Getting some sewing done

I meant to have this up a couple days ago, only to realize I hadn't even written the post. Woopsie!

Well, after buying Gertie's book, I said to myself, I need to make more clothes. I noticed I feel more confident in something I've made, and a confident Carla is the best Carla to be around!  And I've had a few suggestions to show off my sewing on the blog, soo, here we go!


This is the blouse I'm making. It's more a summery blouse, but San Diego doesn't grasp that it's fall, and shouldn't be 80 degrees still. I'm using a blue cotton I bought at Joann's ages ago.

Blouse dart

After I traced the patterns on muslin, I marked all the appropriate things from the pattern piece.

Pseudo Tailors Tacks

I sort-of misread how to properly do tailor's tacks. I would have asked my mom, but she was napping, so I winged it.

Oh, oops

Oops, see the second blue piece of fabric? It's also supposed to have white threads on it as well. But I figured it out in the end. Mom will have to explain again, but I should have made the loopies much longer.


Guys, I don't know why, but I honestly don't mind ironing when it comes to sewing things. I only pull my iron out if I absolutely have to iron out a shirt or pants, but it only stays put till I'm sewing. Do any of you other sewists do the same?

I have the buttonholes in the blouse now, but it was almost impossible to photograph! On the next set of photos, you'll see them!

Are any of you guys sewing anything?

I learned a new skill

Hello everyone!

Well, a few days back, I bought myself a little gift.

I've been following Gertie's blog for quite some time, and I was delighted to know she had a book coming out. I luckily had an amazon gift card, and snatched up a copy!

If you love vintage, slow-sewing, new techniques, SEWING pick this book up. Go, right now. I'll wait right here.
One of my fall confidence boosting goals is to make myself clothes I'll feel happy in.

I tested my 'If I make it, I'll feel better' theory on Friday when I was out and about with my mom while wearing my circle skirt
I got loads of compliments on my skirt, on my hair, on my general outfit. People let me pass by, people held doors open for me, etc. I smiled more, and I felt FANTASTIC!

So my next item on the sewing block is a blouse from Gertie's book. One of the points on the blouse are bound buttonholes, which I've only attempted to sew once, and utterly failed at. After some pep-talk from my mom, I flipped trough some books, and raged at youtube tutorials.

I think I did a pretty damn good job. My mom likes it, so I think I'll be ready to trace my pattern, and stitch up the muslin!

Do any of you have Gertie's book? If so, what projects are you looking to sew in it?
Have any of you learned any new skills in your crafts?

Oh, would any of you care to see my progress on the blouse I make?