Saturday, December 20, 2014

Wrapping up 2014

I wore my latest make last night to a Christmas dance and, though I like it, I am reflecting that the more I sew the more critical I become.  I'm sure that's par for the course, but good to know I'm improving.  I made a total of 16 garments in 2014, and while that's a respectable number, it's not that many for someone who is retired and loves to sew.  A couple of warm up suits for tennis were a little challenging and I made a sweater for the first time, as well as a couple of unstructured jackets.  All in all, a good addition to my wardrobe.  So without further ado, I present my latest dance dress:

which is much more sparkly in real life.  It's a combination I've used before:  the Christine Jonson tee top and the Style Arc Diana skirt.    The skirt is perfect for dancing:

as it is very swirly.  The other good news is, we met a new couple on the dance floor last night.  The backstory here is that I love West Coast Swing, but we are virtually the only couple doing it.  Imagine our surprise when the band announced a special request for "Mustang Sally" (the ultimate West Coast dance) and it turned out a couple, recently moved here from Nebraska of all places, also love the dance.  Instant friendship!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A short trip and a score

I'm visiting my son and grandkids for a long weekend and had the opportunity to spend a long time in A Fabric Place in Baltimore.  Yes, I finally scored THE lace for the dress I will make for the wedding: pictures later.  This lace was imported from France and very expensive, so I'm glad I have the Fabric Mart laces arriving for me to practice on.  This will be the most expensive stuff  I've ever cut into so I want to feel confident when I brandish my scissors!

Naturally the weather has been miserable all weekend long, though thankfully the rain did not start until I was pulling into my son's driveway and I think it will be gone for my drive home.  I hate to drive in the rain for 12 hours, which is the time it takes me.

Despite the rain, today we ventured into town to see my grandson present a talk on how he and his team developed a website as a charitable endeavor.  There were about six teams of young people who chose various good causes to develop websites for.  My grandson's team came in second place, but while his website did not win first place, I think he did the best presentation.  He was clearly the most confident speaker, did not stumble or hesitate over his speech, and could be heard clearly.  Very proud grandmother!

and at only fourteen it's pretty clear that he's going to go places.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Lace Trials

Fabric Mart had a 50% off sale today so I ordered several different cuts of lace...we'll see how they sew up and how the colors look on me.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Update on the Mother of the Groom dress...

Wah, wah...the bride's mother is wearing a pantsuit.  What to do?  I think it's going to be full press court for the church, bride, and bridesmaids.  My son will not be wearing a tuxedo, though...any advice appreciated!

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.