Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sew Productive!

What I Have Accomplished This Weekend (so far)
I am very excited (again, or is it still?). I received a cast off king sized headboard from a dear friend and neighbor on Friday. Yesterday, I purchased the perfect fabric for it, and, with the help of another dear friend and my DH, re-covered it!  
 We even accomplished the task of putting the headboard in its new home at the head of our bed! I feel like a real adult now!
 I would really like to upload a photo here, however, for some unknown reason, my photos won't upload.

I am considering moving all of the info I have created to another blog (while mine is still new). I Want to have more ability to add content and create separate posts on pages that are not the front page of my blog. As of yet, I have not been able to figure out how to do that here. If Any of you readers, yes, I mean YOU Sunny, know how to resolve my problems here, please post a little link or a tutorial for me. I have read what I can find through the links on Blogger's FAQ page, but have not been able to sort it out (yet).

I also put together the fabric I cut so long ago (in the 6th grade), and made a shirt! It is not quite finished yet, but I am so happy to have a start! I learned something very, very important as I sewed this shirt...you have to leave the sleeves open, otherwise, you just have a funky shaped pillowcase, which can be fun, but was not what I was going for here.

I finished up the bathroom vanity and posted more about it on the DIY tab. I'd love to tell you to take  a look at the finished project, but I discovered the photo upload issue when attempting to post these photos the first time. 
 Just for fun, I m going to try again right now. NO, still not working.

I am back to the sewing table! Have a lovely Easter and thank you for stopping by my little space on the internet.
Beth

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Skirting the Issue

I did it!
A polo refashioned into a skirt!
 Before

After

I'm feeling quite proud of myself for creating this new piece of clothing. 
I think I know what I'm putting in my etsy shop!
 I went to the garage to find the drawstring for this skirt and discovered my box of sewing projects instead. I am so excited for tomorrow to come so I can begin to conquer them all. First in the que is a sewing project from my first and only sewing class back in the 6th grade (It's been a while kids). I have the material all cut out and ready to sew, time to see the completed project. Who knows, it might even fit my little girl (someday). I hear a Pointer Sisters song coming on, sing it with me folks, "I'm so excited!" 
Thanks for stopping by my little space on the internet. Have a lovely day! 

Thrilled!

Yesterday, the unthinkable was accomplished, my sewing pile was completed (and I didn't even have to pay anyone)! My nine year old son had a pair of jeans with a huge hole in the knee. I had tried to patch it with a hand sewn patch, which looked pretty good, but he came home, after the first wearing, with a huge hole in the knee. The patch was still in there, but he had fiddled with the stitches all day until the bottom of the patch had come undone. I learned two things, the boy loves to have something to play with (alright, I already knew that), and I would need to create a more permanent patch if I expected it to stay put. Here is a picture of the patch after the sewing machine. Sorry, I forgot to take a before photo.
I love the way the inner stitches look, not so fond of the outer (straight) ones. 
I learned a few new techniques with this experience. I think my next patch will look pretty cool (I fully expect there to be a next patch, and am happy to oblige, as that means my DS is playing hard). If you look closely at this photo, you can totally see my learning curve. I started with the outer patch perimeter. I used a straight stitch and did not have a clear idea of how to move the leg around the machine fluidly, so that my straight stitch is not at all straight. Then I stitched the bottom of the interior patch (the actual hole), using a new type of stitch. I am very happy with the results of that stitch, but saw that it became very bunched up near the end. I learned how to adjust the pants on the machine to allow the material to flow fluidly under the needle during sewing. I completed the project with the top of the hole and am very pleased with how it turned out.

I also hemmed three pairs of jeans for my DD, who grew no less than 4 inches in 4 months beginning in November last year. I decided to skip a size (since I had begun the season with a slightly large size, and now all of those pants are too short) and purchased several pairs of pants that ended up being about three inches too long on her. Rather than return them, I put them in my sewing pile, where they sat for two months. I am delighted to have them hemmed! I also darned several pairs of cute socks she really likes.
All of that added up to a completed sewing pile! Even better, what would have taken me three days to complete took me about an hour. I'm thrilled to mark that off of my "to do" list.

