Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Side Job

Sorry I haven't posted anything in a couple of weeks, it is due to having a sewing project I came across a week ago.

I was applying for a seamstress job at a local Laundromat, although they did not need help at the time one of the seamstress told of a place I could apply.  The place is a packing and sorting company that pays by the piece for ones to sew labels on clothing.  I thought "oh yes that would be nice."

The good

I was able to bring my work to my home and could decided how much I wanted to take on.  It is nice to be able to control your scheduled and pace, not to mention the comfort of home.   

The not so good

I have worked in a similar position before, however in that position, I did not have to also refold and pack the piece of clothing back into it package. In this position i have to not only sew on the labels I have to individual pack and unpack each piece of clothing.  Due to this the work I thought would take me but so much time has taken me twice as much time.  

The other that I thought would be good, taking my work home, is a double edge sword.  How could that be you say, well I have to pack and unpack 30 lbs boxes out of my car and carry them up in a elevator to my apt (which is on the 4th) floor.  To do this I have used a grocery store cart we keep in our apartment building, hey it works LOL.


I tell you all of this to let you know that I have not forgotten you, I have been however very busy trying to make some extra income.  How long will this last? So far its is temporary and should be over this week, however if they have more work I have to decided if I will take it on and how much of it I can modestly accomplish. These are the things that I am considering:

1.  Time it takes from my own personal sewing
2.  Other family and social obligations that I have
3. The demand I get from the company can you do "a few more boxes?"
4. The stress it puts on my aching shoulders (arthritis) from the repetitive folding of the garments.
5. Is the money worth it?  $10 an hour but it is a labor job, am a office worker by trade.
6. blah blah blah

So there it is my excuse for not updating my blog with a new and interesting sewing adventure.  I guess this could be considered one thou huh?  Hopefully I will have answered the above questions and I will share with you the answer in next weeks blog post.  Until then, I'll keep sewing away and lurking on Pattern Review, jealous I can't finish my cute little dress and post them to the Review Gallery too :-)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Blog updates!


Today's post will be about up dates to my blog and how you can get the most out of what you read.

Blog post
(broken down into 3 categories)


These post will talk about  new ideas, neat finds, and how sewing  helps me to learn more about myself.


These will often be about a current project that I am sewing, the good, bad, and silly mistakes I have made along the way.


These are in depth explanation of reviews I have made on Pattern Review. com

Side Bar!


This section is where I will put brief messages, i.e. what to expect in the next blog post.

Welcome/About Me:  

Just that!

At the Machine:  

This will be my current project often times being the subject of a 'Preview' post.

Material Being used: 

Shown to spark your curiosity and anticipation

Next up!:  

What I am thinking about making after my current project, I've already taken it out of the envelope and altered the pattern. Now just deciding what fabric choice to make.........

Down the Road!: 

This pic my change from week to week depending on my mood and what direction I wish to take with my sewing. It could be a current pattern I have or one I wish to purchase.

Blog Archive/ Labels:

This section will be broken down by month, listing each post in order that it was published. Look here to easily fine older reviews or misc post you may have missed or would like to review again.

In conclusion 

Hopefully you will find the new updates enjoyable. So grab a cup of coffee, and take a few minutes to share in my adventures, as I keep myself together one stitch at a time.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Vogue 1250

I am at my laptop trying to think of a good introduction for my review of Vogue 1250:

Vogue 1250

I mean, what new insight could I bring to a dress that has been a fan favorite on Pattern Review for sometime?  

Could I talk about the simple yet flattering design, could I mention how few pieces are used, oh I know maybe how few alterations I needed to make in-order to get a good fit? 

Once thing is true, this is a very good dress if your are just starting with knit fabric, actually this is the first dress I made using a knit. Oh did I mention the fabric..... that's it Ill talk about the fabric.

Ah the fabric:

Reminds me of Ladybugs! :)

The fabric was a gift from my best friend who purchased it when we went shopping at Mood Fabrics during one of our NY trips.  

The first time I saw it, I caught my self saying OOH out loud, then I vaguely heard myself mumbling softly, 'wow, nice, wonderful, pretty,' as I petted the material affectionately.

Seeing how beautiful I thought the fabric was, and it being a gift from my BFF, I was paranoid not to make a mistake.  I needed and wanted something goof proof LOL.  That's when I decided to turn what you see above into:

DKNY's V1250

As it has been stated in other PR review's, the dress is very flattering to most body types:

So that's it, my first love affair with a knit fabric, a review I should have done sooner, none the less my secret is out now.

shhh, between you and me, me like :)

Keeping myself together one stitch at a time..........