Monday, August 22, 2011

An Actual Update About Sewing ( Plus Some Other Things Too)

Good evening, lovely readers!! These past two weeks have been quite a whirlwind for me.  Sewing has been non existent and even thinking about sewing has been at a minimum.

I'd like to think everyone who took time to stop by my Etsy shop. Today marks the third day that my shop has been live and I've already had two sales. This fact makes me quite the happy camper! However, getting everything set up has been quite a time consuming endeavor. I still have about 30 more vintage patterns to list, some of which have up to a 47" bust, but I have yet to count the pieces to make sure they're complete. Counting pattern pieces is so time consuming and about as exciting as watching paint dry. I'd never sell a pattern that I hadn't checked though, so time consuming, monotonous counting it is. I have some more vintage dishes to list as well, so hopefully I can get some good pics during the daytime. Hopefully my Etsy shop will flourish so I have some Christmas shopping funds.

Secondly, school starts back for me tomorrow. Luckily, I only have classes that meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but school is 50 miles away, an hour long drive. My semester should be pretty easy, that is, until my three online classes start mid October, then I will most likely drop off the planet for 8 weeks. I have yet to buy my books for my classes yet, which will probably lead to me crying for a week because all my fabric money will have vanished. Seriously, textbooks are so overpriced! Don't they know how much fabric I can buy for $500? Also, please don't be alarmed if I write a post tomorrow that makes me come across as the most whiny person on the planet. I have to stand in line to get my parking decal, which usually takes close to an hour, where I will undoubtedly be met by a disgruntled campus cop. Did I mention that the parking stickers cost over a hundred bucks?

Now, lets get to some sewing take. I have been working and working and working on a McCall's halter dress but have hit a roadblock. The band that forms the halter strap and sides just does not curve in the same manner as my body, causing it to stick out in a very unsightly way. I have tried multiple things to fix it, including cutting down the piece to make it smaller but so far no luck. I think I'm going to take it over to my aunt's one day for her to help me try to add a dart to it. I really don't want to give up since I used mock french seams, and there are six seams! Not to mention, the rest of the dress fits oh so perfectly.

I do need another project though. I have a simple summer dress cut out of a natural colored linen that I can hopefully stitch up in the next week or so. I want to be able to wear it at least once before I have to toss a cardigan over it in the early fall. I think that my mojo has returned, though we shall see once I begin stitching up this dress.

I do have a few other sewing projects that I need to make myself do, but I am so dreading. Mending. Mending is a dirty, nasty, filthy, word that should never be uttered from any self respecting seamstress. I hate mending with every fiber of my being. But, no matter how much I hate it, I really need to buckle down and get it done. Seriously, some of the things I need to do include tacking labels back down onto vintage jackets before they fall off. It would take 5 minutes tops, but I avoid it like the plague. I need to stitch up a one inch tear in a jacket lining, and even though I can sew, the thought of asking what the dry cleaners charges has crossed my mind. Making a seamstress mend is like insisting a gourmet chef prepare you a Hungry Man meal.

So, there you have it. Ramblings and blurbs about my life and my sewing. I promise there will be some productive sewing soon!


  1. It sounds like you're having quite the adventure, it would be lovely to see some photos of your progress!

  2. I HATE mending too! I have several items with a few inches of split seam that would take 2 seconds to fix but I refuse to do it! So awful...

  3. Loved reading your post. And i have a tip-- try bookrenter for your text books.