December 28, 2010

Christmas!

Posted in Everyday, Sewing at 7:54 pm by ListenMaudy

We had a great Christmas. We all went to my parents’ house for dinner and present exchanging. When we first got there, around 3pm, I was really excited to exchange gifts and have everyone open our presents. When my sister arrived, my niece was asleep, so presents were postponed until she woke up, which was about 4:45. My excitement had waned by then, so I was a bit disappointed.

We had gotten my dad a ton of fancy meats and cheeses that were supposed to be part of our hors d’oeuvres that evening. Since we opened presents so late and so close to dinner, we didn’t get to eat any of them. Sadly, Muffin and I will be out of town next weekend, but my dad sweetly said the cheeses would all keep until the next weekend we were back in town.

I got to give everyone else the presents I had made. I forgot to take pictures of the three cowls that I made for my mom and the beer cozy I made for my sister. They were all big hits; although my mom preferred the cowls made of the cheap acrylic yarn over the fancy (and expensive) wool that I bought at the last minute. I was at a yarn shop and just loved the yarn; I thought she would love it too, but she didn’t seem too thrilled with it. I guess I should stick to the letter of the request for handmade items!

My niece got a dress, but it was too big for her. I’m not sure how much too big since she refused to try it on Christmas night. I’ve only heard the report that it is indeed too big.

Dress

My older nephew got a little bear similar to my mascot. His is a little bigger and has blue eyes. Very cute. He gave it a big hug when he opened it, but there were so many presents and so many new things, that I couldn’t expect a little stuffed bear to hold his attention for very long.

Two bears
(He got the one in the back)

My youngest nephew got a crocheted carrot rattle. He seemed to like it pretty well, which was great.

Carrot rattle

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December 14, 2010

Crepe Sew-Along

Posted in Sewing at 9:54 pm by ListenMaudy

I joined Gertie’s sew-along this time around, but so far I feel a little overwhelmed. It turns out that I haven’t sewn in over seven years. I was trying to figure out the last thing I sewed, and it was way before I met Muffin. I’ve made some stuffed animals and a pillow, stuff like that, but I haven’t made any type of clothing. I am a little rusty.

I’ve also never tried to do any alterations, so I’m really frustrated at how it’s going. I think I have too much stuff going on, and too many projects I want to make all at the same time, to be able to focus enough on making the Crepe dress. I don’t love the sleeves and neckline of the dress in general, so I think that’s interfering with my progress too. I don’t like the way they look in general, so how can I alter them so they look good?

I have some time off between Christmas and New Year’s, and I have a bunch of chores that I want to get done then. Maybe I should put off the sew-along until then. Since I feel a little overwhelmed, the thought of having to figure out how to make the dress fit me isn’t so appealing. Also, the idea of having to pin the muslin is throwing me off. Do I pin it while it’s on or after it’s off?! How is it possible to pin it while I’m wearing it? But then again, how is it possible to know where to pin it when it’s off?! This is why I haven’t sewn in seven years, I’m guessing.

Wish me luck. I’m feeling totally down about the Crepe sew-along, so I’ll leave you with my two terrible pictures. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to retake them and delete these forever!

Crepe Muslin 1 - Front Crepe Muslin 1 - Back