Blast from the Past!

Heeeeeyooooooo!  How’s everybody doin’?  It feels like we’re really into summer now– how did that happen?

I think I mentioned it in my last post, but we’re moving to a new apartment this month (hoping to be totally into the new place by the end of this weekend!), so I’ve been packing and packing and digging through mountains of crap, annnnnd look what I found (no, I’m not talking about the giant bottle of vodka that went missing a few years ago… although I found that, too!)!

This quilt is a crime against humanity.

It’s baby’s first quilt!  Have I ever mentioned that my mom is good at everything?  I grew up watching her quilt, and every once in a while she used to try to teach me (that, and, oh, basically every other handicraft).  This was my feeble attempt at quilting.  It’s mostly finished, but there are chalk lines still on the fabric that I was supposed to stitch and never got around to.  I don’t really remember, but I’m sure that my mom did the bulk of the work on this thing.  Also, how much do you love the weird color scheme?  There are some mustard-y stains on this thing, which is weird, since I definitely never used it.  Blech!

But that’s not all!  Look what else I found!

My first embroidery project (also unfinished)!  It’s a dresser scarf, which is perfect if you need something to collect dust on top of your dresser.  Sigh.  It’s a little sad running into proof of your childhood’s attention span difficulties.

See the perforations in the bottom right corner of this picture?  You’re supposed to crochet lace around the edges of this using those holes (I’m not really sure how that works as I never progressed that far with my crochet skills, either). It’s actually kinda cute– I wish I had the patience to finish the embroidery!  Dresser scarves aren’t really my cup of tea, but they do make me think of my grandmother.  She always had them all around her house.

How are all your projects going?  There are so many fun sewalongs happening right now! Are any of you guys doing Sunni’s 2-in-1 Sewalong?  I really wish I was, but I’m a bit too overcommitted right now.  I’m going to live vicariously through your wrap and shirt dresses!  Are any of you guys joining in on the Hazel dress sewalong right now?  I wasn’t planning to, since I’m trying not to buy new patterns right now, but my sister sent me the PDF as a gift (thanks, sis!!) and I’m using stashed fabric, so that’s a win-win!  My muslin fit surprisingly well right off the bat– I just had to shorten the bust darts and fiddle with the straps a teensy bit.  In other news, I decided to use the Summer Spark Sewalong as the impetus to finish my Iris shorts.  I broke down and enlisted some professional help with the fitting process by taking a private sewing lesson.  Kimberli from The Sewing Studio was super helpful and kind (she’s got tons of experience, so if you have any problems you could use some expert assistance with, take a lesson from her!), and I think we have most of the kinks worked out in the muslin.  Sadly, I had to pack up my sewing stuff tonight, so it could be a few days before things are back to normal and I can start sewing again.  But I’m champing at the bit and can barely wait to finish the dress and the shorts!

Hope you’re all well!  I apologize in advance– I’m not sure when we’ll have the internet up and running in the new place, so if I’m not checking your blogs as regularly over the next little while, please forgive me.  I’ll be excited to see what you’re up to when I’m back online!

Workin’ On It: Iris Shorts #2

So.  The shorts.  Ladies.  Muslin #2– still too small in the waist, and I’m getting this weird pooching out below the waistband in the back (forgive me– I can’t bear to post a photo on the internets).  I’m starting to think that part of the problem is that these are meant to sit a little higher than they do naturally on me.  I thought this could be a rise issue (maybe I have a low rise?  A high rise?  I don’t even know what the proper terminology is…), but when you look at the only photo that shows the rear view on the model, you can see that they’re a little… wedgified?

Excuse me, miss... your butt seems to be eating your shorts.

So yeah.  Maybe they’re supposed to sit like that, but I can’t really deal with that, so I think I will have to cut a size larger in the waist and somehow taper it at the sides (so the hips won’t be way too big) without screwing up the way the rise sits.  Sigh… like every project I’ve embarked on lately, these shorts have plunged me into a swirling abyss of fitting hell. OK, maybe that’s a tad bit dramatic, but sheesh, can’t a gal make anything a barrage of baffling fit issues?

Workin’ On It: Iris Shorts

Hi, friends!  I hope you’re all well!  I’ve been having so much fun reading your comments on the Colette giveaway post (and I can’t wait to draw a winner!)!

So cute... but so tiny. 😦

Guys.  The Iris shorts have been soooo fun to put together!  I’ve been working on a muslin in every spare moment after work, and they were really looking cute!  I attached the waistband last night and… they’re way too tight to close around my waist!!  Waaaayyyy too tight.  I started muttering about the pattern drafting and stomping around the house until, just for fun, I decided to measure my waist AND… turns out I’ve added about 1 1/2″ inches to my waistline since I last measured myself.  NOOOOOOOOOO!  I guess it’s a relief that the error is on my end and not the pattern’s, but… I guess I will have to quit eating so many bagels!  So sad (I’d be lying if I said I didn’t shed a tear or two last night…).

So yeah.  I’ll be cutting out a new muslin in a larger size (just to make sure it fits!).  And word to the wise, gals– bust out that tape measure every time you start a new project!

What are you guys working on?  Any fun weekend plans?  I’ll be frantically writing tonight for my last class tomorrow, then revising like crazy for my showcase Sunday evening, so I won’t have too much time to work on the shorts.  But I should have lots more free time after this weekend!

Muslin Woes

OK, “woes” might be overstating it a bit.  But what’s going on with this muslin?  This is the super popular Burda 2/2011 dress with gathered rectangle skirt and cap sleeves.  I’ve been dying to make this for a while– I’ve been tempted by all the really cute versions of it floating on the internets by such cool doods as Marie, Reana Louise, Oona, and most recently, Suzanne.

Ignore my face (and the acres of exposed skin!!), please! Sometimes this face happens when it's after midnight and the photographer is mocking you and you're willing him with your mind to TAKE. THE. D@#$. PICTURE.

This is a straight size… hmm, I have no idea what size it is.  It’s the smallest size, whatever that is.  I printed out and assembled the pattern last summer, and looking at it now, there don’t seem to be any markings indicating what size each cutting line denotes.  Sigh… BurdaStyle, sometimes I wonder why I don’t make more of your patterns, and then I remember…

As you can see, there are some weird horizontal wrinkles under the bust (I get those a lot– any idea what causes that?).  You can see my typically awful darts in action… ugh!

Let’s take a closer look at this atrocity:

From this perspective you can see that the neckline is gaping a bit, but the biggest issue seems to be the weird extra fabric running from the shoulder to the bust.  I wasn’t sure how to remove this.

The back looks OK-ish.  I think I can live with it.  I might do the tiniest swayback alteration, as it looks like there might be a little bit of extra material back there.  Hard to tell.

Any thoughts/suggestions?  I have to say, I’m a little daunted by the alterations that need to be made here.  I just don’t feel confident that I can fix them properly, and I’m really unsure about how to do the full lining (the Burda instructions are super hard to understand).  But I love everyone’s versions of this dress so much that I really want to tough it out and finish this dress!