Saturday, October 31, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Gearing up for halloween

We are gearing up for tomorrow - Halloween!!!

 Clyde showed up to help out, and he brought fresh pumpkins for a-karvin'.

More pics soon!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Is Everyone Else Getting Ready for Halloween??

Are you or your family having a fun time getting ready of Halloween? My family is, and even though I haven't been able to participate as much they are.

My husband has been working diligently in the garage making mischievous Halloween props. Don't ask me, cause I am way to scared to step into the garage to take a peek. You never know what lurks in there during this time of the year.

(you have to visit this site!!!) Photo from Penwiper

My son has been busy creating realistic armor for his costume. The internet is a wonderful thing, he found Penwiper that has great tutorial for armor made from craft foam. Absolutely amazing!!!!!

I have been asked to make a 'Tabard', never knew what a tabard was untill now. So until I finish this, my purse will have to wait. (but I need so badly to finish it, it is fall now and I NEED MY FALL PURSE ;0)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Purple Purse Part 2 Testing

If you've been keeping up with what's going on here you have seen Purple Purse Part 1 .

So far I have decided I want a deep purple or as some say a aubergine in a suede like or velvet fabric. I located a pretty aubergine at JoAnn's. It's a knit with VERY little stretch, but to combat this for my test run I fused woven stabilizer to the back of the pieces. I cut out over sized pieces of woven stabilizer for each pattern piece (starting with just the two front and back pieces. Fused this to the fabric and then cut out the pattern pieces (only the two front and back outsides at this point).

Stitched the two front bottoms together, then lightly pressed (did not want to lose the faux suede look of the Alova fabric) the seam open.

Then I top stitched the center seam allowance. In the photo you can see the white of the woven stabilizer and the deep purple fabric.

This photo is upsidedown, but you can see the pressed open seam allowance and the pleat markings. I marked the pleats, then noticed that the pleats could be placed differently. So I remarked them and pin folded the pleats to test.

Here I show how I sewed the pleats. Starting from the folded edge (closest to my finger) I back stitched and had the machine in the needle down position. Sewing the pleat in a reversed 'L' back stitching at the beginning and the stress point (at the corner, after turning the fabric to start the long end or the reversed 'L') and again at the end of the fabric edge.

Here you can see the end result of the pleats, although the picture is bad (as I had to lighten it a lot so that the photo would show the pleats).

Next to sew the top piece to the bottom pieces to complete the front and back. (wish me luck!)

Monday, October 12, 2009

It's Been one of those Days.............

Actually it’s been a couple of those weeks to say the least!! I have not stepped into the sewing room once. At the office we are working on a deadline, and that always makes me exhausted at the end of the day. With Halloween coming my family has been creating fun Halloween decorations, although I have yet to join them I do feel bad I haven’t had the time to help. Pattern Review is having a contest for 'The Little Black Dress' and I oh so need to do this one - BUT can't seem to find the time. Hotpatterns and have gotten together and posted a free Cowl Neck Top. The top looks great and easy to do - oh and did you see Hotpatterns new Classix Nouveau Pyramid Bag, lovely!!!! Got to finish drafting my purple pleated purse and I keep wondering when when......

Eveyone feels like this once in a while right???
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