Archive for July 2016

Seams Like a Good Time for Tea

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hello!  We just returned from a fantastic holiday in Boston (I'll share more later.) and I am trying to recover.  After whirlwind week, I need another vacation, preferably a staycation dedicated to sewing!  Oi Vey! In May for that past several years, my hubby and I participate in an event called Blend on the Bayou.  It is an event that raises money for the arts in our area.  Blend on the Bayou is an evening on the Bayou that features artists but the wonderful bit is all of the food and drinks.  One major issue is that May in Louisiana is already sticky hot.  This year I was determined to make a fun outfit that would be cool (literally and figuratively!).
Experiment:
Hayden Crop Top
Size: 2

Veronika Skirt
Size: Small

Materials:
2.5 yards of black cotton lawn
3 yards of teapot novelty cotton
Mettler Black Peppercorn Thread 0758
1 yard of blue bias tape
9 inch zipper black
Procedure:
When the April issue of Seamwork popped up in my email box I fell in love with the pattern Hayden.  And I gravitated toward the cropped version.  Say what!?!  Cropped!! Now, I am not one to take huge fashion risks and jump on the bandwagon (Uggs and leggings make me cringe!).  All year long the cropped top with high-waisted skirt or pants appeared everywhere and I wanted part of it.  A little flash of the waist with a billowy skirt should (and did) stand up to the heat, or at least I reasoned.
Hayden's estimated time was two hours from start to finish -- I think it took me closer to three but who's counting.  It still came together the morning of Blend on the Bayou.  In fact, I probably would have lowered the neckline and added some length to the shoulders but alas, time was not on my side as I was sewing the morning of the event!!
Since Hayden was a simple black top, I used one of my fancy stitches to finish the neckline and sleeves.  Am I in love with cropped version of the Hayden?  Nah.  I have only worn it the once and do not foresee when I will wear it again.  Since I was rushed, I didn't put in the time for that perfect fit and I know the fit is off.   I should have also made the longer version as that would have gotten more time away from the hanger.
As for the skirt, I pulled out my favorite circle skirt: the Veronika from Megan Nielsen. I had been hoarding novelty teapot fabric for a while.  I absolutely love tea.  My husband thinks I am addicted as it is the first thing I have in the morning and the last thing I have before bed.  I have previously made the Veronika skirt and last time the print was non-directional.  This time with the teapot print I had to get creative in my cutting layout.   In fact, it took several pins and folds before I could get it right.
I added the funny shaped pockets and let her hang over night to get the right hem.  This make is a winner.  I have worn this skirt at least once a week since it was finished in May.  Evidence of this was on vacation when we went to the Boston harbor to the historic site of the Boston Tea Party.  Yep, yep -- I am that nerdy gal who wore a tea pot dress on the ship of the Tea Party!
Till next time --

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Sleeveless Sudley

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Guess what I have been up to!? Yes, I have been sewing a bit but... I took a temporary part-time job at a fabric store that was going out of business.  Hancock Fabrics went bankrupt and needed part-time temporary employees to help with the increased traffic in the store. Since the middle of May until last week, I worked a couple of evenings per week putting up fabric and notions, cutting fabric, helping people find patterns, and talking to customers about sewing!
I used my paychecks to buy more fabric, notions, and patterns.  Wha-ha-ha! My stash has grown!  It was so refreshing to do something a bit different from the day-to-day norm.  The ladies I worked with were so much fun and that made it even more special.  Overall, my favorite thing was working the cutting table to see what fabric the customers would want to buy.  And I loved to hear what they were going to make.  I read recently a rude Facebook post on a pattern group that I subscribe to in which a lady went off on why she hates going to the fabric store because she had to endure the question, "What are you making?".  I can honestly say that question is asked out of curiosity and shared love of sewing.
Experiment:
Sudley Blouse (Autocorrect keeps correcting Sudley to Sadly!)
Size: Small

Materials:
2.5 yards of white cotton
1.5 yards of white dress trim
White Gutermann Thread

Procedure:
For Mother's day, ages ago I realize, my boys gave me several patterns.  My first make was Megan Nielsen's Sudley blouse.  I have not met a Megan Nielsen pattern that I did not adore.  It is the fantastic keyhole and reversibility (Yes, reversibility -- the top can be worn with way) that drew me to requesting this pattern.
I opted for the crop version so that I could wear it untucked.  Or I could tuck it in to my Veronika skirt.  I usually do not opted for anything white.   When ever I wear white, it usually ends up with coffee dribbled onto the front or my lunch -- I swear, I am not a messy eater, I blame the blank canvas a white shirt offers.
The Sudley is supposed to have sleeves: two options short or 3/4 length.  But...summer has gotten to me.  The short sleeves, already cut from fabric, remained tucked away waiting for another Sudley.  I just finished the sleeves with more self-made bias.
Isn't this keyhole fabulous!??!  Another alteration was to use white lacy dress trim instead of the self-made bias ties.  This alteration came about because I did not actually have enough of the white fabric for all the bias strips to be made.  Ribbon or trim seemed like the next best thing -- I also reasoned that it jazzed up a simple white blouse.
Untied. Perfect to catch the summer breeze which is currently non-existent in my area.  Although it is July and this was sewn in late May, I still had to share it with you.  This is a great beginner pattern that could serve as a canvas for a variety of options.  That's why I love sewing!


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