65. Hem! Hem! A Grecian style dress.

Having fun hemming

This is a beautiful Grecian style bridesmaid dress, that needed to be hemmed, both layers.

hem dress

Practice Makes Perfect

Well! As perfect as you can make it. Early on in my 30’s I took several sewing classes. Starting from the beginning of how to sew, fitting to designing; simply, because it had been many years since my mother had sat me down at her sewing machine. One teacher in particular challenged us to be come the sewer we envisioned; To be a (Slap dash Sally or a Persnickety Pricilla), I chose Priscilla. So my first order of business was to practice with the rolled hem presser foot and twin stretch needles and lets not for get the fabric.

Rolled hem presser foot

What a great invention! Once I got the hang of working this presser foot it was a dream to work. I spent some time working with the scrape piece I cut off the bottom of the outer sheer shell of dress. It’s a bit of a fright when you start sewing the rolled hem and get a inch in then ask yourself am I sewing from the right side? Nervous laugh! My inner sewing ninja must have kicked in because I was sewing from the correct side. Take time to read sewing directions concerning a presser foot you haven’t used in awhile. I’ve found rushing in only ends in mistakes and frustration, nor do I want to rip out stitches from this sheer fabric. The best part about this rolled hem presser foot is no pressing.

Scissors

I chose my Fiskars, the sharpest ones I have and what’s best they have a flat bottom edge. This is good for cutting a straight edge, as straight as you can get it.

fiskars

The Rolled Hem

Well I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. No prepressing/stitching just a wonderful rolled hem presser foot that did everything for me and in less than half the time.

rolled hem

Question: What is your favorite presser foot to work with?

God Bless & Keep on Sewing

 

Thank you

Jennifer

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7. CK: Crochet Boho inspired Flip-flops

7. CK: Crochet Boho inspired Flip-flops

The best summer project 2018

 

This has been the best and not so easiest project we’ve taken on this summer for Café Knitting.

First the instructions were almost impossible to follow. Then the stitch count was always changing and we were for ever unraveling our work. I revised the pattern for easier reading and made several mistakes myself. I think we may have this pattern down pat by the time we finished our second set, and we just bought a third pair of flip-flops this week. By the time summer is finished we will be experts, hear me laugh hysterically! You’d think such a little pattern would be easy to follow, with only 7 rows. The rows that gave us the most problems were (3-4), rows (1, 2, 5, 6 & 7) didn’t give us problems.

Problems aside, these cosy boho inspired flip-flops were fun to whip up, I even added a charm on my second set.

First Set

Just before summer we finished the first set of flip-flops and you’ll see one has a bigger hole in the front than the other, I just call this air ventilation. I don’t care they are not perfect, they’re still cozy and good enough for me.

Second Set

 

 

You can see we did a great job with our crocheting for the second set, and these ones fit me much better. The charm was easy to put on as I crochet, on the fourth row.

Now that we have our third set of flip-flops, I don’t know what colour of yarn I’ll use or what colour the next set of flip-flops look like because my friend picked them up, only that they are size (6). A note on how much yarn you need and one ball does a set of flip-flops. It took us about 5-6 two hour sessions to finish a set of flip-flops.

Yarn: T-shirt yarn, by Bernat maker fashion, 72% cotton, 28% nylon, 115 m, Bulky (5) weight, colours are red & blue.

Hook: 5mm

Flip-flops: your size

Found on Ravelry or Pinterest: Short Crochet Gladiator flippies

Question: Has anyone crocheted these flip-flops and how did it go?

God Bless & Crochet On

Thank you

Jennifer

 

 

 

 

64. A little progress report on the wrap dress.

64. A little progress report on the wrap dress.

 

Sewing up the sides

I’m almost finished, I suspect this week will be the last and on the weekend I’ll just be touching things up. I know this is an odd angle but I’m still basting the right-side seam.

wrap dress 1

The size I went with was (10) not just because I’m a size (10) but for this pattern it was just a tad too small which I thought would be good since it was a stretch fabric.

