76. Two more Aprons too Crossover: 1st (Plaid)

Double Sided

These are my latest fabric finds for two more crossover aprons. I’m finished with the plaid and have already cut out the linen. I’ll probably pick up more linen with a different pattern and make my one linen apron into two aprons by splitting up the different patterned fabric. This will give me a two sided apron with opposite patterns.

Pockets & Loops

With this apron I decided to add two pockets, one on each side for convenience. The loop was added because not everyone has a wooden, peg rack to hang all their beautiful aprons on, some of us just have a small hook in a utility cupboard. This time I placed the pockets to the sides of the apron and not out front.

Back side cross over

This is a very roomy and comfortable apron, that is easy to cook and clean in. The convenience of the pockets to put nick-knacks in as you muck about the house is a benifit to any house keeper who will always run out of jean pocket room while vacuuming the house especially when they’re kids involved. I never knew what I’d find on a cleaning day, an apron like this would have been great when my children were young. When Lego and Hot Wheels were to be found everywhere in my house.

Question:

Would you sew an apron like this for yourself?

God Bless & Keep Sewing On

Until I sew again, thanks. Jennifer

P.S. I’ve checked out the linens at Fabricville and will be not picking out a different patterned linen to compliment the fabric I have now. I didn’t see anything that I thought would be a good match. I will start sewing the linen apron today.

77. New Singer that's older than me

Vintage 1947 Singer 241-11

Looking a bit worse for wear

Some where down a long road of owners, one of them decided to paint this vintage Singer grey, and the original colour is black. Because I cant read the serial number at this time I believe it was made in 1947 which makes this machine 73 years old, and that’s 25 years older than me. This machine still works wonderfully and I bought it for my use. I see not just doing odd jobs for people but more importantly sewing many different bags from purses to satchels and more, with beautiful linings.

I look forward to cleaning my Singer up to look more like this one.

I’ve spent some time looking my new/old Singer up on the internet and I’ve found out that they are going for $530.00 plus (Can), I paid my neighbour down the road $100 to take it off his hands because his wife needed it out of the house, which made me laugh. We loaded it on to the back of his truck, strapped it down and drove it to my house. The Singers new home is my laundry room in our basement, and what a laundry room it is. This room has 3 windows, and has 140 square feet of space. Truly lovely for me to move around in, but at the moment we have a lot of home renovations going on. So this room has turned into a bit of a dumping ground, in time though I’ll have the floor and walls painted. I may even put up curtains.

Manual Description

The Singer class 241 is a high speed, single needle, lock stitch machine with a completely automatic lubricating system. It has a gear-driven, lubricated rotary sewing hook and a drop feed.

Speed

Maximum speed of machines 241-11 and 241-12 is 5000 stitches per minute.

An Original Ad

To do list

  • I’ve just printed out the manual
  • Read manual
  • Bought the oil for a self regulating machine
  • Have to get new needles
  • Get more feet for different jobs
  • Buy thread
  • Practice

Question: The obvious, do you own a vintage sewing machine and do you use it to sew?

If you know anything about this machine please let me know, I’d love to hear.

God Bless & Keep Sewing Vintage On

Thank you, Jennifer

73. Designing my New Sewing Room in Nova Scotia

We moved into a bungalow just outside of a small village in Colchester County, Northern Nova Scotia. On a small 2 plots parcel of land to grow a big vegetable garden with a couple of fruit trees, and a creek running along the back of it. Truly a dream home for my family to grow and thrive in. If you’re not feeling a bit envious already, we also get to see the calves being born in the field past the creek during the springtime. A perfect place to finish raising my family and start my home grown sewing and knitting business. I’m tucked away in the spare room upstairs and not in the basement anymore. My sewing/knitting room is all mine and not a dumping ground for everyone else’s junk.

Spare Room

The new sewing/knitting office is just perfect in size and shape to accommodate my needs. 9 x 9′ room and closet 5 x 2′. My closet is compact with shelves for my various machines to be stored when not in use.

Sewing Table

The biggest and most used piece of furniture in my sewing room is the table where I will do all my work, so it had to be big to meet all my needs but also fit into the room without overwhelming the space. The new table had to be a versatile piece that met different functions from a desk for my computer to a cutting and drawing work station and a sewing table for my sewing and surging machines. When first dreaming up this table and its function I wanted it to have wheels, but when I saw my new room I quickly realized this would be too cumbersome to move around and the wheels would put the table top at an unusual height that would be difficult for me to sew at. The table top is bamboo kitchen counter top at (6 x 2.5′) which I have treated with a special oil and beeswax to maintain its health, this also keeps it smooth. To hold this table top up I went to Ikea and picked up two shelving units that are 30 x 30 inch with 4 shelves that hold containers for my yarn and fabric. These shelves are the only place where yarn and fabric are allowed to be for a stock pile free environment and keep my supplies in a manageable amount, so that I actually use the fabric and yarn instead of forgetting that I’d bought it.

