Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sewing Jots & Tittles 6.16.11

 "Sewing Jots & Tittles" is my weekly post where I get to ramble on and on about sewing related stuff that's been on my mind. Here what's been orbiting my brain.....

Jumpsuit Love & Reveal:
Thanks so much for all of the compliments on my jumpsuit!!! I can honestly say that that was one of the easiest garments to sew that yielded in my opinion really great results. It was super easy!  There was one hitch that I forgot to mention on my post. The matte jersey I used was a light weight and a tad bit see through believe it or not--only if you held it to the light. I took pictures early that afternoon when the sun was shining it's brightest and realized that only on camera (clears throat) I could see slightly through the backside. I had to wait until the sunset to take another pic. I don't think I ever experienced this with photographing fabrics before. That was interesting and believe me from now on I'll pay close attention to how my slightly sheer fabrics photograph from now on. I don't want to end up like some of these celebrities with pictures of their unmentionables showing through their black clothes! LOL!

Sewing Machine Scale Back
It's funny when I bought my first machine I felt it was so basic and I longed to have a machine with more bells and whistles. It's ironic that just the other day it was my first sewing machine that saved me from a jam when my fancier machine had to go into the shop.  It has taken me a couple of years to realize that I only need a nice, reputable and basic machine.  I'm kinda past all of the bells and whistles. I think my first sewing machine's name pretty much sums it up........Simplicity:)

Costume Jewelry:
I love jewelry and especially really pretty jewelry for discount prices. I'm not interested at all in any real or really expensive jewelry.  I scored these pieces at Cato's the other day. I acquire my jewelry piece by piece . One can never have enough great jewelry!

Bottom basics:
I can't really bring myself to sew pants of any color other than the basics being Black, khaki, white, and blue. As you know I LOVE COLOR, but am very cautious about putting it on my lower half. I wonder what that's all about. I think it's because I know that my lower half is so long that I don't want it to stand out too much. But then again I like basic colored pants and to wear tops that stand out instead. I don't know. I need to figure this one out.

Pick up the Pace:
-Since May, I've only sewed 3 garments and we're almost half way through June. I've got to get a move on it. I hope to get at least 3-4 more pieces in before the end of the month.

Fabric shopping freeze:
-I just realized I haven't bought fabric online in forever. I just haven't seen anything that has tickled my fancy or any bargains. It would be nice to run across some deals in the future, but I've got a closet full of fabric so I'm not complaining:)

Threads Book:
I  saw this book for sale and noticed alot of people making a big deal about it. It's basically Threads favorite articles compiled in book form. I already have the 2010 Threads DVD so it would be no need to get this book but I've heard so much about it. Anybody have this one?
White Pants:
I want some white pants so I just cut some out using Jalie 2909. I'm always leary about sewing anything white. It seems I'm always the biggest dust and dirt magnet. I own a pair of store bought capris and I'm going to eventually have to trash them due to some mystery stains. Since I know it would be difficult for me to find the perfect pair of white pants that were long enough for me and didn't cost an arm and a leg---I'll just make my own. Now if I can just figure out a way to make it dirt repellent.

Chiffon mania:
I've been wanting to make some sheer tunics and caftans. Here's some of the fabrics that I have. I hope to make up one of these to wear with the white pants I'm making.

Work Uniform?
I've mentioned before that I work in a research lab and giving the type of work that I do it's really not acceptable or functional for me to dress up in heels and dressy clothes. So I've had to figure a way around that--because a girl has got to look cute right? I usually like to wear capri's with cute tops and sneakers or sandals. Other times I like to spruce it up a little more.  Here's such an outfit--a black sleeveless top, white & black cotton skirt, short leggings, and flip flops. This is an awful self pic with bad lighting. But hopefully you get an idea of what I mean. What do ya think?
Anywho, that's what's been up with me. What's been going on with you?????


  1. The work outfit is super cute. Pre retirement, I wore skirts and tees, or capris and tees when teaching. Early in my career I dressed more for success (!), but relaxed my style as time went on.
    Love the earrings-we have similar likes :-)

  2. Love the black and white skirt, did you make that? I too used to only wear neutrals on the bottom, as I'm 5'11". Then one day I bought a pair of orange corduroy jeans at the Gap, and my love affair for colored pants began. Now, orange is still my favorite pant color but I also love mustard yellow. You might be surprised how fun they are to wear!

  3. Agreed that those of us with odd proportions look better in solid pants and skirts. Still, that black-and-white skirt is mighty cute. Reminds me of some wild "happy pants" in my closet. I work in a church office, and usually fling on slacks and a print blouse for work, as my bosses are gracious enough not to insist on more formal attire. (Rural church, so I am plenty dressed up, lol.) As long as I am decently covered, I can pretty much wear anything I please.

  4. I love the term "jots and tittles." I think that is what I have been doing also as I try and think of what needs to be sewn before the baby arrives.

  5. What's that stuff you put on boots to keep them from getting dirty? Can you put that on clothes?

    I love white as you well know. When trying to battle stains you have to overwhelm it with volume. You just have to make a ton of white clothes to compensate.

    And I still sew with the 1st machine I ever got back in 1984

  6. I feel the same way about sewing pants that do not fall within my color wheel of black, blue grey, brown, tan & white. I saw a woman wearing the prettiest red slacks and wished I was brave enough. Was surfing online fabric shops and also didn’t find anything that would’ve prompted me to slam dunk it into my cart. I currently have NL 6968 cut out in a chiffon fabric and now wondering if it was a good idea. When you find a way to make white pants dirt repellant … please let me know… lol. When I wear white I am a hot mess… I can barely function, fearful of people brushing up against me, surfaces, eating… you name it…lol

  7. Good jots and tittles. I chuckled when I read the sewing machine scale back. It happened to me as well. Problem is I found it hard to go back to my "bells and whistles" machine because it serves the purpose. The jewelry finds are chic and cute. How you plan to use the chiffon is an idea I might steal. I have at least a bin full of it. Lol Have a great weekend!

  8. I'm totally digging that cute black and white outfit... Just loving it!

  9. Victoria, when you find that magic dirt repellent, do share your source...I've got a five year old boy that I need to completely cover with it! :)

  10. I love these round up posts. I often find myself nodding in agreement with so many of your comments. :-)

  11. Great post - full of interesting things! I love your chiffon fabrics. I have two pieces of silk chiffon in my stash - I haven't worked up the courage to sew with them yet!

  12. Here we are being "kindred" spirits again! I just put Burda 7746 in my sewing cue for some white slacks!! Too funny! Can wait to see yours! Also, I love chiffon and never really know what to do with it, that's why I don't have anything made from chiffon. :( I'll be watching what you create for some inpiration!! Good Luck!

  13. Love your black and white skirt. I feel the same way about sewing machines. I am perfectly happy with my basic machine. It is very reliable and does all that I need it to do. I have been busy with some refashions, turning regular skirts into maternity skirts, much needed right about now.


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