I’ve been obsessed with sewing for many years, but was very intimidated. While I was bored out of my skull in Alaska (I don’t hike or ski or fish, it was a little rough that winter), I used my landlady’s 1930 Singer to make a dress and a skirt and a hat. I still wear the hat!
Since then I’ve made minor but consistent progress. But man, since the global catastrophe canceled everything, I’ve sewn a lot more.
Here is a gallery of everything I’ve sewn and can find the pictures of, up until now: August 4, 2020.
2020 Sewing Gallery:
A wrap crop top, very daring. long ties… options in how to tie… and a bias tape ruffle! Unflattering but very comfortable jumpsuit made of mistakes. Rainbow bias tent dress just in time for pride. Tie back And it has pockets! Jury-rigged placket came out a little bit weird. But the bow will hide and distract from this flaw. Pattern-matched pockets are fun when you get it right. This top is a failure! It is the second try on this garment, the first version fit like a sausage case and i had to undo it and start over. But even after all that the shoulders are too tight and make me hunch. The collar gapes–i think this is because i tried to bind on the bias tape with a fagot stitch and this pulled the fabric too much. I hate Covid 19. I made a dress for my niece with her help. It had to be re-engineered a but to accommodate her as she grows, but she seemed happy with it. Black silk kimono-sleeve tee appropriate for work, there is a channel sewn to the inside back with elastic for a little shaping Black silk kimono-sleeve tee with from tucks for shaping, appropriate for work Cute??? Too cute? well, it’s done. Oh, but what SCANDAL Once i get going I enjoy using every possible scrap for embellishment like this collar. Shell-stitched hems ont he whole damn thing This test garment turned out very romantic once I messed with it for a while. Again, just proving to myself I can use scraps? It’s ok to quit projects. Take all your pins out before fitting of you’ll hurt yourself like I have. “Bunny” bow tank top. a bit skimpy but summer is always coming. Pleat confusion due to last minute gape-fixing those bows are sure cute, though. My favorite dress i’ve ever made. Princess seams, pin tucks, and pinker than I would ever have dared. Plus it has pockets.
2019 Sewing Gallery:
“Invisible” darning… You can’t even see it. Here’s the back. I made a hat out of a shrunken sweater, Something breezy to wear to Sounders games. a bit racy perhaps in the back. Made my own bias tape. you could tuck it in I suppose. A knit swing dress with a little necktie. not bad for the first project made with knits. I hate this, it rides up and fits like a muumuu but it’s ok for doing chores in. I would wear this more if I had a good slip to wear under it. A test garment I hate Belt doesn’t help. Bias dress in double gauze. fully reversible. great for the sweltering summers I made a wrap-bodice linen jumpsuit. Can I get a hell yeah? CAN I GET A HELL YEAH? Bought this jacket and found out it didn’t have front pockets. So I added a denim welted pocket with a cotton inside. I stitched the cotton pocket inside so that it would form a second pocket. Now the jacket is useable. Best fabric find ever, but too little and too stiff for a garment. So, we will make a roll for my paintbrushes. Outside inside put brushes in Close up the flap Holly-print top I sewed by hand. button on the back neck. gathered sleeves. and a gusset becasue i cut the sleeve wrong. Finally, I spent two months making a jacket I could wear in the cold.
Lined with wool baize and silk, it has a last minute shawl collar and angled welted pockets with pattern matched flaps. Very satisfied, though I feel like I am an extra in Quark’s Bar on DS9.
2016-18 Sewing Gallery:
1-hour dress i sewed by hand so it took 4 days. I love it though. 3/4 circle skirt made of orange ikat quilting cotton (do not recommend for a skirt). Also wearing a sweatshirt to which I added a faux shoulder placket and a pocket, embellished with beveled shank buttons. I love it. Brown floral skirt with a wide wasitband yoke and box pleats at front, elastic gathering and a big bow at back, and french seamed pockets.s
2014 Sewing Gallery:
Fitted dress made of linen shower curtain Linen fitted dress camed out ok, apart from the chest gaping. but, it no longer fits. Hilarious spotted hat made with my landlord’s ’20s Singer. I love it and I still wear all the time Circle skirt made of a table cloth and some novelty fake leather. Detail of the circle skirt’s flounce made of scraps of novelty fake lleather