McCall’s pattern 5640 day 2

OK well I have a couple sheets I thought might work. Most of my sheets are solid colored. I chose to make 2 tops, one of each sheet.

Ironing a sheet  what a joy! +wpid-img_20150407_163846.jpg has to be super crisply ironed. Place pattern on the fold and trace and cut,wpid-img_20150407_163920.jpg being sure to mark your fabric as the pattern tells you to. + I used a piece of chalk and poked it in the hole to mark my gather points.wpid-img_20150407_170610.jpg In case you were wondering about the measurements on the tunic front and back, I took a pic to to show you +wpid-img_20150407_174145.jpgwpid-img_20150407_174210.jpgwpid-img_20150407_170030.jpgwpid-img_20150407_170403.jpg  also the arm holes on the tunic + wpid-img_20150408_151601.jpgwpid-img_20150407_174445.jpgnow the tunic front and back are cut out, I was thinking about using a contrast on the yokes and because I’m poor, all I have are a few fat quarters and some old clothes to choose from. I chose and shirt with a pretty pattern on it, the pattern happens to have some of the same color purple as the bed sheet wpid-img_20150407_173006.jpg+ Iwpid-img_20150407_222903.jpg folded, ironed and cut out the yokes from this shirt. + wpid-img_20150407_173026.jpgthe next step would be to add the interfacing to the yokes. Since I can’t afford interfacing, I will skip that part. Next step…….. create the gathers, there is a great tutorial here + https://youtu.be/tO3ghcocAOU  for learning how to gather. Remember to have plenty of thread in your bobbin before you start the gather process, because if you run out????? Well that sucks wpid-img_20150407_192948.jpg+ another thing to remember, when you are done with the gathering, turn your stitch length back to your normal setting, because that sucks too. Lol. Sew your gathers with fabric front facing up wpid-img_20150407_210406.jpgand when your done sewing, don’t tie off any threads, just leave them until you’ve matched your yokes to your tunic tops. wpid-img_20150407_205251.jpgTo gather, gently tug on your bobbin threads as you slide the fabric into place. + wpid-img_20150407_191724.jpgwpid-img_20150407_193512.jpgwpid-img_20150407_202101.jpgOnce the yoke and tops line up perfectly, then tie off your gather strings. Next…. sew the yoke and tops together fronts facingwpid-img_20150407_202150.jpg and shoulders together, fronts facing + wpid-img_20150407_222825.jpgwpid-img_20150407_222850.jpgnow you can sew the sides together and begin your hem lines and bias tape around the arm holes with another great tutorial to follow along to. + https://youtu.be/E8bPZI2ImAw all in all this is an easy project! I feel more confidant about what I’m doing. The top is cute but I don’t know if I will be wearing them in public, maybe its because I know they are bed sheets, or maybe its because I don’t like showing my fat arms ( I just might add sleeves) at any rate they are cute, but still, they aren’t the empire waist that I really really want!! I’ll   be on the lookout for a cheap plus size empire waist pattern and when I find one, I’ll be back to brag about it..  hahahaha +100_2287100_2288

McCall’s pattern m5640 day 1

Day one.
After taking out the pattern pieces and reading the direction sheets forward and back several times. I’m ready to begin. Have to iron the pattern pieces, they’re pretty wrinkly and need to be super flat. I decided to cut on the 32w size line. There is a section on the yokes where you would have to cut off the smaller sizes, so I  cut it off and I’m keeping these pieces for if/when I need to make this top smaller.

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+ next step I chose to lay the pattern pieces with the fold line perfectly lined up on the long edge of poster board and trace around and cut

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+. Poster board or cardboard  just seems to make sense, since I plan to use this pattern ALOT. My poster board size is 22″X28″

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+ and I had a couple of them stashed away in my studio, I think I picked em up at Walmart for a dollar. As I read the markings on the pattern I see there’s  line where you can lengthen the top (excellent). Just cut between the 2 lines and bring the bottom part down to how ever long you need it. According to my measurement I need 3 inches added. I’d like this tunic to hit mid thigh, after laying the pattern top onto the board and add 3 inches between it and the bottom piece, it turns out that the poster board is the EXACT length! That worked out great. Now time for the yokes. Since I only have 2 poster boards and both of them are full of tunic back and front, I figured why not cut out the yokes right inside the tunic?

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Its not like I need those middle bits. So that’s what I did, I’ll tape the edge back together later. I make sure I put ALL the markings in the exact places and cut it all out

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…. only 4 pieces to this pattern

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! How hard can this be? Excitement is building!!

