Monthly Archives: January 2009

Body Of The Jacket & A Nomination

With much of the pattern matching fiasco behind me, I was able to relax a bit and put together the body of the Boulevard Jacket. I don’t have to tell you, I was extremely anxious to see how everything looked put together. I breathed a sigh of relief when I stepped back from the dress form and saw that things blended together fairly well.
There’s still quite a bit left until this jacket is finished – namely the collar, facings (both for the body of the jacket and sleeves), and buttonholes. More on that soon!
Before I get back to sewing, I wanted to mention that Melissa nominated me for the Kreative Blogger Award! The rules for this award are:
1. Copy the award to your site – 2. Link to the person from whom you received the award – 3. Nominate 7 other bloggers – 4. Link to those on your blog – 5. Leave a message on the blogs you nominated.
Narrowing the talented (not to mention creative) bloggers out there to 7 was tough. If you would look at my feed reader, you would see over 250 sites that I read on a daily basis (yes, I spend almost as much time on the computer as what I do sewing!). But here’s my nominations, in no particular order.
Average Jane Crafter
Sewer-Sewist
Erica B’s DIY Style
Girls In The Garden
Lindsay T Sews
Assorted Notions
ReFabulous

Sleeve Alterations

Since I had already spent some time determining what alterations I needed to make to the Boulevard Jacket sleeve, I didn’t encounter any problems in this area. The original length of the sleeve was to end at the elbow, but it’s winter and with the cold temperatures, I really needed something with more length. Consequently, I added 7 inches to the length. However, I neglected to shorten the vent – thank goodness that was an easy remedy:

In addition to sewing up the sleeves, I finished the back of the jacket – which meant re-cutting the lower back pieces (the fabric was horribly mis-matched). I am feeling some relief that the pieces are coming together without too obvious of pattern mis-matches and I wont have to call this one a wadder! Up next, jacket assembly!

I Bought It From A Department Store….

As you may remember before my week-long crafty giveaway, I had cut out the material for the Boulevard Jacket…. unfortunately, I had neglected to pattern match much of the jacket. Since I had a limited amount of material left, I decided to work with the lower portion of the jacket – this section of the jacket had the most pieces to work with (4) and would be the most obvious area of uneven pattern matching. I will spare you all the gory details, but after hours of working on the front, matching fabric, re-cutting, re-cutting again after discovering a minor error in the pattern (FYI if you make this jacket for yourself, there is no need to finish the long edge of the pocket flap as it is encased in the center front seam), and lots of cursing, I managed to come up with this:

While it’s difficult to see in the photo, the pocket flaps match the side fronts perfectly (since this photo, I’ve added the upper front portion of the jacket as well as the faux pocket flaps)! Although the side and center front are off a bit. The thing that bothers me most is that the sides are not ‘symmetrical’ and are slightly different looking from each other. I just didn’t have enough fabric to re-cut all of the pieces so I worked with what I had. I think that it will all blend in once the rest of the jacket is put together. Worse comes to worse and it’s all off, I’ll tell everyone that I didn’t make the jacket and that I purchased it from (insert you local department store here)!

Winners Announced

Before I announce the winners of the Crafty Book Giveaway, I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for visiting this past week. I had a great time with this contest and enjoyed reading all the comments – even though I didn’t have the opportunity to answer them all! And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the winners (as selected by the random number generator).
Claire Garland’s Toys to SewHeather G.
Christopher Nejman’s PillowsMelissa B.
Fabric LeftoversKelly
Sew It In Minutes – Sandy in W
90-Minute Fabric Fun – Aimey
90 Minute Fleece – Sylvia K.
Debra Quartermain’s Sweatshirts – Rita

Crafty Book Giveaway Week: Day 7

Wrapping up this week’s crafty book giveaway is Debra Quartermain’s Sweatshirts. Inside are 19 project ideas that transform a sweatshirt into a jacket (perfect for Pattern Review’s Refashioning Contest?).
Want to win this book for yourself? You’ll need to act quick! Leave a comment in this thread by midnight (CST), Saturday, January 17 (just 24 hours) to be eligible (need a comment starter? Tell me how you’ll be spending your weekend!). One winner will be drawn on Sunday, January 18 and announced on the site. Good luck and don’t forget to enter this week’s previous book giveaways!

