Aftermath

Whew, it’s been a crazy few days around here. Irma could not make up her mind which way she wanted to go (I think she got lost on her way to Disney). Hubby and kitties had to bug out to his parents house, since I had to work I evacuated to my hospital. That was an interesting experience, but it feels like it’s made us a stronger group. Guess spending almost 2 days straight with your coworkers will do that, especially when most of your shift is sleeping in 1 room. My sewing machine and serger evacuated with hubby to the in laws too, I was so worried our huge oak wouldn’t weather the storm well. I had this horrible picture in my mind of branches crashing through my ceiling and water everywhere. Luckily that did not happen, and aside from no power everything is as we left it. Thank goodness for generators, hopefully we can at least keep the fridge/freezer cold enough. I leave you with some recent FO’s and some pictures from my hurricane experience (not of the actual storm, I was working and it was nighttime).

PS I swear my cat is ok in the above pictures, she usually likes to ride in the car but her brother hates it and she went with his attitude this time. The human driving didn’t enjoy it either.

PPS I messed up the bottom edging of that cream baby sweater because I apparently can’t read the very clear instructions in the pattern. Guess who gets to visit the frog pond as soon as I finish the current sleeve 🐸🐸

Sew Along

One of the many Facebook groups I belong to announced a sew along for a pattern I’ve been wanting to try. I knew I was off for the dates of it, so I figured I’d actually join one for once.

Day 1 was printing the pattern and cutting the pieces. The pattern is Maxaloones by Max and Meena patterns. I originally wanted to do a pair with the “bum circle ” as it’s known in the pattern, I figured if it didn’t work out I could just cut another front and still have a cute pair of baby pants.

Day 2 is today, where we sewed the bum circle and leg seams. My bum circle was a puckered disaster, so it got discarded. It’s more for cloth diapers anyway, and nobody I know uses cloth. There is a really adorable hack to make a Mickey Mouse silhouette on the butt, so I will be trying again at some point.

Tomorrow is attaching the waist and leg bands, the great thing about this pattern is that they grow in length with your kid, you just unfold the waist and leg bands until they’re fully extended. I almost finished them today just to see them done, but decided against it. They’ll make a cute addition to someone’s wardrobe.

Home away from home

This weekend finds my husband and myself at the property his family owns in northern Florida. Not the best for sewing time, but knitting time abounds. I mostly cook while we’re here, and when not cooking I knit and watch movies. There are worse ways to spend a weekend.

My situation on the way up, enjoying my knitting and some Guardians of the Galaxy. This is a Nouveau-ne by Stephanie Pearl McPhee, a sweet little sweater if ever there was one. I made one for my little niece last year, I never got to see her in it but it was precious. This one is for one of my husbands oldest friends who is going to be a daddy next year. I have several other things planned to sew as well, but it wasn’t worth dragging my machine around for a weekend trip. We’re coming back in November and I’m planning on bringing sewing with me then.

I finished this shirt on Friday, with the goal of wearing it on the drive up. Found the fabrics on a buy/sell/trade page on Facebook and knew what I wanted to do. Pattern is Blanc tshirt by blank slate patterns, it’s actually free when you buy a pattern from their site. Easy to sew and fits pretty well, I’ll probably knock a few more of these out in the future.

Anyway, off to tend the fire. Shoot, it’s only 87 outside, it’s getting downright chilly (WordPress needs a sarcasm font)

Avoidance

So the raglans still have no neckbands, I’m not quite sure what my malfunction is about finishing them. I have another whole raglan to go too for my mom, so I guess I better figure it out fast.

I did manage to get something done yesterday though, another Matey Muscle Tank by patterns for pirates. This time in adorable minions fabrics by Backstitch. Now he and uncle can match, kinda. Debating making leggings for his little sister, wouldn’t those be adorable??

Got a gorgeous shipment of fabric in the form of my monthly Bee Box from vinegar and honey fabrics. But I don’t think I’m supposed to post them yet. Allows time to make sure everyone gets their shipments. So far I live these monthly boxes, they’ve not let me down yet.

Also got some cute Disney Halloween fabric in yesterday. Debating making some cute leggings for my friends daughters, they’ll be down to Disney in October and it seems too perfect. It’ll be hard without measurements but I think I can make it work. My mother thinks shirts would be better, so we’ll see how that thought process works out. I’m not sure I love it for a shirt, it’s a little much for little girls. Maybe cute skirts…too many possibilities

Sighting of the Rare Skirt Monster

My wardrobe is largely composed of comfortable pants (and leggings of course), and loose shirts. Which meant I was shocked on Sunday when a skirt started calling my name. After an extensive search of my sewing room (aka the pit) for my perfect fabric I was sweaty and disappointed. I knew it was around, I had been hoarding it for the perfect pattern…which I had just discovered. But I have done a lot of swapping lately, had I accidentally tossed it in a swap bag? Resigned to a second best skirt with another fabric I had that might’ve worked I began to assemble my pattern.

