I thought you might want to see the other contenders for finishing, then all the. Dress making people can see it isn’t just dressmaking I suck at finishing.
I am surprised at how much stitching has actually been completed, The Wizard and Garden look over half finished.
and a Mirabilia
I have bought some patterns from deer and doe, I have had so much use out of the free Plantain pattern I recommend you rushing over and downloading it, to be honest I’m not too keen on the styling on the website too much eyeliner and silly poses but I have been eyeing up the azalea skirt
I also suggest that Michael Powell, cross stitch copyright division get their arses over to Pinterest, up and down the garden path and a couple of others are available to down load which brings me to my other purchase, as you may have realised I have gone back to my other love, counted cross stitch and have picked, Michael Powell secret garden 1
to finish, I had it in the evenweave version purchased from the designer himself at a long ago knitting and stitching show, I picked this one of the many started as I thought it would be easy enough because of the fabric and blocks of colour but enough of a challenge because of the back stitching, so went over to amazon to buy the companion kit the secret garden 2
Hi, I’m back in hospital, and looking for a bit of advice regards sewing machines,
which is about 20 years old brilliant workhorse of a machine, in someways a lot better than the newer one, the clip on feet are a nightmare especially the zip foot, the 9960 doesn’t have the power for jeans making. The only time I strayed from Singer, I went to Toyota, now I love my little car, but the sewing machine was alway un threading its self. I also have a brother overlocker.
Cover stitch machine yes or no? I am using a lot more stretch fabrics, what do you get with a cover stitch machine rather than overlocker.
Any helpful tips on other makes of sewing machines will be great fully received.
hi, yesterday was a bad day, lots of water leaking from eyes and stuff, today will be more positive.although the doctors don’t fill me with too much confidence, we do appear to have a plan of attack, to paraphrase Iron Man the plan of attack is ‘attack’on a good note they might have discovered what caused the original stroke a space invading lesion so all the doctors need to do is get hold of one of the white birthday cake looking things and I’m cured I hope it is one of the lower levels I’m not very good at computer games if it is any higher, my brother Richard will need to blast the retro devil.
looking at this post so far it doesnt look like much sense will be made.:-)
Sitting in hospital gives you a lot of time to think, and I have a new respect for Denise, whom I realised we lost year ago beginning of last week i understand why she spent so much time on social media, and wish I had put more effort into finding the photos, it is amazing the difference between the younger (technology embracing )patients and the older no technology patients. My Dad is upstairs in the same hospital being bored where with a tablet or iPad you can have so much variety and keep in video contact I can play cards jigsaw puzzles read magazines watch iTunes, amazon prime not Netflix for some reason, catching up on Outlander, just watched the Wedding bet you are jealous Liz, I was reading Outlander when it was cross stitch in the UK. I do find it hard to concentrate for any amount of time hence the rambling post. Southend hospital has obviously put some of their immense car parking revenue into the wireless networking, once every one is ‘online’ the media streaming might be not as good.:-) but i am the no waiting generation.
hi, I do have a finish to share with you, I finally finished my cross stitch – Lizzie Kate double Flip, the last couple of words were quite inspirational. Create and Live! I must admit I wasn’t really struck on the LIVE! I wasn’t keen on the font or the underlining.
The last update on this project was 3rd July when I had just started CARE since then we have had encourage
Laugh and Create, this was taken a couple of days before I went into hospital
The next photo was taken about a week after getting out
unforunately I havent taken a full finish photo of it, and I’m back in the hospital 😦 I will admit I am not overly gone on the ‘charms aspect of the pattern. I don’t know if any of you are interested in the fabric but it is overdyed, when I was at the cross stitching height there were two overdyed fabric places that i dribbled over sugar maple fabrics and silkweaver, I think this is sugar maple fabrics in tropical it is probably 32 count. I have another peice this is a half size, cut down the middle and zigzagged.The previous picture is quite close to the actual colours, on my iPad. Expect more cross stitching less dressmaking.
I had started making this dress before ‘the event’ I’d changed my mind about which dress I was going to make for the 1st august wedding, I’d run out of time for the pattern I felt that there could be some fitting issues so I decided to go with this dress instead.
It was all cut out and I’d even put a test muslin together checking the install of the under arm gussset and whether or not I would need to do a Small Bust Adjustment, which I did need to do, the underarm gusset went in faultlessly, which either means that it goes in a lot easier if the fabric is quite stiff, or I didn’t put the marks in the correct position after doing the SBA.
The side seam point has gone in perfectly
This is the basting of the pleat over the zip
zip installed wth basteing
With the gathers on the skirt. Because I need to unpick at least half of the gusset I’m going to put this dress to one side now until I feel better able to manipulate the fabric into the correct position, as you can see from the photos above the gusset went in perfectly on the muslin.
