Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sewing Limbo...

Dear Blogg,

Is there such a thing as sewing purgatory?? If you ask me I would say YES. I am standing in the middle of it. It is filled with fallen ideas, and lots of incomplete projects.

My current Limbo status is directly related to the struggle between ordering things online for a GREAT deal and having to give up the pleasure convenience of shopping in store.  I have been waiting for what seems like months only a few days LOL, but too long for my liking for my supplies to come in from Cali and the BIG APPLE. Without those supplies I can not get my Fearless February Challenge under way.

For the love of sewing get me out of here!!!!!!!!!! Time is of the essence!

In other news, I made an infinity scarf  w/ fringe (FANCY). It was my first time sewing with jersey fabric. I can almost cross that of my sewing To Do list (to be explained in a future post).

Mini Fringe Infinity Scarf

See yah later.

Yours truly,

LipStick Seamstress

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sewing RED In February

Dear Blogsters,

It is February, also known as Heart Health month, so make sure you wear red!! As a healthcare professional with a family history of not so healthy ticker's this cause to very dear to me!!

It also means I will diving head first into my first sew-along hosted by Victoria aka Ten Thousand Hours of Sewing. My plan for this fearless sew-along is to sew my first dress maybe fully lined.

…Because I am a FEARLESS WOMAN WITH A STRONG HEART I will be using the following pattern:
Vogue V8648 ( I will be doing either the yellow or brown and purple style in the colour RED)
I must admit that I am nervous, but I plan to use that energy to be more vigilant during this learning process. On that note I am off to conquer my personal Goliath. Good luck to everyone on your sewing endeavours! Yours truly, LipStick Seamstress

My first SKIRT!!!

Dear Bloggies,

How are you all?

I wanted to Show & Tell you all what I accomplished during the month January. I took a sewing class with Diana Rupp over at Craftsy and I made a skirt!!!! YAY ME!!

Some skills I acquired from sewing my first garment:

1. Using a commercial pattern 
2. Making a muslin and alterations
3. Assembling a Gored skirt (view E minus the yoke)
4. Invisible zipper
5. Blind Hem


Invisible Zipper

The Back of Purple Royalty (Skirt named by me because the fabric reminds me of royal African Queen)

 The Front

Blind Hem (sewn by hand !!)


The back panel ended up being 5/8 of an inch to big and I had no idea how it occurred or how it was to be fixed. I stayed up till the wee hours of the night trying to retrace my steps, but to no avail. I tried asking my Craftsy instructor for help but seeing that I was not using the same pattern and she is located far far away, in Internet land, she could not help. In her defense she did try to help. 
LOL Being the genius that I am in order to correct the problem I simply decided to split the difference Et voil
à it worked.

Alas, I learned the ERROR of my ways…

After purchasing The Sewing Book at JO-Ann's ($20 w/ 50% off coupon) I found the answer to all my questions.  I learned that my skirt is GORED (new term added to my sewing vocab.) and I should have made my alterations by dividing the amount to be decreased by the number of seamlines. So next time all I have to is a little more math which I hate love.

Hope all is well. Till next time.

Yours truly,

LipStick Seamstress