Friday, July 13, 2012

The reason I never have any time to post...and the reason I started this blog.

So, here it is, July 13th and I am finally writing a new post. I just finished my most recent show, Pomp and Circumstance, which was an amazing experience and I got one definite and another possible job from the show! So now I am in two shows at once for the MN Fringe Festival. I thought I would have time to sew in July...HA! Fat chance. Although tonight I am taking a class on sewing the Collette Iris shorts and I couldn't be more excited! I'm hoping to zip over to the nearby fabric store and either pick up a scarf-print or Echino fabric (I think it's Echino?? The crazy cool Japanese prints with beautiful colors and elephants and birds on them? You know what I'm talking about...you one reader of my incredibly sparse blog).

I do have several other projects I can and will eventually post, but between working 8-5 Mon-Fri (yes, I am at work...but I am waiting on a call back from a vendor, so it's totally legit that I am blogging. Okay, not really. Whatever. I'm making this quick anyway.), rehearsal for two shows (sometimes two different rehearsals in one night! This Saturday and Sunday I have two rehearsals back to back both days...this is uncharted territory for yours truly), voice lessons, and driving to central WI to see my darling dearest (check out this video to see his work in action! He is quite the artist.), not to mention trying to become a domestic goddess (i.e. cooking and cleaning...something I never quite got the hang of :/ ), I have verrrrry little time for sewing, even though I love it. I started this blog because I thought it might push me to sew in the very little free time I have, but you can see how that's gone so far...HA! Anywho, I'm going to this class tonight and hopefully will have many things to post about afterward! Until then... :)

*Ali* 

PS: I have been trying and trying and TRYING to install Disqus, but to no avail...can anyone help me out? I would very much appreciate it!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

My first ever LINED skirt

To anyone who is actually reading this, I apologize for my painful lack of posting since I started (over two weeks ago). I was verrrry discouraged, as my white skirt was not going well for a while (and I've been in rehearsals Mon-Thurs...so my week is pretty much go go go from 7 in the morning until 9 or so at night).

BUT I worked on my skirt last night for about 3 hours and now I can post a little bit more about it! I still have yet to hem it, but I'll finish that today and then (hopefully) crank out my first ever Sorbetto! Here are some pictures of my process:

First of all, here is what I'm working with. I live with my sister and I do all my sewing in a little corner in the basement...it's not ideal, and I do have to share with a few spiders, which is less than comforting, but hey...everyone has to start somewhere. Maybe someday I'll make them little spider outfits and they'll be happy and leave me alone. Then again, if they really like their outfits, they might keep bugging me for more and possibly tell their other spider friends...yikes. Maybe I'll just stick to being selfish and making clothes for myself.
I got this guy for Christmas from my wonderful mother. The foot pedal doesn't work, but luckily there's this handy automatic sew button on there, so I make do.

Sooooo here's what I was working with for the past couple weeks, before I got up the guts to just go for it and finish the damn skirt:


That plaid thing on top is a tank top that I'm trying to figure out how to take in... 
anyway, the bow was non-existent until last night. The waistband was too tight for button or hook and eye closure, and there was/is a gap between the top of the zipper and wherever/however I decided to close the waistband (I'm definitely still a novice...perhaps I should take "intermediate sewing" off my theatre resume`?  Meh. Soooo I decided a bow would be pretty AND functional...more functional than pretty, considering it pulls the waistband a bit, but whatever. I'll figure it out someday. So I figured that out, then took a long time going back and forth on how to hem it. Do I measure everything on my dressform and pin it where I want it to fall? Nah, instead I laid it out on a table, measured, pinned, and then hacked off a good ten inches with a good old fashioned rotary cutter (are they old fashioned? I don't know, but it sounded good in my head.). So here's what I've got now:




 As I said before, I still need to hem it, but as you can probably see on my face, I am very happy with it and feel very sassy in it. Now to hem it and then get started on my very own Sorbetto!

