Black and green eyed susans (and little purple flowers too) from the Princeton Farmer's Market
Thanks everyone for your suggestions about the serger threads (and to Noile for saying it's fine!)
I'm going to play around with it more maybe next weekend? I'll keep you posted on if it's the thread, stitch width or knife cutter.
And thanks to debbie for offering up her NL6731. I checked tonight and it turns out I had messed up your email address last weekend, so no wonder I never heard back from you! Anyway, I found the pattern at Joann's yesterday, I guess they never purged it so I bought it. yea! :)
The Joann's in Lawrenceville is undergoing a big renovation; looks like it will be double in size. LOVE love love the improvements so far--the small, easy to push carts with the dedicated slot for fabric bolts, padded chairs for looking through pattern books, and brand new pattern drawers, yeah! I wound up buying a bunch of Burdas. I'm sort of stuck on my Vogue that I started on Monday, I kind of feel like it's not going to turn out. So I'm eyeing up Burda 7696 as my next project. I have several dresses I want to make but I never got around to sewing this weekend?
I did a bit of closet purging. Occasionally sewing bloggers write about their closets....I really don't know how you store everything you make! Especially those of you making an entire outfit or more per week.
Anyway, someone who has been sewing is my dad! He never sewed a stitch in his life til mid-May, when he bought himself a Singer to tweak the fit on car seat covers, and to hem his sweatpants. He is now tailoring mom's pants and blouses. and he has even used a twin needle and said it worked FINE the first time! I'm impressed.
Here he is, in his den, with his sewing machine. My blog posting on success with twin needle stitching is on the monitor (though at this point he had only ordered the twin needles):
Obviously he needs a better sewing table than some folding tables. He said he will build himself one.
It was fun to give my dad sewing advice, and hear about his sewing adventures and show me his sewing work.
And here are my parents on the day before their 47th wedding anniversary.
Look what I found while weeding this week; a hatched robin's egg!
I looked up into the tree and found the nest---with momma robin inside, watching me! But I didn't see or hear the baby. However, last night at least one more egg hatched and I spent a joyful breakfast outside, looking at the little baby and watching momma feed it, while I fed myself.
Oh, and here's a bit of the other side of the Jersey Shore. This is Sea Girt, NJ, two weekends ago.
A post in 4 parts. Act 1
It is so fun for Meg to feature Antoinette and me on her fantastic blog Shop the Garment District--go check it out! Thanks again Meg for your awesome map. You're like the Lonely Planet guide for the Garment District!
I started working on Vogue 1236 yesterday during my day off. I cut it out in a straight 12. I should have cut a 12 grading to a 14 for the hip. Sadly there were no hip measurements on the printed pattern. Thanks Vogue! Sure, I could have measured them myself. Anyhoo, I wound up doing minimal seam allowances in the hip area on down.
I felt the neckline was too low so I took an inch off the straps. Now the dress feels like it might be too short. LOL.
Here's where it's at now; it needs understitching, then to be stitched at the shoulder seam, a belt and a hem. It has side pockets but the right one is kind of messy. Sigh.
The directions say to baste down the pleats, but I stitched them down. I mean, why not? Kind of a nice detail there. (Also the directions never explicitly say "and take out the basting stitches later).
Since I was low on fabric, I got creative with the pockets and sewed two pieces of fabric together.
The facings are obviously a different color than the exterior fabric. I'm hoping once I understitch and iron that the facings will be totally hidden. We'll see. I'm kind of feeling like this one might need some time in Mary Nanna's magic closet...
Any ideas on how to resolve the thread twisting back on itself as it comes off the cone thread? Maybe cone fillers would help?
How to resolve this? The looper thread is not kissing up against the cut edge of the fabric. I tried playing with the stitch width but the width doesn't actually seem to change.
I thought I'd throw it out there to you guys...
My dinner tonight. I just made a fresh batch of lemon chicken orzo soup after work tonight, and am eating it with cukes and bread from Whole Foods:
As I usually make two dishes at one time, I also made some vegan corn chowder tonight. I used Antoinette's leftover almond milk.
I read somewhere never to buy kitchen gadgets that have only one purpose. Therefore I should not have bought my lemon squeezer, but how can you NOT love it? Its yellow color makes me happy! It's one of those Michael Graves for Target things. And since I FINALLY cleaned out the kitchen cabinets, I have a dedicated space for it, yeah!
I was going to start sewing NL6731. I've made this pattern before in other views but today I was going to try view D.
Two things have stopped me:
1. The fabric I was going to use is kind of wrinkly
2. The larger problem: I don't have the front pattern piece nor front band for view D in the envelope. Who knows where it went? Then I looked at the simplicity site, ebay and etsy, and no one is selling the pattern anymore. Hrm. Kind of puts the brakes on that idea! Does anyone want to give me the view D front pattern piece and front band for view D for NL6731?? or maybe swap it for another pattern I own?
