Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Do you remember me?

I'm not sure if I can even remember how to create a post. Yes, I'm a terrible blogger. Okay, beyond terrible, I admit it. But atlas I won't beat myself up. I haven't been sewing a much as I wish, but there is always a time and place for everything.

Over the summer we camped a lot. My in-laws purchased a wonderful travel trailer that they have been so gracious to let us use as much as we want (direct quote from FIL - "I'd rather it be out being used than sitting in the driveway"). Okay, a camping we will go. We had never taken the kids camping (no throwing tomatoes at me please). Honestly, I hated all the work that was with tent camping even tho I adored it as a kid. I know, what a terrible disservice to not suck it up for the kids, but neither my hubby or I could stand the though of dew on a tent, cooking everything on a picnic table, dirt in our sleeping bags, etc. Life in the trailer on the other hand is like living in luxury. I honestly couldn't get enough and so we camped as often as we could until the end of October.

We are also now a homeschooling family. It has been something in the making for a long time. It's going extremely well for us, but it definitely cuts into my sewing time. ;-)

I have made some wonderful things, one being my first wool coat. I need to post a review about it, but I've been too busy wearing it everywhere to even think about posting a review. I did finally post a review about today about another item I finally finished up, so I thought I would share that. Not sure if I have any readers still, but here it is anyway. :-)

New Look 6628

( excuse the wrinkles on the sleeves, I've been wearing it all afternoon)

Pattern Description: Misses separates pattern that includes two styles of cardigan, sleeveless top, skirt, and pants all for knits.

Pattern Sizing: 8-18 ~ I made a size 8 my typical size for tops

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I found this pattern after reading a thread on the message board so it's been in my stash for quite some time now. I really liked the ruffles and the longer length cardigan. My only dislike (and it's not really even a dislike, it's more of an afterthought) is maybe I should have made the flounce go all the way around the neck. It's fine how it hangs, but I think I might like it better if it went all the way around and was one piece. I'm sure that would be a pretty easy fix if I do make this again and decide to go that route.

Fabric Used: grey Vera Wang wool jersey from circa fall 2009

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made a 1/2" broad back adjustment and also a small swayback tuck.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I would. I'm very happy with how it turned out and have already wore in twice since I finished it. If it's the look you're after, then yes I recommend the pattern, tho it's been out of print for years so it might take some digging to find one.

Conclusion: I'm glad I finally finished this cardi. I started it in October, but kept forgetting to get some grey woolly thread for the lettuce edging. I finally remembered a few weeks ago and it took me under and hour to finish this UFO. My hubby said it reminded him of the puffy shirt Jerry wore in an episode of Seinfeld. I'm not sure if that is a compliment or not! ;-)

So any wagers on how long until I post again? Hopefully it won't be terribly long. I really like to sew and have enough fabric and patterns to keep me busy for a long time. I'm looking forward to being a football widow this weekend and hopefully have something to show for it by the time the game is over.


mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Wanna know something WEIRD? I went through my Google reader today and deleted a bunch of blogs that I don't read anymore and when I got to yours I thought "Wow, haven't heard from her in FOREVER" but I didn't want to delete your blog. Came back this evening and there was a blog post waiting for me. Good things come to those who wait, I guess. ;)

Glad you're well! Camping sounds fun, and homeschooling sounds interesting! Kudos to you.

Marie said...

Cute cardi, I am glad you are posting again. As a former homeschooling mom I know that it eats a lot of time and energy so don't forget to save some time for self.

marysews said...

I do remember you, and I like your cardigan!

Lady Jenn said...

I do remember you! And as a homeschooling mother of 6 (with 1 of them in college already), and can totally understand how schooling the children can eat into one's sewing time.

I haven't updated my blog in 2 months. I guess I better do so too!

Stacy said...

Good to see you post again! Missed seeing what you've been up to!

Lori said...

It is so nice to hear from you again. The camping sounds so fun. also, your cardigan is gorgeous, thanks for sharing the review.

Leslie said...

I'm so glad you are back posting again! I've missed your posts and fab sewing projects. At the risk of sounding stalkerish, I almost emailed you last year to ask if you were okay because it had been so long since you had posted. :)

kr said...

welcome back! I've missed reading your blog and yes I remember you. I'm also a hsing mom and try to fit in sewing when I can. Some days can be frustrating but my boys are my priority at this time in my life. Sounds like you had a great summer.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on homeschooling! There are a couple of other blogs from homeschooling moms that sew: Amanda's Adventures in Sewing and MushyWear.

I homeschool and want to get back to sewing now that my teenagers are working more independently but my body has changed so much from the days that I could use a pattern with no alterations needed. My skills are not good enough for this body. Oh well, I guess I will never learn if I don't try.

Nice cardi. Love the ruffles

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Oooh, that looks perfect for cold weather! Love it!

BrusselsSprout_Katharine said...

Looks nice! Congratulations on homeschooling. Your blog is your blog and meant to serve you, not others--they can make their own blogs if they need to :) I found your post right away from Sigrid's list of recently updated blogs. Happy Lunar New Year!

KarenP said...

I LOVE your cardigan! You chose the perfect fabric for it. I don't get to sew nearly as much as I'd like to either, but I'm trying to change that in 2011.

Michelle said...

Looks great Melissa! Glad to see you posting again. I haven't attended to my blog in 14 months yikes!!!
You have inspired me to give it a go again.

mermaids said...

cute cardi! wish it came in my size.