Monday, March 25, 2013

In Stitches!

I did it! I sewed a few stitches! Actually, I sewed more than a few. I tried and failed several times before realizing that the reason my thread kept breaking was that it was not good thread, so I re threaded the machine (this time it only took about 15 seconds) and began sewing. First, I created two bags for my sewing table, one for scrap threads (trash), and one for...whatever. I used some old pajama pant legs that were left over when I cut them off to make the pajamas into shorts. I am so happy! I even sewed handles onto the bags so that they could hang on the knobs of the drawers of my desk turned sewing table.
I also sewed an edge around an old t-shirt sleeve I have been using as a hair Kerchief for my little girl. For this experiment, I tried a new, more involved stitch. I liked it enough I decided to embellish the band closest to her face with some pretty flowers (another pre-programmed stitch). It was coming along nicely until my bobbin ran out of thread, at which point I consulted my instruction manual and learned to fill a bobbin with thread. It went very smoothly, and I was set to go again in about three minutes. During my three minute learning time, I lost the head band on which I was working. I still have not found it, and have decided that one of  Dobby the House Elf's friends has taken off with it and is now a free elf. If the elf happens to make it reappear, I will take photos and share them here. I also plan to take photos of the rest of my first sewing projects and post them for your perusal.

I have been sick with a cold, so have been quite tired, and am not moving quickly on finishing up my bathroom project. I did get the knobs and drawer pulls all in place today, and the drawer fronts are reattached to their respective drawers. I am still reluctant to attach any more hinges, as the ones I purchased seem to be for flat doors, and ours are beveled. Photos to come.

I am feeling more confident about the opening of my etsy shop. I now have many ideas of makeovers I can do with the ninety men's polo shirts that I purchased along with the sewing machine.  This purchase was of an embroidery business, so it came with many spools of  nice embroidery thread and the a fore mentioned polos.  I initially thought I would embroider the shirts to suit the customer's desires, but am now filled with ideas of how I can re-purpose these shirts for women's wear.
All in all, I am still quite excited!

Thanks for stopping by my little place on the internet. Have a lovely day!
Beth

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hodge Podge and Mixed Thoughts

You know how sometimes, when you are really tired, you think you hear something, but it was not what the other person said at all? This morning my DH (pictured above) was searching for his pocket items for the day, checking multiple pockets in his nice winter coat and said, "Too many pockets in this damn coat. Michael Jackson, I'll never forgive him!" I looked up, tilted my head to the side, and said, "Did you really just say you would never forgive Michael Jackson?" To my surprise, and amusement, he replied, "Yes."

In other news, I could not wait any longer and I put some of the hardware on the bathroom vanity 4 days early, just to see how it would look. It looks fabulous! I will post a series of pictures of the transformation I am doing under my DIY tab. I found the tutorial here http://www.monicawantsit.com/2012/02/staining-oak-cabinets-espresso-color.html I'm staining mine a deep cherry and they look gorgeous! Now I need to research how to put hinges on doors and have them hang straight and close completely.

I m still doing some research on my (new to me) Bernina Artista 170. I learned how to thread it in a quick 30-45 minutes (the pictures in the manual are really small, at least they are in my eyes). I re-threaded it yesterday because I had used the wrong thread on my first threading attempt. Next step? Brave a few stitches.

I have so many projects in my que, I think I need to be four people to get them completed in any reasonable amount of time, you know, like everyone does. Oh, and did I mention? I have two children, who are the smartest, funniest, most adorable children in the world -end gush. They rank higher than my projects and my blog, which I must now leave, due to the calls of my dear  four year old. Thanks for stopping by my little space on the internet. Have a lovely day!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

First Blog Post

Just Starting out...

I am so excited! I have just purchased my first Bernina sewing machine and am ready to make my dreams of sewing clothes for me and my little girl come true! If all goes well, I will also make a go of selling said clothes on etsy (look for my shop under the name "BethGenuity").
I enjoy searching Pinterest for new ideas I can tweak and make my own. 
Look for my reviews on DIY tutorials I have found through my Pinterest searches.
That is all...for now.