[img align=right]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v359/TalyQ/brownskirt.jpg[/img]My 11 year old had a brown skirt that was too small. But she still had two tops and went with this skirt and they both fit. So, grandma bought her a similar fabric for her birthday and my job was to sew a similar skirt to the one she had before. That mean cut on bias and just a little under her knee. I decided that I wouldn’t mess with a zipper on this, since the fabric was very fine and so I pulled out a Simplicity 4881 pattern I had use before that had among others bias cut elastic waist skirts. I had used this pattern for a skirt for me before. My skirt had ended up being too wide according to the sizing on the pattern and I had to take it in. When I compared my DD’s measurements to the envelope, it said she should make a size 12, which seemed a bit too big for me. So, I compared the pattern to a fitting similar skirt and it was too big. So, I just took the pattern piece which most closely resembled her skirt and that was size 6! As is turns out, even that is a bit too big, but at least she won’t outgrow it. It’s always a trick for me to cut on bias, since I don’t’ have a big enough table or space on the floor. The sewing wasn’t very hard, my machine behaved (but only after I spent at least 20 minutes playing with it to get proper tension on this fabric). I soon found out that this fabric would absolutely need to be lined. So, I found a piece of fabric suitable and tried to figure out how to do the lining, since I didn’t do that before and the pattern didn’t have instructions. So, I just cut out the pieces like for the skirt, just a little shorter. I sewed it with a French seam (for the first time in my life), because the fabric looked like it would fray very easily. I then pinned the lining to the skirt and machine-basted it to the skirt at about the top of the casing line. I trimmed the lining above that and then folded over and sewed the casing, covering the upper edge of the lining. I am pretty proud of figuring this out =). [img align=left]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v359/TalyQ/brownskirt-closeup.jpg[/img] I let the skirt hang for 24 hours, but then came the most difficult thing – to figure out how to hem this thing and what to cut off. The fabric really stretched out on the bias, so I had cut off almost 2 inches back and front and taper to the side seams, which produces a very odd hemline when the skirt was layed down. I measured and measured (on the hanger and on my girl), but that seemed the only thing to do. So, I did it and made a narrow hem. I did the same thing with the lining. Well, it seems to have turned out very good and even though my sweetheart doesn’t make the most pleasant smile on the picture, she likes it. Unfortunately the fabric is very thin, so she will not be able to wear it too long, it’s getting too cold. But in spring hopefully she can continue wearing it.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
[img align=right]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v359/TalyQ/ironingboardcover.jpg[/img]My ironing board was a wedding present almost 15 years ago. The cover on it was grey and totally falling apart. Plus there was not padding, so the board was very hard. I decided to give my ironing board, which is in use almost daily a new coat, =). I took off the old cover. Then I found an old wool blanket. I washed it and dried it. Then I traced the board and cut two pads from the wool blanket. I then dug out a cotton fabric that I had used before and made a cover, using elastic to hold it on the board. I got the idea from NMSL sewing list. Now the board is softer and it matches my sewing corners AKA the dining room.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
I love roasted peppers! It's a specialty made in this part of the world. When red peppers are in season, we usually roast a bunch of them and then freeze them for the winter. Now these are not the sweet red bell peppers, but a different thinner peppers. But maybe the recipe would work even with the bell peppers. First I wash the peppers, then put them on a cake pan on baking paper. I heat the oven on maximum. Traditionally the roasting of peppers is done outside on an old woodstove, but it works this way for me. The peppers are supposed to get really black, because all the black skin will be easier to take off. I turn the pepers at least once during the process. When they are done, I carefully put them in a pot and cover them for a while. This way they steam a little. Then I take the skin off. Sometimes just pulling by hand, sometimes scraping a bit with a knife. Then I pull out the seeds with the center and discard that. The peeled peppers are then put into freezer bags and after they are cool into the freezer. When we want some roasted peppers with our meal in the winter (counts as winter salad), I take out one bag, let it thaw partially. Then I put the peppers into a bowl, add some vinegar, oil, salt and 2-3 cloves of pressed garlic, toss gently and let thaw completely, while it also marinates. It's wonderfully refreshing and tasty!
Friday, October 27, 2006
I have wanted to make this sweater/jacket for a while. But it took me over a month to find a pattern, decide what I want, cut it out, figure out how to do it and finally finish it! But I love it. There are two things I would do different if I would do it over: I would interface the zipper facing (although the pattern didn’t have this) and I would make it longer. I shortened the original pattern mainly because I do not like long sweaters that go to my hips. But the actual length was determined by the zipper I had available. Looking at it now it should have been a bit longer. The sleeves seem a bit too long (although I already shortened them), but that’s easy to fix. I tried to do a FBA, but it didn't work out. So the front is a bit shorter when I straighten my back. Maybe if it would be longer, it wouldn't be so noticable.
The fabric: a double knit from a fellow seamstress in the US
The pattern: Model 21H from an 2002/4 issue of Diana Moden pattern magazine.
The instructions were very general (even less specific that Burda) and it took me hours to figure out how to work out all the details. I have never put a jacket zipper on anything, much less with a facing on a knit. I have never made a collar before and I couldn’t figure out how to specifically finish the details on the top and bottom of the zipper. The instructions said something like: sew in the zipper, turn to inside, top-stitch. Sew on the collar, hem the sweater. Well, that probably works for a professional seamstress, but is really too little for me. But after putting the work down several times and mentally figuring it out, I finally did and I am very pleased with how I managed to finish it. I sewed the inside of the collar by hand and some other finishing details, because I couldn’t figure out how else to do it. Here are some of the details. I am still thinking about whether I could add a bit length without changing the zipper, but haven’t figured it out yet. Maybe I will. Until then I will wear it and be really happy about it.
Monday, October 23, 2006
[img align=left]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v359/TalyQ/debi-baking.jpg[/img] This morning I managed to bake some bread and also help my 8y DD bake some walnut filled rolls. We also baked a casserole - all before noon, when my younger girls have to eat before they go to school in the afternoon. That is rarely accomplished, but I started my sourdough in the evening and that helped. My daughter was so proud of her baking, although the 6y. and 3y. helped with cracking of the walnuts and cleaning them. She ground them with a hand grinder and made the little rolls. I just made the yeast dough for her. We just mixed the ground walnuts with an egg, some sugar and rum flavoring. She rolled the dough out, cut it into square, put filling in the middle, folded it over, pressed the edges and then cut the edge with scissors to make it look like little combs. Since our children do not each lunch at school, but spend a very long time there, they need to take snacks. To buy them would be very expensive, so we try to bake something every day. As soon as the goodies are cooled down, I make four little packs for school next day. This saves us a lot and the children always have wonderful snacks in school.