Sunday, January 31, 2016

Company Came

Yesterday was cool with a high of 2.9C or 37F. The sun did shine which was a bonus. It started to snow after 3 a.m. and we have almost .5" of snow on the ground with a temperature at freezing.

Lifestyle

We had friends over for a couple hours yesterday. We love visiting with them and haven't seen them for several months ~ end of August as we were waiting for the electrician to come in and check some wiring for us. We chatted about many things including grandchildren. They looked at the finished basement suite prior to the young couple getting the keys. 
It looks like we are hiring our friend to paint the inside of our house. The Spousal Unit will help him out where necessary; priming and helping to remove the valances to update the look of the house. The ceilings may even get scraped. We have chosen grey for the wall colours with the lighter grey in the closets. It won't get done in a week as we have told our friend to come and do it when he has time.
After they left, I went to the fabric store. I thought it may be quiet but when I got into the store it was super busy. I stood beside one of the cutters giving her the sale prices for the order she was cutting, then called out the price and discount for another order. I finally got my remnants and serger thread and headed out. No cut fabric when it is busy. We are taking time away from customers.
I didn't get any sewing or knitting done as I was weary. The brain isn't working as well as it should have been. So, I vegetated and rested up. In the evening, I even had a nap, woke up and started working on our grandson's photo memory album of Christmas at our house. I got about 30% done.

Today

First thing this morning, the Spousal Unit has to give blood for his visit to the oncologist on Monday morning. It will be home and do a load of laundry and then to work from noon to 5 p.m. Another evening of resting to catch up from working three evening shifts. I should be ready to go after that or at least I hope so.
Until tomorrow.........................

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Susie Pouch Failure

Yesterday was cooler by 10C. We hit a high of 3C or 37F. It rained at our level and snowed up higher. Truly a different day than on Thursday.

Lifestyle

I headed out early to get new running shoes and proper insoles. I also went out later to get groceries for company coming today. We also had Daughter's dogs for several hours while they went skiing. They are not hard to look after.
They slept on the couch and on our bed. When the Spousal Unit goes out, they also go out with him.
I worked from 5 to 9 p.m. Our job last night was to start getting pillow covers out and hung on the wall. There is several hundred of them. We got two boxes done ~ about 50 to 75 hung. The rest of the time was spent cutting fabric. Three of us who have worked pretty steady left really tired last night ~ sore feet and bodies.

Sewing

I started on the Susie Pouch and was loving the black and print combination. I was part way through when I realized I had put the interfacing on the outside fabric and not the lining. I quietly picked up all the material and put it into the garbage can. Such is life when you get tired and don't watch the instructional video before you start the project.
I went through the box of Christmas fabric, most of which are bagged as kits. I found another Advent calendar and worked on it.
The borders are put on and it is ready to be sandwiched, quilted, and the binding put on. I also have the decorations to fuse onto felt and cut out. I will put Velcro dots on for hanging them on the wall hanging.
The binding fabric which will be cut on the lines.


I found a remnant for the backing fabric. There were actually 4 neutral pieces of which I have claimed. There is enough to make a small pocket in the back for the ornaments in one piece. A good deal.

Today

I am off work and we have friends coming by to visit for a couple of hours. I will then head out and buy the fabric I need for the Susie pouch and the wall hanging so I can work on them. If there is enough time, I will start tracing the top for my next project.

Friday, January 29, 2016

A Split Shift

Yesterday was our warmest day this winter. The high got to 13.5C or 56F. The snow was melting quickly and there is a lot of grass showing in our yard. This morning it is 1C or 34F and it is only suppose to get marginally warmer.

Lifestyle

I headed out to work and it was a bit crazy. One of the tills refused to work the night before and scheduling was nutty. I headed out to sweep up the fluff and sand off the floor and when the doors opened it was crazy busy.
About an hour into the shift, two of were asked if we could leave at 1:30 p.m. and come back at 5 p.m. and work until 9 p.m. It was a busy afternoon we were told.
At home, I rested on the couch dozing off a couple of times.
The evening went well with customers until about 7 p.m. Then it went quiet and we started putting fabrics away. Several customers came in which made for some variety. By 9 p.m. all the fabric but three pieces were put away and most of the cottons cleaned up. My watch said I walked 5.8 miles, the most in a long time. It was from putting fabric away.  

Sewing

I did look at fabric for the Susie pouch but didn't find any I liked. So, the pouch will be made in the print and black. I will buy a bit of lace to put on it. The prototype will be for me to fill up with items I need in the store during my work day. I can tuck it under the table or on a shelf behind the table.

Today

I work from 5 to 9 p.m. During the day, I am going to shop for new runners and some groceries. I may start cutting out the Susie pouch. We also have Daughter's dogs for part of the day.
Until tomorrow...........................

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Another Reusable Shopping Bag

Yesterday was a warm day with the high getting to 6.7C or 44F. It didn't feel that warm has we had an east wind. The sun shone but it didn't help make us feel warmer. At 3 a.m. when I was up wandering about, it was 6C or 43F. No wonder I wasn't sleeping well. And it was the same temperature when we got up. Today it is suppose to get to 10C or 50F.

