Thursday, July 16, 2020

Slight Change of Plans

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So a lot has happened in the last couple of weeks. I'm back at work, I've taken on this massive project, and I just found out two days ago that I need to have gallbladder surgery. I have suspected for the last year or so that it was nearing time to have it done based on my family history. On mom's side, Mom, Grandma, and a cousin have had theirs removed. My sister has gallstones. It was inevitable. What I wasn't prepared for was how it manifested.

Two weeks ago my back started hurting. I was having a horrible muscle spasm from the middle of my back down into my right hip. It got so bad one night that I couldn't walk. I probably should have gone to the ER right then. The pain has been constant for two weeks, with varying degrees of severity. I finally went to the Dr, got an ultrasound, and it turns out I have a sludgy gallbladder. The pain has more or less settled where the gallbladder is, instead of my entire right flank, but I'm still having the muscle spasms. It sucks.

I've also decided to make a pattern change. My original selection was McCall's 7927. After the first mockup of the bodice pieces, I realized it would not look or behave the way I wanted. There's no boning, and the front pieces have no darts. Doing a FBA would probably be difficult and ruin the look of the dress.

My next choice is Simplicity 8329. It's out OOS at Simplicity and Joann's, but there are multiple copies on eBay. I think this dress will look and perform more like what I want. I can also more easily do a FBA on the princess seaming of the bodice. 

MY FABRIC ORDER FROM FWD FINALLY SHIPPED. *Cue squealing* I can't tell you how irrationally excited this made me. I now have 3x more fabric than I need, but that means more projects, right? Getting more than one garment from all this fabric would be fantastic, especially the silk georgette. The cotton voile is 60" wide, so I may be able to get a shirt or a sundress out of the remainder. It will be used for underlining, so I'll probably have a ton left.

Because I still don't know when I'm having surgery (find out this Friday) my project is on hold. If the pattern comes in and I can get the first mock-up made in time, I'll be posting a video. 

Saturday, July 4, 2020

The Dragon Dress: And Now We Wait

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I placed an order with Fabric Wholesale Direct, and somehow missed on the web site AND the confirmation e-mail that their current lead times are 45-60 days. I completely understand, and I am glad they are taking precautions to protect their employees. I suppose this is not a huge issue, because it's going to take some time for me to get the muslin made and fitted. I also need to get my cutting table moved. 

As soon as the pattern arrives I will begin the muslin. I know myself pretty well and I realistically know that it's going to take me a while to get ready to sew the actual dress, mainly because I'm back at work and will have a limted amount of time to work on it. Also, I'm a slow sewer and I procrastinate. 

Until next time...

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Setting Up the Sewing Room: Part 1

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My sewing room has been a catch-all since we moved in way back in September 2019. I FINALLY got it cleaned up enough to move in my sewing stuff. We still have way too much stuff in the house, but I'm working on that. My in-laws lived in the same place for nearly fifty years, and accumulated a lot of stuff.

It was BAD, but I know I am not the only person in the world who has a room like this in their house. 

Progress pics:

The before view from the door.

The wall immediately to the right of the door is where my machines are going.

I don't have fancy matching sewing furniture. It's a mish-mash of thrift store finds, an antique sewing machine for sewing surface extension, existing shelving, furniture that was already in the house, and an old dining table (32"x48"?) that I altered to make a cutting table. We have already thrown away, repurposed, or donated an entire room this size worth of stuff, and I'm about to do it again. 

This still looks like a hot mess, but I am making progess. I wish I'd done it while I was off work, but I planted a garden, started cleaning out the potting shed to turn it into a greenhouse, and painted the kitchen (mostly). 

The Dragon Dress: Tools and Materials

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This list of tools and materials is as complete as I can make it. There may be small things I miss along the way because there is so much to do. I will update with more information as it becomes available, so this blog post is a "living document" so to speak. I already had some of these tools in my sewing room, so some of these items may no longer be available for purchase.



  • Silk Georgette
  • Silk Georgette - purchased from Mood Fabrics several years ago that they no longer have. They DO have plenty of georgette in stock, but I got my particular piece on closeout and it's no longer available.
  • Cotton Voile
  • Rayon Bemberg Lining
  • Cheesecloth - WHAT? This is still tentative, and is a much cheaper alternative to the copper mesh tubing I want. I haven't decided yet. I think the copper might be easier to handle WRT unraveling. I'm going to dye the cheesecloth the color I want it and do some trial stitching to see how it handles. 

Beads and Beading Supplies
  • Seed Beads - I ordered from Fire Mountain Gems, and used some from my stash. 
  • Miyuki Tila
  • Diamond Duo - this sounds like a WWE wrestling team
  • I had some beads in my stash that I used. I'm not sure were most of them came from.
Embroidery and Smocking Supplies

Tools and Equipment
  • Gingher Knife Edge Shears - These may not be the exact pair, but I have several.
  • Brother Sewing Machine - Discontinued Project Runway model that I got brand new at Goodwill for half of the retail cost. I think it was a Christmas gift that someone returned to Walmart. It was unused and NIB.
  • Vintage Singer that belonged to my grandmother
  • Singer Serger
  • Self Healing Cutting Mat - this size covers the entire surface of my cutting table. I do a lot of quilting/rotary cutting so this is really nice to have.
  • Dress Form