Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sewing Buttons in the Car

That's me, I'm sewing on the buttons in the car! This is typical of me at Christmas, there's always one or two last minute sewing projects. Only, these shirts were begun two weeks ago!

I still can't believe that I actually finished (except for the buttons) the two shirts for my boys before supper yesterday. But then I've been burning the midnight oil almost every night this week. I can feel the crash coming on, and the only way to stave it off is with many cups of tea. Thank goodness for all the Tim Hortens on the highway (every small town in Canada has at least one!)

Here's as few pics of them so far. (I hope they're not upside down, cause it looks like this blogger app on my smart phone has flipped them! – Updated: I fixed this once I got home!) I'll post more details when I get back.

Merry Christmas!

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(This is the best I can get from these two munchkins!)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Finishing Touches…

Just a note to post some finished objects, one sewing related, and one not!

The resized knit top from Sears came out all right. It’s wearable, but I’ll see if I can tweak the front knot a bit more as it still bulges a bit. Here are the Before and After shots:

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The fabric was a *b^gger* to sew; it’s one of those really thin, slippery knits that will NOT stay put! Can you imagine, 4 hours to fix this? Nuts!! So here’s what I did:

  1. Cut off the sleeves at the armhole seam
  2. Sew the new shoulder seams about 1 inch down, to lift up the Plunging V-neck
  3. Open up the side seams a couple of inches down from the armhole seam, and the same on the sleeve
  4. Sew the sleeves back in, sort of on the flat
  5. Resew the side seam and back down the sleeve (I didn’t take the seams in, just resewed it)
  6. Added clear elastic to the bottom of the side seams for a ruched effect
  7. Fiddled with the front knot (there’s a CF seam there!) to reduce the weird bulging

And now that I have a fairly nice top, there is nowhere to wear it. ~sigh~ Yet! It’s too damn cold in the house to put this on without a fleece or cardi! As I said in a previous post, this type of sewing would not have even occurred to me had it not been for following Beth’s fabulous refashioning blog, The Renegade Seamstress.

On a last note, here’s a picture of our Finally finished kitchen, with it’s new backsplash. We did it a couple of weeks ago, and it only took a few days. The longest day was actually putting the tiles (in sections) on the wall, and cutting and filling in the edges. Then a couple of days to rest (the tiles, that is) and half a day to grout.

 The new backsplashThe new backsplash

Oh, and those are 4 new lights too. I think we put them up back in September, and what a difference they make over the old ones. No problem seeing the dirt mess with those on!

The two t-shirts I wanted to compare during my Home Alone did get sewn up, but are still awaiting some fitting adjustments. But I’ve decided to put them on hold (yah, more UFOs!!), since winter isn’t the best time for this type of garment, and I am in DIRE NEED of actual “Cake” clothing. I have an idea…!Winking smile