Lifestyle

Hurrah!! The laundry is caught up, beds made, everything folded and put away. A huge feat considering how many hours I have worked this month and how far behind the laundry got.
Most of the floors got swept and mopped also. It was a busy morning in our house. By the time I was done, I was weary and happy to be caught up. Having our house fairly well organized is wonderful.

Sewing

I didn't trace out my next pattern as I was tired and I didn't have 4 spools of navy serger thread. I then decided to work on the apron. The remnant I had chosen was too thin so that plan went out the window. Finally, I chose to use that fabric for another reusable grocery bag. Tutorial is here and here with these two modifications.
I cut the fabric 21.5" by the width of the fabric. Next time I will do it 22" The black cotton was cut the same so both the outer and lining fabric were the same size. I used a heavy fusible interfacing on the outer fabric and sewed it up. The lining had no interfacing fused to it. I worked on it slowly and steadily until it was done.
This is not a Christmas fabric though the design does look like snowflakes. It comes from one of the lines in the cotton section and was quite popular for black/white and grey quilts. I am hoping there is enough of the print left to make Zippered Pouch Susie.

Wardrobe Planning

When garment sewing, I am like a magpie when it comes to patterns and fabric. When looking I love each pattern or piece of fabric. More often than not, I buy the wrong pattern or fabric for my lifestyle. I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out what type of clothes I needed and really did give up for a while as I had about 20 plans, none of which suited my lifestyle. After quite a break, I finally did up the column I wanted; casual. Next will be to get rid of the patterns I still have that don't fit my lifestyle. The fabric in the stash I am  using for muslins unless it won't work and then off it goes too.
I am still hoping to make slopers and to use Sure Fit Design's material to expand my patterns. I really don't want to depend on buying patterns.

Today

I work an 8 hour shift. If it is slow, I plan on buying serger thread and a bit of fabric and lace to make the above bag. If it is really slow, I will get the fabric for the plaid shirt. Decision made as to which fabric I will buy. I hope it is still in the store.
Until tomorrow..........................

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Basic Wardrobe Plan in Navy

Yesterday was a very sunny day with a high of 5.5C or 42F. It really lifted people's spirits. Today is suppose to be warmer than yesterday. Hopefully we will get plenty of sunshine again.

Lifestyle

I got a phone call at 8:30 a.m. to work 8 hours. I worked from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. cutting fabric and then from 5:20 p.m. to 9 p.m. sorting drapery panels. The other lady who helped is a retired school teacher also and we work really well together. The lady who looks after the draperies in the store is fun to work with. We laughed as we worked and got a huge amount done. The discontinued pile is quite large. I would think another 4 hours would have it basically done.
So, my day at work cut into my housework. Especially laundry. I am trying to have it completely caught up prior to the tenants moving in on Sunday. Goal ~ to be done today.

Sewing

I did make some time to finish up the red knit top. The hem was done and it actually went together well. I ironed the hem well, added steam a seam and pressed it well again. It was hemmed using a twin needle.
It is now hanging in the store until the end of February. One co-worker owns the pattern and is now inspired to make one herself.
Now to start work on the navy blue top. It is a part of the navy column I want to sew up. The top as a project, navy denim leggings, a plain navy top, and navy jeans. I have to look to see if there is navy Ponte for a second pair of leggings. If not, then I will make a second pair of navy denim leggings. I will add 2 white t-shirts, a navy top in another style, and a plaid shirt to the mix. I would also like to make a purse as my old one is worn out and a navy/white print crepe scarf. That will carry me through for quite a while giving me a Core Four, an Expansion Four, a Mileage piece and an Integration piece. It is basic which I am happy with.

Today

I am off work and have a pile of laundry to do, some floors to mop, and then I can sew. Well, trace a pattern for the next project. I would like to make two more gift bags also as a change from garment sewing.
Until tomorrow.....................

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Thoughts On A Coat

Yesterday was another lovely day with the sun shining. It wasn't overly warm with a high of 2.7C or 37F. This morning the temperature is almost the same identical number with a chance of it cooling off and us having freezing rain.

Lifestyle

I worked 4 hours yesterday morning and learned cash. It is a stressful process with validating after nearly every step. After doing the third transaction we got word that we get new tills next week. What I learned yesterday will not be done with the new tills. Hurrah for technology!!
Doing cash is quite different than cutting. You are really doing light work -- cash and putting away notions. After 4 hours, I was mentally tired from learning but not physically tired.
At home, the Spousal Unit and I talked about yard work that he wants to do. He can see a couple of patches of green lawn in the back yard and is chomping at the bit to work outside. He knows he will have a crappy three weeks after his chemo next Tuesday but he hopes this is the last one. He wants to be outside working as he feels so good and knows he will feel just as good by the end of February.  

