Monday, May 30, 2011

A follower!

I'm such a nerd. The other day I saw that I had a follower, but when I clicked it it didn't show anything. But blogger no likey the IE9 so it sort of works. I had to download Firefox, so far no problems. Anyways, I clicked it today and I have a real live follower!! .
I had to post about it because it's Jenna from SewHappyGeek! She is so nice and responds to all of my comments (which is way more than I expect from people) and she is so awesome. Thanks Jenna for being my first (official) follower!!

Refashioned Skirt!

So here's the skirt.

Really, it looks about the same as the original. Which is here.

The difference is that its about 4 inches shorter and actually fits around my waist instead of around my ribs. So I might actually wear it. You can't really see it but it has embroidery all along the bottom. So I guess we'll have to see if I ever wear it. Maybe I'll wear it today because it is supposed to be like 85 out. And it rained all night and then again in the morning so the humidity is probably 100% so it might be a good day for a skirt.
I did start the shirt today, I'm not so sure about it.. I only pinned it together and it was really (really) high up around my neck. SO I need to think about it for a while and see what I can do with it.. I have a feeling that it just might not be a shape that works for me. But we'll see. I think I might just give it a neck line instead of it being straight across.
As for projects I'm not working on anything else right now, the shirt is in the "thinking" stage.
I linked up my last post over at SEWHAPPYGEEK! So head over there and check out her great blog.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Completed Projects!

So, at 9 am I declared "today is going to be a productive day!" Now, you're thinking "So, was it or not?" and by golly it was.
Earlier in the week I took apart my green skirt that I am going to refashion. I had to take off the waist band, take out the zipper and take the two pieces apart (which I could have left and saved myself a step, but I like the long way..). The I had to make a thread run, because even though we have a ton of thread we did not have any that matched the green skirt. After that I was ready to go and I sewed that baby up lickety split! I used the waist band described in the pattern for this skirt and it was not bad at all. The only problem I had was because my sewing was a little wonky and the casing was tight. But not a biggie, I just had to dig out a tiny safety pin to get it through. I'm declaring it done because all I have to do it sew up the elastics.
Last night I cut out the fabric for my test run of this shirt.
Next up, I finished up this little beanbag game thing that I made for my nephew.

It has 4 bean bags, the mat and the little bag to keep it in. The bag was actually one that was supposed to be a lunch bag but never got completed...I just put a drawstring in it. What a pain in the ass time I had with this. Here's why: first I put the button holes thru both layers of fabrics- fail! SO I had to take out 4 (x2) rows of tiny little stitches. Then when I put them in again one worked fine and one got hosed up because the fabric got bunched up between the buttonholer and the little foot thing that comes down. So I had to take what was done of that one out. But I had experience with it so that wasn't a biggie. Then I get them done and then I sew up the casing and then I realize that the button holes are on the INSIDE .. supposed to be on the outside. Oh well, it was done and it works so it's OK. The mat it really more like a tiny little quilt. The point of the game: you pitch your bean bag and try to get the most points. The center is 3, the spaceships are 2 and the green is 1 point. I'm thinking that it should have 3 bean bags tho- two seems kinda weird.. but.
In case you are keeping track that is 2 projects done for today. I'm hoping that I can get the starter shirt done tomorrow. All I'm going to do is sew the hems up and then sew them together. I'm not going to shir the bottom. Unless I'm in love with it and I HAVE to do then I might.
Over the weekend I bought some fabric to make the "real" shirt and I also picked up some more 60/40 knit. It's dark gray like a gunmetal color. I got a good deal on it, it's $4.99 on sale for $2.99/yd. And i had a coupon for the other one so not to bad. I love coupons by the way. That is a whole nother post there about me and my coupons... <3 them!
Tomorrow I'm going to post a pic of the skirt because the camera is out in the car and I don't really feel like going out to get it. I really try not to sew (or craft) after 9 pm. But I should be able to whip up the hems on the "test" shirt. OH and I have tendonitis in my elbow. Never had that lucky you. It bites and it hurts. And there really ain't jack squat you can do about it.. Ice and rest. Well, I like to be able to USE my arms..
That's all I gots for now! See ya'll later. Tomorrow is Memorial Day, so thank soldier or a veteran. They rock!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pictures. Yippee!

Okay, so last post I mentioned that I made a skirt. SO here it is!

I even made an attempt to make the pic look better by taking it outside..

The next picture is of the skirt I am going to refashion.

I bought it about 5 years ago and I wore it one time (to my nephew's baptism). It didn't fit then and it doesn't fit now..I gave it to my Mom but then I saw this skirt tutorial. I was thinking to myself "self, that looks like a great skirt, and not that hard either. I could totally make that!" and then my self was like "hey, that skirt you have that doesn't fit is also too long.. couldn't you do up the waist on that skirt the way the tutorial shows??" It seemed like a good idea to me.. See I have to wear that green skirt up around my ribs to be able to wear it. Who the hell wants to wear a skirt around their ribs? I mean that is worse than wearing it high waisted.. Right? So I'm going to hack off the waist, and use AMH's tutorial to make the waist. She's got a great idea where you make casings around and then put tiny elastic in there so give it a shirred look. I'm kinda excited about it. Even if it is kinda putzy. But I don't mind doing crap like that. So maybe if I can pull myself away from Giveaway Day long enough to work on it..
I've been doing hardly anything the last 3 days but looking at blogs and entering to win stuff. I'm glad that most of them end tonight. I'm sure the peeps over at SMS were like "if it lasts longer than three days people are going to start dying and losing thier jobs" because they have spent all this time not doing anything else.. not working or cooking or eating or picking kids up from school or daycare or something like that..
I think that's all I have for now. I could probably ramble on and on.. but I'd rather eat lunch and work on that skirt.. No one can say for sure if I'll wear it AFTER I change it but chances are I'll wear it at least one time.. Wish me luck!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Give Away Day!

Okay, so I know that I haven't posted in forever and I have no excuse. I haven't been on a tropical vacation or sick. Or really busy with work or anything. Nothing. The only thing I've been doing alot of is sitting on the couch, doing some yard work and walking.
Lately I've started walking around the neighborhood. I have a pedometer on my iPod and it's pretty cool. I try to walk like 3,000 steps, I have no clue how far that is... I try to go in the evenings on days when it's nice out or when I feel like I haven't done much during the day. Today I went with the BF and walked around the park that we go to all the time. We got in almost 5,000 steps so that was fun. I made a skirt over the weekend, and I'm pretty excited to wear it and I have an idea for a way to refashion a skirt I already have but is too long for me and is too small so I have to wear it VERY high in order to be able to breathe... And I have an idea for a cool shirt but I have to dig out the material I'm going to try it out on. It's some plaid fabric that is ugly but that makes me love it more..
But like the title says today is Give Away Day. And it's great! Sew Mama Sew puts on this thing where great bloggers make posts and host giveaways. I'd put in some links but blogger is not letting me do it.. SO anyways. If you head on over to you can look at 3 huge lists of bloggers that are giving stuff away. I'll try to be back with a skirt pic tomorrow!
Edit: I forgot to mention that today all I've been doing is blog walking and entering as many of these giveaways as I can. I gotta win something sometime...right?