So instead I will blog about the big news. On Friday Antoinette from CleverGirl and I went to the Garment District in NYC!
It's my first visit to the Garment District, and Antoinette's first visit to NYC ever.
First off, a HUGE thanks to Meg from ShopTheGarmentDistrict for her incredibly helpful annotated map, which included places to eat and specified which shops had bathrooms. It made the research prep for this trip insanely EASY!
We got on the bus right outside my house:
Antoinette was ready for the day with some comforting Dunkin' Donuts coffee, while waiting for the bus:
Antoinette wore her rooster shirt, based on S4179.
The bus could not have been any easier. About an hour and a half later, we were at Paron's:
I am still thinking about a piece of fabric that I didn't buy at Paron's. Navy embroidered cotton. Sigh.
I'm wearing NL6807 in view E.
As we walked over to Mood Fabrics, the Garment District button and needle caught our attention:
Finally we made it to Mood. It's on the third floor of an office building so no exterior shots; thankfully Meg's guide specified that info so we weren't left scratching our heads.
Although it's hard to see here, this piece of fabric was gorgeously pinned and draped:
Antoinette asked if I'd like to run through the aisles with a bolt of fabric while yelling "I need a yard and a half!" while she recorded it on her iphone. I declined.
Mood is expensive, well organized, well staffed with friendly employees (including a bouncer), clearly labeled, clearly priced, and neat. We did not see Tim Gunn, nor did we see Swatch the dog (extra points to Antoinette for remembering the dog's name; I couldn't think of it--something with an S. Scrap? Stitch?)
Antoinette scored us both the Iconic Mood Fabric Shopping Bag as seen on many, many episodes of Project Runway, and on our shoulders the rest of the day.
I never realized this bag wasn't a flimsy paper bag:
Then it was time for lunch at the Macaron Cafe, as per Meg's guide:
This "macaron" business is new to me. I have heard of macaroons but only recently heard about macarons, and they are definitely distinct from each other:
In this shot you can see a pistachio macaron AND Meg's map
Here's a dark chocolate macaron:
Antoinette asked if this is the shot from the opening sequence of Project Runway; I'm not sure. I just wanted to take a picture of the sign that says "Fashion Ave".
Next up it was time to FINALLY finally finally go through a sewing blogger rite of passage. I have NO IDEA who started this tradition of having one's picture taken with Kashi at Metro Textiles, but it was a MUST DO.
Kashi's prices are low compared to Mood and his cuts are GENEROUS. My 1.5 yard cut was 1.875; my 3 yard cut was 3.75. And it was $21 TOTAL. You have to do some digging to find what you want though, and ask Kashi for the prices.
Then we hit a bunch of stores in rapid succession:
Spandex House, which really is filled with spandex knits, then SIL Thread with the MOST number of zippers I've ever seen in one place (this is just a sliver of the zipper collection):
Then Pacific Trimming, which I think was the best store of the day.
Elastic, elastic, elastic:
Did I mention elastic as I have NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE?
Tons of hardware there too. Reasonable prices.
Then it was time for a stop at Baked By Melissa:
3 mini cupcakes for $3. They're not much bigger than the size of a quarter. The chocolate chip mint one was the best of this bunch:
Then we headed over to M+J Trimmings, which was much more expensive compared to Pacific Trimmings, though the store was bright, light and beautiful. AND it was the first shop of the day with carts so we could push our heavy purchases instead of lugging them around the store.
And it was after leaving M+J, folks, when the lightening and hail storm struck.
We were headed back to Pacific Trimmings to pick up a few more things when we had to take cover in an alcove.
I learned that hail hitting bare skin hurts!
We made a stop at Spandex World then got the bus back to home:
here are my purchases from the day:
The two pieces on the left are from Mood. The argyle is the most expensive fabric I've ever purchased at $18 a yard. On the right are two pieces from Metro Textiles. The navy is actually completely fused with interfacing, all for $4 a yard.
Elastic from Pacific Trimmings. Why yes, I did just order 105 yards of elastic from sewsassy.com but this elastic is different. lol. (the pink actually has silver in it, which you can't see in the pix).
And I bought serger cone thread at Pacific Trimmings for my BIG DEEP DARK HIDDEN SECRET (I was given a serger that I had never tried-til Friday night! Antoinette showed me how to use it! But more on that later):
Also that night we made pompoms using Antoinette's new pompom maker:
It was such a fun visit with Antoinette! Thank you for your visit AND for showing me how to use the serger! I had a blast!