Sewing

I didn't get a lot of sewing time yesterday. House work prevailed. I pinned up the hem on the red t-shirt. Pressing it is next and then prep it for twin needle sewing. I want it ready to go to the store today.
This morning while reading blogs I follow, I read Diary of a Sewing Fanatic's rendition of a coat she saw on the Internet. I enjoyed reading what she has done as I had bought this pattern on Saturday.
My goal is to make a winter coat using this pattern along with knitting cowl scarves to wear with it. As I was walking through the fabric store, I had thought about making it for other seasons ~ spring, summer and fall in a shorter length. What could I use? Fabric came to mind -- plaids for casual, knit faux leather for spring and fall, and what is there coming in the next couple of months. I need to read the instruction sheet and think about this neat pattern.
In the next breath, I won't be making it with the Rachel pockets. The pattern is OOP and it can be bought online at BMV for $30.00 and on Ebay for $26.00 USD. They both work out to the same when you add shipping. I'm not buying it due to our weak Canadian dollar.
I got one idea for an apron to wear in the store. The pattern is Butterick 5506 that will be shorter and with no pockets. 


I am thinking navy twill with this design on the front.
I see aprons being worn in the future.  

Knitting

I got the second piece crocheted on to the afghan. I now need to pin on the third piece. As I do this job, I keep thinking about the border. I'll post a picture when I have it ready to do the border. You'll see why I am thinking. There is no pattern as the co-worker's mom would see an idea and work on it never writing down her ideas. She was truly talented.

Today

I am home to 5 p.m. I work from then to 9 p.m. We are moving drapery fabrics around into the new system. We will be sore as those rolls of fabric can be heavy. Sorting them will be fun as they need to be coded and put on the right shelves. I know we won't finish the job but it will be nice to get a good portion completed.
At home, I have laundry to do, a couple of floors to wash, and sewing the top.
Until tomorrow........................

Monday, January 25, 2016

Practicing Twin Needle Hem


Yesterday the temperature got up to 4C or 39F. The roads were drier making it nice to drive to and from work. As we finish work at 5 p.m. we got to drive home before it was dark. Soon, we will be driving home in early dusk. So nice.

Lifestyle

It was a 5 hour shift yesterday and we were a team of 5. Short one person but we did well considering how busy it was. Most of the fabrics are put away and what isn't is stacked together as to where they go in the store.
There was a wide variety of fabric sold; quilting cottons, garment fabrics, and drapery. A lot of bolts got emptied which was nice.
We talked to our son, daughter, and grandson last night. Son got home from Malaysia about 1 a.m. Sunday morning and was showing signs of jet lag. He had a great time meeting his new co-workers at the week long meeting they had. It was hot there with very high humidity. Next trip is about June in Montreal. 

Sewing

I got the neckband on the shirt. Now I am practicing to sew the hem as I want to do a twin needle hem. I will be using 1/4" steam a seam to hold the hem in place and then will stitch it in place. It took some time practicing to get the stitch looking nice.
I decided to also spend some time building a wardrobe plan. It has been hard work as I don't want to buy a lot of patterns and use what patterns I own or design. I am watching the fabric as I do want a couple of pieces. One is a plaid for a camp shirt that is 50% off in the store.
I chose two colour ways and will be working on them as I can. I will do four garments at a time in one colour way plus an apron. The apron is to keep my clothes from getting ruined.
My next top is one piece for the navy core four.

Today

I work cash for 4 hours and will be home by 2 p.m. I want to do laundry and sewing this afternoon. I really would like the red top done. It is so close. It has been a great adventure refreshing my sewing knowledge and techniques on knits.
Until tomorrow..............................

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Long Work Day

Yesterday morning we had fog and it took some time for it to disappear. The difference between low and high temperatures was 3C. It was mainly mostly cloudy for the majority of the day. Today, it seems we may have sun with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark.

Lifestyle

I had thought (only in my dreams) that I worked from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. but it was from 930 to 1:30. By 10:30 I was informed I was working 8 hours. It was another busy day with some large amounts of fabric being bought. A co-worker cleaned out underneath one of the tables and hauled out a huge amount of remnants. I was surprised at how much had gotten stuffed under there by everyone including me. There is boxes of remnants that need to be rolled again. When it is quiet, we will get it done.  

Sewing

The top still awaits the neck band and hem as I had no time yesterday to sew on it.
I bought two pieces of remnants yesterday. A black print for an apron for work and white piece of cotton as lining more gift and wine bags. Lastly, I bought a piece of linen that I got for 65% off. It has a few funny marks on it that I can work around if they don't wash out. The bolt was horrid when it was brought to the table. Stained and then a missing piece out of the selvage which was 15" or more long by an inch wide. I am thinking of making a top out of my piece. A co-worker is making capris out of her piece. 
I also bought two patterns. One for Grandson and the other a jacket pattern.

Vogue 9127
I bought it to make a plain jacket. I may shorten it but am not sure. It will be done in wool with a kasha lining for warmth in the winter. I will knit several cowls to wear with it to give it a more finished look. No belt will be worn. My inspiration came from McCall's Blog.
From here, I hope not to buy too much fabric as I need to sew up what I have. I also need to have days off to sew up my fabric.

