Tuesday, July 28, 2015

In the Pink!

Here's the dress I mentioned in my previous post. The wind was blowing the skirt around quite a bit. I took some pictures standing in the sun but the colors in those looked very washed out.

I don't have much to say about it other than, it's my new favorite dress. I guess I should add that almost every dress I make that turns out good is my new favorite dress until I make the next one, but wow... Pink! I have decided that I need to wear more pink. At least, that's what I have decided this week.

Kwik Sew 2671 is more than a TNT pattern. It is my number one go-to basic casual summer dress pattern. I have made it over half a dozen times, mostly modified versions. I have other patterns that I like but these are the dresses I wear the most so I keep making them. This is View B bodice with View A skirt. Instead of the tabs I put elastic in back. I made a casing of the seam allowances. The pockets are just rectangles. I never can get those curved corners to look right.

Next up? Yet another dress using this pattern but with even more changes. Then maybe some toddler clothes.

UPDATE: Oops. Forgot to say that I also had to make the armholes smaller. This pattern was designed as a jumper so the armholes are huge.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Yes, More Fabric

What do you do when you just can't decide which project to start next? Well, go shopping, of course. Look what I found! I absolutely love every one of these.

The two pieces on the left are both 4 yards each and will become dresses. Unfortunately, Walmart, the only place within 40 miles of me that has zippers, did not have the right color zipper for either one. I was going to make the large floral first but I will definitely need a zipper for that one so I started thinking about the bright pink and came to an unusually (for me) quick decision to make yet another Kwik Sew 2671 - bodice of view B, skirt of view A with some other small modifications. It's all cut out and ready to sew.

I sort of have slight issues with pink. I love, love, LOVE pink but I feel a little self-conscious wearing a lot of it, like a whole dress, especially a bright pink like this. Is it too girly - I mean like little girly? Will I look like a freaky giant baby in it? Will I be taken less seriously wearing so much pink? (Not that anyone takes me seriously anyway) And, is it the wrong color for my complexion? Yes, it is but I don't really care so much about that and I'm trying to not care about the rest of it because I'm going to love this dress and I'm going to wear it to death.

The other three are 2-yard pieces. The top one is not quite as bright an orange as it looks in the picture. It's more a faded, antique-y looking orange. I don't know why because all the other fabrics in the picture look pretty accurate. I can make tops out these but I'm a little disappointed that there wasn't more than two yards of each. I don't really need more summer tops because I don't wear them all that often. I mostly wear dresses when it is hot. I might look for contrasting fabric to go with at least one of them. But I'm not going to rush. After the pink dress I think I might go into the deep stash and make something that has been waiting for a while.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Pink and White and Bratty Cats

My primary sewing motivation is awesome and adorable fabric. When it comes to patterns and styles... well, I think I can honestly say that I'm not completely lacking in adventuresomeness but I do always have 4 to 6 "safe" patterns that I use over and over again. This is one of those.

First I have to show you some close-ups of the fabric. These kitties might be adorable but they're also rather bratty. Just look at those faces. They are definitely up to no good.

Especially this one on the sewing machine.

Now this one in the flower pot looks sort of sweet but still probably up to something.

Of course somebody had to get into the knitting. It's traditional.

I bought the fabric from eQuilter over a year ago. The pattern is New Look 6963. At first I was thinking of making it with sleeves but I like my insect shirt so much I decided to do the same thing with this fabric. Which was a good thing because it turned out that I didn't have enough fabric for the sleeves anyway.

And I love it! I think it might look better with my black jeans but only crazy people wear black in Oklahoma in the summertime. But, with the jeans and a long cardigan this could work for early spring too.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Still Here, Still Sewing

No, I haven't abandoned this blog. And there's a little voice inside saying, "Are you kidding? No one would care if you never posted anything ever again. It's your destiny in life to be unpopular and ignored." But of course I do get a comment once in a while and they always make my day.

Anyway, since I posted last I have had one sewing FAIL and one sewing WIN. I will try to photograph the win in the next few days and post it. The fail? Well, I've always appreciated that so many sewing bloggers are willing to put their failures out there for others to learn from so, maybe, but I want to let it sit for a while and see if I can come up with a fix and then I will post both the fail and the fix.

We went on a short vacation and then I didn't feel well for a few days so it's been over a week since I've done any sewing at all. Now I'm trying to decide what to make next - always a tough decision. As usual, I've been looking through the stash for the next project and every piece of fabric I see I think, "Yes, this, soon. But not right now. Right now I want to make something else." So, I'm getting very anxious to be sewing again but it might be a couple of days before I actually start something.