It’s That Cardigan Again – McCall’s 6844

There has been a gazillion makes of this cardigan out on the interwebs.   Now there’s a gazillion +1 makes of McCall’s 6844. My main advice on this pattern is to ignore the instructions which make things way more difficult than necessary.

McCall 6844 Front1

Steps to Ignore

Step #1 &2: Easestitching the shoulder edge. This is unnecessary extra work. Am I missing something? It’s a knit. You just stretch the 2 pieces so they’re the same lengths and sew.  If you feel the need to stabilize the shoulder seam use clear elastic but not that awful stuff from JoAnn’s.  Nice soft clear elastic.

Step 3: Staystitching the neck edge. Unless you’re using a 4 way/all way knit I don’t see why you would be concern about stabilizing the neck edge. If you’re stabilizing the neck, what about the rest of the cardigan that will be stretching? This doesn’t make any sense.

Step 17: Seriously why is there more easestitching on the sleeve?! Just stretch the pieces to match and sew.

Step 19: Sew the sleeves in flat after step #3. I don’t see the benefit of setting it in, in this particular case.

Step 10: I didn’t interface the collar/band. I don’t mind the soft drape of the collar. In fact I think it goes well with the drape of the peplum.

Step 12-16: I burrito-ed the collar for a cleaner finish. Ok so this step makes it more complicated but I think the results are nicer. At step 12, sew only one of the collar ends closed. Leave the other end open for unstuffing the burrito. If you’re not familiar with the burrito method, imagine the collar is your tortilla and the bodice being the filling. Place the collar piece with right sides up and put the bodice in the middle. Match up one of the collar edge with the bodice edge and pin. Wrap the collar around the bodice and re-pin so all 3 layers are together.

Catch 3 Layers

It should look like a long, long burrito.

One Long Burrito

Sew the long edge, making sure not to catch anything that doesn’t belong. Then reach into the opening of the collar and pull the bodice out.

Unstuff the Burrito

Voila you have your collar with the edges inside the collar. Nice and clean.

Nice Clean Finish on Collar

Lastly I folded up the seam allowance of the collar’s opened end and sew it closed. I hand sewed using a ladder stitch because I didn’t have the sewing machine set-up. I used my serger or cover stitch for all the steps.

Ladder stitch the collar

 

More Things to Ignore

Ignore the sizing. According to my body measurements I should be a M in the bust, L waist and M hips. I made a XS based on my really unscientific yet somehow really reliable wrap method. My fabric is the right amount of stretch that the pattern recommends so the sizing difference isn’t due to having a stretchier fabric.

Ignore the petite lines. They are useless. First, they’re essentially the lengthen/shorten lines like on most patterns. And petiting isn’t just about length; it’s also about proportions and narrowing in areas. Secondly, I didn’t even need to shorten the pattern. I would think regular people may need to lengthen.

 

One More Point for Actual Sewing

Let’s put one more on the score board for actual sewing as opposed to the non-sewing sewing things I’ve been doing. It only took ignoring and/or modifying half of the instructions. Has anyone else sewn a pattern with this much unnecessary steps? I really do like the cardigan and it will be getting plenty of wear coming Fall. It’s still in the 90s/100s here. Ick!

Quick question on middle pic below.  Do I have a future as a catalog model or that street person selling fake Rolex watches from inside of their coats?

McCall 6844 Collage

 Link to my Pattern Review.

Happy Sewing,

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12 Responses to It’s That Cardigan Again – McCall’s 6844

  1. Raye Ann Clayton says:

    Love it! The fabric is perfect and will be super versatile. Of course I want to make it now! Maybe in 4 years, lol :-)

  2. Kat says:

    WOW. What a beautiful job. It looks beautiful on you.
    Thanks for all the instructions. I am going to try and sew this. Maybe I will have something that will turn out!

  3. Vanessa says:

    Wow! Your version is nice! I have this on my list to make for Fall, and I will keep your tips in mind.