Knitting

I got one strip attached to the afghan and the next one pinned on ready to attach. It takes over an hour to crochet them together. I will be ready to do borders towards the end of next week which is the next challenge in this project.

Today

I need to do some housework. I work from noon to 5 p.m. We will also be Skyping with Son and family tonight. If I can, I may squeeze in a bit of sewing.
Until tomorrow......................

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Project One Near Completion

Yesterday the weather was stellar. The low was close to freezing but the high got to 7.8C or 46F. The sun shone and we opened the windows to air out the house. It was a near perfect January day. This morning it is near freezing and foggy. There is a chance of snow or rain today. Not what we expected. The forecast was for the same as yesterday but it isn't happening.

Lifestyle

We headed out to get groceries first thing so we could have the rest of the day to be at home doing what we wanted. In the afternoon, we went out again to renew the insurance on my vehicle. We did enjoy having a day mostly at home.
My day at home included some laundry and sewing. The Spousal Unit primed the all closet and part of the entry way walls.
We now have to get the pale grey paint for the closet so it can be finished. We both can't wait to have a place to hang our coats and put our boots into.
We got a call from out grandson the other night and his insulin pump has arrived at their home. He is so excited to be getting one. They learn how to do it on Feb. 8. Life will be better for them.

Sewing

I spent a fair amount of time sewing the red top for the store. By the end of the day, I was ready to put on the neck band.
The cuffs were added to the sleeves after this picture was taken but it was too dark to get a good picture of the shirt.
I do like this shirt but am not sure if it is me with the lace overlay. I know I will make it again without the lace. I would love to make it with a faux leather knit on the shoulders so am thinking about that.

Knitting

I sat down and tried to figure out how to join the next strip to the afghan without having a ridge. Instead of doing a single crochet, you do a slip stitch. I found that on YouTube. I then sat and put the strip on and, much to my dismay, it didn't work out evenly. So, I ripped it all out, counted the design, pinned them together and started again. At least I am learning something from all of this. I may not use it again but one never knows.
The scarf is over half blocked. As I sew, I lay it on the ironing board and steam it and push it into shape. It cools while I sew. It will be ready to sew together in the next week.

Today

I work from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. I plan on doing a bit of house work and finish up the top to take in. It will be nice to have it finished and hung up. Then it will be project two on the table.
Until tomorrow........................

Friday, January 22, 2016

Rambling Thoughts

Yesterday was a warm day. The high got to 5C or 41F. This morning it is 3C or 37F. The temperature is to be warmer with just a hint of freezing for the next few days. There is to be no rain, lots of cloud, and maybe a tiny bit of sunshine.

Lifestyle

Yesterday was an 8 hour work day. Before I left for work, I cut out the back and front of the t-shirt and laid the sleeve and neck and cuff pieces on the fabric. They need to be put on the grain of the fabric, pinned, and cut out. Yes for a good before bit of time in the sewing room.
I got to work early so I swept the store floor. We seem to have a never ending amount of fluff and dust bunnies accumulate on daily basis. I really like keeping them at bay. Our day was busy with everyone of us (4) cutting for the better part of the day. When it was quiet, we put away fabric and tidied up. I left tired and sore but knew I had done a lot during the day.
I curled up on the couch last evening and relaxed. I started to fall asleep about 8 p.m. but managed to stay up to 9 p.m.
The Spousal Unit is feeling quite a bit better and has prepared himself to prime the closet and front entry way. He should get that done prior to his next chemo session.

Rambling Thoughts

Sewing:

  1. The new spring fabrics are starting to arrive and I am wanting to sew them up. But, I am keeping myself tuned up and not buying any of them. Other than store projects, I have said I will use up the fabric in the stash. I can and will buy patterns, pattern tracing pellon, and notions that I need. Many items will end up being muslins in preparation for store projects using current fabric in the store. I am happy with that thought process. I remind myself that I am trying to have little or no stash.
  2. I am trying to build a wardrobe that I really want to wear. I mull this in my head all day long, even at work. I enjoy creative clothes, but they are not my style. I stay away from that and ruffles. Instead, I look for casual clothes to wear and more simple lines. I do like piping, some trims, a bit of lace, and am warming up to scarves. I never thought I would warm up to scarves.
  3. As I get patterns for projects, I am not looking at building slopers for now. I will get to them later this year. I also want to learn how to do freehand pattern making. I will make my patterns on tracing pellon to have for future reference.
  4. I want to sew for Daughter-in-Law, Grandson, and the Spousal Unit. I will get that done here and there once I get some time to work on it. The Spousal Unit is first at this moment.

Christmas Once A Month:

  1. I finally said out loud at work that I could not buy any more Christmas fabric. The staff is diverting me away from that department as there are a few pieces I would love to purchase. At 75% off, it is hard.
  2. I got January's project up but haven't made any more of the bags. I want to make several more to put into the craft box. It is on the agenda to cut out three more of each size to sew up. I may have to buy some plain cotton to line the bags with and need to buy ribbon for them.
  3. February's project is done and ready to be posted at the middle of the month. It isn't done in Christmas fabric. I want to cut out two more to sew up. I have to get twill tape or gross grain ribbon for them.
  4. March's item is in the design phase so I am on track with that. The item will be made in Christmas fabric.

