Friday, February 24, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Dress Completed

Though the weather has been nice, it has been a bit cooler during the day and below freezing temperatures at night. They have called for snow flurries daily but none has materialized. It may today and the clouds are pink.

Lifestyle

Most of the house is done and ready for me to clean up the dust and cat hair. There is one area in the living room that needs painting and we can have the house to ourselves.
Yesterday the fireplace was finished and ready for painting. That will happen on Saturday. 
The whole mantle cost us $13.50 as we used the old mantle and a piece of primed MDF we had on hand. We bought a piece of trim after the Spousal Unit had blood work done in the morning.
I will be washing the floor around the fireplace preparing it for the painter. Then we move back into our space. We can hardly wait.

Sewing

As we were having the fireplace done and a few other small jobs completed, I decided to sew the doll's St. Patrick's Day dress. It was an easy pattern to sew up.
Butterick 6001 Retro 1956
I chose not to add any trim to the dress as the cotton had a nice print to it and could/would have been hard to match up. I did finish most of the seams using a 3-thread overlock stitch on the serger. Worked perfectly and I will continue using it for all the doll's clothes. The ribbon I chose is an organza ribbon that matched perfectly.
The dress is a bit long so I am considering making a netting/tulle crinoline for under the dress. I have enough fabric left to make something else -- maybe a short coat to wear over the dress when going out to parties. There is a cute coat/jacket included in the pattern. This outfit gets a necklace that will be longer in length. It is clear crystals with tiny green beads between the crystals.
Next is to make the jeans for the doll's SWAP. I need to get them done and off the list.

Today

I am home and plan on grocery shopping and then cleaning house with several loads of laundry on the side. We are alone today so I can clean house.
Until the next time.....................

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Project Pyjama Bottoms Done

Yesterday was another sunny day and this morning it is trying to snow. It is February and this is our weather.

Lifestyle

I have been super careful with what I have been eating since Sunday and I know I have lost 5 or more pounds. Add all the walking I have done (6 miles yesterday alone) and I know I will get back to my late November weight soon.
Though the renovations tipped me off my good eating habits (take out food is the worst thing for me) and the stress levels were so high it turned to anger, I am happy that I didn't continue on with where I was going. I am feeling calm which means I am feeling better emotionally and physically. I really want to say I have lost a total of 50 pounds by Easter or two weeks later when I see the dietician. That will be 2 pounds per week which is healthy.
I had a bit of fun with Elliott yesterday morning. He sleeps on our bed under the throws. I kept pulling the throw back to take his picture and he kept ducking back under. I finally got a picture of him.
He sleeps under the throw on our bed between 5 and 7 hours every day.

Sewing

I finished up Grandson's second pair of pyjama bottoms yesterday and they went together like a charm.
They will be mailed tomorrow and he should have them on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Next up on the list is to make a St. Patrick's Day dress for one of the dolls and a light weight jacket for me. I will wash the fabric tomorrow.
I did buy a piece of fabric yesterday and will be making a top out of it. I have to wait for the Burda pattern to arrive so more on that later.

Today

I am at work and want to iron the doll's dress fabric before I go.
Until the next time..................

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Shopping For the Dolls

It was a lovely day with a high of 10C or 50F. We enjoyed putting out the garbage yesterday due to the warm sunny weather we had.


Lifestyle

The stone ledge came for the fireplace and work has begun on it.
I was a bit worried about this stone as the picture (which is all we had to work with) showed it as black. But, it is full of shades of grey which is perfect. We both love it.
Once I got over my anger and became calm again, I started to eat better. I have been loosing weight and hope to reach the goal I set for April. I know most of what I was going through is a mind set, I really have to set my mind to being calm and looking after myself.

Sewing

I serged all the seams on the second pair of pyjama pants yesterday morning. They are ready to be sewn together this morning.
I did a bit of shopping before work yesterday and bought these fabrics for the dolls.
For Lady Lily's Afternoon Tea Dress.

Dress #1
I chose this lovely stripe in a quilting cotton. It is gorgeous fabric and will by perfect for the dress. I bought the last of this lace so will have to order some more. To go with the dress is cream coloured pearls for a necklace.
Dress #2
I found this cotton after Daughter showed it to me. She bought some with a black and white dot for a shirt. The necklace is black with almost a clear bead. The lace is
For the other tea dress


I chose an aqua print with a fabulous lace. The pearls for the necklace are white.
The lace is from the store's bridal selection and we looked at every single one before choosing this one.
The last piece I bought is to make a Laura Ingalls Wilder dress and it is gingham with a blue ribbon. I will see what I make for a simple necklace if I can find a cameo.
I also bought one pattern so I can make some colonial outfits.
I am excited to start sewing doll's outfits again. I did wash the cottons for the St. Patrick's Day and Easter dresses so will begin them shortly.

Today

I work a later shift as we have a staff meeting. I won't be doing much when I get home but hope to sew the pyjama bottoms before I leave for work.
Until the next time....................

