Monday, May 25, 2015


Rain, rain, rain.  This was just a few minutes ago.  Another system is coming in later today.
As far as the weatherperson says, it will rain all into next week.

Both sides of the yard.  I'm posting sporadically currently.  My parents were scammed of a lot of money in the fall.  That case will soon go to trial. Then my dad kept getting sick more frequently.  Then he died last month.  Then my husband went into early retirement.  Then we have this never ending rain cycle.  I really think my dad's death was the real life sucker for me.  My husband has done a really good job with his honey do list.  His outside list is way behind though.

The boys are pretty much done with school.  It was a long year with the youngest, but he did very well.  They put him in 4 AP classes for next year.  The middle is beginning car shopping.  He changes his mind every time we talk to him, so we try and nod our heads and wonder which car/model he is talking about now.  We also want him to take a long time in choosing for various reasons.

*I set up an instagram accout, but the pad I'm using has a really bad camera in it, and I can't get a new smart phone until my current contract runs out.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Micro cloth bag

I'm supposed to be beginning a muslin on some men's shorts for my husband, so I can make them up in a heavier weight linen I got from Hancocks a year or so ago, but I just don't have the energy or get up and go right now.  I just feel down.

 Anyway, I've been reading a book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  I've been doing a milder version of this book through my house.  I've only had the book for several weeks and I didn't think I needed a clean out that badly, but I will say the book has me thinking differently.

Anyway, on to the bag.  I had done a purge of my younger boys closet and I had 2 garbage bags of clothing.  I didn't really want to add to our landfill or the very big pile at our local Good Will that I've seen in the past, but I have been wanting to have some extra fabric to play around with.  So, for the time being, I'm leaving the bags in our garage.

Now, on to the bag, I took a pair of jeans that had holes in the knees, and I cut above the hole and below the hole, then I cut off the hem.  I cut off the inner leg seam on both pair and I sewed both legs together and the bottom up.
 I measured 2 inches from each bottom corner and drew a line and sewed along that line, then cut off the excess.  I overcast the edge of the top, made some buttonholes, sewed a casing  and threaded some bias tape through the top.   Then I took some fabric squares I've been saving up for block quilting and self lined them and made them pockets on the front.   I took a robe tie and cut it in half and used it for the handles.  We had a warehouse sized package of microclothes and several packs given to us from those talks they give you in the warehouse store, and they were all stuffed in my hall closet.  I even have some in the laundry.  I'm going to fold them all up and put them in the bag and hang them on a nail in the garage.
The bottom.  Doesn't look too bad.  While I'm in this weird funk, I may just play around with the fabric in the bags.  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

First Choice Boxers Notes to me

This post is more of notes to me than it is a review.

 The front and the front fly.  Mark the top of the short at the dashed line and the blue dot.  Mark the fly section 2 inches down in the center of the fly section.  (Fold in half to find center.)
 Sew the back center portion (the piece cut on the fold) to the sides pieces on each side.
 Inside view with finished SA, ironed over to the side and top stitched like a flat felled seam.
 When the back rear piece is sewn to the sides and then sewn to the fronts, turn the boxer short so the right side is up.
 On the right side, place the fly section and sew down one side, then turn and sew to the blue dot mark.  Clip from the SA to the blue dot to release the fabric in this area.
 Sew the SA across the top to stitch down the top.  This will be turned inside out and the top area folded over and ironed down.
 On the left side, fold the fly area over to the blue dot and stitch across the top.  Clip to the blue dot from the outside area.
 On both sides press under the SA at the bottom of the fly area and pin.  Iron down the SA all across the top.

 Measure the elastic.  (This happens to be 1 1/4 instead of 2 inches).  On this side stick the elastic all the way inside to the edge, pin and top stitch all the way down the fly area to the bottom.

 On this side, stick the elastic 1/4 inch past the center mark and stitch.  The stretch the elastic and pin, top stitching all the way down the fly extension to the bottom.  Sew channels across the top.
Finished boxers.  The rest of the instructions were pretty clear to me, but the fly area holds me up for some time until I figure it out or can get my husband to help me understand the instructions.  I like that the fly area on these boxers are a 2 inches deep.  These were for a chunky son.  The seams did not match because I was using a small remnant.  I may make him another pair.  I'd like to see how these do.  This will give him 2 pair so far.  I can't really think of a thing more to sew.  We've been just sick with allergies this season and it seems our spring calendar is very busy with family matters.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Joy of Cooking Pimiento Cheese

Combine in a medium bowl;
1 4 ounce jar chopped pimientos, drained (I cannot find these, so I use red bell pepper strips chopped)
1 cup mayonnaise (I sometimes use a little bit more.)
1 garlic clove (I have used granulated or powdered, google and found out how much equals a clove)
1 tbl lemon juice
1 tea dry mustard
1/2 tea Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tea ground red pepper (This burns my lip just a bit and I have used paprika)

Beat with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer at medium speed until blended.  Add 2 cups grated Colby, (8 ounces) and 2 cups grated Cheddar (8 ounces)

Beat until the consistency of cottage cheese.  Makes about 4 cups.  From the Joy of Cooking 75th anniversary edition.

