Monday, August 31, 2009
New friends. New skills. New experiences. New York City.
I didn't even scratch the surface on the completion of my Chanel jacket (which is to be expected with a couture project and just 4 days), nor with seeing all there is to see in NYC. I will be posting pictures very soon, and had so much fun learning from Kenneth and Susan, and from all the other projects happening in the room. Jackets, skirts, corsets, dresses, pants... there was something different at each work station. You'll see what I mean very, very soon.
"Hello!?" to Lindsay T, Ann, Joanne, Laura, Mariella, Mary, Joan.... too many to name. Please, please, keep in touch new found friends and share your completed projects!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
This version is done using a pinstripe I found on the clearance shelf at Joann's. I know, I know... I swore off that aisle and promised I'd never set foot there again, but this is from the stash! I love pants with a little stretch and the pinstripes are so slimming (right? RIGHT?!?)! I've got these pants down to a science and can knock a pair out in a day. It would be nice if they had pockets, but they're not necessary, and sometimes more of a pain (ironing)! Here's my review of the pants pattern.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I first thought that the lines around the neck of the top were pleats, but it's actually just topstitching, so it went together much faster than I expected. I'll be making more of this pattern, since it will work all year round (the pattern includes sleeveless, short and 3/4 length sleeves) and the wide neck border can be embellished in different ways (embroidery, beads, etc.). The fabric is a light knit from Joann's that was on sale a while back. My only two issues with this top are:
Friday, August 14, 2009
Here's my review at PR.
Please forgive the lopsided pics, Little Miss Princess was playing Little Miss Photographer tonite! She getting good at knowing how much of the outfit I need in the frame. "Just the dress, right Mom???" And, yes... it is HOT here. 90 today, tomorrow, and Sunday. A/C and swimming, that how we roll.
I could've place the back skirt piece on the fold, since the closure is not a full back zipper (as I assumed before reading the instructions more closely), but matched the embroidery pattern at both sides and the center back to it would be continuous.
It's much dressier than I anticipated, maybe it's the sheen of the cotton, so I need a fancy place to wear this to. Maybe a nice dinner out with the sewing girls while I'm in New York?
I'm not a huge fan of gathers in the front ("Oh! How far along are you???" are the words I fear being asked), but I really wanted a sundress that would work with a border print, and I thought it had a closer fit in the waist, but it's actually pretty comfortable. The fabric is an Anna Sui cotton from Ressy's co-op. 2 yards, and I used every inch of it! Even the 3 little squares I had left, which became the belt!
Speaking of the belt... I cut around the 3 linked squares, leaving about 1/4", which I folded over and hand-stitched down. I then cut a similar sized piece from the scrap leftovers, and found some fusible Timtex in the craft closet (I have a few "fabric bowls" in my past). I sandwiched the timtex between the embroidery and the backing, using lots of heat and pressure. When it cooled, I just (very closely) trimmed away the excess, then stitched two embroidered "circles" from the scraps on the ends for the grosgrain ribbon to pass through. Voila! A matching belt, which also help bring some definition to the waist area. I'm thinking that a navy shrug/bolero/cardigan will help stretch the usefulness of this piece, but I don't want to hide the cute little belt!
Now, I really, really have to get to work on the muslins for NYC!!! No more distractions! Yeah, right...
Non-sewing comment of the day: Tooth fairy is visiting my house AGAIN tonite, and Little Miss Princess has a big gaping hole in the front of her mouth to prove it! All 4 front teeth have disappeared, with 1 peeking out from the gum on the bottom. Time to go dig out the "Tooth Fairy Pillow" that once upon a time, was mine. So glad that I saved it for my daughter...
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I'm supposed to be preparing muslins for NYC, but I got this fabric from the co-op with my bamboo, and it was an itch I just had to scratch! During both pregnancies, I had a serious ice cream craving, namely DQ Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Blizzards. There were nights when I couldn't sleep without a small serving of ice cream, and having this fabric in the house is like those prego cravings! It's a divine Anna Sui embroidered cotton, and it's becoming a sundress. The weave is tight and fine, like a silk, so I had to get creative to prevent show-through. Come back in a day or two, the bodice is nearly finished, and the skirt part just needs to be gathered and attached. And finally, thank you, thank you, thank you for all the compliments and well wishes on my Summertime Dress contest entry. I will keep you posted if I make it to Round 2!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
The Cheesecake Shot
And, a very special thanks to all of you that commented and offered advice and opinions. You all gave me food for thought, and I appreciate that so much!
Little Miss Princess keeps getting confused, and says, "Mom, I like your dress, and think you'll win a million dollars!" Oh baby, if it was a million, this dress would be a whole 'nother story! Win or lose, I love my new dress and look forward to altering other patterns for a fresh look and improving my beading skills.
Here's my review.