McCall’s pattern m5640 among other things

Hi all, its been a while again.. I’ve been down a lot with stage 4 osteoarthritis in both knees and having more bad days than good lately but I’ll be starting physical therapy Friday and hopefully find some relief as well as lose enough weight for knee replacement. But enough feeling sorry for myself. The good news.. I received this +
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brother xl2600i sewing machine for Xmas from my brother and sister and mom and sooo excited to start using it for other things besides curtains and pillows:-)  you have to know this!! I AM A TOTAL NEWBIE when it comes to sewing. I’ve never laid eyes on a sewing pattern nor do I have any idea about fabrics and notions and measuring it all seems so challenging!!! But you know what’s even more challenging? Trying to find flattering tops/outfits in my size that fit properly and are affordable! Have you ever been in the store and found a cute top on the rack that seemed the perfect style for your figure and was just your size but the only problem was.. it was too short? This happens to me all the time. I have fatness down there that I would like to NOT show to the world! I expect any size 3x beauty would feel the same. So who ever is making these tops.. stop it!  Now for my new venture… after searching high and low trying to think of something to start with, I found a lot of amazing bags/purses and tutorials that were perfect for beginners. Best one I found was this free awesome cute pleated/lined purse, and the tutorial was so simple and no measuring no worries! She did a pictorial through it all and I followed along easy breezy! Love her! Love this purse! I made one out of this precut fabric called fat quarters! These are neat stuff! I snatched up a few for .99 at Walmart! Here is her pictorial in case your interested http:// http://www.sewingshop.net/blog/make-a-lovely-pleated-purse/ and here is my finished purse +
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so… next I wanted to step it up a notch and I thought, why can’t or how can I lengthen these too short tops that I like? My favorite style is an empire waist tunic that is long and gathered and flares out, I especially like the uneven hemlines and the rayon fabric with a little print. A lot of research left me confused and scared, I botched one top and decided there just wasn’t a good enough step by step “altering tunics for dummy’s” tutorial out there. I’m still searching though. Now comes the scary stuff! I looked for patterns that were in my size and flattering and most of all … easy… I found a great tunic pattern that was everything I wanted but the price was too high and since I don’t have a printer I couldn’t go that route either. After maybe a month of searching I finally found something cute enough and affordable
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+ McCall’s m5640 I know its not an empire waist but after reading reviews I learned that it is so adaptable you can make all kinds of changes to it (once I get comfortable with it). And the price was only a few dollars on eBay. I searched some more looking for anyone out there who has made this pattern and posted tutorials on it, but to no avail. I will attempt to do this myself. Got my pattern! Next step…. fabric… calls for lightweight, even silk blend, rayon, well this isn’t cheap 😦 I would hate to ruin good fabric on a first time project. Things I need besides fabric would be interfacing & bias tape( researched this, I suppose its important). The interfacing makes the yoke sturdy and the bias tape helps the arm holes keep their shape (Don’t quote me on that). I can’t afford interfacing right now and so I’m making this pattern without. The single fold bias tape is cheap, no problem. I visited my local salvation army store (we don’t have a goodwill here) looking for anything I could use. I picked up a bag of sewing goodies for a dollar but as far as fabric goes… Nada.. even USED bed sheets were crazy expensive(I read somewhere that you can use bed sheets for this). I went home and dug out/washed a sheet, opened the pattern and now I begin. (Fingers crossed) I will post pics as I go along and hopefully someone out there will appreciate this.. lol

One happy hooker!

wpid-img_17174208729979.jpegLooks like crochet is king during this cold season. I wanted to crochet some cute ear head warmers, wondering how well they would be received. There is a Facebook page from my small town that offers things for sale and I’ve been posting my jewelry and crochet on there. I don’t sell much or very often but an extra $10 here and there really helps a lot! So anyway, right after I posted these earwarmers people were crazy about them! I sold 3 in one day! and orders for hats! This is so exciting! My customers are so happy and love them, they are posting pics of themselves wearing my items! I wish there were a way I could consign around here or open a shop or something. Etsy was a bust for me, too much competition. It seems people would rather pay twice as much from a reputable established etsy shop then give a newbie etsy seller like me a chance. Can’t blame em. So these are a few orders I filled. One adult animal scoodie 🙂 very cute! A client asked for a cloche hat to match the ear warmer she was buying.  I’m in heaven! I need more yarn!

wpid-img_17596916780979.jpegwpid-img_17192298959979.jpegwpid-pmcovershot2015-0105-21_07_50.jpg.jpegwpid-img_17226892977979.jpegmy jewelry is selling pretty good too lately since i started making the hematite magnetic bracelets. Im using dragon vein quartz agates. Theyre very nice.

