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Promised Pictures July 23, 2008

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Here are some pictures of the sewing projects of late.

Ta-Da!

Ta-Da!

This first one is the dress I made for the SCA fundraiser we attended at Barnes and Noble. I found out about the event on Wednesday night. Thursday morning, we went shopping at Hancock Fabrics. Israel stayed on base all day Thursday until about 10 pm so I worked on it all Thursday and all day Friday until about 130 am Saturday morning. I think it turned out great.

Beautiful but flawed

This dress was great fun making. It’s so adorable. Unfortunately, it’s too small. It fits Jael perfectly in the chest and waist, as in it won’t fit her in another two months but the lenth is WAY to short. When she bends over, you see her entire butt. ENTIRE butt. So that’s not cool. I might try putting a rufle on the bottom but I might just make her another but longer. *sigh* I spent about three hours putting the zipper in it and I really wish she could wear it. I might get her a pair of short/leggings and let her wear it like that. I’m just not sure.

The second, third, fourth, fifth, and seventh (sixth was dirty) shirts I made for Jael.

The second, third, fourth, fifth, and seventh (sixth was dirty) shirts I made for Jael.

These are the shirts I made enmass. At least the four on the left. The orange was the first. I made two green, one with ruffles, one without, and two pinks, one with ruffles, one without all at the same time. Went together really quickly. The one on the right goes with a pair of purple shorts that are too short. I don’t like really short shorts on Jael. She’s got wonderful legs but I just don’t like her panties showing all the time. I was really proud of how professionally I was able to finish these. Here are some detail pictures of the above shirts.

Detail of seam.

Detail of seam.

Detail of hem

Detail of hem

Corset in progress

Corset in progress

And this is my corset. Obviously, it’s not done yet. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get it finished in the next two weeks before we head to Iowa. I want to show it off. It’s been such fun making it.

If you are interested in keeping on my on going sewing projects, I’m posting pictures, some of which I’ve put in this blog, at Shutterfly. You don’t have to join to see them so you can look there if you like.

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Sewing projects…AWAY!! July 9, 2008

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I’ve been a very busy sewer later. I made a shirt for Jael, which she refused to wear for over a week. I made two short and shirt sets, which she’d picked out. I made four more shirts off the same pattern. I made myself a shirt and skirt to wear on Israel and my big date. I made another tank top and then a princess seam, button-up, sleeveles shirt. Oh, and I finished the circle skirt I started for Jael a couple of months ago. And I’m working on a corset. Fun, fun, fun.

I have a number of projects planned as well. I’ve a dress for Jael, yellow to replace the last yellow dress which got too short. A pair of pants for me. A skirt and shirt top for me. The skirt will be out of this beautiful material that I wanted to buy when it was full price but I waited and then found it on sale. YAY! Um…oh, a pair of capris for Jael to go with the first shirt I made her. I’m going to put a little sequin butterfly applique thingy on the capris. Should be pretty pretty.

Um…I would like to make a skirt to go with the corset before we go up to see family in Iowa but I don’t know if I’ll get to it. I’d really like to take nothing up there but clothes I’ve made but I am about 99% sure that I won’t get that much done. Unfortunately, my natural cycle gives me about three days where my brain simply won’t work in an organized fashion, making following directions very difficult. Then it takes me a couple of days to get back into it so once a month, I have about a week or so where I just don’t get anyting accomplished. But now that I recognize this, hopefully I’ll be able to work around it.

Anyway. That’s what’s going on in the world of Becky’s sewing. I still love my new machine, though it does do the random sewing machine thing of hating you. It’s always just threaded wrong or something but as to why doing the same thing seventeen times doesn’t fix it until suddenly on try eighteen it suddenly works, I don’t know. I’ll try to take some pictures tomorrow and post them. Some of my stuff is looking really good. I’m very proud. I’m trying to challenge myself and not just make the same easy things I’ve always done. The first shirt I did for Jael and this last one for me were challenges and I’m really pleased with them. Hopefully I will continue to have happy projects.

 

Sewing Machines and the Rage We Feel June 3, 2008

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So Israel and I had this big date planned but I had nothing to where. All right, truthfully, I just didn’t want to wear anything I had.

I have the bright idea that I’ll make something. I just got my sewing machine back from the repair shop. It was an old 1950’s Singer clone much like this only not Singerand had worked great for many years. A couple of months ago it had stopped working. I took it in, it worked fine for them so they cleaned it, replaced some worn parts and charged us over $80. So I started working on a shirt I had the pattern for. I planned on making a practice shirt out of some funky material I bought some time ago. I got it all cut out and started sewing Saturday morning. I finished half a seam when my machine jammed. Apparently, there was in fact something wrong with my machine.

I called Israel in tears. I had until Monday night to finish a shirt and a skirt and my machine just took a crap. He calmly told me to go buy a new machine. So I did a bit of research, found a machine that seemed to have good reviews and then tried to find somewhere in the area that sold them. No luck. The only place that carried them was Hancock Fabrics and they only carried Refurbished machines. I went to Hancock anyway and talked to one of the ladies there for quite a while about their machines and finally decided on a Bernina Bernette.

I brought it home and started working on my outfit. The new machine worked great. The next morning, I switched threads and started sewing. The thread tension was all wrong. I read the manual and adjusted the tension. No effect. I tried rethreading the top thread. No effect. I rethreaded the bobbin thread. No effect. I got online and “googled” “Bernette trouble shooting” and what do you know but I found lots of unhappy customers. I read review after review and question after question from people who were very unhappy with their Bernette. I was sick to my stomach and ready to cry. The fabric store didn’t open until 1 pm, it being Sunday, and the repair shop had proved it’s worthlessness already. That and they were so back logged on repairs I knew they’d not get it fixed that day.

So I sat back down and tried rethreading again. No luck. I rethreaded the bobbin and realized it didn’t look quite right. I rethreaded again and looked the same. I figured it must just be different than I was used to. I decided to try once more and very carefully rethreaded, trying to catch the thread in the place it seemed like it should go. Suddenly, the thread caught in a place it had not been catching and when I tried sewing, it worked great!!

I had been threading the bottom thread wrongly. What a relief! I resumed sewing like crazy and finished the shirt. I started on the skirt and had it all finished except the hem by Sunday night. Monday morning, Israel marked the hem for me, I hemmed it and I was good to go. YAY!!

So at the end of this all, I realize, my husband is amazing. I called him crying, and instead of asking what I wanted him to do about it, he told me to go buy a new one. We’d had issues with my sewing machine before and he knew it was time. He just calmly told me to go spend about $300 and not have this problem any more. He’s fricking amazing!!