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Sunday Sevens #17

Sunday, August 30, 2015

This was the first week of classes at the university.  This meant that the campus suddenly had life and I hit the ground running with lecturing.

1.  My day-before-lecturing-began meal was seared duck breast.  Hands down one of my favorites.
2.  Chewie was sad we left him while we were all at school (literally, all of my little family at school:  Jules in Elementary, Mr. Chemist teaches high school and I busy at university).
3. I add Dr. Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar to my water in the morning.  I happened to find that they have an actual drink.

4.  Water ballon fight after school.  Trying to capture the last of summer while we can.
5.  I've been busy pattern testing.  I used flannel!!  Fall I am ready....
6.  Board game challenge.  I never seem to win against my son or husband -- they are too competitive. 

7.  On weekly errands, I went into a store that I do not normally go to and I found this.  Yeah, I stocked up.

Hope you have a great week!
xx

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The Megan Dress

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Embarrassingly, at the beginning of summer, I decided to work my way through Tilly's Love at First Stitch.  I say embarrassingly because it is going embarrassingly slow.  The Delphine skirt in no longer a WIP as I finished it this week (just need some decent blog photos to share).  And late Sunday evening I finished a Megan dress (that fits -- see below) for my first thermodynamics lecture on Monday afternoon.  Woo-who for late night sewing and reviewing lecture notes!

Experiment:
The Megan Dress
Size: 2

Materials:
2.25 yards of Polka Dot Cotton Blend
22" Ecru colored invisible zipper
Pellon Cotton Interfacing
Coats and Clark Ecru colored thread

Procedure:
This is actually my second Megan dress.  I set out to make Megan in July for MAGAM.  I made my first dress in a beautiful blue and white patterned cotton.  It was so gorgeous with a perfectly inserted invisible zip.  I was so pleased with myself....until I tried it on.  The bodice was too tight (I don't get to say that very often as I am not blessed with a chest).  The bodice pulled at the sleeves with bits of wrinkly fabric in places where it should not exist.  The skirt was okay but there was little ease and I don't think this dress was intended to be a wiggle dress.
Round two's solution was to move up a size in the bodice and skirt.  Ack!  That meant retracing! Tracing and cutting a pattern are my least favorite parts of sewing (It is really my impatience since at that point I just want to be sitting at my sewing machine).  On the other hand, sewing anything double cuts time off the process.  No guesswork or scratching of the head, just sewing; the kind of sewing you relish and can enjoy each step because of confidence.  And I am quite chuffed with the second Megan.  
Those little puffs on the sleeve cap are so stinkin' cute.   And I like the fabric.  As I was sewing, I was struck with a vision that the final dress could veer into the large polka-dot napkin area! But as I went along, I realized the size of the polka dots makes the dress contemporary without being silly.
Forgive the wrinkles.  I just have to declare that I beat the invisible zip on the first try.  I won! ...well, at least this time round.  I didn't do too shabby at pattern matching the skirt, even if I was not trying.
If I made the Megan dress again, I would probably lower the neckline and add 3/4 sleeves.  Oh, and pockets.  Always pockets.  Wondering about the first iteration?? The smaller Megan dress was sent to my niece for her dress-up collection.  I know she likes it.

xx

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Sunday Sevens #16

Sunday, August 23, 2015

I missed last week's Sunday Sevens because it was the Sunday before school began.  The errands seemed never-ending.  By the time I slowed down, I had no desire to open my laptop or read any emails.

Sunday Sevens is all thanks to Natalie at Threads and Bobbins.    Share seven pictures that describe your week.  I like how I get to know other bloggers.   Drumroll, please.....here is a snapshot of my week:

1.  Tree climbing accident.  A quick clean and Stars Wars band aids made it all better.
2. Open house and then first day of school.  Eeek!! Third grade. I am gonna blink and pretty soon I will have a tween.
3.  Chewie got a new training area.  Since we are leaving him longer, we decided to give him an area to move about.  Containing him helps with the potty training.
4. Gift from a new international student. She traveled a long way and was very excited to start university in the United States.

5.  Trip to the bookstore yielded several new novels, including this one.  I went to undergraduate university in Toledo so I can't wait to read this!
6.  Date night.  After a grueling first week back to school, we decided a proper date was a relaxing remedy. Mr. Chemist picked a new spot and the bartender made up a toe-curling Manhattan.
7.   Finished this little beauty for a friend.  Her daughter will wear this to her first birthday party. 

