Stitch the pain away

In what must have been a million-to-one chance, yesterday I was read-ended for the second
time, five months after the first accident, while borrowing my dad’s truck, for the second time in five months. And both times while moving.

So before I could completely heal from the first accident, I am injured yet again. More neck pain, more back pain. Another five, six, who knows how many months of weekly doctor appointments

Today, I sat outside in the rare sun and tried to stitch some of the pain away.

Seriously? What are the odds?

I was the filling of a three-car pile-up on I-5. In my dad’s newly repairs red truck. The same one I was driving in November when I got hit.

Spending this (finally!) sunny afternoon with an ice pack and pain meds.

Guest: My swap gift maker–Deanna!

Hello Crinkle Dreams readers!  My name is Deanna and I am guest posting here today because I was Teresa’s secret swap partner in the Covert Robin swap organized by Imagine Gnats.

I blog over at Little D and Me, mostly about my sewing and quilting adventures. I mainly focus on making kids clothes to sell at markets and in my etsy shop, but I also love trying out new quilty type things.

When I found out that Teresa was my partner, I went over to her blog and checked her posts and her about me section.  There I found her other blog which also helped me to figure out what to make her. Lucky for me, she also had her Pinterest link on the side, so I checked that out too to find out more of Teresa’s style.

I found a couple hexie projects on her quilt board and so I thought I would make her something with hexies.

I also found out that she had been to Vietnam to work in an orphanage and that he was hoping to go back sometime.  That led me to the idea of a hexie pouch!  That way, she could stay organized while traveling and have something pretty to do it with.

I chose to go with bright colours and to use a pouch pattern that she had also pinned.

I added some hand stitching to the pouch to personalize it for her.


Hexies are a lot of fun to make and are so addicting!

In progress playmat for my daughter.

I used the tutorial by Thimble Blossoms when I began making hexies.

I did not buy templates but rather printed off my own on cardstock.  I am still using the original hexies I printed off, so they are definitely sturdy enough.  You can get a printable here.
All you need to get started then are the templates, thread, scissors, needle, and some scraps.
Many of my scraps came from swaps – gotta love swaps!
I also added a fun and happy bunting to the package as I thought that maybe when she goes back to Vietnam, she would like to hang up some things from home and small, light things are easier to pack.
Thanks so much for having me today Teresa!  I am glad you enjoyed the swap.


So last month (or was it late February?) I signed up for a Covert Round Robin swap through Rachel’s Imagine Gnats blog. Of course, I didn’t realize I’d be moving a couple weeks later, which put a real crunch in a lot of things. Not only did I have less time to devote to what I was making, it meant that the gift coming for me took much longer having to be forwarded to the new address. But I finally got it and I’m thrilled!

Deanna from Little D and Me made me this candy-colored bunting. I wasn’t sure what I might do with it (hang it over the door at work? across my section of the closet?), but realized that the daughter might like it. Sure ‘nough, it’s going up in her room above her bed. It’s bound to make for some sunnier mornings when this is the first thing you see. 20120412-102928.jpg

Then she gave this cute little pouch. I love the little hexies (something I’ve wanted to try, but stiiiillll haven’t) and the colors are so happy. I don’t know why I don’t sew with more color, but really it ends up being a lot of darks for me, despite my love of color. But Deanna took care of that and used the dark denim and bright hexies. I love the orange one and the orange stitching down the sides. Just cute!


Because I’m kind of a sewing snob (not one of my winning qualities, I’ll admit), I had to check out the stitching and she did an awesome job with it. Yay for straight stitching!


But the best part? The embroidered “T” on the back. I’m kind of a sucker for initials on things and this made it all the more special. Love it. Really.


Thanks so very much, Deanna!

WIP: Simplicity 2564

20120410-204734.jpgI’ve been so freakin’ excited about this pattern, I had to get to work on it asap. Of course. So, Saturday night, when I had to stay up late anyway to pick my daughter up from a babysitting gig, I traced pattern pieces and the next morning cut out a trial version from an old sheet. Full disclosure: the sheet was given to me. I would never buy leopard tone-on-tone sheets. (Unless they were super cheap and I could cut them up.)

So I ironed each tissue piece with a low heat iron, glued 8-1/2″x11″ papers together (my paper roll for tracing still hasn’t made it over in the move), then traced each pattern piece out as carefully as possible.

The thing with old patterns is that there aren’t a lot of marking, just some holes here and there. I made sure to trace them all; some are for stitching lines and others, like on the pieces below, are grainlines.


Glorious morning sun on the big ol’ sheet.


The dress whipped together super fast and the fit was pretty good. The pattern calls for some funky construction for the bodice/skirt and I only did it somewhat like the primer says, mostly because I just wanted to see if it would fit, but a little because it was confusing.

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I may a few revisions–cut the front a bit shorter and took 7(!) inches off the hem. Cut out and ready to go. Just gotta find the fabric.

New to me, but far from new


I’m one of those few who sew for the challenge, which is why I love-love-love vintage patterns. Sure the illustrations are amazing and the styles impeccable, but it’s more than that. I can stare at vintage patterns all day, but when it comes to sewing one up? I’m in it to win it.

The problem is that patterns more than sixty or seventy years old are prone to having pieces missing. And as much as I love the challenge of sewing, there are few times that I love the challenge of patternmaking. So the incomplete ones sit in the pattern drawers for me to ogle and dream of someday devoting the time to draft a new bodice/sleeve/skirt panel for them. It just never happens.

But this beauty–she has it all: the primer, the envelope (albeit a bit battered by an unknown toddler) and every single pattern piece. Shout hallelujah! I’m making this baby.

From what I can gather, it’s from the mid-1940s and is the first of three Simplicity 2564 patterns. It retailed for 15 whole cents (slightly less than the Vogue pattern I just bought) when it hit the fabric stores back then. Back in my grandma’s teenage years.

That’s how old it is.


The pattern envelopes describes it as a dress that “has a “V” neckline, finished with draped revers in front. Short puff sleeves. The flared skirt has seam at the center front and is trimmed with patch pockets. Style 2 has shaped revers and set-in sleeves with turned back cuffs. Trimmed with rick-rack braid.”
Do you know what a revers is? I figured it was that piece they refer to as “collar” in the pattern. Which it sort of is, but it has a fancier definition.

Revers: The turned-back edge of a garment revealing the undersurface.

I’m totally going to fit this new word into conversation next week. Just watch.

And because it’s just so wonderfully vintage, guess what notions I’m going to need? 4-1/2 yards of rick-rack and, oh yes, a slide fastener. Unless, I decide I want to do sew-in snaps. Not likely.


So tonight I’ll start making a copy of the pattern, one I’m not afraid to pin. Make some adjustments, then put those old sheets to use and make a muslin of it. I think I might need to make a final version in one of the Stella Dots. But which one?