What are you sewing now?
5 years agoneedlewoman @needlewoman
Looking forward to seeing you model your new tee, N, and congratulations on completing H’s blazer. What’s modal? Me too, about this book, Liesl. At risk of being awkward/demanding, is your book ‘coming out’ instead of new kids’ patterns? It occurred to me that it’s about “now” that your new Spring/Summer patterns have been launched, in the past, and as a devoted fan, I’m always eager to have new patterns for children (big and small).
On my desk are a couple more Music Class skirts, Sand box pants, and a few Lullaby Layette items. Cutting out a 2+2 blouse (size 3); and a size 5 Bedtime Story (2 tops, and 1 pants). Several small Carousels are calling me too, and ‘my’ first Jump Rope (already cut) but I’m determined to finish some Sketch book pants for bigger boys, first.5 years ago
This black skirt is headed for the bin! It has lumps and bumps of half sewn buttonholes all over it and quite frankly I give up. i would rather just go buy some more black corduroy and start again. This time of course trimming down the seams!
So I sent just one lane raglan tshirt as I just ran out of time to finish the other before heading to town and the traveller dress.
I want to complete the other two tonight.5 years agobrenda1652 @brenda1652
Right now I am sewing up some much needed items for my kitchen. Scraps are turning into nice nice potholders/hot pads. I picked up some nice quality heavier weight linen from Fabrics-Store and I am making some dish towels with that. I do not have a dishwasher and have no intention of getting one so dish towels are put to hard use here. The linen is wonderful from that site and they have different sales everyday so that is when I pick up what I need. The dish towels are also good for doing practice trials with machine embroidery before I put the particular design on an item of clothing. After the kitchen items, then comes adventure vests, bucket hats, and cargo pants with elastic ankles for the 3 grandkiddos, also much needed when they visit here in upstate NY and venture out in our our woods and pastures and fish the ponds. I use a light weight water resistant breathable fabric for the pants. Right now it is black fly and deer tick season. Ouch!5 years ago
That sounds like a great use of extra fabric. But I have to say that dish towels (we call them teatowels here) are required and necessary whether you have a dishwasher or not as there is always going to be some handwashing. It’s a bit like sewing. There is always going to be some handsewing.
At one stage linen was uses for bath towels aswell!
I am planning to go and get some more “jeans muslin” fabric today. The trip will be quick!5 years agobrenda1652 @brenda1652
Teatowels sounds ever so much more elegant than dish towels. From now on I am making teatowels! When we first married my southern born husband called dish cloths and face cloths
“wash rags” which he tells me is what his Cherokee granny called them and there is no arguing with the granny who raised him, bless her soul. I just kept using the terms of face cloth and dish cloth and showing him a household rag when he referred to rags (discarded towels ripped into cleaning cloths for the house and barn). Eventually he started calling the face and dishcloths(for washing dishes, wiping faces, etc) “cloths” instead of rags. His southern expressions either make me laugh or leaves me totally baffled as I am a Yankee lady, born and raised, with Native Northeastern Indian added to the mix, definitely not southern.5 years ago
Who would want to wash their face with a rag??? I am picturing old underwear and torn shirts covered in grease and oil – ergh! You’d never get that off your face!
No I think you are doing the right thing by making lovely linen tea towels😉 That will dry your dishes in no time and then dry themselves just as fast.
Today, it is supposed to be raining and I had planned as part of the rainy day fun to sew my heart out in time to the “pennies from heaven” as my late parents in law termed it. But alas I will have to start without it – c’mon rain!!
I have two Archer shirts to sew. They have been sitting there waiting ever so patiently for me to get to them and now is that time. Then I can send them down to school and she can have a few more warm things to keep her cosy whilst finishing her energy efficient house project due in this week.
Then I think that brings me up to date with all the outstanding things and I can have permission to make something else😉5 years agoNicole @motherof5
I finished 3 Deer and Doe tees and one drafted from a favourite body shirt (very fitted for wearing under shirts).
