Archive for May 2015

Sunday Sevens #7 (#38 on T&B)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

These past two weeks have been hectic!  School ended which means a shift in routine and finding the new balance.  I also took this past week off work so Me-Made-May sort of went out the door.  I did wear me-made clothes but I lost the desire to chronicle on Instagram.

1.  We stayed up late this week and watched movies.  This was a particular intense scene of Jurassic Park (getting ready for the latest Jurassic Park movie in a couple of weeks!).  Action + Dinosaurs = Insanely Cheesy Good Movie.
2.  Pool opened.  Need I say more?
3. Water Slide action at a dear friend's house in between the thunderstorms complete with a bottle of Pinot Grigio. Doesn't that look fun?
4.  My parents arrived for a visit after two plane rides (One from Cincinnati to Houston and then on a to a puddle jumper from Houston to Monroe!).  They were troupers because we got into the car to drive an hour and a half to watch Jules play in a baseball tournament.
5.  He made a great catch!  But the rain clouds rolled in and we went into a rain delay.  For THREE hours.  The last inning consisted of three batters up and three batters promptly out because of our fabulous defense.   That meant that there was a three hour delay for a 5 minute inning.  It was exhausting.
6. Their team ended up in second place.  Good show all around. I wore my Book of Life dress!
7.  This morning Jules made his First Communion.  He was quite dapper in his seersucker suit...
I have a backlog of unblogged garments but the weather had not been cooperating...errrr, rather when my photographer hubby is able to take pictures, it has been raining.  I can't wait to share....Cheers to a good week!

Sunday Sevens is the brain child of Natalie at Threads and Bobbins.  The idea is that each week you may not have enough for a full blog post but you do have interesting stories or pictures to share.  Capture seven things and share! 

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Sunday Sevens #6 (#37 on T&B)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hello my lovelies.  I have been going strong in Me-Made-May until this week.  I've been under the weather.  Who gets a cold when the weather turns warm?  I mean, seriously, all school year long I dodged the flu and several colds.  I guess I am due...

1. MMM15-- again, I wore handmade outfits (B6182, Simplicity 2444, Paperbag Pants, Day of the Dead dress, Belcarra blouse) but forgot to take pictures a couple of days.
2.  Indoor hitting practice because of the 20% chance of rain in which the sky opened up and poured.
3.  Little nook downtown that screams "Read a book on my bench!"
4.  I had a stroll through Art Alley (a lane that is jammed packed with many art galleries) and found this impromptu piece.
5.  Carbonating the newest beer!  It is a gluten-free beer for a friend.  We'll see how it turns out.
6.  Last bike ride to school as a 2nd grader.  Summer is here.
7.  Celebrating the end of a successful school year!  Jules made highest marks all year long.  He deserved some oysters and a Shirley Temple. I rewarded myself with a lemon-gin cocktail.

Sunday Sevens is the brain child of Natalie at Threads and Bobbins.  The idea is that each week you may not have enough for a full blog post but you do have interesting stories or pictures to share.  Capture seven things and share! 

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Lisette's Boxy Top: B6182

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I knew I was in trouble when spring hit. All the new patterns out -- Indie and Big 4! I drooled over patterns and dreamed of sewing would-be garments.  My pocketbook would not appreciate me going completely pattern rabid so I mustered up all my restraint to refrain. Now I have to be honest - I am a lady who loves a sale (What gal doesn't?).  When that Butterick pattern sale hit: I was ready.

