WIP Wednesday: Home Again!

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London, captured.  Picture taken at the Museum of London.

I’m back!

So happy to be home and chatting with you all again!  Travel is wonderful, but so is coming home.  🙂

We actually got home from our London trip on August 12th, but then had to turn around and get ready for an eclipse camping trip in Oregon the following weekend.  Still plenty to do and many errands to run, but things seem to be settling down a bit.

As for London, well, three weeks of adventures there is a lot to process!  We went to museums, ate lots of great food, hung out with friends, and went on three walking tours.  I took many, many pictures, just a few of which I’ll share here.  Be sure to check out Flickr for more.

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I just may have ordered some London Tube map fabric as soon as I got home . . . .

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From the Balenciaga exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  X-ray shows the corset built into the dresses.

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The altar at St. Mary Le Bow Church.  Tradition holds that you must be born within the sound of its bells to be a true Londoner.

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Leadenhall Market in the City of London (financial district which has a weird, semi-autonomous status–its own mayor, for example).

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From our walking tour in the City, which is a strange mix of ancient buildings and modern skyscrapers.

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The Barbican.  Wandering around this concrete miniature town on a sunny summer day may almost convince you that Brutalism can actually work as a style for residential building.  I suspect it feels like a damp, gray wind tunnel in November, though.

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Cambridge, the river Cam, and the famous punts.

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Highgate Cemetery, on a gray, wet day, which seemed very appropriate.  Our tour guide told us “there are no bad pictures in the Cemetery” and I think he was right.

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Dinos (and many, many people) in the Natural History Museum.

And a few from our eclipse weekend in Oregon.

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Our friends have 30 mostly-untouched acres near Willamina, OR, which just happened to be right in the path of the eclipse.  I took this with my back to our tent; that’s a rather green pond just beyond that tall grass there.  I was hoping to see the elk that come down here to drink, or maybe even the local bobcat, but the only wildlife we saw was a massive slug.  Welcome to Oregon!

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Eclipse watching in the meadow.

I’m hoping to get back to doing some sewing soon, though right now I’m pondering what to make and enjoying the feeling that I can sew anything I like with no deadlines.  We’ll see what idea gets me moving first.

I hope you are all well, enjoying what’s left of the season you’re in, and looking forward to the next.

STH

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WIP Wednesday: Friday Edition

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(WIP = Work in Progress)

Hello, everybody!  I’ve missed you, and missed writing to you, but it has been GOGOGO here and I’ve found it hard to stop, think, and write.  Whew!  Let’s give it a try, though, because I have such pretty things to show you!

Early last week, in the midst of my sewing-planning-todoing frenzy, my partner reminded me that we were scheduled for a 2-day trip to Portland.  We’d booked this a couple of months ago around a work-related seminar that he wanted to attend, and I had completely forgotten about it.  Not an optimal time to be away from the sewing machine, but okay.  But then I checked where we were staying and discovered it was a walkable distance from SCRAP PDX!  Yep, let’s go!

So Friday morning, he went off to learn things, and I went off to find the Motherlode of Random, SCRAP PDX.  I didn’t remember to take pictures, but what a fun store!  Leather scraps!  Plastic glasses frames!  More buttons than you knew existed!

My haul:

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I think the one on the left is rayon; then there’s eyelet, some quilting fabric, and another yard of green fleece (I already have two remnants of this fabric).

Plus this, which deserves its own picture:

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It was labeled “Matisse panel,” so I immediately thought of quilt possibilities, but it’s actually a knit.  The selvage says “Matisse in Morocco” and if this isn’t summer captured in a fabric, I don’t know what is.

I also got a bag of black and white fabric scraps.  I know, I know, me BUYING scraps?!?  But I’ve had a hankering to make a black and white quilt for a while, and these were such cool fabrics I couldn’t resist.  (I don’t have a pattern in mind yet for these, but take a look at the first photo in this post; can’t you just see a skyline of Art Deco buildings all made with black and white fabrics with white sashing between the pieces?)

