16 July 2014

So I was thinking.... A garment bag for Hubby

I go through phases with sewing for other people. Sometimes I don't mind but mostly I just like to sew for myself. But I do love giving handmade gifts. It's just more personal in my opinion. I mentioned last week that husband was consecrated a Bishop and I really wanted to MAKE him something.

I knew any of his robes/vestments was out of the question as I've not done any of that before. I thought about making a jewelry roll but he found a travel jewelry case online that he really liked so I left that alone.

Then it occurred to me that none of our garment bags would be long enough for him to carry his vestments. So I asked him how he intended to carry his robes (the service was two hours away so we had to travel). He said he was going to order a bag from Murphy's. So I went to murphy's website and looked at their bag dimensions. The bags they sell are pretty generic. I looked on Etsy because you can always find good inspiration there. I was mostly looking for the type of fabric to use. Then I visited Joann to be sure I could find the right supplies locally.

Armed with info I went to husband and said "So I was thinking...". He always gets nervous when I lead with this (and rightfully so) LOL! I explained to him that I wanted to make him something that would be a keepsake for the occasion. I told him of my idea to make a bag for his vestments. He had some questions. How long would it be? What color would it be? What type of fabric would I use?

I sketched out a couple of ideas for him. He actually gave quite a bit of input - which was heart-warming because he usually takes very little interest in my sewing. However when it comes to these types of things he knows exactly what he wants and he likes quality. (He's the only made I dated who had GOOD towels, real dishes and quality pots LOL).

The first option we discussed was a basic bag with a zippered front and two zippered pockets with his monogram on the front.
He decided he liked this 2nd option better. Very similar except this one has a panel at the top - leaving more blank space for embroidery. He asked for his full name + the date of his consecration.

He had given me two color options but burgundy was his first choice. However as far as long zippers go, there wasn't much choice. So the color of the embroidery was pretty much driven by the color of the zippers. Overall I think it came out very nice. It's a great contrast.

Here is the finished bag. He was very pleased with the outcome.
Here is a close-up of the embroidery. I recently upgraded my sewing machine and I am really enjoying the larger embroidery hoop.

He was so impressed he asked me to make bags for his fraternal brothers - the other two pastors who were also consecrated the same day. Both of their bags also included their full names and consecration dates. I neglected to take pictures of their bags. The bags were a big hit and husband said several people were inquiring if I could make more. I think I'm going to add a listing on my Etsy shop.

Now he wants another bag that's thick enough to carry about 3-4 suits in. I think I have it all worked out in my head. Just have to put it on paper. For this bag I used approximately 2-2.5 yards of duck canvas. The zipper was a 72 inch home dec zipper from Joann. It also includes a D-ring at the bottom which can be hooked over the hanger so it doesn't drag the ground when walking.

08 July 2014

Border Print Dress + Pattern Review

I've really been trying to sew from my stash but every once and again, you see an inspiration pic and get distracted by shiny objects. I kept seeing these amazing border print dresses and I just had to have one. So ordered two yards of this yummy print from Fabrics and Trimmings on Etsy.

07 July 2014

I'm Alive

I'm alive. And I've been sewing. Boy have I been sewing! Just haven't found much time for blogging.  Three weeks ago, my husband was consecrated a bishop. We've known about this for quite some time and were told that everyone was to wear white. One wouldn't think it would be so difficult to find a QUALITY white fabric. UGH! Boy was I wrong. I scoured the web. I ordered swatches. I was certain I would find something at the Sewing Expo in March from Vogue Fabrics. Nada. There was tons of off-white/ivory to be had. But husband was adamant that it should be pure white. Finally with a week and a half before the event I reluctantly had to commit to what I could find locally - a white duchess satin from the bridal section at Joann.

05 June 2014

Another Version of M6953 + Pattern Review

So I guess this is my favorite pattern right now. This is my second version of McCall 6953. I made View C and wore it Mother's Day. I have every intention of making the other two versions as well.

Here is a review for fellow sewers:

13 May 2014

Mother's Day Ensemble + Pattern Review: McCall's 6953

I wanted something quick and cute to wear to church with my Mom on Mother's Day. Well my choice failed in the "quick" category but it did hit the mark on "cute". I don't know what got into us but between me, my sister and my brother, not one of us managed to take a single picture that day. LOL!

I spent the greater part of Saturday working on this dress. I didn't count the cost before starting. it was a lot of pattern pieces and therefor more time than I had intended to spend on the dress. But once I got started I was committed. Anyways, here's the completed dress. And below is a pattern review for fellow sewers.

29 April 2014

MAGAM Challenge: April's Completed Garment + Pattern Review

My challenge garment for this month is the skirt made using McCall's 3830 (View C). I actually finished it a couple of weeks ago but I wanted to complete the blouse to wear with it before posting pictures. And that took a little longer.

03 April 2014

MAGAM Challenge : April Plans McCall's 3830

I've been wanting a brocade pencil skirt for a while. So this month for my challenge garment, I'm finally going to get one. I like this fabric so much, I accidentally bought it twice. So I probably have a total of 5-6 yards of this. Not sure what I'll do with the rest of it.

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