Sunday, September 30, 2007

Sunday sewing stuff

Today I pinned, but did not yet cut out, a tunic top and a jacket for myself. The tunic is in a lavender floral print and the jacket is in burgundy gabardine. I had used my mannequin to alter the patterns to fit me. What I did not do with the jacket, yet, is alter the facings. I have to make the front jacket darts, first...because in the original pattern, the facing has no darts. So now I have to figure out how to change it.

I think I'm going to stick to less structured garments in the future. Maybe that's why I like sewing for kids so much...fewer darts, LOL!

I also cut out the front and back of a knit top for myself. I altered a pattern with a scoop neckline to make a sweetheart neckline. The fabric I had on hand must be something I bought for a short-sleeved top, because, alas, there isn't enough for long sleeves. But...I'm going to look for a lacy knit fabric and make an overlay for the bodice and lacy sleeves.

I almost bought lacy knit fabric from a company on line. The price was quite reasonable, until I got to the shipping. Someone please tell me, why do they base shipping charges on price and not on weight? I didn't order the fabric after all, because the shipping was almost as much as the fabric itself! I'll wait and check out Joanne's next time my husband and I drive to the South Shore. (It's an hour trip from here, and I despise driving. So I only go when he does--we hit Joanne's, have dinner at a chicken place or IHOP, and then go on to Big Lots.)

Anyone start decorating for Halloween yet? I put out my Halloween kitty cats, so far. Looking at this photo, I just realized the plush kitty in the middle is blocking the view of the metal kitty behind him.
Holiday decorating frugalness: five of these cats were cheaply bought at garage sales!


Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

That's a good question about shipping charges. When I ship anything, even if it's something I've sold on Ebay, I'm charged by weight, not cost of item. If you ever find out the answer to that question, I'd like to know too.

Laurie said...

I just posted my fall decor today! Love your cats.

BittersweetPunkin said...

I have been decorated for Fall for a few weeks son put up our Halloween village a while back too...I just held back on decorating the OUTSIDE...I didn't think my neighbors would appreciate my Halloween decorations in September!! But's I can run out there and stick all my corny decorations in the lawn...Ha ha ha!
Thanks for your sweet words when you visited means a lot!

HotMama said...

Such cute ideas - makes me want to sew, but I've got to clean today...I hate choosing between what i want to do and what i should do.