Tuesday, April 21, 2020

I've moved!

Hi everyone!

It's been quite a while (a year and a half to be more precise) since I posted anything to my dear little blog.  I'm still sewing, just not posting here.  I've moved to Instagram!  Just search for @starsthreads on Instagram and I'll be there - posting away!

Here are just some of my recent makes:

Vogue 1477 - a Sandra Betzina design:

McCalls 7623:

The Coram Top by Allie Olson:

This was supposed to be my Easter Dress - but well - we know what happened there.....New Look 6000:

And for those of you interested in my sewing yardage totals from the past few years - here's a quick summary:

Total yards sewn for the year:
2018 = 132.25 yards
2019 = 151.925 yards

And I'm already up to 73.625 yards for 2020!

Happy sewing everyone!


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Garbage can bound!

I should have known from the start that this dress would end up in the garbage can.  Here is all you are going to see of Vogue 9329 - a Marcy Tilton pattern.

There is nothing wrong with the pattern - I will actually sew it up again.  It was the fabric.  I just don't like it!  I purchased it from Girl Charlee and the fabric itself is good quality.  It's just the print that wasn't working for me.  Oh well - you sew and learn!

At least I could save my label.....

Oh well - You can't win them all!  I'm still adding this to the stats though - at least the fabric is now officially out of the stash! 

Latest Stashbustin' Stats:

Yardage for dress = 2.375 yards
YTD yards sewn = 90.05 yards
Remaining yardage to reach 100 yard goal = 9.95 yards

Happy sewing everyone!


Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Abstract Bird Dress

I purchased this knit fabric at this year's ASG Sewing Garage Sale.  Doesn't it look like abstract birds?  There was a total of 2 yards for $7.00.

I selected Simplicity 2369 for the pattern - which I've made before.  It's a mock wrap dress.  

I haven't made the long version though, but I think I like it!

Not much else to say about this dress so on with the stashbustin' stats!

Latest Stashbustin' Stats:

Yardage for dress = 2 yards
YTD yards sewn = 87.05 yards
Remaining yardage to reach 100 yard goal = 12.95 yards

Happy sewing everyone!


Sunday, September 30, 2018

3rd Quarter Goals update

It's the end of September and therefore, time for an update on my goals for this year.  Third quarter was a tough one for me sewing wise, due to our big house project that took up most of the time on the weekends for the months of July and August.  However, I did manage to tick off a few more items from the list though:

Garments to tackle:
Jeans - Done! Q2
Pants Done! Q3
- Something reversible
Sew more Burda patterns

Using up the stash:
- Sew 100 yards this year - In process! Currently at 85.05 yards sewn.
Sort thru scraps - Done! Q1
Sort thru all of my current stash.  Add all of the remaining pieces to the "Cora" app. - Done! Q1

- Track how much fabric I use/buy. - In process!
- Track spending. - In process!
- Track my pattern usage. - In process!

For fun:
- Redecorate the sewing room this year.Done! Q3

So far so good!  I'm moving right along!

Happy sewing everyone!


Thursday, September 27, 2018

My newly decorated sewing room

Warning - lots of photos ahead!

One of the items on my list for this year was to redecorate my sewing room.  It's been about 15 years with the same look and it was time for a refresh.  One idea I wanted to try was to somehow glue patterns to one of my main walls.  When I was traveling in London a few years ago, I saw this on one of the walls inside the fabric department at Liberty Department store and I wanted to duplicate it. And low and behold, it worked!

To start my little pattern wall experiment, I needed to find a clear glaze.  After going to a few paint stores, I came across this one.  I described to the man behind the counter what I wanted to do and he thought this product would do the job.  At $50.00 a gallon, it was a bit pricey, but you never know until you try, right?

Next - find a scrap board to practice on.  Paint it white and start glazing....And low and behold, it worked!  First you roll on some glaze - it actually looks like milk, but it dries clear.  Then, carefully take one pattern piece and lay it onto the wall.  Then, roll over the pattern only one or two times with the roller full of glaze and move onto the next piece.

So now that I knew it worked, I could move onto the main wall.  First step, cut out way, way more patterns than you think you will need.  And for those concerned, no vintage patterns were sacrificed for this project.  These were mainly children's patterns, with some women's, from the 80's and 90's.

Then start glazing away!  I started in the bottom corner and just went from there.

And voila!  Before I knew it, the wall was done!

