Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Confessional

I never sweep or vacuum my threads. I find them at work, in my car. I've even found them still on me in another country after flying for 10 hours.

From a post from a thread from the edge about the troubles of bamboo batting. Good to know as I'm working on my 4th quilt right now!

Forgive me.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pattern Review: Burdastyle Karl Lagerfeld Mini Skirt

My recent schedule is conducive to neither sewing nor blogging as its following the order of LA-Chile-Boston-LA-Chile-Boston-LA. I now even have platinum status on American Airlines -early boarding, overhead bag space like a pimp, free MCE seats. Don't know what MCE means? Up to 6" more extra legroom in that smelly, dry metal tube palace of comfort.

Whenever I'm not hurdling over the equator at unnatural speeds, I try to sew. One of those projects was based off of this picture that I pinned.

Happy Endings, loved that show!
The pattern I decided on was Burdastyle's Karl Lagerfeld miniskirt, based solely on Karl's name and the awesome skirts ladies before me had made (looking at you, Delphine!). This is my version.


Well those look nothing alike.


This was my first burdastyle pattern. I did not like it. Bad instructions, bad pattern pieces, no seam allowances, choke me now. I tried to put in the front fly zip, but the zipper was so big, it...um....looked like I had a....um....super-long....male bit(?) outlined on the front of the skirt (really trying not to be google-able for weirdos!). NOT a good look. So I ripped that out and put in my first exposed zip. The new problem is that whenever I sit down the zipper bulges out like a dude's....oh you know. I did not take a picture of that for you, sorry. What I do love about this skirt though are the snaps. This is the first time I've used and installed snaps. I used the Snapsetter, love that thing! Close up, no bulges, I promise.


The elasticized waist gives everything a good fit.


I used Mood's eco twill which I bought wayyyyyy over a year ago (come on girl, get your ass in gear!). The fabric has a nice color and sheen, but it didn't want to press sharply. I trusted the description about it not needing a prewash because I'm all about the eco-save-water-stuff. It worked! You don't need to prewash! If you need a good solid, basic eco twill, go for this stuff.

All in all, I don't like this skirt much. I need to accept that the high-waisted silhouette is not for me, and nor are man bulges.

So, my hands are in my pockets in all these pictures, but I'm engaged! I'm so happy and you bet your bananas that I'll be making my own dress!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Confessional

I didn't know that sewing machines were supposed to be regularly serviced until I started following sewing blogs. I still haven't taken mine in.

Hey, that's my machine. Beautiful stitches!

Forgive me.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New McCalls Patterns: Fall 2014

AKA when women are encouraged by the powers that be to embrace their inner catholic school girl. Hit me baby one more time...

McCalls 7022

I like how they choose the longest skirt to showcase here, trying to minimize the Britney comparisons. I see right through you McCalls!!! Its Britney, bitch.

McCalls 7014
Its nice when a school offers you more than one uniform option. The school of McCalls. Want to hear a funny (sad) story? My middle school required uniforms in the form of shirts. While my mom and I were waiting to buy my clothes for the next two years, the oh so well organized school ran out of all shirts, but white, X-large, short sleeve. So my uniform for a few months of middle school hell were two X-large white shirts, one with a huge margarine stain on the front. When black, medium shirts were finally offered again it was a revelation. I wonder why I wasn't cool...

McCalls 7025
Designer Joi! I can't not say this without using jazz hands. Designer Joi! Those fabrics (together, apart?) are hideous. Its already a coat with a lot of stuff, it didn't need 1980's fabrics too.

McCalls 7017
Designer Joi! The ruffle on that shirt is ugly and the bellybutton slit in the shirt is making me twitch. Designer Joi doens't have a singular POV, does she? Those are two very different patterns.

McCalls 7016
Giant shawl collars look so dated, not my style.

McCalls 7021
Hey, that's cute! The beads certainly make it, but its a good base! The peplum isn't too puffy, this is great!

It even comes with a mullet peplum, that's fine. That's all, right?
Oh no, they added another peplum layer, not a great decision. That is the end right? Right?!?!



Oh dear god the peplums are taking over....
Really why stop here McCalls. Why not 4,5,6? Can't look much uglier than this and the peplum pieces are likely just rectangles.

McCalls 7018
The collar's kind of sad-droopy, but I'd wear this. I like ruched sleeves and tabs as long as the buttons are functional so I can iron the creases out. Wait, the sleeve is gathered in the tab in this picture and not in the line drawing. I hate when the actual garment in the envelope isn't what is on the envelope. Anyone else run into this? Simplicity seems to be the biggest violator of my trust.

McCalls 7026
This is an exercise outfit, I get that. Is that thing on the back supposed to be wings and a homage to Hermes? Running fast and stuff. Because that would be kind of cute. If not, what were they thinking? Also, lace butt ruffle, no. Just no.

My favorite pattern in this run is McCalls 7019. When I first saw it in the thumbnail, well, see for youself.

Oh that's cute, McCalls is making skating costumes.


Oh dear, those are pants.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Confessional

I know you are supposed to listen to music or podcasts when you sew, but I like to watch trashy reality TV shows. Preferably reruns of one that went off the air a few years back which stared three ladies and their octogenarian boyfriend.

Forgive me.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Confessional

My cat, fascinated by thread, once grabbed a recently threaded handsewing needle by the thread and ran away. I chased him through the apartment terrified he was going swallow the needle and die, but also scared that he would drop it and I would step on it while running after him. He thought I just being mean chasing him to take away his fun new toy. When I cornered him, all the thread was in his mouth and the needle was at his lips. I've never even told my fiance. This is between us.

Image from Coletterie Tutorial on making threaded belt loops

Forgive me. (I am now extremely, extremely, extremely careful with anything crafting related around my little monster cat)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Named Patterns!

Named is one of my main temptations for breaking my stashbusting vow (I have to finish three projects before I can buy anything else, I'm on number one now). And now they've released new patterns for fall. These are my favorite

Wenona shirt dress by Named Patterns



Nascha Mini Skirt by Named Patterns










The line has a different feel from the previous two lines. The clothes aren't as streamlined as before, but its still really great. I can't wait to try these out!