Just a quick post today.
I don’t usually do non-sewing fabric crafts. I mean, why play with fabric and not sew, when I can sew? Anyway.
While I was cleaning my house for ‘s visit last weekend, I pulled the cover off our Ikea Grundtal Magnetic knife rack. had one at the townhouse, and liked it enough to install it in our new house. You can see it in its native habitat here [link removed].
I’d seen a couple of examples where people had recovered it (just one example [link removed]), and I decided now was the time for me to tackle it. I found some cute kitchen-related fabric that totally doesn’t match the kitchen. I’ll change it again when we repaint the kitchen. You know, in a few years.
Anyway, just one fat quarter (I had to cut it across the diagonal, so most of the FQ is now scrap) and some double-sided tape (just to keep it in place until the cover was reattached, which is held in place with really strong magnets – it’s not going anywhere). 10 minutes.
Like I said, pretty much a one of a kind project. I’d really rather use my sewing machine. But with just a few minutes to spare, this was a fun project.
I have to tell you that I am so thankful for my co-workers today. They have been really supportive about all the time I need to take off to be in the schools, and then they want to hear all the stories, and even though making it through the program means I’ll be leaving them, they are still encouraging. (That said, of course there are plenty of days when I want to hurt them, but right now, I’m feeling the love. Between the Celexa and getting to be in a middle school two days a week, my mood has majorly improved lately.) By the way, yesterday was just as awesome as Tuesday – I am LOVING my time in the middle school!
But, I promised you pictures, didn’t I?
First off, the pillows! (See what I mean about it being sunny the other day? Lovely!)
The patterns were in the latest American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. You can see their versions here [link removed], but you have to get the magazine for the pattern.
How about some details?
And now, a project that went much faster, and involved math! (Also, a sneak peek at our dining room that I still haven’t shown off. Bad blogger!)
I almost don’t need a tree, these are so cute!
Last night I went to JoAnn and bought some fabric to make two fun and flirty yet winter-appropriate skirts. I was so sad to put away my summer clothes – all the fun dresses and skirts I’d made are no longer right for the season. It took me forever to find darker prints and things that weren’t overly floral, but I finally did it. Skirts are so quick to do, and I love making them. I know, I’ve got a ton of other projects to do too, but self-made winter clothes are a goal and I want at least some of them to be fun. Not everything has to be boring and “perfect for student teaching” (as in, browns and blacks, sedate, nondescript and/or classic blah-ness). I got some cute beads too – I think I’d like to make some more jewelry. The early sunset lends itself well to my hobbies, which are all indoor crafts, but now that the semester is almost over, I’d like to spend more time with ERIC, which means not spending the whole evening upstairs sewing or doing homework, but hanging out with him on the couch in the basement. Beading is perfect for that. I can stay busy, but we can be together. Plus, I’ve got a new plan to make jewelry to match clothing that I make, so that I’ve got outfits (or parts of outfits) ready to wear. It seems smart to make jewelry to specifically go with an item of clothing (especially necklaces), and it’s always nice to have things that coordinate with a newly made item of clothing.
Last night, I surprised myself by actually turning on my sewing machine and working on a project. I know, I know, shocked me too.
I haven’t yet switched over my wardrobe from summer to winter yet, so I have very few skirts hanging in my closet that I can actually wear. And skirts are easy to make, and I like making them. So I decided to make up Simplicity 2191. It’s new to me, and there were only two reviews on PatternReview.com, neither of which were on the skirt. But it was 4 simple panels – it certainly wasn’t going to be a hard project (I did pull out the instructions and glanced at them to make sure I wasn’t missing anything, but then I put them away and went on my merry way).
The only thing that was difficult was my fabric – it’s a lovely satin charmeuse, which meant binding all of the seams lest the whole thing fall apart in the wash. That’s fine, I don’t mind binding seams; it just means that the project time was increased. I still haven’t figured out if this fabric is navy or black. When I cut it out (last week or the week before), I noticed I had a lot of fabric left over. The pattern says I needed 1 1/8 yards (my fabric was 60″ wide), but out of the 1 1/2 yards I had, I barely used half.
