Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Summer in January, Jungle January That Is

UPDATE: OMG! How rude of me. I forgot to include a link to Anne, lovely and witty hostess of Jungle January. Sorry, call it a senior moment.

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Whew! I made it. I was getting a little worried that I wouldn't get this simple blouse finished and photographed by the end of January.

The fabric is from eQuilter. (sold out, apparently) This print is a perfect copy of the pelt of the famed, elusive peacock leopard of the jungles of the planet Kepler-442b. Go ahead and laugh. You'll feel silly for doubting me when NASA finally gets around to sending a probe and it sends back pictures of the beast. [ahem] Anyway...

Seriously, even though it was listed as a leopard print, to me it looks more like butterfly wings. Either way - fantasy cat or exotic butterfly - it belongs in the jungle.

(You can click the pictures to make them bigger. I'm still getting used to the new Blogger and I didn't know "medium" was so small.)

This is a "frankenpattern". Mostly it's New Look 6078 because I love the fit but I used New Look 6598 as a guide for changing the neckline and the front facing. The fit in the armhole and shoulder area is not quite right. This is the first time I've made this as a sleeveless top. Overall though, I love it and I'm going to wear it a lot when the weather warms up for more than just a couple of days.

I took this picture (tripod and self-timer) about an hour ago. It was nearly 70 degrees and it's getting warmer. This is typical January weather here in Oklahoma. Two days from now we're expecting freezing temps and snow which is also typical January weather in Oklahoma.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Welcome to my sewing blog

I have had a non-specific, whatever-happens-to-be-on-my-mind-today blog for over 12 years. I never saw any reason to start another but single topic blogs seem to be more popular these days and while I have no illusions that I will ever be popular I would love to attract the attention of other sewing bloggers. The sewing blogger community is by far the nicest of any online community, made up of the friendliest, kindest and most fun people all over the world and I would love to be part of it even if only in a very small way.

And why Blogger? Well, it has its limitations but it's free and you really can't complain about free. Mostly though, it's because it's as near to being permanent as anything on the Internet.

I'm going to start by copying some of the sewing posts from my other blog.* Hopefully I can make them appear below this post. Then, soon, I will start posting new stuff, though probably not every day. Maybe not even every week but I hope at least once every week or two. I have turned on comment moderation, even though I hate it, because Blogger doesn't provide any better way to deal with spammers. I can't promise I will check for comments every day but please comment and I will get around to approving your comment eventually.

And I will add a blogroll as soon as I can. I've been trying but Blogger keeps telling me "Please correct the errors in this form," but there ARE NO ERRORS.

*UPDATE: I started copying sewing posts from other blog starting with the oldest first, then I decided I wanted to copy the most recent first. Then I decided this is taking too darn long. But I will do it, and more importantly, new posts soon, I promise.