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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Vintage Aprons

I inherited a couple of old vintage style aprons from my mom. She was much shorter and smaller than I am, so her aprons do not fit me. However, I wanted to knock them off and recreate a pattern for them. I finished the first prototype and will publish photos this afternoon. The fabric is quilting cotton from Jenny's Fabrics discount aisle. It turned out very will. The next edition will be sewn up a little differently because when the apron gets tossed into the wash, I'm afraid the hem will fray at the places where the panel seams join up.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


Trying to get the Pattern Review widget on my blog and completely failing. Grrr.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


I'm trying to add a widget to this blog, but not having much success here.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Vogue and Butterick

Seriously fell of the pattern wagon. Vogue and Butterick are having a sale on their website, so I had to get some. I hadn't bought a bunch of patterns for probably a year or so. I guess it was time. Got mostly blouse and top patterns with a couple of wardrobe patterns. Designs are starting to look good again. For quite a while everything has looked like big squares sewn together. Not much shape or design in them. Not a good look on anyone.

Sunday, February 27, 2011


I haven't posted for a year. Argh. My sewing has been sadly lacking lately. The projects that I have worked on have not turned very well. The problem here is working with cheap fabric. I experimented with a raglan sleeve tshirt and the knit was too flabby. It looked like a first project gone awry. This was using a sweater knit remnant purchased from a well known (in the sewing world) estore that supposedly sells fairly nice product. Well, not this one. The knit pilled and pulled and was generally a mess. So into the round bin it went.

My next knit top was better because it was a much more stable knit. I'm not sure it's really a knit because it ravels badly. The top will get worn as long as it lasts.

Back to raglans. I'm trying to draft a raglan top from my PMB top because their raglan is atrocious IMHO. It's definitely a learning curve. I also have a couple pieces of knit that need to leave the stash because I will never use them.
They're too flabby and have no recovery or body to them.