Thursday, September 12, 2013

Am I a Sewist Now? Finished Vest

Since I only sew on the weekends, this sewing project took a little more time than I would have preferred.  But being a newbie, I wanted to take my time to really pay attention to the details.  I realized early on that this probably wasn't a beginner project.  That's another reason I took extra time with it.

The main thing I learned is not to cut the pattern out until AFTER you check the measurements.  I learned that the hard way in a FAILED sewing project.  So, with this one I cut out the largest size; which is pretty accurate. 

I checked the cut pattern pieces against my dressform before proceeding to cut the fabric.

Skirt $2.99 @ GW

The front of this project is from the thrifted skirt above.  The back and lining are from thrifted fabric scraps.  All purchased from GW.

After cutting out all of the pieces, and reviewing the instructions I decided not to put on the lapel.  It just seemed difficult and I'm not sure I would like a lapel anyway.  I had forgotten how to transfer darts from the pattern to the fabric; so this was a little bit of a challenge for me.  So, I used some tissue paper to outline the darts for the back.

Then after studying the instructions more, I realized I forgot to cut the lining.  So... pause a couple of weeks until I got around to cutting those pieces.  Meanwhile I was able to attach the interfacing to the designated areas.

And now.... for the finished project.


Front with Lining

I saw no instructions to add buttons or hook and eyes; so I assume this vest is to be left open.  There are a few imperfections; but I guess that's to be expected from a beginning sewist.

When the weather gets a little cooler I plan to wear this vest with a long sleeve white button down shirt.  What do you think?  Am I a Sewist now?


Monday, September 9, 2013

First EVER Home Grown Canteloupe

This is just a quick picture of my very first EVER home grown canteloupe. 
The fruit had already split on one end.  So, I chopped it off; cleaned and cut the fruit into small portions.  The fork marks were the result of a quick taste.  Not as sweet as I am used to; but still pretty good.  There are several more canteloupe getting ready to be picked.  Hopefully I won't wait too long as was almost the case for this one.  I'm not sure what caused it to split.  Perhaps someone can give me some tips.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Three Gardening Method Reviews

When I started gardening in the Fall of 2012 I only used one simple method of a raised bed. I researched other gardening methods to the point of anxiety until Spring 2013 where I used 3 different methods to try.

Method 1) The raised bed was an effective method and I am very pleased with it. The only downfall is the grass has started growing up through the bed. The cardboard I used as a decomposible base has decomposed and I am thinking I will need to move the bed into a different area and build it up on cardboard again. I still have canteloupe and bell pepper plants producing in the smaller end of the bed; so I'm not ready to pull those up. I discontinued watering the tomato and cucumber plants. The tomatoes because they had produced no fruit (except for one tiny tomato). The cucumbers because their productivity has declined.

Early Spring 2013

Method 2)  The grow bags were not very effective.  The Persimmon tomato plants did so - so; but the tomatoes were much smaller than the description indicated.  The plants grew to about 5' tall and may have dried out to quickly between waterings.  And.... the roots became exposed.

Grow bags and containers
Method 3)  The container garden was a huge disappointment in the beginning.  But now that I have canteloupe growing out of one... its doing wonderful.... That is as long as I don't forget to water it.  It dries out really quickly and since canteloupe love water; its hard to keep up with it.

So, there are my personal reviews of the three gardening methods I tried over the past few months.  I am still undecided about whether to plant a Fall garden.  In South Central Texas; its still really hot.  Last Fall I planted in October; and it was almost too late.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Thank You To My Readers

My goal of 4000 pageviews by the end of August wasn't quite reached; but I want to thank everyone who took the time to read any of my posts.  I hope some of you found them interesting and helpful in some way.  Since I started this blog on May 1, I have had 3920 pageviews.  I think that is pretty good for a beginner, and I know my writing skills are improving the more I write.

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