OMG! I got this new laptop and figured out how to use it all by myself! Aren’t you proud of me?! I am because I have this aversion to computers and I thought I’d have to wait a long time for my daughter to help me since they have covid in spite of being vaccinated and boosted. I’m getting a booster next week but it seems like the shots aren’t working very well.
The weather hasn’t been good to draw in Plein air so I made this little hooded vest for my granddaughter using Butterick B6372.
The pattern calls for a 12 inch separating zipper. I checked it 3 times! I’m sure I cut on the lines and followed the directions exactly but it came out with the zipper too long! There’s not enough fabric to do a bottom hem! If I extended the zipper at the top instead of at the bottom it might get in the baby’s neck, so I let the excess off the bottom.
I figured out a way to finish it by using wide bias tape on the bottom instead of a hem. It worked and looks ok because the pattern calls for bias tape around the arm holes, so it matches. I think they didn’t try the pattern at the pattern factory because a 12″ zipper doesn’t work with a medium size. In fact I didn’t see any 10″ separating zippers in the stores. Problems like this happen all the time with sewing projects. You can spend time and money on projects that don’t work out or don’t look like the pattern, or thousands of other things always go wrong. Most sewing problems have a solution. Sometimes you have to think it over for a little while, put it aside, and the answer comes to you. Or throw it away. That’s how sewing is like painting. It could be a big waste of time. It could test your patience and it might work out, or not.
I’ll show a picture of the new princess modeling this as soon as I can.
My daughter said she needs some baggy pajama pants with a drawstring.
I thought the bow was for a drawstring but it’s only decorative so once again I had to fake it on a sewing project. I never know if a pattern will work out like I hope. A lot of them don’t and I throw it all out. This might be ok. It would be easy to make adjustments.
For a drawstring you need buttonholes and a machine that sews a zigzag stitch. If your machine doesn’t do zigzag you can make a tailored buttonhole. Mine are a hack job but will be ok for pajama pants.
First I cut out little 1.5″ squares and sewed around the edges. I think a professional might use fusible interfacing, I’m not sure. Then place them where you want the buttonhole and draw a pencil line for the hole. Then sew around the pencil line, cut on the pencil line,
Turn the buttonhole facings to the inside and press them. Sew again close to the opening. Voila! buttonhole and drawstring hack job!
That was fast and easy. Now I’m going back to work on my painting of azaleas. This is one thing I enjoy about my amateur artist status, if I feel like sewing I can sew with no guilt over abandoning the painting for a while.
I saw this idea when I was ordering something for my daughter and decided to give it a try. The shirts are cheap and it doesn’t take long to do so if she doesn’t wear it it’s no loss. We often don’t see eye to eye on fashion. Sarah’s not here to try it on.
I cut the sides of the one shirt up to 1.5″ of the armhole seam. Then I cut my triangles out of the other shirt. I didn’t have a pattern so I cut them longer than I’d need. If you have too much fabric it’s better than not having enough.
Then I pinned the triangle cut in starting at the bottom on each side and when I got close to pinning at the armhole I worked it around till it fit and let the excess hang off.
I hope you can see what I mean in this photo. You can see how much of the triangle I trimmed off after sewing.
I want to make a Raggedy Ann for my granddaughter. I made one for Sarah when she was a baby and she loved hers to death. Then I had to make a back up Annie because the first one wore out. When I make this one I’ll interface the whole thing. It’s no rush, the baby will be here in Sept.
I was hoping for a boy because I wanted my grandchild to have every advantage in the world. I was calling the baby my new overlord. Then I said oh, it’s not an overlord it’s a princess! She said a girl can be an overlord. I said, like a warrior princess? She said yeah.
I asked her if she has a name picked out and she said yes but it’s a secret. Later she said she’s going to name her Athena. I said, not Venus? She said, no, wisdom will get you farther than love. I don’t know if she’ll name the baby Athena or if she was kidding. I said, I don’t care what you name her, I’m calling her Xena. Sarah didn’t care if I call the baby Xena because her dad and I both had pet names for her when she was a baby.
She bought some maternity clothes so she might have enough. She said if I want to continue sewing I could make things for the baby. It’s not due until Sept.
