Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Organizing My Sewing Tools

I love when people blog about their sewing rooms and how they organize their notions and fabrics.  Isn't it fun to peek into people's lives?

Would you like to take a look at mine?

I just purchased a table from Ikea.  The table is 59" long by 24" depth.

Now my Brother's can sit next to each other haha

 I got the peg board too and hung it within 5 minutes of getting it home.  Now I can see where all my tool are.  Just have to make sure I put them back when I'm done!
Rulers, scissors, seam ripper, tracing tools, bound buttonhole maker
 Do you see that copper thing in the middle of the picture above?  It's a bound buttonhole maker - I found it on Ebay for 99 cents!  I haven't used it yet though, maybe soon?

Rotary cutters, button spacer thingy, thread nipper, bias maker

A basket and some jars to hold pencil, markers, buttons, and thread for my serger.

These were the supplies I used to make a chalk bag for my rock-climbing brother.  

Happy Sewing! 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Chalk Bag

My brother rock climbs and asked me to make him a chalk bag.  I had never heard of it before, but I'll do almost anything for my "baby" bro - so I said yes.

Here are pics he took (and he's a photographer so he's got the awesome camera)

Photo by Andrew Vega

Photo by Andrew Vega
We used denim, flannel, a leather cord, and a cord stopper.  Want to try one?  It took us a couple of hours using this awesome tutorial on  After we finished, my brother thought it would be so cool to embroider it ~ darn it, if only I had an embroidery machine.  Now I'm starting to research great, affordable machines that can embroider.  Any suggestions?  I'll consider anything under $500.00 because uh, $10K is out of my budget!!   

Want one but don't want to make one?  Feel free to contact me ~ this was fun to make!
I hope my brother enjoys it.  I'm sure he'll get lots of use from it!

It's a wrap!

So a few days ago I asked "which one will it be" in this post.  I was leaning towards the wrap dress and after everyone suggested the wrap dress - that's the one I chose

But instead of using Vogue 8379, I used Kwik Sew 3489.  (I will use Vogue 8379 very soon)  I chose Kwik Sew 3489 because I had never sewn a Kwik Sew pattern and it was a true wrap dress.  Confession - I'm not sure if V8379 is a true wrap dress or not, but I shall find out soon.

KS 3489 was a very easy pattern to sew.  The instructions were phenomenal - very easy to follow.  I still managed to mess up a bit and sewed one of the tie ends to the wrong part of the bodice.  Thankfully, I realized my error and it was easy to fix - phew!

I overestimated the sleeve measurements and when I first sewed them they were huge! They were baggy and not flattering at all.  I ripped them off and placed the pattern piece over the fabric and cut the size I wanted (small).  Perfect - worked like a charm and the fit was smooth after that.

The fabric I used is this jersey (printed only on one side) from - link here.  I love this fabric!  It has a nice stretch, good recovery and is thick enough that you don't need to line the dress or wear a slip.  That's a win!

I'm so happy with this dress! I hope you like it too!  I really did enjoy sewing and wearing this :)

Here are some photos:
I was trying it on here - you can see how baggy the sleeves are.  They don't like this anymore - they are nice and fitted. 

Close up of the bodice

On the dress form

Hard to see but I did topstitch along the front bands with my double needle for a nice clean finish

Me again in the dress.  I think it has a flattering fit - it minimizes problem areas.  

Friday, January 11, 2013

Focusing on Enjoyment for 2013

Have you seen So I Sewed This blog?  She's funny, witty, loves sewing and is spreading her Enjoyment around too!

I really like this idea and it sounds so right for 2013.  The last couple of years have been challenging for me and 2012 started to turn that around.  There are many things I want to do and accomplish but the most important thing for me is to focus on enjoyment. One of the things I really enjoy is sewing and that was a hidden passion until I discovered it April 2012.   

So, how will I focus on enjoyment? some of them sound like goals
  • I'll continue sewing for my pleasure and I won't feel bad that I mostly sew with knits.  
  • go at my own pace ~ I'm not in a race to learn everything at once, that goes for blogging too
  • plan my projects better so I don't stress about them
  • experiment play with other fabrics and fitted patterns
  • just remember to enjoy!
Would you like to join in Enjoyment?  Check out So I Sewed This or just take a copy of the image above for your blog and post a list of what you'll do to focus on enjoyment! Leave a comment with a link to your blog too!

Happy Sewing! 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Which one will it be?

This weekend will be busy - I'll (hopefully) make my Hollyburn Skirt, begin working on my Tiramisu and turn this lovely jersey fabric:

Into one of these:

Vogue 8663

Vogue 8379
 I haven't decided which one yet, but which one would you choose?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Wacky Fabric Choice for Hollyburn Skirt

Ever buy fabric online and then wonder what you were thinking when it arrived?  Well....

hmmmm, not sure about this now....
I'm shaking my head

I'm really not sure what I was thinking when I chose this but that's not going to stop me from making the Hollyburn Skirt!  After all, the fabric (it's a cotton lawn and very lightweight with a nice drape) and the lining is here so I might as well use it.  haha - I'm very curious to see if I'm going to hate this print when I'm done with the skirt.......

So, hehe, what do you think of this print ~ think I can "make it work"? 

I'm participating in Rachel from My Messings  sew along for Sewaholic's Hollyburn Skirt.  

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Liebster Award ~ Discover New Blogs!