Now, what I should have done was cut each panel out separately, not on the folded fabric. My mistake, but I don’t think that actually affected anything in the long run. The other thing I should have done was figure out a way to mark the fabric so I could tell where the notches were supposed to be (as I bound the edges before sewing). I know which part of the project I can blame on that problem, but it’s pretty minor.
What I really should have done was take into consideration what was posted on PatternReview.com. Both reviewers (one of the tunic and one of the cropped pants) said theirs turned out about a size too small. I did think about this, but I checked the finished garment measurements and thought I was safe (had at least 1″ of ease at the hips, which should be plenty, right?).
I was not.
I had to take out both side seams (I’d put the zipper in the center back, since I didn’t have an invisible zip to use and I thought it would be more flattering on my hips if the seams there were smooth) and stitch them as narrow as possible, and even then it barely fits. I made it work… kind of. I pinned some cute lace to the bottom hem, but didn’t actually stitch it down. But other than the hem, the only other thing I need to do is do the waist stay (the pattern calls for twill tape).
Instead of finishing it, however, I think I’m going to rip it apart. I came to this conclusion this morning, though I had been thinking about it last night. It’s the reason I only pinned on the lace and didn’t complete it (I certainly had the time to).
I think that I might be able to re-use the panels and my leftover fabric and make up either Simplicity 4494 or Vogue 7735, both of which I’ve made up before. They’re 6 and 8 gore skirts, respectively, instead of this stupid 4 gore skirt. And they both fit. I’m leaning towards the Simplicity one, simply because it has the flare that I was looking for. I’ll be cutting out single thickness of these pattern pieces, and I think I’ll wait to bind the seams until after I’ve done most of the stitching, even though it will be harder to do then.
And the next time I attempt to make a skirt out of charmeuse, I’ll pick a bias-cut pattern. I think that would be better. (I don’t think I have enough fabric to fool around with at this time to try it now, otherwise I would.)
What I really should have done was make up the skirt I’ve been thinking about.
I have honestly been dreaming about making this skirt up for over a month, since I ordered the fabric. Perhaps before then. I didn’t have the pattern until this weekend, though, so this is not one of the projects I already have prepped.
So then, tonight when I get home from class, should I rip apart the black skirt? Should I prep the oyster skirt? Should I spend my time repainting my nails (they’re currently “hooker red” with a gold wavy pattern subtly stamped on them, and they just started chipping today – and honestly, the gold pattern totally tones them down from the brightness they were originally, believe it or not)? What’s a girl to do?
Everyone who sews has a different way of dealing with scraps. Myself, I toss them into a pile in my closet until it gets too big, and then I pull out my rotary cutter. Every piece big enough gets cut into charm squares (5″), and those not that wide get cut into jelly roll strips (2 1/2″ long). Whatever doesn’t fit gets tossed, unless it’s non-cotton (different rules there), or very special cotton (like very popular OOP fabrics or especially pretty pieces). But, basically, this leaves me with a lot of squares and strips. I have a nice stack of charm squares. Sometimes I buy charm packs to see if I like a fabric line (or because I love the line but don’t want to buy a half yard of each print, which would cost a ton of money), or to see if it will match (this has worked well for trying to match fabrics to the paint color in our bedroom), or because they’re cheap. I’ve also done a few charm square swaps on Swap-bot (though not for a while), where I’d send out 25 squares to 2 people, and would receive the same. This means my stack of charm squares is quite large.
My pile of jelly roll strips isn’t nearly as big, but is a bit more diverse. I have bought some jelly rolls, for the same reason I’ve bought the charm squares, but more of my stash has come about because jelly roll strips happen to be the same size as quilt binding, so I have all of the leftover pieces from the scrappy bindings of ‘s quilt and ‘s quilt. And when ‘s quilt is done, I’ll have even more.
Jelly roll strips happen to be perfect for making nine patch blocks. Charms are also good for this, but I like to make half-square triangles out of them. There’s lots of things you can make with half-square triangles.
So, to sum of the above, I have a large pile of charms, a gallon-sized Ziploc bag of jelly roll strips, a several-inch high stack of half-square triangles, and a slightly smaller stack of nine patch blocks.
Really, I’m going somewhere with this.