Knitting

  1.  The scarf I was working on is done. I think I have figured out how to block it.
  2. I am going to work on the afghan for a co-worker. I need to spend some quality evening time with it.
  3. My next knitting project will be a simple scarf for myself. Not sure what pattern but it will but it is to go with a sewing project I have in mind.
I have spent quite a bit of time thinking about what I need to do and how I want to have a cohesive wardrobe. Right now, both of my store projects can be worn with denim leggings but only the red top can be worn with black leggings. That is okay as I can have two colour ways in the closet. My personal knitting needs to be compatible with my wardrobe. That is taking me on a thought journey to make a simple coat in dark grey or black to showcase some scarves. Wish me luck.

Today

I don't work today so we are going grocery shopping and then I want to sew on the red top. If I have a good run at it, it should be finished today. That would be great. If not, I should be able to finish it before work tomorrow.
Until tomorrow..............................

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Project One is Started

Yesterday started off cooler and it got warm during the day. (-5.3C or 22.5F to 3C or 37.5F). This morning it is 2C or 36F and it is suppose to get to 7C or almost 45F. It did rain some during the night and the temperature got to 3C which is the warmest we have seen for a while. The sun shone beautifully yesterday with little or no clouds in the sky. It was certainly a lovely day.

Lifestyle

We headed out early yesterday morning to get bedding. It was on sale which was great. While in the store, we ordered filters for the fridge and will have them in two weeks.
I worked 4 hours in the afternoon and it was steady. We did get the fabric put away and some areas cleaned up. I was tired when I left the store but happy to see it looking so much better.
My eating habits have improved; less white flour in my diet. My thyroid seems to be functioning somewhat better and 3.5 pounds fell off in the past 2 days. I think I was retaining fluid from the above. I am going to focus more on my eating habits as the stress of our lifestyle has suddenly decreased. We are also getting more daylight and sunshine which is helping me out considerably.

Sewing

I had a bit of time to work on the first store project. The red knit was washed and dried. It bled so am happy I washed it alone. It is a light weight knit so I can wear it in all seasons but summer.
I traced the pattern and laid out the overlay onto the lace. It was cut out and then I sat and trimmed the selvage edge away to have a scalloped edge.
The red fabric was laid out and the front and back pieces are pinned on.
Once cut out there is just the sleeve, and neck and sleeve bands left to do.
I need to thread the serger and sewing machine with red thread and have a good time sewing. The pattern is rated easy and it shouldn't take that long to sew up.
I did buy more at the store yesterday. I got 2 blades for my rotary cutter, a piece of orange/red knit to repair my work shirt, some lace, and a remnant of Malden Polar Tec fleece. I have two remnant pieces of the Polar Tec fleece now and will make Grandson two vests out of them; emerald green and navy blue. 
McCalls 6222

The whole pattern is really usable for him.
I see a fall store project happening if this pattern isn't discontinued

Today

I work a full 8 hour shift. I am hoping that I won't be so tired tonight as I want to crochet on the afghan. I would really like to get it done for her to enjoy.
Until tomorrow............................

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Fabric for Projects

Yesterday was another lovely sunny day. The warm temperature at 7 a.m. cooled down to near freezing and then warmed up to 3.4C or 38F. This morning it is -1.5C or 29F. The weatherman is forecasting it to get to 7C or almost 45F tomorrow. We wait and see.

Lifestyle

I got to the fabric store yesterday morning and we had many good laughs. The manager called my name and I said NO. Several other co-workers asked if I had come to work. All in jest and we had a great time teasing and laughing.
Between sewing the two sleeves in the muslin, I had to have a nap. I put in a sleepless night and was falling quite quickly into the mires of crankiness. All was well when I woke up.
I spent some time thinking about my eating habits and feel I am eating too much wheat (aka white flour). As I come out of the thyroid funk, I plan on eating differently. I did do portion control yesterday and didn't eat in the evening. A start. Now to keep it up. 
The Spousal Unit is feeling much better. He decided to work on the front entry closet and did some mudding. I am hoping he gets what he wants done before his next chemo. Having stuff piled in the living room is not my idea of fun while he has his aches and pains and no energy for two weeks. Having the closet done will be delightful. Even almost done will be delightful.

