Thursday, February 4, 2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
I got a quarter of the aqua quilted!
It's hard to see--you can actually see it better here than in real life. I guess I matched the thread well enough.
I got an invitation to her baby shower last night. I'm not going because we live in different states, but now I know what the craft project is supposed to be and where she's registered so I can send a decoy gift.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016
I got all the blocks assembled!
It's hard to tell the scale here. It's big. Not T-shirt quilt big, but between a normal lap quilt and a twin. The blocks are fifteen inches across (three five-inch squares).
I have a little bit of aqua left and I feel like it needs a narrow border. I'm not wild about leaving the half-blocks floating in aqua, but I also think it feels a little crowded and off-scale. I can't do much--a couple of inches--without buying more aqua, which I don't want to do as I have way too much scrap fabric already.
I don't know. I guess I'll go home and cut a strip tonight to stick up there and see how it looks.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
This was going to be a baby quilt for a friend but, of course, it will be too big. You get more use out of lap quilts, anyway, right?
Mom teaches chemistry.
I haven't chosen the counterpane fabric yet. I originally thought Creamsicle orange but might lean toward aqua. Probably a tone-on-tone print since the blocks are big (the finished nine patches are 15 inches square)--that much solid color would be pretty boring.
Monday, December 28, 2015
OMG the neverending Christmas gift ended last night but we haven't actually done Christmas yet. Futhermore, my brother and SIL are supposed to be flying in from the upper Midwest, so who knows. We might end up doing Christmas at Easter at this rate.
Up next is a baby quilt for a friend. At least I can post pictures of that.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
I think I finally have this worked out.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Still working on the top-secret Christmas gift. I have a lot of vacation time stacked up so I'm actually taking days off of work to work on this. I got a lot done this weekend--the hardest part is almost finished--but still have a long way to go. I'm going to Austin next weekend to see the Bottle Rockets, too, which will cut into my sewing time, but they don't come to Texas much so . . .
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
So I could get way too used to this dress. How old is too old to dress like Holly Hobbie? Can I pull it off a little longer if I mix in at least a few subtle prints?
1) The yoke is technically my size but feels a big large. The measurements were on the fence so I went ahead and graded up because so many of these 1970's patterns are tight through the shoulders. I can go back and grade down again. And close up the neck a little bit.
2) Need darts in the back of the neck.
3) I need to go back and put one more hook and eye in the back yoke.
4) It could be shorter. I may not shorten this one, but just as a general thing, it would look OK shorter.
All easy things to change, though, for the next time around. It looks a lot better than the green dress. It's much less baggy. Kind of a neo-Edwardian tea gown.
Monday, November 23, 2015
OMG FINALLY FINISHED!
This dress took me forever!
I went with hooks and eyes in the back in the hope they would snag on my hair less than buttons do:
. . . and closed:
It doesn't look like much without a body. New pix later:
Monday, November 16, 2015
I finally made some progress yesterday! I still don't have it done, but I'm closer.
I got the waist tabs on. This will be a pullover dress with a bisected waistband that buttons at the sides.
(This is the back. It will have hooks and eyes in the back yoke.)
And I got the flounce on I still need to bind the flounce seam, but that doesn't take long:
So . . . sleeves, flounce seam, seam finishes, hooks and eyes.
Monday, November 9, 2015
I got very little done this weekend. Saturday, I went to the second annual Festival of Texas Fiddling at Burton. Well, sort of at Burton--at the La Bahia Turn Verein on 237, just off of 290. It rained all morning, though, and then it was cold. I hope they got enough of a turn-out that they can do it again next year because the musicians were terrific.
Monday, November 2, 2015
They must have just gotten the Pharoah stuff in because they had six or eight Trad models and a big pile of Stablemates and ornaments. It was a busy weekend, too.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Okay, back to work on this. I'm actually a bit surprised to see that I started it this month and not last--I'm not quite as far behind as I thought I was.
I cut all the pieces last night except for the sleeves, which have classic giant, overly-tall Seventies puff caps that I won't be using. I was dreading futzing with those but then I realized I can probably use the sleeves I already re-drew for the green dress instead.
I have literally just scraps left. It took all four yards and I had to shorten the body pieces by 3 1/2 inches to get them onto the fabric.
This wasn't difficult as a concept but it was a ton of work, physically. It turns out that the sweep on this is about 3 1/2 yards, which sounds OK until you have to pleat seven yards of ruffle onto it. I'm embarrassed to admit how exhausting that was.
It's heavy, too, but I think it would do any gothic Lolita proud:
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The black lace for the prairie dress is supposed to be delivered today. Fingers crossed.
Meanwhile, I started another quarter-circle skirt. I originally meant for this to be a regular dirndl and the curved pieces and hem flounce mean I need to go get another piece of fabric to cut the last quarter of the skirt and a few more strips for the ruffle. It's Moda Morris Apprentice Art Nouveau print in gray and black:
With some black lace I got secondhand (I think. I might have to use the other lace if there isn't enough of this):
Mispickel was impossible last night. She's not actually sleeping here. She was doing the mullet cat: Innocently "asleep" in front, tail twitching furiously in back.
I made the waistband lining and will make the pockets out of solid black to save scrap for the black quilt: