Out with the Old, In with the New

I decided it was time to buy a new rotary cutter.  My old one was okay; I tried an Olfa cutter with a different grip at a sewing retreat a few months ago.  I liked the feel of it so I decided to let the old one go!
I could not decide on the size I should get and Nancy's Notions had a special sale so I took advantage of the and bought two.
I also purchased this Fiskars Easy Change Fabric Cutter Knife.  It comes with three different blades used for different purposes.

Lastly, I needed a new cutting mat.  The one I had was bent/warped and not usable.  This is a folding mat which when opened it truly lays flat.

Hoping for some sewing time soon!!! 

Oh no!

I finally got some time to sew this weekend. I was at the point with Simplicity 8425 to install the invisible zipper. Installing the zipper was easy peasy, I love working with invisible zippers.

The issue, and I thought it was going to be an issue, was the bulk at the intersection of the collar. My fabric being scuba knit was rather thick and I was treating it as if it was a ponte knit. After you attach the collar, you then attach a front and back facing. So at that intersection you now have a thickness of the back fabric, two layers of collar fabric, plus facing. Nowhere in the instructions does it say to trim out this area. I however did trim out the thickness of the collar and the facings, before understitching the collar and interfacing, per instructions and my usual practice.. However there was still quite a bit of bulk in the area where the zipper was going to be. The instructions advises you after installing the invisible zipper to trim out the area under the zipper at the faci…

Sewing Interruptus!!!

I have not been able to do much sewing this week.  My DH had to have rotator cuff surgery to fix a bad shoulder that I could not ever talk him into doing a couple of years ago.  It was pretty bad at this point. Fortunately it was repairable.  Everyone I have talked to who have had this surgery or someone in their family has said it is very painful afterwards.  They were not kidding.

My DH's pain level on a scale of 1-to 10, with 10 being the worst, is about 18!  No pain tolerance at all.  The doctor visit and pre-admission ate up one full day last Monday. The surgery was Thursday and the procedure is laparoscopic.  While the nerve block and anesthesia were still there after spending 9 hours at the hospital, sometime during the early morning yesterday the nerve block wore off!

He was finally able to sleep last night as did I-YEAH!!!

I hope to go to sewing room sometime today and tomorrow, in between being a nurse; I really stink at being a nurse.  Bless all of you who are.  The nur…

Quick Update

I have had some time to sew today and made progress on Simplicity 8425 dress.

I took a a couple of photos of the choker collar and this one was the better one of all.
The instructions for this pattern are really very good.  After I took this picture, I added the front and back facings.  I am not good with v-neck sewing to get the perfect V.  I plan to search YouTube to see if there is a tutorial that I find helpful.

My scuba knit fabric is beefy and adding a facing over the back collar pieces has made this very thick.  I plan to trim out some of the bulk, before under-stitching.  Next step is to insert the zipper and this goes all the way up to the collar.  Reading ahead with the instructions, I don't like the way they have you finish the zipper at the collar. I think I will do this differently.

More to share later.

Simplicity 8425

I started a new project over the weekend.  It is Simplicity 8425.  I truly love the look of this pattern.

Here is the fabric I am using, a scuba knit in navy, from Fabric Mart.  So far I have sewn and resewn the darts and stitched the shoulder seams.  I did press the darts but don't looks so attractive on AlmaMarie below.
A lot more to be completed but wanted to share a glimpse of what is in the works.

PR Tunic Contest

I have been meaning to post about the outcome of the Tunic Contest!  This was the tunic I entered.
Well I came in fourth with the number of votes. I think there were about 81 entries, so not to shabby result.  I enjoyed the process of making this tunic and learning to use my ruffler foot.  I actually wore the tunic a couple of weeks ago when we had some almost fall weather!  It passed the wearability test and I got quite a few compliments from staff and my DH.

Now that it is a officially fall, we are back up in the upper 80's, low 90's.  So put this aside for the moment.  I may try another tunic using the Tunic Bible when I find the right fabric.

On to the next project!

I finally completed the Pretty Peplum Top!

OMG!  I cannot believe how long it took to complete this project.  I eliminated so much width with this pattern.  This was definitely a lot of frog sewing with this one.  But I was bound and determined to get this to fit as I really like this fabric and it was worth it to keep trying.

The pattern is now adjusted with all the fitting changes.

I have not worn this yet.  It is a heavier weight knit that will be great for cool/cold weather.
Here is the completed top-front view and close up

So I am now on to my next project using fabric from stash-a navy blue scuba knit.  This is a recent pattern purchase from Simplicity, S8425 with choker neck band.  I plan on making the dress.

I have pin fitted and made adjustments to the pattern.  I need to pin fit again to make sure all adjustments are what I need.  Updates to follow.


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