Hope you have a great week! 
xx

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Geek Chic: Enteroctopus Dolfieini Shirt

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Enteroctopus dolfieini is better known as the giant pacific octopus.  It can live up to five years in the wild and weigh around 13 kilograms.  Throwing a little science at you.  In honor of a new semester beginning I turned to Cotton and Steel's Tokyo Train Ride.  Octopus fabric in wicked colors.  Genius. Nuff' said.

Experiment:
Grainline Studio Scout Tee
Size: 0

Materials:
~ 2 yards of Cotton and Steel's Tokyo Train Ride cotton fabric
Mettler navy blue thread

Procedure:
Everybody needs a rad outfit for the first day of school.  Not quite everybody, I exaggerate. If you are my son then you just update your uniform (Yeah for uniforms!!).   But for those of us who usher in a the new school year with new students and new material, well, it just fits that you would want a new outfit.  
The Grainline Scout Tee was not something on my radar.  (Please don't hate me with the next line).  I mean, it is just a simple tee shirt pattern. Google it and bloggers from around the world have created amazing Scout versions.  Would I have run out and bought it?  Nah.  I happened upon this pattern when Craftsy was having a summer sale on their sewing kits.  For $24, I got the pattern and 2 yards of the Cotton and Steel fabric.  Ummmmmm, I am a sucker for a deal. Now, I am a sucker for the Scout Tee.
This pattern is quite simple and I would recommend it to any new beginner.  It is sleek design that would allow the more advance (sewer, ha! ha!) seamstress to vary the pattern to create a whole new look.  Since, I have never used a Grainline Studio pattern, when I made her up I opted for the standard Scout Tee.  
After I traced the pattern, I ditched the directions and the cutting layout.  I placed the pattern on the fabric such that I only used a yard plus some change.  I was using the smallest size and this would not work with larger sizes.  I also used a  double-fold pink bias tape I had made a while ago instead of the bias piece that the pattern calls for.
Things I loved about this pattern:

  • It's a woven tee.  Using woven makes it much more suitable for work attire. Woo-who!
  •  You know those vintage Jiffy Simplicity patterns with the tagline "Only 4 pattern pieces" -- you could add that to the Scout Tee because it really does sew up in a jiff.
  • Simple means a canvas to create something different.
I'll leave you with my obligatory photo of the first day of school.  These photos filled my Facebook feed all day.  I didn't share there but I will share here because it shows the Scout in action (and my new haircut!).

xx

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Sunday Sevens #15

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Wow!  I just spent a wonderful couple of weeks with my family in Cincinnati.  I did not even bring my computer and I did not sew.  I opened up Bloglovin this morning and saw all the missed blog posts -- Holy Moly! I was overwhelmed (So if I didn't comment on your lovely make, I am sorry!).   For this Sunday Seven, I am going to show seven things from my trip.  Hope you all have an incredible week! xxx

1.  Hanging with my bestie.  My sister and I are vastly different but the closest friends. I do wish I lived closer to her.
2.  Homemade perogies with goetta.  Delicious! It was the perfect Findlay Market trip while enjoying the cooler weather.

3.  Opera cream cake from BonBonerie.  I gained plenty of weight since I cannot pass up all of the foodie options that Cincy from chili to ribs to cakes to breads.  I ate gooooooooood.
4.  Playing in Washington Park and then walking all over the city.  Not only was it a blast, it tired out all the grandkids for my parents.
5.  For something fun, I took my niece, Carmen, and Jules to Zip City.  It is full of trampolines, ziplines and rock climbing, i.e. every little kid's dream,.
6. Cincinnati Zoo with my niece, Aviva.  My brother and his wife are moving back to Germany so this was great to spend time with them.
7.  Museum Center fun!  We went to an exhibit called the Science of Sport -- interactive and informative.

I am glad to be back at my sewing machine.  My road trip yielded a container of vintage patterns and over a 12 yards of fabric.  Eeeeek!  I am a problem.  Well, the problem is that I have so many ideas that I don't know where to start!!!


Sunday Sevens is the brain child of Natalie at Threads and Bobbins.  The idea is that each week you may not have enough for a full blog post but you do have interesting stories or pictures to blog.  Capture seven things and share!  It is also a great way to get to know bloggers better.   Come on, what are you waiting for?  Join in!

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