Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Some On Going Projects

Back in May, when I started my sewing spree, I spent some time in the evening knitting up a semi secret project—namely, yards and yards of knit cotton edging.. I finished sometime in June. Now finally, I am sewing the edging onto pillow cases and sheeting.

image of cream white sheet and knit edging
Pillow case and top sheet edged
One set of bed linens (or should I say cottons?) ended up with lace edging on the hem of the top sheet, as well as on the hems of the pillow cases. The other set, just has lace trim on the pillowcases. I love this kind of luxury touch--my DD thinks it is a total waste of time! She claims no one under the age of 60 would be interested. She might well be right.

I also made up 4 sets of “bonus” pillowcases—these will be embroidered—I like these nice little touches (well not the past few days when I have been engaged in attaching the lace to the hems!) even if they are out of style.  

Attaching the lace to the sheeting is slow and boring. Not helped by being a bit sick. Last week, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday I helped out my DD—One, then other,  twin came down with a cold like virus. Both girls had mild fevers, were cranky, (headachy) and had upset stomachs--(which generated lots of laundry.) I provided some relief—mostly simple babysitting while my DD got laundry and other projects done.

I ended up exhausted—the NY area had a mild heat wave—with 90° temps, (not horrible, since at least 2 days had somewhat lower humidity) but it never cooled down—76° or warmer at night. So I didn't sleep well, and missed my afternoon naps. I tried to recover on Saturday—but by Sunday, it was clear to me, I had caught what ever it was the girls had.

I was so sick Sunday to Monday night—high fever, headaches, and muscle cramps...So sever, that I was uncomfortable all day Monday. I felt like I overdid it.. tender arms, and tender abdominals, too. I missed being sick to my stomach—but only because I hardly ate anything. I could complain more and provide more (TMI) —but I won't. I am over the worst of it –sleeping away most of Monday helped.

Feeling a bit better today, I am continuing to do bits and pieces of sewing too—all sort of hand stuff—replacing buttons, and stuff. I have all sorts of chores to do—laundry, shopping and the like..The laundry is all sorted and ready to go, the shopping lists (yes, plural) are ready to go too. Now I just need to get going! 

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Final Project—for Now.

Along the lines of “the best laid plans of mice and men” Life interfered—I didn't post this yesterday, and I didn't have an hour to finish it..and I won't have the time today either... So it will be finished, and the mending done, when life settles down.

This is the last project—a quick little mu-mu dress. Not a tent like mu-mu, just a bit loose and simple.  It is not really finished—I want to add a bit of elastic at the back and two ties (to tie in front) but that will take less than hour. I already have the ties made, and the casing ready to go..

It's a pretty little thing to wear to the pool—the front has a zipper making it easy to step into, or out of. It has, of course 2 side seam pockets. The basis for this little dress is the top I made in the beginning of July,  which was also in blue—but a totally different print. With an added ruffled tier to lengthen it and some other small changes.    I also made a wider bias band for the neckline--(and I like it better than the narrow one!) But all in all simple, almost shapeless.. Easy to sew, easy to wear.

It will be a “better” house dress after the summer—good for wearing around the house, and even good enough to wear when doing laundry-- It is loose enough to admit a T-shirt underneath—so come the cold days of winter, with a long sleeved T worn under it, will make it suitable to wear then, too.

Nothing very special, cheap as they come (under $10 for the whole thing—including the zipper and elastic) but pretty enough.

While I should be putting my sewing machine away—I won't—Not quite yet. I still have 2 or 3 things that need a spot of mending... and I intend to get them done. But no big projects.. just a seam that has a broken thread repaired, and the like. If I just spend an hour a day, I will have all the final mending projects done in a week.

I have already done a whole lot of mending.. and cleaning up (2 “waste can” sized bags of scraps, and threads and wrappers from zippers, and card stock from buttons) –but there is more to do—Not sewing, but stuff to do in the sewing room—including some organizing.

Soon, I will have some photos of pillow cases (Part 1) finished, and pillow cases Part 2—ready to be started...

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The End of the Month

The last Saturday of sewing—for a while, at least.

The skirt and vest
 The grey skirt is finished. I made a quick little summer dress too. It's not completely finished, but it will before the end of the month(Monday) That's enough for now. I have been busy sewing since May –3 months of making clothes! Some matching sets, and some coordinating sets, and some simple additions.

A trio of Tee's to match.
I have culled clothes that were old, worn, stained and really other wise unfit. My closet is neater, (and prettier) I still have plans for new hangers. 

 Before I moved into this apartment, I painted. The living room and dining room and entry were all professionally painted. At the same time, I bought some very cheap paints—Top quality paints that had been custom colored, and then returned to the store—to paint the closets. The color choices were close (but not perfect) matches—but the inside of the closets went from dry, cracked, dull and dirty white, to pretty.

My purple foyer has a huge walk in closet—Painted a periwinkle blue (more of the same was used in my bedroom closet) really changed it form drab to cheerful. Periwinkle is quite purple, it was a almost a pastel shade, and besides, the inside of a closet doesn't really have to match the room. The walk in Linen/utility closet in the Sunny yellow computer room end up with a marigold yellow interior--(and toffee brown shelves.) I only had a quart of the yellow—and another quart of the toffee brown. All the closets got spiffed up (patched and spackled) and with a new coat of paint, (and a  week to dry). While I was at it,   I polished all the closet poles with butchers wax—designed for hard wood floors. So when I moved in—I had cheerful pretty closets with slick, smooth poles, to hang my clothes in.

The finishing touch was, I bought a whole lot of hangers—all matching. OK, so the entry closet(coat and raincoats) got a mix matched set of left overs, but my clothes closets look nice and neat with all matching hangers.

Now, some 17 years later, those plastic hangers are breaking.  The heads snap off, the lower bar snaps—sometimes in two, (and can be temporally saved with some duct tape,) sometimes in 3—and the hanger is a goner. The same too with the skirt clips. many of those have broken, too.   My plan now is to head to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and to buy a box of 50 new hangers, and a few packs of skirt clip. and to once again have a neat looking organized closet. Everything will come out, the pole with get a new coat of wax and will be smooth again. The clothes I want, will be hung up, the clothes I have been on the fence about will be altered, (or chucked) and order will be totally restored!

There is no need to repaint, the 20 year old paint still looks good—But there will also be some better organization to the shelves as well as some new hooks for all the hanging stuff. A little corner of my world will be perfected--(at least for a little while.)

While I have decided to put sewing new projects on hold for a month (at least) I will end the month with getting a jumper dress and matching vest, cut and ready to go (and maybe, sneak in some sewing on some rainy day—if there are any.)

The Jumper will be a bright yellow denim—I don't intend to wear the vest with the jumper—it's just an extra one. I needed 3 yards for the jumper, and the bolt had 3.5 yards—A half yard isn't enough to make a vest (normally) but I have made this jumper before and know that I will have a lot of fabric left over. I need the LENGTH—no matter the width—and this denim is 60 inches wide, so I will have a good bit of left over fabric—the sides and even the back will be cut from this “waste”--So the vest will mostly be a bonus--especially since the extra half yard was discounted. . I love vests, and an extra one in a solid color will go with lots of things.

The final bit will be organizing the remaining fabrics and pairing them with patterns. I sort of plan to start sewing some more things come September—but there are quite a few other things already planned for the first 2 weeks in September, so I won't start in right away. I also want to invest in some better organization of my sewing stuff. I am determined to buy some spool racks and to put up some shelves and other organizing bits. Lots of plans.. Now I just have to implement them!