  4. Mads says:

    Yours is one of my fave versions of this pattern yet–it’s so cool! Love the fabric and your points about the instructions, which I will reference if I ever get around to making this one. Re: that middle photo, I bet you’d be the prettiest fake watch vendor ever! =)

  5. Accordion3 says:

    Your photography and modelling skills have jumped a few levels. I can’t believe you’d sell fake Rolex’s…

  6. Kathy Sews says:

    Love this! I know… there a mega amounts of reviews of this pattern, and I will soon be another. I got on board and bought the pattern last month. I love your hounstooth print and the sneaky collar facing trick.

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Gift Sewing for Sewing Friends

I really like sewing gifts for others as long as I think they’re appreciated.  If the recipient doesn’t care of the item is from Walmart, why would I waste my time and effort when I can be doing more selfish sewing.  I know I’ll appreciate my sewing gifts to myself.  hehe

IRL Sewing Friends

I’m really lucky to some great IRL sewing friends.  I know my sewing friends certainly appreciate handmade items so I take the opportunity to sew them items when I have the time and occasion.  Awhile back I had two occasions to make gifts.   I’m blogging about them now because I had to keep the gifts a surprise.

Occasion #1: New Born Baby

For my friend, Raye Ann, who just had her little boy, I made him a baby bedtime bag.  This is a PDF pattern from Running-w-Scissors.  It’s swaddles the baby and has a zipper at the bottom for easy changing.  I had a hard time finding boy knit in the quality and weight that I wanted, so I went to the Goodwill and bought some large t-shirts for $2.  I picked a really cute dog t-shirt.  The weight was really nice.  I was able to reuse the ribbing from the t-shirt neck and the ribbing already matches.

Goodwill T-shirt

Would have been nice if I noticed the lettering on the shirt.  It’s a t-shirt from a local high school.  FBLA is their Future Business Leaders Association.  Ooops.  I was able to cut off the high school name but couldn’t avoid the FBLA.

Baby Bedtime Bag Front

Double oops is when I noticed the back of the t-shirt had the names of the students in the club.  Yes, I’ll deal with it. LOL

Baby Bedtime Bag Back

One of modification I made was to move the snaps to the left side.  I did this to avoid the dog image.

Baby Bedtime Bag Snaps

The other slight modification I did was to use an invisible zipper.  I already had the red zipper in my stash.  I like the way it looked and I’m hoping it’s easier to spot when changing the baby.

Baby Bedtime Bag Changing Access

The pattern came with a free leggings pattern so I whipped one up from remnants from my pajama jeans.  The topstitching is pretty horrid.  I was just climbing out of my sewing no-jo so it was an effort to just get something done before it wouldn’t fit on the baby anymore.

Leggings

Occasion #2: TBD

I’m going to have to wait to blog about this gift at a later date.  I haven’t given the gift yet so I don’t want to ruin the surprise.  More to come…

Happy gift sewing,

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8 Responses to Gift Sewing for Sewing Friends

  1. Raye Ann Clayton says:

    We love the gifts! Seriously, readers, they were both even cuter in person!! I am going to change my go to baby sleep sack pattern to include the neck opening, zipper location, and upcycled t from this design.

  2. Ms. McCall says:

    Awww, so cute – I like all the details from the original t-shirt. It works because it’s so nicely made. I’ll have to learn the secret of the snaps, and get over my fear of making baby clothes!

  3. Accordion3 says:

    I also sew only for those who truly appreciate the time and creativity involved.
    Interestingly the people I won’t sew for are often relatives who I don’t have a lot of time for…

  4. caroline says:

    That’s such a clever idea – I love the dog pic. Nice work! I will have to learn the secrets of the Pajama Jean when I am back in California.

    • No big secret. Pajama jeans are made from knit that looks like denim. Sorta like jegging fabric but stretchier. I use a yoga pant pattern and add touches that make them look like jeans like pockets, topstitching and a fake fly. When are you coming back?