One of the plans I’ve had for the half square triangles was a table runner. Earlier in the week, I finally sketched some possible designs out – our new dining table and buffet definitely deserve something pretty (that will protect but not cover up). I should have taken a picture of my sketches – colored pencils and graph paper, so exciting. Oh, here’s the part where I tell you that I still don’t have any pictures, because the weather has not cooperated. To make up for it, I’m going to pepper the rest of this post with pictures from other people – they’ll all link back to the original picture on Flickr, with proper credit given to all.
I really like pinwheels. For the buffet, I’m planning two rows of pinwheels.
Incicentally, table runners seem to be a great way to practice a new skill, like hand quilting (couldn’t post that picture directly).
I also like the concentric squares idea. I used this design for the dining room table. Each square is a different color.
More ideas for future table runners….
This would be fairly easy to make out of jelly roll strips.
Straight-up charm squares (love the mitered corner).
More options for jelly roll strips….
A nice design for bigger blocks of fabric….
I love this tree one!
And I’ve had dreams of making a Christmas runner for years now (I manage to collect Christmas fabric but never find the time to make something out of it – that needs to change!).
So, I separated out the yellow and the green half square triangles and laid out the dining table one (the concentric squares). When I sketched it out, I’d already realized that I didn’t have enough yellow squares, so I decided to do a square out of pink too (this after looking at color scheme ideas and really liking the yellow-green-pink combo – thanks, Pinterest!).
I make no-waste half square triangles, which means that I get two identical squares from each charm. So, I used one of each print for the dining table runner, and one for the buffet runner.
However, when laying out the buffet runner (pinwheels), I realized that the buffet was much smaller, and I wouldn’t need as many squares. I’d still run a bit short of yellow, though, and the dining table needed a lot more yellow. So, I guess I’ll be digging into my stash and cutting some more charm squares.
I’d laid each runner out on a spare piece of batting, so I was able to roll them up and stow them away from the cats, and they’ll be ready to work with when I’ve made more half square triangles.
Unfortunately, this means that I won’t have anything completed for this weekend, when we’re having family over for dinner at least once (will it rain tomorrow?), but that’s OK. I’m more concerned about the holes in the walls from removing the wine glass rack, and the giant empty space from getting rid of a no-longer-needed piece of furniture (Craigslist-ed it). We’ll have to make do with place mats (because I’m not covering up our newly finished dining table with a tablecloth – that seems wrong).
The hot weather I mentioned (at least, I think I mentioned it – it’s been hot and extremely muggy and not terribly sunny) has prevented us from burying any of the irrigation ditch – so no children will be playing unattended in our yard, that’s for sure. In fact, maybe we’ll just close the blinds and not let anyone look out there.
And one of these days, I’m going to come home to find that the neighbors have their new siding up (they’re doing it themselves, so it’s not going as quickly as one might think), and I’m terrified that they will have picked the same color that we want to paint our house. They’re obviously not going to re-side in white, because that’s what the house was before, and their next-door neighbors on the other side recently re-sided, also in white. But… what color will they do? Please, please, please don’t do the pretty blue we have picked out! (Their house would look so much better in blue than ours would, it would be incredibly disappointing.) We need to get that trench filled so that we can get our house painted before it snows – and for that to happen, the weather really needs to cooperate. In the mean time, I’m stuck inside, cutting out little squares of fabric and putting them in piles.
In the previous update on ‘s quilt,
I took the rows two at a time, piecing the row and then attaching the rows to each other. This way I didn’t have to deal with too much bulk.
Late last week I started piecing the 2-row sections together, and by Sunday, I was done!
More pictures? Of course I’ll oblige.
All pressed, it’s now folded safely away until I complete the other side. I measured it, so now I just have to draft out the initial side and do some calculations so I know how much of the border print I need to buy. My binding is all cut, so I suppose now that I have “finished” dimensions, I could piece that together and prep it too. Then some testing of quilting thread.
This round, I got a partner who really likes color, and I think, after looking at her favorites and her inspiration mosaic, I really nailed this one. I’m not always confident about matching what I want to / can make to my partners likes, but I feel good about this one.
I totally didn’t do any math or planning, and I probably should have, since the rules for this round were quite specific. 9-18″ on each side, at least 6 blocks (no “art quilts” – bed quilt styles only).
