Monday, February 18, 2019

A Shirt is Coming Alive

It is cool, clear and calm this morning. The forecast is calling for flurries so we wait and see what Mother Nature brings us. 

Lifestyle

Housework was minimal yesterday as I wanted to sew and think. I also spent time on the puzzle with the Spousal Unit. I got a piece sorted out for him and it took me a while to do it. 

Health

I've tried everything to break this plateau and I'm still on it. It is frustrating but I need to remind myself it will break. Today will be minimal eating day to see if that helps. 

Sewing

I headed down to the sewing room early to sew and think. I worked on the shirt itself and found a small error. I have to trace one piece again as I have two sizes on it. Once I got the shirt sewn to the shoulder seams, I worked on the yoke. 
I got some issues worked out on it and really like how it looks. A bit blah but I knew the piping would help it out. I made 4 meters of piping and started to put it on the yokes. 
It certainly changed the appearance of the shirt and the piping becomes the focal point. I've been sewing doll clothes for too long and tried to sew the yokes down on the very edge. I really don't need to move the needle over to get it close. I also did a second row of stitching but it doesn't show as the thread is the same color as the fabric. 
The back yoke. 
Next up is to interface the front bands and collar pieces. I'm ready to tackle that part today. 
While sewing, I thought a lot about fabrics, the part I'm studying in Design Academy. One of the comments was about using cotton and moving away from it if we want to make realistic looking clothing. How true that is. Cotton has its time and place. I will use up mine appropriately even if it is my go to fabric. And, a lot of the patterns I test call for cotton. It seems to be everyone's fabric choice. 
With the dolls, I have been struggling with knits. They stretch out of shape. I'm digging out a piece of knit I have that is scraps from a friend's project. I am going to cut out the pattern I have modified and sew it up using paper underneath to see if it stretches out of shape. Another trial version of the pattern. 

Knitting

I spent some time knitting on the second sock. It is coming along well. I will keep at it on a daily basis so I can finish it up this month. 

Today

The goal is to do the front bands and collar on the shirt and fool around with the t-shirt for the dolls. I also need to write up color and think about what I want to put in my design book. I also have to think about fabric choices to put in my book also. The goal is to move away from using only cotton fabrics. Conquering knits is my other goal. 
Until the next time..............................

Sunday, February 17, 2019

A Sewing Day

The sun is shining but it is cooler today. The wind will make it feel cooler than it actually is. But if the sun shines, all will be good. 

Lifestyle

It was a quiet day at our house. I did some housework and then headed to the sewing room. With all the rain we had, it was an inside day for us. 

Health

I seem to have hit a plateau. My weight is the same and I've even started to eat a bit more. Back to smaller portions today. A bit frustrating but I will get past this. 

Sewing

Yesterday's job was to cut out the western shirt I want to sew and sell. 
The yellow is cut out except for the sleeve which I need to play with. I will sew and serge the fronts and backs and yokes and then make the piping. When done, I will have used 3.5 meters of fabric. 
In Design Academy, I have finished up Color and I am working on Fabric. I have several things to overcome with fabric; my fear of knits and fancy fabrics. I am working on my fear of knits and will be trying out one idea I found one designer uses - paper underneath the fabric. I keep telling myself I can conquer this. Fancy fabrics will come but I hate the fraying of those fabrics. 
I have a cute piece of polyester fabric in the doll's stash that I am going to make a basic dress out of. I want to see how it works compared to the cotton I normally go to when sewing the basic dress. I will try to knit a jacket to go with it. 

Knitting

One sock is done to the heel. 
The second sock is cast on-- green for the cuff and 4 or 5 rows knit. 
Today
I am sewing today and working on the western shirt. I have one piece to trace so it is the correct size. That will take a few minutes and then I can serge and sew to my heart's content. 
Until the next time.........................

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Projects Done and New Project on the Table

We have gone from 6-8" of snow on Wednesday to rain this morning. We woke up to 8C and a lot of the snow has melted. Not all of it but quite a bit. The ditch is running quite well so I'm sure a few boys will enjoy playing in it today. 

Lifestyle

On Thursday I headed out with the masses to get my blood work done for my thyroid. I see the doctor on Wednesday for the results. 
It was shopping day yesterday. Daughter-in-law and I headed to the city to do our run together. It was a fun day as we weren't rushed. We did a lot of wandering around looking for clothing. I did find a new zip up hoodie to replace my worn out one. 

Health

We didn't have weigh in this week so I am slugging away at eating properly and tracking activities. I even went out and shoveled snow -- the worst part of the driveway was mine. It was deep, packed, and heavy going but I got it done. 

