Monday, April 14, 2014

Piecing patterns together and tracing them off......

In my attempt to keep doing some sewing each day, I chose to do preparation work.  I taped together some of my PDF patterns and traced them off, preparing them for the next step, to pin and cut the fabric.  Here's a little look at what I was working on today.

Some young adult, child and baby items to be worked on. :)

Good Night :)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

KCW Day 7

Well, the week of sewing for one or more hours a day, is now up. :)  It's been a good challenge for me, but I confess to being tired!  It's been a long week.  The good news is, Olivia's Easter Dress is now completed.  I have her bolero I would like to work on this week, if possible. I'm going to attempt to sew each day this week, too, but with Easter upon us, I'm not sure how well I will be able to stick to the schedule.

I will post Easter pictures of Olivia in her dress and give a full review of the dress at that time.

Good Night... :)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

KCW Day 6

Wow, how did it get to be day 6 so fast?  Time is slipping away and I am still plugging away at things.

I was home later than I had hoped, but I have worked for my 1 + hours getting some sewing done.  I started with a repair from last Easter's dress for Olivia, so that she can wear this tomorrow for the choir performance.  I made sure the crinoline I just made could be used for last year's dress and we will save her Walk Away dress for Easter.

Next, I pulled out the bias strips and have decided to use them for the hem of the Walk Away dress.  I stitched all the strips together and tomorrow, I will decide if I am going to 'bound' the edge or make a bias turned hem.  Good thing I can sleep on it as my brain is much, much, much too tired to make the decision tonight. ;)

My goal for tomorrow is to have the dress completed by day's end.  I'm almost there. :)

The Homeschool conference was wonderful!  Now, it's time for some much needed sleep to arise early tomorrow....perhaps there is a nap in there for me tomorrow....I am hoping!

Good Night :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

KCW Day 5

Today I worked on tracing off PDFs for my sewing time since I am at a conference and away from machines.  I am hoping I can create one of the T-shirts for one of my sons, on Sunday....we shall see if I make it. :)

Good Night...  :)

KCW Day 4

The crinoline is just about finished.  I need to try it on Olivia, one more time to make sure I have the elastic correct and the crinoline works well with the hemline of the dress.

For the next two days I will be at a conference so I will be unable to sew at the machine.  I am bringing some PDF patterns to put together, that will take up all of my 1 hour time slot....and then some.  I'm hoping to have the dress finished on Saturday evening, along with the petticoat.

Olivia did hand stitching today.  She was working on sewing on buttons and figuring out the differences of sewing with one strand of thread vs. two or embroidery thread. :)

Good Night ;)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Day 3 KCW

Progress is being made.  Olivia's dress now has all it's bias strips on, stitched 2 times, so now all that's left is the hem and the fasteners for the front and back of the dress.  I am letting the dress sit for 48 hours to get the hem ready for finishing up.  Here's the dress on a dress form.  The dress form is a little less in measurements than Olivia.  Her measurements are a little bigger and she's a little more squishy, but you get the idea of what it looks like.  I'm moving on to the crinoline.

For tomorrow I need to :

-cut out the crinoline
-hopefully start stitching or finish stitching the crinoline
-trace off the bolero
-want to trace off 1 or 2 t-shirt patterns to stitch up before Sunday night...we shall see if I actually make it. ;)

It's nice to see the dress coming together.

Olivia continue her stitching work today as well.  She worked on making a purse for herself.  She has more work to do on it tomorrow.

 Good Night! :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Day 2 KCW

I was able to make progress on the dress today, after spending a long time preparing the fabric for matching bias tape.

Lots of beautiful purple and white polka dot, cotton, bias strips.  Perfect!

-Once the fabric was prepared, then the strips were cut.
- I was able to sew my pieces together.
-I stitch some parts onto the dress, while others are still pinned on.
-All the darts and shoulder seams were stitched.

Tomorrow my goals will be:
-To stitch all the bias strips on, the first pass.
-Then I will prepare the bias strips for the second stitching.  I may well leave the second pass, which will be done by hand, until Friday and Saturday.  I have to be away from my machines those two days and I would love to keep stitching. I can bring this along as a project for those two days.
-Prepare the hem for hanging for a few days, since the back skirt portion is on the bias and needs time to hang before stitching.
-Prepare the materials for the crinoline to go with the dress.

Olivia worked at her machine again today.  She had lots of fun attempting embroidery and applique, all on her own ideas. :)   If you look closely, she got very silly and put all her threads onto her shirt.  She figured that was a great way to keep the threads before throwing them into the garbage....funny girl!
 Good Night! ;)