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A small portion of the bag, all washed and ready to go.

So that’s all my future sewing.  Let’s see how I’m doing on my current sewing projects.

The cycling jersey is coming together.

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I had hoped for a fitting session this morning, but the Resident Supermodel dashed off early . . . .

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He wanted the pockets to be different sizes, and I honestly thought it wasn’t going to work, but I love this!  The blue one is just perfectly sized for his phone, and deep enough so that it won’t fall out.

I had all kinds of problems with the front zipper on this, all of them completely my fault.  I have this frankly terrible habit of coming up with an idea on how to do something, not thinking through the whole process, and just figuring I can make it work somehow.  On the one hand, it’s great that I’ve got some confidence in my own sewing skills (finally); on the other, every time I do it, I’m aware that one of these days I’m totally going to sew myself into a corner, probably using the world’s most expensive fabric.  That didn’t happen here, but I did spend a lot of time I didn’t have making that zipper installation work.  :/

All that’s left to do is side seams, hems, finishing the collar, and redoing the front pocket–I have been informed that it needs to be half an inch deeper.  There was some mention of how nice it would be if that pocket had a zipper, but I quickly shut that ALL THE WAY DOWN.  No adding items to my to-do list at this late date!

Also, the hoodie is ready to go!

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I’ve been trying, but I haven’t been able to get a non-ghastly picture of the front, so here’s the back:

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And the side:

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Yes, I do look a little bit like an extra from “Lord of the Rings,” but I’m okay with that.

A bit of a fiddly project.  There’s some sort of problem with the pockets–the pieces don’t fit together the way they should.  I more or less forced them together, but it was another time-waster and a bit of a dispiriting way to start a new project.  And the instructions have you cut strips of your fabric, press under the long ends, and sew the strips over the seam edges on the hood, neckline, and front facing.  I do love me a nice, neat seam finish, but this kind of finish isn’t that easy to do on a knit that doesn’t press well; if I had it to do over, I would probably hunt down some wide braid and use that on the seams instead.  I suspect the lesson to be learned from this project is to not take on a Vogue pattern when time is short.

This was my first time working with ponte, and it was a lot less stable than I expected.  I keep hearing how easy ponte is to work with because it doesn’t stretch much, but this poly/rayon/Lycra ponte from Girl Charlee felt like a heavy, stretchy jersey (and had all the challenges associated with that).

Whining aside, I do love how this came out, though.  Instead of the sensible 3/4″-1″ buttons called for, I used these nifty 1 1/4″ buttons and put big snaps underneath.

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The hoodie is very comfy and cozy to wear, and I’m sure I’ll get plenty of use out of it, so that’s the important thing.

Okay, that’s it for now.  We’re off on Monday and won’t be back until August 12th.  I’m going to see if I can post some pictures as we go along.  Either way, I’ll be back mid-August with more pictures of the UK than you ever wanted to see.

I hope you’re all planning some summer adventures of your own.  Take good care of yourselves, make something that you love, and go sit in the sun when you can.

STH

WIP Wednesday: Stops and Starts

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(WIP = Work in Progress)

I’ve been feeling a little stuck and overwhelmed thinking about all I need to do in the next couple of weeks, but some progress is still being made.  As Stephanie and I were discussing yesterday, slow and steady wins the race, so that’s what I’m focusing on right now.

Let’s take a look at the list:

1.  Quilt for my niece:  done!

Isn’t that spiral quilting fun?  I love all the movement in this!  I read several tutorials (best one here) about spiral quilting, then ignored most of what they told me to do.  I used a regular presser foot, regular thread (white on top, turquoise on bottom), and kept the left edge of the presser foot 1/4″-3/8″ from the last line of stitching.  The key thing is to draw the start of the spiral, sew very slowly around it, then go from there.  I don’t think I quite realized how dense the quilting would be, though, so it took a LOT longer than I anticipated.  A bit boring, frankly, but not hard at all.

Right now, this is my favorite of all the quilts I’ve made, but I tend to say that about everything.  😉  This will go out in the mail to my niece tomorrow, and I hope she loves it.

