Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Latest Sewing Projects!

If you are interested in seeing more about the previous running skirt inspiration, I posted about that here - Turkey Day, My first skirtskirt tutorial

The BF didn't want to workout with me today at the YMCA & he wanted to get chores done around the house before the weekend trip to Boise for the Christmas Run.

That gave me plenty of time to play around with the sewing machine!

I looked in the fabric drawer that I have and found a bunch of fabric and elastic for skirts on the "to-Do list." All cheap, clearance sparkly fabric that I can't pass up! I also had black thread in the sewing machine.

I started with this skirt first. It's black and gold and multicolored dots. I didn't want to change the black out of the machine. I'm so ambitious!


This fabric was was clearance remnant bought on a whim and it just wasn't the width that I needed. So I  cut the fabric in half and sewn the short end halves together as shown below. I hope you kinda understand my drawing there below.


It was super long after this step. I thought, well attach it to some 2" wide elastic and it will just be really swingy.

It seemed to be too much fabric to sew nicely into the elastic, so if you can see my crappy sew job above, thats the reason. I should have just measured each pleat and pleated it and it would have been more "perfect" and nicer. But the top is always covered by my shirt so it doesn't really matter to me. The length is perfect and it actually is pretty nice on since I finished it! It has lots of room to move my legs - which is what I wanted! I might wear this for my New Years Day 5k. But I am thinking this might be a Robie Creek skirt instead. But who knows! We will see!

My main goal for this sewing sesh was this skirt. I plan on wearing this at the Boise YMCA Christmas Run. I usually wear red but found this white fabric with red and green dots and thought this would be snowy and Christmas-y.


It's so hard to see the red and green but it's there! I promise!


I didn't leave the elastic exposed but I put it into the top hem. (Sorry if I'm not using the right sewing terms. I know what I mean. ;-)) I had SUCH a hard time with this fabric. It didn't seem much different then the other sparkle dot fabric I've used. But the dots seemed more glued on and the glue gummed up my needle. It was weird! But each skirt took me about an hour, start to finish.

The BF was still doing his "chores" (whatever they were) and so I still had the sewing itch. I have pink elastic and pink sparkle fabric for another skirt or I also have fabric to make shorts for the BF.

Sigh. I guess I will make the shorts.

I don't have a pattern. I made a pattern out of stenciling another pair of shorts. I plan on doing another post on this in more detail in the future if it's of any interest of anyone out there. Lemme know if you want to know more about this! We bought this fabric at the thrift store because it looked like enough to do a pair of shorts. He wanted a shirt but it just wasn't enough. I planned on shorts and for some reason, it's either the fabric being hand woven wool instead of stretchy sheer mesh-y fabric, or if its because I made the best pair of pajama bottoms 15 years ago.... but these shorts were less complicated then my skirts!

My hems lined up nicely. I didn't have anything gumming up my needle. The fabric just stitched up perfect.

BUT the only downside is that I didn't have ANY elastic for the waistband! He got the privilege of 1/4" elastic til I can get to the fabric store and get 1".

The finished product.


He squatted and I didn't hear popping stitches so its all good. Sorry about the messy background. It's my sewing work area. He even put a Burberry icon on the bottom of the leg. It is just like the Burberry Nova Check plaid. This pattern is very important to us for undisclosed reasons. ;-)


Ok my plaid doesn't line up as I wanted to. And they were not as baggie as I was hoping. I was using an XL short as a guide - which are huge on the BF - and I had to trim down my pattern so it would fit the fabric. I didn't think it was gonna be snug but there was NO fabric left over for anything else. This was it. I might put a pocket on the other side but I don't think I will. Pockets are hard work if you don't do it before you do your crotch and hem.


The drape is even. (He got on me when I called it the bottom hem. lol Sigh. I know what I mean!) So I did a better job sewing these up then my skirts. I guess the fabric is everything! I saved my "pattern" so I can so more if I find fabric later.

Tell me what you have been up to? What are you wearing to your next races? Do you sew? Any sewing tips? Any plaid sewing tips?

Have you entered my giveaway for this week?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Idaho Candy Company Huckleberry Gems

Have you had these before? The Idaho Candy Company Huckleberry Gems?


The BF gets a box of these for every Christmas - FOR LIFE!


The Idaho Candy Company had a contest to design a new candy for them. They have the yummy Idaho Spud Bars and the Cherry Cordials. Yum!

In the contest description it said who the 3 judges would be. The marketing director, the owner and his son (it was a 9 year old kid) I believe. The BF took a page from the old Don Draper, sell to the judges. Thinking that their idea was unique, with the huckleberry, it wasn't... BUT since the BF & his mother had a background in marketing & production. So designed the candy so the company could utilize existing equipment for production. Also, it was Idaho specific, as Idaho is the Gem state - this all appealed to marketing. And a 9 year old kid judge, you know he just wants the candy. Needless to say, the BF gets a box of these for every Christmas for life! Either Idaho Candy Company has to go out of business or the BF has to die.


But now, thankfully we got a new membership at the YMCA that we have been taking advantage of. But the first thing we see when we come back from working out is these soft sweet treats! 

What is your favorite Idaho Candy Company candy? I'm a sucker for the Cherry Cordials! But if I have an Idaho Spud in front of me, I will nom it - along with these Gems - thank you very much!

Have you entered my giveaway for this week?