Monday, November 26, 2007

Blogging is Hard Work

Fun, but so time consuming. Then there's the pattern review, my blog on Sparkpeople, my personal blog. I thought I'd get these up during Thanksgiving break but I was just having a good ol' time, just relaxing. Anyway, here are my latest and not so greatest.

This is Butterick 5084, misses tops. This one's a total bust. I cut the sleeves in the wrong direction so that they don't stretch side to side to fit my big arms. Also, the neckline rolls out, it's too big in the shoulders. Big bust (the project, not my chest).

Then there's New Look 6175, baby stuff. I think it's really cute and I made it reversible. It was easy to do. My sister Gazel helped me out with figuring out the elastic on the waist. This is for a baby shower. Can't say who yet. Luckily, lots of people are pregnant with boys right now and anyway, they probably don't read the blog, but just in case. The only problem with this was the pattern was HUGE. Down below you'll see 3yo Naiobi wearing the newborn size jacket. That was going to be the original for the baby. I added the button to make it a cute little jacket for her.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Las Tres

Okay, so this is not technically sewing related but it is a little because Alice sews.

I found a tape that Mark Torres made for me back in '93 or '94. On it were lots of songs by Dr. Loco's Rockin' Jalapeno band, a few tracks by the old Quetzal (when I was singing), about 4 tracks by Las Tres and 1 track by Lysa Flores. It made me so happy to listen to them and began to wonder what had become of Las Tres and Lysa. I first went to Pacifica Radio Archives b/c I thought they might hav something there. But no, I guess they only archive serious interviews. So I googled (of course) "las tres band" and came up with which then led me to her blog,! It was so cool to read a little about what's gone on in her life since I stopped following the Chicano music scnene. I didn't know she had been such an influental punk rocker in the 80's. When I met her, she was in Las Tres and they were these folksy, progressive, feminist women. I was basically just an ignorant kid back then (in the early '90s) and didn't really get the meaning of their songs. But listening to them now, at the ripe age of 34, I get them!

I'm about to google Lysa Flores too. Apparently they ended up in a band together :Stay at Home Bomb, which eventually disbanded. Wonder what Lysa's up to now. Will post later.

Oh, and Alice likes to sew aprons! I'm so glad I came across this old part of me.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Spent the weekend cutting

So this is what I did this weekend. Doesn't look like much right? But it can take me up to an hour just to cut out one thing. Why? Well, because I've got to make sure that the fabric is laid out correctly. Then I've got to pin the pattern onto the fabric. For something like the nightgowns, that takes a lot of pins and a lot of time. Then I can cut it out. On Friday, I cut out the blouse. I'm making the brown one in the pattern picture using the olive green jersey.

On Saturday I cut out the nightgowns for the girls using the same pattern I used to make the robes for the vintage pattern sewing contest.

And today I cut out a little jacket and pants using the same olive green jersey as for my blouse and some hemp jersey I've had in my stash for 2 years. Originally, it was purchased to make diapers, then I was going to use it for potty training pants, but Naiobi trained so quickly I didn't need to make any. I was trying to avoid having to go out and buy any more fabric, but I have so few knits that I thought I was going to need to. I made one quick review of my stash and found the hemp jersey. Whew! All I need to buy now is some fusi-knit for the interfacing.

Oh! I almost forgot. I also made 3 pairs of undies for Naiobi using a scrap of this fabric. She loves anything I make her and these were no exception.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

A dress for me! Butterick 5077

Well, what do you think? I am overall VERY happy with how my dress turned out. The stitching around the sleeve and skirt hems is wonky but probably not noticeable to most. I just need to practice sewing with slippery knit fabric! I want to make another but drop the waist down a little more, maybe another inch or inch and a half so that the tie sits lower on my waist. Now I just need to get some tall brown boots! I need to go shoe shopping desperately! I will be taking some time off on Friday to hit the Macy's sale and see what I can find. Happy happy joy joy!!!
Click here to read a review of this pattern.

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

What's your Personality?

So this is me. I have no objections to what is stated.

You Are An ISTJ

The Duty Fulfiller

You are responsible, reliable, and hardworking - you get the job done.

You prefer productive hobbies, like woodworking or knittings.

Quiet and serious, you are well prepared for whatever life hands you.

Conservative and down-to-earth, you hardly ever do anything crazy.

In love, you are loyal and honest. If you commit yourself to someone, then you're fully committed.

For you, love is something that happens naturally. And you don't need romantic gestures to feel loved.

At work, you remember details well and are happy to take on any responsibility.

You would make a great business executive, accountant, or lawyer.

How you see yourself: Decisive, stable, and dependable

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Boring, conservative, and egotistical