Experiment:
B6182
Size 8

Materials:
2 yards white cotton gauze
Mettler white thread
1 yard of white lace

Procedure:
Spring heralded warmer weather, flowers, and the boxy shirt trend.  Butterick's  B6182 is described as a loose fitting pull-over dress or top -- a definite boxy shape.  I wanted one so I settled on this top to combat the humid southern summer.
Further I wanted the shirt to be white.  I actually wanted to make a short white skirt to pair with it and my cowboy boots.  At that description, my northern husband believed I had gone full on southern.  He does claim that when I talk to other southern people I accent certain words in a southern way. Alas, the white skirt did not materialize.  The cotton gauze used was very thin with faint creme-colored stripes.  I french seamed the whole top since it was delicate and I did not want bulky seams.
This top features chest darts (they probably have a technical term which I don't recall but they do not radiate from the side like bust darts instead they radiate from the middle of the chest -- chest darts sounds reasonable, right?).  This is a new one on me.  Curious yet I like the final product.  In addition, I love the large sleeve cuffs.
This is a roomy, breathable shirt. I am sure in a more structured fabric it would have a stunning new look.  What I did not plan for was the top being so short.  It probably is not that short but it did hit my torso at an odd place.  I am not a crop-top gal and while this was nowhere near being a crop-top, it just felt short. I did not have enough fabric to add a band at the bottom.  I racked my brain and tossed it aside.  It was not until I was at my son's May Day celebration that I saw a student with a white top and lace overlay.  Duh! Lace border -- how simple.
Like a boss, that evening after the May Day celebration (my son's class sang and danced to the Safety Dance in an 80s extravaganza) I purchased the lace and serged that sucker on.  It added the length I wanted and gave the shirt a distinct summery concert vibe.  I was content.
In my Lisette pattern haul,  B6186 (the pleated dress with keyhole detail) and B6183 (the cropped pants and another boxy top) ended up in my basket.  I think I will make the dress next only because I absolutely loved the Lisette dress from Simplicity 1419.  Does a three pattern Lisette purchase make me a Lisette addict?  Could be worse things....  

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Sunday Sevens #5 (#36 on T&B)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Sevens is the brain child of Natalie at Threads and Bobbins.  The idea is that each week you may not have enough for a full blog post but you do have interesting stories or pictures to share.  Capture seven things and share! 

1.  Of course, I have been participating in Me Made May on Instagram.  Today was my first repeat as it was hot at the ball field (Hudson pants are amazing...think I will need another cropped pair!).  I have to admit that I am self-conscious about documenting what I wear everyday. Feels frivolous at times but it does make me reflect on what I am sewing.

2.  My son's glasses and contacts came.  After running all over town, I was exhausted and caved....   he asked for Popeye's Chicken for the first time (For those that are not in the US, it is a Louisiana fast food chain that specializes in spicy fried chicken with biscuits).  It was 'Meh' but I can tick it off my list and people in Louisiana won't lookout me funny anymore since now I can say I tried it!

3.  I got happy mail.  My sister-in-law who is from Germany sent me German fruit teas (I love, love, love tea!) and a little treat to sew.    
4.  Family from California were passing through town.  We visited Duck Commander (another Louisiana thing I can tick off my Louisiana bucket list).
5.  ...and had a good dinner with great wine.
6.  I made gluten-free brownies.  I was skeptical but they were delicious!
7.  We travelled to Natchitoches (where Steel Magnolias was filmed) for a baseball tournament.  We walked the oldest cobbled street in Louisiana and saw the Roque House.

Wonder what this week will bring....

Happy Stitching!

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Sunday Sevens #4 (# 35 on T&B)

Sunday, May 10, 2015



  •  I cannot believe it  -- I snapped all of my MeMadeMay outfits this week.  I have been documenting away on Instagram. Huzzah!


  • Exciting news -- I wore my Rainy Day Emery to our weather facility groundbreaking.  
  • Cinco De Mayo meant tacos and tequila.  I adore grapefruit (my favorite fruit).  Tequila and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice make the very best Paloma -- pure yumminess.


