Friday, August 29, 2008
July 9, 2008
August 28. 2008. A perfect day for a photograph, it was overcast and no bright sunlight as in the first one.
The zinnias (in the middle) were planted from seed and have outgrown the garden phlox.
Bride-to-be is on the way home so wedding plans will be in full swing in an hour or so!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I mentioned earlier I switched my comments to Halo Scan. Well, I couldn't just reply to the comments, I had to log into the webpage. I emailed customer support and they suggested I look into js-kit. That had the capability but I didn't want to take that much time to figure it out! It probably is very easy and I could do it if I desired but I spend so much time on the computer with photos, podcast and work, I will pass on this one. So I reverted back to the original blogger comment form, it is fine.
Wedding plans are starting to form, the bride-to-be is coming home this weekend and we are looking at reception sites. The best part will be Saturday afternoon, wedding dress shopping. I can only imagine how beautiful my daughter will look.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Pattern: Hot Patterns Riviera Annisette Dress and Top
Description: Slim-fit Dress & Top has a faced boat neckline and elbow-length gathered sleeves. Rib trim finishes the cuffs & hem. Choose from the chicly playful knee-length Dress or try the lovely hip-length Top.
Sizing: 6 to 26
Instructions: The instructions are printed on the pattern sheet. The diagrams are plentiful and very helpful. This Hot Patterns’ instruction sheet is much easier to follow than the very first one I purchased from them.
Likes/Dislikes: I like the styling, boatneck, contrasts and look. I am not sure if I like the bottom hem band, still contemplating it. I might take the band off and taper the top through the stomach and hips. The pattern envelope makes the top appear to be close-fitting, in actuality it is loose in this area. I made a size 10 according to the measurements on the pattern envelope but I could have gone down a size possibly. After re-reading the description (slim-fitting), I do believe I should have gone down a size.
I did omit the band on my first top (my muslin) and tapered the side seams.
Changes: The hem band measures the same as the bottom of the shirt. In my head the band should draw up the bottom of the top, thus a snugger fit in the hip area. I took off 2” from the hem band.
Fabric: A rayon knit from Fashion Fabric Clubs (the red and gray version). The black, tan and brown is from Fashionista Fabrics and it was a remnant from an earlier top.
Conclusion: Very quick project, with some unique features. Not sure I will make it again with the band. I do like the contrast and the boatneck but possibly not enough to make it again.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Now that the Olympics are over I will be back to my sewing room in the evenings (at least I hope). I am working on a second Hot Patterns Riveria shirt. I made the first one from some knit fabrics to check the fit. It is okay and will be fine to wear to work but I am so excited to make it out of the "good" fabric.
What are you sewing?
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Description: Top with criss-cross front. View A has a short flutter sleeve. View B has a flared ¾ sleeve and view C is sleeveless.
Sizing: Girls size 2 to 13 and women’s 4 to 22
Instructions: They are good, remember you can print them from the Jalie site. If you use the instructions in the package, they are printed on the heavy pattern piece paper.
Likes/Dislikes: I like the looks, interesting criss cross feature. I did like the ones I had seen on Pattern Review that had used a contrasting fabric to trim the cross sections. This really makes the design pop and I think gives more waist definition.
Changes: I added 1” to the length and to the sleeves
Fabric: Knit from Fashion Fabrics Club, I really like the jewel colors for fall. The black is from stash.
Conclusion: Great pattern that puts a dressier spin on a t-shirt. I think it would make a cute dress, too.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
....sometimes it is hard. Leaving daughter #2 at college today was hard. I thought after doing it once, I would be stronger/tougher. Well, think again, it is just plain hard. Especially when she has called just to "talk" and I have only been gone 6 hours from her. Mom, my internet won't work. Mom, how can I fix it? What are you doing, Mom?
.....sometimes it is fun. My twins moved into the older sisters' bigger rooms tonight. So for the last two hours, we have moved furniture, bedding, clothes, packed away toys and keepsakes but the smile on their faces is well worth the sore muscles and long weekend. They will start 8th grade tomorrow.
.....sometimes is it so exciting. A phone call last Tuesday, the excitement in my oldest daughter's voice. She is engaged, here is a picture of the ring. I used a borrowed camera so not the best but it is beautiful. Her fiance selected a gorgeous ring, perfect for her hand. Another plus, he is a wonderful young man and they are such a happy couple.
.....is unbelievable. I am not old enough to be a mother-in-law? How did all that time pass so quickly?
..... is good. Summer is winding down, all the girls are settled in their colleges or their new rooms. School starts tomorrow and that means I can get back to my sewing room and the podcast. I hope I remember how to work my machines. What am I going to sew first? Any suggestions?
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I just wanted to post a thank you. Blogger doesn't allow you to email on the comments, so a post will have to express my thanks. I am thinking about switching to halo scan - anyone use this? Do you like it? Do you have to pay? Any other options?
Last night we were out swimming, making s'mores and enjoying the tiki torches. My flowers were looking so pretty at sunset, I had to snap a picture.
I played with some settings on my camera for this flower bed.
Here is one tikit torch
Sewing I made a shirt for dd#3, a "That's So Raven" pattern. I made it from an PRR knit (stripe) that has been in my stash for 5 years. This was late night sewing and I didn't get her stamp of approval first, when I showed her the shirt, I got the big nose wrinkle. I suggested dying the fabric, and that was met with a reluctant yes. I did that yesterday and now the top is a hit or will at least get worn (I think). Dd#3 says it looks like something she would buy at Aeropostale and now she will wear it. I will get pictures today and then next up dd #4's shorts.
Friday, August 08, 2008
I added a back pocket, thought it would be perfect for magazines, etc.
Put a snap on the pocket to keep it closed when not in use:
Then added my label
Quick look at our kitties, we have a new one, see it under the fire pit?
This one is for a birthday present - the twins picked out the fabric for the present. The pattern is from a Japanese book.
I finished this one last night.
Why wisdom in the title? Well 18 yo dd had 3 wisdom teeth out today. She is doing fantastic, pain does not bother her much.