I am going to look for something easier to do as my first make after coming out of hospital.
One goes shopping of course 🙂
I bought a craftsy class – One Pattern many looks PANTS I started watching it while in hospital and while there were quite a few ah-ha moments, the instructor did keep sending me to sleep, this may of course not be her fault. I haven’t looked at it since I got home, because we have been redecorating the house this year I have a ‘new’ sewing room, but that will be a different post.
I have also brought some more fabric, just in case there is a world shortage (for 15-20 years or more)
It all has viscose/rayon in it, what can I say it was cheap and I had just finished reading some posts raving about how cool/drapey it is, so I completely blocked out how much of an arse it was to sew with the last time I used it.
Printed Georgette might be nice as a Rhapsody Blouse
Looking at these photos (which aren’t my best work) it appears that I bought the same pattern in two colourways without realising it. These might have a sewoverit pattern in their near future. The fabric is lovely and drapey, hopefully not too frayey.
Hi, good news, they sent me home on monday 21st August, three weeks and 5 days after being admitted to hospital with left side weakness in my arm and leg. Bad news I have the attention span of a goldfish 🙂 I actually wrote this about 5 days ago then forgot to post it.
Monday morning the physios had me walking on a treadmill, and decided that I could walk unsupervised, by 4 pm the early release team had an opening for me, by 7.30 the pharmacy had produced my pills and Simon had arrived to take me home.
Part of me would rather have stayed in an extra day, to be going from being ok to walk unsupervised but with medical staff on hand to home with Simon in 10 hours was a bit daunting. I would have liked to have been given the opportunity to say goodbye to some of the Paglesham Ward staff who had supported me and the Physio staff who made learning to walk again more fun than it probably should have been (Artie I would like my £100 note now).
I am home now, still getting tired in the afternoon, and having a slight headache, I need to go back to the hospital 6 weeks from the stroke to have another MRI, the swelling and residual bruising will have gone down by then. The Doctors are hoping that this will show why it happened.
The early release team is in place to give me support for up to 6 weeks after leaving hospital, they have been to see me and given me a set of exercises formulated to strengthen my left side, I can walk up and down stairs easier every day and even cooked dinner Friday, even though it was only Chilli.
Three weeks from the stroke and the doctors are still no closer to finding out what caused it. Tuesday after a good day with physios I had a seizure, which could just be part of the healing process, it isn’t uncommon after a head injury to have a fit. It lasted 2mins I came out of it without medical intervention and didn’t lose consciousness, at least I don’t think I did, I remember the questions and them using the hoist to put me into bed.
I think I have surprised the physios. When they left on the Friday I still couldn’t lift my foot then by Monday I could walk holding a hand. I now just need supervision, but it means I can walk to the toilet and have a shower, which is always a bonus.
Friday just gone I had a home assessment which meant that instead of physiotherapy at the hospital they took me home in a taxi and watched me get around at home, get on and off the bed, toilet and sofas. I also made Simon a cup of coffee, there wasn’t time for me to make and drink my own hot drink. I managed the stairs ‘slowly’ and petted the cats.
Hopefully these are the first steps to getting me home.
At the end of May Craftsy seemed to be desperate for me to spend my money with them, they sent me a ‘buy one class for £14.99’ so I obliged by picking this class.
It is a very well taught class by Judy Jackson, I wouldn’t have said that the blurb gives you a complete idea of the course, the first thing that you don’t realise is that Judy assumes that you have a body double, and brushes very briefly on what to do if you don’t have one, where as any other sloper course I have taken relies on measurements and drafting onto paper, this one is more of a draping class than a sloper course.
The course starts off by describing different types of stretch fabric and how to tell how much stretch it has. You cut two pieces of fabric and and pin one to your dress form, then working on one side of the dress form you pull the fabric tight across the shoulder and under the arm. After getting this to a state you are happy with you then mark it un pin it and duplicate to the other half.
Once you have the front peice you copy that to the back peice, apparently the front and back should be close to the same size. You pin these together on your dress from and take some more markings duplicate it on the other side of the back peice. Once you have your front and back pattern peice you stitch them together and try them on your dummy and see if there are any other tweaks needed.
Once you have your pattern this is when the class comes into it’s own, it shows you how to take your sloper and create tops and dresses, the class also shows you how to take a woven pattern and turn it into a pattern for stretch fabric. At the moment I do only have one photo
It has given me lots of ideas for future projects and I can’t wait to actually get home start trying it out.
Overall for £14.99 the class was brilliant and I hope to get a lot of use out of it.