Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Ooo, look what came in the mail for me yesterday. This was the order I placed with Lucy's Fabrics with the gift certificate I won from the PR Halloween Costume Contest. I got the fabric, not the patterns. But this is what I'm planning for it.

For the gold fabric I'm going to make top A, which is the burgundy one the model is wearing. When Kevin saw the fabric he said he thought "old lady." Well, hopefully not. With the red one I'm going to make top C, which is the green on in the picture.

And for this one I haven't decided which dress I want to make. Either the long sleeved dress on the left or the peach colored dress on the right. Can't decide yet. But I don't have time to work on this anyway. I'm studying for a test I'm taking on Saturday. It's a test to get on the Supervisor list at my job. I'm already on it, but you have to retake the test every time they offer it to stay on. So basically, I'm brushing up on all the policies and refreshing my math skills and data interpretation. Fun I tell ya!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Scrapdown Pages

Okay, so these are not the best pictures of what I accomplished at our first scrapdown of 2008, but I'm tired and still have to wash dishes and make lunches. And I want to watch a movie. We'll see.

Monday, January 21, 2008

The Jacket is Done and the First Scrapdown of 2008

My jacket is finally done and I am so happy with it! I have to admit that the sleeves are just a tad voluminous, but I am very happy with it. Mind you, I added 3 inches to the length and it is just long enough. It would have been really short had I left it the length that it was. I'm glad I didn't wait to buy the appropriate, or rather, suggested, fabric. I went ahead and used fleece which is what I saw it as when I first saw the pattern.

After going through the complete process, and when all I needed to finish was the collar, I lost the instructions. I had no idea how to do this. But I just went ahead with what made sense. Someone else who made it on PR had a great close-up picture of it and I could see that the outside of the collar was topstitched. So, I sewed the inside collar first, then turned the outside collar under and topstitched it. This led, to a not so pretty line showing on the inside, but it's okay. I am particularly proud of the lining. It came out very well I think.

I spent the day at Irene's house scrapbooking. The first scrapdown of 2008 and I got 8 pages done, 6 in Naiobi's book and 2 of Omari's 7th bday. I've decided to make them bday scrapbooks. I am way behind. Oh, and check out Monica's scrapbook suitcase. It's a tool organizer. She got it at Home Depot. Pretty creative the way she thought this would work for scrapbooking. The bottom part fits 12x12 paper perfectly.

At Irene's request I made a pillowcase for Roman.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Jacket Progress: So many mistakes

Have I not vowed to pay extra close attention? To double check before I backstitch? Nonetheless, I keep making easily avoidable mistakes. My jacket is almost finished. All that was really needed was to add the collar. It's been a week that my project has sat untouched b/c I don't sew during the week b/c I don't have time. Okay, so I go get it, set myself up and I seem to have lost the directions. I have no idea how to attach the collar. I go ahead and make it up and it looks too small. Well, that's b/c you were supposed to cut out 2 pieces and not just 1 which you proceeded to fold in half and that's why it looks small. Did I mention that this is fleece? Oh yeah. I sat under the lamp in my living room and ripped it out.

So, now that I've started ripping seams I decide the jacket needs pockets. So, I rip out the side seams enough to add pockets. Pocket application is excellent. I got this down! See the picture?

I added 1 pocket to the correct spot, in the side seam. But the other, TO THE FRONT CENTER SEAM PEOPLE. Now granted, it is 1 in the morning, but come one?! PAY ATTENTION Lilia! DOUBLE CHECK!!! Ugh, I am so irritated with myself. Anyway. I am putting it away and will rip that out tomorrow and hopefully collar application and sleeve hand hemming will go more smoothly in daylight.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Twins' Aprons

Well, finally had time to post a picture of the aprons I made for the twins. I think they're pretty cute. They seemed to like them as well. You can't see the detail, but on the shabby chic apron there's a cute pocket.

