odds & ends

Confessional

August 13, 2013

Well hey there! My project ADD has been in full friggin’ swing, so I’m going to do that thing where I publicly confess all of my WIP’s, make some goals, then bust shit out for the next six months (ha!).

Jetson's costume muslin / Vogue 1344

Jetson’s costume muslin / Vogue 1344

The other issue is that I’m ready for fall, so all of my summer projects now sound terrible.

Ok, so here’s what I currently have started:
1. striped Archer
2. navy Bombshell
3. abstract Jenny
4. multiple knits tops – Scouts & Built by Wendy patterns
5. nine thousand half-finished socks strewn all over the apt.
6. Kaari
7. navy Ballet Dress
8. Rosy Ladyshorts

Here’s what I’d like to make:
1. denim Moss skirt
2. white Archer
3. a jumpsuit
4. kelly green silk Vogue 1344
5. some sweaters – knit and sewn
6. underthings
7. something with this amazing fabric
8. another Beatnik
9. chambray sleeveless Archer
10. blazer
11. ….

That’s a good start I guess. I’m giving myself until next weekend to finish most of the first list minus the handknits. Kaari still has a ways to go and all of those socks are seriously going to take another year.

I’m pulling a lot of inspiration from my Pinterest boards. Apparently I want to wear the most comfortable clothing possible while still looking respectable. That means boyfriend jeans and loafers. Those are happening this fall.

In addition to starting projects, I’ve been working night and day on Native Clutter. I’m learning a lot about running a business, sourcing and getting things right. I’ve been open almost a year now and it’s flown by.

new NC

What are you guys working on? I have a lot of catching up to do!

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ALSO! Does anyone know how to use @font-face? I’m seriously pulling my hair out. I’ve uploaded files to my ftp, entered code on my stylesheet aaaaand… nothing. If one of you could help me out I would really appreciate it.

Odds & Ends

June 14, 2013

There’s a lot going on in my creative space and it’s mostly because I cleaned. My sewing machine and Native Clutter share a desk, so when one takes over there’s no room for the other.

binker

I also had some issues with my machine. It sounded really… crunchy. The crunchiness was occurring while I was sewing plackets for the museum event, so I was even dealing with a deadline! Worried that something was really wrong, I ran over to my local sewing shop. After a brief inspection, he put a glob of oil on the race and sent me home. Phew! Crisis averted. So, when your machine gets crunchy, oil it.

I really needed something fairly easy post-Pendleton bag. Like, soft cotton fabric and normal thread. I cut out Archer months ago, so I decided to finish it up even though it won’t be getting much wear through the sweltering summer. I’ll just have to make a sleeveless version next.

Sewing shirts is an interesting process. For me, there are really enjoyable parts, and some not so great ones. Like wtf is up with sleeve plackets? Mine look terrible, but I’m going to accept them and move on. I wear my shirt sleeves rolled up anyway.

archer!

archer close-up

Jen’s instructions are great and her sewalong has been incredibly helpful. Parts that I thought would be complicated have not been so bad. I’ve taken my time with the topstitching and even hand-basted the pockets before sewing.

I’m really, really happy with the fit so far. It’s the perfect slouchy, comfy top. I didn’t make any alterations, then worried about sleeve length, but I think it’s going to be perfect. Hopefully I’ll have it finished this weekend. After this, I want to participate in the Kollabora Scout Sewalong and the deadline is July 8th, which doesn’t give me much time considering how friggin’ slow I sew and plan.

native clutter

In addition to sewing, I’ve been working on new pieces for Native Clutter and updating photos. It made me laugh when I was working on product shots this morning and looked down to see this little chicken wing:

chicken wing

She’s my constant little sidekick and helper.

kollabora goodies

I also recently received a bunch of goodies from Kollabora! The Wiksten tank has been on my list of things to make since the pattern came out years ago. I may need to add a drawstring or something to the dress to give it some shape though. We shall see. And, of course, I’m reeeaaally into accessories right now. I would love to make some purses and clutches this summer.

I’d also like to address the bra- and swimwear-making frenzy that’s occuring right now. Let me just say that I’m in. I was trying to dwindle down my stash, but instead have been making unsupervised, frantic online purchases of spandex. I have a bra kit that I’ll tackle soon – hopefully before everything else arrives. Reading through Amy’s bra-making sewalong (even the comments!) has been fascinating research. I’m feeling pretty confident with all of that knowledge at hand.

So, I haven’t made anything yet, but my current favorite place to peruse and buy would have to be Merckwaerdigh’s eBay store. Oh man. Those sets are so gorgeous. Yes, I bought two.

Technical Difficulties / Some Plans

August 3, 2012

I ‘misplaced’ my camera battery charger during the move and it’s been hell trying to find a new one. Kind of ridiculous. So FO photo shoots have been delayed which makes me sad because I have some good stuff lined up!

In the meantime here’s what I have planned for early fall:

1. 100% Tussah silk given to me by my grandmother – I’m sure she bought it in Europe like 40 years ago. It’s beautiful. I love the color and it’s slubby texture. I’m going to make a slouchy, short-sleeve, top-down v-neck with a high-low hem. Ok, that last part is a maybe. I just finished the gauge swatch (!!!), so I’ll start on the top soon.

2. Cotton chambray for Grainline’s Maritime Shorts with the curved hem modification.

3. Cotton gauze with which I will be knocking off Wiksten’s super cute midi-length tank dress (first photo). I would wear that everyday.

I’m finding a lot of gaps in my closet. Loose dresses, slouchy tops and shorts are all that I want to wear. I’ll slowly build on that and add some cold weather pieces, too. I have a few really great coatings in my stash and I’d love to use at least one of them this year.

With a new place also comes the desire to nest. I’ve been hunting on Etsy for throw pillows and lamps. Trunks and treasures. Some things are reasonable, but I started balking at the prices of pillows. I wallowed for about five minutes, then remembered that I can sew. YAY. So in the next couple of weeks I’m going to make pillows out of this and this. And if extra ikat ends up in my shopping cart, so be it.

Odds & Ends

April 12, 2012

  • I’m never going to be a consistent blogger. I just feel like I need to say that. I’m an obsessive person, so I can do one thing, intensely, for a short amount of time. This week it was reading. Last week was cooking. A few weeks ago, sewing. I’ve been slowly working on my dress, but only because I finished the last Sookie Stackhouse book I had on hand (more are on their way!).
  • Aaaaand, that’s why I like Twitter. If you are interested in pictures of my stash, retweets from hilarious people and sporadic blog updates, follow me.
  • Binks turned two yesterday! And she has a new cousin, Tebbs the bulldog. I couldn’t resist sharing the cuteness. And the weirdness.
  • Ok! On to the sewing related stuff….
  • I’ve registered for the Sewing Summit! Last year was really fun and I only went for a day. This time I’ll be there all weekend, so let me know if any of you are going as well! I’d love to meet up. Last year I got to hang out with Lavender and Suriah, chit-chat with Sunni (who just announced she’s teaching this year!) and take classes with Gertie. Officially, the Summit is sold out, but there’s a waitlist just in case they release more tickets.
  • Last week there was a HUGE sale on Craftsy courses, so I finally bought a few of them – Sew Retro Perfect Bombshell Dress, The Couture Dress and Jean-ius! I’m going to watch some of the videos before I decide what to tackle first, but I’m leaning towards Gertie’s dress.
  • As you can see, my darling ranges dress is coming along. I think I’ll be able to finish it tomorrow. I’m already antsy for my next project, so I’ll post some ideas soon.

 

Alrighty, now I’m off to read all of your blogs.

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