Sewing

I got fabric, ladies. I got fabric!! The first piece is a Black Watch plaid to make the Spousal Unit a winter shirt. It is a cotton fabric with a brushed finished.
The plan is to make the yokes, front bands, and cuffs on the bias.
I was asked to make two projects for the store. These I don't pay for as they are displayed for a month. The advantage ~ new clothes in neat fabrics. The disadvantage ~ more patterns for the pattern stash.
This top will be made first. The fabric is a cotton knit and I will do a lace overlay. I would have done a black lace overlay but there wasn't enough lace left on the bolt so others could copy.
The second top is the photograph view. The top will be plain with lace godets. No one has done a project with this lace so we decided I should show case it. I may just have to get my denim leggings made to go with this top.
Both of these tops will be made again as I really like the patterns.
At home, I sewed on the muslin. The more I worked on the top the more I hated the fabric. It isn't what I like to work with ~ thin and the edges curled. I really think the fabric is too thin for the pattern.
The neckline is done and I think it is too low for me. After I try it on, I will decide on how much to add to the neckline but I really think it will be an inch.
I do love the back godet and the high-low hemline. I did get the sleeves in and hand basted the hems on the sleeves and the bottom. The pictures are yellow as I took pictures at night.
I threw a piece of crepe draped as a scarf around the neckline to see how it would look.
Not too bad.
The next version is to be in a dark purple. I will be making a cowl scarf to wear with it out of the left over fabric from Daughter's Christmas scarf. But that is on hold until my projects are made.



Today
I am going shopping for new sheets for our bed. I will launder them if there is time as I work a 4 hour shift this afternoon. If there is time, I will stitch down the hems on the muslin so I can say it is done and ready to put on. I am wondering if I have a TNT pattern.
Until tomorrow..........................

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Day Off and I Worked

We had sunshine yesterday!! The temperature went from -2C or 28F to 2.3C or 36F. It is 2C or 35F this morning at 7 a.m. We are now to see warmer temperatures for a few days.

Lifestyle

I went to the fabric store to buy fabric and got to work for 4 hours. Not bad. I didn't get any fabric bought though. The store was busy and we got caught up a bit on Sunday's mess. But, I am sure Monday's mess is there today.
My job yesterday was to work on the floor ~ put away fabrics from behind tables and to tidy fabric displays. It ended up I was doing more cutting than putting away. When I left, there was one person left cutting and others had to go out and help cut it was that busy.
The co-worker who was in an accident on Saturday was at work for 4 hours. She touched her brakes and the icy roads put her off the road. There were 2 rescue trucks and an ambulance called out (I am assuming the police were there also and left to other accidents). The ambulance attendants checked her out and left. The two rescue trucks remained and by the time the tow truck started the journey to her house, both of the rescue trucks had been run into by other vehicles. The roads were slick and had not been salted by the contractor who looks after them.

Sewing

I did work on the muslin for a bit yesterday. I got the godet put in neatly and am pleased with the results. The knit rolls a bit which annoys me. I know it is cheap fabric which helps me out. I know that serging helps it lie flat which didn't happen on the back. That sucks but it is what it is. I have to say that I like the way the godet drapes in the back. Wearing it with leggings is going to be great for work. On a secondary note, I think I have enough fabric left over from Daughter's scarf to make a cowl scarf to wear with the dark purple fabric I got for this top.

Today

I am heading back out to the store to get some fabric. I am not sure if I will do a funky shirt for the Spousal Unit or do a nice plaid one in a bit warmer fabric. I will look at my choices. The dress is going on hold for a week. I know I have to get the fabric for the top. I need to get home and finish up yesterday's chores. 
Until tomorrow....................  

Monday, January 18, 2016

More Done On the Muslin

Yesterday started out cool but somewhere along the way, either earlier than I realized, the low dropped to -6C or 21F. The high got to 3.6 or 38.5F. It didn't snow as predicted.

Lifestyle

I worked a 5 hour shift and it was busy in the store. We were kept behind the cutting tables for the vast majority of the shift. If it calmed down, we ran to put away fabric of which I think I got 10 bolts put away. We got our break near the end of the shift it was that busy and we were short a co-worker who had been in an accident the day before. This sale has been crazy busy every day for the past five days. The only reason the store gets cleaned up is evenings are slower in the winter time.
I think I am slowly recovering from my thyroid being underactive. It is one of two times in the year when it seems to be underactive and we can't do anything about it. I am feeling more alert and the brain is functioning so much better. I don't seem to have to work as hard on focussing.
ZippiKnits, I have always had lots of muscle cramps. Sometimes it is caused by hyperventilating, other times I need to add magnesium to my diet, other times, it is caused by fatigue. This time I think it is fatigue as I have been really tired (thyroid issues and a lot of working hours).

Sewing

I got into the sewing room yesterday morning. The white knit muslin is coming along nicely. The second front side section was sewn on and looks good. I moved on to the back and stabilized the shoulder seams and have one side of the godet sewn in.
I love having all my seams finished even in knit wear. I serged the front princess seams together. The back was a different story. The seams aren't serged at all and won't be for this muslin. When I sew the garment fabric, I will serge the back seams and godet seams prior to inserting the godet. That has been worked out.

Today

I am off work but am going in early to get the patterns and fabric for store projects. I am still deciding on colours for the top and dress. Will the top be black with red lace? The dress is not talking to me at all so I will have to figure that one out. The Spousal Unit's shirt will be blue with a funky matching fabric to do the piping and under collar and cuffs in. Something fun for him. I also have to do housework and try to finish the knit top muslin. Hopefully pictures tomorrow.
Until tomorrow........................

