Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Monday, March 22, 2010
My Mom and I found this Alpaca hand knit sweater in a thrift store at a bargin price and I decided to make a cardigan sweater out of it. I found a compatible yarn that complemented the texture and color scheme of the sweater and whipped up a hand knit "ribbing" to apply to the center front. Next I embedded some gold thread in the "ribbing" by hand stitching random sections of gold thread to create a similar look of the gold flecks in the sweater body.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
(Duke on couch)
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation on November 20, 2009! So glad I will have some time to sew again. One of the first patterns I intend to make is a new Butterick Pattern. I plan to make the dress in Red to wear as a tunic over black pants.
January 31, 2010 Note: I haven't made this pattern yet but it is on my planner.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I have noticed several other blog posts about the new Star Trek movie. My boys took me to see it last night. I love the way the new actors resemble the original characters in the original series. The subtleties of the humor and the historical references to earlier content was exciting. How fun!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I have been eager to get back to blogging and contribute to the sewing community with Nylorac Creations. Here is a glimpse of what I have been up to the past few months. I took the directorship of a nonprofit organization, Quality Life Associates this past summer. Here is a photo from my recent activities. What I love about this position is the variety and rich opportunities to serve people and make friends. If you would like to look at it in more depth see website and blog: http://www.qualitylifeassociates.com/
Monday, November 3, 2008
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
However, the front darts I tried here definitely need more work. The darts create an unattactive "poofy" effect at the lower edge below the dart. Since I don't want to remove the hem to take the dart all the way to the hemline I am going to reshape the dart, narrowing the dart significantly at the lower end. I do like the shaping it provides at the top of the dart. So, by tomorrow afternoon hopefully I will have a photo showing a smoother CF with an improved CF dart here.
This is one reason why we have seam rippers right?
Monday, July 9, 2007
8 bits of facts to share about me:
1. If you are a member of this sewing community it wouldn't come as any surprise to you that I have a large stash of patterns and fabric. I love the thrill of the hunt and the capture of exciting fabric yardage and just the right pattern. But in my case I have decided that my stash is a completed collection for the time being. I plan to work mostly from what I have collected for the next few years, and just buy coordinating fabrics if needed to match what I already have. I think I could probably create just about any style from the patterns I already have. Sure, I will buy a few, but mostly work with what I already have. I have taken the challenge!
2. In addition to sewing, another hobby I have is music. I have happily collected all the major members of the flute family (with the exception of the base flute). I have the following flutes: piccolo, 3 C flutes, E flat, and alto. I currently don't have a group to play with but plan to look for another group in the next year or so. I have a part-time paid position playing piano every Sunday for one church service. It has really been fun to do and something I have wanted to try for years. The job kind of “fell in my lap.” I had filled in there as a musician at this church a number of times since moving here three years ago. One of the regular musicians they had on staff failed to show up one Sunday and didn't call in. Needless to say, he was fired. They called me and offered me the position. Of course I said, YES!
3. I am a dog lover and always have been. We have two dachshunds, a black-colored miniature long-haired female named Dutchess (8 years) and a short-haired silver dapple male named Duke (9 months)--both dogs are still vying for the alpha role; lots of power plays to see who is the boss.
4. Although I didn't plan to do it earlier in my life, I am currently finishing up a doctorate in Rehabilitation Education, hoping to graduate this coming December if I can just finish the dissertation?! Three years ago our family moved 3 hours away from home (Little Rock, AR at the time) to allow me the opportunity to do this program. Wow! The time has flown by and many days I can't believe I have actually almost finished it. My family has been wonderfully supportive of this endeavor. I couldn't have done it without them. We hope to move to the Pacific NW (Seattle area) this coming January (assuming I can find a job there). My husband and I both grew up there.
5. Since we have two boys, we are all into Boy Scouting. Yes, I have a uniform too. I have filled lots of roles over the years. My older son is an Eagle scout and our 14 year old son is coming up the ranks. We really like scouting since it provides so many great learning opportunities in life skills for guys!
