Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I hate it when a whole pot of tea goes cold before you have a chance to drink it.

Sometime last week, I popped out for about an hour and left B home watching our daughter. I arrived back to find that my tea cozy from Harrod's London had been accidentally lit on fire. To which i immediately thought, hrmpf, but of course I couldn't really get mad because it was an accident.

I drink about a gallon of tea every morning so this was a real tragedy.

Fortunately, mom belongs to a quilt guild where members bring in notions and fabric that aren't being used and put them on a "swap" table. And it just so happened that there was a tea cozy liner on that swap table, which she brought in for me.

After a week of having my pot of morning tea cool off WAY too fast, I sat down today for 1 hour and quickly threw together this cover for the cozy.

I scrounged through my scrap drawer and found a couple of pieces of Michael Miller Disco Dots that were left from decorating R's room a few years ago.

The fabric got cut up into 3" squares and sewed together with 1/4" seams, quilting-style, until I had two rectangles of pieced fabric that were 5 squares wide by 4 squares tall.

Then I took the two pieced rectangles, pinned them right sides together, and then laid the tea cozy liner on top and traced the curved edges.

After sewing all along the traced line and hemming the bottom, my groovy tea cozy is all done and ready for duty.

I gotta say, I think I like this better than the stodgy Harrod's one anyhow.

I know I am supposed to be working on that jacket but there is only so much cold tea a girl can take.

Ta ta,

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I hope this works...

Eeep. I started work on Simplicity 2728 today. This will hopefully be a jacket to wear with a dress (which I have already made) to our friend's wedding in Ontario next month.

I have never done an FBA (that's full bust adjustment) on a pattern without a side dart before. Here's a photo of the front bodice after I have done the 1.25" FBA.

Next, I rotated the side dart created by doing the FBA into the existing vertical under bust.

That just looks crazy to me. I mean, I know the vertical under bust dart would become large, but that thing looks huge.

I've redrawn the dart and cutting line in the photo above. But I've since decided that I'm going to fill this all in with tissue and cut the fabric that way. Then, if I need to reposition the dart or possibly change it to 2 darts, I will have the fabric to do that.

Hands up who thinks I'll be out shopping for a jacket in a week?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Pac-Man's 30th Birthday!

Wow, I just visited and they have the coolest thing for Pac-Man's 30th birthday, which apparently is today. The Google logo is done up like a pac-man game. But the best thing is that you can play the game.

How interesting that the game is still fun 30 years later. Also of note is that I totally remember this game coming out and playing it on our state-of-the-art Atari system.

Hi. And my next sewing project. And also a recently discovered band that I *adore*.

I'm so inspired by all the amazing sewing blogs out there. There are a number that I check in on every day. I thought I'd give the blogging thing a try, but I doubt I will be limited to just sewing related things because I'm also a huge music fan and also I love all things nerdy and/or retro.

So, in the hopes of getting the blogging thing rolling, here is my next sewing project.

Cute, right? I was out briefly yesterday to get some plain cream cotton for a quilt project I'm also working on, when this pattern caught my eye. It has some pretty cute retro styling and I fell in love with it. Then I fell in love with it some more when I realized that the pattern had bodice pieces for different bra cup sizes, which makes fitting about eleventy-million times easier for me. I can't wait to get started on this one. I'm not sure which version I'm going to make but I will post some photos once it's done.

Also, I would love for everyone to check out an amazing band from Jonkoping, Sweden called The Mary Onettes. My iTunes "Genius" kept recommending this band to me, so I finally gave in to the cyber-pressure and listened. Wow. I wish I'd listened to my "Genius" earlier because they're perfect for me. And for you too, if you happen to like things like Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cure, New Order, The Church, The Raveonettes and The Stone Roses.

Here's a song from their most recent album.


Ta ta,