Monday, 5 October 2015

Pressing and Ironing

One of my least favourite chores has to be ironing. It has been a life-long dislike that jeopardized my Home Economics mark back-in-the-day. You see back then I didn't realize the difference between ironing and pressing--other than it uses the same tools which I just thought it couldn't be good thing.

I still don't like ironing yet that is how I spent my free time this evening, ironing trying to iron twelve metres of pre-washed fabric for the angel costumes. I couldn't do it. 

I'm done for the evening, maybe tomorrow I'll try to do the rest. I might have to pick up wine to finish the job (just kidding). Ironing this much at once amplifies the tediousness of the task that just just seems never-ending. Yet I don't mind pressing as much as I do ironing.  

Pressing while I sew, I don't find tedious. It is actually a welcome break to get up, stretch, and walk over to the ironing board. Pressing, unlike ironing, I find to be part of the creative process. I wonder why I see ironing in the same light.  

Yet there are those who enjoy ironing. Maybe I need to take up mindful meditation during my marathon ironing sessions? Find the beauty in the hissing sound of the iron, the smoothness of the iron as it glides back and forth over the nubbly twill surface of the cotton fabric.  

Or I could just pick up some wine. We'll just have to wait and see what tomorrow will bring.  

Happy Sewing!  

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Finding Inspiration...

I discovered a lovely little dress shop here in Winnipeg. It's called daddy's girl and they feature the most exquisite statement pieces I've seen in the city. Walking through the store was the most joyful shopping experience I can remember having here in Winnipeg. I didn't break the budget only because the funkiest dress I've tried on in a long time didn't fit me, otherwise I would have broke my RTW fast. And that dress would have been worth it.  

They carried a few pieces that I admired from Australia that would be suitable for Winnipeg's cooler weather. I could have gotten myself in so much trouble there if I weren't working with an overweight petite shape! I did leave with a similar item to Sleevey Wonders in a black mesh. Under garments are allowed in the RTW fast, so I'm okay. It cost me a fraction of what a Sleevey Wonder would have and I didn't have to shop online and wait weeks for it to cross the border. 

The best part of my visit to this little gem was chatting with the owners Mea Adams and her daughter. Mea complimented me on my jacket and when I mentioned that I made it and that it was a kAthRine Tilton design they knew exactly who and what I was talking about. You see Mea is a sewer as well. I knew there was a reason I like love this shop! She told me she had a Vogue pattern book under her desk and my respect for her and her shop grew even more and we had a lovely chat about sewing machines and our shared wish that we had more time to sew. It was one of my highlights of the weekend.  

Well, that and finding some beautiful fabric pieces at Fabricland. Do you want to see?

I picked up this mock cable knit fabric for my kAtheRine Tilton coat dress, Butterick 6254. There wasn't enough yardage in the wine colour so I picked up the white for the sleeves and collar.

It feels like a polyester but it is listed as "100% unknown fibres" on the label. I really dislike not knowing what I'm buying but I like the fabric more than that annoyance.

I also picked up some green polyester fabric even though I prefer natural fibres it was the colour that I was all smitten over. I'm thinking this will become another Marcy Tilton skirt, Vogue 9060.

I've found inspiration to sew this weekend, that's for sure. Now, I just need to find the time.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, 2 October 2015

In Sewing News Today...

I'm a little freaked-out that we're already into October, although, I do love this time of year. This would be because it has hit home that there are nine weeks before the Advent concert and I have four angel costumes to sew. I'll be sewing OOP McCall's 2340 for this project and I really should start it this weekend.

That will mean I will need to put this pattern away.

I've already started what I hope to be a wearable muslin of Butterick 6254. I lengthened it by ten inches and now see that I will have to cut it shorter. And I shortened the sleeves but now see that I shortened them too much. And this is why I don't sew for others ;)

I've only sewn one side seam and noticed that the side pockets sit a little low for me. But over all, I do like this pattern. There is still a lot more work to do on this but I really should put it aside and get to those costumes. 

In other sewing news, this pattern is back on my wish list after seeing a version on Pattern Review which someone made an X-Small size. They mentioned that they typically sew a Medium--just like me and I was thrilled to see how beautiful it fit in the smaller size.  

Sew much to sew, so little time! But life is good (the swelling in my hand settled down) and it is always nice to have something to look forward to in the sewing room.  

How about you, what's on your sewing table?  

Happy Sewing!  

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

September in Review


This marks the end of National Sewing Month. This year's theme is Sew for the Charity of It! I didn't manage to complete any charity sewing this month but I am getting ready to sew four angel costumes for the upcoming Advent concert at work. Did you manage to fit any charity sewing this month?  

L to R:  Butterick 6182, OOP McCall's 2485, OOP New Look 6107, Vogue 8975, Butterick 6097

It was actually a quiet sewing month as I spent most of my free time wearing a wrist brace, again. This was starting to annoy me and cut into the one thing that I love to do. And that would be sewing. I finally went to the doctor's office after the swelling wasn't settling down reaching my I-can't-stand-being-out-of-sewing-room point. Thankfully, I have a gel that seems to be helping with the swelling and pain and hopefully will be back in the sewing room in no time.   