2.  Black hoodie:  cut out and waiting.  You know I love you, Marcy Tilton, but 12 pattern pieces for a hoodie?  Seriously?

3.  Sew-along dress:  Getting there.

Here’s the picture I was too lazy to take last week:

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The pleats at the shoulders are just because those seams up there are only pinned.

I was grumpy about it, so I’ve set it aside to work on next week, which is appropriate as it will be the bodice week of the sew-along.  I’ll tackle the peek-a-boo problem with the back keyhole then.

The good news is, though, that I went back and looked at those shoulder seams I had hastily pinned and realized my seam allowance was too narrow.  When I corrected that, it was just enough to hide the bra on the sides.  So that’s one less problem I have to deal with.

3.  Pant hems and pockets–one set of pockets done, will finish second today.  You’ll recall these are the RTW pants I bought that had fake pockets and needed hemming.

I went looking for a tutorial on how to turn fake pockets into real ones, but was surprised to find there isn’t much out there (where are my fellow pocket people??)  I started with this very basic one, but then tried to improve on it.  I’ll see if I can’t get some better pictures and write up a quickie tutorial.

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It’s not pretty, but I was determined to not have to disassemble these pants to get those pockets in.

Also–and I will have to try them on again and confirm this because I hardly believe it myself–the pants appear to have shrunk a solid 3-4 inches in length in the wash.  And not at all in width!  I may actually be able to wear pants that I don’t have to hem.  Independence Day miracle?  Sign of the apocalypse?  Who knows, but less hemming is a good thing.

4.  Mondrian-inspired cycling jersey for my honey–better than expected!

The company I ordered the fabric from is supposed to be closed until 7/10, but I received notification yesterday that the fabric had shipped.  Current tracking predicts Wednesday delivery, which would give me a week and a half to sew the jersey before we leave for London.  I can do that.

5.  Navy blouse–probably won’t happen, and that’s okay.

Okay, so my new goal is to get those pants and the hoodie done by early next week, then fix the dress and start on the jersey.

Have a great Thursday and, because I don’t say it enough, thank you so much for stopping by and reading about all my fretting, list-making, obsessions, and general goofiness.  I appreciate your company (and your comments) so very much!

STH

 

 

WIP Wednesday: Hmmm . . . .

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What do we have here?

(WIP = Work in Progress)

Added another project to July’s list yesterday!

My partner has been contemplating what he wants his next custom cycling jersey to look like.  It probably didn’t help that I found an online source of wicking athletic poly knit in many lovely bright colors, complicating the decision for him.  But he finally made up his mind yesterday–a Mondrian-inspired jersey!

THE famous Mondrian-style jersey is this one, which I was hoping against hope he wouldn’t want because it is a) hideous, and b) nightmarishly complex.  I was quite relieved when he presented me with the drawing above, which is much simpler.  Yep, this is something I can do.

He would like it for LEL, if possible, but that may not happen, considering that the company with the knit he wants is closed for vacation until July 10th.  What I’m going to try to do is get everything else done and reserve that last week before we leave just for the jersey.  I should be able to do it, but I’m determined to not make myself (more) nuts over it.

As far as the “everything else,” where do we stand?

The sew-along dress is almost finished, but well, hmmm.

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Sorry, too tired to get the tripod out this evening.

Strictly speaking, the only thing left to do is sew the shoulder seams.  This is gonna need a bit more work than that, though.  Notice anything strange in the picture?

Those armholes are low, as in SUPER LOW, as in “oh, nice bra you have there!” low.

There’s also this:

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Same problem here in the back.

I’m thinking I might slipstitch the armholes to reshape them and close them up more.  The keyhole back is a bigger problem.  I could unpick about the lower half of the egg (and did I mention HOW VERY GLAD I AM that I didn’t give in to the urge to topstitch all this?) and reshape it with more slipstitching.  I don’t think that would give me enough additional fabric to cover the bra, though.  Another idea:  put a flange-y sort of thing out of the flowered fabric around the inside of the hole to close it up a bit.  Or maybe both ideas–reshape the hole, then add some flowered faux piping?  I’d prefer not to cover up the egg completely, but I’d love to hear any ideas you might have.

