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I Found My BFF...Pattern To Be Clear.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It's true.  I am about to gush and I don't even know if this pattern has an idea of how infatuated I am with it.  I found a BFF pattern.  True Bias' Hudson pants could very well be my bestie.

Experiment:
Hudson pant
Size 6

Materials:
Scrap blue knit
1.5 yards of black batik
Elastic
0.5 yards of black rib knit

Procedure:
When I first saw the pattern, to be honest, I was like 'Meh' (imagine a shrugging of shoulders and wrinkled face).  The Hudson Pant was part of one of the Perfect Pattern Parcels that were popular last year.  You can see how long this pattern has been in my stash.  A lot of my sewing is born out of the necessity of something I need.  Since I have been RTW fasting, I tend to go to my patterns and fabric stash to make what I need.  It is also funny that once you don't indulge in something you don't really miss it.   When I go shopping with my son or husband, nine times out of ten, I feel the fabric, size up what they are going to buy and say " I think I can make this."  I have a big gap in my current wardrobe: baseball game attire.  Being a travel baseball mom is proving to be hard to dress for...sometimes games span all day long so one needs to be comfortable in the sun (I got sunburnt after applying copious amounts of SPF 50) and warm under the ballpark lights.
I needed these in my closet.  When I found the batik at my local fabric store, I wanted these in my closet.  I decided on making a woven Hudson pant after seeing Kellie's silk version.    The batik was first-rate.  It was not expensive and could serve as a great muslin.  After debating between 2 and 3 sizes, I decided to go three sizes up from my recommend knit version size to accommodate the non-stretchy fabric.  I probably could have gone up another size just to give a little more room in the behind.  Regardless, the fit is spot on.
Kellie changed the pockets and straightened the leg with her woven version.  I liked the lounge look of the pants - I just didn't have any knit on hand that screamed 'Hudson Pants'! I did not change the overall shape of the pant.  In fact, it felt only right to keep the knit waistband and cuffs with the shorter version.   I cut the smallest size waist and cuffs and stretched the goodness out of them to get them to fit.

I used a scrap of blue marbled knit for the pocket detail.  I was soon excited how it matched (an argument for keeping even the tiniest scrap of fabric!).  I used my serger for most of the construction - gosh, the serger is handy.
I opted not to add the drawstring feature and instead used the rib knit to encase the elastic waistband. I am loving how this version turned out.  I think a longer version in woven with the same details would be a worthy experiment.
A pants pattern that I like!?!  I know, I know -- crazy!  I think that is why I am so infatuated with the Hudson pant -- I can envision several experiments in a variety of fabrics that would yield some fancy pants (get the pun??).  I got my MAGAM in the nick of time.  Hope you are having a fabulous week!

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Sunday Sevens #2 (#33 on T&B)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hi ya! Sewing was slow.  I  am proud that I did find time to finish True Bias' Hudson pants. Here are seven snapshots from this past week.

1.   Apparently this is a fish: crappie (pronounced "Car - pee").  When I saw this I scratched my head and thought who advertises bad plastics!?  It resulted in a good chuckle.
2.   I found a genetically modified Swedish fish.  I ate it.  And I liked it.
3.   Morning with Mom at my little guy's school.  That means coffee, donuts, and a selfie all before the school day began!
4.  We had severe weather all week long.  Lots of rain, clouds, and storms including when we crossed the Mississippi river.
5.  Hotel for baseball team had a swimming pool.  After a long day in the sun, a margarita tasted delicious.
6.  Baseball all of the weekend.
7.  Dinner date.

I absolutely cannot believe that we are going into the last week in April.  School is almost finished and summer vaca around the corner!  I need to figure out something to sew this week...any suggestions?

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Geek Chic April: My Rainy Day Emery

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hiya!  I am excited to share my latest geeky creation.  I knew I needed a weather dress.  I am a professor in an atmospheric science department so it was only fitting I find fabric that featured rain clouds.  What's even more geeky is that I intended to wear this dress to a ground-breaking ceremony for a new weather facility but it was postponed because of . . . torrential rain!

Experiment:
Emery Dress
Size 0


Materials:
3 yards Washday Cotton by Andover Fabrics
Mettler Gray Thread
Cream 22" zip

Procedure:
I need to set the record straight: weather is not my thing (ask my students!  I am quite crap at forecasting weather and oblivious to current weather unless I am in a deluge).  Severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, or tornadoes do not excite me but rather frighten me as I am intimately aware of their destrctuctive capability (Wanna calculate hypothetically how much energy a storm has???).  I am totally ga-ga over the chemistry of the atmosphere and clouds.   When I started my path of study I was a naive molecule-devotee who quickly learned that you need to know a tad about weather to figure out where and how the clouds and air move in order to study the chemistry.
Blah blah blah, I could go on and on.  Enough with science.  Let's discuss the details. I have gushed over the Emery dress before.  She's incredibly flattering and has a vintage vibe.  This is a perfect work uniform for me and includes pockets for all my goodies.  I used some fabric scares of another cotton that featured waves.  Waves occur in our atmosphere -- and now they occur in my pockets.
I decided that I really like lapped zippers.  Err, let me be a tad more honest...I can make a beautiful lapped zipper but my invisible zips, well, they are hit or miss.  I have no idea why -- some look professional and others look like amateur.   The lapped zip is totally machine stitched and sports a nice clean look.  Someday I'll work up the courage to do a hand basted zip but I am satisfied with the zipper techniques I have in my sewing arsenal.
I like the idea of a work uniform.  Something that I don't need to think about in the morning -- quirky dresses.  The only bummer in this plan is ironing.  I do prefer the fluff and go kind of outfit.  Ironing takes foresight which kind of defeats the idea of not really having to think about what you wear to work.
This fabric was  a dream to sew.  It is soft.  Highly recommend.   Afar the dress appears to be polka-dotted in a smattering of colors but when you are up close you can see the little rain clouds -- squee! so cute.  While I didn't get to wear it to the ground-breaking ceremony, there are plenty of nerdy events in my future.  I am completely jazzed at how this turned out so I am sharing on Sew Chic in a Week!
Happy Earth Day!



