I've Been Sewing
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by Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic)
6h ago
My sewing resolution for 2023 is to take my time, create more involved garments, and enjoy the journey more.   My reasons are: I don't need a lot of new clothes.  I have a few holes that need to be filled but not enough for me to create large amounts of clothing. I want to explore the technique driven side.  Not just sewing techniques but fabric manipulation, dyeing, printing, quilting, the techniques that take time and aren't accomplished in a weekend. There have been some ideas that have been floating around in my mind that I've always said, when I have more time.  ..read more
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Do You Jelly Roll???
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by Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic)
1w ago
Let's start out by saying I'm not a quilter.  Even though I've made several "quilting" projects, they're not my top must sews.  However, I love jelly rolls.  The thought of them, how the fabrics play so well together, how they can become so many different things.   Whenever I see one, the possibilities of what the new yardage can be inspires me.  Especially black & white jelly rolls.  So while I'm not a quilter, I was inspired to buy several jelly rolls and make two yards of fabric from them to create a top. Supplies used ~ 2 packages of black & w ..read more
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It's 2023...
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by Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic)
1M ago
At times during 2022 it seemed like it was flying by and at other times it seemed to drag interminably.  No matter because the 365 days that comprised 2022 have passed into history and we're now moving forward into 2023. Since I was trying to finish off 2022 posting makes that hadn't made it to the blog, I didn't do an end of year sewing review. For someone who thought they didn't sew much, I did end up completing 20 pieces. Which is a lot for the laid back lifestyle I live now especially since it's not that long ago when 40-50 garments were sewn every year.  Boy has life changed! Le ..read more
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A Floral Rayon Romey
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by Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic)
1M ago
I have a thing for comfort. Gathered full skirt dresses with raglan sleeves work for me and are what drew me to the Sew House Seven Romey Gathered Dress pattern. Not only does this have a full skirt but it also has outside pockets that look to be sewn into the seams of the dress. I love this feature much more than in-seam pockets. I also love that this pattern goes up to a size 34 so accessible to a wide range of sizes. I made mine in a size 26. I used a bubble crepe purchased from Fabric Mart at least five years ago.  I've been sewing with so much new fabric lately that it felt go ..read more
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Think Twice, Cut Once...
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by Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic)
1M ago
Originally I titled this post, "Remaking" but as I got into it I realized that Think Twice, Cut Once is way more appropriate. As you know fabric drives my creative spirit...and I've been looking for a fabric like this for awhile. It reminds me of some Dolce & Gabbana dresses from a few seasons ago. Anywhoo, I found this RTW duster on HSN for sale. The fabric was everything I'd been looking for but hadn't found for an exorbitant price. So I purchased two of the largest sizes which were a 2x. They arrived in a few days and I spent a couple of evenings ripping them apart. There was enough fa ..read more
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Metamorphosis
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by Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic)
1M ago
Once upon a time in the year 2020, back when the plague times first descended upon the world, I came into existence. I was created to hold back some of the horror of the death and disease that was in our midst. In the home times, when we weren't allowed to venture forth, I came into being... Now two years have passed and the world has moved on so I've evolved too. I've become a fifth of a quartet of makes. But I'm the only one that is birthed from an original Myosotis make. It is my claim to fame. Here are my components ~ 4 yards of pink chambray from Fabric Mart 1 yard of Rifle Paper &a ..read more
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Breathe
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by Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic)
1M ago
Y'all I feel like I'm just coming up for air and able to breathe freely for the first time in a minute.  It's been a challenging fall but I can feel the page turning. The urge to create is strong. I'm on Holiday break from December 20, 2022 - January 2, 2023.  Fourteen days off to celebrate with my family, relax, and jumpstart my sewing passion.  I'm going to try hard to get those last garments up on the blog before the end of the year.  I really don't want to carry those posts into the new year. I've cleaned off my sewing/cutting table.  This was it's original state ..read more
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The End of November 2022 Already?
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by Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic)
2M ago
I think this is the longest I've ever gone without a blog post.  There are a number of reasons for this. 1. While I have posts for my last five garments written, I have no pictures of the garments on me.  Somewhere during the summer & fall, I just didn't feel like taking them.  While I've thought several times about posting with the garments on my dress form, I just haven't gotten there. 2. I've been having real dental issues.  Why does everything in our bodies have an expiration date on it? So I've been dealing with them and will continue to deal with them into 2023. 3 ..read more
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So it begins...
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by Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic)
6M ago
I posted this to Instagram last night. ...while it says 15 days, I'm actually off 20 days...dayum near three weeks.  However, I knew I would barely do anything today. I needed a decompress day or two from work.  It's where I sleep late, lay in bed, crawl out, veg on the couch, watch TV and read a few pages of my book.  Then and only then am I ready to actually dive into the all immersive sewing I've been craving. Usually when I have 7-10 days off, I do have a decompress day or two but I make up for it by having a cut pile. When I'm ready to sew, I can just start.  This tim ..read more
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Learning not to be frustrated with the process...
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by Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic)
7M ago
While I was making my cut pile for summer sewing I've been frustrated at times at how slow some of the processes are. I don't remember feeling this way before. Instead of being thrilled that I'm pulling a new piece of a fabric out of the dryer, I'm dreading the ironing part. Because of that I had a pile of pretreated fabric that's unironed waiting it's turn.  That was never part of my process. Some days, I'm impatient about threading my serger and sewing machines. Prior to purchasing my Babylock serger I use to dread it but that was related to dealing with the stitch tension.  These ..read more
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