I found this fabric that kinda reminded me of pattern pieces, so my color scheme was now determined.

I made new curtains using the fabric and a back cushion for my chair.  I also purchased some lime green suede to make the tabs for the curtain and to reupholster my chair.  

I had two of these old sewing machine stands in storage.  By cleaning them up, spray painting and adding tops to them, they are now my serger and coverstitch stands.  It's great to have these two machines always out and available.  Here's the before pic for one of them.

And after.  My new coverstitch stand.

And my new serger stand.  

My computer desk is now clean and tidy and free of the extra serger I used to plop on here.  

I am over the moon with my new room!  And I absolutely love the pattern wall!  I hope you like it too! 

Latest Stashbustin' Stats:

Yardage for curtains = 2 yards
Yardage for chair = 1.5 yards
YTD yards sewn = 85.05 yards
Remaining yardage to reach 100 yard goal = 14.95 yards

Happy sewing everyone!


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Vogue 1423 - My Cherry Red Dress

This Bellville Sassoon dress has been on my radar for a few years now - 4 to be exact because the pattern was released in 2014 and I quickly snapped it up.  The fabric I used is a cotton pique that I purchased at the Mill End Fabric store in Reno, Nevada a number of years ago.  I found some silk fabric for the lining at this year's sewing garage sale and it matched perfectly! 

This dress has alot of interest in the front.  Someone at work commented that it kinda looks like a Celtic cross on the front and I can see why - just look at all of those different lines!

The back is fairly simple with an invisible zipper down the center back and seam detailing which helps with the fitting. 

See how perfectly the lining matches!  I purchased 8 yards of the silk and I needed every bit of it.  After I washed the fabric, I noticed little holes had developed here and there and I needed to cut out every single piece of the lining separately to avoid the holes.  I still ended up with one hole on the center front, but I fused a piece of interfacing to it and I'm hoping that will work for awhile.  

This dress had quite a few fitting challenges for me.  The back fits quite nicely, but the front was a problem.  The bustline was just too low for me and the top of my strapless bra kept peeking out.  So, I opted to take up the shoulders by 1" total (1/2 in the back and 1/2 in the front) and that made the fit much, much better!

After raising up the shoulders, the armhole was way, way outta line so instead of trying to recut the armhole to get the small sleeves to fit, I just opted to skip the sleeves (I don't like small sleeves anyways) and do a sleeveless variation.  I used self made bias-tape to finish the armhole.  I didn't want to machine sew the bias tape to the inside, so I opted to sew it in by hand. 

All in all, I think this is a pretty nice dress!  I got quite a few compliments on it the first time I wore it to work. 

Latest Stashbustin' Stats:

Yardage for dress = 3 yards
Yardage for lining = 8 yards
YTD yards sewn = 81.55 yards
Remaining yardage to reach 100 yard goal = 18.45 yards

Happy sewing everyone!


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Pants - Done!

Another item on my list of to-do's this year was Pants.  I can now check these off of the list too.

I started with McCalls 6361 - a Palmer Pletsch pattern.  This pattern includes 1" seam allowances on the side seams and the inseam.  After you tape the crotch curve with some clear tape, they have you pin the pattern pieces together and try them on.  This was a bit awkward in our hot weather, but it seemed to give a good trial fit.

For my practice fabric, I used some stretch cotton pique that I picked up at this year's ASG Garage Sale.  There was 3.25 yards for $9.00 so not a bad price for some practice pants.

Here are the changes I ended up making to the pants pattern:

  • Took in the center back seam by 1" and tapered to the crotch curve
  • Took in the side seams 1/2"
  • Took 3/8" off the inside leg seam
  • Subtracted 1" off of the center back waistband
  • Let out the front inseam by 1/4" tapering for about 6 inches
  • I didn't make this change on this pair, but I will on the next one - lower the waistline by 1/2"

When paired with my fav Kwik Sew t-shirt pattern, I think this outfit looks kinda cute! 

Look - no gapping at the center back and they fit my backside quite nicely I'd say.

There are a few wrinkles underneath the bottom, but I'm not too worried about those.  I'll see what happens with my next pair.

All in all - I think the pants came out pretty well!

Latest Stashbustin' Stats:

Yardage for capri pants = 2.675 yards
Yardage for t-shirt = 1.5 yards
YTD yards sewn = 70.55 yards
Remaining yardage to reach 100 yard goal = 29.45 yards

Happy sewing everyone!