A diary of all my mad projects.

I am glad that you stopped by - welcome to my world. Its a little mad and hectic as I sew, knit, embroider and generally craft my way through life. My newest resolution is to spend more time sewing - less time dreaming about it. I love to read comments so I am looking forward to hearing from you all.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Reducing and crossing off.

It is great to cross off an item on my list - its from the bottom of the list - Merino shirts for my boys.  The plus was that all the fabric used for this project is from the stash.

I used Kwik Sew 3981 in a small and medium size.  DS 17 wants me to take the sides in and make the next one longer as he does not like the loose look.  DS 19 likes that loose look and will wear it over other t-shirts.

Sewing this was a breeze and I only used the ovelocker and the coverstitch machines.  I have started to baste alot more and hand basted the hood and the sleeve bands on before overlocking then coverstitching the seams down.  I find that doing this makes the sewing of these seams quick and easy, and then just pull out the basting thread when finished.

I have a Babylock coverstitch which gave a little grief getting the tension right but the final result was worth the sweat.  I flatlocked the raglan sleeve seams and hems and the guys liked the final look.

Next up is some two toned T-shirts with the rest of the merino.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Lists, Projects, Goals and Bucket Lists - did I mention lists?

Are you a list maker?

I am fond of lists and tend to make lots of them - the housework chores, things to do in town, reading lists, shopping lists and recently ideas for DD's 21st.  Did you know that there is even a website devoted to lists -  listverse.  Who would have guessed that - you can find out 10 strange facts about Pizza or the 10 most famous people who never lived - Barbie made that one.  But I digress...

My latest list making efforts have been an attempt to support my goal of sewing at least 10 minutes each day.  I figure by listing what projects I might like to undertake or projects that have to be done I might acutally find it easy to met this goal.  The second reason to list a project wish list is an attempt to pin down and confine my butterfly-like flitting from one idea to another (pun intended).  This  is beginning to spin out of control as I buy the materials but never get to begin let alone finish!!  Virtual dressmaking has its place but it is now out of control and spread to virtual quilting (never quilted in my life!!), crochet, embroidery, knitting and scrapbooking.  This would not be a problem if I could keep it to the virtual realm but then I venture into the shops!!!  So without further ado here is a short version of the list.

Part One

  • Complete Burda cascade jacket class programme

  • Bernina 780 Club - Embroidery Pillow Project

  • Patchwork - Complete DD's quilt logcabin chintz started 20 years ago

  • Quilted Book Cover - all materials purchased

  • Sampler quilt - all fabric's purchased

  • Motorcycle covers for DH's babies - 2 cut out and ready to sew

  • Marcy Tilton Travel Pouch for cell phone - pattern purchased

  • Sewing Class Holdall - for tools to take to classes - Bernina Club pattern

  • Handbag - all materials purchased

  • Ottobre Tunic - Model 1 pattern adjusted, muslin to tweak fit, fabric purchased

  • DS's Merino Tshirts - patterns Burda 7916 and fabric in stash.

Already crossed off my list is several items of mending that have been hanging around the sewing room for eons.  They were completed in my first three days of 10 minute sewing - a pair of gloves with seams coming apart, hems put up on some trousers and some shopping bag seams repaired and finished.  So far so good with the 10 per Day project.  Tomorrow it is onto that Burda Tshirt for the boys as they are both home on holidays and I can catch them for measurements.