Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Virtue of Stash

I wear turtlenecks.  A lot.  Some sartorial decisions are set in one's teens, I guess.  I've been told I should not wear turtlenecks (thanks, Cynthia Guffey!) because I don't have a swan-like neck, but I ignore advice and continue to wear them.  Usually I buy RTW, but lately I am reluctant to spent over $50 on a basic black turtleneck shirt.  So I went stash diving and made myself not only a black, but a red turtleneck and have plans for a couple in white.  No pictures, of course, how boring is a basic turtleneck shirt?  But really all this is for a reason.  I am ducking hemming my son's white jacket.  Well, my old cat is sequestered in the sewing room and she wants up in my lap so of course her needs come first....

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Scuba knit outfit completed

As part of the Make A Garment A Month group  I was pushed to photograph this before the end of January, even though I had finished it about a week earlier.  Do you sew things you have no place to wear?  I took the opportunity to wear this to a sewing club meeting.  A little overdressed, but hey, I wore something I sewed myself.  I think, considering the unusual fabric, I made a pretty good choice in patterns.  But I would like to think of something really different to use the approximately one yard I have left.  Sleeves?  Skirt hem?  Ideas are welcome!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Little Late for Christmas, but

A friend gave me this picture yesterday, it's Henry and I at one of the Christmas dances.  I'm wearing my Style Arc "Diana" skirt with TNT top, out of Fabric Mart embellished slinky.  It danced very nicely!  Henry says I look ten feet tall in this picture.  I think he's just being grumpy because he is actually 8 inches taller than I am....

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The weather, blah blah blah, the weather....

Weather in the Atlanta area is always a conversation starter.  I mean, isn't it everywhere?  But here, it's one of those places where you can say "just wait 15 minutes and it'll change".  Well, maybe not 15 minutes, but a couple of days, for sure.  Last week it was gloomy, rainy, cold.  Today it's in the 60's and I had a glorious morning playing tennis.  All this is leading up to blogging about my jacket.  It's not particularly new, but I never blogged about it before and my current garment is taking up loads of my time, so I wanted to assure myself that I have, indeed, finished something, even if it's in the remote past (well, a couple of months remote, anyway).  So here's the jacket:

which I was wearing over a sweater and indoors yesterday, while today I was in my shirtsleeves.  I'm kind of proud of the jacket because a) I like the fabric, which hearkens back to my New Mexico roots; and b) I drafted it myself.  And, I forgot, c) it's the perfect weight to wear over a sweater indoors.  

I also like how I finished the sleeves, very typical of how I often sew:  I didn't finish them at all.  So there.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Projects Everywhere

So next month I'm going to be visiting my son as he recovers from a knee operation.  When I was there over Christmas, he trustingly presented me with a white dinner jacket to alter.  Hahahahaha.  But in a fit of semi-consciousness I agreed to at least take the hem up 8 inches, I absolutely hate to see men in jackets nearly to their knees.  I was in the midst of this delicate project (what, no chocolate?) when I suddenly, in the middle of the night, realized I am the speaker at my sewing club on "One Pattern, Many Looks" and I needed a really smashing look to wear as I stood up before my peers and presented one circle skirt/tee top combo after another.

I had purchased, some time ago, an absolutely stunning laser cut scuba knit from Gorgeous Fabrics.  I had no idea what to do with it, but my busy little subconscious put my two dilemmas together and came up with my TNT pattern using this knit.  Of course since my talk is before I  travel to my son's, it must come first.  So the jacket hangs, unfinished and staring me in the eye while I struggle for  the first time to layer two knits together.  Not as easy as I had envisioned it!  The darts were hard to mark in the very holey fabric of the scuba, so I eyeballed them...not a good idea, as the underlying darts don't match up.  I am, as usual, consoling myself that if anyone gets close enough to notice this, they are just asking for a poke in the eye.

The forlorn jacket

crazy scuba knit on the cutting table

The underlying knit is called "liquid silver".  Of course those darts match up, exactly.  What's wrong with your eyes?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2014 Roundup

I decided to succumb to the urge to refresh my memory of the hits and misses of 2014.  Some things are best forgotten!  But sometimes it's a good thing to remind yourself that you did accomplish some pretty good stuff during the year.  I might not be the greatest seamstress in the world---or even the neighborhood!  But I have improved and it doesn't hurt to remember that.

So, the best of the year:

I have to say I've worn this over and over, in fact I wore it today.  I play tennis all year round and this is very comfortable when it's about 40F.  Following closely upon this warmup suit are two others that I made, which work well for various temperatures.  I'm proud to be the owner of unique tennis clothing that my fellow teammates admire.

You might notice a theme here.  Once I like a pattern, it gets made over and over.  For example, another hobby of mine is dancing:

and then there's the everyday looks:

This last one may be a miss.  We'll see if I wear it this spring.  And then, a couple of misses (there were more, but I don't want to be reminded).

But perhaps it's good to revisit that bold cotton prints, as much as I love them, don't do anything for me.  All in all I made 18 garments in 2014, which I consider a respectable number!  ETA:  I just found Crafting A Rainbow's blog about posting your "top 5" and I'll link to that, even though I think I did the "top 7".  I never was good at following instructions...