Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
Movies: Jennifer's Body on TV while I was sewing. Wow, if ever there was a movie about teenagers made by a painfully hip, desperately self-conscious, forty-year-old woman, this is it. Messy plot, terrible dialogue, unconvincing characters, trying too hard all around. I guess I'm too old to watch this kind of thing, anyway.
Reading: Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle (2005). I got six pages in and already hated her parents so much that I'm not sure I'll be able to finish it.
The dark splotch is a dye blot. I cut the biggest pieces of the dress from the un-blotchiest part of the fabric and am now down to cutting the smaller pieces around the blotches, but sometimes they don't fit. Whatever.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Yeah. Big, floppy, dress with huge--18-inch, I think they were--circumference sleeves. Right. Looks fine if you're six feet tall and 115 pounds. Doesn't look so good if you're . . . not. Looks like maternity wear, actually, if you're not.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Third in line after Valentine's and St. Patrick's Days is my cousin's wedding reception this summer. She's already married; they're just doing the party. I've had this sucker planned for a long time but couldn't squeeze it into my sewing schedule.
I think that Simplicity 4783 is from 1953:
It claims to be easy to make; I think it's just a fitted bodice with a huge rectangle gathered on for a skirt.
We're going big or going home with this one: Blue and yellow modern floral cotton . . .
And I'll probably bind the neck and armscyes in yellow bias.
I need yellow shoes, don't I? Yes, I do.
However, it's a lot of red and a busy print so I went with a simple dress. With a sweetheart neckline, of course:
I'm adding a tiny pocket in the right side seam, of course, and sleeve bands trimmed with eyelet:
Later: Fixed the bodice part of the pattern over lunch. It looked a bit mismatched when I sewed the test together last night but I think it will definitely go together better now.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Just call me Simpson! I'm not that yellow in real life.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Better advice on welt pockets here at Palmer/Pletsch.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Spatial fails aside, I love this pattern. It's super easy and incredibly fast. I could probably do two pairs a day if I had all day, and I'm the slowest knitter ever. Maybe more than two pairs. I should find out sometime. It's also easy to adapt--the first "real" pair I'm making with longer ribbing that comes up to the heel of my hand (fewer rows of stockinette between ribbing and thumb increases). I have weird, low-set, thumbs so the increases didn't hit quite right and the thumb as-written was set on too high, but it's easy to fix that because the pattern is so simple.
Monday, January 6, 2014
I made this for my best friend. Unfortunately, I made it out of Patons Silk Bamboo in Orchid, which is actually a very dark purple that photographs . . . like, not at all. A lighter color would have shown off the lace pattern better in real life, too, but I really wanted to use this yarn and it doesn't come in a Bibs-appropriate color (dusty robin's egg blue and sap green seem to be in right now, and she's a red/orange/yellow/sometimes purple person. Purple it had to be).