Despite the overexposure problem, though, there’s a lot that I love about this dress.  The muslin didn’t impress me one bit, but I sized up for the “real” version and also added 2″ to the length of the bodice.  You can’t really tell here, but the bottom edge of the muslin is about level with the bottom of my bra.

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Interesting how going up a size made such a huge difference in the armholes . . . .

I also lengthened the dress to mid-calf length and added POCKETS!

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YAY POCKETS!

And these fabrics are so nice–so soft and comfy!  I actually sized DOWN on the skirt because I was concerned that the gathers might be too much in the interlock (pattern calls for jersey).  Gathers turned out great.

So the plan is to sleep on the problem, then tackle that bodice again tomorrow.

Have an excellent Thursday, and I hope all your patterns come with pockets (I can’t believe they don’t already, but obviously nobody in charge of anything ever listens to me).

STH

 

 

Sunday Sevens 06-26-17

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Hot afternoon still life with binding.

Sunday Sevens hasn’t been happening too often around here lately, as I just haven’t had many opportunities to take interesting photos.  I’ve got a few fun things to share with you today, though, so let’s get to it!

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SCRAP recently had a jewelry repair workshop and Rachael and I fixed about a bajillion broken bracelets.  I had been stuffing broken jewelry in a box for YEARS, and I’m so happy to have it all back!  This was a big mood booster for me, as I LOVE my jewelry and the arthritis in my hands is to the point now where I pretty much can’t wear rings any more.

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I’ve been working away a bit at a time on my fabric database in Evernote.  I’m up to 64 pieces of yardage, which I think is maybe 2/3 of the total.  I’ve pulled out the ones I don’t love and they’ll be going to SCRAP.

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This feels like the bigger accomplishment, though.  I went through all my scraps and filled these three big bags with all the ones I don’t like and won’t use.  These bags were posted in my local Buy Nothing Facebook group and wound up going to a little girl who’s taking a sewing class and wants to make doll clothes.  I thought it would be hard to give all this up, but I realized as I went through everything that these fabrics felt more like a burden than anything else–I didn’t want to use them, couldn’t see a way to use them, but I felt a lot of responsibility to not waste them.  When they were picked up, and that burden lifted, I felt light, and so moved that I was able to help out a beginning sewer.  And all my scrap drawers close again!

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This past weekend, my partner and I headed down to Eugene, OR, so that he could ride a 300k brevet organized by one of his buddies.  While he was out there riding (in temps over 100F!), I explored Eugene, which I hadn’t seen since I was a kid living in Medford, OR.

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Lots of cool older houses and mature trees!

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Love this Craftsman bungalow, now divided into offices.  Every time I go to Oregon, I’m reminded how big and new everything is in the Tri-Cities, where I live–pretty much everything here was built after World War 2.

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Nifty older theater building.

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This looks more like a courthouse, but it’s actually a Protestant church–that’s stained glass in those second floor windows.  I like the blue banner celebrating Ramadan; on the left side is a Pride flag.  This is the kind of thing that cheers me up when the political news is ugly.

Saturday afternoon and evening were spent in the air conditioning at the motel, watching some good TV (PBS) and also some bad TV (horror movie starring some menacing frogs and a very young Sam Elliot) while I worked on my quilt binding.

As always, many thanks to Natalie over at Threads and Bobbins for starting Sunday Sevens and encouraging us to document and celebrate our adventures.

I hope you all have a very excellent week and have a little sunshine wherever you are (temps below 100F would also be nice).

