Enjoyed another glorious morning outside, watched DH & Bro tend to the lawn, but it looks like DH is doing more playing than working... don't ja think...lol
The second time with B4985 was more time consuming than the first. However, I did notice one thing that I didn't do the first time and made some changes as I went along.
Not sure how I let that slip by, but I forgot to finish the edges on the front facings the first time. I used the zigzag stitch to finish the front facing edges, which is the first time I'm using that stitch on my new machine.Used white interfacing and didn't have to worry about bleeding through. I'm still wondering how that happened with the first blouse.Instead of baste stitching the raw edges of the collar band to the neck edge I cut very thin strips of HeatnBond, ironed and then final stiched collar band to the neck edge.I changed the sleeves a little, by easing the sleeve cap into the armhole and omitting the gathers at the sleeve hem as well as not using the sleeve band. Instead I used clear 1/4" elastic along the sleeve hem - stretching as I sewed. As usual I had no idea what type of buttons I wanted and sifted through my button box and came up with these....
A lil bling bling....lol
To change the distance between buttonholes I use a quilter's ruler and instead of the recommended 2-1/2", I spaced them 2" apart. Here is a closer look.... What do you think? What remains are finishing the buttonholes, sewing on the buttons and hemming.
Off to make some buttonholes.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Enjoyed my morning watching DH tend to his flowers, and also got in some crocheting. After participating in crocheting squares for Nesa's Blanket, I've had the urge to crochet and pulled out some yarn and hook and sat outside this morning now that it's free of the killer bees...lol.
I've started on a baby blanket for my niece whose expecting in October. I didn't use a pattern for this blanket, just free stylin' as I go along, I'm working this blanket up using single crochet and half-double crochet stitches, but will look for a pattern for a baby sweater. I got a lot done in a short time and it felt good hooking again...lol.
Even Mr. Roco enjoyed the morning relaxing on the lawn, he was actually behaving himself for once.Also cut and marked all the pieces for my 2nd Butterick 4985, and had to ask myself why I was doing it a second time... after the tedious task of cutting & marking.. oh yeah... I really like the first one...lolThe fabric is an embroidered cotton sateen as was told to me by the sales clerk, but wondering now if it has some silk in it, after washing the fabric its butter soft, not like the other cotton sateen I've worked with.
As I was pinning and basting the fabric I started wondering about puckered seams. The pins I normally use were not going through the fabric easily and leaving pin holes so I switched to silk pins. Once I started sewing the pieces together the fabric started pulling into the throat plate....uggh.
Managed to get pass that and have completed the body of the blouse and finished the seam edges with zigzag stitches. I should've used the serger, but I was too lazy to change the thread...hehe. So far it seems to be coming together nicely, but I'm thinking about changing the sleeves by eliminating the gathering at the cap & hem, omitting the sleeve band and doing an elastic hem. While sitting outside at lunch time, I spotted a young lady wearing a pretty blouse with what looked like elastic hem at the sleeves of her blouse. The sleeves were not puffy, but appeared to have elastic and thought it was cute detail. Well off to figure how to work that out.
Have a Great Weekend.
In my household our mornings start at 5:30 am... ok... let me correct that, for ME it starts at 5:30am. Depending on how I feel, I may head down to my mini-gym, but most mornings, I let the dogs out for their morning romp, feed the cat, make coffee for DH, ask DD what time she needs to be at school/work, prepare our lunch, fiddle around in the sewing room... and so on.
Before we head out of the door @ 7:15am - DH has to tend to his precious flowers and lawn to make sure they have enough water before high noon, tinker around in the garage and tend to the dogs...lol. To this day, I constantly ask him, if we have an automatic sprinkler system, why do you manually turn on & off the sprinklers daily? He mumbles somethin' and I continue gathering my travelin' paraphernalia, pocketbook, tote & cereal.
Finally, at 7:15 DH & I are ready for work.
But this morning, I had to run back into the house b/c I forgot something. Well on my way back down stairs I hear DH yelling...
DH: Ohhh Shyt....... I be Got Dayummm.
Me: What the hellz is going on down here....
DH: I bent down to turn off the sprinkler and while standing I noticed a ball and wondered who threw their rotten azz ball in my hedges.
(Gawd forbid DH find trash or somethin' out of the ordinary on our property DH will put out an APB for the perpetrator and lambast them...LoL)
Me: Let's go... I don't have time for this I need my Starbucks
DH: Uh... you would want to hear this missy...
Me: I drop my bags and proceed to finish my now soggy cereal
DH: You know what seeing is better than telling... look through here....
Me: What the FCUK Is That!!!!
DH: A Got Dayummm BEE HIVE.
Me: Oh Lawd!!!
DH: I dayumm near touched that thing!! Could you imagine what the hellz I would've look like if they had attacked me.
ME: All of a sudden I went into hysterical laughter... instantaneously imagining what he would've look like after being stung...
DH: Oh that shyt is funny uh? Come on get in the car - I will deal with that later.
Me: I'm still laughing... now my mascara is running....
In the car I continued laughing, b/c DH starts with his grandoise ideas about how he was going take down the killer bees....lol
At some point...I had to tell him to just shut up... I couldn't take it no more - I told him when I get to work I'll call Terminix or some dayumm body to take care of it. Of course, he continues about why we shouldn't waste money, b/c he knows that he can take care of it. Yeah Right!!!
After work... a dear neighbor who is a landscaper was kind enough to burn the bee hive, without ruining the rest of the hedges...
and Thank Goodness for that, b/c I could imagine DH in some outlandish body contraption trying to annihilate the Killer Bees...ROFL.