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Sunday Sevens #1 (Week #32 on T&B)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The lovely Natalie from Threads and Bobbins started a weekly series a while ago called Sunday Sevens.  The short sweet synopsis aims to capture your week in a series of seven pictures and brief descriptions.  Sometimes swamped chicas like moi do not always have enough for a full blown blog post.   I have followed her series and other bloggers who participate in this for a while.  I find it fascinating -- capturing simple pleasures or moments.

Drumroll.....I am taking the leap and starting to catalog my week.
Hold the seam ripper but this is going to be challenging.  Most days (who am I kidding!?!, it's an everyday kind of thing) I need to be reminded of meetings, lectures, or due dates with a complicated calendar attached to an alarm on my phone.  I am also quite crap at taking pictures on my phone.  Ohh, I like the thrill -- hope I can get organized to keep up.

SS#1:

1.  Rain and more rain.  A view from my office.
2. Baseball practice and then scrubbing the dirt and grass stains from my son's practice uniform.
3. Margarita.  Good mid-week treat. Need I say more?
4. Senior awards ceremony for my students.  I was bummed the reception did not include cake.  I guess cookies are alright but cake is better.
5. I finished the week out by making soy Buckeyes to surprise my husband and son.  Buckeyes are a soy butter fudge covered in chocolate.  But the chocolate didn't temper right (something told me when I was at the grocery to pick up a fresh bag of chocolate chips -- I didn't listen) so we were left with petite bites of soy fudge sans the chocolate.

6.  I put together the Mathilda pants by Spit Up and Stilettos (This is a free pattern by the way...).  I went to cut my fabric and found this on the inside (mind you I had washed and dried it without knowledge of this....):
Urrrgggghhh -- permanent marker.  Change of plans -- these will be a test pair of leggings in ITY.

7.  Signed up for Me-Made-May 15.   I will do a weekly recap during Sunday Sevens (That is my hope).  I'll make it official here:
'I, Annie from The Enantiomer Project, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavour to wear at least 3 handmade garments each week for the duration of May 2015'

Further, I have some finished garments to share.  Severe weather is forecasted for today...and I plan on sewing.

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I'd Like to Know What I am Celebrating

Monday, April 6, 2015

...Before I Put On the Party Hat.

Hola!  Long time, eh?  My lucky-duck of a hubby has been out of the country for work.  For the past two weeks, I have been carefully performing the high-wire circus act of balancing work, my son, travel baseball and life.  My sewjo fizzled to empty and I am trying to recover.  I bought new fabric -- didn't seem to help; I looked through patterns -- uninspired; I caught up on my Bloglovin entries (sorry if I didn't comment  -- 200 entries is overwhelming! -- I did read lots a splendid new garments) -- now I am thinking I want to make something.  Something easy.  Something springy.  After Easter dinner was in the oven, I spent the afternoon sewing.

Experiment:
Jocole Wideleg Pants
Size: XS

Materials:
White Cotton Lycra (~1/2 yard)
Floral Cotton-linen Blend (~ 2 yards)
White serger thread
Light Gray thread

Procedure:
If you have not experienced a Jocole pattern, then let me tell you a little secret -- they are fabulous. Jocole patterns are known for their ease.  Everything from putting the pdf pattern together to construction.   These patterns are a snap, crackle, and pop away from being cut to finished.  And afternoon for pants!?!?  Score!
After trolling Pinterest, I was determined to make a pair of wide leg floral pants for spring.  Floaty, floral, and exuding spring to match the pollen and buds that seem to be everywhere!  Pants seem to be my nemesis because of fit issues.  The Jocole wide legs resolve two of my issues: wonky waistband and bum issues.
These are extra comfy.  Probably due to the yoga waistband.  While I love these, the yoga waistband limits what I can wear with it.  Or maybe I am not adventurous enough.  Regardless, I have one white shirt that seems to pair nicely with the pants for a resort kind of vibe.  I just need a wide brimmed hat and a cocktail.  :)
My son and I read a lot of the 39 Clues books these past couple of weeks -- hence the blog title --  its a quote from one of the books.  With travel baseball we do a lot of driving to tournaments and practices, so we listen to audio books to pass the time.  This has been a big highlight of traveling...I would be amiss to not mention the fabric shops (wink, wink!).  I am sharing on Gray All Day's Sew it Chic in a Week!.

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