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So, Zo… for My Sewing No-Jo

Big Thanks and a Round of Hugs

First off I wanted to thank everyone for your encouragement and tips on getting through my no sewing mojo aka sewing no-jo slump.  I wasn’t sure about announcing my pity party on my blog because… well… there are a gazillion worse things than having a major case of no-jo.  I’m glad that I did because everyone’s comments really lifted my spirits.  Looking back at my blog posts I looks like I lost my sewing mojo over 2 months ago.  Though it was at a low level for about 5 month prior to that.  Aleah, you’re probably right that I coincided with our move.  I’m getting back in the saddle with some quick projects that I can enjoy immediately.  Thanks everyone!

So Zoe Camisole Front

So Zoe Camisole Back

So, Zo… Vest/Camisole/Singlet

From everyone’s suggestion the remedy for no-jo was to pick a simple project.  What could be more simple than the So, Zo vest, camisole, singlet or whatever you call it in your part of the world.  In the US we call them camisoles.  It has 2 pattern pieces, and very little fitting aside from getting the circumference right.  A warning on the sizing: it is a camisole so it’s has very little ease, think Spanx-like ease.  So I went up 1 size because I wanted mine to not be so figure hugging.  I should probably have gone up another size or 2 in the waist and hip areas.  I picked the bicycle print from my recent swap meet shopping because the small amount of yardage I had was perfect.

I lined the camisole with a nude lightweight knit because the bicycle fabric was incredibly see through.  Like see through to my belly button, see through.  To make the lining I cut the front and back the same as the fabric but just a smidge less ease but not at the very top where the layers meet.  I put the layers together with the seam allowances facing each other.

Insert Lining

For the straps I only had enough fold over elastic yardage in white or black so I went with black.  Unfortunately it’s a skimpy 1/4″ when folded which looked really unbalance.  I ripped it out using my unpicking a cover stitch tutorial and ended up not folding the elastic.  I placed it on top and did a triple cover stitch.  I’m definitely not the neatest sewer.

Fold Over Elastic

Lastly since there was already a lining, I attached some bra cups to the lining for another no-bra-needed garment.  I was too lazy to take out the machine so I sloppily handstitched the cups in.  Mr. Detective Houndstooth did a great job pinning the straps on so that it would blend in with my bra straps if I chose to wear one.  I like option of not having to worry about if my black bra was in the hamper or not.

 

 

Jumping for Joy (Literally)

To work on my modeling skills I decided to add some action poses.  It was really hard to time it correctly and keep my face from looking horrid.  It ended up being pretty fun and good exercise.  Here are some tips of you want to try this.  I used a self timed shot with the camera on a tripod.

Tip #1:  Start your timer a few times to figure out when the picture was taken.  My camera had 7 slow beeps and 7 quick beeps, snapping at the 7th quick beep.  I would start my jump at the 6th quick beep.
Tip #2: Look down.  Since you’re higher up, you need to look down at the camera or you get that unflattering up-you-nose shot.
Tip #3: Let your hair down.  I think if my hair was down it would have given the photo more dynamics and movement.
Tip #4: Have fun.

I use to be a dancer but I’m way out of practice so I went with an easy jump.  Here is my best take.

Jumping for Joy The walls of my sewing room is a leaf green.  It reminded me of a green screen, so I decided it would be fun to add some fun backgrounds from our vacations.

Canada

This is me over a glacier water lake in Canada.

Versaille

This is me in Versaille.

If anyone else wants to put me jumping somewhere fun, here a pic of just me with a transparent background. Right click and save as.  If it doesn’t download as a .png with a transparent background, e-mail me at detectivehoundstooth at gmail dot com and e-mail it to you.

Cut out

I hope that was as fun for you as it was for me.  Anyone have any other super simple patterns I should explore?

Happy Labor Day Weekend (for those in the US)
and Happy Sewing to everyone worldwide,

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Link to my pattern review.

6 Responses to So, Zo… for My Sewing No-Jo

  1. aleah says:

    You are too awesome. I love the tank, the bike print is fab and good call with the FOE.
    But the photoshoped pictures are just amazing. I imaging Marie Antoinette flew over Versaille in just such a manner.
    Hope the sew-jo sticks around!

  2. Vanessa says:

    I love what you came up with! Your cami top is cute, and fashionable. Also, I love the scenes of you jumping in various places. How fun!

