Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The dress is cute, and super comfortable. I'm going to wear it to work tomorrow to test drive it. I'm worried that it might "grow" thoroughout the day since the fabric is so stretchy, but we'll see. I may end up having to hem it a little bit shorter.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
And not to stress anyone out or anything, but Christmas is right around the corner. Now is the time to start working on gifts and decorations, and to start shopping, if you haven't already.
This is a little tiny piece I stitched back in 2001. It's high time I finished it up into a little Christmas ornament, don't you think? The motifs on this piece come from the Christmas Memories sampler from Just Nan. This little ornament was included in the sampler leaflet. It's 2.5" by 2.75" stitched on antique white evenweave, in DMC floss, metallic thread, and Thread Gatherer Silk 'N Colors. It features tiny, backstitched gingerbread men and angels (my favorite parts) a tree decorated with metallic gold, packages wrapped in shiny gold, and it's sprinkled with tiny gold beads and pearls. I can't wait to get it made up and see it on my Christmas tree this year. It's been lying in a drawer, forgotten for eight years!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Alright, technically, that's not completely true. I already had the pattern traced and I made a muslin a few months ago, so all I had to do was cut and sew. And I finished it up this morning. But you get the idea.
This is Burda 01-2009-110, the knit top. I haven't made these pants yet, but I have my eye on them...
Alright, I'm psyched! I've got my high waist pants ready to cut out, and I've got several more things on tap. There's a load of fabric in the wash right now! Stay tuned for updates!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I received the August kit as a gift from a secret stitcher friend. It's stitched on 28ct antique white Quaker Cloth and measures approximately 5.3" by 4". It features the August birthstone, peridot, and gladiolus. It's stitched with perle cotton, floss, and metallic thread.
I liked the August kit so much, I made the July kit for my daughter. It's the same size, stitched on 28ct Confederate Grey Quaker Cloth and it features a ruby heart and larkspur. I also made the October kit for my Mom.
These are quick projects, and if you don't want a needleroll, they are designed to pop right into a 5" by 7" frame. I put mine in an 8" by 10" frame with a small mat and they look great. They make a nice gift stitched up for someone, and the kit itself is a nice gift for a stitching friend.
In other sewing news, I've made a muslin of the high waist pants from my wardobe plan. They need some tweaking, but maybe I'll have a finished pair of pants to show soon.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
However, I could use some new things, and I want to sew, so I've decided to have my own little Mini-Wardrobe project. Feel free to sew along with me if you'd like!
This is a mini-wardrobe plan that I put together a while back using just pieces from the August issue of BWOF.
My plan consists of two tops, two bottoms, and a dress. ( I love wearing a dress!) From the top left:
08-2009-117 A simple ruffled blouse in georgette. I think this would be cute tucked into the skirt or pants.
08-2009-103 A classic bow blouse. It is shown in the magazine in a semi-sheer crepe chiffon- love it!
08-2009-128 A simple, yet very pretty dress. I'll definitely need to make a muslin to make sure those skirt pleats don't emphasize my tummy!
08-2009-105 The high waist pants (hallelujah!) I've already picked out a black and white tweedy fabric very similar to a houndstooth.
08-2009-110 A high waist skirt. I haven't picked out a fabric for sure yet, but I have several things in the stash that would work nicely.
So while the urge is upon me, I think I'll go trace some patterns. Maybe I can get a muslin made today.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
This is blouse #120. I love the pleated collar. It's absolutely gorgeous and would really draw the eye up to the face. However... I would leave off the flappy thing running down the front over the buttons, and I would probably substitute the plain cuffs from #118. With that beautiful collar, you don't need a lot of other frou-frou going on.
This is blouse #139 from the plus section. This is incredibly beautiful in the photos made up in a white silk chiffon. What a classic piece. I love the V-neckline, the gathers at the raglan seams, and the bow that you could tie as high or as low as you like. I'd wear this with a fabulous high-waist skirt and pearls.