Archive for July, 2010

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Ooh new tools

July 26, 2010

What’s this? It’s my new, full size ironing board. Since I’ve been nomadic of late, I haven’t had one because they’re big and take up space we generally haven’t had. But now that I have it I remember how much I love having it.

I no longer have to worry about knocking my iron off my low level board and burning my elbows ( I have scars).

I can work with fewer bad posture pains between my shoulder blades.

And it gets better…

You see, I don’t have a cutting table. Because of space limitations, I cut on the floor: a cardinal sewing sin I’ve been told (I know many a writer and philosopher has debated the nature of a sin that is also a necessity)… but I digress.

Because I don’t have a cutting table, I don’t have a space to do a lot of pinning and other minor tasks. I’ve been doing them on the floor or in my lap. But my favourite place to do them is a fully extended ironing board and now I get to do that!

It’s very exciting.

Oh, and the project on that ironing board?: a new kimono top from McCalls 5233 pattern. I tried it on briefly and liked what I saw but the hems still need finishing.

I’ve actually finished several projects recently but have not managed to get myself and my photographer together to photograph them.

Hopefully soon because I have certainly not been twiddling my thumbs.

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Wardrobe crisis

July 12, 2010

Yes, we’re still in the middle of a heatwave and I still have very little to wear to work.

I spent my evening trying to work on a polka dot jersey shirt using McCalls 5662 which I bought back during my no sew week. The results were less than I was hoping for.

My serger fought me every step of the way. I had to re-thread six times and I broke a needle.

I tried to make view C but was disappointed to discover that the waist tie was not a tie after all but just a decorative bit in the front of the shirt. I dislike the way it pulls the back part of the waistline forward so I think I will take it out and basically be left with view D. This may make it wearable.

If I try the shirt again I will want to use a heavier jersey because this one is structureless, and I will skip the waist twist in the pattern and make my own waist ties.

Tomorrow night will be pants.

Hopefully they’ll go better.

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Blogged out

July 10, 2010

Just a quickk note to let you know that I’m blogging for work now too. I’ve been battling with WordPress all week so I’m feeling a little blogged out. Hopefully I’ll have some stuff to share next week.

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Poor Decisions dress makes good

July 5, 2010

Well, first of all,  the weekend was fantastic. We saw two terrific plays: Peter Pan and The Tempest. I highly recommend both of them to anyone who has a shot at making it to Stratford Ontario between now and the end of October.

Secondly, the dress performed admirably as well. It was different from anything else I saw on the streets and a waitress complimented me on it. I still need to tighten up the top a little but otherwise I’d say this dress was a succcess at last.

Here is the dress. I’m outside City Hall after dinner. I’m glad I was able to find broadcloth that matched the blue on  the fabric because I really like the way it turned out. the midsection of the back part of the dress matches the sash as well.

And here it is flared out.I’m not sure if it would turn out this way using the skirt pieces that came with the pattern, but I’m really happy with this version. It’s light and airy since it’s made of cotton. It also flows and spins. I kind of wish we’d gone out dancing, but I think we’ll need some dance classes before we do that.

The dress is a keeper.

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Stratford wardrobe complete

July 3, 2010

Well I finally finished the Poor Decisions dress. It was a challenge and it seemed to torture and mock me at every turn. It was too loose, and too long. Then the waist sections didn’t match up at the front and back. Oh, and then there was the moment I realized I’d put the zipper in backwards.

But it’s finally done. It’s one of the more complex dresses I’ve made for myself lately. It has more pieces and more fitting involved than some of the other stuff I’ve made.

I plan to wear it and a skirt I finished recently to the theatre today and tomorrow.

I am going here:

Last weekend I was carefully avoiding my city because it was full of world leaders, fences, and pumped up police expecting trouble. This weekend we’re off to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

Hopefully there will be photos next week.

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Canada Day

July 1, 2010

It’s Canada Day here.

No sewing today.

I’m off to a barbeque to meet up with old friends and celebrate the 143rd birthday of the Dominion of Canada.

Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians.

…and a very happy Thursday to everyone else!