Saturday, March 28, 2009

I've been knitting

I have wanted to learn to knit for a very long time. I have been watching videos on and on youtube. Also, I have been watching a DVD called "Knitting Made Easy". I practiced and decided that my first project would be these baby booties. They are far from perfect. You can see a mistake under the word "mistake" in the picture, but I am extremely happy that they even look like booties. I am really excited about learning to knit. Next up is a hat for my husband. I am still sewing furiously working on my Easter dress and on another dress. Reality will hit Monday morning, though, because it is back to work after a week of Spring Break. UGH.

Monday, March 23, 2009

A Pair of Shorts--McCalls 5391

Pattern Description: MISSES SHORTS IN THREE LENGTHS AND BELT: Shorts have mock fly, slanted pockets, carrier and hem variations; shorts D has belt

Pattern Sizing:I cut a size 14 in View A.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I loved everything about it.

Fabric Used: Michael Miller Ironworks print.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:None
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I am definitely going to make some more shorts with this pattern. I am going to try welt pockets on my next pair.

Conclusion: Easy and great basic shorts pattern. My husband will only tolerate these shorts because they are orange, the color of Auburn, the arch rival of the University of Alabama. ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Kwik Sew 3578

I bought this dress pattern after seeing a Banana Republic dress last year with a similar neckline. I was even more excited when the Kwik Sew pattern had the added bonus of a cute keyhole neck closing at the back.
This is the first Kwik Sew pattern I have made and these are the best instructions and illustrations of any any pattern I have ever done. They were super easy to follow. I did not like the 1/4" seam allowances. I am so used to 5/8" seams that the next time I make a Kwik Sew, I will increase the seam allowance. I think this pattern runs big, because I am a small according to the measurements given on the pattern, but I needed to XS. I love the pleating at the neckline. I have seen that on several garments this spring and it seems to be popular. It looks like I have an extra pleat up the center, but that is just a wrinkle I need to iron. I did iron it, but I am a terrible ironer.
I used a fuschia cotton knit from I really like the brightness of that color. I did not add elastic at the waist as the pattern called for. I really don't like putting elastic in so I avoid it when possible. I just gathered it instead. Also, I did not stitch in the ditch as the pattern said to do after sewing the facings in--I just hand sewed the facings and the bindings down on the inside of the dress. I am terrible at stitching in the ditch. I think this will be a great summer dress to wear to work on Fridays or to church on Sunday nights.

I promise it is not as tight on me as it is on Lady Burgundy, my dress form. I need to readjust her measurements. I think they have gotten a little off from me moving her around to pose her for pics. The full review is a

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hancock's Rant

I will probably take this post down later after I think about it, but I am just ticked off and need to vent. A couple of weeks ago, Hancock's had a 99 cent (or maybe) it was $1.99 on their McCall's patterns. I went to get several of the new patterns that had come out, and they did not have them. WHAT?!?!?! I drove 1 hr, 10 min to get there as that is the closest Hancock's to me. Although I love my small town, I live in podunksville---we don't even have a movie theater. Well, beginning tomorrow, McCalls and Simplicity will be on sale for 99 cent and $1.99 respectively. There are 6 McCalls I want and one Simplicity. I live about an 1 hr, 10 min away from my nearest Hancock Fabrics, so I just called them on the phone and explained to them that because I live a distance away, could they go and look to see if they have these pattern numbers before I drive all the way over there. The CS Rep said that everyone was cutting fabric and could not go look, so I should call back tonight and someone might be able to go look. WHAT?!?!?! Don't you think she should have said that when she gets a chance she will go look and call me back? It is not a long distance call. She was nice, but just not very helpful. GRRRRRRR!!!!! It almost makes me want to just order online and forget the hassle, except that they are so much more expensive. Whew---thanks for listening. I feel better.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thanks for the Sisterhood Award

Thank you so much Faye and Meg for the Sisterhood Award. The rules connected to the award are:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received your award.
It is so hard to narrow it to 10 blogs, so here is goes in no particular order.