Things I Learned (and Should Get)

27 Jun
  • Measure, measure, measure. THEN cut! (Items I Need: New scissors and a large cutting mat)
  • My sewing machine is possessed. She likes to catch the ends of my thread and make this giant mess along the line I’m sewing so I have to seam rip out the seam and then re-stitch it.
  • Silk catches on pins like a mofo. It’s evil, but soft and shiny.
  • Just because the light on the iron is on doesn’t mean that the iron is on.
  • Irons can smell nasty.
  • How to Clean an Iron! Fill it 1/4 full of white vinegar. Set it to steam and use it on a clean rag. Iron until clean. Repeat with water if it doesn’t fix. This just cleaned the holes in the soleplate. I learned this technique here and it seems good!
  • Measure more. (Also need: A clear plastic LARGE ruler)
  • The silk setting on the iron doesn’t melt plastic pin heads! (Yay! But I still need glass head pins. One day.)
  • Purple metallic shiny pins are the wrong choice for working with shiny purple silk.
  • With that, yellow matte color pins are an excellent choice.
  • Measure MORE!
  • Don’t assume you’re pinning in a straight line because it looks straight. It might be slanted or just not straight. At all.

Picking Books (for sewing!)

6 Jun

Starting out on my endeavor to get to work on my sewing skills, I picked up some books. These should be coming in any day now, thanks to Amazon! The question that I had trouble with was what would were good books to use to start off with? I have some experience, as I mentioned, but very casually. So I read over Green Apples and checked out her book recommendations for one thing. Then I pulled them up and checked out the reviews!

  • First, read the 1 and 2 star reviews. Look for problems you feel like are things you couldn’t work with. If this is a sewing book, are they issues with the projects? Do people find it too simple or advanced? Are the projects for children and you have none or know none?
  • If they are no 1 or 2 star reviews, then check out the 3 stars, but this is a pretty positive thing as so many books at least have a couple negative reviews.
  • Don’t forget to consider the price as well. The three books I just picked up were all under 15 dollars, so we’ll see if that’s good or bad soon enough! Watch out for the style of print it is, spiral bound books don’t seem unusual and are a bit cheaper.
  • ALWAYS look at the “Frequently Bought Together” and “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” sections. It’s a real help when you’re looking for similar types of books and easy to forget.

So, along with my current copy of “Sewing For Dummies” by Jan Saunders Maresh (which I’ll make a solid review of later!), I have 3 books on the way. “Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe” by Wendy Mullin, “Sew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make with Fabulous Fabrics” by Francesca DenHartog, and “The Perfect Fit: The Classic Guide to Altering Patterns” We’ll just see how they work out!

Hello world!

5 Jun

“Welcome to This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!”

A sweet welcome! My name is Aden and I’ve been meaning to start a blog for a while now. Now you’re thinking “Who are you and why should I read your blog?” Well, we took care of the basic who, but I’m a 24 year old English major who likes reading and writing. I have a strong interest in romance and fantasy/sci-fi novels, and a itch to attempt sewing my own clothes because I just can’t find things that have the right fit and look like I’d like. Also, if I bought things I liked from the stores I go to, I’d be dressing like a little old lady librarian before my time.

So what will be here? Book reviews (there is a large stack of novels waiting for me this summer) and project posts. Maybe if something strikes me, I’ll make a good rant about something or other. But books and projects, that’s what we’re in for!


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