Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Well, because this class occurs at night, the students are of various ages. So there is this guy that usually sits in the aisle next to mine and last week I noticed something about him. Well, actually I couldn't possibly not notice this:
He was wearing those, in a jungle green "neutral" color, like that would help them blend in??!? I refuse to even provide a link for those shoes because, well, ugghhh.....
For the rest of the night, I had to avoid letting my eyes migrate over to that side. I consider those a fashion FAIL. What do YOU think?
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Pattern Description: A-line skirt from Sew U by Wendy Mullin, pattern was included in book.
Pattern Sizing: I made the Medium (sizes 6 & 8) straight from the pattern, no adjustments.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it did look like the drawing in the book.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Extremely easy to follow.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that the pattern fit without any adjustments.
Fabric Used: A thin wale black corduroy from my stash.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made no changes to the pattern or in the sewing of the skirt. However, I did use Seams Great on all the raw edges because this fabric started to unravel. It wasn't till later I found that it also comes in black which would have been perfect for this project. Oh, well.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely make this skirt again. It is now my TNT A-line skirt pattern.
Conclusion: I was amazed how well this pattern fit me. I have quite a deep curve in my back below the waistline and this skirt fit it perfectly.
Friday, March 26, 2010
I know I said that I wasn't going to talk about my sewing projects until they were done, but since I've already made it halfway through this plan, I changed my mind.
It also happens that these four projects (two tops, one skirt, one dress) are being constructed at the same time as PatternReview.com's most recent mini-wardrobe contest and they sort of fit the requirements in that one of the tops could be worn under the dress and make four outfits. So my goal* is to finish them before the deadline. Once done, I'll review them and see if I should go ahead and enter. Below are the patterns and fabric used for each item:
New Look 6838
Item: A short sleeve boat-neck t-shirt. I bought this pattern years ago to make the v-neck t-shirt. I am hoping to find a TNT basic top pattern and hopefully this will be it. Done
Fabric: Black medium-weight interlock knit that I found in my stash. I had just enough to make a short-sleeved version of the boat neck top.Done.
Fabric: The same red cotton twill that I am using to make my Colette Patterns Oolong dress. The fabric feels wonderful and has great body and drape. It also takes to pressing well.
Item: A-line skirt. I did not make the skirt pictured above; however, that is exactly what it ended up looking like. (I also just love the striped skirt in the middle!) My skirt was actually made using the Wendy Mullin book, Sew U. I made the basic A-line skirt and it fit perfectly, even the curve of the back fit me, sway-back and all! Done.
Fabric: Some black 21-wale corduroy that I've had in my stash for I don't know how long. I happened to have two identical lengths that I think I purchased to make pants. The skirt was cut from only one of the lengths so I could still make a top or another skirt with the other piece.
Item: A cap-sleeved pullover jumper, to be worn without a belt. I love the smock-like shape of this dress and the handy pockets. Done.
Fabric: A gorgeous purple/blackberry 16-wale corduroy I bought at Jo-Anns. It is just light enough to make a flowing dress and the pattern image is made in corduroy. Yes, I know, no imagination. Well, I originally looked for the fabric in a red-orange too until this color and a fire-engine red showed up.
* I know, why do I do this to myself!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Yup, the book that everyone is talking about (or actually writing about on their blogs.) When I first heard about it I was thinking I would love to get this book since I won't be able to afford that drafting class again this year but I felt guilty spending money that I didn't have.
Then I realized that I still had an Amazon.com gift certificate* from my last birthday. No, not the birthday just one month ago but from my birthday in early 2009!
*Thank you Cassidy family!!
Friday, March 19, 2010
That time spent dwelling in Austen-land made me eager for more, so I not only watched the new BBC adaptation of Emma, relished in last year's version of Persuasion, and watched Becoming Jane on NetFlix, but I also reread my copy of Emma. I am now in the process of rereading Persuasion even though the binding on my paperback volume is now in horribly bad shape. I don't know what it is, but each time I read one of her novels I find more to love and make new discoveries of passages that I did not remember from the last time I read it.
With this last purchase, I now have all that Austen wrote and I am sure these two (I wasn't as big a fan of Sanditon) will be as well read as the others.
In fact; in my opinion, The Watsons had the makings of an extremely satisfying novel with another fantastic heroine like Anne Elliot or Elinor Dashwood. Unfortunately, it was put aside when some of the subject matter (the death of a father) became too close to home for Jane to finish.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I may or may not dip some of the clips or portions of them in acrylic paint for color. If I was spending any additional money on these projects I would definitely use some of this stuff on them.
And then, how simple can this one be?
Safety pin necklace, $24
I have a lot of little charms that won't go on my existing chains because they're too small to slip over the clasps at the ends, so this solution could work. Perhaps I could also find something less obvious than a safety clip though?
Images: Summer 2006 issue of Blueprint (RIP) magazine, unknown, ...love Maegan, totokaelo.com, Urban Outfitters
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Braided cording ending in tassels. On this one, the tassel is added to the cord, but you can actually find something like this, as is, at any JoAnn's Craft stores or go upscale and buy it from a high-end upholstery store. In addition, they come in luscious jewel tones and great color combinations too.
Opened zippers, simply rolled up like roses, stitching the ends, tack them to each other, and attached the chain using jump rings. I would like to see this made from recycled zippers in the garish colors from the 70s that you can still find at thrift shops.
This one I've had in my scrapbook for years, it's from the 80's! It's simply a length of ribbon (poly or silk, your call) run through D-rings. Both supplies available at JoAnn or Hancocks.
This simple knotted design can be recreated with silk cording, (see below) raffia, custom-made piping, or any flexible trimming. Update: Here's a very helpful tutorial for a similar necklace from ...love Maegan.
Luscious colored silk cording, grouped together, and loosely knotted three times. This one is finished with professional jewelry findings but if you like the simple way you just need to tie off the ends.
Images: These are from seasons past and are no longer available.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Monday, March 08, 2010
I am totally crazy about all the cool colors that it comes in, I guess in part because a lot of children's clothing is made from it.
However, I would wear almost all of these colors and I plan to try.