Back to the drawing board

by Carol Browne on July 20, 2014 · 1 comment

in General, Sewing

I am here to tell you that fashion IS danger. And hard. I spent my whole afternoon and evening making a dress for a “beginner”. I really thought by now I would be considered at least a beginner. On second thought, maybe not for clothes. I guess that one cape does not a beginner make. Perhaps I’m a pre-beginner? UGH. I any event, I spent a couple of hours putting together the pattern like a puzzle on the living room floor.

The pattern pieces

Donner was helping a lot – what with all his jumping on and running under the huge sheet of paper on the floor. He even stuck his paw through a poorly taped section.

That was 63 pages of letter paper. I carefully matched all the notches as instructed. That part was the easiest.

I carefully cut out all the pieces (right sides together and on the fold) and all that went well.

THEN I had to make button holes. That was the first bottleneck. I had to find the manual for my sewing machine (found it on the internets!) and then figured that out. It’s awesome. I can’t wait to make something that needs buttons because that works great.

Buttonholes? DONE!

I started sewing up the pieces as directed. Things were going well. I piped the sleeves and put the bodice together. I even tried the pieces on as I went and it was going well until I sewed the sides of the bodice together. I tried it on and wha? I could NOT get my arms through the arm holes. I had somehow shrunken the arm holes. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? I am not sure. What I do know is that I got the fabric on sale, so I can pick up more fabric and try again. It’s just a bummer to spend 10 plus hours and have squeezey arms.

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I nearly forgot…

by Carol Browne on July 15, 2014 · 0 comments

in Sewing

…but not quite. It seems like a long, long time ago. Back in June, on the first day of the World Cup, before my mom and sister visited, before the graduation ceremony AND the portfolio show, we had a Quilting Bee meeting. We had an assortment of beautiful quilts and a few quilted pouches, like the one Sherri created:


Thankfully I remembered in the nick of time. We went out with pals tonight, so I wasn’t home until around 10 pm. I couldn’t go through the photos tonight, but tomorrow? I’m coming home right after work and will get cracking on posting up all the beautiful quilt photos from last month.

I’m looking forward to Quilting Bee on Thursday. I’ve got a few blocks to show for show and tell. But no finished quilts in quite some time. Mike asked me the other day if I would ever finish another quilt. My answer? I’m not sure. I’ve got plenty of half finished quilts piling up. I should really do something about that. But for now, I’ll keep making blocks. My sewing is getting better and more consistent, so I’m happy about those improvements.

I’ll get those projects completed soon enough.


I sewed it!

by Carol Browne on July 4, 2014 · 0 comments

in Sewing

This cape! I did it!

Mike asked me if I could make a cape for an upcoming photoshoot. I hesitantly said yes, because, oh no. Clothes! But, I looked for a beginner pattern, and I found this free cape pattern on the pinterest. NICE. I only had to cut out 5 pieces (2 of which were doubles, so I only had 3 pieces to cut.). I cut them up in complete silence so as not to lose my concentration.

Once that was done, I watch the youtube video over and over, started pinning the pieces together like CRAZY and then started sewing.

The pattern called for fleece, but I really loved the colour and feel of this minky. Oi. Not the easiest fabric to sew, but it feels dreamy. I also really like the shape of the hood. Side note: this cape is boiling hot. It will be perfect for Halloween.

SO, this was take 1, because I really need a longer one. The cape we want needs to go all the way to the floor. I found another pattern to use. It calls for 6 meters of fabric. This next one will not be a minky one, that’s for sure. I’ll hit up Save-On Fabrics down the street for those supplies.

In other news, I got a haircut yesterday. It’s getting shorter and shorter.

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Until I ran out of staples

by Carol Browne on June 16, 2014 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Home decor, Sewing

Bigfoot Crossing

I spent the evening and afternoon with the electric stapler? Is that what it’s called? I also found a powerful, hand stapler that did not depend on electricity. In any event, I pulled out a pile of fabric today that Cynthia and I picked up at the Goodwill in Bellingham last year and covered up an unused bulletin board and made a kitty bed out of a dirty old stool we had in our living room for ages.

This is part of our dining room. This room is sadly neglected. We just never use it for anything except putting mail on the too big dining room table we have in here. One day we’ll get a smaller dining table or even a cool old kitchen table and give this room an upgrade. Maybe one day we’ll even eat dinner in there – well, besides Christmas dinner.

I’ll hang up the Bigfoot poster this week. I couldn’t do it tonight because I didn’t think the neighbours would appreciate me hammering the wall at 11:30 pm.

My other stapler project included this cat space:
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Dumpster fire & a jean basket

May 23, 2014

Exciting times happened today at work. After lunch, some of us noticed a wretched burning plastic smell. Some of us looked around the school, but it was clearly coming from outside. We shut all the windows and I decided to investigate. You will be happy to know that as I stood waiting for the elevator, […]

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May 3, 2014

I went into lock down mode today to finish up Sprinkle! The quilt top. Did I finish? You betcha.

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My helper

April 20, 2014

After a fun morning of hanging out with some pals, we headed home and I spent a couple of hours cutting and sewing up squares for my Sprinkle Quilt I started at the sew in last weekend with Happy Zombie. That was only last week, but it feels like it was a dream somehow. Probably […]

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Baby chicks

April 16, 2014

Whoa. This short week is really flying by. Tomorrow is the Long Weekend Eve already! Woohoo! We will be celebrating Easter a little bit early at the office with an Easter Egg Hunt and a prize will go to the person who finds the blue baby chick in a yellow Easter Egg. CUTE! I love […]

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It’s okay to fail.

February 17, 2014

I’m a big fan of self help books. They are my guilty pleasure. I read them like some people read Harlequin Romances. I’ve read so many of them…Looking Out For Number 1 was my first one…then I read Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway…The Secret (oh yes, I did!) and various other positive thinking […]

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Sewing success

February 10, 2014

Today I had the whole day to myself up in my sewing room. Mike went to work and I cut fabric, sewed, pressed and sewed some more. I’ve been wanting to sew up a Union Jack since 2012 and finally met that goal today. I used the Busy Bee Quilt Designs:Victory Garden pattern. I really […]

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