Tuesday, August 21, 2012

happy, happy, joy, joy! and then fail

borrowed from here

missing ipod has been recovered! yay! suffering from massive pandora withdrawal, i once again turned the sofa upside down last night and poked around, and ta-da! i found my poor ipod sandwiched inside between the 2x4 at the bottom and the fabric on the back.  whew.  (also found 2 quarters.) 

so over the weekend i got ZERO sewing done. i blame the marathon of "top chef" that came on while i was eating breakfast/lunch on saturday (i like to sleep in on weekends, so then it's breakfast/lunch when i get up. i stay up super late on weeknights, so i have to recover.) and then it was rainy and i took a nap on the couch. and then we celebrated a friend's birthday in the evening. another friend had a birthday to celebrate on friday night, so no sewing was done then either. and then sunday, wait what was my excuse for sunday? oh yeah i did some yard work and then it rained again, and then we went for a walk on the beach. and did zero sewing.

so monday night i sewed!! I pulled out project tent event and got down to business. i only had the side seams and armholes done, so up next was the neckband with interfacing. I sewed that up and it was huge, falling-off-my-shoulders huge. so i took it in by 2 whole inches on both of the shoulder seams, as small as i could make it and have it still fit over my head. This dress has no zipper, it's a pullover style. I gathered the back and attached it to the neckband and i think that part looks good, but the dress is sooo wide. it needs a belt or something major, or i could take the side seams in some more?

the pattern was part of my plethora o' patterns and it only came in sizes M-XL. I did the medium and it is not working at all. I vented my frustration to my husband and he said he didn't think i'd be using patterns much longer anyway. i guess he's seen too many episodes of project runway. my fault.

i've read about people making a block pattern for themselves, so i'll have to look into that more. as for the tent dress, i'm going to go ahead and finish attaching the neckband and see if it looks salvageable. if not, there's enough fabric in the dress to cut it up and make into a top or skirt.

I'm also still stalking my mailbox for the alma pattern and i'm really hoping the sizing works right off the bat. it is kinda silly that i have a huge bag of patterns, but i'm waiting for one to arrive in the mail. can't help it, i got all excited seeing all of the cute versions everyone made. sewing envy is my downfall.


10 comments:

  1. I hate fitting patterns but I am getting better. I find it is easier to fit the independent pattern makers over the Big Four. Having said that, Simplicity seems to be better at making patterns that reflect the posted sizes than the others do, at least lately...

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    1. Yes, i also need to start paying attention to where it says "finished garment size." Maybe that will help?

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  2. At least you found your iPod! I would cry if I lost mine. Seriously bawl.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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    1. i didn't cry, but i did get mad. very very mad.

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  3. Wow girl you really have style! This is so great, simple but stunning..following you now,follow me back?

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    1. thanks, but i'm really not that stylish! I'm pretty simple and my office is conservative.

      actually the city i live in is very lilly pulitzer/vineyard vines in general, lots of sundresses, seersucker, khakis, flip-flops and sunglasses with croakies (google them). it's pretty funny actually. we're not as cool as NYC, LA, London, Milan, Paris OR Croatia - you're much more stylish!!!

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  4. I got zero sewing done this weekend as well....I was out of town. So difficult to get back into the swing of things! The Alma pattern is seriously too cute, excited for you to make that one. And best of luck with the tent event.....if all else fails, belt it!

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    1. What, you didn't tote your sewing along on your trip?! I think if i took up knitting that would be a more portable hobby… but i can't manage another hobby.

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  5. I'm in the same boat with you! I get so distracted on the weekends with naps, TV, and food and then my sewing time is *poof* gone. I LOVE the Alma blouse - lovelovelove. I cannot wait to see your version!

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    1. naps, tv and food = a few of my favorite vices

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