Thursday, October 3, 2013


We moved. Yep. Halfway across the state. Which is saying something in Texas. Since it was such short notice, we had to stick all our stuff in storage and stay with family for a bit while we located a new place and built up the deposit.

Missed KCW in July, my machine was packed. I did finally finish the cargo pants for Chaos and the intended boatneck for the Hawk became an outfit. Need to let out the waistband now though, little weed.

Those... were the last things I made. Now with everything all moved in, and mostly unpacked (LEGOs, I'm looking at you), the nesting urges are kicking in.

Yes, nesting urges. We are expecting a new baby at the end of February! Watch for baby things to pop up. KCW October might see some diapers and crib shoes.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

So, uh...

Sick kids, sick beloved, sick cat and mommy super-immune system means my week has been rough.  I've cleaned up puke and boogers and hairballs and been up with fevers and coughs and insomnia (from daytime fever naps).  Which means that I've gotten jack and shit done in terms of sewing.

I did manage to get the welt pockets, front pockets, and a working zipper fly complete on Chaos's cargo pants.  And that's about it.  Oh, and I made a small suedey sacky thing for ice packs, cause Chaos burned his hand and that was the only thing that would keep him quiet.  Going to try the bias tape binding on the legs this week(end) and maybe, hopefully, I'll have something to show for it.

As I've aged (not always gracefully), I've gotten to the point where I don't like just sitting, even if I'm watching something.  Hand finishing the collars on the boys' shirts during KCW was done during some of our evening TV time.  It was enjoyable.  I've recently begun to feel like TV is more of a waste of time that it used to feel like, so doing something was a good way to ameliorate that feeling.  So, I looked into something I'd seen referenced "English paper piecing" and what it entails and what you can do with it.  I found them.  Hexies.  Yep, I'm going to start a hexie project.  Scraps have been sorted, templates cut, and soon I'll cut cloth.

Also, the Krieg DLC for Borderlands 2 released, so my beloved and I are leveling a psycho and a mechromancer.  Krieg is creeptacular, so I doubt I'll level one of my own.  Eesh.  This won't last too much longer, my beloved is getting the Lego building bug again, and Borderlands are the only games I play, besides From Dust occasionally.  I gave Flower a go, and liked it, but not enough to go back to.

He should really have a pseudonym, shouldn't he?  "My beloved" is a little rough to type out.  How about Drummer?  That's one of his hobbies, and one I hope he'll take up again soon.  We need some more music in the house.  It sounds better than Artist.  He drew my avatar picture while I was pregnant to make me feel better about being so huge.  Yeah, Drummer.  I like that.

Thursday, May 2, 2013


Tuesday, I picked out a couple of projects to work on for the next fortnight.  A pair of Coastal Cargos for Chaos, a Beachy Boatneck for the Hawk, and a ruffly spring top for me.  If I can get those done, I'll start on a summer dress.  

Yesterday, I went to the fabric store with the Hawk, who sqwaked at everything and everybody he recognized.  (He's never that talkative when we call his Momoo.)  Seersucker was on sale, so I grabbed a yard for the pants.  The clearance table had a nice peachy swiss dot floral, and I matched some solid grey Kona to it for my top.  All with approval from the Hawk.  The shirt for Hawk is slated to be cut from some awesome knit from Girl Charlee.  Should all go well, the dress will be cut from a vintage sari off eBay.  

Also nabbed some purple FQs and a pair of purse handles for a commission.  Now, if I could just get my hands on some Pellon of the correct weight... they've been out the last three trips.  Might just have to break down and buy a whole bolt.  I use it.  
Today, I'm cutting patterns and pre-washed fabric.  Tonight, I'm cutting fabric!  Tomorrow.... the world!  Er.  Sewing.  Yeah.  That. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

KCW Day 7: off to the Flickr Group we go!

Day 7, yesterday.  Final hemming was actually done this morning, so I could test it on Chaos.  He was at his dad's this weekend.  It's trying to curl, but I don't care much, cause that is a darned adorable shirt!  The Hawk looks just as cute in his, but I can't get him to sit even slightly still enough for a picture, so.... hanger shot it is!  With Chaos pointing things out to you.

And now, we go post this stuff in the Flickr group!

KCW Day 5+6

Got done, I promise, but didn't get posted about... kiddos waaaaay underfoot.  It happens.

Day 5:  Shirts got sleeves attached and side seams sewn.  Internal seams got finished.

Day 6: Cuffs, collars and hems.  Invisible seams for the collars, and I think when I sew this pattern again (because I WILL, it was a blast to sew and looks amazing), I'll use invisible seams for the cuffs, too.  These gave me a slightly difficult time, but that might be because they're small and fiddly.

Anyway, have some in progress shots!

Friday, April 26, 2013

KCW Day 3 + 4

Posting mobile. We'll see how this app works.

Last night was just about a bust. Hawk was up late and pesty, to boot.  I barely finished a single sleeve placket, but the other three are pressed and pinned, at least.

Wednesday, the shirt backs received pleats and got yoked and attached to the fronts. Is that the right word? Yoked? It is now.

No pics of progress today, sorry. Keeping it short since I'm posting with a kid draped across my torso. My kitchen helper brushed a hand across a still hot stove burner. Poor kid.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

KCW Day 2

Plackets.  That was a lot of precision measuring, careful cutting and slow careful stitching.  Two button plackets.  I'm actually considering leaving them without buttons.  Sleeves, too.

The shirt for Hawk had some accidental awesome.  I cut the shirt front, and stitched the placket to the back.  Flipped it over, and began to pin it in place.  Woah, pattern match.  Cool.  Kept pinning, stitched it down.  Top stitched the opposite side.  Laid it out to be ironed down correctly....  Fold, fold... HEY!  The WHOLE FRONT matches!  I'm not sure I could managed that if I tried!

Also, a silly sewing moment occurred when a star looked glum at having his face stitched into.  Ha.