Thursday, October 31, 2013

a reconstruction job

It happens at least once a month.  Actually, it happens every time we walk through the doors of the local Goodwill.  Someone finds a dress/shirt/skirt that they like, but there's this thing about it that they want changed.  So, what do they do? 

"Hey, can you do/fix this?"

Of course I can!

So, about a month ago, Sarah found this adorable dress...

And when the top half of the dress looks like this, you can't not buy it!  I mean, it's hot pink with ruffles!!!
However, the bottom half was about six inches too short and skin tight. 

 It also had to be taken in about four inches at the waist.  So, I tore into it.  Literally.


Making the pattern for the new skirt was easy, since I used the same method I use for all of my A-line skirts.  It was a little different since this one had a high waist, but I added some pleats in the back to give it a nice shape and it worked out quite nicely.

Sadly, I haven't had a chance to get a picture of Sarah wearing it, but you can still see how well it turned out from this picture. 
I learned two things from this project:
1) Serge every seam as soon as you finish it, because if you don't, you will forget about it, sew another seam across it, and it will be too late.
2) I don't want to have to do another invisible zipper in a side seam anytime in the near future...
It was nice to get my hands on a "clothing project" again.  It's been a while since I've done anything other than a quilt or some small project.  I should do this more often! :)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

those lovely tubes of color

The main problem with having multiple hobbies/obsessions is that at some point you have to give something up.  Just for a little while, anyway.  For me, in the last six-ish months, that something has been painting.

It's sad, I know.  But something had to go, and this is the thing that got cut.


Two reasons:

a)  No time.  Seriously, I have had so many other things going on that there for a while I even forgot that I could paint.

b)  Money.  Yes, that age old problem...

For those of you who don't paint, let me tell you, it is expensive.  Oils especially.  So when my paint stash started running low, I decided that the best thing to do was to take a hiatus until I could afford to stock up again. 

At one point I even had the horrific idea of switching to cheaper acrylics for a little while. Then I reminded myself that I hate acrylics with a passion and no amount of desperation could induce me to buy them.  And so, I moved on with my life.

So, in the meantime, drawing has been my main outlet.  I can always afford pencils!  :)

Because, who doesn't need a pencil portrait of Benedict Cumberbatch?
I mean, really... ;)
And then, it happened.  I was casually browsing through Hobby Lobby and found THIS:

2.5 oz. of Georgia Oil Colour for $2.87!!!!!  I squealed.  Out loud.  Thankfully, I was alone, or I would have seriously embarrassed someone! 

I dropped everything and started rummaging through four ginormous bins of pure heaven!  The hard part was decided which colors to get.  There were so many!

 I managed to restrain myself and I only came home with nine tubes.  ONLY nine. 

So now, I only have to restrain myself from using these glorious tubes of colorfulishiousness until I get caught up on my unfinished projects.  Which means I needs to stop procrastinating and get to work on the dress that's been sitting on my sewing table...

Stay warm! :)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

quilt week: a look back

Quilt week was a tremendous success.  I managed to pick out/buy fabric, cut, and piece the entire top of Birthday Quilt #5 by Wednesday afternoon.  Did not see that coming! 


I absolutely LOVE fat quarters!  What I love even more are fat quarter bundles.  They take all the worry out of mixing and matching colors/patterns which is a huge load off my mind!  I managed to find these at Hobby Lobby.  Two packs of five that were completely different and matched perfectly!  Five minutes and I was done!

Cutting is the hardest part for me.  I guess it's because I am such a visual person.  I could just sit and stare at fabric for hours and cutting into it seems like I'm ruining the loveliness of it.  A bit dramatic, I know, but that's me!
Look at that mess of thread!

Finally getting it all put together is the best part!

Pinning, pinning, and more pinning!

And now, I am in my happy place, quilting away and loving every minute of it!

Monday, October 7, 2013

my own personal cloud

Life has been crazy at our house, just as it always is this time of year. Fair/Festival season has been going strong for the last two months, but we are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Two more events!!! Two more and we’re home free for the rest of 2013!

I was flipping through my calendar last week and admiring all of the empty dates and free time that I was going to have and then suddenly I realized:

There are only ELEVEN weeks ‘till Christmas!!!!
Cue dramatic music and horror stricken facial expressions.

Eleven weeks???? How on earth did that happen????  Wasn't it July only yesterday????

Of course, along with realization of the fast approaching festivities, comes the mental To-Do lists that hang over your head like a lead cloud. You all know exactly what I'm talking about.  That invisible cloud that holds your list as well as your sanity that at any moment threatens to come crashing down on top of your head, leaving you broken and temporarily insane. 

Happens every year.

With that in mind, I have two quilts that have to be finished before Christmas, roughly 20 gifts to make that I have no earthly idea what they will be, and I was really hoping to be able to squeeze in enough time to make myself a Christmas dress this year. This is not to mention all of the non-Christmas projects I have going on.

My cloud is starting to teeter...

Free time?  HA! 

And so, as I scramble to get the Christmas To-Do list rolling, this week has been officially dubbed “Quilt Week”. I made it official by writing the words multiple times and making a banner with different colored pens over this week in my calendar. J I am hoping to get at least one of the two tops put together and pinned to the backing before the week is over. The ambitious side of my brain also hopes to start on the actual quilting, but we shall see…

Therefore, if you need me this week, I'll be in my sewing room trying divert my attention from my invisible, yet very present cloud. :)

Does anyone else have any special Christmas projects planned?  I'd love some fresh ideas!