Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How are they holding up? Feb-May

Since no sewing is going on yet I figured I'd share the fun post I like to do where I let you know how things I've sewn are holding up and if they are in fact being worn.  I love reading these types of posts because we all see new, pretty sewn up things but I want to know how they fare day in and out. What may be nice on day 1 may not be so great on day 30.  (small health update on bottom)

From Top L to R
1, Winner: Simplicity Ariel Pjs are worn quite often and much loved as are 2. &3. both pairs of those Jalie undies, zigzag for me and blue for K.  4. K doesn't play much with dolls but she liked that outfit.  5. Winner: I wear my Ottobre zig-zag l/s tee all the time. It is one of my favorites.  6. I never did anything with the Lady Skater hack muslin there. 7. And K wears the Ottobre dizzy shirt a bit more than the 8. other one but both held up great.

1. K hates this O+S skirt and won't wear it. Her butt makes it stick out funny in back too.  2. She sometimes wears the pj shorts but not often (she prefers nightgowns).  3. Winner: K wears her orange Ottobre dress ALL THE TIME, lol. She is even wearing it today in fact.  4. My Kwik Sew pj set was not comfortable.  The shorts were a fail right away but the tank was too itchy with elastic trim for me to ever wear it.  5. Winner: I wore this Burda striped racer back tank a lot over the summer.  6. K only wore her Kwik Sew green tee shirt on this day and now it won't fit :(  I loved it too, but now it's been given to a friend. K didn't like the elastic in the arms and thought it was too short in length.


1. K has only worn this Ottobre jumper for photos. I'm not sure she's happy with it. I may try to get her to wear it yet if I can make white leggings and l/s tee for underneath.  We run about 50°F now days.  2. I haven't yet worn this dress. I attempted to on the 4th of July, but it didn't seem practical for sitting on the ground.  I'll try again next summer. The bodice is a tad big but I do like it.

1. K loves her Jalie undies. 2. K likes to wear this Ottobre tunic/dress but the pockets like to pop out and that annoys me.  3. K also loves these Jalie undies.  4. & 5. Winner: T wears these two pairs of Ottobre PJ shorts all the time. I can't wash them fast enough.  6. & 7. Winner: K wears these two Ottobre nightgowns all the time too.  She loves them to pieces.  8: Super Winner: This swimsuit was the best make of the summer. K is so shy and hates to wear swim suits but she was confident in this one with the swim shorts.  She swam so much more this summer and it made me so happy for her.  It held up very well too.  9: Ottobre shirt for K's bff. She's still wearing it from time to time so I'd say winner :-)

I've noticed a lot more success with Ottobre, Jalie, and Burda than I've ever had with the Big 4.  It's a good thing I have a ton of those magazines and patterns.  I hope you enjoyed seeing what worked and what didn't.

Winners: 16 (includes 4 pair of undies)
Fails: 1, so that's not bad
Dislikes: 3-maybe 4.

You know, this list really helps me see that my sewing has gotten so much better and we really do enjoy and wear the things I make. I'll remember this when I get down and frustrated.

Heath update:
So I'm still not sewing. And it's painful to not be sewing! I'm not very dizzy anymore but eating is still painful and tough. I have to wait until the end of November for my endoscopy (scope) :(  That is sooo long of a wait when you are suffering but I can't change it. I've lost 11 pounds now this last month and I'm pretty tired because I don't sleep or eat well.  So I have this constant pain where your gallbladder would be, except they took mine out two-ish years ago and I still have the pain. It gets worse when I eat.  That is in addition to my throat/stomach pain but I've had GERD and ulcers most my life so I assume that is what is going on there.  I also have other chronic things that make finding an answer difficult.

I'm hoping they figure something out and in the meantime I'm just digging through all my patterns and making LONG lists of things I want to make :D  I've created a spreadsheet for each family member and I might do a rotation thing when I get back to full sewing.  I also completed my Evernote database of all my patterns, magazines, and even fabric inventory. That was a huge task and now I can scroll through when I want to find something instead of digging.

Thanks for all your kind words and thoughts on my last post.  You guys really make me smile and it puts my spirits in a better mood. So Thank you!

~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~