2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

April 18, 2015

SATURDAY MORNING CUTTING TABLE ROLL CALL, PLUS PROJECTS IN THE WORKS...

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I'm still operating in "KEEP THE CUTTING TABLE CLEAR" mode.  The only thing on here that is out of place is the container of Chinese chicken noodle soup (left over from a couple of days ago) Yummo - I'm addicted to this stuff.  It's okay for the table to be a little junkie if there's a project in the works - right?

I'm actually working on two projects today - Simplicity 1916  and Vogue 8881, both for my daughter.  I've made the Simplicity pattern before but will have to make some adjustments to it for her.  It's my first rodeo with the Vogue pattern but it should be a no brainer.  Hopefully both will be completed by Sunday evening - we'll see.  Happy Saturday all...

April 16, 2015

WORK WEAR THURSDAY...

... I finally finished a project last night - boy what a hiatus.  I think I broke my record for the most time lapsed between sewing projects.
Simplicity 1280  
I decided to go sleeveless - after all it's officially Spring; and pretty soon it'll be so hot that I won't need or want arm covering.  This is a nice jersey knit that I purchased during my first trip to Fine Fabrics last Spring - love me some jersey knit especially for tops.

An easy make - just what I needed.  This won't be one of my favorites but it will be worn.  I was up in the air trying to decide whether I wanted to use the elasticized hemline but finally opted to go with it.

Surplice tops/bodices - I'm always attracted to them but often not totally happy with the results.  This top is not as bad as others I've made far as gaping is concerned.  What is it about me and surplice tops/bodices?  I must have removed 2 inches of the part that wraps over to meet at the side seam to make it fit without gaping, and then stitched it down to make it remain closed to my liking.  Well one Spring knit top down and countless others to go... 

April 11, 2015

SATURDAY MORNING CUTTING TABLE ROLL CALL...

... this is how it ALL begins, cutting table clutter that is,

yes, it doesn't happen all at once.  It can start just by placing a simple notebook on the table and then it seems to spread like a wild fire.  However, I am determined to keep this thing clear so cutting can begin.
THE PLAN TODAY:
  • choose one simple pattern (preferably one suitable for a knit).  Why a knit?, you might ask.   (a) Because USUALLY knits are my friend, (b) Because it's been so long since I've sewn - I'm not quite trusting my judgement on pattern/fabric choice, or my sewing skills for that matter.  Have you ever found yourself in this predicament?  I don't even know if I can sew anymore!!!
  • I WILL create something TODAY!
  • It's feels good to be back in the sewing room!  I'll let you know how it goes...

April 6, 2015

I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW...

...Don't you just love ambiguous blog titles?  I do.  You know the kind that leads you to think "what in the world is this post going to be about?). As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so when you look at this one you'll probably agree with that adage.

Compared to previous pictures, I can definitely see more clearly now.  I don't know how in the world my cutting table becomes so junkie.  I guess one piece/pile of junk (i.e., mail, magazines, clothing, shoes, etc.) at a time because it certainly doesn't happen all at once or even over night.  

  • Need to un-junk the living room real quick because company just called and they're on the way over?

  • Don't know where to put/store a particular item - just chunk it up on the cutting table?

  •  Need to sort through paperwork to prepare for filing taxes not to worry, the cutting table also serves as a glorified desk - it's a real clutter suck?

  • Don't take time to eliminate that junk mail as it comes through the door.  Look; isn't that a tiny clear spot on the cutting table? - might as well fill it up. 

    Not to mention that a junked up cutting surface seriously impedes sewing motivation because of rule #1:   you need to cut before you sew.  Hopefully I can keep this thing clear so I can finally get back to sewing....







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March 23, 2015

SAD BUT TRUE - CUTTING TABLE UPDATE...

...  Everybody's busy.. understatement, right?   It's sad but so true; there is absolutely NO sewing going on around these parts.   This is the familiar state of my cutting table that I didn't have time to take a picture of on Saturday

Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week we'll be competing at SkillsUSA in Atlanta so there sill won't be any sewing.  Guess I'll just have to wait until April... 

March 15, 2015

SATURDAY MORNING CUTTING TABLE ROLL CALL...

... a day late, but the table still looks like this on Sunday


Please don't judge me or my stacks of  patterns

a sure sign that there's not much any sewing going on.  I have got to do better, after all it's finally Spring (at least it is this weekend) and I haven't a thing to wear...

BOOKS ACQUIRED

  • Pants Sewing Guide
  • Denim Revolution
  • Pants for Real People
  • Jackets for Real Peopls
  • Easy, Easier, Easiest Tailoring - Palmer & Pletsch - Gifted
  • The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook
  • Ribbon Crafts
  • Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers
  • Successful Serging
  • Making Trousers for Men and Women
  • Couture Sewing Techniques
  • Singer - Perfect Plus
  • Cool Couture
  • Couture, The Fine Art of Sewing
  • Singer Sewing Reference Library - Tailoring - GIFTED
  • The Perfect Fit: The Classic Guide to Altering Patterns - Creative Publishing International
  • Fit for Real People
  • DK-The Complete Book of Sewing