I am not sure what Modal actually is, @needlewoman (off to Google) but it is very stretchy with great recovery but tricky to handle.
I may have likened it to sewing snot 😉5 years ago
I didn’t get very far with the Archers over the weekend. Between a poorly baby and power outages it was a no win. Instead I taped together a few pdf’s in preparation for the next things I want to make. I also traced and cut out a few more things, not too many mind. I measured the boy who seems to have slimmed out slightly (which is always good) and am making preps to get something made for him – poor boy doesn’t wear dresses, frilly pink or girly so…. I have a couple of Jalie shirts to make for him and thought I would cut one and sew it along with the two Archers seeing as the base thread is the same colour. Shouldn’t be that hard. Although he is complaining of the cold so I better do something about that.5 years agoNicole @motherof5
I finished my jeans. I had a few issues with the back yoke fit but I have that sorted now (I think), and have cut a second pair.5 years ago
I finally made myself a concord t shirt! And I have almost finished sewing a jalie jeans jacket.5 years agowith love Heidi @with love Heidi
How do you like your concord Tamara? I love mine and have been wearing it weekly. I’ve already traced a hacked version with a Kwiksew 3915 runched v neck collar.
I just finished my first Alabama Chanin item, self drafted fingerless gloves. I enjoyed the process much more than I expected and my RSI didn’t play up 🙂 I’ve got fabric, blue and purple, for a skirt next.5 years ago
Oh I love it Heidi! It is so comfortable that I confess to living in it a bit too much since it was made. It has the stains of life on it😜.
I am tossing up what to use to make another whilst struggling to type this and contain a climbing toddler at the same time. I have more kaufman laguna knit but I also want to make an Appleton top.
I know it might sound crazy but I might hack the concord into an actual nursing tee and see how that goes. I might be better to use in public.5 years agocybele727 @cybele727
So I have been in an absolute FUNK. 🙁
This primary election business is getting to me because of all the vitriol and I can’t simply turn away because it is our future. (US) (That’s all I will say about politics here.)
And work has been icky. I’ve had to deal with more people who think that fists are an acceptable form of communication lately, than I have in a while. (And that’s all I will say about that here.)
So… blue blue blue… and then I look at the absymal state of my daughter’s wardrobe. Dresses from 2 summers ago became tunics last summer. Well, now we are beyond that. She has no shorts. We are at that total start over point.
I desperately have been looking for a simple sleeveless a line dress. Something that can be worn with a t shirt or without. When I find a pattern that I remotely like, the next question becomes – I want sewing to be a joy, will this pattern’s sucky instructions take my joy away? O and S has ruined me for other poeple. #thanksliesl
I’m so spoiled. And then because I am blue, I am like… why can’t liesl put out a book like: here is a basic a line dress for little girls and here are mods to make it customized and awesome. And why can’t she do that now because I want it now. LOL So blue. So petulant.
So before I venture into other crappy PDFs or big 4s, I go to dropbox and see what PDFs I already own. I mean, why pay to be frustrated when you already own something that might fit the bill? LOL
And there I discover in my summer dresses file a pdf pattern I’ve never made. A simple a line with the ability to be worn with a t or without as the heat progresses.
Maybe it will be just what I need to get me over the funk. Quick, easy, clear directions, little frustration.
#thanksliesl5 years agoRobin @Robin
Jenny, I get “rattled” watching what is happening in the US. And it’s hard to work in the industry you do.
Sew something pretty. Hug your kids.
So wish I could just pop by for a gab and some stitching. Hang in there.5 years ago
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@cybele727 so glad you “found” the popover.
@motherof5 guess what?! I found some denim/wool blend!!! At my local Spotlight!!! I told the woman at the counter they won the fabric lotto. There were two kinds, one that had this plush look about it almost like corduroy but not and a gold/blue thing happening. The other was dark navy. Both are lovely and I can’t wait to work with them both. I am seriously thinking of keeping them for some selfish sewing projects.
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