Thursday, December 26, 2013

I can see again.... still need a zipper foot!

It does not take much for anyone to get discouraged. Sickness or watching a loved one deal with sickness or coming to the reality of a long time fear. My long time fear is the lost of my sight.

 I have been wearing glasses since 5th grade and have always gotten an annual examination of my eyes for fear of going blind plus I really could not see much at a distance. Even if the teacher put in the first row I still had a hard time seeing.

 First of all I am not going blind, I am just getting older. For most people getting older means reading glasses but for me I need glasses just to see across the room so when the same glasses were no longer useful for reading, sewing, drawing, o the frustration and then the fear of going blind reared it ugly head. I thought about never being able to sew or crochet or draw or paint or etc..... all things creative that define who I am. 

Who would I be without being able to do those things.

 I was already diagnosed with some problems with my retina. Because of the shape of my eyes the vitreous humor ( the gel the fills your eye) has begun to shrink and pull away from the retina. This is the cause of the flashes of light I had started to experience last year. If it feel like there is a curtain blocking my vision I am to go to the emergency room right away. Or if I have a firework show with my eyes close i have to go the the emergency room. I will probably need retina surgery right away or I will lose my sight.

 Before I got the glasses I have now I could not read without taking off my glasses and then I could not see across the room because I took off my glasses. I had turned into the old lady at the drug store trying to read the color on the lipstick container with the basket of toiletries and oversize purse on the floor at her feet with glasses in her hand while she squints and try to read the tube of lipstick.

 You can't see me but i just shuttered. I feel creep out.

 I have my eye examination and got my new prescription and my doctor must has sensed my worry because he assured me that I had pretty healthy eyes well they did not have any disease that could results in blindness. I do have to see an eye specialist for the shrinking vitreous humor but that is also a result of old age and truly is happening to me earlier because my glasses prescription is so strong and the shape of my eye is more like a football and a sphere.

invisible bifocals have made it easier to sew, read, paint, draw and my fears of blindness has subsided for a while.

 I really do not like bifocals I have to hold my head at a certain angle to get the full reading potential out of the glasses and if the print is light and the background is white, WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND THOUGHT THAT MADE SENSE!

 I will be closing out the year catching up on all the sewing orders that I could not do until I had my glasses.

 So far I have hemed 4 pairs of pants, 3 skirts, and takin in 2 dresses, let out 4 dresses and 2 skirts and i have 4 pair of dress pants that neeed zippers replaced and 2 pairs of jeans that need zippers replaced and I now remember I lost my zipper foot when I put my machine in the shop for a tune up.

 You can't see me but I just attempted to pull out my hair. Shaking my head.

I would order some new zipper feet but i thought lost my debit card and reported it lost so they shut it down. Then the next day hubby found the card on the floor of the closet! I have to wait 10 days for the new one.

 So i am laying out fabric for 2 requested dresses and one lace biker jacket which I am so happy that the jacket is for me because I really cannot see anyone waiting for me to get that done anytime soon.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I cannot see properly.

I am having difficulty with my sight. I really cannot see well at all. I cannot see well enough to sew. After a doctor appt i will return.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Reshape A Neckline.... Decisions, decisions

