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I had a really aggravating Sunday. Nathan and I finally got around to putting the wall sconces up in our bedroom. Had them wired in, ready to go, all they needed were light bulbs and their globes. We got the first one on, no problem, but the second one is NOWHERE to be found. I have this sinking feeling I sent it to Goodwill. Then, I was doing laundry this weekend. I have to admit, I let it stack up. Like, two weeks worth of stack up. We have an Electrolux front-load washer and dryer, and I love them. You can cram them full of laundry, and they do great. So I crammed a queen-size mattress pad in, put in the soap, and went on my merry way. Until about fifteen minutes later when Nathan noticed there was foam coming out of the washer. If you guessed that I forgot to buy high-efficiency detergent, you would be correct. So we had a sopping wet, overly foamed mattress pad, and a foamy, leaky washer. We got that all worked out, and I took the mattress pad down to the laundromat to finish washing it, since I didn’t think it would be the best idea to stick it back in the wash. Do you have any idea how much it costs to do laundry at the laundromat? It cost me $4 to wash, and only wash, that silly mattress pad! I didn’t have enough money on me, I thought my $3 would be ample to wash and dry my mattress pad. How naive! I had to borrow a dollar from some random college girls (borrow being the key word… I paid them back and gave them the detergent that caused me all the problems in the first place). Anyhoo, it was quite a day, let me tell you.

I also got some sewing done and set up a few more of my sewing supplies in my sewing room. Clicking on the patterns will take you to their reviews.

Last thing, today I went by The Etcetera Shop (thrift store) while I was waiting for Buddy to get finished at the groomers. I had to browse through their patterns (of course!). I found a couple that I brought home with me, but the funniest/meanest one by far was a Simplicity pattern from 1968. It’s a children’s pattern for a “Girls’ and Chubbies’ Jiffy Dress in Two Lengths.” Ouch! Let’s not sugar coat anything here!


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I got a little sewing done on my pants this weekend, and I’m excited with what I’ve got done so far. I am a little depressed at all the time I’ve wasted with them though. For example, it took me 2 hours to put the buttonholes in because my machine kept bogging down. I was cursing the fact that I didn’t have a buttonhole foot, madly digging through my sewing stash, looking for something, anything, that might work. Then I found the buttonhole foot I didn’t know I had. After that, it took about two minutes. The next part I got (am getting?) hung up on is the fly front installation. I’ve about come to the conclusion that I was supposed to shorten my zipper to the length of the fly shield, but it doesn’t really say that anywhere. It would have been nice if it did. I’ll take out the fly, fix it, and then move on to the next step.

I cleaned out my cabinets today. Apparently, I’m subconciously worried that I might run out of things. That’s the only reason I can come up with for the 3 boxes of oatmeal, 4 boxes of saltines, 2 bags of Splenda, 5 boxes of macaroni, 4 boxes of spaghetti, and 1 2-year-old bag of flour I found today. I wish I was exaggerating about that, but I’m not.  🙂

I had asked Nathan to hang the coatrack and shelf in the kitchen for me, but he never quite got around to it. I really can’t say much, since I was perfectly capable of doing it myself and was just to lazy to. But since everyone is coming for Thanksgiving it’ s probably time we tried to make things a little more presentable.  To that end, I hung my own things in the kitchen.  Don’t they look cute? And yes, those are the hand towels I outbid you on at family reunion, Mom.

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I made a dress! It’s Kwik Sew 3533, and it turned out pretty cute. It went together pretty quick too.

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I cut it out over the weekend and sewed it up yesterday. Then, I wore it out to dinner! Nathan took me to the new Italian food restaurant downtown. The food was good and it had a nice atmosphere. We had a nice evening.

I was really excited the other day, I went to Hobby Lobby and Simplicity patterns were on sale for $0.99! So I bought 9. 🙂 I’m sure I’ll get around to making them someday.

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So I finally got my curtains hung this weekend, and don’t they look nice?

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I thought they turned out very well, until  I noticed one little problem:

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They appear to be a little short, and I’m just going to hazard a guess that it’s going to be 1 yard off. Except for the really short one, and I just don’t know what happened there. So I think my plan is to either add a small band of a different color on the panels on the end and then finish out with more of the same, and I guess on the sheers I’ll just tack the rest onto them and count on the hall table I intend to put there to cover it up. Oh well…..

I also traced 4 patterns and cut out and prepped for sewing three of them. The fourth I got cold feet on the fabric I was going to use. I decided I didn’t want to sew it up if I didn’t really like the fabric. I did wear my wrap dress out to dinner and the movies the other night. I even got compliments on how nice I looked!

I picked up some new fabric at The Needle Nook 2 weekends ago when I was in Wichita.  I added  a picture in because I thought it was pretty. See?
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 I think out of the navy print I want to make a tunic dress. I’m thinking of using Simplicity 3893  (view b) and just making it longer, but I really don’t want to have to wear a camisole underneath it. I’m hoping it’s just necessary if you are a bustier girl, which I am of course, not.

I got the Singer taken apart, cleaned, oiled, and put back together. The bobbin winder even works!  I really sweated that part because I had such a beast of a time putting it back together. I don’t know what to do about the flywheel though. The inside looks kind of gunky and chunky. It says something about cleaning that with kerosene and then reoiling it too, but I’m not quite certain how to go about doing that. Here are some pictures of the finished project:
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 Nathan and I went to see Public Enemies this weekend, and  I was a little disappointed. I expected it to be better. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t wonderful like I’d hoped for.