**Ali**

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Halloween of 2011 (Yes, I realize it is now May)

So Alex and I went back and forth for aaaaaages (read: about a month) trying to figure out what our costumes would be for this past Halloween. In 2010 we chose to be Stan and Wendy from our mutually beloved show, South Park.
(I know...it's hard to see our costumes with all the lovey-doveyness that's happening, but this is the best one we got of our costumes that night...I also wore yellow jeans)

 (In our opinions) our costumes were awesome, but unfortunately South Park isn't as popular as we thought it was (I know...what the whaaaat?!?!), so not very many people knew what we "were". This time, we ended up choosing Ricky and Lucy, because it would be fun AND recognizable. About a week before Halloween, my dad declared he and his girlfriend Maureen were going as Alfalfa and Darla from The Little Rascals.  Alex and I thought that was a brilliant idea and decided to steal it for ourselves.



And so began my adventures in sewing. Well, for the second-ish time. I began sewing my junior year of high school but didn't do much other than take in my old t-shirts or make them into tank tops. I chose this pattern for my Darla dress:



 
It was actually a breeze to put together, despite my putting it off until two days before Halloween. I was going to make it out of a yellow/peach fabric, but my muslin turned out so nicely (and I ran out of time) that I ended up wearing it to my boss's Halloween party, along with a sash and bow I made from some other fabric in my stash.

(I apologize for all the kissy stuff...I guess we just like each other...a lot)

Here is a picture of me having a drunken, possibly angry-ish conversation with a cat who would not allow me to pet him:

Look at him, just taunting me from the ledge.

Overall, I think it was a success. I haven't worn the dress since then, as I would have to hem it in order to feel comfortable (and I don't have the motivation for that right now). I am very short, so I prefer my hems to be above my knees.


So how about something new? Here is what I'm working on now:




I'll use the batiste (I think it's batiste? Maybe I'm crazy) for the actual skirt part and the costume satin for the lining. I figured a white A-line skirt should be an easy spring project...I'm hoping to get it done this weekend...I don't have rehearsal (more about that another time) until Monday of next week, so I'll have plenty of time to work on it.

Well, I'm off to bed! (It's 11pm, no matter what the rediculous clock on the bottom of this post says). Good night!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

My First Blog Post EVER

Hello and welcome to my first ever blog post. This will be short, as I have to work tomorrow at 8am and it is now past by bedtime. I'm not sure where I want to go with this, as I am interested in many things, which is why I thought I'd include two things I am very passionate about: Theatre and sewing (well, fashion really, but recently I made a vow to myself that I would not by any clothes from chain stores and if I wanted something new I had to either get it from a thrift/vintage store (good thing I live in Minneapolis! Wonderful thrifting here...Oh yes...I bet you thought I was from California by the title...nope. I am a midwest girl. My name is Ali) or make it myself. I'm not an expert at sewing by any means, but I do have a sewing machine and I am constantly inspired. My boyfriend Alex teases me over how I have a new idea every three seconds, but it takes me foreverrrr to act on my ideas, mostly because I am scared of my sewing machine. Well, that's not true. But I get overwhelmed and scared that I'll screw up the potential project, so I put it off until Alex tries reverse psychology on me and tells me I'll never get my project done (he really is very supportive, he just knows the right way to motivate me, haha).


Aaaaaanywho, we'll see what comes of this. I will try to keep up with it as much as possible, but I am a verrrrry busy girl so, as I said, we shall see. I'll start posting some old sewing projects soon and also what I'm currently working on (the a-line skirt from the Sew U book, because I received the book for Christmas about 3 years ago and I've never touched the patterns until now).  But now it is time for bed, otherwise I will wake up at 7:15 and be late to work...gotta love those traffic jams (Minneapolis, you are awesome and I am so incredibly in love with you, but we haaaaave to do something about your traansportation issues! Goodnight!


Also, if anyone knows how to change my timezone, I would be grateful. Maybe it's the name, but I am definitely not in Pacific Daylight Time...