I’ve basted by hand the outside of the dress before I make the final stitching of the side seams. This is because I have to fit the wrap dress to my figure first and make any adjustments.

I’m very please with the gathers at the left side-seam, I may have to adjust the gathers if I have to take the dress in more than I expect, we’ll see. Next after the side-seam will be the short sleeves and hemming.

Well this post was short and sweet, I’ll be getting back to sewing now.

Question: I don’t have a lot of experience with stretch fabric, so any last-minute advice would be appreciated.

God Bless & Sew On

Thank you,

Jennifer

63. Time to sandwich the Irish dress wall quilt.

63. Time to sandwich the Irish dress wall quilt.

Finally I get to Sandwich the quilt

Irish dress quilt

After a year of fussing with this quilt, I learned to think outside the box. I have quilted many times before and I love the organization of blocks but this type of quilting was very new to me. Quite often I sewed myself into a corner only to find myself wondering which way to proceed, spending many days trying to figure a way out. For goodness sake I was even having quilting dreams, crazy!

The top is pretty much finished, I just have a few more things to touch up before I start to sandwich. This wall quilt has turned out much better than I imagined and I have to say I’m quite pleased with myself. I went outside of my comfort zone, my tidy little box that I feel comfortable within.

Time to sandwich:

A couple of weeks ago I spend the weekend working on the backing and quilting baton, that is one less job to do and I’ll be able to get down to the business of sandwiching this quilt together. Concerning the quilting I’ve decided to start from the center piece and go out from there. I think this might be the most sensible way to proceed, because this isn’t a typical quilt worked in blocks. This quilt is made up of two different Celtic dancing dresses and I worked the dresses into this quilt so there will be darts to contend with, and because of this the quilt won’t be perfectly flat.

The Center piece:

quilt Irish

What I really like most about this center piece is the choice I made to use contrasting thread to top stitch the shards of glass (fabric) down, this really added a beautiful touch to the quilt. When I decided to make a Celtic infinity knot I was just playing around with the tubes of fabric I’d sewn up. My original idea was only to make a ring around the center circle, but I wasn’t happy with how the ring joined. Sometimes my best ideas come from the problems I face in sewing something.

The back of the Quilt?

Because this is a wall quilt I will be adding information about the making of the quilt, dates and who it is for.

  1. Two Celtic dancing dresses.
  2. Started April 2017 to Summer 2018
  3. For one of two little girls (name)
  4. By me (Jennifer)
  5. An Irish limerick

A pocket of memories:

I shall be adding a pocket on the back of both quilts for memories, the girls can add what they’d like in there.

Irish Limericks:

My friend Sarah hasn’t decided what Irish limerick to use yet, but there is time for that. Here are a few I found on Pinterest.

Question:

Which Irish limerick do you like?

Thanks for coming on my sewing adventure, I’ll post when it’s finished.

Jennifer a sewing Ninja

God Bless & Sew On

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60. 4 Summer Dresses to be Sewn.

60. 4 Summer Dresses to be Sewn.

My Summer Dress Sewing Goal 

The Four Dresses are:

Dresses from left to right.

  • Burda 7828
  • McCall’s M6752
  • Butterick B6054
  • McCall’s M7186: This dress has to be finished.

I picked these patterns and the fabric last summer and I’ve been too busy to finish or even start new ones but this summer I’ll dedicate the time to sew in the early mornings with coffee in hand and Janome revved up.

In preparation for sewing this summer.

  • All patterns minus (McCall’s M7186) must be brought out of their envelopes to asses the size I want through flat pattern measuring.
  • Clean and reorganize the sewing room.
  • Clean my Janome.
  • Get thread and needles.
  • Practice sewing with the fabric and find out what needles are the best.

I will be posting my progress as I go.

Question: Do you have your summer projects lined up yet?

God Bless & Sewing On

Jennifer

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th CK: Weekend Knitting.

Two Blocks Finished

block 1 and 2

What I learn upon finishing the second block. First my top right squirrels tail is a bit off, a huge chunk is missing, and I found that I had gained three extra stitches along the way and this explains my continuous problems with following the pattern. I decided to leave my mistakes because they’ll add to the charm of the afghan.

