Monday, September 26, 2016

Sunday outfit

I know. I know.  It’s Monday, but at least I did have the picture taken yesterday – Sunday – and perhaps at some point I’ll improve to the point where I’m actually posting on Sunday too.
 Since May 1st I have been tracking what I wear of a Sunday.  (Sunday being the one day when I am guaranteed to “dress up”.)  My reasoning was to prove to myself that I have more than enough outfits in the “dressy” category for spring and summer. Periodically I would forget to write down the outfit, and two weeks later I would be racking my brain to remember what I wore.  Nevertheless, all Sundays were accounted for, and not a single item was repeated, which, of course, proves that I probably have more than enough in my closet – at least for Sundays and occasions that require some semblance of being “dressed up”.    This did, more or less, keep me on track with sewing plans and projects, and a goodly number of items sewn over the summer were of the more mundane every-day variety.  (Dressier items are sooo much more fun to plan and sew!)
As the weather changes, I thought that I should probably continue tracking, and perhaps this would continue keeping me in line with my sewing wish list.  And since a picture is much better at jogging my memory than my rather cryptic scribbles, we now have “Sunday outfit”. (I’m hoping that this will also help in catching up with items sewn, but not yet blogged.)  And since this is also supposed to be a blog post with minimum writing – without further ado …

Grey cardigan – base pattern Pamela’s Patterns Twinset – added pockets and collar – two-layered viscose knit – one side grey, one side black
Black t-shirt – Pamela’s Patterns Perfect T-shirt – scoop neck (some sort of lacy “novelty knit”)
Black knit midi pencil skirt – self-drafted – fairly hefty cotton/spandex knit

Friday, September 16, 2016

Summer sweaters

Summer seems to be over, and it’s definitely time to move on to autumn sewing, but I still have a lot of catching up to do on my blog posts.  Please bear with me, as I continue posting my summer stuff.    Sewing was fairly steady throughout the summer, even a little hectic when it came time to having my class samples ready for the beginning of September.  (But class samples at this time of year count as autumn, not summer.)  And as is the usual excuse – it’s the picture taking that let me down.

So…  The last few summers were fairly cool, and my first thoughts for summer sewing this year were lightweight sweaters.  (Little did I know…)  Back in May (possibly early June) I just happened to come across two summer knits while shopping “only for thread ” at Fabricland.  Of course they came home with me.  They did not even make it to the fabric cupboard – prewashed, cut and sewn in fairly short order.  As luck would have it, once summer actually got going, the weather was very hot and humid, and sweaters of any description were definitely not in the picture.  Now it’s cooler, and there has been occasion to don my new sweaters.  Had to wear them at least once before the real need for autumn clothing!

I dreamt up the need for a white knit duster.  This knit is 100% cotton.  Feels good.  Behaves badly.  Wrinkles terribly.  Sags.  Stretches out of shape.  Looks like a bathrobe??  I adlibbed from the New Twinset from Pamela’s Patterns.  Lengthened the pattern, added pockets and a band, widened the sleeves and added cuffs.  
Shown here with a tank t-shirt dress, also a Pamela’s Patterns hack – from the Perfect t-shirt pattern.  

One wear, and this cardigan/coat needed a wash.  (Might be the extravagant length, which swept the floor as I sat, the side of the car as I got in and out, etc.)  If I don’t wear this again between now and cooler weather, I just might rethink this creation next year, or … may-be I should just relegate it to “beach wear” and leave it be.  (Of course, that would actually require that I get myself to a beach.)

a little sheer - does require a cami
Next - the black and cream stripe – of undetermined content.  Whatever it is - it feels quite nice.  I wanted a loose comfy sweater, and I guess that’s what I got.   
could I be any less enthused?

Once again I used my old Butterick 5948 
copyright 1998! - can't believe it's still in the catalogue!
top pattern (which is actually for wovens), the bateau neckline is from Pamela’s Patterns additional necklines for t-shirts.  The sleeves grew cuffs.  

I don’t know if I’m happy with this one either, though I was comfortable enough wearing it for a whole day.  And on my bottom half – the latest jeans (I’m still tweaking the fit!).  Black cotton stretch fabric.  And I finally decided to narrow down the legs and move on to skinny jeans.  Can’t say I’d want to narrow the legs down any more than this.  The problem I have with really skinny pant legs, is that they seem to ride up and catch on my legs when, for example, I sit in the car.  Getting out of the car, I feel the need to bend over and pull down the pant legs.  Not very elegant!  Am I the only one with this problem??  Or may-be I need to make the legs so skinny that they clamp down on my lower leg and move not at all.
I’ll stop here for now.  More pictures later!

Monday, July 18, 2016


At the beginning of this month I finally got around to trying out the Belcarra blouse by Sewaholic.  (It’s been lying around the sewing room for far too many months.)  Not exactly a winter make, so it stands to reason that it should have waited till summer.  Let’s call both of these muslins. Initially I cut the size 2, which has been the size that seems to have been working for me almost perfectly in the Sewaholic Patterns.  It’s supposed to be a loose fit, but … just exactly how loose?   
That would be the bluish one … with a pocket even.  That pocket sort of gets lost on this fabric, and perched there on the upper chest – I’m not quite sure what its purpose would be.  Well, one set of keepers to make sure that this wide neckline won’t go anywhere, and I have a top for around the house.  This was such a quick make, that I decided since the pattern was out anyway, I might as well make another, this time cutting the size 0. 
Much better.  Still probably much looser than I’d thought it should be, however it is a woven t, and it is comfortable, and it’s perfect for hot weather around here, when it also becomes extremely muggy.  And … the keepers keep the neckline in place.  

Without those little gizmos, this top would certainly be sliding off my shoulders.  (Not a look that I aspire to.)  I might still fiddle around with the fit at the hip on the next round at some point in the future.  Fabrics – who knows.  They were “inherited” pieces that are now much more useful as tops than they were when they languished in stash.   As I was finishing the black top I started getting ideas of lengthening this one into a loose dress.  Perhaps belted it wouldn’t be bad as a “house dress”.  And I have yet to try the version with pin tucks on the sleeves …  Enough!  I do tend to get carried away with variations on the same theme.   For now I’ve folded this pattern back into its envelope and put it back in the drawer.  There are too many other patterns that need a chance to be used this summer.