Designin’ December 2018 Prize Sponsors!

This is going to be a LOOONG post!  This year, I’m so pleased at the number, and the variety, of prize donations that have been offered up by our DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018 PRIZE SPONSORS!  I must admit this is my favourite post of the year – these PRIZE SPONSORS just brighten up my blog!  

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Or, perhaps maybe I am …

Of course, the only reason Canadians have Thanksgiving is to “celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the last year”.  I don’t have a harvest, but every Thanksgiving our family says “Thank you” for what we have.  This weekend is Thanksgiving weekend in Canada and my list to “Be Thankful” for is very long – but then I am always one to add more to my Be Thankful list than my “What a Bummer” list …

One thing on my Be Thankful list is the number of wonderful sewists, bloggers, Instgrammers, Fabric companies and Pattern makers out there that make my hobby so much more interesting.

Now on that topic, you might have seen a flurry of weird activity on my part on you blog today.  It seems for about a month or two I haven’t been getting my usual email notifications that you have posted something new (on my Bummer list!)  I wasn’t sure if it was an iPad problem, as I always use my iPad and only occasionally use my laptop.  I also only occasionally look at the WordPress Reader to find out what you have been working on.  More often than not, I sit on the bus to work and back (now 1.5 hours each way – on my Bummer list!), reading emails with copies of your new posts that are sent to me.  I haven’t been getting those emails and have been wondering if anyone else out there is actually blogging anymore!   Continue reading

McCall’s M7390 – I sort of like it.

I bought this pattern, McCall’s M7390, a while ago and have waited all this time to find a striped fabric that would work.  I did find a 100% linen with wide uneven stripes which I liked, but when the sales person measured it up, there was only 1.4 m left on the bolt.  My pattern said I needed 1.6.  Oh so what … I bought it anyway.  I’ll just have to make the short sleeved version with no pockets.  Hopefully I can make the short sleeved version, instead of the no sleeved version!

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I was very pleased that the stripes on this fabric were properly placed along the grain.  Sometimes they make a real mess of things – you follow the grain and your stripes are at an angle!

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How to make a simple sewing machine cover …

And keep your cats out of your stuff!

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As you can probably guess, not having a proper sewing room, Simon and Sophie love getting into my stuff!  (I use a small sewing cabinet on wheels, which I love.  It lets me sew in any room or corner of the house!)  Before today, I covered my sewing cabinet with a towel and my sewing machine with an old tee shirt – classy, huh?  

I decided it was time to protect my sewing cabinet with a washable mat and protect whichever sewing machine I was using with a proper cover.

The sewing mat was quite easy.  I measured the cabinet top.  The bottom black layer of the mat was cut from a pre-quilted cotton remanent.  The top layer was cut from a remanent of the fabric I used to make this swimsuit cover up.  I just sewed the two layers together and added black bias tape around the edges.  Easy to wash and handy for poking the odd pin into too!

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Are you ready for DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018?

Have you picked out your Designer Original and the fabric you need to make your Designer me-made COPY?  Or are you just in the planning stages – don’t worry … there’s lots of time to sew before DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018!

Ever since the first DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER (2015) I’ve seen many fabulous garments in stores, magazines, online, on social media, on runways … so many beautiful garments!  And I say,

“Why buy when you can make it yourself – better and for less money?”

I’ve seen plenty of fabulous Designer Originals, like this dress from Oscar de la Renta Fall 2018.

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Which led me to this tunic and trousers, again Oscar de la Renta Fall 2018 … which I want so bad!  Perhaps not in pink (I’m not a pink type of girl!) and perhaps with a tunic that is a bit shorter (so I don’t look stumpy!) and perhaps with sleeves a bit shorter too (so they don’t get caught in the filing cabinets at work).  Where AM I going with this?

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McCall’s M7324: Part II of my Adventures with Border Print Fabric!

This is the last of my lovely denim border print fabric.  😦 I’ve already made a pair of summer cropped pants with it, details here.  I had just enough left to squeeze a top out of it!

