Sunday, January 31, 2010

black, black, easy, easy

I am still Sewing With A Plan, even though I hardly have time to post about it- and I may not finish.  But when I have time to sew, I make sure it coordinates.  Here are 2 easy pieces I sewed this weekend.  The skirt is really short and tight, and meant to be worn under the sweater coat I sewed. 
The top is self-drafted using shams' instructions (see her blog post here)
And I will wear my tall black boots- this is just what was handy for a quick outfit.

Goodness, I have been busy; almost overwhelmed for the last month or so.  I've been transitioning to my new weekday Baltimore digs.  That is actually very nice because my sister is my landlord.  We have dreamed up a nice little makeover for her /my rental apartment and it's going to be awesome.  The kitchen will be ripped out and the floors refinished while I am away in Korea at the end of February.

Of course, Korea!  I am taking two weeks off from work and travelling to the other side of the world.  That is a break from my routine, that's for sure. 
I am ready. Oh. So. Ready to see Asia. 
I can totally understand why people love travel and I am so grateful to have a chance to see new places soon. I hear the buttons are amazing :)
I sew to relax- and sewing did its' magic on me this weekend.
*I hope you've had a little creative chill, too*

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Janome contests - anyone else thinking about entering?

Check out this email I got today: 

Dear Robin,

Hello from Janome America! As a large sewing machine company we are extremely interested in who’s doing what in the sewing and craft world. For this reason, we have been following your blog and are excited to see your enthusiasm for the craft. We at Janome are thrilled to see sewists sharing this art with others.

Currently, Janome is running a contest we thought would interest you. The contest theme is “Pass it On”, and encourages those who love to sew to share their skill with someone new to the craft. In the primary contest, you are given the chance to win one of three PAIRS of prizes. If chosen, both you and your 'student' win! There are three fantastic prize sets in all: two pairs of sergers and one pair of thread collections!

The rules are simple. On our website, we provide you with four easy and unique projects. Choose the one you like best and partner up with a beginner sewist to create this project. Submit a photo of the two of you as well as a few short words, telling us how the project went.

Winners will be chosen on March 31, 2010 - so get sewing! The goal of this contest is to encourage people like you to share their love of sewing with others, and to spread the joy of this craft.

You can find the link to the contest here. Please enter it yourself and share it with your readers as well!

We also have another “Pass it On” contest running that can be viewed here. You may be interested in participating in this as well, for more chances to win.

We appreciate your participation and are excited to see the projects and photos you and your readers create!

Feel free to email me for more information about the contest or Janome’s machines.

Thanks and Good Luck!

I gotta say, I LOVE the idea of a sewing machine manufacturer noticing the blogosphere where we really do share our love and enthusiasm of the craft.  I recently agreed to help my niece with a prom dress, so... hmmm.
Opinions?  (I confess I haven't yet studied the contest rules.  I am busier than usual lately and not much sewing happening.  This shall pass, though and I will be sewing up a storm again soon.)

*Happy sewing*

Monday, January 18, 2010

Are you looking for a sewing machine?

As you may have noticed, I love sewing machines and I seem to acquire extras now and then :)

I am selling my Pfaff 1475 CD on eBay.  I am currently sewing on a Bernina Aurora 430 (and I love it) so I am finding new homes for some of the nicer machines in the herd.  Feel free to email me if you have any questions!  You can reach me at  alittlesewing at gmail dot com.

I also have a very nice old Kenmore in the original wood cabinet (recently serviced, too) if you are local.
I can't sell that on eBay- too heavy!

on a side note- my flight and hotel are confirmed, I really am going to Korea in late February.  I can't wait!
I WILL be visiting the amazing DongDaeMun and reporting back.

Any readers in Korea?  Let's meet up!

*Happy Sewing!*

Sunday, January 17, 2010

finally, a sewn item for my husband!

There is an old saying that the everyone has shoes but the cobbler's wife.  Everyone in the family has something sewn by me except my husband! 

I only had a little time this weekend, so I thought knit top was in order.  But I've been having trouble with a looper on my serger so that baby is headed in to the shop for service. 

What to do?  A ha!  Finish that quilt

It wasn't too hard once I got rolling.  I did not hand-baste or use safety pins, I ended up using a soluble temporary spray glue (Helmar 101) on the advice of classmates at the machine mastery class.
Next up - I will bind the edges.  I need to read up on how to do that, but can't be too hard, right?

DH & I decided it would make a good lap quilt and he volunteered to enjoy it :)

*Happy Anniversary to Us*

Saturday, January 16, 2010

check this out- if you can sew, you can build

Sorry I have nothing stylish of my own to share today.  I am sewing curtains.  Check out this blog I recently discovered:
Knock Off Wood and read about the author Ana White.

She has a real can-do attitude (and aptitude) that resonates with me, and I bet a lot of sewing fans will relate to her, too.  People like us, we are an interesting bunch; with our analytical & creative abilities.

Once again, I say Yay for the Internet!

*Hope your weekend is a creative one*

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sweater coat gets a road test

I wore my sweater coat today and we went to see The Young Victoria (and the costumes were superb!)
I only need to fasten one hook if I am wearing it over a skirt or pants.  I tried this over leggings and it looked best with all of the hooks done.  I do want to sew some "skinny" pants and more narrow short skirts, too.

Because it is a sweater fabric, it hangs better if I wear it over wovens.  If you know me, you recognize this skirt sewn from Roberto Cavalli fabric a couple years ago.  In fact everything except the leggings were sewn by me!  That is a great feeling.  I do need to alter that skirt, though.  I've lost a bit of weight and it needs to be narrowed and shortened (today I wore it with the waistband rolled over just like I wore my skirts in high school).

No sewing for me this weekend, I am taking a break from other hard work.  Yesterday I took a machine mastery class at Bear's Paw and I met some really fun women.  In fact I had a LOT in common with one woman who is my vintage who also majored in music, works in IT now (with SAP, too!!) and has a daughter who graduated from SMCM.  It was really fun.  There are 6 classes in all and I will take as many as I can, just for the fun of hanging out with other sewing fans.  In fact, they were also having a Bernina My Label class while we were there for the machine mastery class.  I was wearing the jacket I sewed based on the BML Three Quarter Length Coat.    I really enjoyed sharing it with them and meeting new people. 
I also heard a story on the radio about how poorly Baltimore is regarded around the world because of the image portrayed on  The Wire.
Well, I love it.  Baltimore is a great city.
*Happy Sewing*

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A little dart will do ya: Jalie 2921 Women's Scarf-Collar Top

It worked!  I sewed a dart into the center back collar piece and tapered it into the center back seam of the bodice.  A somewhat crude correction considering how this collar is attached to the bodice, but it gets the job done.
I really like this top and I will sew it again- but I will re-draft the collar band and I have to think about the construction.  Thanks for your ideas!! It was a quick fix!

Thanks so much for your ideas!
*happy sewing*

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Jalie 2921 Women's Scarf-Collar Top

Pattern Description:
Women's knit tops with scarf collar attached with a buckle, through opening at center front or tied in a bow.
Pattern Sizing:
womens 4-22
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
yes, I love the clear instructions
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I don't like the way the scarf collar gaps in the back. No matter how I tug /arrange things, there is flopping and/or gapping. What a shame! I will wear this under a jacket, so it will be OK.
Fabric Used:
RPL from Christine Jonson
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made fit alterations to the shoulders to match my TNT t-shirt pattern
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
It looks great on the model on the envelope. I wonder if I am built weird - or did I use the wrong fabric? or am I just too picky?
I dunno. It is not a wadder, but it is a disappointment.
boo hoo!

Oh. well.

How's your sewing going?