  3. Cute! Love the bicycles! This does seem like a good project to get back into the sewing groove after a hiatus, I’m currently looking for projects like that too, because we just moved and I finally got my sewing room (mostly) unpacked this last week.

    How did you do the background change like that? I don’t have photoshop, but I do have Gimp (not that I really know how to use it, but hey, I’ve got it!)

    • Congrats on the sewing room! I would recommend this pattern or the Kirsten Kimono tee. Both are free PDFs that are on a few pages. I don’t have photoshop either. I use paint.net which is similar to Gimp. To change the background first you need to take the pic of the main object, in this case it’s me jumping, and erase the background. Save as .png to preserve the transparency. If you save the last image in the post and open it in gimp you’ll see what I mean. Then open up the background pic. Copy your object and paste into a new layer. The object should be a layer on top and the background will show through to transparent area. Resize the object as needed.

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Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick – Vesper Dress

Disclaimer #1: No, this is not me climbing out of my sewing funk. I made this dress awhile back but had to keep it a secret until now.
Disclaimer #2: I made this dress as a tester so I did get the PDF pattern for free to test.  You can get yours here: SBCC Vesper.
Disclaimer #3: I’m claiming to be unbiased but I loved the SBCC Tonic tee, Betsy has great skills as a pattern maker and is super nice so I can’t really say I can separate my warm and fuzzy feelings and be 100% objective. I think the finished dress does speak for itself.

SBCC Vesper

Love How Petite Patterns Save Me Time

If you read my “What I’ve been sewing lately” post, you’ll see that I love patterns that help me cut down the time it takes to fit. Since I’m petite proportioned, Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick is right up my alley. Notice how I say petite proportioned, not referencing a specific height like 5’ 4” and under. Give me a second to get a step stool to get onto my soapbox.  Height, or lack thereof, is a general guideline for what is called petites but there are people who are 5’ 7” who have petite proportioned in their top half and make up for the rest of the heights in being all legs and vice versa.  Anywho if you’re of a non-petite proportion you too can make this dress since Betsy has lengthening lines to un-petite the pattern.

The Vesper Dress

The Vesper pattern is a knit dress that comes in maxi and knee length. I love a great maxi dress because I’m lazy. One, it’s a dress so I don’t have to match tops and bottoms. Two, it’s maxi length so I’m don’t have to be concerned with putting on lotion, did I miss a spot shaving my legs, how ugly are my bruises and scars today etc.

The front has a box pleat which is fitted through the bust and gives me much needed shaping. The extra fabric from the pleat adds extra coverage around the stomach area which I need even more. The back is chic and very interesting. I don’t have anything in my wardrobe like this and now need 4 of them. I’m thinking tops, tankini swim suit. Then all my tan lines will be consistent.

SBCC Vesper Line Drawing

Binding Tips

This pattern is pretty straight forward unless you’re like me and make things more complicated.  My first attempt at the binding I used a premade thick ribbing/sweat shirt cuff like material. I did not have as much stretch as my fabric and pulled everything up. This made the box pleat cascade off my boobs (not attractive), armholes were pulled up into my pits (not comfortable) and back keyhole pulled up giving me a reverse wedgie look.  My second attempt was to actually follow the instructions and use self fabric. What a novel idea… follow the instructions.  As a tester I always read the instructions but sometimes I mistakenly think I know better.  I liked the self fabric binding but in the end I decided to fold over the seam allowance and coverstitch because of the extra bulk I’m adding with a shelf bra.  More on that later…

SBCC Vesper Back Close Up

Fit Alterations

The alteration I made for fit was a small shoulder slope adjustment. That’s it! OMG what a time saver; especially if I didn’t make the stupid detour of using premade ribbing. The other alteration I made was to add a shelf bra. The way the dress fit on me my bra band was showing. My first instinct was to add a shelf bra since I already used up every last bit of this red fabric so altering the pattern and recutting was not an option. In case you’re wondering the fabric is a tissue thin rayon knit gifted disgustedly discarded by IRL sewing friend Ms McCall. She bought it in the garment district during one of our many fabric excursions together. She made a top with the same fabric but in blue and it pilled like mad. We shaved the top with my very fancy pill shaver and it hardly made a dent. Fingers crossed that my dress doesn’t end up in the same fate.

