Archive for January 2004

1.25.2004

I know I haven’t posted in a while. I just had surgery, so I’ve been recovering and all that fun stuff. But I started reading my Readers Digest sewing book again. I’m halfway through!

I picked up a couple of other books at the half price bookstore. One is on fitting, and the other one is about fixing sewing screwups.

Oh, and I’ve been doing a lot of research on the hobbit costumes. Frame-by-frame DVD screenshots. Fun! I know there’s a lot of stuff on alleycatscratch.com, but I like doing my own research, too. I don’t just want to copy work that other people did!

1.08.2004

I wrote my first pattern review for PatternReview.com! I’m not sure if non-members can view it, so here’s a picture of Butch in his bed. I made that back in September or so. It’s freaking huge.

I’ll try to upload and post more pictures of projects I’ve done.

1.07.2004

Long post!

I’m currently reading this book, which I bought ages ago and never read all the way through. Holy crap, it answers a lot of the questions I had regarding the basics of sewing. The thing is, I didn’t really understand a lot of it before I a) did a little bit of sewing, and b) took all those classes at the Sewing Expo in November. So I guess I needed a little more background.

I’m currently studying pattern alterations. Some of it, like adding more fabric for the bust, confuses me. Luckily for me, I have a tiny bust, so I will not have to deal with this any time soon. Joy!

I’ve also seen good reviews of this book on patternreview.com and on Amazon. So maybe next time I go to the bookstore I’ll have to pick it up. I have $60 in B&N gift certificates, which I will use on a pattern-making book I want.

I have a Joann’s credit card, from which I’ve already received $40 in gift cards. I have more on the way, which is good because I already spent the others (plus some) at Joann’s last week. I got a whole bunch of stuff, including (but not limited to) a style ruler, some more pressing equipment, eyelet pliers, sewing machine needles, and some new presser feet (from Viking, in the Joann’s store).

My current project before working on any of my character costumes is a dress pattern (Simplicity 9891). I’m doing the one with the collar. I picked out some light green stretch velvet with some off-white patterned satin for the collar.

I also bought some tracing paper last night for making my own alterable copies of the pattern. I took some of my measurements, and to no one’s surprise, I’m much, much smaller on the top half than on the bottom. I also have long legs, a very short back waist length, and a longer waist-to-hip length. :P

Oh, and the sewing room is finally clean!

1.04.2004

Once again, I’m cleaning my sewing room. I’ve learned that in a house with five bedrooms and two people, one or two rooms will always be the “crap” rooms. I’ve spent the day clearing the crap out of my sewing room. :P

I’m also studying the basics of sewing, both review and new stuff. Maybe someday I’ll know enough to actually sew something new!

My current costume plans are to make Rikku from FFX-2 for March and a “secret” costume for August. I’m keeping it secret until I know for sure that I will be able to make it without it looking like ass. Then, for 2005, I’m going to make hobbit costumes for me, John, Susi, and Steve. I have a long way to go before I can do some of that tailoring stuff. Sometimes it’s very discouraging.