Posts filed in Sewing

Swing dress sewing misadventures

This weekend was one of those weekends that really made a somewhat novice sewist want to chuck her sewing machine out the window. [from Sensibility.com] In Casey’s Swing Dress Sew-Along, we started the muslin. Because not only have I never sewed a dress before but I’ve never sewed anything with… read more »

Finished project: Blenders blouse

I finally got photos of my first sewing project of 2011. It was a project I started last year. In fact, it was the last sewing project I touched last year. I am now not 100% sure why I tossed it to the side, but I know one reason was… read more »

One step closer

We got home this afternoon, having had a wonderful brief trip to Wisconsin with our friends. I’ll be posting photos tomorrow because—yay!—I have the day off work. In the meantime, I thought I’d post the fabrics I’m considering for my current blouse. After my epiphany earlier in the week, I… read more »

More sewing with pets

Okay, what are my pets trying to tell me this week?! First it was Pia and the muslin, now it’s Dinah and the sewing machine. Apparently she, too, is eager to find out how the collar will work out on my muslin (see previous post). I just sat down to… read more »

Stick-to-it-ness

Yesterday evening I sat down to actually begin work on the muslin for my vintage blouse. I figured out the front gathers on the shoulder pretty easily, sewed up the shoulders and the sides… and then spent about the next 2 or 3 hours reading two paragraphs of my pattern.… read more »

uniform sewing

This afternoon, I sat down to make a muslin. I admit that I’m really not a big fan of doing them anymore than I’m a fan of knitting a gauge swatch. But like in knitting, I know when I need to do one and when I don’t. This weekend I… read more »

Pin basting a sleeve in a vintage sewing pattern

Yesterday afternoon I picked back up a sewing project that I had abandoned last Fall. I didn’t do a lot of sewing last year, and I know that’s due in large part to being an on again, off again sewist over the years, even though last year I was really… read more »

Invisible zipper triumph

I’ve been procrastinating on the blouse project I mentioned in my last post. I’m working on a slightly modified version of one of the tops in the vintage pattern Simplicity 3963. Just a simple little shell. I’m really trying to expand my sewing skills, so I decided I’d use this… read more »

Hello, world!

How nice to see you again. Yes that’s right, I’ve started up a new blog. I tired of redhotknitter.com about a year ago for no particular reason, so I wanted to give it a go with a new start that focuses on all of my interests, not just knitting (though… read more »