Thank you so I sewed this for the Liebster award!  It's always fun to discover new sewing blogs and there are so many out there with great content.  Of course, the most common thing we share is that we all love to sew and enjoy seeing what others have created out of fabric and thread. 

The purpose of this award is to bring blogs that have less than 200 followers into the limelight and increase their readership.  The rules are: 

  • Post 11 random facts about yourself
  • Answer 11 questions that your nominator asked you
  • Nominate up to 5 other blogs for the award and ask them 11 questions of your own"

  11 random facts about me (this is making me squirm! it's like answering the most dreaded question - tell me about yourself ):

1. I began sewing in April 2011 and now love it. 
2. I lived in NYC for most of my life but never sewed when I lived there so never shopped at the Garment District!
3. I used to work on the mezzanine level of the Twin Towers (the World Trade Center)
4. I drive to work everyday now (which I enjoy so much more than taking the train!)
5. My favorite shoes are Miz Mooz
6. I've been to Guatemala ~ beautiful country!!
7. I do not like egg whites, will try to avoid them as much as possible.
8. I have a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology - because at one time I wanted to be an archaeologist.
9. I love riding my bike but I don't get to do it very often :(
10.I love chocolate and mangoes (not together)
11. My favorite zoo is the Bronx Zoo. 

well, that wasn't so hard after all

 My answers to the 11 questions from my nominator:

1. What's your day job when you're not sewing?  I am a Budget Analyst meaning I analyze budgets for a local government.

2. What's your birthday? My birthday is March 2.

3. What's your favorite fabric to sew with?  That's easy - KNITS!

4. What's the best sewing tip you can give me?  Use tutorials! Sometimes it's so much easier to follow a tutorial than a pattern instruction. 

5. What's your favorite notion? My favorite notion is my thread clipper - really, it's perfect.

6. what's your favorite project you've sewn (and include a link if you posted about it)? well, I have an A-line dress that I love to wear because it is so comfortable and very flattering on my figure.  It was made from a navy blue double knit fabric.  I normally wear it with a skinny belt.  
My favorite dress

7. What's a pet peeve of yours?  I don't like when people insist that there is only ONE way to do something.  It usually implies that only THEIR way is the right way.  NO.

8. What are your favorite tv shows or movies?  The Dark Knight Trilogy is one of my favorites, Bourne trilogy, the Walking Dead, the Tudors, there's more but too many to list.

9. What's your favorite type of music (name a specific band if you'd like)  I like all different kinds of music - my Ipod has reggae, old school rap (80's & 90's), r & b, rock, salsa, alternative, classical....

10. Why did you start blogging?   I started blogging as a way to connect with other bloggers

11. Why did you decide to start sewing? I decided to start sewing because I wanted to wear more dresses and I have a hard time finding RTW dresses that fit.  Usually in RTW - something that fits on top does not fit my hips.  So, I thought making my own dresses would solve that problem - and it has!! 

and my 11 questions for the new blogs that I'm nominating (this is a lot to write!):
1. How long have you been sewing?
2. How did you learn to sew (did you go to school, self-taught, mother, aunt, uncle, etc)?
3. What motivates you to sew?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Where is your favorite place to shop for fabrics and notions?
6. What's your favorite type of project to sew?
7. Will you sew a new challenge this year, if so, what will it be?
8. What's your least favorite type of garment to sew?
9. Do you have a sewing room?
10. Do you or would you teach others to sew?
11. How often do you buy patterns or do you draft your own?


and, i would like to pass this Liebster Award on to the following 5 blogs:

Reblogging :: paunnet ::: Happy Birthday!

Paunnet is celebrating a birthday!  Wishing you many happy birthdays, Paunnet! She's also hosting a giveaway of a Deer and Doe pattern.  I haven't tried any of them (yet) but I've seen a few around the 'net and I think I may have to try sometime.  I've never tried them before because they are written in French.  Well, not anymore!  Click on the link to follow to her blog or continue reading here:  

:: paunnet ::: Happy Birthday!: Hey! Today I turn 26 and it's also my blog's second anniversary! I just can't believe it's already been two years. I started writing here because ever since I started reading Gertie, I was so in love with the sewing blogosphere and I really wanted to be part of it.
I've grown so attached to this blog, to the possibility to share one of my main interests with other people and to the incredible support I've received since the beginning.
Thanks to this blog, I've been motivated to sew more, I've met some incredible people and I've been included in lots of amazing projects.
One of these, and definitely the dearest to me, was contributing to Deer & Doe. Ever since I discovered Eléonore's patterns, I was more than smitten by her talent and was a huge supporter of her work. We started emailing regularly, we decided to host a sew-along together and speaking of the huge request for an English translation of her patterns, she asked me if I was interested in translating them.
I'm a trained translator, and while I would usually refuse to translate into a language that is not my mother tongue, I am confident enough in my English sewing vocabulary that I accepted. And after some opportune proof-reading, the patterns are finally available in English!
I'm not a big fan of birthdays, I get embarrassed when I'm the center of attention and although I like to receive presents, I also love to give them! So, to celebrate little old me and my blog, and to show you all my gratitude, I'm giving away a Deer & Doe pattern of your choice.
To enter the giveaway, you need to be following my blog (please specify how) and just leave a comment telling me what present you'd like for your birthday. Please leave an email address for me to get in touch.
For extra entries, you can:

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For each additional entry, please leave an extra comment below.
The giveaway ends on January 12, 11:00am GMT. Good luck!

Go enter Paunnet's giveaway!  Good luck!