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UFO Expose

Every once in awhile I like to get out all the ziplock bags of cut-out projects to see what there is and to, hopefully, spark the mojo.


Left to right in columns top to bottom:

Column 1:  Crepe blouse – me,  dress and jacket – me, shirt – me,  denim skirt – A

Column 2:  Royal blue tops – me, shirt – J, shirt – J, knit top – me

Column 3:  Shirt – A, top – M, shirt – me, experimental top – me, knit top – A

Column 4:  Fleece vest – me, shirt – me,  flannel shirt – me, top – M

Age of oldest UFO?  Well, the truth is lost in the mists of time, but maybe 15 years.

Age of newest UFO?  One hour

This week I am going to finish up the black/white/red top for M (ziplock in bottom right corner) and then I will remove the white thread from the machine and finish up the gray shirt for A.  I had quite a length of fleece left after the blue print vest, so I tried cutting another one out to see if I could squeeze a vest out of 1 1/2 yards of fabric.  Yes, I can.  It takes a little fudging but it can be done.  The next one I sew will have buttons instead of a zipper just to see if that will work.  I hope it does because there are colors of fleece for which it  would be impossible to find matching zippers.  It will be interesting to see if I can make buttonholes on fleece.



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Lots of sewing going on around here.  The decorator fabric store is going out of business (!!!) and I will miss it a lot.  I bought up a lot of fabric to make tablecloths, so for a break in the shirt making, I have been hemming tablecloths.  In the last two weeks I think I’ve hemmed 8 or more, but that includes some seat throws for the car.  My husband asked me where I was going to put them since the linen closet was pretty full.  I spent the morning reorganizing the tablecloth shelf and look what happens when you fold them neatly!  I may have room for half a dozen more…


The brown shirt/jacket is done but needs a pressing before it gets its picture taken.  After that project was done, the goal was to use up some fabric so I got out the 7 yards or so of a knit fabric (fairly thin) with a Hawaiian print on a blue background.  This got turned into three pairs of lounge or pajama pants for M.

In the last few months, a great bonanza of fabric has found its way to my door.  First, my-sister-the-nurse decided to de-stash her sewing area, loaded her fabric up in seven giant black trash bags and drove it down to me.  We had a nice visit and after she left I sorted through the bags to separate the stuff I wanted to keep from the stuff I was going to donate to the craft thrift store.  She had some really nice fabric including lots of lengths she was going to make scrubs out of before the hospital changed the rules and required all the people in each department to wear the same color.  I had to go out and buy two more storage tubs to store all that fabric.  I usually go up to the neighboring county to visit the craft thrift store once a month, and this last time I was telling myself that I already had so much fabric that I wouldn’t buy any.  I failed, but it was a happy fail.  I’ve never seen so much great quality fabric there before (at $1/pound), and I bought lots and lots.  Now there is plenty to make as many shirts as I want, including some wonderful linens and knits.  I have to go out and buy another storage tub.

One of the fabrics was a red linen, and if there is time, it will be turned into a shirt for me for Christmas.

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Summer is approaching fast (it was 90 degrees yesterday) and the elder daughter is planning a trip to Texas to see her college friends.  I am making her a series of sleeveless tops to take on the trip.  These tops are great because you can wear them as is on a hot day or wear a little cardigan over them in the air conditioning.  I am using her favorite top pattern, New Look 6027:

The first fabric is a drapey cotton in black and white, though the white reads as gray, and the second is a batik I got at Fabrix in The City.

M thought a gray trim would look the best, though finding a trim that color is impossible.  Instead, I used a decorative stitch to make scallops on the tucks down the front of the inset yoke piece.  I also found some great buttons to sew down the middle.

The light is not too great in the sewing room when you are taking pictures at the crack of dawn, but you can get an idea of the batik for the second top.

These tops will be like the first sleeveless top I made from this pattern, the tan one with the embroidery:

The sewing room cleanup went faster than I thought it would, and I found it easier than expected to get rid of my extra patterns.  I sorted through all my fabric stash, separated the stuff I didn’t need anymore and put the rest in opaque bins to go out into storage.  I took pictures of the fabric that was in each bin so I will know where to find it in the future.  This took a huge stack of bins out of the sewing room and opened up the space.  I was able to move my cutting table in there and have better access to the knitting machines, too.  I also found stuff that has been missing for awhile, including my self-drafted pattern for a checkbook cover from past Christmas presents.  I want to make myself several more of these. Here’s a picture of the cutting table being moved into the room before the place was made a little neater:

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I needed to reorganize my thread, so I got another thread rack from the Joann sale and hung it from the bottom of one of the existing racks.  I had to tie it on with strong yarn and use some wood glue, but it hasn’t fallen down yet.

I see that I have pretty much evolved away from the regular spool thread from the fabric store.  I’ll get a spool once in a great while if I need a particular color, but mostly I use my cone thread.

I’m also going through my patterns for the first time in decades and getting rid of the outdated ones I will never sew.   I already have two full boxes ready to go to the thrift store, filled mostly with 80’s and 90’s fugly patterns.  What was I thinking when I bought those??

I am looking forward to having an open and organized sewing room, though it will take a long time to get there.

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