Crafty Book Giveaway Week: Day 6

If you have a stash, no doubt, somewhere smashed in the back is a stack of fleece. 90 Minute Fleece solves the problem of how to use us some of this fuzzy material – from scarfs and vests (beware, there’s lots of vests in this book) to pillows, blankets and throws there’s bound to be something you’ll want to try.
Want to win this book for yourself? Leave a comment in this thread by midnight (CST), Saturday, January 17 to be eligible (need a comment starter? I’d love to hear your favorite place to fabric shop!). One winner will be drawn on Sunday, January 18 and announced on the site. Good luck and don’t forget to enter this week’s previous book giveaways (be sure to come back tomorrow for the last day of Crafty Book Giveaway Week)!

Crafty Book Giveaway Week: Day 5

Today’s crafty book giveaway is 90-Minute Fabric Fun. This book includes projects for fabric boxes, bowls and locker hooking that can all be completed in an afternoon!
Want to win this book for yourself? Leave a comment in this thread by midnight (CST), Saturday, January 17 to be eligible (need a comment starter? Let me know your favorite movie of all time!). One winner will be drawn on Sunday, January 18 and announced on the site. Good luck and don’t forget to enter this week’s previous book giveaways (be sure to come back tomorrow for Day 6 of Crafty Book Giveaway Week)!
By the way, since I’m doing the giveaway, Linky Thursday is postponed until next week – however, be sure to stop by The Sewing Republic – they have 3 new projects up including one that I created, The Ribbon Clutch!

Crafty Book Giveaway Week: Day 4

Whether it’s a project for a craft swap or a quick homemade gift, I’m always on the search for a quick project that looks ‘pulled together’. Sew It In Minutes has 24 tutorials that can be completed in 60, 90, 120 or 240 minutes – and is today’s Crafty Book Giveaway!
Want to win this book for yourself? Leave a comment in this thread by midnight (CST), Saturday, January 17 to be eligible (need a topic starter? How about telling me your favorite pattern of 2008?). One winner will be drawn on Sunday, January 18 and announced on the site. Good luck and don’t forget to enter this week’s previous book giveaways (be sure to come back tomorrow for Day 5 of Crafty Book Giveaway Week)!

Crafty Book Giveaway Week: Day 3

If one of your new year’s resolutions included sewing up your stash – even the small scraps, then today’s crafty book giveaway is calling your name! Fabric Leftovers includes projects that will use up even the smallest bits of material lurking in your sewing room – as tiny as 2 inches!
Want to win this book for yourself? Leave a comment (if you’re running out of ideas for comments, how about telling me your favorite Christmas gift you received or gave?) in this thread by midnight (CST), Saturday, January 17 to be eligible. One winner will be drawn on Sunday, January 18 and announced on the site. Good luck – don’t forget to enter this week’s previous book giveaways and be sure to come back tomorrow for Day 4 of Crafty Book Giveaway Week!

Crafty Book Giveaway Week: Day 2

Have you ever gone shopping in the home decor section of a department store and notice those pillows that cost hundreds of dollars? Now you can make them for yourself with today’s crafty book giveaway, Christopher Nejman’s Pillows. This book will show you how to make 15 different projects that are worthy of a huge price tag.
Want to win this book for yourself? Leave a comment in this thread by midnight (CST), Saturday, January 17 to be eligible . One winner will be drawn on Sunday, January 18 and announced on the site. Good luck and don’t forget to enter yesterday’s giveaway, Toys to Sew. Be sure to come back tomorrow for a new book giveaway!