In my last post I am sure you notice the pattern I used and the dress I made the neckline was different. If I did not mention this I am sorry. In the November issue of Threads magazine there is an article on Reshape a Neckline and I decide to do this on three dresses using the same pattern. Last night as I reread the article I can tell there is something I just fortunate turn out well for me. I did not make a sloper of the new neckline so that I could use it again. As you can see the Simplicity pattern has a jewel neckline, on my first dress I made a V neckline. So I will have to make a sloper of the new neckline out of some muslin fabric that I have. The article pointed out when changing the width of the neckline you should account for the bra strap positioning to prevent the straps from interfering with a neckline. Put on the bra you plan to wear with the garment, drape the pattern on your body and mark the bra straps’ position on the pattern’s shoulder line. Oops did not do that but I am happy to say the bra strap did not interfere with the V neckline of the dress at all. I am very happy about that! Every one know how frustrating it can be readjusting a bra strap because it wants everyone to see how pretty it is. Grief! I really must not forget that on the next dress because it is going to be a square neck line. The last time I did a square neckline I had to wear a strapless bra which does not give the correct support for me. I think I found the fabric I want to use but I want to cut it on the bias and if I do I will not have enough fabric at all. So I am still deciding what to do. By this time I should have been finishing the dress. This one I will wear on October 21st which is my mom and dad anniversary. Since they are both no longer here with us I will be getting together with my sisters for a sisters day. So I have gifts to create a memoriam to our parents for each of us. I am still deciding what it will be, maybe a art journal page and I searching for the right pictures. So right now I am deciding on what material to use for my dress, creating slopers for the changes in neckline, finishing sleep caps, gathering materials for a art journal page to give as a gift to my sisters. When I post on Saturday I hope to have something to show you all.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Simplicity 7117

This is the pattern that I used to make my dress. 

I am not a very good model at this time in my life.  

As you can see  I changed the neckline and made it a maxi dress.  Also I added width to the sides I wanted fullness at the bottom.

need to restitch the flowers some of them fell off! I did get some compliments which felt good. Therefore I decided to stick with this pattern for the other dresses 

I have 2 more dresses to make using this pattern ,not more Maxi's soon it will the weather will turn wet and sloppy.  Which I truly love!  Strange love I know. 
Monday I have to concentrate on finishing the sleep caps that are currently listed as UFO status. 

I should have finished them on Friday  however  we went to first friday's and the relaxation was much needed. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

My attempt to copy a designer dress

 I decided that I wanted to duplicate this dress by Bily Reid fall 2013 collection.

There was a favorite dress I had, at least 30 years ago, it was a blue paid and when

I saw this Bily Reid dress  I remembered how it felt to wear that dress and I wanted to feel that again. I

search and search but could not find a picture of the dress without the coat.

So I drew my version of the dress.   I have to apoligize for all the links for so reasons I cant get the pictures to  post.

I do not know why I wanted to have the touch of red with the grey plaid but it is what I

felt at the time that I drew the picture.

I search my stash of fabric because I am not allow to purchase more until I use what I

have (silly self-impose rule). But I found the right fabric and the right lining for it. I

really did jump up and down with excitement. My pattern was extremely simple I add a

wedge of fabric at the sides with increased the volume of the dress.  This will give the effect I want as i walk.

 Hopefully Todd will feel like a photographer and take more than one picture so you can see how it moves.

When I went to put in the invisible zipper my invisible zipper foot was invisible I took 2

hours looking forward and finally said forget it and decided to hand sew it in.

Then when I was putting the front and back together I notice the little holes! I tested the

fabric, it was not rotten and I knew this just from the feel of it. I really almost hit the

floor at the implication that I could have moths in my fabric stash.

Most of my original stash I did in fact use and I had acquire more fabric from my sister

needless to say slowly I was going through it and putting it into the different plastic bin

I have stacked up against the wall. I thought I carefully inspected it and them secured it

safely away.

I attempted to reweave the holes to mend them.

I outlined them i chalk so they would show up i the picture.  they are smaller than the hook that you would put at the top of a zipper. 

This was unsuccessful i had not done this type of mending in a long time.

I stopped sewing for the day and there was a time when this would have hit the UFO pile.

The next day I though cover the hole with Application of flowers.

Like it or not I will be wearing this dress on Sunday. I plan to make another menswear

look using this fabric…. Goal 3 fall/winter dresses…. 2 more to go.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Working hard with much determination

I am very determine to open my online store with enough item so that I do not open it and sell the one item and them close it all in the same day.   Silly thought, pretty good nightmare.   I am still deciding what I will put in my store.  Most will be handmade by me and some items will be  up cycled. 