Clutter free & Organized

My biggest aim in creating my new room was to be clutter free and organized so I didn’t feel like I was being pushed out of my room or over whelmed by too much hording fabric and yarn. I wanted to be able to use all of my fabric and yarn and then replenish it, a recycling of supplies. Basically a stress free environment for me.

Other Furniture

Book shelves, rolling notion trays towers and more. I picked out a comfortable, rolling, height adjustable chair that easily moves around on my wood floor. To hold all my books and binders I have a book and bakers shelf that holds and array of books baskets and binders. For additional storage I kept my bakers pie cupboard which I wasn’t willing to part with in the move. Here I keep an over flow of items.

Gillian’s New Home

Gillian made it across Canada in one piece with only a small hiccup of lost feet which the movers found for me. As you can see Gillian is very busy in her new home and she is getting ready to finish a jacket I started sewing too many years ago, looking great in a dress I just finished and trying on a new apron I’ll be selling in the summer.

These is still lots of work to do in my new sewing room but I’m quit pleased with my room so far. I’ll be changing light fixtures, a new coat of paint and curtains but all these thing take time. I will post when all is finished.

God Bless & Sew On

Question: What are you sewing now?

Thanks, Jennifer

72. Sewing Room Move

Right across the country

It is one thing to clean a sewing room but to move it is another whole adventure. A colossal task it seemed at first, but it has proven to be quite freeing as well. I feel more focused, and have a clearer path to my road.

From Calgary, Alberta to Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia

To be sure this has been the most difficult room in my house to take down but also the most revealing. It is truly amazing to find all the hidden treasures’ while cleaning and packing. I have found long lost pictures and letters from years ago, some have made me cry while others are bitter sweet. Saying good bye to mementos I have held onto for so long have brought release from the past. Over the years I have realized these things hold memories and that is all, memories that are good to look back on once then it is time to let go.

Only halfway done, but coming along with YMCA (Village People).

What I learn I’ll never do again in my sewing room

  • I will never stalk pile fabric again, I gave away way too much fabric, that I lost all interest in.
  • I will not turn this room into a dumping ground of useless items ever again, I’ll throw it out before it hits a surface.
  • Make no emotional attachments to inanimate objects again.

What will I keep from my from my sewing room and take with me.

  • Sewing notions/tools
  • Various rulers
  • Sewing machine
  • Serger
  • About 15% of fabric that I’ll work with
  • About 10% of patterns I’ll use
  • Valued books
  • Gillian my dress form
  • Beading tools
  • Beads
  • Stamps for handmade cards
  • Knitting needles & crochet hooks
  • Yarn (my best)

I’ll be leaving all my furniture from the sewing room and starting fresh in Tatamagouche. 

What have I been up to while packing up my sewing room?

Finishing sewing and knitting projects while I’ve been cleaning out my sewing room

  • Infinity scarf with snaps made from jersey fabric.
  • Sleeveless jersey top.
  • knitted sweater.
  • Irish dancing dress wall quilt.
  • knit two slouchy toques.
  • knit a infinity scarf.
  • Take the measurements from a corduroy child’s jacket to grade it to size for an older child.
  • tailored jacket womens

The Hardest Part so far

I wasn’t looking forward today. So far the most difficult job for me has been going through all my sewing class binders. All my class work took a lot of my time and I’m finding it very difficult o let go BUT!  It has also been freeing for me to let go because I know how to do these things. Out of 10 binders I’ve only kept a few because I thought they were important to keep. I have enough books as reference and if I forget how to do something, I can look it up. Right now I have to get up and walk away, it has suddenly become too difficult because I’m throwing away all my hard work and all my sewing examples. But I don’t need to keep them, everything I need to know is already in my mind, it’s there and I’m not letting go of my hard work because it is in me. For over ten years I never looked in these binders because I knew what to do and all my hard work paid off. Well it’s done, and I’m better for it. Now I just have to clean up my mess. Lol! An afternoons job done.

Modifications to the New Sewing Room

While cleaning out my sewing room I found way too many dead spiders and bugs I don’t know the names too. I will fix this problem by: 1. only buy notions that I’m going to use on a project, 2. only buy fabric I’m going to use on a project, 3. I will have two shelves (generous) in size but can only fit 5-7 projects at a time. 4. I cannot add to this shelf unless I have finished other projects.  I think I’ll have a cleaner (minimalistic) approach to my new sewing room. Try not to laugh! I’m aiming high. I just can’t have this horrid, pack-rat approach for a sewing room again. I was suffocating in this room. I am freeing myself. P.S. the project shelves will have project bins, that will fit an entire project (notions and fabric), one project per bin.