STH

 

 

 

WIP Wednesday: Addition and Subtraction

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(WIP = Work in Progress)

I was thinking in the shower yesterday–where I do all my best thinking–that I should take along some sort of hand sewing on Friday when we head down to Oregon again for another bike ride.  I am happily cable-free at home, but I do love sitting in a hotel room in the evening and stitching away on something while listening to a terrible movie.  But the only hand sewing involved in my current list of projects would be the binding on my baby quilt–surely I couldn’t get that quilt to the binding state by Friday, could I?  Because I love a challenge (and I am not quite right in the head), I decided to try it.

I got all the applique sewing done last night; I wasn’t sure I’d ever un-kink my neck again after I finished, but I did it.  Today I figured out my borders and put them on.

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I’ll put together my quilt sandwich tonight, then I’ll have Thursday and Friday to quilt and bind.  Maybe I had better start planning that quilting tonight . . . .

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I also finished up the second Simplicity 1199 over the weekend, and I’m really liking how this one turned out.  I wore it while out and about on Tuesday, and it was super-comfortable and cool in the hot weather.

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The hem needs to be pressed, but it’s not bad for being fresh out of the dryer.

The neckline lies a little better on this, I think because I tried a different method on it.  (Completely forgot I was going to try a chest adjustment on this top until after I’d cut it out.)  The instructions have you apply the neck band like a quilt binding: fold in half wrong sides together, sew raw edges to neck edge, fold band to inside and machine stitch down.  On this one, I sewed the raw edges of the band to the neck, then pressed the band up and the seam allowance down toward the shirt; I then sewed the seam allowance to the shirt, giving it a nice finish, I think.  I’m too lazy to look it up, but I think this neck band technique came from the Love Notions Laundry Day Tee pattern (free when you join the Facebook group), which I printed out lately as a possible use for some SUPER SEXXXXY turquoise rayon jersey I picked up at SCRAP (seriously, with that gorgeous drape, those glowing colors, that subtle sheen, rayon jersey is HAWT).

I spent a fair bit of time working on finishing this top nicely, as I really want to improve my knit sewing skills.  The white fabric with the dots (it looks like one of those über-’70s bead curtain things to me) is a cotton jersey and the edges curled, so I worked diligently to keep the fabric flat when doing the neckline and hems.  I would have loved to use the blue for the neck band, but it has a somewhat rough texture on the right side, and I knew it would drive me bananas to have that on my neck.

So, sure, it’s a pretty basic tee, but I’m proud of the finish on this, it feels lovely to wear, and I may figure out this knit business yet.

 

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Could NOT get these in focus for some reason.  😦

Also in Tuesday adventures, I went over to Fred Meyer to look for pants (it’s a Pacific Northwest chain of grocery stores that also carry clothing and other things; I have a terrible time finding pants that fit me, but I’ve had good luck at Fred’s, for some reason).  And, yes, someday I’m going to learn how to sew pants that work for me, but today is not that day.  I found these pants that are totally secret pajamas–look like regular dress pants but don’t have a zip and the fabric they’re made with is actually the stretchiest stretch woven that ever stretched.  Score!  I bought two pairs.

Problem is, those nicely-stitched (if blurry) pockets in the photo are fake!  I googled and apparently this is now a thing.  I haven’t bought pants in YEARS and sometime between the last time and now, lots of pockets in RTW clothing became fake–not just sewn shut but no pocket bag at all.

Now, obviously, you KNOW I’m not standing for that.  Tutorials are being googled and we’re just going to see what we can do about that situation.  (Why, yes, my glasses are perched on the end of my nose and my hands are on my hips.)

So, this week I got one item off my to-do list and also managed to add one more–fixing the pockets and hemming (of course) my two new pairs of pants.

Have a great Thursday and I hope the pluses and minuses are going your way.

STH

 

WIP Wednesday: Conquering the List

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Making lots of progress here!  Which is kind of amazing, considering how lousy I’ve been feeling, but I’ll take it.

Let’s go through the list of what I wanted to get done before our vacation:

  •  Baby quilt for my niece.

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All appliqué pieces are cut and fused on!

There might have been a little bit of grumbling and swearing as I made my way along the Steam-A-Seam learning curve, but I got there in the end, and I really love how this looks so far (much better than I was able to capture in my picture).

