Look what I found in the bottom of a moving box

Found these pants today as I was emptying another box.  I don’t know when I started them, but based on the size I think about 3 years ago.

These are supposed to be sitting at my waistline. That’s definitely not my waist.

These are from one of the Simplicity Amazing Fit patterns, and they are straight legged trousers.  I made them up in some mystery polyester that may have come from my grandma’s stash, finished everything but the hem, and abandoned them.  Why?  I don’t know.  Maybe it was the fact that the fabric feels gross, but I think I remember them being too tight through the hips.  I don’t have that problem today.

I could hide a small child in here

In the photo I’m bringing the pants up to where they are supposed to sit and wow, they’re big.  At least I can chuck these in the trash guilt free.  I’ve been reworking through Marie Kondo’s book, especially as I’m finding items like this where the guilt of needing but not wanting to finish them weighs me down.  I just wonder how many other surprises are lurking in the remaining craft room boxes.


Vogue 1020 Knit Top

Fresh from the UFO pile, I bring you Vogue 1020, a knit wardrobe pattern where I made the top.  It is gathered on the left side, has three quarter length sleeves, and in the pattern also has an option for a dress length.

Apologies for the crummy pictures but thunderstorms stole all of my daylight, of which there has been precious little this week

I cut out this top five years ago, I think.  I remember messing with it, getting upset with the gathering, chucking it in a closet, and finding it only when I was unpacking a moving box.  It’s a front, back, and two sleeves, and all of the pieces were together, but the one side was still open and I had no idea how I was going to finish this up as I still hadn’t unpacked my coverstitch machine.  The fabric choice for this was unfortunate.  I think it’s from Jo-Ann’s, but I don’t remember if I bought it or my mom.  It’s pretty beefy for a jersey, and it sewed up fine.  However, the print obscures the lines of the design, and honestly, I’m just not loving it.  It’s fun, but I feel like the print is wearing me rather than the other way around.  Also, I’m not really drawn to yellow or bronze tones these days, so I can already tell that its days in my closet are numbered.

The back piece is also gathered into the left side seam, not that you can tell in this print. The hem does sort of fall on that side too, alas

That’s a bit tragic because I like the lines of this and think that it would be really nice in a solid color. The only drawback to the pattern is the gathering is controlled by some sort of stay for the left side as both front and back are gathered, and finding something I liked for that was harder than I would have liked. I used clear elastic this time, and it’s a bit too bulky and it is a total pain to sew with.  That’s an understatement.  I hate clear elastic all the time, but gathering with clear elastic was a nightmare.  Still I think I want to make this again in a hefty knit for winter.  I need to take out more length just above the waist, but all in all, not a terrible fit.

All of the edges including the neckline are turned under and hem stitched.  Getting my coverstitch to behave for the first time in months was an interesting challenge as the looper thread tension was a mess, but once I fixed that via the third rethreading, hemming was a breeze.  So all of the sewing machines have made it back onto the sewing table, and I need to get cracking on some new projects.

Blue Bird

This was supposed to be a simple fast cross stitch project, a week max to complete and here I am a month later finally finishing it.  I did not realize how much I would slow down with a 4 inch hoop because I could only stitch one handed and I would get a cramp in my left hand and every stitch was twice as long as I was used to.  However, I’m thrilled with the final result and cannot wait to see this framed and on the wall.

The pattern is Yellow Bird from La-D-Da. It’s not a large design, something like 60 by 70 stitches on a 32 count Platinum linen.  I used the Thread Gatherer’s Silk ‘N Colors in Union Blue and needed just a bit less than the whole skein.  I didn’t like the effect with two strands like I would have normally done on this count so I went with three strands instead to eliminate fabric peek through in the individual x’s.  Ten years ago you would have never gotten me to do something in this style, but I’m finding that my tastes in cross stitch have been changing and I have some projects picked out a decade ago that I don’t think I will ever do now.

Sewing space organization continues

Well, I’m not sewing anything, but that’s not stopping me from buying things.  Happily, it’s not fabric or notions so I’m feeling a bit virtuous (but only a little bit).  I have really liked the bookcases that my unpacked fabric is hanging out in, but it’s not the easiest to see what I have nor to efficiently use the space because lots of the cuts are slippery, and so they slide right off of each other when stacked.  I finally started looking at other sewing blogs again, and I was intrigued by the idea of mini bolts several weeks ago.

Distracted by real life, I pushed the idea to the side and finally got to revisit them today.  An image search led to the site for Fabric Organizers by DeNiece which looked promising.  First thing, glad I busted out the tape measure because my first inclination would have been way too big for my shelves, which defeats the entire point.  I also hit up Amazon because I was curious what I could find that could be in my grubby hands within two days.  The pricing on Amazon blows for these things by the way.  Looks like if you want the plastic boards, buy direct.  Anyway, I was coming up with a price of $1.35 per board and I would need to buy at least a hundred to be able to wind all of my unpacked fabric.  I love the idea, but I do not know that I love the idea at $135.  Sometimes, you have to make tough calls, folks, and I couldn’t bring myself to fork over that much money.  However, someone in one of the reviews mentioned comic book boards.  Less elegant with no handy tabs to help you get started winding your fabric, but for $19.71 plus tax, I have 100 American-made, acid free pieces of cardboard in the perfect size arriving Thursday. I’m feeling kind of happy about this right now.