With any luck, this will become a dress

by Carol Browne on September 1, 2014 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Sewing

fabric for my dress. I hope.

It started out pretty well – I even had to sew in 2 darts. But I hit a snafu with the collar. I didn’t quite line up the fabric correctly and it doesn’t meet at the sides – where the seam meets for the shoulders. And when I tried to use the seam ripper on this fabric (it’s some kind of stretchy knit stuff) it tore the fabric up a bit. I will have to re-cut the collar, that’s for sure. I’ll try again tomorrow. Once the collar’s on, it’s just sewing up the hems. Oh. And the sides. Not a very good dress without the sides sewn up.

As per usual, my trusty helpers were by my side:

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I nearly forgot these ones

by Carol Browne on August 7, 2014 · 0 comments

in Photos, Sewing

Only record the sunny days

I nearly forgot to post these photos from the oldie time farm house we visited last weekend – right in time for this weekend. This has been longest short week on record. Worky work was EXTREMELY worky these 4 days. But next week? It’s going to be awesome. I have a ticket to SIGGRAPH. Sweet! This is the networking event of the year for graphic design and animation and gaming. THE SHIZZY! I’ve never gone before, so this will be great. I also signed up for a studio tour – a bunch of the studios in Gastown are having open houses and I signed up. I wonder what I’ll see? I wonder who I’ll meet? I’ll let you know.

Clearly, this weekend must be a restful one so I will be all bright eyed and bushy taled for next week’s activities. The conference is like 5 days long. Whoa. Intense.
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The Three Ps

by Carol Browne on July 27, 2014 · 2 comments

in Family and Buddies, Sewing

The Faturday Illustration by Jade

Pancakes, pizza and popsicles. That’s pretty much all I ate today. Oh Faturday, you are so delicious. Today’s menu reminded me of this illustration my friend, Jade, made for me on her last day at the office a couple of weeks ago. I put this little drawing in a frame near our front entrance. I love this theme and that tiny cutlery.

Other than going out for pancakes this morning (blueberry. YUM) I stayed home all the live long day. It was glorious. I got caught up in my chores – nearly avoiding the great laundry crisis of 2014 – we were dangerously low on underpants. And got some sewing in! I’ve been working on a Quilt As You Go quilt and made at least half a dozen 9 inch blocks today – in between loads of laundry, dishes and (EW!) cleaning the bathroom.

Here are two of my favourite blocks from today.

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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…

July 15, 2014

…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 […]

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I sewed it!

July 4, 2014

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 […]

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Until I ran out of staples

June 16, 2014

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 […]

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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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