red fabric specifically for the other pattern, not the Vogue dress.  I love to wear red, and it's such a crisp, summery color to me.  I just don't need two red dresses though.  Decisions, decisions...(and I'm still strongly leaning towards the Vogue pattern!)

Simplicity 2365

I cut this blouse out last month, but the pintucks had me stumped, so I set it aside.  This weekend, I decided I really wanted to finish it (might have something to do with the 2 new Hot Patterns I bought last month as well as some fabric that should be arriving any day now...) so I decided to get it done before the weekend was over.  Once I sat down and read  the directions (yes, novel concept) the pintucks were quite simple.  A ruler and a washable pen were all I needed to make sure they were space evenly.

Here is my completed shirt:

In person, the details are much better.  This fabric looks SO busy in this photo, but I plan to pear it with gray or black slacks for work, and a gray sweater while the weather is still cool.  This will do wonders for the business of the print.  There are subtle shades of lavender and gray in this fabric, which is why I think it appealed to me so much.

Here is a close up of the pin tucks.  Did I mention how happy I was that they came out perfect?!

OK, so blogger doesn't want to upload more photo's right now.  Must be because the Packers won the Superbowl...

Well, I guess this will be an unfinished post until I can get the rest of my uploads done, but I'm very excited to be able to wear this to work tomorrow, and I'll try to get my DH to take some photo's, if the lighting is good at 6am when I leave, lol...