Monday, November 09, 2009

Blouse and Corset

Here are some Halloween photos of me wearing items I've made, namely the purple blouse and the purple corset. I use them for both my pirate garb and my witch outfit. Also I made the headband with the coins out of stretch velour and decorated the hat myself.

Gotta Get a Move On

I need to start sewing again or I'm going to lose my mind. I suddenly fine myself with more to do than time to do it in! Ack! At the very least I have to make a lemur for a friend who's been very patient so far but I'm sure he's beginning to think I flaked out on him.
It's just that I'm having a wee issue with my sewing machine. Namely the tension isn't cooperating. The stitches are pulling out. I have to fiddle with it some more. Ultimately I may have to take it to a repair shop but usually I can solve my own problems. There seems to be a lot of slop in the tension wheel. I don't think that's normal. I was going to use my back up machine, but I think it's buried somewhere. I haven't needed it in four or five years and I'm just not sure where we put it when we moved. I wish I'd thought to finish the aprons before tomorrow, and then my daughter, who is going to visit from Central CA could have hand carried them back to Santa Maria for me. Now I'll have to mail them, which is both expensive and more impersonal. Oh well, unless I want to drop everything and sew all day straight that's not going to happen. I also have to work on my novel and I have a writer's meeting tonight. So many goals, so little organization.

Thursday, November 05, 2009


If you are one of my daughters, don't read this.

I'm suddenly in the mood to sew aprons. So today I went to M & L Fabric and bought enough for two aprons. I'm aiming for a retro look. For one apron I chose a reddish orange main fabric with chili peppers on it. The contrasting pockets and strap will be orange with yellow polka dots.

The second one will be a colorful swirl print. For the contrast I found a brown fabric with pink stars (two of the colors in the main fabric). I also got some ric-rac to highlight the pockets and bib. I'd show you photos but the fabric is in the washing machine at the moment.  I'm not usually a fan of brown, but my daughter's new kitchen has brown as the main color.