Monday, February 20, 2017

Historical Doll Clothes Ideas

Though it snowed around us yesterday, we had sunshine and clouds during the day. What was nice -- we all drove home in the daylight at the end of the day.

Lifestyle

Though we still have the contractor's tools in the house, I arrived home feeling calm and relaxed. The end is near which is probably helping me keep this frame of mind. I ate well yesterday and felt good. I want to keep this going as I enjoyed this feeling prior to the renovations. It is a mindset that I need to work on. With it comes weight loss and a more energy. I want that back.

Sewing

I didn't sew on Grandson's pyjamas last night as I wanted to clean up the kitchen and finish up the laundry. I was also a bit tired from work. We did some extra tidying up during the slow spells.
I did spend a few minutes looking at fabric for doll clothes. I have decided to sew both historical and modern clothing for the dolls and will try to alternate the period. I have it set in my mind to make this dress as my first historical outfit.
I want to buy a stripe cotton, lace, ribbon and pearls (necklace) for this outfit. Then I will buy black patent baby Jane shoes to go with it unless I choose a light colour and then it will be white shoes.
Another dress I want to make is this one.

For this outfit, I will look for a small print cotton and lace and will also make a pearl necklace for it.
I am quite excited to make these two Edwardian style dresses. First I have to make the St. Patrick's Day dress which I am looking forward to doing.

Knitting

I finished the doll's shawl last night and did 5 or 6 rounds on the socks. I will continue to knit the socks and try out a couple of new ideas from an e-book I am looking at. I need to find a cute green button for the shawl so it matches the dress.

Today

I am at work today and I plan on knitting on the socks tonight.
Until the next time...................

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Anger to Calm -- A Good Feeling

It was more cloudy yesterday and cooler. It got to 4C or 33F and the draft/breeze was cold. They say we had snow and rain but that must have been at the higher levels as we didn't have any at our location.

Lifestyle

We headed out shopping early yesterday and met a friend. We had a good half hour talk with her as we haven't seen her since we left Ashcroft.
Once home, I decided to clean the fridge before lunch and then sewed. After lunch, I did laundry and cleaned up more in the kitchen. Just one lower cabinet and drawer left to clean and I am basically done. Another garbage bag of pure junk to the trash can. I think I got rid of 5 bags to the trash and one bag for charity.
I spent some time reflecting and dealt with my thoughts. Stress had turned to anger and I had to let go of it. The guys have done nothing wrong and I have to focus on the positive -- the house looks amazing. I have to let go of what I won't be doing in the future and focus on what I can do in the future. It is hard to let go of some items but I will do it. Maybe not as happily as I should but I will be happy when it's gone and I don't have to look at it. I am hoping that I will feel calmer and happier with those thoughts dealt with. Next on the list is to look after myself once again.  

Sewing

I sewed yesterday in the sewing room and it was delightful. I got a pair of pyjama bottoms done for Grandson.
The second pair will be sewn this week and both will be sent to him for a belated birthday present. Along with 2 books.
As I went downstairs to iron and measure, I looked at what is left in the basement that needs to come upstairs. I am really wondering if I need to keep it all or give a lot of it away. I am thinking I will keep what I really want/need/love and release the rest of it to a thrift store.
Two of the dolls are going and I hope a friend will take them. I will give here the patterns I have two of so she can sew for her grand daughter. Two will go to charity with small wardrobes and I will keep two. I love the two I am keeping. It was a difficult decision but one I had to make.
The doll's stash will continue to get small amounts of fabric in it. I want to sew more clothes and eventually market them. I plan on doing a wide variety of clothing from all eras. Some I will keep, others I will sell. I also want to take a couple of course on designing doll clothes. I am excited about this plan.
Garment sewing will be mostly projects. I hope to make one item or outfit a month for the store with a goal of 16 to 20 items in the next two years. All must coordinate so I can have a nice basic wardrobe. I have a feeling I will be letting go of some of the fabric in the stash. I know what I really want to keep and the rest will have to go.
I am adding jewelry making to my hobbies and hope that I can do some jewelry for the dolls. I have to talk to a friend to see if we can meet up so I can learn more. I do want to keep the supplies in one small shoe container. Yes, this is to be a small hobby.
I am happy with my plan and we will see how I do when I bring everything upstairs.

Knitting

I sat and knit last night. The first time in a long time. I did 12 rounds on the socks and got 2/3rds of another shawl knit. It was lovely to work on those projects again.

Today

I am at work and I am looking forward to being there. I do hope to serge some of the second pair of pyjamas after dinner and knit on the shawl.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Cleaning Up the Mess

Yesterday morning was cool at -2.4C or 28F but the high got to 8.9C or 48F. The sun was gorgeous and the house was bright all day.