RTW Fast

I'm really proud of myself that I made some gym gear this month because that has been a RTW downfall in the past. I did, however, fall off the RTW Fast wagon when I picked up a pair of cotton tights.


Sewing Supplies
Used from Stash (this year)
Additions to the stash (this year)
Basting Tape
5.71 metres

Bias Tape
0.5 metres



1.3 metres
1.63 metres

88.64 metres
114.2 metres
4.16 metres

Lace Trim
1.2 metres
6 metres
1.9 metres


Hooks and Eyes

16 previously used
25 new
24.75 metres
13 metres
Serger Thread

Sewing Machine Needle


Spools of Thread

1 - 22" separating
4 - 22” invisible
1 - 12" invisible
2 - 8”  invisible
1 - 7" invisible
1 - 8" regular
1 - 18" zipper
1 - 8" invisible
1 - 22" invisible 
Tops / Shirts
Pants / Shorts
Coats / Cape

Happy Sewing!  

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Oh My Goodness!

Have you heard of O! Jolly!? I was checking out the next Pattern Review contest and it is a Sweater Knit contest that is coming up for October. And O! Jolly! is the contest's sponsor.  

I never heard of O! Jolly! before reading about the contest and OH! MY! GOODNESS! have you seen this fabric

Double Knit Merino wool fabric and it is available in the most beautiful autumn colours. I might be bias here since I think autumn is the most beautiful season ever.  

At $26.00 a 23 X 23 inch panel, I couldn't possibly justify this luxury item. Besides my sewing skills and sewing equipment aren't up to handling this knit fabric the way it deserves. But it is so pretty isn't it and just think how toasty warm it could keep you while skating at the park shovelling the drive-way. Yeah, it is too pretty for snow shovelling.

I won't be entering the contest as I already have enough more than enough on the sewing table. How about you, will you be entering this newest contest?

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Winter / Holiday Vogue Are Here!

Best day ever.

Today is the first day of my favourite season and the new Vogue are released. What more can a gal want?

There are some interesting designs in this release.

This one, Vogue 1472, caught my eye right away. This does not say winter to me at all. Zandra Rhodes must be designing for the ladies who spends their winters soaking up the Florida sun or perhaps on a cruise ship because crop tops and strappy sandals do not say prairie winter. Sew moving along... 

My favourite part of the Winter / Holiday collection would have to be these shoes shown with the new Marcy Tilton pattern. I do like the pattern, Vogue 9161, as well but I don't need another skirt and top pattern.  

There is another Kathryn Brenne pattern that I quite like. Vogue 9162 consists of patterns for a jacket, shirt and pants and it looks so comfortable. Now this look would work for a Canadian winter. But I don't need this either.   

Here is another pattern, Vogue 9153, that caught my eye. Love this fabric! The pattern reminds me of the Marcy Tilton pattern previously mentioned, Vogue 9161 with that pocket and those darts. And again I don't need another funky jacket.  

I seem to notice a lot a dropped shoulders in this release. Its not a good look on me, it tends to make me look like I'm drowning in my clothes. So, even though there are a few things that I do like, I'm going to pass on this Winter / Holiday collection which is a good thing since I already have more than I can keep up with in the sewing room.  

How about you, were there any patterns that you're tempted by?  

Happy Sewing!  


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Active Wear

Stash-busting 2015:  New Look 6107

I need tops to wear to the gym and I thought that I would sew a pattern that has been in my stash for quite some time. I used this pattern previously (many moons ago) for my best friend but never for myself until now.  

The Pattern:

Multi-sized OOP New Look 6107 is a pattern for a fitted top (very fitted). I was scared when I was sewing that it would be too tight and decided to sew the sides with a half inch seam allowance. It was unnecessary but I did because I do appreciate the extra ease. I didn't sew the pockets only because I couldn't find the pattern piece. I'm thinking about adding a patch pocket to hold my iPod while I'm working out.  

I also didn't follow the instructions after reading them. I decided to serge the seam allowances and top-stitch instead of sewing welt seams. And I sewed the sleeve cap first before sewing the sides. Other than that, this was a very quick make.

The Fabric:

I found this light-weight sweatshirt fleece at Northwest Fabrics and it found its way into my stash last year. 

I pre-treated the fabric with a tumble through the washing machine and dryer. My fingers are crossed that no more shrinkage will occur in future laundering otherwise I might have to lose a few more pounds to continue wearing this one.  

The Stats:

Fabric:     1.2 metres $9.75 ($8.99 - 20% off + taxes)

Pattern:    I have no idea how much I paid for this pattern, it is priced coded with a colour and it is decades old.  

Thread:     I'll average out about $2.00 towards premium serger thread and 100% cotton sewing thread used to sew this project.  

Happy Sewing!  


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