Thursday, 31 January 2008

What I'm Working on

Thought I'd update this with this months totals. I've actually done quite a lot of sewing during January - just nothing is quite finished! I made some pj bottoms with a pattern from a Burda sewing mag. I used flannel from my stash. One pair for S and one pair for E. We want to get some plain t.shirts and use the flannel scraps to applique something on to them to make a matching set. I used some of E's left over flannel to make a nightdress by sewing it into a skirt and attatching it to a vest.

I used some black ribbed velour fabric to make myself a breastfeeding top using the Elizabeth Lee mother cover pattern.

The rest of the ribbed velour I made into Elizabeth Lee 307, which is a mock twinset. I squeezed the two tops out of 2 yards of fabric! Both of them together should have used 3 yards.

And lastly, I am half way through making a smocked shepherd suit for my delicious boy. He will look sooooooo cute in it. He will probably complain about me making him wear a "dress" when he is older though!

That's all I've done this month. I hope to buy some t.shirts so I can finish off the pjs soon. I really just need to hem the breastfeeding tops and to finish off R's little suit. Hope to get all that done soon.

My next project is going to be a bit more ambitious. I plan on making a top for myself with a silk fabric. Never sewn with silk before, so it will be a new experience. I'm going to try and alter the pattern too.

Saturday, 26 January 2008

Sewing Goals for 2008

My sewing goals for 2008 are:

Sew more!


Sew better!

I'd like to try and use up a lot of my stash. If my kids need something new I'll see what I have in my stash before I buy anything. I'd like to try and improve my sewing techniques, and make things that look more professional, rather than home made.

I also want to finish 3 quilts. The tops are done,they just need layered and quilted. One of them is a Christmas quilt I started in 2004! I'd really like to have that done for this Christmas!!! I also have fabric bought for a quilt I wanted to make for my parents about two Christmases ago. Its not even been started yet! It is quite complex, but if I work on it a little bit every so often surely I can finish it for Christmas.

I'd like to declutter my sewing area and organise everything so sewing is faster and easier. Not having to spend 20 minutes looking for something would be nice! I want to go through my UFOs and finish as much as I can, or get rid of things. Like things in size T4 for my now 7 year old! I think I will get rid of LOTS of patterns and maybe even *deep breath* some fabric from my stash. Not quite sure how I'm going to achieve any of this. My baby is 3 months old and never spends any time sleeping during the day. He has just the odd 15 minutes here and there. And he doesn't go to sleep till midnight!

Saturday, 5 January 2008

Elizabeth Lee Designs 104

I have been sewing!!! I made this nightgown a few weeks ago. I have some alterations to make on it. Its a nursing nightgown. The pattern is very frilly and dated, and not really me. But I thought I'd give it a go any way. I used a light blue knit fabric I bought on ebay. The fabric was a really nice quality knit, but really a bit too heavy and stretchy for this project.

Everything that could possibly go wrong did go wrong. Scissors were blunt, sewing machine kept skipping, overlocker unthreaded several times, a needle broke, I accidently pulled out the gathering threads! I could go on...

I REALLY detest the elastic gathered sleeves. They feel horrible. I'm going to chop it off and just hem the edges. If I made this again I'd take some of the pouf out of the sleeves. And I'd make the nursing openings a bit larger. They seemed fine when I held it against myself, but once it was sewn up they didn't seem big enough. They're still useable though. I'm not sure about the square shaped yoke. I think I'd round that out a bit.

I still have to hem it at the bottom. I may even give blind hemming a go.