My daughter is a runner and she needed a new mask like one she bought for jogging which was made out of jersey. (tee shirt fabric) Her old one was only one layer of fabric and has the logo of her school printed on it. She said it was overpriced for the brand name and asked me to make another one for her. She likes this style because you can wear it around your neck then when you come up to another person outside you can easily slide it over your nose.
I decided to make mine two layers of fabric. I can get two masks out of one yard of fabric.
These numbers are inches, my metric reading friends.
It’s easy to make. I drew a diagram showing my cuts out of a yard of fabric 16″ x 20″ on the fold right sides together. I sewed three sides at 1/4″ from the edge letting an opening to turn right sides out after sewing. Then pressed the edges and top stitched all the way around at 1/4″ to strengthen it a little. Then you fold it in half and sew a seam across the side that was cut at 16″. You get a tube around 9.5″ that you can slip over your head.
I asked her how it was working and she said better than the original one because the extra stitching helps keep it over her nose when she’s running so she doesn’t have to hold it in place.
I got another yard of fabric and made two more.
Tomorrow is going to be warm and there might be a lot of people on the trail. I’ll try mine out, but I think it will be more comfortable when it gets colder because it will feel like a thin scarf around your neck when it’s in the down position.
oops. I wrote 19 there at my second step and it’s 19.75 after sewing the seam and turning on the 20″ side. But it’s not that critical, I guess. It’s only a tube to fit over your head.
I think the two layers makes it safer than one layer of fabric.
This is the shirt I wore the day I didn’t get shot. Isn’t that kind of ironic? The song illustrated on this shirt is about a guy who shoots another guy. My daughter gave it to me for Christmas, now it’s my favorite shirt. I’d like to call it my lucky shirt but I know it wasn’t the shirt that kept the bullet from hitting me, but the long odds of that happening.
Sing it Freddy! Meme stolen from somewhere else.
This ET / Abbey Road decal is on a tee shirt I bought when I had a vacation in New Mexico. It’s great to wear fun shirts when out painting in plein air.
This is another shirt my daughter gave me. Isn’t that a scream?! That crab isn’t from around here. Chesapeake Bay Blue crabs have big sharp points on each side. He has so much personality!
This is the recommended accessory for the plein air artist this season, the famous Ikea art cart. If you want to buy one, I should warn you, I only used it a few times and the retractable handle got stuck in the down position which would make it impossible to use. But I got the handle back up and now it’s staying up. I’ve been using it for years. It’s great because I can take as much stuff out there as I want to. Also it’s better than a pochade box for lugging your supplies down a path because pochade boxes don’t have wheels. It would make my back too tired if I had to carry any weight. I lay it down on it’s side to use as a taboret in Plein air, putting my palette on the wheel where it’s best balanced. I’ll get a photo of the way to use it as a taboret some time.
I have a beach cart with wide wheels for painting in plein air on sand dunes. The beach cart is an accessory for warmer weather though.
Years ago my Mom showed me a jacket pattern and asked me if I wanted one. The pattern said you should use 3 colors. Black white and gray comes out looking elegant and red white and blue is striking. Mom made 3 of these. One for herself and another one for my sister. I don’t know what colors they picked because I never saw the jackets, but I loved mine and wore it out. I kept the old original.
A few years ago I asked Mom if she still had the pattern but she didn’t, so I pinned the old jacket to a piece of plastic packing paper and traced around it to make a pattern. It’s a very simple jacket, with the sleeves and front and back all one piece. But it can be difficult, and I ran into a few problems. Plus it’s time consuming. I have around 40 hours in this. I made one a couple years ago with green batik fabric and didn’t like it as much as the red white and blue one of old, and the batik fabric might not give the chenille look.
You have to wet it when you’re finished sewing and run it through the dryer to fluff it up. I did that for this photo, but I still haven’t washed the green batik one, that fabric seems stiffer than this cotton.
This is the old one on my work table. I can’t wash it again because the strips are coming off the shell. I think I should still keep it.
This photo shows the inside of the new jacket. Sometimes people want to see the stitch lines. I used a watercolor pencil to draw those diagonal lines on the shell 1/2″ apart for sewing my bias strips on. There’s also a lot of hand sewing on the inside all around the edges.
It’s probably not a marketable piece, considering the time and difficulties, but I knew I’d like it, so it was worth the time. If anyone else can sew and wants to make it I’ll give the pattern to them. I might be the only one with the nerve to wear it. It is kind of loud and proud.