I have been told this is awesome.  You might think it's awesome too.

I have not blogged about Whitney's rice bags (from Whitney Sews).  The pillows I made using filler from a duct tape dress form I found in the attic, pillow cases made from sheets I was given that were the wrong size.

I'm currently working on #404 First Choice Boxers from Timber Lane Press.  They use up to 5 different fabrics and have the saggy butt.  I'm adding up to 5 inches in length depending on the amount of fabric I have in my remnant box.  These will be sleep shorts and I want them to be scooty comfortable.  I haven't made these in a very long time, and I'm needing some extra help on the fly.  I may do a tutorial when I have these figured out.

We are not on a strict budget, but I've been watching some old The Lucy Shows, (the clothing is so tailored), and I think some of the shows are rubbing off on me.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Kwik Sew 3869

Summer blouses.  This is View A.  I used a lightweight linen from Hancocks.  I wasn't pleased with the quality.  This came from China.
The wrinkling you see over the bust dart is not enough spray starch, the blouse has been hanging in a closet for a few days, and it's too big for the dressform.  Just buttoning it on the dress form wrinkled it too.

 I love the princess seaming and it was so quick to put together.

 I'm going to have to add a clear snap on both of the blouses and equal distance above the top buttonholes, they gape open too much for me.  I've worn the pink one and had to wear a sweater buttoned up so you would not see my chest.

The flowered one is View B from the same pattern in a remnant from the last sale of our Hancocks.  The linen came last fall to winter 2014 I believe.  This was all they had and I loved the print.  It's quilting cotton I think.
 The back.
Having fun with my 960Q decorative stitches.

I love this pattern.  I used a 1 1/4.  It was fast and easy and great for layering under jackets.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Kwik Sew 3251 OOP

** I've been trying to find this pattern to link it, but it seems in the last 4 months or so, it has disappeared from online pattern sites.  So, I'm reclassifying it as an OOP pattern.  It went out the door this morning, but my husband was not in a mood for pictures.  He just wanted to make it to work in one piece in the rain.  I also plan to replace the buttons.  I should have made the buttonholes larger.  Various charts have 5/8's buttons anywhere from 15mm to 17 mm.  And I think I was having a reading glasses malfunction when I first read the pattern.  

The finished jacket.  I made this jacket using JoAnn's heavy denim.  I believe it was about 12 oz.  The pattern is really easy.  I chose to top stitch in navy blue, because I was worried about my top stitching skills.  The fit is generous.  My husband is a Large sometimes entering in the the extra Large region
 and this jacket would go over a shirt.  I'd like a bit of a closer fit over the wrists, but then if he were wearing a heavier shirt, the wrist would fit too tight.  The pattern called for 5/8's or 15 mm buttons, but my 15 mm setting seemed to short for the 5/8's size and I used some brown shirt buttons I had pulled off of some old chambray shirts of his.  Next time, I'm going to do more samples and use a larger buttonhole size.

 The cuff and side tab on the bottom band piece.    I'm planning on making this pattern again a may or may not use the side tab, so I like having the option.
 Inside the coat.  I wasn't sure how I would finish the top pocket, or the top of the inset pocket.  I used the seam finish idea on my Viking and it chose a 3 step zig zag.
I did flat felled where I could.  This pattern has 5/8's seam allowance, and I did a 4 thread serge on the side seams.  I wish now I had done a flat felled on the side seams.

Overall, I love the jacket and will make my husband more of  these as the years go by.  I have a few trendier ideas not that I am familiar with the pattern.  It could have been a quicker sew, but with the snow and ice we had over the last few weeks, I did loads of driving kids around, batches of oatmeal raisin cookies.  

Saturday, February 21, 2015


So this is the finished badly done, quilt.  I still liked it, and decided to finish the binding.  I googled different ways to do binding and chose this one.  I machine stitched it on both sides for durability.  
From the right side.

 The back of the quilt.
The finished quilt.  This one was my own pattern and the first finished quilt I have ever done.  This quilt will go on the floor under some kids and bowls of popcorn for monster movies, in the trunk of the car protecting a find from an random shop, so I'm okay with it.

I have made another quilt top using some ideas from the internet.  My jacket is waiting for me,  I got very busy recently and decided to wait before I got back to the jacket.