 

I decided to use this pattern, McCall’s M7324, view A.  I definitely won’t be using the curved hi/lo hem.  I want my border to be even and uninterrupted!

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I cut out my usual size and was shocked at the amount of ease in this one.  Perhaps with a softer, flowing fabric this 8.5″ ease might be nice, but although my denim is lightweight, it doesn’t drape well.  I did a bit of trimming on the cut pieces – there would be more work ahead fitting this top though.

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Just ONE more sewing machine … a review of the Janome HD3000

I used my Janome 3160QDC (my baby) during my last bag making session.  It worked well with a Jeans needle, but there was an “oh oh” moment when my machine was going through a few particularly thick layers of fabric and fleece and it made a strange “whirring” noise.  I backed off, stopped pushing it so much, took it easy and never heard the noise again.  Just to be safe I dropped it off today with the sewing machine repair mechanic for a cleaning and a check up.  I have in the past opened up machines to see how they work (or clean and fix them) but I don’t feel comfortable opening up a computerized machine.

For about a month now, I have been hunting for a mechanical sewing machine that was not fancy and could take all the layers I could throw at it.  Something reliable.  I asked on a few Facebook bag making sites and was told the Juki TL series was a good choice.  Unfortunately, they are ridiculously priced for my budget!  Someone else suggested industrial machines.  Those in my price range lacked features.

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Another recommendation was the Janome HD5000 or HD3000.  More in my budget!

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I found some short reviews of these machines on line, but nothing detailed enough to convince me!  I did find this chart though that showed me that, although there is a $40.00 price difference, the only difference in features between an HD3000 and an HD5000 is a .5 mm stitch width!

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“Thanks for Not Guffawing” by Pattern Pandemonium

Quite often I find myself lurking around a blog or two reading post after post after post – entertaining myself! Lurking around Jay’sPattern Pandemoniumrecently, I became quite impressed … She Did the Math! and the answer was a bit scary. Have a read for yourself …

Pattern Pandemonium

Gentle Readers, when I flagged up my intention to sew through the not terribly special fabrics in my stash by the end of summer, you made generously supportive comments. Not a single scoff, knowing smirk or ROFL appeared in the inbox.

Turns out I am delusional. I’ve just done an almost complete inventory. It took the best part of three days. Funny how little space almost 300 metres takes up isn’t it?

Let’s try to translate this into projects. Some would need less than a metre, others might take four and a half. To get a ballpark figure, does 150 projects sound about right?

Translate those projects into hours. Also difficult. Cut out and sew a simple pair of trousers, skirt or top you’ve made before, and know fits – 3 or 4 hours on an average day? But, tailor a jacket, fiddle around with embellishments, I don’t get much…

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McCall’s M7364 – A simple sewing pattern!

I’ve always got an eye out for border print fabric and when I saw this 100% cotton denim – EMBROIDERED – I could not resist!  I bought enough for a pair of casual summer pants and a summer top.  It has been quite hot here lately (but unfortunately smokey from forest fires) so I am craving new summer clothes.  I figure by the time I finish these two garments it will be raining?

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I thought I would try McCall’s M7364, view D without the ties at the bottom – a “Learn to Sew for Fun” pattern.  Last time I tried a “Learn to Sew for Fun” pattern it was a cardigan and I didn’t like it.  You can take a look at it here.

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What do you think?

Last week I showed you my Rosie© bag … I’m going to call it “Portrait style”.  This week I’m going to show you my Rosie© bag “Landscape style”.  But I have a simple question … Do you prefer your cross body bags long and skinny (Portrait style) or do you prefer your cross body bags short and wide (Landscape style)?  Let me know in the comments at the end of this post.  What do you think?

My summer cross body bag (a RTW purchase from years ago) is falling apart.  It made perfect sense to just whip up another Rosie© bag for myself.  To stretch my abilities I decided to make it Landscape style this time!

I also decided to use some Pellon 71 Peltex.  This is a firm fusible woven interfacing.  It’s quite thick and quite firm.  My daughter had a bit of a challenge trying to twist and bend it!  See how it hardens this 100% cotton.

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