Monday, January 18, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!

What a wonderful day I had yesterday!  I am so blessed with a fantastic family and great friends, and had a nice relaxing day at home.  My in-laws (also very loving and sweet) got me gift certificates for Haberman Fabrics (Yes, yes, yes!!!) and my best friend got me this lovely framed print for my sewing space!


DH got me a beautiful bracelet (angel wings, in memory of my mom, who collected angels), and a gown-length garment bag for trucking Homecoming and Prom dresses to and from school.  I want to embroidery my business name on it, but it also has a million little compartments, so I don't know if that will work!?  Regardless, it will just be nice to have professional looking bag to lug muslins and gowns around in, instead of plastic drycleaner bags!  Like I said, it was a wonderful day!

While I've been kept very busy with the embroidery business (the same chief that ordered the 50 hats, has now ordered 50 shirts!!!), I have found a little bit of time to sew for myself.  The pants are from the ???? issue of Burda, and Kenneth King helped me fit the muslin in NYC this past August.

The fabric is a black with silver pinstripe from Joann's, and the top is Simplicity 4020 made of a grey knit from Gorgeous Fabrics.  The pants pattern needs to be tweaked a little on the outside leg seam, but other than that, I love them.  No waistband, no pockets, just a couple darts and an inside facing.  The pattern is fixed now (I think), and I've cut the next pair out of tan corduroy.  You can see them next week...


The top is fantastic, and I will make this up again.  I'm probably the last person on the face of the earth to do so, but I got it late (its out of print) from Salinda, who had a duplicate.  Thank You, Salinda!!!  In my opinion, the pattern runs a little small and short on length (Simplicity tends to do this with my torso), so I added a band to the bottom, giving myself a couple more inches.  Next time (in a rust knit from Gorgeous Fabrics), I will cut it a little longer and wider in the back.

Currently on the table are the tan corduroy pants, a silk print blouse, and a red plaid skirt.  I had this crazy idea that having today off work meant I'd get some serious sewing done.  I have always had an over-active imagination...  The red plaid skirt is nearly finished, so I should be posting again by the weekend with a new outfit!

Giveaway Results!!!
Thanks to all of you that shared your comments on whom you would follow!  Family was definitely the number one response, but I also enjoyed seeing your silly (Robert Downey Jr.) and sewing (Sandra Betzina) responses!  Using the random number generator website, the lucky winner is Sewing Mama!  Congrats, and email me at kbdesigns74@gmail.com with your pattern and fabric choices (and mailing address), so I can get them in the mail to you!  Remember, pick 2 patterns, and 2 fabrics!  Thanks again to all of you for your continued friendship and support!  Just Keep Sewing!!!

16 comments:

Kathi said...

Happy Birthday!! Birthdays are so much fun!!
Your pants look really nice - you have done a great job with the fitting. Sounds like you have gotten a lot accomplished!!

Michelle said...

Fantastic job on the pants! And great job working with that pinstripe. They will make such a nice outfit with that shirt. And that bracelet is just gorgeous!

KID, MD said...

Happy Birthday!!! What an amazing outfit - fabulous pants, fantastic top - you look awesome!

gwensews said...

Happy Belated Birthday and wishing you many more! Cute outfit. I was at Habermans today. Breathtaking!

Bunny said...

Happy Birthday! What a great day you had. May you have many more!

Lori said...

Happy Birthday and your new garments are wonderful. Can you slip the hoop into one of the pockets and embroidery there? Rotate the design to get that to work?

Dana said...

Happy Birthday! What great gifts. The outfit looks really good too.

glorm said...

Happy Birthday, Belated. Wow--some nice gifts you received!

Amy said...

Happy birthday! Your new outfit looks fantastic and you received some great gifts :)

Jenny said...

Awesome outfit! The band at the bottom definitely looks like a design feature and ties in with the band around the neck edge.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Wow! Those pants have an awesome fit on them. I would bronze that pants pattern so that nothing could happen to it! The entire outfit is very pretty!!!

amber said...

Happy Birthday! Love that grey and black outfit - looks comfy and chic!

Summerset said...

Happy Birthday to you! Your outfit is fabulous. The top is a great style for you. Definitely make more of those.

Handmade said...

Happy Birthday - and WOW - great outfit - especially the top - the perfect fabric, very swish!

angie.a said...

Aw, Happy Birthday! I've been out of the loop, I'm sorry I'm late in the wishes! (Don't ask.)

Sharon said...

Happy (late, late, late) birthday! Just so you know, you're not the last person on the face of the earth to make that top. I *still* have it in my to-do pile - and I bought it when it was first released :-)