Monday, October 10, 2016

Maxi (-mizing) a Colorful Print

Like many sewing enthusiasts, I possess a fabric stash.  Perhaps not as large or impressive as some, but a stash nonetheless.  And like many, I keep telling myself to stop buying more fabric and use what I already have.  I don't always listen, but lately I've been focusing on using fabric I already have on hand.

One such fabric is this print I received from my mother's fabric stash.  It was 44-inches wide and about 2-1/2 yards, and I determined it was a polyester-blend based on the results of a burn test I did on a few threads I pulled from a cut end.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

DIY Bobbin Covers

It's hard to believe more than half a year has passed since my last blog post.  I've had a pretty busy work schedule and there never seems to be enough time in the day to do all the things you want to do.  Nonetheless, I have been working on various sewing projects which I hope to share with you soon, as well as fine tuning the organization in my sewing room.

One area that I wanted to "neaten" was my supply of bobbins.  I store them in a plastic storage bin with a snap lid and customized compartments.  I like using this option because it keeps the bobbin threads clean and dust free.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Almost Like Free: McCall's 6435 and Vogue 9004

A few months back, I shared with you how I reconfigured the method in which I store my fabrics remnants. Having an orderly storage process makes it possible for me to easily and quickly take stock of the fabric scraps I have on hand and ponder on how they could be used with new projects.

As a result, I have added two color-blocked tops to my closet using leftover fabric from other garments I've sewn.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Cataloging Process

Having recently come to terms with my pattern addiction which has resulted in an accumulation of well over 700 patterns, it was important for me to develop a process which allowed me to protect my collection from light and dust exposure, while enabling me to quickly and effortlessly review them when searching for a specific pattern or a design element to incorporate in a garment.

I shared in previous posts (here and here) the evolutionary process of my storage methods, up to and including the one I'm currently using (see here and here). With my desire to protect my collection from environmental elements satisfied, I focused on developing a method of cataloging the full collection so I'd be able to browse through them without having to take down each box and literally flip through every pattern. I used to do just extremely tedious process which often isolated me from my family.  So, I really wanted more of an e-cataloging process which would work for me.

I absolutely love a good pattern sale, so after purchasing new ones, I mark on the envelope the date they were purchased and proceed to scan the envelope front and back images to my computer.  For about a year now, however, I've been purchasing vintage patterns from various outlets, primarily eBay.  Once they're finally delivered, I take inventory of each pattern to determine its condition and completeness.  Most of the ones I've purchased have been in pretty good shape, while the components of others - envelope, instruction sheets and pattern pieces - need special handling and/or repair.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

New Vintage Pattern Hauls

Hello, my name is Aisha, and I am a patternholic.  I own well over 600 patterns, and yet my desire for more never seems to wane.  One reason is that I love having options available whenever the desire to sew strikes me.  It may be that I love everything about a pattern, or it may be a style detail contained within. Lately, I've been looking at vintage options, most likely inspired by creations I've seen come off the sewing tables of my favorite bloggers.  Whatever the case, I've been looking through Pinterest and eBay a lot lately and found some vintage styles which have fueled my pattern desire.

For example, I spotted and pinned an image of Vogue 7939 because I like the front drape of the bodice and off-center skirt opening.  This particular image originated from an Etsy posting where this pattern was being sold for $9.99.  Not a bad price, but I wasn't convinced I wanted to pay that, plus shipping, to own I pinned it and waited.

~ GOT IT ~ Vogue 7939:

Friday, January 22, 2016

Vogue 7630: The Thrill of the Hunt

I recently shared with you that one of my goals is to be more consistent with publishing blog posts.  I really don't like going months without making an entry, but sometimes time is so scarce that I have to put blogging on the back burner for a while.  And although my personal blogging activity may be limited, I am pretty consistent with keeping up with the entries published by bloggers whom I follow.  At last count, I actively follow 82 different blogs, with the lion's share of them being sewing related and managed by some extremely talented and creative women.  Recently, I've noticed many of them trending towards the use of vintage patterns to create their beautiful one-of-a-kind garments.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Snowy Stitching Sunday

Good Day Everyone!

It's been somewhat busy in my home lately, primarily with the return to work after the holidays, and I am almost ashamed to admit that I still need to take down my tree and decorations.  In my defense, I am waiting for family assistance because this is no longer a one-woman job.  So, it almost goes without saying that I've not been working on new sewing projects.  But I shares with you that one of the areas in which I want to be more consistent is my blogging, irrespective of any specific "sewing" projects on which I may be working. So, here goes...

We have quite a nice snow storm going this morning in Southeast Michigan, which always reinforces the desire to hunker down and stay indoors, as demonstrated by my furry sewing buddy.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

I know it's been a minute (okay, 8 weeks) since last we "chatted".  Real-life responsibilities keep us all very busy and we have to make choices about how we spend our precious resource of time.  But please know that I've thought about you all and have been keeping up with and enjoying your various blog posts.

I hope the Christmas season was a merry and enjoyable one for you and your loved ones, and I trust 2016 is finding you doing well.  I so enjoyed sharing the season with my family, and as enjoyable as the time was for me, I am glad it has passed and am looking forward to packing up the decorations and the prospects of the coming year.

Among various others, one of the goals (not resolutions!) I've set for myself is to take my health and physical well-being seriously.  Although I've been flirting with it for the past few years, I was officially diagnosed with diabetes this year and one of the things that can greatly and positively impact this disease is consistent physical activity.  My problem is maintaining the consistency.  In fact, consistency seems to be a challenge in various parts of my life.

So, I gifted myself a treadmill this Christmas and plan to improve this part of my life.  Now, I don't have to endure that early-morning struggle to dress and drive to Planet Fitness just to get 30 minutes on the machine.  No excuses - right?!  With making positive strides in improving my physical well-being, I expect it will impact other areas as well - including my diet.  No more inappropriate mid-day snacks!

I also want to become more consistent with my blogging.  This is my space in the blogosphere, and I can write about anything that interests me, including sewing.  So, I plan to share more about what I'm doing and thinking.  I have lots of projects floating around in my thought process and look forward to seeing them in the natural.

So, I'll be talking with you again - really soon.

Be blessed!


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Patchwork Design Elements - IDK?

The fashion design influences of the 1970s have certainly been making its mark in the ateliers of current design houses.  Everything from wide-leg pants, a-line skirts, gauchos (aka culottes), maxi-dresses, ponchos, peasant-style, etc. can been seen on the runways and in clothing stores.

Stella MCartney, $1,220

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

I'm Almost a Good Wife

You may recall my sharing with you the invisible zipper I sewed in my Good Wife mock-wrap dress exploded and I had to replace it.

While this zipper set-back seriously cut into my "sewjo" and motivation to complete GW, I was able to complete most of its construction.

on the hanger