?

Log in

No account? Create an account
My new stabilizer arrived yesterday, but I unfortunately wound up ordering the wrong kind. Because there's not time to order more, and it's way more expensive when you buy it from Joanns, I decided to do a stem motif between work and rehearsal yesterday, and it seemed to go okay. Hopefully it can handle the flower section, too. It's very slightly stretchy, and not as papery as what I've always used. It's still Pellon tearaway, but it's EZ Tear instead of Stitch N Tear... I didn't realize there were two kinds. Whoops! Hopefully I might have a chance to test it on a flower on Saturday morning. And by test, I still mean doing it directly on the skirt. I don't have time for anything else! 

Anna Progress

I used my unexpected sewing night quite well, I think! I managed to complete four flower motifs and one stem/leaf motif, which means I now have nine out of 16 full motifs completed. I'm more than halfway there! I also somehow perfectly timed out my stabilizer, as I had just enough time to use it up in those 5 stitch-outs yesterday. Luckily, I ordered more a few days ago, and just got a notification that it has been delivered. I'm also running low on yellow embroidery thread, but I can pick more of that up tomorrow evening.

I wasn't feeling the sewing part right when I got home, though, so I sort of vegged for the first 30-45 minutes of embroidering. But then I decided to work on the Anna bodice. It's now fully boned and flatlined, with the front assembled and the back pinned, ready to be sewn. Then it's just side & shoulder seams, zipper, and binding. I doubt I'll have it finished before Sunday, though, since I don't think I'll have any time to sew till then. I also really want to get a chunk of the blouse started on Sunday evening, and hopefully another 3-4 embroidery motifs. 

Here's a pic of the current state of the skirt. By the way, each of those flowers is about 16" tall to the top of the light blue dot. 

Oct. 17th, 2018

I managed to squeeze in one stem/leaf embroidery between work and rehearsal yesterday while eating dinner. And they decided to not call us for rehearsal tonight, so I'll get more sewing time in, which will be nice. My goal is to get at least 3-4 flower embroideries and maybe 1-2 stem embroideries done tonight, plus continue working on the bodice. 

More embroidery

I had to run a couple errands after work yesterday, but I still managed to get a good amount of embroidery done. I think I started around 4:15 or so, and by 10:30, I had completed three of the large flower motifs and three of the stem/leaf motifs. That's also pretty good evidence that even though that's only about 4.5 hours of stitch time, it takes about 6 hours to do, when you include hooping it (the designs are so big that I have about 1-2 mm of error in getting my side-to-side placement right), positioning the design in the hoop, removing the basting stitches, ironing out any wrinkles, and marking the next four placements on the next panel. Not to mention when the embroidery machine runs out of bobbin or decides to fray the thread, and going back and fixing those mistakes.

Luckily, what I've done so far amounts to about .35 of the total embroidery time, and since I have three other working chunks left, I'm not feeling quite as worried as I was. Of course, even after I finish the actual stitch-outs, I will have to connect the yellow swirl between each of the flowers. And if I remember correctly, the blouse has some embellishment stitches that need to be done on the embroidery machine, so I have to remember to leave time for that as well. (and now I'm worried again)

While I was embroidering last night, I also walked my dog, ate dinner, finished the second skirt for the etsy order and packed it up, and started in on the bodice. I'm not sure what I'm doing on the bodice is going to work. I'm cutting out the canvas lining pieces, adding some boning channels for German plastic boning, inserting the bones, and then flatlining that to the faux suede outer pieces. So far I've done the front and front-side pieces, and I have one of those seams pinned and ready to be sewn. I'm sure that putting the boning in there at this point is silly (and hopefully it's all in the right place!) but I didn't want any of the boning stitch lines to be on the suede fabric. 

My next chunk of time for sewing isn't until Sunday evening, so don't expect any more updates from me until Monday!

Anna Skirt Embroidery - Day 1 Progress

Funny how it can all of a sudden be a whole week since I've last posted...

Anyway, we had tech all last week, so there wasn't any time for me to sew until Friday, when I had about 3 hours before our opening night. And in those three hours, I remade the Anna skirt out of the new luxe cotton sateen stuff from Joanns. It's lovely fabric, and even after washing, it maintained its sheen (after ironing, of course). I was a bit surprised about how prone to fraying it is, though. Hopefully the side seams will hold up after serging. I know that the curves on the hem would not hold up even with serging. By the time I got the binding on the hem on Sunday morning, it had frayed almost to the stitch line of the serging. So if you use this fabric, please keep that in mind!

I had originally hoped to accomplish much more than just remaking the skirt on Friday, but our rehearsal ran very late the night before (I got home at 1am), and I decided sleep was more important. Of course, that did mean that all weekend I was kind of disappointed, thinking that there was no way that I would be able to finish the whole project by Halloween/Dapper Day. 

