Sunday, September 28, 2014

Elsa Handwork

Today's Slow Sunday Stitching involves hand basting the sleeves onto the Elsa dress.  They have been carefully eased into the arm openings.

The fabric is sheer and a bit slippery on the machine; therefore, I shall baste to hopefully avoid any sleeve puckering (as best I can prior) to machine stitching. Also, I am trying to avoid any possible rip outs or redos.

Reminder to self:  dress is a costume for a five-year old and will not be graded by a home ec teacher.

Hook and eye fastener will be hand sewn for a neat and tidy closure along the neckline. Next step will be a "fitting" prior to hemming.  

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and I hope you find time for Slow Sunday Stitching with others right HERE.  It's fun!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Linky Laundry List

Yikes!  I misplaced last month's goal list so I guess the first priority for October is to find last month's list.  Lol!  I did not accomplish everything, but more than I would have if I had not linked up with Kathi's Monthly Laundry List.  Think about writing a goal list and joining Kathi.  A giveaway is offered.

Since I do not have hard copy of last month's list (lucky I posted it), I shall edit the photo showing what I did get accomplished.  I did not finish nor start everything, but at least half and that is a good thing.

Fuzzy golf covers have been 
a conversation piece on the course.

Kaffe Fabrics which are going into a foundation-pieced quilt.
This is the September list for the month of October 2014 and a photo of one item on the list.  Check out other goal setters at Kathi's Designs Originals by KC by clicking HERE.  Last month I won a very nice giveaway for linking up.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Elsa Costume

A quick sewing update on Elsa costume for Halloween.

It is going well after taking the time for important pre-sewing steps.  The five-year old was measured and matched to the pattern's measurements.  An adjustment was made at the waist and bodice length.  This was a challenge as one does not want the dress to be too tight nor too loose as it is more of a fitted style.  Based on the design, after completion, there is not much room for alterations.  Note the waist has two adjoining fancy fabrics and trim.

Elsa is 2014's most popular character.  The pattern and fabric was purchased eight to six weeks ago. I am using bridal fabric (the satin is the reverse side of a nubbed faux silk).

Fancy blue fabric is flying off the shelves.  Yesterday, I went to buy a blue 12-inch zipper.  Guess what?  They were out-of-stock.  I had to buy the 16-inch zipper and will have to cut down.

There are nine (9) pieces to Simplicity's pattern so I do not consider it a quick costume.  Nor is it inexpensive.  I estimate to be up to $40 for fabric, pattern, zipper, trim, and bias tape. All purchased on sale. Oh, but is it pretty and fun putting it together.

Back to sewing,

Linking with Karen at Sew Many Ways.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Linky Thank You

My first time receiving a giveaway arrived this week.  It is a brand new awesome cloth tape measure which is retractable ~ works smooth as silk.  A lanyard is attached for hanging on neck.  If that isn't enough, there is a magnet (for dropped pins and needles) on the opposite side of the push button.  How handy dandy is that.

Just who is the generous blogger who offered the giveaway?  None other than Kathi at Designs Originals by KC.  It was part of her Monthly Linky Party in which you write your own Laundry List of goals that you want to set for the following month.  There are a few days in which you can write your list (doesn't have to be long ~ no pressure either) and then link up.

The list is assisting me in staying focused on my projects.  May you consider setting a couple of goals and then link up with Kathi at the end of September with your October's Laundry List.  There is no pressure to finish and it is fun!  If I meet half my goals, I'll still be ahead.

Knitted golf covers are completed.  Been practicing applique and working on my Kaffe quilt.  This week I must get going on the Elsa costume which is a character from Disney's Frozen movie.  Tape measure will be handy for costume fitting.  :-)

Even without winnning a pretty and functional giveway, I am finding the laundry list process to be enjoyable and beneficial.  Not only does Kathi have her own blog, she is a contributing writer for Celebrate Hand Quilting.  AND she is in the process of making a special and personal quilt for a family member.  She has designed it herself and is focused on completing it!  Click here to see the quilt and her progress.  Thanks Kathi!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Applique Practice

This past week, in order to get together with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching friends, I made slow steady progress on my applique practice orange peel/melon seed block.

1.  Fabrics were chosen from my Kaffe collection.

2.  Watched a few youtube videos on needle turn applique presented by Becky Goldsmith of Piece O Cake Designs.  These informative clips supplement their books very nicely.  Thanks Becky!

3.  Unearthed from my sewing stash a box of vintage unused Zwicky thread that was an estate sale purchase. I gather from my quick online research that Zwicky is now part of Guttermann.

4.  Ready, set, sew!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Applique Practice Not

My participation with others at Slow Sunday Stitching consists of choosing fabric to practice applique work. I was going to start with a heart, but I am really liking Kathy's seed blocks and a seed/melon/orange peel would be easier to practice on before attempting the heart shape. Eventually, I would like to make Flower Pots, an applique quilt, by Kim McLean.

Above is what I chose to hand sew today, but I was sidetracked. is not the first time.  This morning I browsed a nearby outdoor antique show.

Found bits of pretty lace for a future crazy quilting project.  Do not yet know what I'll do with the vintage black buttons encrusted with rhinestones, but the price was right.  All this for $4!

In the afternoon I had an opportunity to watch the Blue Angels fly at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.  The weather was perfect for an air show.  Clear blue skies with low humidity.  My family was able to see the show off the base (to avoid the crowds) yet, close enough to experience a flyover.  It was awesome and a thrill to watch them perform.

It was worth being sidetracked from my hand sewing on a beautiful day seeing special things.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Knitted Finish

The knitted golf club covers are completed.

They have been washed in hot water for felting purposes.  I then put them in the dryer.  Perhaps, I shouldn't have as the ends of the eyelash yarn have a bit more mashed look.  Not as light and fluffy before laundering.

It's okay as they are just golf club covers and it doesn't matter.  Overall, they still look good, they match my bag, and they are finished!

Now it is obvious why I choose brightly colored yarn.  I have been told that with this bag, I can be spotted several fairways away, which I means I must be on my best behavior ;-)

As mentioned on previous posts, this was a free pattern from Chris Knits in Niagara.

A note to non-golfers:  the numbered black flat covers are commercially made and are for the clubs called "irons."  Thanks to my dear blogger friends who encouraged me to finish knitting the covers.