Monthly Archives: January 2010

Sew School, So Cool (hopefully)

If you remember, my chief complaint about the Sew Everything Workshop book by Diana Rupp was that the projects weren’t set up in a clear enough order to be a real sewing school. So, ever the list maker, I’ve decided to set up my own lesson plans.

I’ve come up with a 2-part, 8-piece beginner lesson series for myself based on patterns in the book, the Kwik Start patterns recommended to me by the lovely lady at Paron, and a few patterns that I picked up from the Vogue/Butterick/McCall three-day $3.99 sale (sorry for not posting yesterday before the sale ended! I’ll try to do better with that). I’ve designed this lesson plan to start with the basics, build on them, and ease myself into more and more difficult, but crucial, techniques to get me on my sewing way.

Here are the projects and what I hope to learn from them:

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Tunic or not tunic? Adventures in sewing cont’d

I really enjoyed getting to know my machine and the limits of my cutting skills. So I decided to move on up to something wearable. My next project: a simple tunic dress. I used Kwik Sew’s Kwik Start pattern 3683.

So easy, a caveman could do it

I decided on this one thanks to some advice from my friendly neighborhood fabric store employee at Paron Fabric on 40th Street and 7th Avenue in the Garment District. She said that these patterns are great for beginners because they offer more in-depth instruction than typical patterns. And she was right. I love the fact that not only are there great explanations of things like selvages (those are the finished ends of a piece of fabric) and the grain, the patterns are also made of a heavier-weight paper than the tissue-paper ones that come with typical patterns. Continue reading

All Sewn Up: A New Obsession and a Review

Remember when I said I have a tendency to become engrossed in a particular topic? Well, my latest obsession is learning to sew.

It’s actually something that’s been on my to-do list for quite some time. My great grandmother was a seamstress and made me many a frothy, frilly dress when I was a little girl. She occasionally even made socks to match. Unfortunately, she didn’t pass the bobbin on to my mom or to me. So I’m on my own with learning the ropes.

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Top 5 Reasons Earth Beats Pandora

So I read on CNN.com earlier this week that there are online support groups for people who are too depressed to go on living here on Earth now that they’ve seen the wonders of Pandora.

I think it’s pretty clear that I am no great fan of James Cameron’s morality cartoon Avatar. And I do hate to beat a dead horse…but you have got to be kidding me! Who are these ridiculous losers? Maybe they should stop posting in the chat rooms for long enough to look around at the completely amazing third rock from the sun that we call home.  

To all of you feeling the blues, I offer up this list of top 5 reasons why Earth kicks Pandora’s ass:

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re: A (Sort of) Love Letter

Dear Roxanne,

Do you still like Pandoran apples? Well, I just grossed $1 billion. How do you like them apples?

Love, Avatar

A (Sort of) Love Letter to Avatar

Dear Avatar,

Here’s the thing. I know you tried hard to be epic and game changing. You introduced me to a whole new language that didn’t even exist before. I totally respect that you were, like, 20 years in the making. And I know that other critics and audience members out there think that you’re smokin’ hot.

But I guess I just don’t feel…I think maybe we weren’t meant…What I’m really trying to say is I’m just not that into you.

Aww. Come on, Sam. No need to break out the heavy artillery.

Look, I happen to prefer a little more than just eye candy in my movies. I’m not saying you were stupid, just not intellectually complex or stimulating. You know what I mean? Your simplistic, overly reductive story is one I’ve seen and read before, only much better. Every time you started talking all I could think about were past loves like Dances With Wolves, Pocahontas, and even my brief but intense summer romance with District 9. I’m sure you felt it too and that’s just not fair to either of us, now is it?

Please don’t take it too hard. I’m sure there’s a girl out there for you. I mean you have Sam Worthington’s chiseled face and Zoe Saldana’s tots, after all. I want nothing but the best for you (unless, of course, you deprive more deserving pics like Precious, Crazy Heart, The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, and 500 Days of Summer of their share of this season’s awards).

Maybe we just shouldn’t talk for a while. But I promise not to totally ignore you if I see you on cable in a few months.

Love,

Roxanne