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So many fun fabrics in this!

  • Another version of S1199, short-sleeved this time.

Just need to sew side seams and hem.

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  • Black hoodie.

Last time I went to London, I bought a black hoodie to bring with me, and it turned out to be a very useful light layer.  Now that hoodie is a little scruffy and is being used for exercising, so I thought it was time to make a new one.  My first idea was to use this Greenstyle pattern that I won, but I decided I wanted a hoodie that didn’t look like workout wear, and found this one:

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She doesn’t look too thrilled about it, but this is right up my alley.

I’ve got some black ponte for this, and assembled the rest of the supplies yesterday, so it is ready to start.

  • B5456 dress for the Facebook sew-along–muslin of the bodice is done, sew-along posts and schedule are mapped out, and preliminary posts are up.
  • Navy blouse (McCall’s 7571)–still cut out and patiently waiting for me to get to it.

Have a great Thursday and I hope you’re working on something that makes you smile.

STH

I have linked this post to Scraptastic Tuesday and Whoop Whoop Friday.

WIP Wednesday: Zingin’ and Dingin’

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Look–I almost have a waist!

WIP = Work in progress

Today’s title comes from a favorite saying of a former co-worker of mine when I worked for the VP of a meat-packing company.  My desk was in a room full of beef sales people–an excellent location for picking up colorful phrases, as well as beef recipes.

Anyway, this past week I had one of those “OMG, I have HOW much time to do all that stuff?!?” moments when I realized how much I wanted to get sewn before our trip to London and how few weeks there are before the end of July.  So, I was in a bit of a panic,  trying to figure out how I was going to get everything done, and then I got a gentle reminder about the sew-along I’m supposed to run next month.

So, time to prioritize, spend my time wisely, and try not to freak out (or at least keep it to a manageable level).  Today’s post will be me tidying up old business and planning next steps.

First, the Hello Kitty top.

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I bought this pattern recently for no other reason than that I have a lot of knit remnants to use up and my knit tops (which I wear a lot, especially when I travel) are looking a bit old and scruffy.  I didn’t think the pattern was very interesting, but worth a try.

I love how this top turned out, though.

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I love how it has a little shape and gives me the illusion of having a waist (I tell you, I mourn the loss of my waist).  I love the 3/4 sleeves.  I love the neckline, which isn’t too wide or too low, as usually happens with my narrow shoulders and lack of boobage.  I love how comfy the top is and that I have a matching skirt so that I can look totally put together and elegant in my cartoon cat head shirt.

The binding on the neck is a little wonky, and I’m starting to think maybe I need a hollow chest adjustment.  I’m wearing my plaid tank today, and it has the same problem.  And the hollow chest thing seems to be a common issue among female sewers “of a certain age” (I love how that expression indicates old age without spelling it out, as if it’s a shameful secret).

The hem was also wonky, which I’m going to attribute to sewing it while waiting to hear from my sister at the hospital how my mother was doing after falling and bonking her head.  I needed to leave for my Memorial Day weekend trip, but couldn’t go until I found out what was up, so I thought I may as well do my hem while I was waiting.  Probably not the best idea; I redid it as best I could when I got home.  (And my mother is okay, if a bit more dotty than usual; I suggested she tell everybody that she got in a bar fight and they should see the OTHER little old lady.)

I’m planning to make another version of this top with short sleeves, but that may need to be put off until August.

My other recent finish is the wall quilt, which I had set aside but finally finished yesterday.

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The only way I could find to take a pic of the whole thing–binder clips and a bookcase.

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You can just barely see it, but there’s a stalk of wheat below the text.  I wanted it to be subtle, and I guess I got that.

To be honest, I had hoped I would love it by this point, but I don’t.  Which is fine, considering it’s not for me.  I hope the recipients do, though.

So, next up on the priority list is the sew-along.  Here’s what we’re making in July:

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I love these fabrics!  The yellow is from SCRAP, the flowered from the Goodwill in Newberg, OR, and I think they’re both cotton interlock.

