Saturday, August 18, 2012

finishing old business

For the last couple of weeks, the theme has been sewing anything that uses white thread. 
There is also a white linen jacket in progress.  How can I be so lazy?  
I liked the look of these two shirts on the dress form and left them there for decorative purposes
 a little longer than strictly necessary.
The sleeves took a little while.  This time I used Pro-woven fusible light crisp interfacing for the cuffs, collars and collar stands.  I.love.it.
Notice how the bodices are completely finished and the sleeves completely finished?  I just love assembling shirts in this order,  because the final step of setting in the sleeves is so dramatic.  No hemming, no buttons to sew on - just two finished shirts. 
 I am using my summer iron! Yes, I picked this up after seeing how much Peter (at Male Pattern Boldness) likes his and I am in total agreement that this is a great iron.  It doesn't heat up the room too much, it doesn't shut-off automatically too soon, and when I need to heat it back up, it's fast.  It pumps out a decent amount of steam.  I am sure I'll go back to the Naomoto gravity-feed when the weather is cold and the extra heat in the room is appreciated.
Best forty bucks I ever spent!
It feels good to be finding my groove again.  I am sewing a lot and went back to work this week.  I hope I seemed calm and positive on the outside because I was pretty emotional on the inside.  People are so nice.  I don't know what I ever did to deserve this kindness, but I sure do appreciate it.  I do have a different cubicle, though!  ha ha.  My co-workers decorated it with a balloon and streamers and this nice little decoration:

(Ryan Gosling is almost as cute as my own husband!)
Well, let's see if we can get through a few days without getting all choked up, sounds like a good idea, eh?

Happy Sewing!!

41 comments:

  1. lol! You seem so happy (and full of beans) and I am happy for you!

    Cute top, but too lazy to change WHITE thread?!?! OMG. I understand if it's a serger, but a regular SM? lol.

    So, what kind of iron is that? I adore my Reliable Digital Velocity v100 and am not in the need of another, but I like to keep track of recommended ones.

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    1. shams, it is a Black & Decker Digital Advantage.

      yes, I do have a problem with changing thread on the machines !! ha ha

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  2. I'm so glad you are finding your groove and are back to work. Shirts are always on my list of things I need to make. I have to sort of my own TNT pattern first.

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    1. Yes- get that shirt TNT worked out - you will so glad you did. Shirt-making is great for time when you want to sew without the added [stress] of innovation.

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  3. I like your method of sewing the blouse bodice, then completing the sleeve units before attaching to the bodice. I hardly ever make blouses like this; yet I have made a note about this to keep it in mind for future use. Glad you are back in the saddle at work and at home in your sewing room.

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  4. Great blouses! What pattern are they?

    I have iron envy. :D

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    1. ah, this is a Franken-pattern that evolved over time.

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  5. I have been guilty of choosing what to sew by what thread colour it would take, and how many bobbins I had wound of that colour. I am glad I'm not the only one. 8-)

    Love the shirts.

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  6. I obviously am not a big sewing person because I never knew you could assemble a shirt like this - which I looove! Boom, and the thing is done. Your blouses look fantastic. Congratulations on finishing your projects. I wonder what we'll see next on your dress form. A little wild, far-out colour perhaps?

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    1. I hereby resolve to [eventually] sew something using a wild far-out colour for Melanie's amusement.
      ;-D

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  7. The cross-hatched front band on this shirt is marvelous. :o) Awesome detail!

    Anyway, I've possibly also been known to go into new-iron-rhapsody. Ha... they are just so wonderful to use sometimes!

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    1. I'll take a shot of steam over a shot of tequila any day :)

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  8. Sewing all things white before re-threading: I'd say it's a way to put order to the sewing queque!

    I love the order to your shirt construction. Makes complete sense to me when you have the fit worked out.

    Love the summer iron idea! Thanks for shouting out Peter's idea!

    And Ryan Gosling! Well, isn't he just best wall art your workmates could give you!

    As others have mentioned, good to see you back in the groove, in a good way!

    Wishing you many grounding sewing (and work) moments!

    Brenda

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    1. yes the Ryan Gosling picture gave me a big smile!

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    2. The "Feminist Ryan Gosling" meme always cracks me up.

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  9. I often sew colours that are already in my machines so can understand entirely where you are coming from. Your shirts look beautiful. Glad to hear you are getting back into your groove again. Good luck back at work.

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    1. Another member of The Thread Color Club :)

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  10. What terrific back-to-work shirts for you! Best wishes as you begin again. I'm focused on blouses and shirts right now and have fabric laid out for several.

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    1. blouses and shirts are so necessary! thank you for your good wishes.

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  11. Best wishes and enjoy yourself!!

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  12. Sewing by the color of the thread in the machine -- sounds like a strategy to me.

    The shirts look nice. I was taught to put the buttons on last. I assume the reason was that if some unforeseen adjustment was needed there would be some flexibility. But if you're sure nothing will change and have sewn it "perfectly," why not?

    I am going to look into that iron. The Rowenta with a tank that I bought three years ago has been a big disappointment. It splutters, and is a pain to take down from its storage space (I don't have a sewing room.) I was considering a portable iron for small jobs, but maybe I'll get a real iron, just smaller.

    I would love to have a gravity feed iron.

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    1. By the way, I keep it set on the lowest setting for steam. Then I use the button to pump out bursts of steam. This works really well. Good luck!

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  13. Nice shirts! I did this with pants, sewing two that I could use the same color thread. So much faster! I am working on a tnt shirt pattern, hopefully I can get as good a fit you've gotten and learn how to sew all the details as well as yours is done.
    Glad to hear that you are back to work.

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    1. Nancy, your double pants project sounds like a very good idea for me, too. I just need a TNT pants pattern as good as yours!

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  14. Great shirts, Robin. I wish you the best in your return to work. How can you go wrong with a greeting from Ryan?

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  15. Glad the work thing turned out so good! I'm impressed with your shirts... as usual.

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  16. You are the shirt queen! I must try your interfacing as I enjoy making shirts too.

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    1. mmm, you are giving me ideas. I need a crown!

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  17. What smart shirts. A new cubicle deserves a new shirt or two ;)

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  18. Fantastic! Happy sewing, happy working, happy all of it! Enjoy!

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  19. I love the shirts on you!!! And congratulations on your job! Kindness attracts kindness! Happy to hear that you have wonderful co-workers. The cubicle decorations were such a great welcome.

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  20. I've never thought to finish a shirt like that - what a fabulous idea! and very nice looking shirts, too!

    Welcome back to blogging. I'm sorry about the reasons that you're back, but also happy to see you here again =)

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    1. well thank you, and thanks for visiting my blog!

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  21. Great looking shirts and so happy for you that all turned out well :)

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  22. That looks great! Love how crisp the cuffs look.
    Glad to hear you are back to work and back to better days :)

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  23. Sorry I missed your first week back to work but I'm sure all went well! And I love, love, love your construction order for making shirts. I will have to remember it!

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  24. Love those two shirts and they do coordinate well together! The idea of a dramatic sleeve-setting-in tickles me.

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