  • We made a homemade Bloomin' onion.  Surprisingly, it did not take much effort.  Mmmmmm.
  • This is the wine that I got for Mother's Day dinner.  It is robust with hints blackberry and coffee.  Not bad. Not bad.  Mr. Chemist and Jules made an excellent dinner for me.   But then my computer crashed this afternoon so I ended up wiping it clean and starting over -- what a pain in the arse!  
  • It was exam week.  My secretary made sure all our student workers were fed.  Aren't these delightful?  

Sunday Sevens is the brain child of Natalie at Threads and Bobbins.  The idea is that each week you may not have enough for a full blog post but you do have interesting stories or pictures to share.  Capture seven things and share!

Happy Mother's Day! 

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Conifer Skirt

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

I cannot believe how many sewing scientists are out in the blogosphere and one of my favorites is Seamstress Erin.  I love her style, especially her use of colors and prints.  It doesn't hurt that she is an excellent writer and a fabulous seamstress.  I was fortunate to test her new skirt pattern.

Experiment:
The Conifer Skirt
View A: 37" Hem
Size 2

Materials:
1/2 yard of Black cotton-lycra fabric
1.5 yards of Black jersey
2/3 yards of Multi-colored Sweater knit
Mettler Black thread

Procedure:
I'll put the disclaimer up front:  I tested the pattern in exchange for a copy of the final pattern.  Everything written here reflects my very own unique opinion. Nonetheless, this pattern is aces.
The final pattern has many more options than the test pattern.  I originally wanted to do a maxi but found myself without enough fabric.  Back up: when I received the email about testing, I intended to use the leftover multi-color sweater knit from my ruined Lady Skater along with black jersey, alternating layers.  Turned out I didn't have enough sweater or jersey -- I settled on the short version with a layer of color.  The layering element spiced up this jersey skirt.
The trickiest part of this pattern was correctly lining up the layers.  The actually construction is not difficult -- being comfortable with knits is key but if you are a beginner, the non-layered skirt would sew up in a snap.   My favorite part is how the last layer hangs slightly lower -- Zoo-wee Mama!  It just screams attention!
I used some leftover cotton-lycra fabric to construct a fold-over yoga waistband without elastic.  I like the ease.  Luckily with knit, you don't have to finish the seams.  I would recommend using a rotary cutter to get nice crisp edges on the layers.  I like my shears -- I always start with those guys and then use my rotary cutter to clean up my messy cuts (clearly in primary school I never received an 'Excellent' in scissor use!).
Woot-woot -- Cinco de Mayo (the 'holiday' with an excuse to drink).  Bring on the tequila and tacos on a Tuesday (Can't be more alliterative than that!)...Plus baseball, homework, grading, cleaning and sewing (If I can find the 20 minutes!).  I may just have to reward all my hard work with a margarita.  ;) Hasta la proxima!

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Sunday Sevens #3 (#34 on T&B)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

It was senior finals week and last week of classes at my university.  A hectic and stressful time but it also means that the end of the semester is within my grasp.  The one good thing about this week has been the weather -- sun shining smiley weather!

1.  Saturday was gray and cloudy.  I was sure that we were not going to get to play.  Sunday was completely opposite: the sun came out.

2. Cumulus clouds indicate fair weather.  Very thankful for the sun -- we have had rain or severe weather on and off for the last several weeks.
3.  Parties at work for faculty and staff who are leaving or retiring. . .yummy cake and punch.  I know I had a lot of cake this week -- not complaining -- Mmmmmm cake!
4.  We found out this week that my son needs glasses.  This of course meant running all over to find the perfect pair.
5.  Pattern sale.  I can't resist when they are on sale for a dollar.

6.  Me-Made-May 2015 Day #1:  Cropped Hudson pant at our May Day celebration.
7. My senior majors hold a picnic in the park (We call it the Isopycnic for full on nerdiness!) to celebrate finishing their degree.  I wore a complete handmade outfit for MMM15 but all my pictures have students in it so I can't post.  :( You will have to imagine.  I did manage to snap pic of my other little guy, our wee little doggie, Milo, who was worn out after running around in the park.



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