I had a very busy day yesterday. I had a lunchtime babyshower where I turned in the onesie dress. After work, I went to a wake. And after the wake I celebrated the twins' birthday at a nearby Starbucks. I brought along a little cake for them.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Aprons + Cake + Working out= A long night

OMG, I was up late last night. For some reason I can't ever sew when the girls are up. It's very distracting and kind of like this comic strip. If you click on the picture you can read it better.

Therefore, I typically don't sew, or don't sew very much, when they're around. So last night, they sit in front of the tv to watch hairspray around 7p. I pull out my machine turn it on, get my fabric ready and Kevin says, "Aren't you going to the gym?" Grrr. Yes, I was supposed to go to the gym. I said I would so I put my sewing machine away, put on my gym clothes and went.

My ipod is so motivating! I don't know how good of a workout I would get if I didn't have it. Anyway, I had to stop at the market after to get a cake mix. I was asked to make a cake for a small bday celebration tonight. That's fine. But I still had to finish making 1 of the gifts for that small bday celebration. Got home around 9 and sat down to work on the 2nd apron. Finished the apron and started the cake. While the cake was baking I cleaned up my sewing area and washed dishes. Then I wrapped the aprons and the onesie dress (the baby shower is today too). Pulled the cake out a little after midnight and got to bed just before 1am.

And what time did I wake up? 5:45am people! I haven't uploaded pics yet and probably won't be able to until tomorrow night.

Oh and good news! We found Omari's coat in the main office at her school this morning. I was really happy as was she. She immediately slipped of the jacket she was wearing and put it on and smiled. It was toasty in there.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

5 hours alone

Kevin took the girls to the beach this morning. They left close to 11am and it's now just after 4. I imagine they will be home within the next hour. It's been nice. I actually traced out a pattern, in the daylight! It's so nice to not be straining my eyes. I also cut out a pair of pants for Omari that I will be sewing tonight and the lining for my jacket that I will also work on tonight. OH, I discovered rotary cutting today. Well, I didn't discover it. But I had only used the rotary cutter for cutting straight lines, rectangular and square pieces only. But I've read about people who use it to cut out patterns so I thought I'd give it a shot. I was afraid I would cut into the pattern/fabric but it went rather smoothly. What a relief! Cutting is so hard on my wrists and not as accurate as this was.

I put some trim on some baby socks to go with the little onesie dress I made last night. I crocheted 4 rows of the socks I'm working on. I watched the movie Adaptation again as I worked. I showered and shaved. I had some delicious chocolate. It's been a very relaxing day. It's also really nice outside and I was debating whether to spend some time outside. But then I would have been unable to do any sewing related stuff. Choices, choices.

Last night I made the little onesie dress and I made another pair of panties for Omari with modified measurements. This morning she tried them on and they were way to hip hugger for my liking. So I've already re-traced the pattern and I will be working on another pair tonight. I just need to buy another panty pattern I think.

Well, time to make dinner.

Friday, January 11, 2008


It's been a long, long time since I've bought yarn. PR's sock Crochet-A-Long enticed me to join in. My friend Maria called me this morning and we arranged to meet for lunch. I immediately got on Google to look for a yarn store in the general area that I work in. She was picking me up so I printed out directions and I figured we'd find a place to eat there since we were headed into S. Pasadena. We ended up eating at Carrow's b/c we didn't feel like having sandwiches at the local restaurants there. We walked briskly by Abuelita's Knitting and Needlepoint. After lunch we stopped in. I asked for fingering or sock weight yarn and I was pointed to that area. I had not realized it would be so expensive. For 1 skein of 50 oz, the prices ranged from $6 to $14. I ended up with this lovely yarn. It's really soft and made up of bamboo and wool. And the selling point: machine washable and tumble dry friendly! At first I was looking for a white yarn b/c I wanted to make socks for Omari. Lately she does not want to wear colorful things which I find quite sad. But I couldn't find one that I liked and I kept going back to this one. I'm not sure that I will ever make socks again after this pair, so I just figured I'd make them for myself and it would be luxuriously worth it.

I made another pair of panties for Omari. I had to modify the pattern a little as they were quite balloony on her, although they had great bum coverage. I lowered the back waist by 1 3/8", grading down to 2 1/4" at the front waist. She has a long torso and the panty was just too high past her waist. I can't wait to see how they fit.