Shelf Bra Hack

Back to the bra band issue… Adding a shelf bra was pretty simple for me. I’m not sure what changes need to be made if your “girls” need more support. To make the pattern I folded out the pleat in the center front. I also removed the seam allowance at the neckline and at the arm hole to reduce that bulk I mentioned earlier. I measured how long I needed the shelf bra to be in order to end at the bottom of the bewbs (yes, that is an intentional misspelling so I don’t get any questionable characters on my site looking for questionable things) and drew a horizontal line.

Shelf Bra Pattern

For fabric I used swim suit lining because it’s nude and has good support for my cup size. I zigzagged a 1” elastic to the bottom edge, right sides together. Then the elastic was folded down.

Shelf Bra Elastic

Next I sewed the shelf bra into the dress. There’s where the seam allowance I left off comes into play. Since I wasn’t using the self binding I folded over the seam allowance over the lining fabric and topstitched via a cover stitch.

The last step is to sew in the bra cups. I normally would sew the cups in between the fashion fabric and the lining but with this super thin fabric the outlines of the cups showed through. I had the bra cup version of VPL or VBL. I ended up sewing the cups so that it was against my skin.  To figure out the placement of the cups, put on the dress, insert and adjust the cups until they don’t look like you have a botched bewb job and pin into place.  Carefully take the dress off and zig zag the cups to the lining.

Shelf Bra Cups

See no bra lines even close up. Was that weird that I just asked everyone to look closely at my bewbs?

Shelf Bra Finsihed

Final Thoughts

I’ve worn this dress all summer and have gotten lots of compliments.  I really like the back. The keyhole is a little bigger on my dress because with the shelf bra that only has a front you can’t have a lot of ease or the shelf won’t hold in place.  That’s were those back drag lines are coming in.  I’m not sure how I can prevent it.  Ideas?  I can definitely see this dress going into Fall and California Winter with a long cardigan on top. According to the thermostat here, Summer is not over.   Check out my pattern review, make yourself a SBCC Vesper dress and have people shower you with compliments.

SBCC Vesper Front

SBCC Vesper Back

Bonus Content: Outtake Pics

I’m terrible at poses regardless of how many episodes of America’s Top Model I’ve seen. If you need more evidence, check out these futile attempts with the Plantain Tee. I’m pretty sure I haven’t gotten any better. Here I’ve decided showing off my freshly shaved armpits would be attractive. So attractive I did a one arm and two arm version. Pic in the middle is just a hazard of a self timed shot + dog combo. If you can stop laughing long enough to leave a comment, I’d love to hear about what you think about the new Vesper dress and my not-so-new posing (in)abilities.

SBCC Vesper Outtakes

Happy Vesper sewing,

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  2. aleah says:

    This dress is so fabulous! I’m really tempted by this pattern, even though I would have to un-petite it a bit. Great work with the shelf bra – when I saw the back photo I was like, how do you wear a bra with this? but you solved it! It looks like it would be a cute shirt too. I like your matching tan lines idea, brilliant!

  3. Ms. McCall says:

    Love this dress. Hope your mojo returns soon xxx

  4. Ooh! That’s the perfect shade of red! The dress is super cute, so here’s hoping for a lack of pillage (which sounds like your dress is going to be terrorizing villages). ;-) I’m completely horrific at posing too, so I can relate, but the single armpit wasn’t so bad. ;-)

  5. LOVE THIS! You look wonderful in this color and I think you got the fit down beautifully. Great bra hack, too!

  6. Tasha says:

    I think you look beautiful in this! and thanks for the shelf bra hack instructions. I have been racking my brain on how I could do it on some other things and was about to say nvm

  7. Jill says:

    Girrrrrl, you look smokin in this dress! Wear more red! Plus, the dress itself is adorable!

  8. Accordion3 says:

    Love the red colour too. A beautiful dress on you, definitely need more of them!

    Photography is its’ own art form, pets (& kids) just don’t get that!

