Sunday, January 20, 2013

I'm glad I can sew...

Because then I can take big curtains from Daiei and make them into little curtains which fit my windows perfectly.



That is all.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Back in the saddle again...

One day my mom said she had sent me a surprise package.  I couldn't even guess what it could be.  Some of favorite foods?  Clothes?  Turns out it was my sewing machine which was even better than anything I could have guessed.  Since she sent it (I can't remember when), I've been using it primarily for mending jobs as none of my patterns are here.  When I went back to visit my family at Christmas, I made sure to buy some fabric and pack some patterns so I could sew some actual clothes.

Here's my sewing space:

It's in my bedroom because I didn't want it in the main room.  You know because I have so many parties.  (Sarcasm)

We're on the tail end of a three-day weekend and since the forecast promised rain, I promised to be holed up inside sewing.  Weather forecasts never quite go according to plan in Japan and by noon the rain was full blown snow.  Well, after taking about a hundred pictures and going for a short walk up to the store snapping even more pictures, I finally settled down to sew.

I used this pattern, McCall's 6400:

(I prefer not to talk about the first time I made this pattern and I used the incorrect size.)

This is the fabric:

And I'm sorry but this is the best of like 50 pictures:

I don't have a wide mirror, not even in my bathroom, so this is the best I can do.  Also, I'm pretty inept at taking pictures one handed but I was trying to show off the dolman sleeve.  Sorry if it hurts your eyes!

All in all, I like this pattern.  In the picture the neck is supposed to sit like normal but it kept falling off my shoulder. So much for work clothes!

Anyway, I can't wait to check out the fabric stores here.  Thanks to my mom, I'm back sewing again!