Wednesday, December 24, 2014



I made this....

What do you do when a client comes to you with a crazy request? This man wanted a python scrub jacket. I work in a hospital and have kind of been wanting to break into scrub sewing for the experience. My education/career is healthcare based so this is what I come into contact with on a daily basis. I figure I can use this as my base. But I need some practice. I met this man in the basement of the building and asked him where he got his hat from. If you recall, a few years ago a coworker convinced me into going into business with her. That didn't work out. When she recouped her $5 investment, she quit. It left me with a bunch of surgical caps. Anywho... I saw this man with an unique cap on and asked him where he got it. He said he USED to have someone who custom made things for him. I asked what happened. He said they retired. I informed him that he has a new seamstress and gave him my card. I didn't expect to see him again, but he came to my office and we have been rolling.

I didn't find any dedicated scrub jackets patterns. So for the jacket I used M4261. The hoodie pattern was sufficient. The entire time I worked on this, I cracked up. This fabric is soooooooooooooo loud for the conservative hospital environment. Nurses in this hospital can only wear teal colored scrubs. But his unit allows him to be himself. He wanted a cap too. SMH..... He also wanted his ENTIRE name embroidered on the front. I have an embroidery machine but no experience whatsoever embroidering. So you know what I said when he asked... ABSOLUTELY!

So I learned a new technique... I Embroider!!!!

Pattern: McCalls 4261Misses'/Miss Petite Unlined Jacket, Top, Bra, Pants In 2 Lengths, Skirt and Bag

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the envelope?: Nope

Were the instructions easy to follow?: I suppose they would have been.

How long did it take from start to finish?: From start to finish.... about 6 hours. I had to learn to embroider!

What did you like/dislike about the pattern? Its a hoodie... whats not to like?

Fabric used?: Python polyester! That my male straight,married to a woman, father choose all by himself.

Pattern alterations or design changes made?:
I didn't add the hood. I lengthened it by 6 inches. I didn't make the hoodie pockets, I made regular scrub pockets on the outside and 4 big pockets on the inside. I didn't add the yoke which was just decorative. I was trying to make this as lowkey as possible.

Would you sew it again?: I would.

Would you recommend it to others?: Do it!

Conclusion: It's a cute collection of garments in that pattern bag


Monday, December 15, 2014

Talking Back


Before I put finger to keyboard to write this post... I had a moment. The nature of the post could be considered incendiary. But then I thought... Screw it.

Ever since blogging became a thing, I have noticed that blog comments only tend to be something positive. I KNOW for a fact that folks don't see everything I post as positive. Folks who know me personally will complain to my face regarding something I wrote, but never is that disagreement posted in the comments. I am guilty of this as well. I follow the if-I-can't-say-something-nice-say-nothing philosophy as taught by my mother. But that is not completely right and exact.

If someone posts foolishness... and you don't say anything.... then you agree with said foolishness. For silence grants consent. Especially if you will comment on something you agree with with and/or like. How is that being a friend? In my personal life I will cut any and all people who only want to be around me when things are going well, but when I need them because I'm going through something they disappear like the trader That confirms we aren't really friends.

What prompted this was something I saw on one of the sewing blogs I follow. Folks will use the most horrendous fabric to make a garment and think they look cute. It doesn't matter how advanced your skills are... if you sew up a garment with ugly... non-matching... cheap looking... fabric... IT WILL BE UGLY. But I'd never say to someone...”Wow. That is some super ugly fabric!” I have no nice way to put it other than, “Is that a muslin?” IJS

Another sewing related pet peeve I have is plain vs detail. If you have a pattern that has a lot of detail on it, you shouldn't use a highly printed fabric because you's never notice the said details. It will be overpowered by the print of the fabric. If the pattern is plain like McCalls 6886 you can use any fabric you choose. And my problem is I recognize patterns. I can look at what someone makes and say... “Wait, that pattern has ruching” or “That has a feature” and see that the said feature is obliterated by the print. But who am I to say? I'm not a designer. I am just a person who is obsessed with art of fashion and garment construction.

Since I can't speak for everybody, I'm a speak for me.... If I post something that you disagree with, I openly invite you to post your view. Just be respectful and don't be anonymous. And be mindful there is a difference between interacting and trolling. I have had people tell me I'm too fat to wear something I made... anonymously. I would have posted it had it not been anonymous. I had another response of I don't know what I'm doing when I sew. Okay. I'll take that action. I admit there are people who have been sewing longer than the 31 years that I have so I am open to constructive criticism. When I blog, I blog with the intention of having a dialogue with others. I have noticed on my righteous blog that no one says anything about what I post. I will get private messages from people who don't real know anything about NGE and assume that the way I do it is the way ALL of NGE does it. Well what do you expect newbies and looker-ons to think when no one ever disagrees.

I said all this to say.... Talk back to me!