Things I need to work on:
Baby onesie dress
Baby socks
Gift for nephew (car mat and slippers)
More panties for the girls

Things I want to work on:
Soft baby balls
My jacket
Crocheted socks
Crochet hook/Knitting needle organizer

Oh, Joann's is finally having another pattern sale. Simplicity patterns will be on sale 5 for $5 starting on Sunday. I've already written down a bunch that I want to get. Mostly knit dresses and tops for me, 1 pattern for Naiobi, 1 for Omari and a couple for Omari's doll. Once I get the patterns I can finally spend my gift certificate at Lucy's Fabrics. After I know how much I will need of the patterns that I plan to make. That's all for now. I'm about to start working on the onesie dress.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Big Girl Panties/Stolen? Jacket

Omari's jacket was apparently "taken." I hope it was by mistake and it gets returned. She says she placed it on top of her backpack and lunchbag, got her snack, sat down to eat it and when she went to get her stuff, her coat was gone. She checked her classroom and asked her friends if they'd seen it. I walked around the playground to see if I caught a glimpse of it somewhere. I'm crossing my fingers that it gets returned. The girl really doesn't have another warm jacket. Tomorrow she'll be wearing the fleece poncho my sister made her for Christmas.

On to the undies.

Thanks to Therisa over at PR, I was able to make one pair of big girl panties this evening. I was sewing the butt part all wrong. Although visually it looks like it goes together that way, the part I had up at the top was actually the sides! I cut out another pair and got it right. The directions were very sparse for me. I couldn't figure out how to sew on the picot edged elastic. There are no pictures and all it said was to baste it on, right sides together. Clear enough right? It just takes me a while to get things. This was my first time sewing with this elastic and I had to go slow. It was a relief to get to the waistband elastic using the FOE b/c I'm pretty good at sewing it on and I could go fast! Vroom Vroom!!!

Anyway they look HUGE! But then again, that's what I thought about Naiobi's. I really don't like that the there's no inside crotch panel to cover up the stitching. I can only imagine that it's going to bother her. I guess she'll let me know.

I need Help! (big girl panties)

Here's the picture of the panties.

Here are the pattern pieces.

Here I've sewn the center back seam and the crotch seam.

And now what? I'm supposed to sew the side seams together but how come they don't match up? I went back and checked my pattern pieces against the pattern pieces and they're the right size.

Tighty Whiteys

I had to make more undies for Naiobi. She still has her superhero boy briefs but now she doesn't want to wear them. When she wears panties she says, "Thank you for putting me girl undies." Also, the ones I'd previously made for her were getting too tight around the leg. I used the different colored threads b/c when she saw me making them last night she was not happy about having white underwear. I thought the different colored thread might help.

This time I included seam allowances on the side seams and both end of the crotch seams. She put them on this morning and they fit her well. I did make one pair, the ones with the variegated thread, by sewing the FOE on straight instead of in the round, but that created a very bulky seam there and she's going to hate that. So I ditched that method and sewed all my elastic into circles and attached it that way. I measured her leg before she went to bed and subtracted 7cm as directed in the pattern. Once I was finished with them they looked HUGE! I thought they were going to be falling off at the waist, but they fit her fine. My baby is growing. That makes me sad.

Monday, January 7, 2008

A Big Blanket

Today is my daughter's 8th birthday. All day today, every time I had to write down the date it made me smile. She received this big blanket that I added satin blanket binding to and an ipod shuffle that we handed down and made all her own by adding the flowery skin. The blanket turned out more expensive than if I would have bought something similar. I used Flurry Fleece that I got on sale at Joann's. Two and 1/4 yards = $20.97. Plus, 2 packs of Wright's Satin Blanket Binding at $5.99 each = too much. Anyway, it's cute and I really, really like the green binding. I was going to go for pink b/c it's her favorite color but I'm glad I didn't.