 

Adult crochet Viking hat with beard

a client sent me a pic and asked if I could create this for her husband. it was an image of a crochet Viking helmet with a beard. oh boy (the lael Viking) I searched for this pattern and could not find a free one anywhere, so here is my replica.

I started with a gray beanie simple single crochet.

then I HDC the rim of the hat going thru the back of each stitch to create a “rim” effect

round 2 is HDC with occasional popcorn stitches thrown in for “rivet” effect, then last row is all HDC going thru the back of each stitch.

the criss-cross over the helmet is done with 2 strips of 1 row DC and pinned in place and stitched on.

the horns are from a youtube tutorial “blue monster” (very easy) and I added 2 rows of helmet colored DC to the base of each horn and gave it a fold. stitched each horn in place.

the beard. OH BOY! the beard. this was so tough, I used the pattern from ravelry and I cant complain about the pattern, but the hardest part is centering and too much or too little tension , I had to redo this beard several times and got so frustrated. but its all done now, and what a great feeling! GO ME!

Haggar!
Haggar!

its the most busiest time of the year!

wpid-img_89051856345718.jpegwpid-img_89027417023719.jpegwpid-img_88344871815719.jpegwpid-img_88445009498719.jpegwpid-img_88492184756718.jpegwpid-img_88286921559719.jpegOmg.. Halloween to the day after Xmas is such a busy time.

Mostly crocheting. But I’ll begin where I left off.

Halloween was a blast even though only 2 people knew who divine was i still ended up winning best handmade costume and best over all, which was so surprising because my son’s costume was amazing! He is a lot like his mom, creative, inventive, unique individual. He made his own costume too. A clockwork orange. AMAZING! Hands down he should have won. I suppose it didn’t help that I was bribing/threatening people for their votes lmfao.

It was a good time and here’s the pics.

Got milk?
Got milk?

wpid-img_20141227_163325.jpgwpid-img_88581464008719.jpeg . After Halloween I was so busy getting my craft room in order being thrifty and using things that I already had available to me I was able to organize all of my cords and beads and charms and create awesome work space for jewelry making as well as sewing table and yarn display. I used the cardboard boxes that come with office paper, removed the lids and nailed 4 of them to my wall haphazardly creating V shapes and plenty of yarn storage. I also decided to decoupage the basement stairs with music sheets and lyrics, it looks pretty good with the band equipment all set up down there. I will take pics. And lastly Christmas….. well I already knew I would be crocheting my gifts, just needed some simple ideas to crochet. I searched online for inspiration and I saw the cutest hooded animal cowl with ears and unfortunately it was not a free pattern and I only had worsted weight not bulky yarn. So I kinda had to figure this one out on my own, I made 3 of them, the first one was a trial so I could write out my own pattern, it was a little too big for a toddler but perfect for my 6 yr old niece. With that I was able to adjust my pattern to fit toddlers. I made 2 toddler sized hooded cowls and they are adorable!!! My 2 toddler nieces love them too.

Hello-Ween!!!

Who doesn’t love Halloween? Getting dressed in costume, being somebody (or something) else for a day? The Halloween bashes we put on every year are amazing! Good friends/family, great costumes, food, drink, music and most importantly the annual ghost hunting trips! We load up in a car and drive to haunted locations with ghost hunting equipment ie- really cool apps on our cell phones..lol cameras, flash lights and pranks 🙂 . Even though its all fun and good times we still manage to catch some good evp’s and images. This year we’re headed to kansas-ish, I haven’t mapped our locations yet but it’ll be awesome!

Pink flamingoes "Divine"
Pink flamingoes “Divine”

Meanwhile i’m making shamballa bracelets until i get into my house

Shamballa bracelets
🙂 Shamballa bracelets

esome!

My costumes have always been homemade (cuz im crafty/thrifty like that) last costume (oompa loompa) won first place $150 at the bar and my hubby’s costume came in second.

It isnt easy coming up with new costume ideas every year, especially trying to find big girl costumes that don’t cost a fortune! even the great and powerful eBay can’t help me there, so I have to resort to making my own. This year I’ve decided on Devine, a john waters character from the movie pink flamingoes. I have a red dress and red tulle just need gobs of cheesy makeup and I’ll make hair outta yarn

Oopma loompa
Oopma loompa

today is the day

I will be moving things into the new house! I’m so excited! its been a long journey.

We had ALOT of hiccups along the way and we’re still having random troubles and delays on actually moving in and living/sleeping there, but at least most of our things can be moved in.

 

 

This is exhausting! My knees gave out on me, by the end of the night i was crying in pain. But it will all be worth it in the end. I cant wait to start on my crafty ideas.

To the deck
To the deck

 

Still got some work to do
Still got some work to do
Bathroom finished
Bathroom finished
My mom at the door
My mom at the door