Preparing Gillian (dress form) for travel

As you can see I changed her pins for safety pins to keep the (black lines) in place for pattern drafting. Luckily her post (leg) comes off and I can put her in a box for safe keeping. We’ll see on the other end if this succeeds. Because there was no box found and I had to wrap her up here legs were taken off and at the other end in Tatamagouche Gillian lost her legs. It took a while but they were found and she is standing again. Here she is wearing a new apron. An apron I’m still working on.

Question: If you were able to design a new sewing room, how would you go about doing it? Would there be a budget or the sky is the limit?

God Bless & Keep Dreaming (Sewing)

Thank you, Jennifer P.S. new sewing room soon to be painted.

69. Finished: Wrap this Dress up!

Wrapping the wrap Dress up from Calgary to Nova Scotia

Finding the time is making the time! After putting my new sewing room together I made the effort to finish this puppy up and I’m pleased with the result.

 From Beginning to End

I’m happy to say, finished! Sewing this dress took a long time with many interruptions along the way. I’m only guessing 4 years it took to finish this dress. I started a knitting business, homeschool for my youngest, took on a large wall quilt job, moved across Canada and the general hub-bub of life. My intention for the next dress is a shorter time of creation from start to finish.

Hemming the Dress

Hemming the dress proved to be a bit more challenging than expected. First problem the hem is straight across, so I’ll be changing that for the next dress which will not take 4 years. The second problem was something I forgot about early on and as the years progress it slipped my mind and didn’t surface until the end when I was hemming. So, the problem was up front where there are two layers and the underlayer was too wide at the bottom and as you can imagine this was not good! Fixed it to my satisfaction.

Next Wrap dress will be Black

I’m looking forward to starting this dress and finishing it up much, much sooner. Since I have the pattern altered and I will also make necessary adjustments concerning the hem I’m sure it’ll take no time at all. Also I’ll be changing sleeves to a cap ones.

God Bless & Sew On

Question: What’s your next sewing project?

Thank you, Jennifer

55. Apron My Way

I’ve decided to design a new apron, not because I’m bored with my old favorite but because it’s like sewing a new dress. The fun in playing with colour, fabric and details, like fancy stitching is too irresistible to ignore. I’d seen many different aprons over all different kinds of platforms and was consistently drawn to the cross-over utility apron.

Fabric

The fabric is 100% cotton that I’d use for quilting or a summer a-line skirt and was bought at a cost of $3.99 per m. luckily there was 2 meters left on the bolt and with a bit of fiddling I was able to create this cross-over apron. Its not a colour I would usually pick up for myself but what is one to do when the fabric calls, buy me!

Dimensions and Fit

This apron has a very generous fit and the ease is 25 cm over my 94 cm upper bust line with the cross-over included. The main part of the apron is 120 cm X 85 cm rectangle and the straps are 50 cm X 20 cm, and I would say this is a medium fit.

As you can see I’m playing around with decorative stitching, a leaf pattern and I encourage you to play with different coloured thread as well. When I was first learning to sew in my early teens, thread was not to be seen and always the same colours as the fabric! I disagree, have fun and play.

This is a very roomy apron that will fit small to large sizes depending on your own personal measurements, you may have to adjust the pattern a bit for your perfect fit. I shall continue playing with decorative stitches and I will add a pocket with the leftover fabric. This is a two-sided apron so there will be a pocket for each side.

Question: What are you sewing right now?

God Bless & Keep Sewing

Thank you Jennifer

74. The 2nd Irish Dancing Wall Quilt, done!

The long Journey home

 Now, when did I start this journey? I believe it was Spring 2017 that a friend asked me to design two Irish dancing wall quilts for her little dancing girls. It is now Spring 2019 and both girls are happy with their wall quilts, and this makes me happy as well. A  project of this magnitude took me a long way from where I was. Many life events have happened along the way; some of them being quite sad while others have embarked my family right across the country for a new start.  My family has come so far since starting these wall quilts. My first boy is finishing his first year of High School and survived while my second son is finishing his second year of home schooling and I’ve survived. Now I just have to get the move under my belt and its smooth sailing, at least through the summer. Then a new school year begins.

Down memory lane

I’ve had to put my sewing blog on hold just to get some things finished and there is still a long list of things I have to do for the move. So this post shall be short and sweat!

God Bless to you all & Sew On

Thanks Jennifer

Question: What is your favorite Irish limerick?