Sewn Confessions

I love to sew, but even more I love to talk with others about sewing and designing, and pattern making. Sewn Confessions is what I will start calling this type of post. Sounds good to me…

Do I have something important to say, is it worth your time reading my post. I say maybe we all need to know that we aren’t the only one that “thinks” what we are thinking, or experiencing the trials of our art. Why else would we be blogging. Is it just to post the fun, the beautiful, the lovely, the “completed” fruits of our labor?  I think not. 

My DH asked me tonight, “What is it that these ladies do at ‘home’ all day?”  Do they just sew?”  I have to admit, since I work from home, he must think all of you are home all day too.  With respect, he also lacks long term memory of my days working and dealing with kids, and staying up all hours of the night sewing, and prepping for the next day.  I seem to remember sewing using the Nancy Zeiman book, Sewing for the busy Woman.  How to get it done in 30 minutes a day.  But now that he has been home because of his ruptured achilles tendons, (yeah! both) he has been watching my every habit.  The sparatic sewing habit is revealed.  I nibble at my sewing all day, interspercing my sewing between home chores and office work, errands and the like as the day goes on.  Admittingly, though, it is hard having him here “all” day.  It’s even harder making sure to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner ready.  You see, I’m used to dinner and leftovers.  He even gets snacks now.  HELP!!! My space has been invaded.

How did I remedy this blip..  I set up a sewing area at my Moms house.  I just gotta get out of here!  Don’t get me wrong, I love my husband, but people please… Staying at home with kids is “not” the same as being home with your husband.  He Is Not working…just sitting and watching me and TV.

Anyway, back to sewing…What do we do all day.  Well, aside from taking care of our responsibilities, we “think” about sewing and fashion!  There you have it.  I don’t do TV too much but IF I do, I watch for styles I’m interested in, like anybody else that sews or follows fashion.  Oh, and blog surf!

Sewing on….


What next…

I suppose joining in on a trend isn’t too bad.  I have never been much of a follower, but now that I see this jumpsuit, I just can’t resist. 

Thirteen hundred dollars ($1,300) is a lot of money for a garment.  When you sew and can draft patterns, you look at this jumpsuit and immediately say to yourself, “YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!! ARE THEY SERIOUS???!”  But after further consideration, you recall the work and design knowledge needed to put in the work of custom making one of these yourself.  After that you say, OOOO….K… it’s maybe worth a bit if it was custom made for my body.  But STILL, is the thread of gold or is the fabric hand painted?  What can justify the cost?  Come on people, please!

And, on I search for nice things that I would say is justifiable in cost and quality….the hunt is on.  Then I come upon the following… something I had already began plans to make from my BWOF 6/09…

And I can even splurge on the fabric and still save in comparison. 
It takes “vision” to see design in a simple pattern.  But when you understand the basic concept of pattern design and details, the little things are easy to add.  . 

Not being much of a shopper myself.. catalogues and online stores are my best gauge to determine if what I’m making is worth the time.  You see I have to confess, shopping is extremely difficult for me.  It’s time consuming because of my special fitting needs.  When shopping, I take a measuring tape to check items in the important areas of crotch, waist, thigh and bust.  This before I even waste time trying the garment on my body.  Because of the 10 inch difference between my waist and my hips, I have to be diligent to find the right style dresses and pants.  It is inevitable that I must take-in all my clothes in the bust area if and when they fit below the belt. (Am I singing to the choir?) 

Continuing on…. This lovely dress will make a great addition to my wardrobe.  I’m still not sure of the color.  I’m making it in a Ponte Roma Knit,

This is a Ponte Roma Knit from JoAnns.  Very soft and sturdy.
Its recommended to sew down the pleats for bustier figures.  I’ll be leaving it as is.

BWOF 6/09- Shortened the front neckline. 

A light weight loose overshirt, Butterick 5355 in a nice rayon challie print.  So pretty.  This shouldn’t take long.  I have cut the pattern and sized it.

Sew long….til next time.

I’m SEW Room-ing embarrassed….

Well the title sounds good. 
But the reason for this post is to remind myself, that when my creative juices start flowing, I still have to remember to stop and do what I hate the most…clean up.  I kick up more dust when I work that until I’ve taken a break, I don’t really see the mess I’ve made.  Whew!  This IS bad. 


  This is where I sit and sew when I am doing construction work.  So, I guess the only reason I don’t notice the rest of the room, is because this is kinda quaint.  I like being put into the corner to work. 

 Just last week this room was really clean.  I must not have had anything to do, or maybe, I just didn’t “see” it.  Seems everytime I really, really want to get some work done, I can’t find what I’m looking for. (Wonder why? Right?)  lol.  I know this is shameful, but I guess when we really stop to look behind once we’ve been really sewing, we can see the “dust” we kick up in our wake.  Hence the reason we must stop to regroup regularly between projects. 
Looking closer, I can see some of the leftovers from the projects I completed last weekend.  As I look back on this picture journal, I realize that I must have been switching mental gears a hole lot.  Wow! “Sidetracted” for sure. 

I have several areas of stress that may cause serious problems when trying to get something done.  First of all, I don’t have a really good way to manage my patterns.  Secondly, they are all over the place… literally.  This is a totally different room of the house.  My family must really love me…..
Third, I have not clear cut project organization system working…

Fourth, my closet is a holy mess.  The stuff is literally sitting on top of the organization bins that I bought to get organized….

Ok, Ok, I’ll stop bashing myself.  I have one really good excuse!!  I’ve been lazy. lol.  Aaagh, well I thought that would be a good way to put it, but when I write, I tend to evaluate myself at the same time.  Thereby, retracting any lame statement or excuse I try to utilize in my attempt to justify my mess.  But non of my attempts work.  I’m too smart for my own self.  Can’t get anything over on me. Right? (heehee!) 

Well its obvious I do have a system in place. ….note the bins overhead and the magazine and file holders.  I just have to get it all back in order, and start planning my work.  Not just diving in and going at blindly.  Get a routine working through each project.