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Advent Calendar Done

Yesterday the light snow turned into heavy snow and we had about 3" of wet snow fall. The temperature remained near freezing with a high of 1.2C or 34F. The temperature this morning is at the freezing mark.

Lifestyle

The young couple came in and gave us the damage deposit on the basement suite. They had looked at another place they had wanted and the landlord said yes, gave them a date to bring the damage deposit, and rented it out from under them an hour later. Now they are looking forward to living downstairs in a bigger and cleaner place.
I got a call to stay home from work due to the road conditions as a co-worker was in an accident coming into work in the morning. I quite happily stayed at home even though the roads were in excellent shape. A full day to rest. 
 In the end, laundry was done, house tidied up, a bit of shopping done, and some sewing done.

Sewing

I had some time in the sewing room yesterday. I made the binding for the Advent wall hanging and sewed it on. I spent the evening hand sewing the binding down.
I have to hand sew the fabric down on the back where a small dowel goes for hanging.
I also got pictures of the Christmas fabric I bought. I am not sure what I will be making out of it but it will be something.
That is the end of the Christmas fabric purchases for me for this year. Now it is time to sew the box and two bags of stashed Christmas fabric up.
I hope to get the muslin knit top done this week and then I want to sew the following items for fun and display at the store. 
McCalls 6992
This will be done in red with a white or off white lace overlay.
McCalls 7169
To be done in a satin with a lace overlay and lined with bemburg lining. Not sure of the colour yet or the fabric.
McCalls 6044
For the Spousal Unit. Not sure of the fabric yet but I will have to lengthen the body and make the cuffs larger.
All three will be displayed in the store. Thank goodness for days off.

Today

I work a 5 hour shift and want to get a few things done in the house before I go. I want to be ready for two days off so I can sew.
Until tomorrow......................

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Another Busy Working Day

Yesterday the temperature moved from slightly below freezing to slightly above freezing. Fog rolled in during the evening, rolled out during the night and it was snowing lightly when we got up this morning.

Lifestyle

We headed out in the morning to get groceries and home to do a few things before I headed to work. Not relaxing by any stretch of the mind but a few things are done.
My shift was only 4 hours long and it wasn't until the end that I was able to put away a dozen bolts of fabric. It was another busy day of people buying fabric.
Daughter brought in her vest and scarf and we put it on a wall mounted mannequin for display. It is fun to showcase some of the items I make.
I got home and tried to relax. I had muscle cramps in one hand and they hurt. Couldn't do any knitting due to that. That really bothered me but when you can't you can't.
Thank you for the kind words about Jill. Last night we all missed her when the Spousal Unit came inside. Both Elliott and I went to greet her and she wasn't there. The Spousal Unit misses her by his side when outside.

Today

We have the tenants coming in to sign paperwork and pay the damage deposit. I will do a bit of housework and head back to work for another 4 hours.
Until tomorrow..........................

Friday, January 15, 2016

Laughter is Good Therapy

Our weather has been grey with a bit of sunshine and the temperature has been hovering near freezing. Yesterday the difference between the high and low was 6C. We got to 3C or 38F. I looked out the window last evening and it was snowing.

Lifestyle

I have worked 8 hour shifts for the last two days. A new sale that is crazy hard to write up. Got it figured out and helped others. There have been a lot of people buying keeping us super busy.
Yesterday morning I went in early to put away fabric as there was a lot of fabric behind the tables. I put a bolt into one display and half of it fell onto the floor. Put a bolt into the display beside it and half of that display fell on the floor. I worked off and on all day getting those two displays redone. We all joked about it all day and a couple of times we laughed so hard we cried.

Sewing

I am happy to hear that a few of you liked the gift bags and will be trying them out. I hope to make a few more myself for the craft box.
I bought some Christmas fabric at 75% off (all from the same line) and I am figuring out what to make from it. There is red with reindeers, red with stockings, red with holly and a lime green with vines on it. They go together perfectly. I will mull for a bit on it.
The top I put a zipper in was the talk at the store. Everyone wants to learn how I do it. I will have to do a tutorial on it and will share it here with you.

Today

I work at 1:30 p.m. so we are heading out to shop for groceries. I may (or may not) have time to work on my top. I am sure I will come home not as tired as the previous two nights as I am working 4 hours only. Yes!!
Until tomorrow...................

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Christmas Sewing - January- Wine/Gift Bags

The first Christmas Once a Month craft for January is gift bags. The instructions are for wine bottle and gift bags.

Part 1 - Wine Bottle bag

Materials Required:

2 pieces body fabric 6.5 x 13"
2 pieces cuff fabric 4 x 6.5"
Interfacing for above fabric
2 pieces of lining fabric 6.5 x 16.5"
Interfacing for lining if it is light weight
Ribbon - 5/8" satin or grosgrain
*For this pattern, I added some ribbon to the cuff but it isn't necessary.

