Monday, December 22, 2008

Projects done in time

Okay! I have finished my 3 jalie shirts and also finished ripping out the seams and adding back in the side panels on my mom's shirt. I also made some tags to hang on the clothing that say they are made by me! Nothing real fancy, and nothing sewn in....I actually am glad that manufacturers have moved away from the itchy tag in favor of printing on the inside of the fabric! I will get some pictures on xmas of the shirts, since I have already wrapped them all up! Mine isn't wrapped up, but I am too lazy at the moment to get the camera! :)
I got my new stash of fabrics from the evil fabric queen a few days ago. I refrained myself and only bought 4 new fabrics. I love them too!
I don't think I will be fitting anymore sewing in before christmas! My new year's resolution is to sew more than I buy! Only buy if it is something really special, or I have a need on a current project! Do you think I can do it?? My stash is growing exponentially!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

xmas project progress

Well, I have finished the sweater/shirt for my mom......only to find out, that I didn't give enough extra for the non-stretch of this fabric. The final product turned out great.....but too tight! I am going to have to open up the side seams and add in probably a 2 1/2" strip of fabric. I am very disappointed by this! Live and learn!!!
I am working on the other 3 shirts at the same time since they all can use the same color thread in my serger! Yay! I love when stuff like that happens!! Those are about 1/2 completed. My goal is to knock those out tonight, then work on the fix of the other one. Also, friday is pajama day for the last day of school for my older daughter. She has the pajama bottoms I just made, but no shirt to go with it yet. Now, she does have about 15 pairs of pajamas/nighties....but I am not sure the majority of them are thick enough to wear in this weather (it is cold here now....high 40s/low 50s...yes that is cold for here I know that isn't cold for some of you!!)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Update to polar bear pjs!

I have 3 of the 4 pairs of pjs completed! Yeah! The last pair sits, cut out, on top of my sewing machine, just waiting for me to get tired of the computer and come sew them. Wonder how long that will take!
Here is a picture of one of the pairs of pjs. I didn't take pictures of all of them, because they pretty much look the same!

Pictures of past projects

Here are a few pictures of some of the projects I have completed since summer:
Jalie 2794 Jalie 2804 Jalie 2788
Jalie 2793, Jalie 2797, Jalie 2806
Jalie 2005

Cutting in progress....

Whew. I just finished tracing out Jalie 2804 in a few sizes and then cutting out 4 versions. One is for my mom, one for my sister, one for my friend, and lastly one is for me. I have made this pattern before in the sleeveless version with the ruched sides and I love it. I decided this time to skip the side ruching and add 3/4 sleeves to a few of them and long sleeves to one of them. I have this really cool fleece that is long hair fuzzy on one side and soft as imagineable printed on the other side. It isn't particularly stretchy, so I cut a size larger than I would normally make for my mom....I hope this works out. ZASaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa And that was my lovely cat jumping up on the keyboard now standing in front of my monitor as I type. Got to love them! Here are some pics of the fabrics: This is the one for my friend. This is the one for my mom. This is the one for my sister. This is the one for me. And to top things off....I dropped my camera on my foot and the flash isn't working correctly!!! I have to send it in to get fixed, but I don't want to until after the I need to go out and by a flash that can mount on top of my camera. It is always something. So excuse my poor pictures, the colors in some don't look quite right!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Where is the time going?

I really thought it was only last week that I wrote here....can't believe it was thanksgiving! Where is the time going???
Update on the gymnastic suits (yes, I know I still need a picture!) - on Monday the coach came and asked me if I really made the suits and wanted to know if I would make some for her daughter. Nice compliment. I never feel like making stuff for other people though....they always offer to pay me, but I can't see that my time would be worth what they would pay. It would take me a minimum of 2 hours to complete the project plus the cost of supplies.....even if I charged $40 it doesn't seem worth it. I can do consulting work (I am an engineer) and make $60/hr.......(no supplies). Sewing is something I enjoy doing for me and my family and an occasional friend as a present. It is something special that no one can go buy. I am sure my fellow sewers feel the same way. I enjoy it because I am creating something that no one else has and I am making it the way I want it to be done - whether it is for me, my kids, husband or anyone else. I don't want everyone to have what I (or my daughters) have....... Okay, I am done ranting.
I am making pajamas for everyone. I have my husbands cut out finally. My older daughter's are almost done, just need hemming, my youngest and mine and seamed up, but the elastic and hem aren't in yet. Here is a picture of the is a flannel. I am making the bottoms out of this, and the top out of fleece.