Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sewing on the Horizon

Recently I applied for a promotion at work.  I was really excited about it.  I had prepared really well and thought I had an excellent chance of getting it.  I interviewed twice and felt good about both.  So on Wednesday night of last week, when I found myself near a fabric store, I couldn't resist picking up a couple of fabrics:

The print on the left is a poly knit in shades of black, cream, brown, and teal.  I was thinking a wrap dress maybe.  The red on the right is a ponte knit.  I LOVE this type of fabric.  I'm thinking a sheath dress with some interesting seaming or details.

On Thursday I received the news that they decided to go with someone else for the position.  I was (am) crushed.  So what could I do but indulge myself in some retail therapy on Saturday?  Besides, Hancock's had all kinds of goodies on sale.  So back I went and I picked up these beauties:

Wow.  Can you tell I was disappointed about the job?  Where is the color?

Oh, well.  These are really great fabrics.  The zig zag stripe on the left is a ponte knit, but it's very light and drapey.  I haven't made a final pattern selection, but I'm sure whatever I make out of this will be fabulous.  The "leopard" print in the middle is also ponte, but it's very beefy and almost fleece-like on the inside.  The print on the right is a poly knit.

Since the middle fabric is so beefy and warm, and since we will have a few more chilly days before spring, I decided to make that one up first.  I've chosen Vogue 8682, an OOP Very Easy Very Vogue pattern:

I was originally thinking I'd use the long sleeves and the shorter skirt.  But after holding the pattern tissue up, I realized that those "shorter" sleeves actually look more like the long sleeves on my little T-rex arms.  I will need to make a muslin to check the sleeve length and to see if I need an FBA.

Interestingly, the pattern pieces revealed that there is a back shoulder dart on this pattern that is not evident on the technical drawing.  Hmmm.

In other news, the Simplicity pants I teased about in the last post are almost done.  I've been moving very slowly on them because there has been so much going on, and because, well... pants aren't that exciting.  I'd much rather sew (and wear) pretty dresses.

How about you?  Do you have any dresses on your cutting table?  Any spring sewing plans?


Karin said...

I am sorry to hear that you didn't get the promotion. It sounds like you must have been a strong candidate and missed it by a whisker. Keep trying!
Better to console yourself with beautiful fabric than to eat the whole tub of ice-cream!

Shannon said...

Thanks for the kind words, Karin. Believe me, if I'd had a tub of ice cream in the freezer, I'd have eaten it! My dear husband even offered to bring me a red velvet cake. Somehow I found the will power to decline the offer. He brought home roses instead.

Eileen said...

Cake and ice cream are now, fabric is forever:) I am sorry that it didn't work out but there must be something even better coming your way. All this prep for this interview will pay off in the future!

Shannon said...

Thanks, Eileen. I just have to look ahead right now. At least in my current position, I still have time to sew!

gMarie said...

So sorry to hear about the job - that is disappointing. I'm doing the same thing right now. I have a dress mostly done hanging in the studio and a dress cut out - Just need sewing time. g

Debi said...

So sorry to hear about the job stuff! I've experienced a very similar thing! Good thing there is fabric ;-) xoxoxo

Kay said...

What a bummer!! You have great self control to not indulge in the red velvet cake!!

The fabrics look great!!

Lynneb said...

nothing like some good old fashioned retail therapy to get over such disappointing news. Now, go forth and sew...soon it will be very clear why you didn't get that promotion at this time.

Brigitte said...

Sorry to read about the job, Shannon. So it was great that you had the chance to dive into some fabrics and to come up with new sewing plans in order to cheer you up a little bit.