I’ve got several questions about that bodice, so I’m going to make a muslin of it this evening.  I plan to do my dress in a midi length, possibly extend the sleeves a little, and add pockets (because pockets).  I love empire waists and I think this could be a good look for me.

If you’d like to join along, the Facebook group is called Sew-Along Dinner Date Dresses and it’s a very fun and helpful group.  They’re making some really gorgeous (and challenging) Vogue dresses, so they’re acquiring some pretty great skills.  I only wish more of those great patterns were suitable for the waist-free (Vogue 1424–so very cool, so wrong for my shape, sigh).

Have a great Thursday and I hope you’re keeping all your proverbial balls in the air.

STH

Sunday Sevens 06-04-17

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Interesting clouds lit up at sunset (Howard Amon Park, Richland, WA)

Today’s pictures feel like an especially random assortment, but they’re the most memorable ones from the last couple of weeks.

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These solicitous parents kept steering the fam over to the banks of the river so the little ones could eat the grass there.  I’m wondering what kind of goose that is at the center rear of the photo; not our usual Canada Geese or Snow Geese (this photo is also from my walk in Howard Amon Park).

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The west side of the state was its usual leafy green.  This was taken on the University of Washington campus.

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Some nifty details on the Henry Gallery on the UW campus.  This very retro looking building was built in 1996.

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Some of the massive old machinery in Gas Works Park.  An unusually warm and sunny day so we were surrounded by many, many bright white people removing as much clothing as possible.

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My friend Heidi was a little harrumph-y about the graffiti up near the top of this thing but, honestly, I have nothing but respect for the commitment of anybody willing to get over that fence and climb all the way up there (humans included for scale).

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Top of the hill in Gas Works Park.  Obligatory Seattle landmark visible at the right rear.

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Detail of the sundial in the park.  I couldn’t get a good shot of the whole thing–it’s pretty big–but it’s very cool with lots of interesting details.  Oh, and it works!

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Another fun detail from the sun dial.  There are four of these drains marking the four directions.

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Back on the east side of the state, partner and I tried out the new trail up Candy Mountain.  We’re looking down on West Richland here.  Note the contrast of the natural desert landscape (technically, “shrub-steppe”) in foreground (this is probably the greenest it ever gets) and the irrigated land below.

A big thank you, as always, to Natalie of Threads and Bobbins for starting Sunday Sevens and letting us show glimpses of our homes to the world.

Have a very excellent week and I hope you’re finding a little beauty wherever you are.

STH

WIP Wednesday: Trippy Elephants

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So much happy color here!

WIP = Work in Progress

I had a busy Memorial Day weekend over on the west side of the state, so not much sewing happened the past few days.  I spent this afternoon making a start on my niece’s baby quilt, though.

If you recall, this is the pattern I’m using (I’m planning to add borders to get it to a better baby size):

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And these are my fabrics, sale (of course) flannels from good old Joann’s:

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Plus scraps from the stash for all the “splashes” at the top of the quilt:

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Some of these have been hanging around a while!

I haven’t done a machine appliqué (guess who figured out how to do accents!) quilt in forever, so I’ve been studying this for days.  Then I realized that I had a package of Lite Steam-a-Seam and I could just use the instructions on that and quit confusing myself with all kinds of different options.

I’m sure there’s a nifty quick method for enlarging things, but I don’t know what it is, and I wasn’t in the mood for more research, so I went old school.

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Getting the fusible web where it’s actually supposed to be–off the paper and onto the elephant–was a bit fiddly, but I blame it on the large size of the appliqué.  Or maybe the web gets troublesome as it ages?  I honestly have no idea how long I’ve had this package hanging around . . . .

I eventually got it done (more or less) and this thing is going to be super cute!

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I think I’m going to have fun with this one!

I’m tentatively planning to try some spiral quilting on this quilt, which I think would work with the quasi-psychedelic quality of the pattern.

Have yourself a colorful Thursday and I’ll have some pretty pictures from green and sunny Bellevue for you on Sunday.

STH