Sewing

I did the second collar for the dress and it is equally as cute. 
With that done, I put the pattern away claiming it a success. 
I spent two part days working on grandson's fleece blanket and completed it. I have set up the western shirt to sew next and will look to see if I have something to start for the dolls. 

Knitting

I finished knitting the doll's sweater. The pattern matches the pink dress I knit. 

I used Premiere Fable yarn from the stash to make this sweater. I have now used Astra, Paton's DK wool, and this one and they have all knit to the same tension. Very happy and will make it again. 
I have been working on grandson's socks. The technique I am learning is to have no jump when I change colors. When you start the first row of color you continue on as before. When you start the second row, you slip the first stitch and proceed. After that you knit or purl every stitch. Works perfectly. 
At this point, I have done 60 rows and have 15 or 20 rows left to go. Then I cast on the second sock which will be reverse to this one and knit it to the heel flap. My crazy way of knitting socks.

Today

I will be doing some housework and then working on the western shirt. I will pin and cut out and then start making the piping. I'm looking forward to making this shirt. I also have to work on my Design book and get it caught up to date. I'm pretty much on track with the lessons but needed pictures for the book. I got them yesterday. I may look for a magazine when I go shopping later next week. 
Until the next time..............................

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Snowfall = Sewing

It is snowing and blowing out and has been since 4 a.m. The system came in but not as quickly as they thought. The snow is turn to snow pellets and then to freezing rain this afternoon. It's going to be an inside day with a lot of business closed. 

Lifestyle

With the storm coming, I went out and did some shopping yesterday morning. This was what yesterday looked like. 

Health

I have made good choices this week keeping my points to where they should be at each meal. The scales at home are down but it is the scales at the meeting that count. I have a feeling our meeting is cancelled due to the weather conditions. Not updated on the internet yet. I may have to wait another week to find out how I have done. 

Sewing

I was busy with the doll's outfit yesterday. I had ended Sunday with the dress completed but no buttons on the front.  
It was lacking a focal point. Buttons went on and it looked much better. 
Yesterday, I started out the day sweating over button holes. I got them made and buttons put on the back.  I made the first of two collars for this outfit. It really makes the outfit in my opinion. 
Side view and you can just see the buttons. 
And a close up. I have to change the button on the little pull/tab so the hole are going the same direction as the buttons on the dress. 

Knitting

I worked on the doll's sweater, got the sleeves knit and it joined. I also got 6 rows of pattern done. It is another nice pattern and a great one to go with the dress and sweater/jacket I made. 

Today

I want to make the second collar for the dress and begin working on grandson's blanket. A big stew is cooking in the crock pot.
Until the next time ..............

Monday, February 11, 2019

Sunshine and Grass Yarn

Our weather has been cold, not brutal like other parts of Canada, but cold. Add in the wind and we are enjoying wind chills as cold as -20C. We have a storm coming in with snow, ice pellets, freezing rain, and rain prior to it warming up for a couple of days. 

Lifestyle

The house is almost clean with the rest being done today. I keep going around and around and around doing things and it is staying cleaner. 
Yesterday, I baked herb buns and the consensus was awesome. Here they are before going into the oven to bake. 
A delivery was made to go with soup for lunch. 

Health

I have been eating well but my weight has stalled. It went down some more and then went up a bit. I'm sure my body is trying to balance itself from the big weight loss on Wednesday. 
My hip has been sore from the weather system coming in. It will settle down in the next 48 hours. It is part of me that has happened for years. 

Sewing

I have been slowly making the dress so I can test a collar that goes with it. It has been fun to try out a few new techniques. I did use the 3/8" bias maker for the trim on the sleeves. It took a couple of tries to get it right. I also did some sewing of tiny pieces using paper scraps under them. It worked as it held the pieces in place while sewing. 
I am ready to pleat the skirt and add it to the bodice and upper skirt. 
Though this dress will have snaps on the back, I am planning on practicing small button holes. It is something I want to perfect. 
I have been looking at doll outfits for harmony. What I think goes well together may not be what others think. It comes down to personal preference. I plan on working on harmony using up some of my orphan fabrics I bought for the dolls. I can use rick rack, ribbon, lace, and other items to make simple but cute items for the dolls. My favorite designer is still my inspiration to help me achieve harmony. 

Knitting

Grandson's socks are cast on and they remind me of sunshine and green grass. 
I have to set aside these as I have another pattern to test. It goes with the last one I did. I wonder how it will work for the Gotz girls. Hopefully it will. 

Today

I have some housework to do and then sew on the doll's dress. I'd like to finish it but that remains to be seen. I know I won't be rushing as I want this to be a nice outfit. 

