Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Working On...

I'm working on something cute and Halloweeny. Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Jalie 2806, another view

So this is the other view of the Jalie top. I made this with a mesh print that has a horrible smell! I can't get rid of it! Here I am wearing a white bra, but I would be wearing it with a black one in order to avoid the see through. I don't think this material works well for this top. It just doesn't have enough stretch. I think that the front piece should be hanging more vertically. See how it sorta pulls off to the sides? I don't think that's right. Anyway, I was surprised at how easily this came together. Deepika posted a tutorial on PR, and although I read it when she first posted it, I didn't have to go back to it during the construction. That tells you that this is really easy. I definitely want to make it again with the appropriate fabric. For now, it will probably go in the donation box. I'm also wondering if I use a bigger size for a fabric with not enough stretch, if that would work. And that smell! What is that? Something exclusive to mesh prints?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Jalie 2806

I made this top the night before I was heading out to Catalina Island.
This is me in the hotel before heading out to the beach. I love the
top for it's simplicity and ease. I also made the other version but it
didn't work out too well with the fabric I used. Didn't have enough
stretch. This here's a poly/cotton eyelet knit.

Right now I'm sitting on the beach watching the girls make a mountain
out of rocks on the sand. One of Kevin's crew pals asked them if they
wanted sand toys and Omari said no, that the would just play with the
rocks. I won't be able to escape the water today. I promise them an
inner tube.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Folklorico Skirt Part 3: The End

Well, the skirt looks pretty good but it is simply too big. I made 2 slits on the sides of the skirt and left those open. I attached 2 waist bands and 2 sets of ties, like 2 aprons that are sewn together through skirts, leaving about 6 inches unsewn from the waist sides down. I have seen the folklorico skirts like this. One set of ties, ties in the back and the other ties in the front. Funny thing is, that one set of ties went around her entire waist. I imagined, that each set of ties would in fact fit as an apron would, with the waist band sort of ending on the side. I did think that the band would end up going slightly to the back, but it goes around completely. Here's me in the skirt for comparison. It is also too long.

Guess I'll be going to the bank today to withdraw some cash to have the Caribbean dance teacher go buy her one. Today is the last day she's taking orders which is why I was up until about 11:30 last night finishing it up. Oh, and since I was on a role, I went ahead and made Jalie 2806. I'm pretty happy with it and think I will be making more. I'll post a picture later. So, because I committed to working out 3 times a week, I did a 20 minute workout at 1:20 this morning. I'm going to Catalina Island at the end of the week and won't be working out there I'm sure. So I've got to get it in before I go.

Monday, July 21, 2008

OK, I got it

Mi niña bella.

Okay, so here's what you do. From your phone, send an MMS or email to go@blogger.com. They will reply with a mobile blogger account and a password. You click on the link, enter the word verification and it will take you to another screen. At that time you can choose to have your mobile blogging post directly into the blog you've been using or keep the mobile blog they created for you.

From then on, just send your picture mail post to go@blogger.com and it will automatically go where you told it to. Ta Da!

Edited to Add: The picture only appears when I send the email from my gmail account. If I send from my yahoo account, the text appears but an X appears where the picture should be.


OK, let's see if the picture works this time. Katie A., I think you were trying to figure this out too. Did you?

Sent from my iPhone

Remote Entry

Just testing out my iPhone. Wanted to see how sending a picture and text would appear. No progress on my personal sewing, no progress on the orange skirt either. I've got alot of work to do.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Folklorico Skirt Part 2: Putting it together

Well, it worked. It still needs some work, but it's late and this isn't really what I wanted to be working on. Don't you hate when that happens? I still need to cut the darts out and I need to even up the hem in some sections and I need to make the waist band/ties. It's actually not a double circle skirt, just single. She's going to use it to practice in class and some of the practice skirts are just half of this, so they only cover the backside. This should be enough. I still have 4 panels left, enough to make the ties and a skirt for Naiobi as well.

What I really wanted to do tonight was make doll clothes! I'm taking the girls and Omari's friend to see Kit Kittredge tomorrow and they're bringing their dolls. I wanted to make the dolls matching dresses. That would have been cute.

