Thursday, April 7, 2011

On to new things, now.

Well, it has been quite a while since I've posted, so I see. I am still working on getting my pig sty sewing room cleaned up and organized. I had both of my work tables cluttered up with boxes, and was asked to make them look real nice for some workmen who were coming to install some new phone/TV/Internet cabling. Well, I didn't have a lot of time to do it all in, so I had to stuff things here and there. I am now trying to find a certain batch of fabric pieces I was planning to make into a tiered skirt and q-snap cover(s). I *know* they are in this room, somewhere. I've just got to go through every nook and cranny until I find them, and do so without completely re-wrecking the room.

The reason I had to get my sewing room cleaned up for the above-mentioned installation is because the Internet router-modem is in my sewing room, mainly because it is convenient for me to have in here, since I am the resident computer tech. I am the go-to person when computer/Internet problems arise. It's not uncommon for me to hear someone ask, "Mom/Susie, how come I can't get such and such to work/pull up on the computer?". Either that, or they will ask me why such and such is happening on their computer. I say, "I don't know why", and then have them tell me what is going on. Between what they tell me and what I find by tinkering with their computer, I can usually figure out what the problem is...lol. Sometimes it's nice being so important, but other times, not so nice; can be a PITA...lol.

At any rate, though, I do have some new projects on the drawing board, along with getting that casual shirt made for my youngest son. I am looking at getting into making baby/toddler clothes. I've never made any such type of clothing, before, but I do happen to have a nice, little 'guinea pig' living right across the street from me...:D.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

On to new things, now.

Okay, so with that blouse finished, now I am up to my neck in a new project; cleaning and organizing what is supposed to be a sewing (and computer) room. It looks like a big mess right now, but will soon be nice and clutter-free. I should have taken some 'before' pics, but I didn't think to. I may be brave enough to post some 'during' ones, though, and then some 'after' ones. *Those* won't take an act of bravery to post...lol.

The Brown Blouse; finally finished!!

Yep, I finally got 'er done! Looks good, too, I might add...:D. Soon as I get a chance (read: remember to), I will snap and post a pic of it.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Taking a break from the blouse

Well, I got that skirt completed, in about 3 days total. I didn't take my sweet time, the first day/night, but with the subsequent 2 I did. I'll post a pic of it later, when I can get a good one. The lighting in my sewing/computer room isn't that good, so I take my pics in another room where the lighting is much better.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Taking a break from the blouse

Well, I decided to take a little detour of sorts, and make something else. It is really just a tester project, but with hopes of being a usable garment. I wanted to see how quickly I could make a 4-tiered skirt, using primarily my serger. I have gotten quite a bit of it done, with the top two tiers sewn together. I have the other two tiers to add, trim the excess fabric, stitch up the side seam, make the elastic casing, and then insert the elastic. Sounds like it will take more time to do than what it actually will take. If I don't mess around, I can probably finish it tonight...well, this morning, anyway, seeing it is now 2:00 am, here.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Making a brown blouse - cont.

Okay, got the serger/thread problem worked out; just changed out the Maxi-Lock for another Sure-Lock. Anyway, in addition to the darts, I've got the shoulder and side seams sewn, and the hem done. Next, it's the collar/neckband part...ohhhh boy, I can hardly wait <said dryly>...lol. It should go well, really; just not really looking forward to it. It is a learning process, though, and comes with the territory of blouse/shirt making. I make clothes for my family, and don't want to have to say, "Well, I can make skirts and pajamas, but not shirts and blouses.

The pajama shirts I make are pretty simple, and forgiving. Although I do put equal effort into those, as into regular clothes, if they don't turn out exact and nice, no one is going to see or know, except for us...the family. The last pajama shirt I made turned out too snug (cut it too small, somehow), so wound up being worn as a casual shirt. I wasn't really happy with that shirt as a casual shirt, because it looks so plain, but the person I made it for said he is fine with it.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Maxi-Lock thread on my serger

I am planning to use my serger for most of the (brown) blouse construction, so I set my 4-thread serger up for it. I used Maxi-Lock on the lower looper, and Sure-Lock on the upper; both of those in black. The Maxi-Lock kept breaking; broke 3-4 times. I adjusted the tension a bit to see if that could be the problem, but it still broke. I also triple checked to make sure I'd threaded it correctly, and I had. That thread is a bit more expensive than the Sure-Lock is, and is supposedly a better quality. Glad I only bought 2 cones of it, when I did! BTW, in case you are wondering, I used C&C, both in brown shades, in the needles.