Sunday morning before our matinee I woke up early enough to finish the hem binding, mark four embroidery placements on the skirt, and do the stem/leaf embroidery section of one motif. After the matinee on Sunday, I came straight home and walked right into the sewing room to start the next stem section. And I realized that I had meant to buy embroidery bobbin thread on the way home, because I had wound my last one that morning. Shoot! So I left my machine going and ran out to Joanns (and to get gas) with my fingers crossed. I made it back about 25 mins later, and it had gotten about 19 minutes through a 21 minute stitch-out before shredding the thread and stopping. So I call that a success. And it's good that I bought the thread, because I ran out of bobbin thread during the 3rd or 4th stem section. 

By the end of the night yesterday, I had managed to do four stem/leaf sections (about 30 minutes per hooping), and two flower sections (about 60 minutes per hooping). That equals to about 1/6 of the total amount of embroidery, since there are 16 motifs total. By doing that much last night, I am now thinking that it may actually be possible for me to finish it by Halloween. I have this evening free, plus next Sunday evening, the evening of the 24th, and the daytime on the 26th. Plus maybe a stolen hour here or there between work and rehearsal if I can manage it, but everything else is taken up with Music Man performances, White Christmas rehearsals, and work. Please keep your fingers crossed for me!

Here's a pic of last night's progress: 


While I was embroidering last night, I also walked my dog, ate dinner, and made a skirt for an etsy order. Today I will make a second skirt for that etsy order, and hopefully move back to the Anna bodice. I would really love to get that cut out and assembled tonight. Beyond that, I still have to do the Anna blouse, and I would like to do a blouse to go with the jumper and a tam to go with Dapper Merida. Not sure I'll achieve all that in the tiny amount of time I have left this month, though.

Sewing Update

Considering this was my last "free" (aka, not 100% busy) weekend, I definitely did not get enough sewing done!

The Anna vest is completely done. I completed the "in-between" embroideries (connecting that yellow swirly line on the sides of the vest and around the back of the neck), cut out the lining, assembled everything, and bound all the edges yesterday. 



I also fixed all my Anna bodice mockup issues, but when I went to cut it out on Saturday, I realized that a) I didn't have enough of the preferable fabric left over from the 2016 bodice, and b) the backup corduroy fabric I bought was stretch corduroy. So yesterday I ran out to the big Joanns, returned the corduroy, and found more of the original fabric (it's a faux-suede from the Home Dec dept, which is why I hadn't been able to find it at the smaller Joanns). Last night, I cut out the bodice front piece and completed the embroidery, but I still have to cut out the rest of the bodice and the lining. Assembly should hopefully be relatively easy, but I probably won't have time to do that till Friday because it's tech week. 

I also bought some of that new cotton sateen (or whatever they're calling it) that Joanns recently started stocking, and I might completely rebuild the skirt. The reason I've been holding off on the embroidery is that I'm still not in love with the length I had to cut it to, and when I found out that I didn't make the original a circle skirt because it was too big around for the embroidery, that gave me a lot of pause, too! I'm hoping that I can figure out the embroidery math on Friday, and rebuild the skirt if necessary, using this new fabric. I'm swiftly running out of time to do the actual embroidery - it takes about 32 hours, all of my weekends are booked with Music Man performances, I'm working at least 1-2 of the three Fridays between now and Halloween, and because I am jumping right into my next show, I think I only have two weekday evenings free between now and Halloween. Also, now that I did the actual math on that, I might be screaming inside right now... Not sure how I'm going to get this done. Plus the Anna shirt and a blouse for the jumper. 

By the way, I did wear the Disney jumper on Thursday. I got lots of complements, but didn't take very good pictures of it. I might add a bone in the right side seam, since that one seemed to want to slip a bit. The left was fine, probably because the zipper provided enough structure. 


I finished all the hand-sewing on the Disney jumper while at rehearsal last night. I was going to wear it today, but was told by my friends that I had to wear pink since it was Oct 3rd and a Wednesday (aka Mean Girls). So I'll wear it tomorrow and take pictures of it to share. 

Unfortunately, this means I'm out of hand-sewing to do, and I won't have time to do any machine sewing till Friday. That's too bad, since we're running the show now, which means I actually do have time for some hand sewing while at rehearsal. Hopefully over the weekend I can produce more hand-sewing so that I can keep myself busy during tech rehearsals next week. Though to be honest, I don't know that I really have much other hand-sewing left to do on any of these projects!

Hopefully on Friday I will get the fit of the Anna bodice mockup right, and be able to cut that out and to the embroidery, plus maybe even assemble it. I'd also like to assemble the Anna vest. Then it's on to embroidering the Anna skirt and starting on the Anna blouse and the white vintage-style blouse to wear with the jumper. And make a plaid tam for Merida. That's everything that I have to do by Halloween and Dapper Day, so I have exactly four weeks left to finish all that!