6. I would love to take a couple of trips to Europe sometime in the next decade—something I have never done.
7. My parents are having their 50th wedding anniversary celebration this August and we are going to Seattle for the event. I fashioned a customized banner that will be suspended from the doorway to the event that is quilted, appliqued, and has beading on it. Some of the techniques I learned from reading some of the sewer blogs in this community. Thank you for your input!
8. My older son (19) just bought his first car, and he and my husband are off on a road trip to go pick up the car (a red 1988 cadillac with the square body shape) in Nashville, TN for the next couple of days.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
- Shortened sleeves to 3/4 length and changed cuff dimensions to fit this sleeve length. I cut the sleeves on the cross grain to get the vertical dimension with the geometric print.
- Removed about 3/4 of an inch off of the entire center front and neck seam. I had already cut out the collar when I decided to remove fabric from the CF. The collar needs to be lengthened in order to fit the "new" CF. I will lengthen the collar for the next version.
- Pinched out a 3/8 inch dart off of CB to remove excess fabric in back.
- Added a little more fullness to sleeve head; I basted the sleeves and side seams in and then tried the jacket on. The upper sleeve was somewhat tight, so I removed the sleeves and recut them to add 1 inch to the sleeve head. I was able to ease the extra inch into the sleeve without any puckers. Now the sleeve fits like it should.
- Since the fabric is so lightweight, I added a strip of soft fusible interfacing to the CF and around the back neck, 1 1/2 inches wide, and top stitched it on the outer edge. The interfacing stabilized the collar with this fabric. I also added interfacing to the inside of the hem to stabilize it as well.
- Did you happen to notice the bias binding at the bottom of the collar? This was my solution to cover a construction "mistake." My high school sewing teacher always told us, "You can find a solution for almost any mistake you might make in sewing if you don't panic about it. Stop and brainstorm about some creative options for fixing it." I accidentally scorched the end of the collar with my iron. There was a streak of brown on one end of the collar that was quite noticeable. I was able to cover up this area with the bias binding on the end of the collar. So of course I added the same design element to the other side of the collar. Voila! Fixed.
- I used a Hong Kong Finish (bias wrapped seams) to finish all the seams in the jacket. Suprisingly, the wrapped seams helped to further stablize the shape of the jacket, since the body of the jacket is made from lightweight cotton.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Do you use sewing as a reward for completing other projects that aren't quite as fun?
I have a need to "dive down" for the next few days and work on another section of my dissertation project--rewarding, especially when a section is completed, but it's just not the same as sewing is it!
People who sew are admirers of other kinds of art and beauty. I walk by this building every day on my way into campus. I love the beauty of the restored building and the gardens that surround it.
At one time this building was a dorm for the small group of women that attended the University of Arkansas, beginning in 1874. Ella's Restaurant and Inn is the modern name for the business that now operates there. The Hotel Management Degree program on campus runs the businesses at it is wonderful-great food, nostalgic ambiance, art pieces--the furniture is a mixture of modern and old from a variety of eras. High ceilings, plush carpets, shiny wooden floors. The hallways are adorned with photos of students, teachers, sorority/fraternity functions etc. from 1874 - 1960 when the building was condemned. I enjoy following the fashion epic throughout the years represented by the photos. A lot of weddings and receptions are held in the outer courtyard just in front of where the flowers are in the photograph.
Sunday, April 8, 2007
http://ladynwavsone.com/raisemeup.html Website with recording of "You Raise Me Up"
Loes Hinse Tango Skirt with 10 panels: Semi-fitted at the top with flair at the bottom, elastic waist; I lined this skirt with an A-line two-piece pattern. As a number of other people have reported, this is a delightful
I bought a DRESS FORM on an Ebay estate sale about a year ago--I am enjoying the ability to view the overall effect of an outfit's appearance and of course to check sizing for garments, and to photograph sewing creations. This dress form is a vintage Sally Stitch dress form, Size C.