Lifestyle

I was busy yesterday with cleaning and decluttering. It started in our bedroom where we moved more furniture and I swept and washed the floor. I can start loading the extras in our closet now.
Next stop was the sewing room. I cleaned up the last kitchen chair and the two are ready to reside in the dining area after that floor is washed. Next, I sorted through two large bins of scrapbooking stuff. I literally went through the two tubs and tossed a large bag full of pure trash, put what I didn't want and is still good in another bag and got all the pictures into one tub plus two small bags. I want to do three to four simple albums. When I finished that job, the remaining part of the floor was swept and washed.
While cleaning up the sewing room, we did some cleaning in the kitchen. Some cupboards got cleaned and items moved around so the mixer could go into its own cupboard. It has been residing in the sewing room for the past month.
The last stop was the front entry and the remainder of the hall. I swept, dusted, scrubbed and got all the shoes in the hall closet. Also got a few things on the shelf. We are waiting for the coat hooks to be put on. Then I scrubbed the floor and put a chair and a mat in the front entry. Just needs a pictures to complete the simple look I am going for. I put a few things in the broom closet and scrubbed the floor. Waiting for hooks in there for the broom and mop to hang on.
I was tired when I got all that done. But I was happy to have it all clean and tidy.
We did talk about the outside work that needs to be done and will be doing it more slowly. I think that means we will be here for a few years.

Sewing

With the sewing room floor scrubbed clean, I moved the sewing machine cabinet to its proper spot.
I set up the serger and started to sew Grandson's pyjama bottoms. The first pair are serged and I have started to sew them together.
I spotted a new line up of cottons at work. One piece in particular jumped out at me -- a lilac and off white stripe. I want it for a doll's dress and it has been niggling in my mind for a few days now. I plan on doing some 1900-1920's outfits for the dolls. There is also some cranberry faux suede I love and will be buying a piece of it to make a coat and hat with white fur trim. To buy -- black patent baby Jane shoes. Ideas ran in my head while I cleaned the house and I did have time to do a bit of research.
In the meantime, I will have to sew up the two doll's dresses for St. Patrick's Day and Easter. Both will be done using retro patterns.

Today

I have to grocery shop, finish the laundry, and clean the bathroom. I want to finish one pair of pyjama bottoms for Grandson so I can work on the other pair a couple of nights this week. I start work tomorrow for four days. I have enjoyed having these three days off.
Until the next time.....................

Friday, February 17, 2017

Vogue 9123 Coat Pattern

Yesterday was a lovely warm day with a high of 14C or 58F. There was quite a bit of heat in the sun which was nice. This morning it is cool -- like in freezing. -2 or 28F.

Lifestyle

Part of the day was spent washing hardwood floors. That meant on my hands and knees washing and wiping them dry. The amount of dust and dirt was on par to the amount of work that has been done in this house. We had kept it swept but it quickly got dusty again. I will continue to wash and wipe floors until they are free of dry mud dust.
I have to say, that no one room has had its floor completely scrubbed. Our bedroom is 2/3 done and I had to go and wash the guest room floor and got it half done. The box spring and mattress is on the clean part of the floor. Then I moved to the sewing room and got 75% of that floor washed. The sewing machine cabinet now resides in that room. What I wanted brought up is now upstairs. YES!! The rest we can move up on our own.
There is still some work to be done but the end is drawing nearer. We are now claiming most of our house and setting up the rooms.

Sewing

I got the coat and infinity scarf completed. The pattern is Vogue 9123 and the scarf is my own design.
The coat is made out of upholstery fabric as we were challenged at work to make something unique out of this fabric. I chose the simplicity of the pattern as upholstery fabric is somewhat stiffer than garment fabric.
  • Upholstery Fabric
  • Kasha Lining
  • Soutache trim
  • 5 buttons 
I spent quite a bit of time making sure the plaids matched and am happy I took the time (almost a whole day) doing that. It made for a more professional looking coat (or as one of the employees as the store said "Where did you buy this coat?")
The sewing of the coat is easy but it lacks jacket tailoring techniques. It does not have a back stay (which I would do the next time)nor sleeve headers. I set in the sleeves as shown and notched out the fullness so the sleeve head was smooth. A light pressing and they looked professional. It also does not have you finish the front facing nor trim off the lining underneath the front facing. Removing the lining was important as I did not want too much bulk in the front seams.  I also put a soutache trim on the raw edge to add a more professional look to the inside of the jacket.
 The hemming took the longest as I did them by hand. The buttons I chose suited the jacket to perfection.
I would make this coat again but not in upholstery fabric.
The infinity scarf is made from another upholstery fabric called sable suede. I have sewn a lot of rodeo queen dresses from this fabric and it is soft and supple; perfect for a scarf. I used my own design with one change. Instead of using 2 different widths of lace, I chose one width. Doing this meant a lot of hand sewing when I did the last step. Well worth the extra hour it took.
 Next to make is pyjamas for Grandson. They will be a fun project.

Today

I have to wash more floors and sew on Grandson's pyjama bottoms.
Until the next time.........................