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Aug 19, 2014

Three Days to Whip Up Some Swimsuits

With my latest shirts and linen shorts finished (they debut tomorrow), I still have three days to sew some last-minute holiday togs.

What could be faster than a swimsuit -- with grommets no less!

I have never inserted grommets before but I'm going to learn how in the next few days.  I assume any knit fabric will need to be interfaced (or reinforced) before the grommet is attached.  Anybody know?

As for fabric, I picked up half a yard of three very different swimsuit knits today, plus lining.

The first is a gray Marc Jacobs floral print.

The second is this multicolored paisley print:

And finally, this red, white, and black tropical print.

Here's my lining:

I have clear swimsuit elastic somewhere; I'll dig that out.  And if I use the grommets I'll have to buy some nylon lacing for a drawstring.   (I also have knit interfacing if I need it -- a sturdy stabilizer for the grommets might work better.)

I have plenty of swimwear patterns to choose from.  I'll probably start with something with a Speedo-style cut.  In addition to the patterns, I have plenty of RTW swimsuits to examine.

Having made swimsuits before with mixed success, I know that, aside from the cut, it's all about the finishing.  I don't have a true coverstitch machine but I'll have to do my best with just a serger and sewing machine.  Luckily I have lots of fabric to experiment with.

Four years ago I made these and they came out pretty well, though the fabric was kind of gross.

I used regular elastic in those for some reason but the finish looks OK and the suit feels secure.

Anyway, this should keep me busy for the next few days.

Any swimsuit experts out there?

Have a great day, everybody!

Aug 18, 2014

Working on My Linen Shorts + How I Nearly Burned the House Down

So let me start with the burning the house down part, since it's clearly more newsworthy than a pair of linen shorts.

Aug 17, 2014

My Fair VLOG-y!

Friends, once again it's Sunday VLOG time!

On this week's episode, you'll find out about my sewing week, get a sneak peek at a recently completed sewing project, and hear me sing two of your favorite show tunes -- or somebody's!

Aug 15, 2014

Getting Started on My Wacky Patterned Shirt

I was back at the sewing machine today, but I spent most of my time laying out and cutting my fabric.

Aug 14, 2014

Released from Jury Duty and Issued a Summons -- Oh, Sweet Irony!

To quote Barbra Streisand singing "Sadie, Sadie" in Funny Girl, "Oy, what a day I had today!"

Aug 13, 2014

Working with a Difficult Print

Today I prepped the two fabrics I'll be working with next.  I'm eager to get a head start because...

Aug 12, 2014

Sunday Vlog at Last! (with MPB Day Highlights)

I never did share which patterns I selected from our MPB Day pattern swap.   That's them up top.

Aug 11, 2014

Laura Mae, Why Can't You Stay?

Readers, there are two kinds of house guests: the ones you wish would leave yesterday and the ones you wish could hang around longer.

Aug 10, 2014

MPB Day -- Was it all a dream?

Friends, due to physical and mental exhaustion, I am postoning my Sunday vlog till Tuesday.

Instead, I want to tell you about yesterday's MPB Day!

Aug 8, 2014

Big Curtain REVEAL + Pre-MPB Day Prep!

I'm not one to gossip, readers, but have you heard the latest about that Crystal Allen and Mr. Stephen Haines?  (Yes, that Mr. Stephen Haines!)

Aug 7, 2014

"Serger Go Clunk" or How I Repaired My Brother 1034D

For the past month or so, my serger, a Brother 1034D that I bought refurbished more than four years ago and has been trouble-free from the get-go, started making a very disturbing clunking sound whenever I used it.

Aug 6, 2014

Measure Once, Cut Thrice -- Home Dec Caveats!

Yesterday, MPB reader Corey Hill asked:

"How did you like your home dec project? Having done a lot of home dec myself, just curious how you like it compared with making garments."

Aug 5, 2014

Curtain Fabric Choice + Rings or (Just) Rods?

Here's my curtain fabric choice.

Aug 4, 2014

My Home Dec Challenge

If you've been following me for a while, you probably know that I don't sew home dec.

Aug 3, 2014

MPB Sunday VLOG -- Fabric Hoarders BEWARE!

I rarely feel the need to alert potential vlog viewers about the content of my videos.
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