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This morning I cut out the denim skirts for A.  Denim certainly has gotten expensive, at least at JoAnn.  Luckily, I had a 40%off coupon.  I was disappointed in the fabric, though, when I started cutting out the skirts.  The grain was totally crooked, so I just did the best I could by trying to pull the fabric to straighten the grain and then putting the grain marker on the pattern on the straight of grain.  I  left the crosswise grain to its own devices.  The skirt has lots of seaming so I am hoping that will hold everything in line.

Here’s the pattern:

We are using View E which does not have the ruffle.

The lining for the yokes will be some navy broadcloth.  These skirts should be very useful since denim goes with everything.  To make them more versatile, the topstitching will be navy instead of the usual white or gold.

I still have lots of the denim left, so I may make another skirt or make some summer shorts for myself.

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Trying to decide on the next project.  While I wonder what to sew next, I may as well go down to JoAnn’s this week and see what McCall’s patterns are on sale, and see if there is any gauzy fabric to be had.  In the meantime, the garden is doing very well so far:

This little spot is in front of my herb garden.  Some volunteer statice and some white yarrow have flowered together.  I don’t remember what those purple flowers are.

Here are the two front vegetable patches.  We are harvesting summer squash, basil, onions, and cucumbers so far.  I love the way this photo makes the backyard look so much more groomed and neat than it does in real life.

My zinnias are finally blooming enthusiastically:

I was talking with my daughter, A, and we were planning out future sewing for her wardrobe.  She could use some dark denim skirts because denim is always a useful addition to the closet, but I need to find some soft drapey denim fabric.  The only denim I have in the stash is more of an upholstery weight and can almost stand up by itself.

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Even though the girl at the sewing machine repair place said it would be 3 to 4 weeks before my machine would be looked at, fixer man #2 came in over the weekend and completed it only 6 days after I dropped it off.  I decided that I’d better hurry up and finish the robots while the warranty was still in effect, so I spent hours and hours stitching on Tuesday.  Unfortunately, I did something like bumping the hoop on the first robot, so the eyes stitched out on its forehead.  I realized that I was going to have to rip out the large area of dense embroidery and start over because everything was out of alignment.  It took a few hours, but I did it.  I was worried about ruining the curtains and was really nervous when it came time to stitch the robot over again.  Was something wrong with the machine or was it operator error?  The area where the robot had been was looking worse for wear, but somehow the new robot stitched perfectly right in the same place and covered up all the weakened fabric.  It was a robot miracle.  I hemmed the curtains last night and now am finished with that long project.

I’ll try to get a picture of them after she hangs them up in her kitchen.

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The robots on the first section of curtains are completed.  I have to put in a quick machine hem on these and on to the second section.

This is the last picture I got before the charge on the camera was used up.  The embroidery went faster than expected but it’s still a slow process.  Not as slow as hand embroidery by a factor of about 1000 though.  I’ll try to get a better picture of these when I’m done with both curtains and these passing rain clouds are gone.

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Robots

It is another gray rainy day in the Sunshine State, so I guess our chances of drought this year are lessened, but it makes it hard to take photos.  I have been busy working on the curtains for A’s kitchen.  I had to plan the placement of a row of 4″ robots across the bottom of the draperies, and I haven’t had much luck with water-erasable pens.  The idea of using painter’s tape occurred to me, and wow, it is working great.  You can see in the picture above how the lines for horizontal and vertical placement are marked on the blue tape.

These embroidery designs are from the Embroidery Library:

These designs are stitching up very nicely, though since they are filled in completely, the stitching takes a bit of time.  I’m going to try and stitch two robots every day so that I don’t get tired of the whole project and can have time to stitch other things.

The colors of the robots will match my daughter’s retro/vintage extremely brightly painted kitchen.  The cupboards are yellow and orange and the counter tops are a rusty red.  I don’t know what the former owner was thinking, but these things are easy to paint over in the future.  Until then, we are just going to have fun with it by adding robots.

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Spring Has Sprung

Right on schedule, the trees are blooming and the patch of violets in the front lawn is providing the first whiff of springtime.  I’m going to see the younger daughter this weekend so decided to finish up that slip I was making for her.  I had it all finished except for the lace around the hemline but the project got stalled because the slip needed to be tried on for length.  Even after she visited and tried it on, it still languished in a pile of fabric next to the sewing machine.   This was silly because it took less than a half hour to finish it off.

Here’s a view of the pattern I used.  I can’t remember when I got this pattern, but I think this version is more recent than some of the other versions of this pattern I’ve got in the stash.  Maybe it’s only been in the stash 20 years or so…

I have a great lingerie book from the 70’s (The Feminine Art, Lingerie Sewing by Dolores Krinke) that shows many different ways to sew straps for lingerie, and I used some of the suggestions for the straps for this slip.  When you make lingerie for a specific person, you don’t need to make the straps adjustable because you can fit the garment on the person and make the straps the correct length.

The following close-up shows the lace around the top and the straps:

I wish you could still get the quality of nylon tricot that was available back in the heyday of lingerie sewing because the stuff nowadays is a lot thinner.  On the plus side, though, it is anti-static and comes in great colors.  I have a lot of tricot in a gorgeous dark teal that will be a joy to sew.

So, scratch one item off my UFO list.

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This was my first experiment changing around the TNT shirt pattern.  Unfortunately, it is a little loose on A, so I need to raise the armholes about 3/4″-1″ and take the sides in a little.  Still, her sister pointed out that she can certainly wear it under a sweater in the fall, so not a total loss.  The fabric is a Canon sheet from Kmart, which are on sale right now, I believe.  You can get a twin set and pillowcase for about $12, so you could make two or three shirts and a pillowcase dress for a little girl.

I’m thinking that A has become a little smaller than Betty, because the blouse fits the dressform very well indeed.  The rest of the sheet will be used to make a regular shirt with 3/4 sleeves.  The sheets have a satin finish and are 100% cotton, so they sew up nicely and look attractive made into garments.

The tan skirt is still half done, and I am working on fitting a pattern for a summer blouse for myself.  Now that I have lots of embroidery designs, I want to try them all, just not all at once.

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