Sewing Procedure:

Iron interfacing to all necessary pieces of the bag. If you choose to put ribbon on the cuff sew it on stitching close to the edge of both sides.
Sew the cuff to the body using a 1/4" seam. You can press the seam up or down.
On this bag, I pressed the seam down.
On one piece, measure down 1" and draw a line with chalk. Then measure up 1/4" for the button hole. I did a 5/8" button hole on the front of this bag. Fray Check and cut open.
Put right sides together and pin one side matching the seam at the cuff. Sew it using a 1/4" seam.
 Press the side seam open. Pin the other side, sew, and press it open.
Lay the bag on a flat surface and allow one side of the seam allowances to fold back onto the bag. Sew from seam to seam leaving the first and last 1/4" unstitched.
I did mine too far out and it was harder to work with when making the corners. Press the seam open as best you can.
Fold the bottom seam up to the side seam to get a triangle. Pin the seams together so the pin goes through the seam and matches on both sides. Adjust until you get it near perfect.
Wiggle the triangles so they are even on both sides. Using a ruler measure down 1" and draw a line across. This is your stitching line.

Stitch across the line and cut off the triangle leaving a 1/4" seam.

I turn the bag right side out and press it well. You can press the bottom so it is defined.
Next sew the lining the same way as the bag omitting adding the cuff. On one side leave a 3 to 4" opening to pull the bag through.
When done, have the lining inside out and the bag right side. Slide the bag into the lining.
Pin the side seams together and then pin around the top. Stitch the top together with a 1/4" seam. Pull the bag out through the opening in the lining.

Press the top seam flat, fold the lining into the bag and press the top edge again. Top stitch 1/4" away. To make the casing for the ribbon, stitch 1/8" from the seam where the cuff and body are sewn. Then measure down 1" from that seam, mark and stitch around it. The casing is done. I used 5/8" ribbon and thread it through the button hole. I don't have an amount for the ribbon as each one seems to take a different amount.
Prior to inserting the ribbon, I turned the bag inside out and ladder stitched the opening in the lining closed for a tidy look.

Part 2 - Gift Bag

Materials Required:


2 pieces body fabric 13 x 13"

2 pieces cuff fabric 4 x 13"

Interfacing for above fabric
2 pieces of lining fabric 13 x 16.5"
Interfacing for lining 13 x 16"
Ribbon - 5/8" satin or grosgrain
*For this pattern, I added some ribbon to the cuff but it isn't necessary.

Sewing Procedure

The gift bag is made the same way as the wine gift bag with two exceptions:
  1. Put interfacing on the lining of the bag for more stiffness. I use a featherweight interfacing but you could use a bit heavier for the interfacing for the lining if you want.
  2. The triangles at the bottom of the bag are measured 3" down from the point.
Though the same height as the wine bottle gift bag, it is shorter due to size of the triangle at the bottom.
I hope you enjoy making these as much I do.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Inspired

Yesterday was a warmer day with the temperatures rising above freezing. I have to say it was nice to see the sunshine and the water on the side of the road from the snow melting. This morning the temperature is 2C or 35C.

Lifestyle

Inspired by a blog post, I headed downstairs with a load of laundry and spent some time cleaning up the laundry room. I sorted all the cleaning supplies, dumped what we don't use down the drain, wiped shelves, and arranged everything on the unit neatly. I also wiped down the washer and dryer, gave them a shine as they look like stainless steel (titanium coloured) and put old towels on the tops. Next I cleaned up the litter box, swept the floor, emptied the garbage, moved a few items under a dresser and scrubbed the basement stairs. I was tired and sore when I got done. But I was also happy. Thank you Allison for the inspiration.
I had enough energy in me to sweep and mop our bedroom floor. Truthfully I finished in time to show the basement apartment to a young couple. Two hours later, we had our apartment rented and they will be back on Saturday to sign the papers and will move in Feb. 1. Strangely enough, we had another call last night from an older couple who wanted to rent it also. Right area, right size, right price. They almost wanted to secure it sight unseen.

Sewing

I cut out the top in the knit fabric I bought for a muslin. It was horrid to work with as it seemed to be off grain. I used up almost 3.5 meters of fabric trying to get it to work. Once done, I started sewing the top together.
I do like how the seams went together so well. I did serge the seams once I had stitched them.
I am sure this top is going to be a bit small so I am going to have to start, once again, working on loosing weight. I know I have been stressed with the Spousal Unit's chemo, doing extra work at home, many hours of work in the store, Jill's declining health, and wanting the apartment rented. I think I am ready to begin again unless my thyroid is running on the low side. Then it will be when it returns to normal - about 3 weeks from now.

Knitting

The scarf is finished. I cast it off last night and now need to figure out how to block it. It is very long and I don't have a surface that long. I need to figure out what to do.
I started to put together an afghan for a co-worker. I spent a good hour trying to figure out how to crochet two panels together so it looks like her mom's. I think I have it but I need to make sure.

Today

I work a full 8 hour shift today. That means I will arrive home tired. But, the next three days are 4 hour shifts and the last shift is 5 hours. I love those shifts.
Until tomorrow.........................