Monday, November 10, 2014

Sewing for me: some unexpected issues

One of my goals for the year was to sew more for me. I've been amassing some gorgeous patterns, made lots of plans, bought fabric, and attempted to sew some things.

Some knits I bought for shirts.

So far there are two things that I have made that I wear on a regular basis. Only one of which that I actually wear to work. Two sit in my closet, mostly done but ill fitting. I'm hoping once my weight gets down even more, I'll have more success with them fitting (for those of you following along at home, I'm at 78lbs lost, yay!).

I think the problem is me, or more accurately, my body shape. I'm a pretty extreme pear shape. Even when I grade up the bottom of a shirt I haven't had a lot of luck with things fitting me and looking really nice.

Which kind of defeats the point of sewing for me, which is to have nicely fitted clothing that is just my style. But don't worry, I am going to persevere. I am NOT throwing in the towel.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Clothing Exchange Goodies!

Daniel loves what he received in the online clothing exchange! Our swap partner has mad sewing skills and did an awesome job matching his style. She hand cut out the applique and stitched it on. It is amazing and I plan to duplicate it for other super heroes he likes.

We need a landscaper at school asap. 

And to show how hard it is to get a pic of this kid. Here he is with his head cut off because he wouldn't stop jumping! 

I've also decided to sew a few things for his back to school wardrobe. Here's a screenshot of  my really ambitious list I have started of things I want to make for his Fall school wardrobe. 

My favorite pattern designers for clothes for Daniel are Peekaboo Pattern Shop, Shwin Designs, Terra's Treasures and Blank Slate Patterns. They all have a great selection of boy patterns with a lot of style. (Those are all non-affiliate links. I just like the patterns they make!)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kid's Clothes Week Recap

This post contains some affiliate links just so you know what you are clicking. ;)

I ended up not knowing it was Kid's Clothes Week until the second or third day. I managed to sew up two things, and they weren't even for my child!

I was participating in an online clothing exchange and sewed these up for a little boy a few states away. Daniel was totally jealous and requested some replicas.

This is the Maui Muscle Tee from Peekaboo Patterns. This was a super fast sew. I upcycled an adult-sized Captain America tee because I knew this particular boy was a fan. I think I could make like three of these an hour. So satisfying! 

Next up I made the Castaway Cargos also from Peekaboo Patterns. Can you tell who sponsored this swap? I was a bit intimidated by these. They have six pockets, a knit waistband, and a faux fly. I used a black lightweight denim with a slight stretch and contrast stitching for a little style.It is practically invisible here, but all the visible stitching is red. Boys clothes have much more subtle style and I like to add little details. 

This was my very first time with welt pockets. The instructions were a breeze and I think they turned out relatively nice. I have some ideas how to make them better next time though, like cutting even closer to the seam allowance instead of being a pansy about it. 

There are supposed to be flaps on the leg pockets but I totally forgot and I wasn't about to pick out that crotch seam for a SECOND time. 

Daniel tried these on and commented about all the pockets. The front pockets were small, but good. The back pockets had lots of room. The side pockets were good for storing things. That's practically a rave review. 

I can't wait to see what Daniel gets in the swap. I'll be sure to share once it gets here. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kid's Clothes Week

Egads, I almost missed it again. It is half over, but I'm not throwing in the towel. Stay tuned for some awesomeness coming.

kid's clothes week

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

So, yeah, there's this thing...

And I'm super nervous to talk about it, but it's my blog, right? And there are like 2 readers (maybe) and 40 bots, so I figure I'm pretty dang safe here.

I'm 32 and last November I reached this moment of clarity. I'm sure we have all been there, it was one of those perfect moments where you can clearly see exactly what needs to happen and how it needs to happen. Then all of the sudden this plan forms and you have more motivation than you have ever dreamed of and know exactly what to do.

Yeah, it was amazing. And I'm still riding the wave here in July.

My big epiphany was me. More specifically creating a healthier me and doing it all the right way with good ol' diet and exercise.

So here I am 8+ months later, own 60 pounds, and rocking a very different view of food.

If you are interested in knowing what I did and am still doing, read on my friend. If not, skip the bullets.

  • It started with calorie counting. I know it isn't fun or glamorous, but it works. Every time someone asks, "What's your secret???" They look so disappointed when I tell them the truth. Everyone's caloric needs are different and I've had to tweak mine several times. My max right now is 1550 a day. I've gone much lower and I've gone a bit higher. This is the number that is working for me right now though.
  • I added exercise later. I'm an emotional eater and it took a while for me to not be totally neurotic. I wanted to make a big lifestyle change so I took small but firm steps in the right direction. 
  • I log everything I eat using My Fitness Pal. I think for some people this would be a negative thing, but it has helped me. I like the accountability. 
  • When I screw up I don't let myself spiral down. If I had that piece of cake that I didn't have calories for I didn't throw in the towel and eat the rest of the cake. That's like taking a baseball bat to your car because you got a door ding. Forgive and move on. 
I'm still trekking along on my journey, but I am very proud of what I have accomplished so far. I don't plan on talking a lot about weight loss in general, but I did put a little weight loss button on the right sidebar there if you are interested in watching that number go up. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Oh my! It's July!

