Saturday, 27 June 2015

Fun Summer Tee

I can't believe it has been over a month already since the last post! I have been doing a ton of sewing and almost nothing to show for it (yet). Plus, let's be honest, May and June in teacher world is hella busy.


So how are you doing? Good? That's great to hear! :D
A while back, when we decided I would make my mom her mother's day top, we also decided I would do the same for my mother-in-law. For the record, I have the best MIL. The very first time I met her, she was very welcoming and easy to get along with. It was almost like she was family already, which I suppose is pretty lucky!
I'm actually a little embarrassed to put this picture up because of that terrible top stitching (seriously, the underside looks neat and straight!), but I'm just trying to keep it real.
I was planning on making another Hot Cocoa (versions one, two, three), but when I gave my mom hers, I realized she basically can't wear it for another few months until it cools down again. So, I just happened to see the Fun Summer Tee on Life by Ky that she made for her mom and thought it would be a great breezy tee for my MIL. Added bonus: it is a free pattern.
This photo makes the neckline look wobbly but it's not. I just couldn't be bothered to fix this. I was frantically taking these photos before leaving for work.
I decided to use the same charcoal gray Ponte de Roma as on my mom's Hot Cocoa's sleeves and neck binding for the front of the tee, and after an unsuccessful trip to Fabricland, I used some thin pastel striped jersey (I think it is a jersey, I am completely guessing), that my sister gave me for the back. I also decided it needed something more and gave it a sweet little pocket on the front in the striped jersey.
I love how it turned out!!! I think it looks really great, and I think that it is cool that with each project I complete, I can see real progress in my sewing skills (especially when people don't know that it is handmade at first). I did size this up, only because I didn't have my MIL's measurements on hand and I would hate for it to be too small (I'd rather it be a loose, flowy top than a too-tight-top), but I don't think I would need to if I made her another.
Please do share: What have you been sewing for summer?

{Enjoy the start of summer :)}

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Hot Cocoa

I can't believe it has been so long since the Dog Lady wrap up already! The weeks have been absolutely flying by at lightning speed now that the nice weather is here.
I have been getting quite a bit sewing done, but as I've mentioned, it has been moving very slowly since I'm working on two very big projects. Hopefully I'll get around to showing you a few in progress shots soon because otherwise I am going to disappear for a few months again. And that's no fun, now is it?
I did, however, manage to put aside some time this week to complete another Hot Cocoa for my mom for Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there! Happy Mother's Day to my mother! Word to your mother.
I bought some ponte knit off of, in charcoal and in this funky Aztec print. For my past two versions, I kept the sleeves, body, collar, and cuffs all the same, but for this one, I used the two fabric to break up the print and give it more interest. I really like how it turned out!
To be honest, the quality of the fabric isn't super awesome (the more I sew with cotton, the less I like polyesters), it is a little thinner than I was thinking it would be, or at least the Aztec one is, but the print is nice. It should make a nice spring/fall transition piece.
I also added 1.75" to the width to the front and back bodice pieces, 4.5" to the length of the original bodice pieces (update: which I think may be a tad bit too much now that I've given her the top and had her try it on), 1" to the sleeve width, and I sort of winged it with the collar piece. I also added a little piece of ribbon to the collar to make a tag. I think it adds a nice little touch. I hope she likes it!
Did you make anything for your mom this Mother's Day?

{You mothers}

Sunday, 5 April 2015

The weirdest thing sewing has ever done to me.

Hey! Happy Easter! Hope you are enjoying this fantastic long weekend. I sure am!

This is going to be a short post. I'm currently working on two very long-term projects, so there will be more in-progress posts (less finished projects posts), upcoming and at a slower rate than what I've been able to do these past few months. That's okay though, as both of these projects will be challenging and exciting in their own way.

But I'm actually here to talk about something really, really weird. I went to the dentist this past week.
No cavities, awww yeah!
My teeth are fine but, one thing that has been happening for the past few years is I have had some sensitivity. I've known it was because my gums have receded a bit in the back but never knew why my gums have done that. Well, this trip in the dentist chair, my dental hygienist asked if I grind or clench my teeth.

Well, here's the thing folks, I've noticed recently that I clench my teeth. While sewing. A lot. I do it usually when I have to cut out fabric or snip seam allowances. Sometimes I do it when I am just thinking about what I am doing while sewing, or placing pattern pieces, or anything really! I am a sewing teeth clencher.

Well, according to my dental hygienist, clenching your teeth, besides other things, can lead to gum recession. I've had pretty sensitive teeth for about three or so years. I started sewing about three or so years ago. So yes, what I am saying is that sewing can lead to tooth sensitivity. Weird. I know. But worth mentioning. Next time you are sewing, it would be worth paying attention to whether or not you are clenching your teeth, because, you know, tooth sensitivity sucks.

That's all I really wanted to say. But, I do have to ask: do you have any bad sewing-related habits? I can't be the only one!