Monday, May 8, 2017

April 2017 Sewing Makes!

 Hello everyone! Sorry about the random blogging! I never know when I will get the chance to do anything, so I can't promise to be on a better schedule, but can you tell I'm feeling better and getting my groove back? 

This April I worked hard to finish some projects and I can't believe I sewed nine (-ish) garments/items!!!!

 Looking at all the cute vintage kids patterns I had collected but never used started to make me feel guilty. So I thought up an Easter "collection" for my kids! The first one I'm displaying is a mint gingham Simplicity 8306. I LOVED how it turned out and I want one for myself! Someone pointed out that I made the empire waist line too high, and that is true, but I still like it!

 This dress is a Simplicity 8348 made in a lovely coral color. The frills and sleeves are just too cute!!!

This dress is a Simplicity 1075 with a thrifted white button up shirt. Again, I love this dress! I wanted to make it a bit more "Easter" like so I used a vintage lamb pattern instead of the poodles it calls for. 

I also learned how to sew a zipper properly from Allie J. on her instastories and I adore how (more) professional it looks from the inside!

So I foolishly didn't start sewing this pink dress until the night before Easter. I sewed from 11 o'clock at night until 5 in the morning, no joke. I can't believe I actually did it, and I don't recommend it! However, I really didn't want my one daughter to not have a special dress, since her sisters' dresses were already done. I didn't get to the pinafore though. I sewed that two weeks later and I adore how it turned out! The roses and ruffles are a sweet addition to the dress!

This was a small project, but fun. I wanted an outside banner of sorts for Easter and I wanted it to be Spring like but also a reminder of what Easter is really about, so I made a lamb, because Jesus was the lamb of God! It is a sweet reminder to me of the Savior.

Forgive the grainy picture but I love this skirt! I finally did some selfish sewing and work on my capsule wardrobe. Using the correct fabric for a pattern can make a huge difference! I made this same skirt with a stiff jean and it was a flop, as I have mentioned before! But I love the colors of this skirt!

I also made up a Pussy Bow Blouse in the same fabric and I adore how it turned out! It's so feminine and the contrast of colors I think look great and work well for me. Also, florals are too much fun! I had to include them in my capsule wardrobe plans, which I hope to blog about more soon. Technically I finished the project in May, but I had cut it all out and started sewing it in April so I will count it still!

Finally, I also sewed two Colette Sorbettos that I already blogged about last month! My Moana shirt (because of the tropical print) and a mint gingham one with leftover fabric from my daughter's dress.

Wow! Thank you pinless sewing, nap time, and one all nighter for helping me get all this work done!!! 

(P.S.- I really don't suggest pulling all nighters! Be smarter than me and get sewing projects done early!)

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Seamstress Tag

Have you ever watched "Seamstress Tag" videos on Youtube? As a sewing fan, I find them very interesting. I think other people's stories are quite fascinating. I like to see how the people behind some of my favorite blogs talk and what they have to say about their "sewing journey". 

I tried myself to make a Seamstress Tag video and it was a MAJOR FLOP! I couldn't get my camera to focus. I filmed the whole thing a couple of times in different ways and each one was completely blurry. I have a feeling I might need a different lens or something else expensive. Also, I was majorly awkward in front of the camera (#introvertproblems). Finally, a Youtube account seems like a lot of work, too much for me! So I am just going to write the Seamstress tag questions and try to answer them like that!

1. Who are you?

My name is Sarah. I also go by my super secret alter ego, Sara (without an H).

2. When and why did you start sewing?

 I started sewing when I was 23 years old as a reward to myself for paying off my college school debt. I have wanted to sew since I was a little kid! I knew it was my ticket to having the clothes I wanted.

3. What is your favorite or proudest make?

I would have to say probably my lemon 1950's dress. It won second place the 2016 Vintage Pledge competition! It also as the first time I used French Seams successfully! I usually love the last thing I made though, which currently is a floral Sew Over It Pussy Bow blouse!

4.  What is your most disastrous make?

Oh boy, I have had a couple of doozies! I think a lot of them involved bad fabric choices. I tried making a 1940s dress that was supposed to be knit in a woven fabric and it was AWFUL! Another time I spent a fortune on this beautiful 1940s Bird fabric and I forgot to make a muslin (it was early in my sewing days). The end result had major fit issues. It's heartbreaking! I can't get rid of it because I spent so much on the fabric but I still haven't mended it! I'm afraid to! Lastly, I made an A line skirt recently in some very thick jean fabric and it looks terrible! I have tried multiple times to fix it and I think I just need to scrap it! I'm sure there are more examples but I just can't think of them now!

The sad skirt I have tried to salvage but probably can't!

5. Where is your favorite place to go fabric shopping?

In my home town, I love shopping at Hobby Lobby for really beautiful, trendy fabric. I go to JoAnns for more specialty interfacing, tools, and fashion fabric that is harder to find. Finally, I go to for everything else (i.e.- what I can't find locally).

6. What is your most used pattern?

I would have to say the Colette Sorbetto, although there seems to be a lot of issues with it, so I am on the look for another pattern staple. I know having a good pattern that one is really familiar with can be really versatile and easy to sew with, but I do have pattern ADD. I want to try everything! Another pattern I seem to use a lot is the Sassy Librarian pattern. These are both shirt patterns but I really love sewing dresses! Also a good dress pattern staple would be good to have!

7. Your most dreaded sewing task is...

Darts! I don't know why they stress me out so much but they do! I am always afraid I will put them in the wrong place. I got a special rotary marking tool and transfer paper to help mark them, and that really helps a lot, but it still makes me nervous, I don't know why!

8. And your favourite sewing task?

I love pinless sewing and really pressing down the gas while I am sewing a straight line. I love sewing fast and just watching the edge where I want my seam allowance. I'm not a perfect seamstresss, but I am getting better and sewing fast and well!

9. What is your favorite sewing entertainment?

Sometimes I get in the zone and I don't have time to listen or watch anything. However I always start my sewing time out by listening to the Book of Mormon and then a Conference Talk. Did I mention I am LDS? I also love listening to audio books. Right now I am listening to "The Midwife of Hope River" for a book club I am in. I think the main character is too modern for the time period but I like hearing the stories of her work! I think being there when babies are born would be really special!

10. Printed or PDF?

It's really apples and orenges for me! Either one works. I like the little envelopes the printed patterns come in but I like how easy PDFs are to print off!

11. What sewing machine do you use?

I use a Project Runway Brother and it has been my good friend for the past almost decade or so! I can see the advantages of having a sewing machine that cuts one's own thread or has a knee lift for the raising the sewing foot, but I think a good standard sewing machine can do a lot of good too!

12. Do you have any other hobbies?

Yes, way too much for a mom of four kids! I can't help it though! I love reading, writing, running, music, yoga, gardening, baking, cooking exotic foods, genealogy, scrapbooking, decorating my home, and studying languages. Do I do any of these things particularly well? Not really! But that doesn't stop me from trying! And no, I don't do these things every day, except for sewing, reading, writing, and I run a couple times a week now.