I have 2 tops, 1 skirt and a pair of shorts cut out and ready to be sewn for myself. I just can't get to it during the week. Hopefully I'll find a little time this weekend to make at least 1 thing. Doh! I was supposed to workout tonight too. I'm going to have to do it tomorrow.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Guilty Pleasure

Look what I got.

This is my wallpaper.

Cool skin huh? Kev picked it by himself. "Something girly," I told him.

It's replacing these.

I can not even tell you how awesome this thing is! It was in my little hand at 3pm today. And yes, that is an original Treo, before it became a phone. And yes, I still use it. I love it's desktop interface. We shall see how this iphone thing is on the desktop, but not tonight. Tonight I am watching Vantage Point and maybe tracing something out. Maybe.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Talking to myself.

"I'm just going to cut out this skirt real quick before I wash the dishes."

End time: 11:46pm.

Dishes? Um....

"You gonna leave all this shit out here?" (The patterns that are spread out all over the living room and boxes spread out in the kitchen).

"I'm gonna get up early."

"Earlier than 5:30?"

"I'm calling in sick tomorrow. It's all good." Good night.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Folklorico Skirt Part 1: Thinking it through

So how do I turn this into a double circle skirt for a child? This is 10 yards of fabric that my mother somehow squeezed into that 28" waistband that Omari is holding. What was she thinking? For those of you who don't know, 10 yards equals 360 inches. See how it's all gathered tightly in there?

She made this skirt for me when I was in college (and a 28" waist) to use in my folklorico class and final performance. What she didn't know was that she needed to make circles, not gather that huge rectangle. The skirt was HEAVY! Omari is taking Caribbean dance a couple times a week and they use folklorico skirts too. That Spanish influence hit all over. Panama also uses similar skirts.

So here's what I've come up with so far.

I first drew out a 1/4 circle. I then placed that on top of a portion of skirt fabric and pinched out a huge dart. Those Birks come in handy huh? The dart is necessary so that I can keep the ruffle intact. I then placed another piece of tissue on top of that and traced out the dart. I've cut out the panels in between the vertical ribbons that were there. There are 10panels. Right now I'm folding each panel in half and drawing in the dart lines. The plan is to make the darts and then sew 8 panels together. We'll see how it works out.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Ice Cream Social Frock Giveaway!!!!

Ice Cream Social Frock Giveaway!!!!

Isn't this just gorgeous? I am shamelessly linking back to this site to see if I win it. Naiobi would be wanting to wear this every DAY! Well, who wouldn't? Now I need to look for some black patent leather mary janes. Or green ones!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Muumuu S3532

I thought thought this dress looked okay the night that I wore it. But after looking at these pictures I hate it. It looks like a muumuu and I look like a torta. The dress itself was very, very easy to make. Totally recommend for a beginner. The problem with it was I'd traced out a size 12 a while ago. I was too lazy to retrace a size 14 and decided I'd just use smaller seam allowances. Well, that didn't quite work, did it?

My first problem started with the fabric in the back pooling in my back waist. Sewliz over at PR suggested I pull the excess fabric into the top yoke, which I ended up doing. This and a good press seemed to help significantly.

These pictures are big eye openers for me. I need to lose some weight.
Hi. My name is Lilia and I'm a gorda.

Here's the cute dress on the pattern envelope. In conclusion, this dress would look cute on a skinny person like the girl on the front.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

No Zippers, No Buttons

I entered my shorts into the Beginner's contest on PR. I was looking through My Reviews and realized that I truly am a beginner. I have made nearly nothing that required a button or a zipper. (There's a tiny little thing you can click on that says Gallery View on that page where you can see the reviews with little picture previews so that you don't have to open up each review.) For many years I didn't know you were supposed to wash fabric before you used it and had no idea what interfacing was.

I just want to point out that sewing isn't really that hard. You can sew straight or zig zag as long as the fabric stays under the needle. Preferably, in a straight line. Now (Monica), get on Craigslist or ebay or the penny saver, get a cheap machine and start sewing!