Where Did All The Time Go?

Really, where did it go? I’ve been sewing up a storm, but I’ve been slacking on the taking pictures department. Hopefully in the next few weeks I can catch up and show you everything I have worked on. For now I’ll show you Kwik Sew 3954. This raglan sleeve tunic is an easy sew and hopefully I will be making a few more. My first was too large, a medium, so I downsized and it fit great. I’m hoping that I will get to wear the original during the winter months and not be swamped by it. I expect I might need the extra room by then….

Because I’m Pregnant!

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 I had a bit of nausea and I had a hard time eating meat in the evenings, but other than that I have been doing great. I’m now four months along and thankfully out of the first trimester! Along with the pregnancy came some definite body changes. My boobs grew, my hips and butt got bigger and then came the bump. Sewing has been interesting and I imagine it will manage to stay that way.

But back to the pattern!

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I used a thin burnout knit from Girl Charlee that I bought quite some time ago. I have enough of this stuff to muslin almost every knit pattern I have! However the stretch factor of this knit is not conducive to any pattern that needs to stretch much. So this loose swingy tunic was perfect. One of my favorite parts of this pattern is the high low hem, although the actual hemming of this top not so much! No matter what I did on the hem the coverstitch still created a tunnel. I think next time I’ll use clear elastic to act as a permanent stabilizer and hope it won’t be too heavy.

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I did shorten the patterns sleeve at the shorten/lengthen line. On my first one I made I did not like how long the short sleeve was. It ended up being the perfect length for me. Not much else I can say about this pattern. Make sure to go down a size from the recommended or pay attention to the finished measurements on the pattern itself.

And one last pic for you:

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I’m due in February 2015!



Me Made May 2013

So you may have guessed that I am taking part in Me Made ’13. I have been wanting to take part since I discovered its existence last year. So here I am! Full steam ahead!  So without further ado: Drum roll, please?

‘I, Erin Twirls of https://twirldesigns.wordpress.com/, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavor to wear one self-made garment on at least one day each weekend for the duration of May 2013’

So there’s my pledge and I’m sticking to it. I will try to at minimum wear one item on one weekend, but watch out for more than that! Yesterday was a photo shoot day up in San Marcos, Texas with a friend of mine that runs Medrano Photoraphy out of San Antonio, Texas. Go check her out! She was up there to take photos for the Central Texas Toy & Comic Expo. I was just along for the ride and quite enjoyed being able to take photos quite so freely. Because of the photo shoot I didn’t get to wear any Me Made items. I wore a Medrano Photography t-shirt almost all day long. So today is my Me Made May day!

I started the day out by wearing a pair of wide leg knit pants that I absolutely love! But after a day of tracing and cutting out patterns, I completed a top to wear for the remainder of the day.

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That’s my first Me Made May ’13 outfit. Yes, I said outfit! Not only did I wear one item, but I made another and proceeded to wear it. Perfection in my mind! The pants I’ve already talked about in an earlier post, but the top was made today. It’s made out of a blue almost sheer knit fabric I had in my stash. The pattern is New Look 6814, but with a few changes. The top and bottom were raised around two inches so there would be a deep enough channel for a thick ribbon if desired. I ended up using a thinner ribbon I had in my stash, but I’ll be changing that in the coming weeks.  the top is designed for a ribbon that is at least an inch wide and has a nice soft drape to it. I’ll be keeping my eyes out for the perfect ribbon for it.

I have multiple posts in mind for the coming weeks and hopefully I will be able to keep up with it. Sorry for the long absence from the blog. I’ve been dealing with a hip injury that  has turned into chronic pain. It took a while but it is diagnosed and I’m even close to pain-free today because of some new medicine. Woot! That means I can sew! I do almost all of my sewing standing up since my machines are on a shelf that is a bit above my waist. I love it except for when my hip acts up, which means I’m not truly comfortable standing or sitting at a ninety degree angle. Only laying down or reclining seems to help. But today, I’m practically pain-free! I’ll take it and each day like it that I can get!

But for now, more pics:

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I love posing in front of the rose garden me and my husband planted

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Ooooh, look! A rose! I must smell!