Yeah, see it there? The navy and white stripes? Apparently I had put it up on my cutting table and it had gotten covered by a panel and fat half set. Overjoyed I set to work, assembling the pattern, laying everything out on the table. Only to discover that my perfect skirt is bigger than my table will allow (it’s a circle skirt). On to the floor we go, thankfully I still have my fabric pens. Pieces cut I chugged along on my serger, until I had this…

As Mary Poppins says “a thing of beauty is a joy forever”. Maybe not everyone’s idea of a thing of beauty, but it’s one of my favorite projects so far. It’s a Twirly girl skirt for women by Halla patterns. I managed to finish it just in time to wear to my grandmothers birthday dinner. I wanted to make a navy tank to go with it but ran out of time (and patience). And it lives up to its name, it is certainly a twirly skirt. I won’t admit to how many times I made myself seriously dizzy testing it’s limits (btw, its lot less fun as an adult, what’s up with that?)

If I’d had some more time my shirt would’ve been different, but this is the only one I found in my drawers that I liked with it. The ladies of my family loved it, and they’re tough to please. Mom even seemed shocked that I made it, the highest compliment a homemade garment can achieve. Why is that btw? We make things hoping people notice we made them, but we want them to look like they came from the store.

Anyway, existential angst over, on to the husbands raglan from hades. Not that I’ve finished it, but I did measure the neck opening (might have trimmed it a bit more too) so I can cut the neckband.

Neckline Blues

I’ve been on a pretty decent run with my sewing, aside from my blue mickey tank that’s a little tighter than I typically wear everything has been fitting the way I like. Enter hubbys haunted mansion raglan, first I cut the wrong neckline on the pattern.

I cut the line above the line I needed, so the neckline is way too shallow and beyond too small. When I made hubby try it on it looked like a turtleneck. Thankfully Facebook group to the rescue, they helped me pinpoint the error and I corrected where I thought I needed to.

Much better, but when hubby tries it on it’s still a little higher than I’d like. It’s fine as is, but who knows when I add the neckband we might be back in the odd turtleneck position.

Enter in my idea for how much wider it needs to be, but the same Facebook group has expressed concerns about altering that much, especially considering that I’ll be cutting off about 1/2 inch in attaching the neckband. Pattern is Rocky Mountain Raglan, and difficulties with it are of my own doing, so far it’s been easy to assemble and follow, except for the neckline issue (again, my fault not theirs). Lesson learned, when printing a multi size pattern, print in color not grayscale.

Pictures of my coordinating shirt to follow, along with my (hopeful) fix of hubbys shirt. And he wonders why I haven’t sewn for him yet.

999 Happy Haunts

A while back a custom fabric retailer put haunted mansion fabric on their site. As a huge fan of both the ride and Halloween in general I knew I would have to have this fabric, many yards. Fast forward to the present, now my pretties are here, but what to do with them? I decided on raglans with contrasting sleeves for my mom, my husband and me.

Here’s my husbands front and sleeves, panel is kind of hard to see, but it says “Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts.” I couldn’t quite bring myself to cut into the back fabric yet, that will probably come tomorrow.

This one is mine, I kind of forgot that I actually wanted the same panel as hubby, but I think the purple works pretty well with this one too “Mine says “Of Course There’s Always My Way.”

Moms will be the same as mine but with pale pink sleeves and neckband. I haven’t even printed moms pattern yet, mine was enough of a challenge to assemble and cut, one at a time. Granted it would likely be faster to just chain assemble. But it would be my luck that I get the pieces messed up, especially since our front and backs are the same fabrics in different sizes.

Here’s a rough shot of my shirt with the back fabric, I love this so much that I seriously regret not ordering more when I had the chance, but such is life.

In other news my cute gray and teal tank has a nice sized hole. Darn bracelet snags on it, and my watch too, but it’s so pretty! I’ll probably still make another one because I love how it fits so much. I really wish there was a way to fix it, but I can’t think of any. And there are a few more small holes around too, they’ll probably continue to run even if I did fix the big one. I can’t even bring this one to work to give to a patient that might need it, I’m afraid it’ll just start falling apart in the wash. Oh well, on to the next!