Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Recovering From Sandy

I'm posting this from my cellphone ( just got the ability to use that back late last night) since we still have no power. We lost that shortly after I wrote my post on Monday around 4:15 pm. I'm hoping it comes back soon, but PSE&G has it stated that the latest we should be getting power back is Monday, November 5th. I think that's crazy since 2 develops away got there's back yesterday afternoon. Oh well trying to stay positive.

As soon as I can I'll have full reviews up on the skirts and I'll post the chicken pot pie recipe as well.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Carnival of Skirts 1 and 2

Skirt number 1 and 2 are finished.  I was able to get skirt number 1(McCall 6402) finished on Thursday night. 

It should have been completed last weekend but when I went to get a zipper out of my stash on Sunday, I found that I didn't have one.

Off to Joanns I went but when I got back home I got a little busy making a chicken pot pie so that pretty much took up my evening. 

Peeling veggies can sometimes be time consuming, but it was so worth it and everyone loved it. 

I must tell you right now that I enjoyed making this skirt so much.  The pattern is very well put together and I didn't have any problems at all. 

I would just stress to anyone that intends to make this skirt that you take your time as there are quite a few pieces to piece together to make up the skirt front and back. 

Skirt number 2 is Burda Style 08/2012 # 112,  I traced the pattern out Saturday night and was able to sew it up and install the zipper all in one night.  I call this my ebony and ivory lace brocade skirt.

I got a call from Lisette a few weeks ago and during our conversation she proceeded to tell me that there was this brocade fabric she saw at Joanns and she just knew I would love it.  In my head I was like "can't hear you,  laa, laa, laa, laa, laa, not buying fabric, stash is too big, don't need anymore right now.  Of course, when I went to Joanns for the last Vogue sale, for some reason I walked over to the brocades and checked them out.


I came home with a yard and a quarter of the fabric with a skirt in mind, and to call Lisette to give her piece of my mind.  When I talked to her, she then mentioned that the fabric would be perfect for this Burda skirt, but I told her I didn't know if I had enough since the pattern call for a little more fabric.

Fast forward to Saturday night.  I laid my pattern pieces out and as Tim Gunn says, made it work.  There is no fabric left over, and I LOVE my skirt.  Oh yeah, let me tell you, this fabric is crazy to work with.  I don't know how other pieces of brocade fabric are, but this fabric was a beast to work with.  It kept shredding because of the loose weave of the fabric I suppose.  I have now learned from Miss Sheila that I should interface the fabric to reinforce it.  For some reason I know that, but I forgot.  Oh well, next time.

We are sitting pretty at home today with Hurricane Sandy approaching very fast.  From the news it looks like we are going to get it pretty hard tonight.  Right now we're just seeing a lot of wind and rain.  My cellphone and Kindle are fully charged just in case we lose power and I'm getting ready to cut out skirt #3.  I hope those of you in the storms range are safe and warm and for everyone else, please have a great week.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Hello, Hello, Hello!!!

Is anyone still there? (knock) (knock)  I know it's been a hot minute but the house of Andrea has been in an uproar due to more health issues and the craziness of everyday life.  Hope you all are well, I'm working on getting things back to normal and I have tons of stuff to blog about that I've made over the last few months.  Lets just say, I got a lot of knitting done, and I was also able to go on vacation with Mr. D to see my father while I left my mother in very good hands.  To start me back up and get my feet moving, I have joined Faye's Carnival of Skirts Sew-a-long.  You can check me and all the other crafty ladies out there to see what we are up to for the next two weeks.  Let me tell you, the list of ladies is impressive.

 My first skirt is going to be. McCall 6402, View B, the color block version.  For the life of me, I can't understand why this skirt is now an OOP since it only came out in the last year, but go figure.
One of the places I visited on vacation was Savannah, GA and while there I got a chance to visit two fabric spots, Fabrika and Hancocks.  The fabric pieces being used for this project are from these two stores. One is a tweed look and the other is a solid black with a little character. 

I purchased a fabric bundle from Fabrika and knew right away that the 2 larger pieces would be used for skirts.  Originally I had planned that the piece I would use for this skirt from the fabric bundle would be the main center pieces on the skirt, but I washed the piece last weekend and realized after washing it that  1) it has wool in it. I'm allergic, I'm hoping the lining will take care of that problem and still allow me to wear it because I really like this fabric. 2) the fabric fluffed up after washing so there is a little less of it now, but I was able to fit the side pieces on there with no problem which might in my case be better with the whole wool thing. We'll see.  Anyway, I'm still deciding on my second skirt.  I'm leaning towards Burda Style 08/2012 # 112, but I'm not sure yet. 

 I haven't traced it out yet and don't have fabric picked out.  One of my other choices might be Vogue 8837. Katherine Tilton skirt.  

It's a great use of double knit, and I could use a few longer skirts for the winter months.  Well that's all for now, I gotta go work on my skirt.


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