Wednesday, May 26, 2010

No sewing / blogging for a while

Last saturday evening I fought with gravity....and lost.

In other words, I made a nasty fall which ended with two broken fingers. At first they gave me a plaster-bandage. After that they made an x-ray to see if everything was in the right place. Then they decided to put pins in both fingers, so I had surgery on sunday.
Now I'm at home recovering. There has been no unbearable pain and it's getting better every day, so I guess that's a lucky thing. Let's hope it stays that way.
Another lucky thing is that I injured my right hand, and I'm left-handed, so..

But there will be no sewing for a while as you definitely need both hands for that. I had just started a red linen summerskirt saturday. It makes me so sad to look at it now but maybe I should look upon it as a goal:  one day soon I'm gonna finish you !!

One thing is for sure, I'll never take the functioning of my hands for granted any more.

I hope you are all well and hope to talk to you again soon.

Gr.
Lilian

Friday, May 14, 2010

Pictures, as promised.

It took a trip to the shoe-store (what a punishment!) to buy the shoes I knew would match perfectly with these outfits, and ignoring a headache that's been going on for three days now, but a promise is a promise. So, after making four peaces I have 4 outfits to show you.  The striped-pattern of the skirt is a bit of a blur. If you click on the pictures you get a better view:




























































I definitely see the advantages of sewing with a plan. And it doesn't have to end here. You can think of other pieces (already made/bought or still to be made/bought) that could be added to this mini-wardrobe. And that's so much fun.

The shoes were something I had set my mind on some time ago. When I was shopping in early spring I saw that there were a lot of blue shoes and it only took a second for me to decide that I wanted them too. Gorgeous! 
Here are some detail-pics:

L * O * V * E


What's not to like love, right?!

I did some fabric-shopping on the internet yesterday and in a moment I'll be off to buy some more in my favourite shop. (Nothing beats feeling and seeing the fabric in real life..).
If I don't have any sewing pictures in the nearby future than at least I can show you the fabric and tell you about my plans.

Wishing you all a great weekend!!

Gr.
Lilian

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The only fabric I'm handling right now are tissues...(cough..cough...)

Sorry, no pictures of swap-oufits yet. I'm sick because of a cold. It always knocks me down a few days.
I'm trying my best to be better enough to go to work next tuesday. We have a very short week (2 days) and there's work for 5 days.  So I'm trying to get as much rest as possible.


In the meantime it's fighting over who get's the blanket on/and the couch.

I'll beat him to it the next time. Which is now!

Gr.
Lilian

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

SWAP is D*O*N*E and I'm free to step into the future

That's right. The last piece of my swap is finished. It came out beautiful. The fit is sooo right. There was a reason why I sewed this item last. Most of the times when I sew pants the fit is not good. There's a lot of wrinkling and pulling in the crotch-area. I tried a few things to adjust the pattern but they never worked out right. For this project I decided on a fairly easy adjustment.
I added 2 cm, back and front, like this:


That way the crotchline lowers 2 cm as well and that seems to make all the difference. The problems I was expecting didn't occur. This is gonna be my standard alteration from now on. I'm so glad this one worked out. I suck at pattern-alterations, big time!
But this gave me a lot of courage to start sewing more pants.

Here's the result:
front

Back



It sits quite high on the waist, which I love. I hate low-waisted pants. Just don't have the bodyshape for it. Actually, it's my tummy that hates it. It just can't decide wether it's supposed to be tucked in or to lie on top of the waistband. (Hate it!) 
This height is much better.

By-the-way, it's almost impossible to see but there are pockets as well. Click here to see the linedrawing.


Finishing these pants means I have 4 outfits to show you!!!
But that'll have to wait untill the next time. I'm sorry, but tomorrow work starts again and I really have to do some household- / laundry-duties now. I've been neglecting them for the sake of sewing but now it's time to look them in the eyes.

Ending my SWAP means I'm free to start looking at other sewing-projects. I don't think I'll be doing a SWAP again in the near future. After number two I already felt restricted. (I knew if I would sew other things in between that it would take me forever to finish, so I had to stick to the original plan).

Knip-mode
A few weeks ago it was secretaries-day (I work as an executive-secretary) and as a gift I received a voucher with which I can get a subscription to a magazine. There were a lot of magazines to choose from but it only took me 1,3 seconds to find my favourite one: Knip-Mode.
I will receive 5 monthly issues, starting this weekend. Can't wait!!! It comes just in time now that I'm ready for new things. And boy, am I ready!

If all goes well I promise to post pictures of my outfits this coming weekend.
So hopefully till then.

Gr.
Lilian

Monday, May 3, 2010

SWAP-piece #3 finished: Burda blouse (a.k.a. troublemaker)




And some more detail shots:
























Ooops !!            

I'm glad this troublemaker is finished. Yes, I'm afraid to say that it was not much fun to make this blouse. While sewing it there were so many issues that I even don't know where to begin. But the major problem is that the stitches are pulling. I don't know where the problem lies. I tried to use a looser stitch on my machine but it still produced wonky seams, while the stitches in the back were almost loopy.

Ironing it didn't do it any good either. Result: more wonky seams. You think I'm exaggerating? Then take a look at the next picture. Ok, it's made with the most unflattering light possible, and the effect in normal light is quite different as you can see in the previous pictures, but for a freaky perfectionist like me, this is heartbreaking.


At one point, I was sewing the collar with stand on, and I had to redo certain parts again and again, I was só frustrated I threw my blouse on the table, left my sewing-room in a tantrum, and while descending the stairs I really wondered why the hell I sew. Why not just buy nice things, ready made, and just look beautiful without all the hassle. Why-O-Why???

After about 15 minutes this mood started to fade away and I was already beginning to think about solutions for the problems that were occurring.

Don't we just bounce back like nothing else eh ??!!

Don't get me wrong about the blouse itself. I love it and there's a big chance I'll be making it again in another fabric, but I first have to solve the stitch-problem!!
Now it's finished it looks ok and I'm really pleased with it. It is a rather shine-through fabric so I will have to wear something like a little camisole or something underneath. But that's a problem that can be fixed.

Having survived this ordeal, I think I deserve some time off from sewing.
I'm gonna make myself a nice cup of coffee now and hide under a blanket on the sofa with a nice book.

See y'all again soon.

Gr.
Lilian

P.S.   I got a tip, maybe you can use it:
When you are topstitching close to the side and you have to turn a corner, sometimes the fabric won't move, which causes bad stitching in the corner.
If you pull a piece of thread through the fabric at the corner, you can use that to pull the fabric while you stitch. Here are three pictures to show you what I mean:

Pull thread through corner                   

When turned around the corner, help to make the fabric
transport by pulling the thread to the back


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