Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Summer at the Country House Frock Grosgrain Giveaway

Summer at the Country House Frock Grosgrain Giveaway

I really love the little details on this dress.  The piping, the lace peeking out the bottom, and the perfectly-matched buttons are wonderful!  A classic and easy piece to pull off.

Serger Contest!

Here's my entry.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

The Stretch KnitWit: An Epic Poem

There once was a girl
Who was not a sewist.
She loved to play outside all day.

She swam and she swung
‘till the sky grew dark
And her mom called, “Come in, Becca May!”

Still something was missing,
She needed much more.
She wanted to make something new.

So one day she decided,
“My poor dolls need clothes!”
And she started collecting balloons.

She snipped and she trimmed
‘till she had a small top,
Then a dress and a skirt to match.

She dressed up her dolls
And to her great surprise,
She was asked to create a whole batch!

After her and her friends
Outgrew their doll phase,
She still felt the need to create.

Watching her mom sew
She came up with a plan
To prepare for her very first date.

“Will you teach me?” she asked,
With great unease
Of the hulking white whirring machine.

The next day they began
With a trip to JoAnn
And the place made her feel quite serene!

Despite her fears,
She turned out a skirt
And from then on she was persuaded,

But she had many issues
And broke lots of needles.
Her initial successes had faded.

She loved the dolls’ clothes
Because balloons can stretch.
She wanted that in her own clothes.

But each time she tried
To sew with stretch knits,
She ended up saying, “this blows!”

The fabric would stretch,
Contort and unravel.
She just couldn’t get it to behave.

Then one day someone said,
“You just need a serger!
You must have been born in a cave!”

Once the girl heard
Of this magic machine,
She knew she must have one herself.

But on closer inspection
Of prices online,
She threw that plan back on the shelf.

For now she was in college,
And there was no way
That she could afford such a prize.

So she kept on sewing
And messing up hems.
Stretch knits were to be her demise!

Then she learned of a contest
On “Sew Mama, Sew!”
That just might stop all her headaches,

“A serger!” she cried,
“It’s just what I need!
I could finally make Vogue 1178!”

“My stretch knits would fit
And chiffon wouldn’t fray,
My seams would all be so pretty!

My future children
Would just be so glad
That ‘Sew Mama, Sew’ took pity!”

“Please,” she said,
“Make my sewing as simple
As making doll clothes from balloons,”

“When posting on Craftster
About my projects,
I’ll no longer feel like a buffoon!”

Monday, August 16, 2010

New Fabric!

I'm super excited.  Why?  Because a friend from high school just brought over some fabric from Uganda!  She was there for awhile working with a rehab shelter for women and children, and she learned that her cook was also a seamstress.  She was trying to raise enough money for a new sewing machine to further her business while simultaneously supporting her brothers and sisters.  Megan decided to sell this women's creations to her friends in the U.S., and I asked about purchasing raw fabric.  I got 3 yards of 3 different wax fabrics for $10 each, and the seamstress earned enough to buy a new machine!

My only problem is that I'm too afraid to cut into them!  I'll have to figure out some really fantastic projects...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sunburned Seamstress

So I just got back from a trip to Rehoboth Beach and I got sunburned...badly.  Oh well, I have another week to get some projects done before heading off to Boston for a week, where I hope to find some good fabric stores!  Also, my first issue of BurdaStyle came while I was gone so I'm excited to work on some of those projects.  First up, however, is a skirt I promised for my mom.  I'm just copying an existing pattern of a skirt she loves in a tan linen with embroidery.  Another project for this week is to finish up my entry for the "Sew Mama, Sew!" serger contest.  It's going to rock.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Summer projects!

So I procrastinated taking pictures for awhile because I'm a terrible model.  Tonight I got my reluctant mom to help me out, so here are some things I've made over the last couple months.  I'm going to try to be better at taking pictures regularly so I don't overwhelm myself!

First up, New Look 6864, view C+D+I+L.  I tried it awhile ago in some black satiny stuff and it was a disaster.  I love this mosaic-like fabric but I think it would have been better on a less complicated design.  You can't really see the neckline details here, but I still like it!  My only change was to add a second waistband of the same width.  Next time I'll just cut the waistband twice as thick, but as it was it looked babydoll-ish and I'm not big on that style.

Next is Simplicity 3850 for the shorts and the camisole pattern from "Alabama Studio Style" for the top.  This was my second time working with the shorts pattern (my first attempt was with denim).  It's turned out pretty well both times, but I changed a few things this time.  I added patch pockets on the back instead of the fake flaps on the pattern, I made the leg a little wider and longer so I could cuff it, and I took in the waist just a little bit.  They're a lot cleaner and more comfortable than my first try. 

I absolutely LOVE "Alabama Studio Style" by Natalie Chanin.  They have such inspirational designs and the pattern is a great base for making your own designs.  The cotton top was actually my second attempt at the camisole.  I conquered my fear of buttonholes, which originated the first time I tried to do them on my mom's old machine.  It's so much easier on my Babylock!  Those 12 buttonholes were a breeze.  Next time I'll make the straps thicker.

Here's the first attempt of the camisole top.  It was inspired by an Anthro top...I did gathering with elastic thread vertically and horizontally on a panel slightly bigger than the regular middle panel.  It turned out ok, but it's definitely a prototype.  I have some changes in mind for next time!

The fabric looks like it's washed out towards the bottom but it's just the camera.

Finally, these last two are both from Butterick 4914.  I love this pattern, and I made the blue one back in the spring.  I did some hand embroidery around the armholes because I'm hopeless when it comes to finishing the edges of jersey.  Any suggestions?

I could probably stand to take in a little at the sides of the red one...it's a little baggier than I'd like it to be.  I also added a neckband type thing on this one, but it ended up a little high.  Oh well, better than too low!

Thanks for looking!  My future posts won't be so massive.

Friday, August 6, 2010

The beginning!

So.  I never thought I'd create a blog, but here I am.  The main reason for MayMade's creation is the inspiration that I've gotten from the enormous sewing/blogging community.  It seemed so exciting, I just wanted to be a part of it!  Also, as loving and supportive as they are, my parents/friends/boyfriend are never that interested in my creations.  Sure, they complement me and all, but I need more!  I need to talk patterns, fabrics, and notions with someone.  I need constructive criticism.  Hopefully through this blog I will improve as a sewist.  Join me as I hone in on my skills and delve into other new, exciting, and very intimidating art forms.  Random tidbits about school, flute practice, and life will most likely be thrown in too!