Sewing Weekend

I had a really productive weekend! Thursday evening, I cut out all my Disney print pieces for the jumper, but then realized I wanted to flatline it with taffeta. Friday started off pretty disappointing, since I spent a good amount of time trying to find my Brother PE-Design install disk to no avail (it must be hanging out with my missing Sims disk). I haven't used my embroidery software since I bought my new computer last fall, and I needed to change some of the digitizing I had done to the Anna vest two years ago, since I am a different size than the person I made it for last time. In the end, I wound up having to use my old computer, whose built-in mouse has decided to stop working. And of course, after all that, the digitizing print-out does not actually print at the scale of the actual embroidery, so I may not have needed to do all of that anyway. I also bought the taffeta for lining the Disney print jumper.

Saturday, I decided to work on two projects at once. I had the embroidery going for the Anna vest, starting with the CB and working outwards from there, and while that was embroidering, I cut out all the taffeta pieces for my jumper and flat-lined and assembled all the skirt pieces. By the end of the day, the skirt was fully assembled (minus the straps, hem, and sewing down the binding at the waist), and all five hoopings of the vest embroidery were complete. 



Sunday, I finished the straps and waist binding of the jumper and pressed and pinned the hem. I also patterned and mocked up the Anna bodice, but there's a whole bunch of alterations I will need to make before I can get that right. The main issue I'm facing right now is trying to get the bodice neckline not to gap above the bust point without having a CF seam, because there will be embroidery over the bust on the CF. I also managed to mow the front and back lawns, get probably about 60% of my outdoor Halloween decorations up, buy more embroidery thread (I was amazed I had enough of the ice blue to finish the vest embroidery), return shoes, go to rehearsal, return books to the library, get gas, and go to Walmart. 

Anyway, today I am hoping to complete the hem on the Disney jumper and add a hook & eye at the waist, though I also want to go to the gym after work, and I have rehearsal tonight, so I'm not sure what all will actually get done. The other next steps will be to cut out the lining for the vest, assemble it, and bind the edges, and to work on the bodice mockup more so that I can start the embroidery on that. And then start on the blouse to wear with the Disney jumper, though I can work on that while doing embroidery. 

Sep. 27th, 2018

Once again, I fell behind in yesterday's sewing goals. But I did work till 3pm, go grocery shopping, to Joanns, and to the pet store, then dropped everything off at home, changed, and went to Zumba. After dinner, I did all the alterations for my customer, and cut out the pattern for the Disney jumper dress. 

It is really hard to sew (or eat dinner) with a kitten! In the past, I've had to watch Lion a bit when I'm cutting out sewing patterns, and Casper will sometimes try to jump onto my cutting table repeatedly, but Nymphadora runs all over the place! She's tried to climb on my sewing machines and both sergers, she's walked through pins in front of my sewing machine (which worries me, because I don't trust her around them), and has climbed over everything else on the sewing table as well. (Dinner involved her constantly trying to climb over my lap and stick her head in my food, mixed with standing on the back of the couch behind my head and attacking my earring.)

I'm hoping I can take a look at the pattern today and make any alterations it might need, and start cutting out the fabric. I'm also for sure doing laundry tonight, but I don't know how much actual sewing work I'll get done, since I have a short-ish rehearsal tonight and I have to give Lion a bath. 

Sep. 26th, 2018

I finished Merida on Monday night, but haven't managed to do any sewing since then. The potential shoes I also ordered for Merida and Anna arrived. I love one of the Merida options - they're Clarks, so they're super comfy, and they match the belt I bought this weekend. I'm not so sure about the Anna ones. I think I would want an insole, and I'm fairly certain that would make them too tight. But I do appreciate that they're navy blue suede loafers! 

I am determined to complete a few alterations I'm doing for someone today, plus cut out at least the pattern (and hopefully the fabric) for the Disney-print jumper, and wash the replacement fabric for the Anna skirt hem binding this evening. Famous last words, though - I've been getting almost nothing done off my to-do list each day. I also need to stop at Joanns, pick up a prescription, and go to the gym. I'm very tempted to cancel my gym membership, though. I have gained weight, not lost it, it's almost impossible for me to go more than 3x per week (and I think I usually tend to go 2x, now that I have rehearsals), my next show will involve a lot more dancing, so I'll be getting my exercise in there, and the reason I picked this gym over the way cheaper one (besides the fact that it's 2 mins from my house) was for the pool and classes, both of which I rarely use. 

Anyway, yesterday, instead of sewing, I decided to go help paint at the historic theatre that the theatre group I do a ton with (ManeStage) is moving into in a couple weeks. I painted pretty much the whole sink room of the ladies bathroom, though it did take me two hours to do it. The theatre is going to look so pretty! 

Tags:

Latest Month

October 2018
S M T W T F S
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   

Tags

Syndicate

RSS Atom
Powered by LiveJournal.com