Well, I’m going to get off here and go to bed. I have to get up and run in the morning  since I didn’t run this morning. I’m going to sew tomorrow evening and Wednesday!

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Today I went to Wichita all by myself to browse through various fabric/thrift stores at my leisure. Here’s where I went:

  1. Goodwill on Maize- not so great.
  2. Goodwill on Central- also not so great.
  3. DAV on Central- ditto.
  4. New Beginnings Thrift Store on West Street- Wonderful! Everything was very clean and well organized. Nathan is lucky that I usually stick to my promises, because if I didn’t we would have yet another set of dishes. They were, after all, Kate Spade. It was very hard to pass up.
  5. The Treasure Chest on Douglas- also not so wonderful.
  6. DAV on Douglas- see 1, 2, 3, and 5.
  7. South End Sewing Center- I believe I crossed railroad tracks to get there. It was not the experience I was hoping for, and I probably wasted $30.
  8. The Needle Nook- jackpot! The staff was very nice, and the owner, Anne St. Clair, was so helpful. I learned to use french fuse on the shoulder seams and hems of my knit garments today, and also picked up some (more) very pretty fabric! She said they have classes, I will probably sign up for one when I find a hole in my schedule.
  9. Sugar Sisters Cafe and Bakery- cupcakes=delicious.
  10. The other DAV on Douglas- also disappointing.
  11. Goodwill on Oliver- blah.
  12. The Singer Sewing store on 25th st- I didn’t really intend to go here. I kind of stumbled upon it while I was looking for the Salvation Army on Amidon.
  13. The Salvation Army on Amidon- and here’s where I found my steal of the day. I picked up a Singer 15 model, made in 1948, for $20. It was $40, but I talked them down because it was in such sad shape.  I got it home and it does actually run. If it works really well after I get it cleaned, I may have to donate $20 to the Salvation Army.

So needless to say, if you ever want the fabric/thrift store tour of Wichita, I’m your girl. If you happen to read this and are from Wichita and can think of something I missed, please let me know. I’m always open to broadening my horizons. 

I picked up a back issue of Sew Stylish, Threads, and BWOF while I was the Needle Nook. The Sew Stylish is from last fall, but it has such cute things in it, I might have to make them for this fall. I figure that Kansas is probably not ever going to be on the cutting edge of fashion, noone will ever know if I’m a year behind the fashions. I also finished my vogue dress today. Even Nathan said it looked really nice when I was done. 

I know you’re probably thinking that I didn’t do anything at home today. I spent all day gallivanting aroun Wichita not getting a single thing done. Well, you’re wrong. I mowed the rest of the yard, cleaned out a closet upstairs, and put away some of the things that were displaced when I cleaned the livimg room yesterday. I am going to try and get my curtains hung tomorrow or the next day, I promise. Oh, and I got my chaise moved upstairs also. I’ll put up a picture once I get my curtains hung.

I’m so excited about my machine! It is missing it’s bobbin case, but I found one on ebay, so it should be in sometime this week. I don’t feel as bad about bringing new junk home since I took old junk to the first Goodwill I went to today.

Well, I’m going to try and pair up some of my patterns with some of my fabric and whittle down my stash. I’ll leave you with a photo gallery of things discussed in this particular entry.

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I’m working on vogue pattern 8379, the wrap dress, and it’s turning out great so far!!!! I’ve finished the main body of the dress, all that’s left is sleeve insertion :/ and the hem. I might actually be able to wear this one out in public!!! So keep your fingers crossed that the sleeves aren’t too tight. I’ve included a picture of the pattern envelope so you’ll be able to see what I’m talking about. The only issue I’ve had so far is my machine skipping stitches on my ity jersey fabric. I’ve used a size 11 ballpoint needle and a size 14 ballpoint, both brand new. If you have any suggestions on how to make it stop skipping, I’m all ears.

Diane Von Furstenberg inspired Wrap-Dress

Diane Von Furstenberg inspired Wrap-Dress

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So over the past couple of days I’ve been trying to finish up some lingering projects. I finished the new, detachable bag for my knitting frame and a couple of doll dresses, one a couple of months old, the other several years old. I also finished a garment bag for dolls I started last year.  Last weekend Nathan and I put up a small shed for the yard stuff and I cut down 3 pickup loads of tree limbs and dug up 3–13 gallon trashbags full of iris bulbs. That just includes the ones I thought were worth keeping! I threw away quite a few pieces that I didn’t think would bloom out. 

In the past month since I’ve blogged I’ve also been to Kansas City for the first time, taken my first train ride, and went home. Our intern that we had for the month of June was convinced I hated Hutch and left town every weekend. 🙂 Hopefully, July is a little less hectic, but if not, oh well. I hope to get curtains made for the stairs and paint the landing trim and maybe get a little (fun) sewing done too! I’m going to attempt to machine quilt my Valentine’s day wall hanging on Friday, and then I have to work this weekend. 😦 But, I do get two days off during the week next week, so I’m going to try to get that paint put on the landing and get my curtains sewn. We’ll see how that goes. Next weekend I have off and Nathan has to work, so hopefully I’ll get some fun stuff done then too! Below is a picture gallery of things that relate to this post.

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