Saturday, August 30, 2014

August Sewing

Yep, I really did sew this month annnnnnddddddddd learned some new things. 

You would think since I have been sewing for quite some time and can make a corset that I would be really good at clothing....alas, not yet. Especially when it comes to fitting myself and altering patterns.

I took the first step (or 2 or 3) and now I am hungry for more. 

Pic time.....

Made two little dresses for Africa. 
I followed the directions on Nancy's Notions

First step.....
maxi skirt made out of preruffled fabric with a yoga waistband....thank you pinterest

Steps 2 and 3.......
Made a full bust adjustment
Added a dart where there wasn't and took a little width out of the upper chest
As you can see, it took me a little bit of trial and error.
Practice, practice, practice

The one on top (smaller) is the before, the bottom is the after

The before showed WAY too much belly for me to
The after is a comfy fit, the side seams hang straight and the side length matched and everything........AWESOME!!!

A few tweaks:
          the bust dart needs to be lowered about a .5". I may leave it as is....
          the dart "legs" need to be shortened about 1.5"....need
          Things get a little wide when you do a FBA, so I will tweak on the "good" fabric

I just may have a plaid linen Eva Dress before the week is out!! EEEE

Also, Polly's quilt camp is this week and I think I am going to try my hand at a disappearing hourglass.

 Now to get my hand on a solid layer cake or cut a bunch of 10" background squares..........

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Too busy to blog.....I like the sound of that! I was out livin' and, after a few years, needed a blog break.

I've been up to a lot and down some weight and even became a maxi skirt/fitted shirt kinda girl. Who knew?

First stop...Solvang

Tried on hats

Went to the Motorcycle museum

 Visited a mission

Had to get a pic of the great Lady herself

Santa Barbara

Ronald Reagan Library 


AirForce one 

A pic of the first lady ushering in AF One 

And Mr. OSHA  himself notices that there is no 6" toe kick
Really? That is what you focus on? LOL

Hubs loves him some jet engines

Marine One

A real section of the Berlin Wall

     Me, running for President                     Me and the Mr.

Hearst Castle

here we are.....

Willy ate regular food, used dishes that were dead common, paper napkins and no tablecloths. He didn't want his staff to do more than was needed. Allllll under a 2 million dollar ceiling from the 15th century. hahaha 

Basking by the pool  

Who knew Santa lived in SoCal?
Is that why it's Called Santa Barbara?

Ate at Lou Lou's Griddle in the Middle. 
Diners, Drive-ins and dives restaurant #2

Cool Monterey Beach

I know, I know...cliche  

 We saw these covered fields everywhere

They housed ginormous blackberries

Santa Cruz and thee bestest part of the vaca

 off roading




Dismount issues 

Drove ON the beach near Pismo

Earned a new fitbit badge

ooo and ahhhh
Me want

Had a hard time parking

And bought the little princess a little princess outfit

and that is just the first two and a half weeks of this month.

Started sewing some little dresses for Africa and may make some little britches too. And leggings.....lots of 4t leggings for the little princess.

Life is going to be busy, fun, tiring and down right bloggable. I can't wait!!