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Inspiration and Focus

While yesterday got to 7C, today the temperature will get to -7C. Not only is it cool, but there is a biting wind blowing with gusts. A good day to be close to home. 

Lifestyle

Yesterday morning, I did a bit of housework before heading downstairs to the sewing room. I was on a mission. In the afternoon we headed out to get apples and I needed a piece of fabric for a project. 
We did go to the library and Elliott was very keen on the book the Spousal Unit brought home with him. 
He must have smelled another cat on it as he spent quite some time smelling it. 

Health

We are both eating quite healthy and I am doing more measuring and weighing of what I eat. I have eaten with in the healthy eating zone for nearly a month now. It is paying off. 

Sewing

Yesterday I went through all the doll's fabric. There are some nice pieces in the mix but some are orphans. Those I will try to make into dresses for sale. Simple easy items that don't cost a lot. Some pieces need something to go with them to make an outfit. Others are complete for outfits. And I found a piece of fabric I thought I had lost. I have decided to keep all the fabric and will sort it more over the next few days to complete outfits, needs fabric to go with it and what I'll make that's quick and easy. 
I also cut out a doll's dress from the Edwardian era from a favorite designer. The trip to the fabric store was to get a piece to go with it as I am testing a collar to put on it. I now have all the fabric and the button for the loop. 
I have a favorite designer of doll clothes. She lives here in Nova Scotia. I have not personally met her. I decided to study her doll clothes for inspiration while I am doing Design Academy. When I look at outfits like the above one, I become inspired by how she incorporates so many elements of design into one piece of clothing. The other thing I picked up was to get out my bias makers and use them on the doll's dress I am making. Looking at her pictures will help me get through Design Academy. What I learn here, I want to take with me to sewing adult sized clothing. It's not hard, I just have to have focus and inspiration. 

Knitting

I am still knitting on my scarf. I get between 2 and 4 rows done a night. I still need to set up the second project. Yarn is out and I need to get the needles out.
I finished up the denim sweater but only got one picture taken. I hope to do more today as it isn't dark outside. 

Today

We are doing a bit of shopping locally to get us through the week. I will be sewing on the doll's dress trying out some new techniques while testing the collar. Knitting will be the scarf and I do hope to set up the next project. Housework will be minimal for today. 
Until the next time.......................

Friday, February 08, 2019

Thoughts On Doll Clothes Fabric

We have had freezing rain during the night like they forecasted. The temperature is suppose to hit 8C and rain. It is to cool off with chances of snow flurries starting tonight. 

Lifestyle

Our driveway and car has a coating of ice on it. It is quite slippery out there though the roads have been heavily salted. Inside until just after lunch for us. We don't have to be out this morning. 
Yesterday I did some housework getting the two bedrooms and the bathroom tidied up. There was white dust on the furniture and some on the floors. 
I did put away some yarn that was on the couch and have been looking at my yarn. I really would like to knit faster but it isn't. My knitting speed is moderate. 

Health

I was hungry yesterday afternoon and had to eat a few cashews. I had 6 halves and it helped. We had grandson for dinner and I ate well. All food was tracked and under points for the day. The weight is still coming off but a bit more slowly. I'm fine with that. 

Sewing

I spent quality time on my course yesterday. I have to draw another jacket for the rhythm and repetition. I did this one as I am wanting to make this jacket at some time. 
If I choose a small print, I could do more of a kangaroo pocket rather than a large pocket. The print fabric would be the hood lining. 
The next drawing will be in a green color with a fur collar. Playing with ideas. 
I will be spending some time doing a pattern test. The dresses we have to sew before we do the collars are published. My inspiration photo is this one. I love how the focal point is the button on the tie slide. 
It will be fun to work on Edwardian style doll clothing again. 
One of the things that hit me in this course was a statement of buying everything you need for an outfit at one time. This is, to me, true for both human and doll outfit planning. I have been doing more planning with fabric for my wardrobe but am hodge podge with the doll's fabric. I am going through the doll's fabric and doing a sort. I need to put what goes together in a tub and figure out what to do with the rest. I will take some of it with me to buy fabric to go with it as I truly love it but other pieces were for simple dresses only. It was where I was when I purchased it. 

Knitting

The denim sweater/jacket is done and blocked. When dry, I will add the button and do a photo shoot for my design portfolio. 
I am almost half done my scarf and need a second project to work on. I will start on socks. I need another fix of sock knitting. 

Today

We have to go out once it warms up but otherwise it is housework, sewing, and sorting fabric. I hope it is bright enough to do a photo shoot. If not, there will be another day to do it. 
Until the next time........................