3rd Block in the Making

I started knitting the 3rd Block over the weekend and this is by far the easiest one I’ve knitted so far. The pocket has an invisible provisional cast-on, so I can knit the pocket onto the background of the block instead of sewing it on later. I had to unravel my stitches that I’d knitted for the pocket that were to be attached to the background because it became apparent I wouldn’t have enough stitches on the back ground left to knit on the other side of the pocket. Success this time around. A note on colour: the original pattern called for just grey mist heather but I decided to change things up a bit. I chose the grey mist heather for the background, teal for the pocket and fern for the I-cord leaf.

block 3

First try

pocket 1

Second try: success!

pocket 2

This is what the pocket looks like after I attached it successfully.

I have to continue for 31 more rows in stockinette stitch and I’ll have to continue the seed stitch with the pocket as well. Lastly I’ll knit the I-cord leaf that will be attached at the end. By the weekend it should be done.

Filigreen Shawl

I started this lace shawl a couple of weeks ago and ran into a snag, luckily I was able to contact the designer via Ravelry and she responded very quickly (with a solution) so quickly that I was taken by surprise. This shawl is knitted from the bottom up and I have never attempted so much lace before. She has asked for me to let her know how the shawl goes and so I shall.

filigreen shawl

Designer (Andrea Jurgrau) is found on Ravelry a knitting & crocheting website or in Knitscene 2012 the Summer edition, the yarn I am knitting with is from New Brunswick (Lichen & Lace) Sunburnt Lobster 80/20 sock, 334 m/365.3 yds.

First problem: The pattern calls for 384 m/420 yards but I don’t care I’ll just have to pick up another complimentary yarn to finish if I don’t have enough or I could just order more, we’ll see.

The link for the yarn:

https://www.ravelry.com/stash/search#colorway-link=lobstersunburnt&photo=yes&yarn-link=lichen-and-lace-80-20-sock

Link for the shawl:

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/filigreen-shawl

You’ll have to wait to see what the shawl looks like, I’ll post my progress.

Yarn 3

Remember take time to knit, sew and Love your family.

Question: What have you been knitting lately?

God Bless & Knit On

Jennifer

 

61. Weekend Sewing: Sewing the Fabric Glass Shards to Celtic Dress Quilt

61. Weekend Sewing: Sewing the Fabric Glass Shards to Celtic Dress Quilt

Glass Shards

Placing the fabric glass shards, now the arduous task of stitching down the pieces in preparation of the zigzag top stitch and as I’m finding out that’s not so easy.

glass quilt

I’m in the last lap of the race to finish this quilt. It’s been a long haul with many bumps along the way. This weekend I’ll be practicing and perfecting this technique of zigzag top stitching at very tight and pointy corners. I’ll be adding these fabric shards of glass around the center celtic knot.

Practice Fabric Shards of Glass

Perfecting the sewing.

quilt

Not bad for the first time but next practice piece I’ll start midway between the points, so my points will be cleaner.

Second Practice Piece

practice quilt

Well, I like my points much better. Now the fun part begins. Cutting out the bright coloured fabric and sewing it down for the zigzag top stitching, in different colours. I am going to have to slow up the sewing from the feed dogs to keep the zigzag thicker and not so sparse looking, but other than that I am pleased with my efforts.

One sewn and 14 more to go.

glass quilt 2

It was a picky but I managed it in the end. This week I’ll spend sewing these pieces of fabric to the quilt. Then it’s just a matter o sandwiching the whole thing together.

Just to remind everyone with what I started out with, two Irish dancing dresses. I can’t believe I’m so close to the end of the first wall quilt and I’m going to have to meet with my friend to discuss what she’d like on the back of the quilt, maybe an Irish limerick. Now that I know all the problems I’ll be running into I’ll have an easier time sewing the next quilt. 

 

God Bless & Sew On

Jennifer

Question: Has anyone tried to sew a quilt from Irish dresses before and how did it turn out?