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Ironing Sucks.

Most sewing projects include at least one step involving pressing the seams.  And these steps


are usually between each sewing step.  Like,

Press seams open.

Press seams together.

Press seams inward.

Press seams toward the notches.

In our house, this involves going from my dining/sewing/craft room to the bedroom to iron some seams.  It’s not fun, especially with complicated (frustrating) projects.

I know, I can leave the iron in the dining/sewing/craft room.   I ask you to think about it – does adding an upright ironing board to that room sound cozy to you?

Ironing is an annoying extra step that is so time consuming once you get focused.  Like pressing a 50 inch strip of 2 inch binding.  Dear. Gawd.  What a nightmare.  I’m seriously considering one of those over priced binding-making-doohickeys.

Pressing seams…a waste of my (impatient) time!

An obstacle to the finished product.

Interference in my focused effort to get the project finished already!


It does help so much.  Sometimes when I press seams, I can skip pinning the pieces altogether.  The hooded towels I made were so easy to topstitch because I took the time to press the seams.

When I take the time to iron, the fabric is a bit crisper and lies more naturally.  It’s nice to see your project, no matter how simple or complicated (frustrating), start to take shape.  This is usually when I become proud of my work.  Kinda like putting on a pair of heels (with or without the dress, same feeling).

So from now on, when I get frustrated about my trip to the bedroom, I’ll remind myself to press on.

Tee hee…



Ruffles that seamed difficult…but were so much fun!

I absolutely LOVE this project – credit goes to Carly J. Cais and her project here

It’s one of those make-a-blouse-from-a-guy’s-button-down-shirt projects.  Yes, there are a TON of steps, but they start to flow and make sense once you’ve started, going by pretty quickly.  Most are common sense, but I like that she adds more information than most projects.

Oh, by the way, I found this pattern by joining and searching for blouses/tops.  I found that most projects here are for the younger folk, but it’s oh-so-fun to peruse the ideas out there!

Back to the ruffle top.  My husband isn’t an extra-large kinda guy, so there wasn’t much fabric wasted on this upcycle project.  The fabric of the shirt was…well, let’s say I think he bought this when he was trying out new things, stepping outside his golf-polo comfort zone.  I have to give him props because this was waaay out there for him.

Luckily, this button-down never made the day-to-day rotation for my husband’s outfit choices.   He somewhat begrudgingly handed it over to me a few months ago and when I brought it out last weekend, he was curious how it would turn out…or he was a bit scared to see the scissors chop it up.  Either way, he was interested!

The bottom half of the button placard (buttons & holes) is removed, then the two sides sewn together.  You do this under the 4th button.  The original fancy-ness of this shirt already included tuxedo pleat details on either side of the buttons, so it added a really nice touch without me doing anything.  Always a fan of efficiency!   😀

Tuxedo pleats – great detail!

Now, for the RUFFLES!  Basically, you cut off the sleeves, which are cut into long rectangles, then made into ruffles and attached to the button placard strips:

Ruffles and black thread


Considering my guy is perpetually fit (with or without exercise), his shirts don’t usually have a ton of fabric….hence the reason I had to add a side-zipper:

Side zipper

This blouse is completely different than what I normally wear, so I’m thinking it will be perfect to wear on a date night! What do you think?

All done!

Living in a desert o’fashion

I’m here at work and would much rather be at home sewing, drafting, draping, shaping some clothes for myself.  My co-worker, who knows about my love of sewing, mentioned that one of her friends went to L.A. recently.  L.A. is one of those cool cities that has a garment district.  Like, New York, Paris.  You know, NOT Houston. Nope, our 4th (or is it 3rd) most populated U.S. city is not know for fashion, nor a garment district.

For pete’s sake, there’s one in Kansas City! 

What is a garment district?  Usually, a neighborhood that is comprised of mainly fashion-centric establishments, including designers, venues, businesses, and the below-mentioned discount fabric-mania.

Typical fabric selection in NYC garment district

NYC Garment District…(drool)

NYC is for real.  They even made a cool statue and it serves as a landmark!

 This statue means you’re in fabric-heaven

Just a few steps away from this sculpture is a help kiosk.  Not only can you get help, but…just look at it!

In case you doubted where you were…

Back to L.A.

LA garment district (drooling again)

Her friend found killer deals on fabric whilst in Sunny Cali.  We’re talking B-A** fabric for $2 and $3 per yard.  The cheapest I can get wear-worthy fabric is at the local commercial store on a 40% coupon day, or 50% off the full price when they have a sale.  Meaning around $6.50 per yard and up.

Stupid Houston.  Stupid stupid Houston.  I googled Garment District Houston and got this image (seriously):

Go back to NYC for fabric!

There was a glimmer of hope for one in Dallas.  But no.  Turned out to be some event for consignment items that are donned by the finest of the (Dallas) fashion scene.

God forbid our state nurture the creative soul.  No.  We must make $ and encourage our citizens to shop-shop-shop!  And if they defy that philosophy then we’re going to make it difficult and expensive for the average lay-sewer/seamstress to expand his or her portfolio.

Oy vey.

Maybe that was a bit dramatic.  A tad severe when there are millions of people that love and adore all that Texas has to offer.  I do, too, but also know that other places suit me better.  One day we shall break up, but for now, I’m committed to Texas.

And I’m committed to solving this problem!  Where can I get dreamy fabric for good prices?  No, I don’t want to shop online.  Then I have to actually plan and wait.  Wait for the swatch order to come in the mail.  Then pick another and/or just order the fabric and…wait.  I don’t like waiting.  I want it now.  I already have to wait for the new fabric to be washed.  Isn’t that asking enough?

Onward I go in search of a nearby fashion fabric source!

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