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Trials and Troubles

Well Friends & Neighbors, I am extremely frustrated. I made the muslin for the graduation dress, and finished it today. It was awful. Not just sort of not good, but awful. Apparently I am no good at grading. The shoulders extended three inches beyond the movement point of my shoulder, the bodice was about 6 inches too wide at the underarms, and the boob pleats gave it waaaay too much ease.

So very frustrating. I wasn’t going to blog about it, but I think its important to share our struggles and not just our successes. Otherwise, I think the sewing blogosphere can come off as a bit too perfect.

I ripped it apart before I took any pictures, so there is no evidence of my failing. Sorry. Since that is the case, I am going to show you some VERY random pictures. Some are old, some are new. None are borrowed or blue though, so don’t worry about that.

Also, if you’d like to read a slice of the stories associated with these pictures, head on over to the Flickr photostream. They will still appear to be equally as random, but hey, they might make ya giggle.

My favorite picture of my Gram

What is my solution with graduation looming in a mere 3 days?

I don’t know.

Poor little Angus car after a wreck.

Plan A – trace off whatever the largest size of bodice was Burda offered, and compare it to where mine had too much ease. Maybe that will provide some help, and I can just sew it up.

Our old dog Bear.

Plan B – Version 2 of the Jamie Dress from Sis Boom Patterns. Did I ever mention that I finished my muslin of that? And hated it? And promptly threw my hands in the air and threw the muslin in a pile on the floor? It was supposed to be an Easter dress. Now its June. But I eventually picked it back up, and determined where I needed to add and where I needed to take away. The good thing about that dress is that it cut out very quickly, and didn’t take a super long time to sew up.


Plan C – dig out the pattern from a dress I made last summer that I know fits me, and use it.

Hyacinths Sping 2011

Sigh. In three days?! While I’m trying to pack all my earthly belongings and buy a house?!

Oh goodness.

As you may have noticed, today is the beginning of June. As I have yet to actually get dressed and put on “real” clothes, I will be wearing something of mine in an hour when we go inspect The House.

Yes, we are so enamored with it that I will, from here on out, refer to it as The House with capital letters.

Driving Dogs

But back to clothes. So I will post tomorrow what I wore today, or this afternoon. Whatever. Yay Me Made June!

Oh. And did I mention my sewing machine is on the fritz?



I’ve got a verse but can’t rhyme it…

I’ve gotta go where its WARM!

So good to be back to coastal Carolina!
^It feels SO good to be back to coastal Carolina!

So I am officially on Spring break! I’m visiting my friend Natalie in the Outerbanks of North Carolina & having a fantastic time!

Relaxing sea breezes

On the way down, I went to the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio with my husband & his Boy Scout Troop. It was pretty cool, we got to stay on Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and that was sweet. Aside from getting the beginnings of a sinus infection, it was a fun trip.

National Museum of the United State Air Force
^The entrance to the museum

The Annie shirt is almost done! I’m not sure how much I’ll actually love it, but thats ok! I learned stuff making it, so thats also pretty darned important.

I’ve all but given up on Me Made March, which makes me very sad. I only own four shirts, two dresses, and a pair of shorts that I’ve sewn, and 3 of those shirts are the only things that are appropriate for the weather in Indiana in March. I had grand plans of doing a lot more sewing this month so I could really participate, but that hasn’t happened. I also planned on refashioning 2 tee shirts and a couple sweaters to help me through it. What road do they say is paved with good intentions?

I want my house to have a porch like this!
^I want my house to have a porch just like this!!

Currently tracing an old pair of shorts that don’t fit width wise or length wise to re make them with new fabric. They’re just basic soffe’s shorts, but they’re comfy and they don’t make them a little longer and a little bigger.

Back when I was a camp counselor we lived in these shorts, however, as a mid-twenties respectable woman, I don’t feel that would be appropriate…and after all, isn’t that one of the great things about being able to make your own clothes?!


ID Holder (1)

Well the little ID holder key chain did not turn out as hoped. All was well until it was time to turn it out.

ID Holder (8)

My zipper, a “metal all purpose zipper” that claimed to be “strong, durable, locking slider” was stuck. You assemble the thing with the zipper half open. Apparently with a locking slider zipper, it need to be pretty much open all the way. Even with the slider in the up & able to open position, it wouldn’t budge. And then all of a sudden, it did! And broke 3 or 4 teeth off in the process! Yippeee…

ID Holder (7)

After spending several hours working on this, I was a little bummed. I went ahead and turned it out though, thinking, well there’s probably some way to undo the zipper and swap it out. (I always TRY to be optimistic about my sewing mistakes.)

Then I realized there is just too much bulk in the corners with all that binding. Oh the frustration! Also, I’m not dissing that tutorial at all. This was the first time I’ve done a binding like that and it completely could be my mistake.

ID Holder (5)

After deciding there really isn’t a lot to be salvaged, I decided I would just modify the original design a bit, and make another.
I’m taking some inspiration from Keyka Lou’s pocket clutch pattern.

My first Keyka Lou pocket clutch
(Side note, that is a SUPER fun pattern. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Great directions, complete with pictures, make it a breeze to whip up. I made an enlarged one from the same pattern, and added a wrist strap. Its just a great little clutch to take to a wedding, or graduation, or anything when you don’t need to carry everything but the kitchen sink. The kitchen sink will definitely not fit. )

So I’m off to draw up some pattern pieces for this. The tutorial uses rectangular pieces, so I cut everything with a rotary cutter and straight edge. This is going to be a bit curvier. And without a locking slider zipper. lol. Chalk it up to experience I guess. I learned that I can in fact quilt something, sew in a zipper, and bind something today, so I can’t really complain!

ID Holder