Tunes Tuesday--The Most Wonderful TIme of the Year

The Holiday season is begun!

Andy Williams--The Most Wonderful Time of the Year


Easy Dress--Lengthen M6009!

I mentioned that I salvaged some fabric from my sister's attempt at sewing and made a dress from it.

The pattern is McCalls 6009, which has three different view of tops. I chose View C, but decided to lengthen it to make it a dress. However, I like it so much, I plan to make a top if/when I get my sewing mojo back.

Here's the finished dress. I like clothes to have a defined waist, and since all I did was lengthen the shirt, I feel like it needs a belt. I cut a size 6 and did no adjustments. The pattern was super easy to sew up; my biggest flaw was the neckband. At the front center, it is not as neatly joined as I would have liked. Thankfully, the gathers around the neckline distract you from it. :)

I have one more dress to post, and I will hopefully get to that sometime this week. At that point, I will almost be caught up with past projects I have neglected to post!


Ugly Christmas Sweater

I have been commissioned to make an ugly Christmas sweater for a party/contest of a friend.

Originally I was going to do everything from scratch, and then realized I was crazy had too many other things to do.

I bought the sweater at Goodwill, and I knit the trim. It's red/green eyelash yarn with regular red yarn mixed in. I stitched that to the pre-existing neckline and wrist cuffs.

I have yet to decide if I want to sew puffballs down as "snowflakes" on the sleeves, or trace white ones out of felt. And then I will have a reindeer on the front. I'm thinking this guy.

A nice, lighthearted project that is minimal effort. Just what I need. :)



So, we lost power for 3 days after Hurricane Sandy.
  • I never got to celebrate Halloween, so I did not get to wear my costume a second time around. Hence, I have no pictures. I figure I'll wear it again next year, so if I'm still blogging then, I'll post.
  • I did not finish my wristwarmers during the power outage, but I did make good progress. Then, I got to the point where I should be getting ready to cast off, but the pattern isn't matching up? I'll dedicate a post to it soon.
  • I did finish my dress for the wedding, but I have a lot to say about the pattern, the dress, and invisible zippers, so I'll save that for later.
  • I did manage to finish a quick sewing project with the fabric shown below. My sister had used the fabric for her senior year project, but there was quite  bit leftover. So I got a dress out of it. Pictures to come.
  • In teaching news, I had a parent call about a detention. Apparently, I am not allowed to have students clean, nor can they sit and do nothing. I gave administration my side of the story, and it seems to end there (I was honestly worried I'd get fired). My question (and the administrators currently have no answer), is what CAN we then have a student do during detention? I absolutely -refuse- to let them do homework or makeup assignments, but if they are to be punished, what are my options?
  • And in other teaching news, the medical leave position I've been for is almost over, but I will be (almost seamlessly) filling in for a maternity leave position. SO that was a huge weight off my chest.
I think I'm done sewing for a while. As I mentioned before, I have some yarn projects I'd like to work on. Someone asked me to knit them an ugly Christmas sweater for a party. I agreed, but now I wonder if I will have the time. Luckily, I know my way around fabric dye, yarn, and a sewing machine, so I think I can fake the sweater with minimal work.

What are your projects as the winter quickly approaches?