  9. Aura Oriano says:

    Holy smokes! Love that red. The Vesper dress is awesome on you! I’ve beenmeaning to try SBCC. I’m off to check the site!

  10. I love when you leave me a comment. I’ll consider this a bonus.

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Even More Fabric Shopping – superbuzzy

Sewing Mojo Mystery

I’m not sure where my sewing mojo disappeared to.  I know I packed in up in the move…  I faintly remember unpacking… so it must be here somewhere… maybe Waffle took it outside and buried it in the back yard… I don’t know…  I’m just hoping it’ll show up soon.  In the meantime I’m starting to think that the decrease of sewing mojo is inversely proportionate to the increase of sewing related activities.  For the math-y sewists

For the graph-y sewists

sewing mojo correlation graph

Anyone else seen this correlation in their lives?

 

 Most Recent Non-sewing Sewing Activity

I’ve been doing lots of non-sewing sewing things lately.  My most recent activities seems to be fabric shopping because I surely need more fabric to reach S.A.B.L.E (stash acquired beyond life expectancy).  If you haven’t read my attempt at S.A.B.L.E at the swap meet, you can catch up here.  Yesterday I headed to superbuzzy which I’ve been dying to go to for a while.  superbuzzy is buzz as in bee, not buzz as in drinking.  Just thought I needed to clarify that for some of you.  ahem.  So if you haven’t been to the store or been to their website let’s take a mini tour shall we…

superbuzzy is Super Cute

superbuzzy postcard

This pic is of their postcard and it summarizes the style of the store; cute, sweet and Japanese.  The store is located on Main Street in Ventura, CA which is a super long street with lots of little nondescript shops.  You know you’ve arrived at superbuzzy when you see the bee.

sewbuzzy sighting

A Peek Inside

For those who can’t get to the store you can live vicariously through the following pics or you can shop their website www.superbuzzy.com Everything they carry in the store is on their website and most of what they carry is from Japan.  The exception would be some of the patterns and maybe some of the books.

First off they have mostly cotton flat weave fabrics.  I’m not a quilter but it looks like quilting cotton.  All of the fabrics are colorful, has great prints and overall just adorable.

superbuzzy cute quilt fabrics

Fabrics

more fabric

more fabric

superbuzzy did I mention they have quilt fabrics

even more fabrics

superbuzzy even more quilt fabrics

Did I mention they have fabric?

superbuzzy geeky quilt fabrics

Fabrics for the geeky sewists

In additional to fabric on the bolts they also have a good selection of fat quarters and 1/8 yd cuts.  I love the decor.  You can sit a chat with Domo Kun for awhile.  And look at the cute honey comb tiles on the floor.  Just spectacular!!

superbuzzy honey comb tiles and Domo Kun There was a section of denim and a couple of knits which is more garment sewing than the other cottons.  Yes, I know lots of people sew clothes from quilting cotton.  That person is just not me.

superbuzzy garment fabrics

Denims

superbuzzy also has a few laminates for super cute table clothes or bags.

superbuzzy laminates

In the back they have an extensive selection of Japanese sewing and crafts books and magazines.  The only other place I’ve seen this many Japanese books is the book store in the Mitsuwa.  At the Mitsuwa there wasn’t nearly as many sewing, knitting, crocheting and other crafts books.  I also spied copies of Molly Makes which I’ve only seen online.  What a treasure trove.  I would have loved to grab a few and sit with Domo Kun and thumb through them.  I was just overwhelmed by the # of books and since the spines are written in Japanese it was hard for me to just peruse.  It’s probably best of review the selection online and drop in and purchase the book.  Sorry about the blurry pic.  Maybe I should have purchased that book on the top shelf “taking great photos”. LOL

superbuzzy books

In the back they also have yarns and embroidery floss.

superbuzzy yarn

And then there were the patterns.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that they carried Oliver + S, Colette, Amy Butler, Christine Haynes patterns along with some Japanese pattern lines.  I can just hop in instead of buying online and impulsively checking the mail box.  Oliver + S and Amy Butler patterns are perfect for the cotton fabrics they carry.

superbuzzy patterns

There’s way more fun stuff like notions, needle felt supplies, snacks etc that I didn’t take pics of.  Just check it out on their website. Lastly I can’t forget to mention that they also have sewing and craft classes.  If you’re into modern quilt, the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild has sew ins here.