Eesh, July. Hottest part of the year here in Texas. At least it hasn't been like last year. I don't think we have broken 100 yet.

I've been sewing quite a bit and I FINALLY made something for myself! It is the Centerfield Raglan Greenstyle Creations. I totally love it. This is the best picture I have of it, sadly. It is in the dirty clothes at the moment too. I used some leftover pink knit for the sleeves and a jersey knit bedsheet (yup, bedsheet) in a dark heather gray for the body. I even cheated a bit and used the hem on the sheet for the shirt hem. Super lazy or super smart? Perhaps a little of both!

I made Daniel this Out of the World tie for his kindergarten graduation. I was super skeptical when he picked out the fabric, but he knew what he was doing I guess, because it turned out really rad. Here's the awesome pattern by Sew Sweet Patterns. It is super simple and I loved making it. 

I've also added a few items to the shop. I won't spam them here, but a link is over in the sidebar. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Rigby Shirt by Shwin Designs

I love Shwin Designs. Unique patterns, good fit, great construction.

This awesome Rigby Polo is no exception. The minute I saw it I knew the fabric I needed. I'd been eyeing an awesome black and gray hounds tooth at Joann, but didn't have the perfect project. Problem solved.

Happy little dude.

It went together perfectly and I even learned a new technique...adding snaps! It was very simple once I figured it out.

Mr. Long and Lanky needed the 6 width with a 7 length. This is part of the reason I love making his clothing. I can custom fit them to his shape and style. 

Reason number 1 I love making him things: He loves them! 

(I was totally not paid or compensated in any way for writing this. Just loved the pattern!)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Well, well, well

I'm back to tell you how awesome I am. Just in case you forgot. :)

Remember my goal to sew more for me. And the other one to create what I want to create?


I hit both of those with this little (not really little at all) beauty.

Her name is Betty and she is from a pattern made by Swoon

I love her.

polka dot pocket
Plus I really stretched my skill set and tried some new things. Learning is always a win.

piping for miles <3 td="">

She is big and roomy and so very very me. No one sees the inside, so I almost went with something plain. Then I remembered *I* see the inside and picked my favorite fabric. Designing what I want FTW.

Awesome pockets. I'm pretty sure  my Kindle will fit in there. 

While she is very far from perfect: the lining is too big, piping could be neater, my hand sewing is atrocious, etc, I love her so so much.

Friday, January 3, 2014

2013 in pictures

Cutting my bangs, birthday party for a friend, convention swag, me, bumper cars FTW, organizing my sewing room, my sweet friends treating me to lunch on Librarian Day, this sums me up pretty well, discovering Shel Silverstein

Inheriting some vintage notions, my first Mexican soda, new library laptops, tiling my bathroom, Super D, the picture that sums up our summers, The Force, creating, IronMom and Hawkeye

Painting the living room, first sewing project for Daniel, cousins come to stay, learning to play Minecraft on the PC, painting my sewing room, designing for me, first (real) haircut, finally climbed to the top, bike riding

feeding giraffes during professional development, first day, my awesome new sign from The Odd Unicorn, teaching grandma to play MarioKart, Book Parade costume, winning the Responsibility Award, The Boy Who Hates Writing makes a list, Creeper hat, first Build a Bear

Low key 6th birthday on Thanksgiving Day, learned to play Magic, first Santa pic since infancy, cookie party, the winning Christmas gift, Easy Bake Oven goodies, bribing with Clementines, Enderman + Creeper = BFFs, writing a New Year's resolution 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Sewing Projects 2013

I had way more fun than I thought I would looking through pics of things I created last year. I didn't include everything, but here is most of what I sewed during 2013. 

For a friend, so nice I made it twice, first time using lace, rainbow elephants, rainbow twirl, capris, made the one on the left for her 8th birthday, for a friend, 10 adjustable skirts for kindergarten's Cinco de Mayo program, first time using linen, dress for her 6th birthday, LOVE this one for my shop, for a friend, for my shop, I hate using paper patterns, can you tell I like mustard? 4th of July dress, for Daniel's first day, 4th of July, stripwork maxi, Gnomeville is awesome, testing a knit dress, first birthday skirt, for a friend, donated to tornado victims.  

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