Monday, November 24, 2014

Mother of the Groom

I'm collecting ideas for dresses to wear to my son's upcoming wedding next year.  Love V1428, but have no idea where to find such beautiful lace...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Boring Sewing but fun plans

Since I returned from my successful, and fun, sewing retreat I have been doing a little sewing...very little, and boring at that.  At the retreat I made one complete outfit consisting of a swing cardigan, a turtleneck top, and a pair of pants.  After I came home I finished a pair of black pants that I had started there, and now have some repairs for Henry's work pants and stuff like that.  However, since Gorgeous Fabrics had a sale yesterday I broke my fabric fast and have some neat stuff planned.  I really indulged in the sale because I needed silk organza for a first run at my mother-of-the-groom outfit I will need next year, but more on that later.  Browsing, my eye was caught by this laser cut scuba knit:

I've been wanting to try out scuba knit, which I understand is a little heavier than ponte.  At the time I ordered it I had no idea what to make with it and only ordered one yard.  I supposed I would use it in an underlined bodice front.  Since there will be no possibility of matching it I will have to color block.  Today, browsing blogs, I found a reference to Vogue 9026:

But until the fabric comes in, I have plenty of time to plan.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sewing Retreat at Lake Louise Georgia

I'm still recovering and will write more later about my accomplishments this past weekend, but I had a great time with a lot of very talented ladies.  Here's a couple of pictures.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Prepping for a sewing retreat

This coming weekend I'm off to the North Georgia mountains for the Atlanta Sewing Guild's annual retreat.  I'm so looking forward to the beautiful scenery, nice accommodations, and the company of women who love sewing as much as I do.  So for the past two or three weeks I've been working on my ten thousand hours by prepping some muslins.  It's certainly been frustrating for me because I seem to sew the same pattern over and over, yet am never satisfied with the fit.  Of course I am losing weight at the rate of about 5 pounds per year, and that should not make a difference, yet it does.  The bust changes, which changes the armscye, and so on.  I guess it's a good problem to have.

Monday, October 20, 2014

More about tennis

After all, the tagline to my blog is "not necessarily sewing..." isn't it?  So I thought I'd post a little about my tennis life.  This blog is kind of an online diary, anyway, and tennis has been very prominent in my current life.  One of the reasons I sew my tennis clothes is to sew for my lifestyle!

So the big news today is:  We're going to the playoffs!  We've been moved up the ladder to C-5!  Now I know this is a big, big yawn for most, but it's a big, big deal for me, lol.  I have been captain of the team for 2 seasons and have managed to move the team up three levels and go to the playoffs.  This has not been accomplished by any other captain of our team.  Actually I'm not necessarily patting myself on the back, because we have wonderful players on the team.  But it is my responsibility to pair the partners, to keep them motivated, to balance the personalities of 15 or so adult women (who should know better), and, in my case, get rid of some deadwood and add a couple of potential winning players.  So, I am happy.  But exhausted.  Naturally this is also the weekend for our sewing club's big annual meeting, where I have to model a garment I made.  I have been storing the donated fabric that will be sold at the meeting, so tons of people will be coming to my house to pick it up.  All day tomorrow will be devoted to the meeting.  All day Sunday will be devoted to making a meal for a sick friend and setting up the teams for Tuesday's match.  Monday the meal will be delivered, we have a dance scheduled, and then Tuesday we play in the playoff match.  Who said retirement was easy?

Boy do I want this fabric!

I am a compulsive blog reader, and it gets me into trouble all the time.  So many wonderful "makes" and such great fabric everywhere.  I read the Mood Society Blog and today they featured the most amazing fabric from Carolina Herrera.  I want it SO BAD.  Never mind that two days ago I spent a fortune on some gorgeous satin matellase that I plan to use for a jacket, perhaps for my son's wedding rehearsal dinner, and today purchased crepe backed satin for matching pants.  No, I want this fabric, even though it would bust the budget.  I just have to find a good reason to wear something made up in it; some pattern to use; the time and expertise to justify such wonderful stuff...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Finally, something to wear (and post).

I'm still having some trouble posting to Blogger, but at least I have finally finished a garment.  It seems like it took me forever.  I've made this same outfit twice before with little trouble, but this time a lot seemed to go wrong.  I did finish it, however, and from the look of the leaves on the patio, not a moment too soon!  I use the Style Arc Sunday Zip Jacket pattern.  I was rushing off to a tennis match and didn't take the time for closeups of the details, but I like the trim I have on the cuffs and hood.  Later next year I am scheduled to speak to one of my sewing clubs on "One Pattern, Many Looks".  I feel I am qualified to do so since I make the same outfit many times, and no one seems to notice. (Can you tell I play a LOT of tennis?)

Here it is again:
and again:

I do think it's time for me to venture out a little next time, though!   Maybe Style Arc's Steffi Jacket?