 

 

How Do I Find My Sewing Mojo?

Now that I’ve done a sufficient amount of fabric shopping, pattern shopping, reading sewing blogs, blogging, organizing the sewing room, reorganizing the sewing room, I need to get back to sewing.  Any tips on how I get my sewing mojo back?

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14 Responses to Even More Fabric Shopping – superbuzzy

  1. Aura Oriano says:

    ack! sorry for the multiple posts.

  2. Aura Oriano says:

    You are incredibly lucky that you can go to their bricks and mortar shop. I love superbuzzy!

    Your vesper dress was so great that I’m sure your mojo will be back in force soon. In the meantime, go easy on yourself and enjoy planning the next project.

  3. Aura Oriano says:

    You are sooo lucky to be able to go to Superbuzzy. You’ll be back into sewing soon, with all that Japanese wonderfulness that you saw there. No pressure to produce because you’ll get there! With fall right around the corner, I’m sure a new project will have you back in the saddle.

    • Thanks for the encourage and the reminder than sewing is suppose to be fun. Fall is my favorite season so I’m definitely looking forward to some light jackets and 3/4 sleeves. It was in the 90s yesterday so it’s definitely still summer here.

  4. aleah says:

    You totally nailed it with your equation – if I’m thinking or shopping I’m not sewing and vice-versa. I happen to be on a sewing kick right now, but I wasn’t for a long time before. I think what works best for me is to gorge on fabric shopping (which I did in the spring) so I feel like I have all the fabric I need, like, ever (SABLE indeed, I’m way, way past LE at this rate) and then just stare at the stash, pull out a fabric I love and make an easy thing that I want to wear immediately. That’s where my Plan Less Sew More slogan came from.
    I can tell you from experience though that nothing kills the mojo like a new house. Houses suck all the energy right out of you. It took me months to get my normal sewing energy back after we moved.
    Oh, and I discovered Superbuzzy recently too; I can’t believe that gem was sitting right under my nose and I didn’t know about it! I tend to make little bags and such as gifts, so I have more use for quilting fabrics than you might. I also got some great fabric to make sewing machine covers (still on the to-do stack)…

    • Thanks for the tips and encouragement. I’ve been slowly digging out of my no-jo pity party. I got 3 quick and simple projects done since this post and may tackle the bike tank today. What have you’ve been sewing lately? I hope a slew of blog posts are coming soon.

  5. Betsy says:

    I love the graph! that is the story of my life. Sewing seems to be just a random detail along the way these days when there is other non-sewing-sewing related work to do. It truly is a thought provoking conundrum. You may have triggered a sewing related existential crisis for me.
    S.A.B.L.E that cracks me up. Try living in a small apartment and then you will be forced to admit max capacity.

  6. Vanessa says:

    What a wonderful store!!!!! I laughed at how you don’t use quilting cotton to sew for yourself…me either!!! : ) As far as getting your mojo back, I agree with just doing it! I usually get all my snacks together, put on some nice music (not turned up too loud), then get started. Time usually flies by then.

    • Sounds like the best course is to just get started so I sewing up some simple projects just to get the juices flowing. Thanks for the tips on the snacks. I think snacks and maybe a little wine would help immensely keep my energy up.

  7. Caroline says:

    You are toooooo funny! S.A.B.L.E. I have that too. And seriously, ventura has a story as fantastic as this? I have been reconciling myself to the fact that I may well be living in Ventura when I get back… and suddenly I feel “ok” about it. Miss you!!!!

  8. Lyndle says:

    What a great shop! I love the Bee touches – real attention to detail.
    In my limited experience, the only way to get the mojo back is to start something simple, without it. Sometimes it comes when I pet my stash. But as your graph totally applies in my case, usually I’m driven to sewing by facing the fact that I cannot shop any more. Pick some piece of fabric you love and Sew Something!

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