Every year we wake the girls up by bringing a mini cake into their room and singing happy birthday. I think this is the only established family tradition we have. The frosting was impossible to spread b/c the cake kept falling apart. Not sure why since I baked it last night and wasn't hot.

We went to her favorite restaurant, Yashima (Japanese noodle house) for dinner. We all had udon and she ordered California rolls too, but only ate one. Guess who ate the other 7? Here's a picture of her once she's realized she can't eat another drop.

Katrina came with us as well in her new purchased party dress.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Baby Girl Gift (using a Ruffler foot Attachment)

I had ready, a beanie, some booties and was just finishing up a knit navy blue and olive green, double sided pouch sling when I realized, OMG, she's having a GIRL! Now, I knew she was having a girl but my wires go crossed and I could only picture a boy I guess.

Anyway, I stayed up until 2am working on these little shoes from Michael Miller Fabrics and this little top. At 2 am I wished I'd made it a dress instead so that I would be finished. I got up at 7:30 am this morning and made the little pants. The PITB about this whole outfit was the turquoise fabric. It was impossible to see which was the right side and the wrong side and the mother f*&#r raveled like you wouldn't believe! I remember it being some kind of linen blend but I don't know. SO, I had to enclose all the seams b/c my serger is acting whacky and you can't give a gift with whacky serging going on.

Then I decide I'm going to add ruffles. Now I'm trying to figure out if the ruffler foot will ruffle 2 pieces of fabric at once so that I can just fold the strip in half and not have to hem it. I run it through without a problem, except, THERE'S NO THREAD IN THE NEEDLE!!

Okay, I get my little strips done, figure out how to add them on so that the edge is enclosed and realize, I sewed the ruffles onto the pants leg of one leg and the waistband of the other leg. AGGGGGGHHHHH!

Here's a picture of the pants and the top inside out. I did a pretty good job with the enclosed seams.

I can not even manage the simplest project without making some stupid mistake like that. There is ALWAYS something I do wrong, no matter how vigilant I think I'm being. Anyway, I think I'm going to have time to run out and by some 1" elastic b/c I have none, but I don't have time. So I had to use the last little bit of 1/2" I had.

The good news is, the recipient thought it was from Old Navy b/c it was on an Old Navy hanger. To me that means, It didn't look homemade.

Oh, later in the evening yesterday while I was browsing this, I came across a free ruffler tutorial! It's very detailed. Here's the link

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year

We went to the Rose Parade this morning. We were there for an hour and a half and only left because Naiobi was hungry. She cried b/c she didn't want to leave but I was unprepared and had no snacks other than a few homemade cookies. The girls really enjoyed the parade which is awesome b/c I LOVE parades! Omari wore her new fleece coat that I finished up last night (yeah, it was an exciting New Year's Eve at my house).

I love the coat. It fits her really well. It's a size 8 which makes me conclude that the pattern runs big. All her RTW clothes is size 10. The fleece is a nice, plush quality. Not like the flat stuff you get at Joann's. My only problem with it was the dark blue color, not very girly. Omari picked out the ribbon that I added around the inside of the hood, the inside hem and at the pockets. Kevin gave me the idea to add it to the pockets, but since the coat was already finished I couldn't figure out a way to sew it on. So I used Heat n' Bond and then used Unique Stitch (a type of fabric glue) on the corners of the ribbon that I couldn't quite get with the Heat n' Bond. I used 2 heavy books to weigh it down overnight. I've already had experience with the Unique Stitch coming undone in the wash. I added it to the red dress I made her. Oh, I need to get a picture of that. I need to buy a big button for the neck closure and that's it! But she wore it happily to the parade this morning.

Anyway, the rest of the day was uneventful. I had planned on working on a jacket for myself but after the parade Omari and I cleaned up their room and after that I was pooped. We all went down for a nap and after that the mundane duties of a regular day got on the way. I go back to work tomorrow and I am dreading the rush of the morning. No more lazy mornings for us. Ugh. It's about to be 8:30. Gotta make lunches, get my clothes ready, get my workbag ready and take a shower. Back to the grind. Here's just a couple of pics from the parade.