One of the items that I have been working on that will be in my online store are  Satin Sleep Caps…. I have made some along with a travel bag to store them in .  I really like the way they look and I am sure I should bring enough money to finally get my computer.   Well that is the short term goal at this point.   I started making these when my hairdresser asked If I could make some so that when a client is finished late in the day she would have them in stock to sell.    That sent me to my sewing machine.

I took apart an sleep cap that I purchase at the store and decided to use it as a pattern for the satin sleep caps that I make.  I want to make some much bigger for the times when you have rollers in your hair or when you have  hair extensions . 

My mistake was thinking I could make them out of scraps of satin fabrics that I have use to make  slips, whole and half; tap pants and camisoles but the size of the caps makes this impossible unless it is a  satin sleep cap made from strips of fabric that have been pieced together.  Hum  that could work also. 

I just created a drawstring pouch because it was simple and the fabric looks rich….   I used the fabric to make a dress for my anniversary and I had enough left over to make some of the pouches.    I would like the continue to make the pouches in the same manner with the black fabric and the color of the cap used as a strip on the pouch. 

Sometimes despite having a lot to accomplish I cannot get myself motivated so I took the time to do something that I do not have to think too deeply about.   I cut  up old Jeans into strips to make a quilt.  Our bed is a queen-sized however the  denim coverlet will be king size so it will hang over the side so no need for a dust ruffle. It should be nice and heavy and there nice a warm…  toasty.


This will keep me sewing even when I do not feel like thinking about sewing.  If I stop oh boy  sometimes that could lead to weeks, months, years of inactivity.

I wonder how many items I need when I open an Online store.  I do not except people to see my item and they become the must have item. But how much is not enough?

My other projects include crocheting a baby blanket.  This is taking much longer than it should because I have never crochet with 4 ball of yard at the same time.  When I saw the pattern I thought “ I can do that”  well when I started the baby was due now he is 2 months old. Tsk tsk…..

I have an idea for a collage.  My little designer had a fashion show and I want to make  a college of her working at the sewing machine.

I saw a picture of a grey dress by Billy Reid.  I fell in love with that dress so I decided that would make my own rendition of it.    I sketched it with a little red triangle at the hem and I will make a red belt.   I have some nice red heels that will look fab with it.   So excited.

This is my ideal of the dress!   

Monday, September 23, 2013

Art is not a Spectator sport.

I has been a long time since I took the time to post anything and a lot of things have happen both good and bad but I have decided to return to blogging.

“Art is not a spectator sport.” I read this in an email and this jump started me to action. I have wanted to do so much with my art work but I start and stop. Once I stop it is very hard to get started once again.

I am aware that I have to work on it every day, it does take planning to get the materials together and make sure you have what is needed to create what you have floating around in your head. Often that search leads to reorganization of supplies and leads to delay in getting started on your work. Add to that you need to work in the 9 to 5.

I love to sew and create things, crocheting, scrapbooking, writing, photography and cooking are all things I am so into. But I can lose hours drawing and painting. I remember as a child often being punished for not paying attention because my imagination would take over and all I needed was a pen and paper.

It takes effort to be creative. Getting into the creative mode can be such a challenge when you just get off work and have to clean house and worry about things such as “did the payment go through.” Life can force us to put this artistic side of ourselves in the unimportant pile. When it actually it is very important because it is a part of who we are. I have to figure out how to put art into my daily life. Therefore I am back to blogging.

I and not certain how this will help but keeping records of any endeavor is always helpful. My computer is not working at it best so my first goal is the create something with my sewing that I can sell online store and earn enough to get a new computer.

Today is September 23/2013 so I will create and then make items to sell in my online store that I should open on October 23!

I will do some creative everyday so that it will keep the creative juices flowing so when I have to time to make the major art piece my skill will be at the pretty good. Maybe I will have something for the Art spectators to see.