I hadn’t done any fussy-cutting before, but I was prepared for it, as I had a package of template plastic sitting around, just waiting to be used. I cut out a 3″ square and drew the seam allowances on, so my center squares would be a finished size of 2 1/2″. The print is a bit bigger than that, but I made it work.
I cut strips out of the other fabrics (except for the brown birdies) that were 1 1/4″ wide, for 3/4″ blocks. Then I just randomly pieced them together so that no two blocks were alike. I really like how it came out!
Very narrow sashing on this, as I was quite close to the maximum dimensions – 3/4″ strips for 1/4″ sashing and borders! Even with that, I came out just a tiny bit over the size guidelines (9×9 to 18×18 – this one is 18 3/4″ square).
I only did minimal quilting on this one – seeing as how it probably won’t get tons of us, I figured it could handle it. I used Fusi-boo for the first time (they no longer make the bamboo batting I love, but I bought a small package of the Fusi-boo to see if it would be a suitable replacement), and it worked well. I’m not sure how it would work on a bigger quilt – can I use my iron on my hardwood floors? This wasn’t the greatest test of the stuff, since I didn’t wash the quilt when I finished, so it wasn’t a good simulation of a finished quilt. But, the fusing part worked well, and was so much easier than pinning! I still have plenty left (I bought a crib sized piece, so I still have about 3/4ths of it left), so I can get a little more practice in before using it for ‘s quilt.
I cut the binding a bit narrower than I usually do – 2 1/4″ instead of 2 1/2″. I probably could have gone narrower, but this gave me plenty of fabric to work with, and I just pulled the excess width around to the backside. I used the hearts for the binding and the birdies for the backing, since those two prints go together (part of the same line). I wanted to use the birdies in the quilt, but they were just a bit too big to work for the log cabins.
I made a label up that matches the center blocks – I used the bird bath square. It’s cute, but I didn’t get any photos of it. Ironed it on just before dinner on Friday, and dropped it in the mail Saturday morning after buying bread and green beans at the farmer’s market.
And now, it’s on its way to… somewhere in the US! It shipped out Saturday and should arrive today or tomorrow. And the one someone made for me should arrive sometime in the next week or so. Such a fun round!
If you remember, originally I wanted to make this skirt out of a different fabric, but didn’t have enough of it. I had posted on PatternReview.com that I was considering laying out the pieces perpendicular to the selvedge (instead of parallel). Someone commented that she had, in fact, done that, and it turned out fine. This only fueled the fire! (Because you can make this skirt for under a yard then (though it will be shorter than knee length).
I wore this one last Thursday….
I totally fail at using hook and eye closures, so when I installed the invisible zipper before adding the waistband, I had to figure something out. There was enough waistband fabric to do a button closure, but, well, I haven’t mastered buttonholes on my machine yet, so I needed a different option. Luckily, I found this super cool closure at Hancock Fabrics. This skirt has a back zipper, and when I wear my belt you can’t see the closure, but I know it’s there, and it is very functional.
And today I’m wearing the skirt I originally wanted to make. The longer I wear it… those shorter it gets. Minor problem. (My fabric must have been shorter than 44″ wide after washing….)
One of the things I like about this pattern? It fits really well, without my having to do any alterations. Seriously – nothing.
Not much fun in the details on this one.
Trying out my new full slip today. Can’t think of the last time I might have worn one of those, but it was highly practical today, even if I wasn’t wearing a dress. It’s white, so it worked with what I was wearing, it was the right length, and it was better than wearing a half slip and a tank top /cami underneath my blouse.
Both of these will have to go away when I get out my fall wardrobe, like most of the skirts I’ve made lately. That’s OK – I’m starting to work on some more fall-appropriate clothing (or at least planning some projects). For now, I’m going to keep living up summer clothing while I can.
Remember when I said I planned 3 of these? I made some significant modifications for the third one, and it’s almost done. I just need to hem it (all the hand sewing is done). Maybe Wednesday.
Speaking of which… any recommendations for brands of nylons? Or stores where they’re not a billion dollars a pair? All these skirts and dresses are fun, but my stash of nylons is seriously depleting, and it’s so depressing to buy more when I know they’ll just get rips in them like all the others….
First things first – have you voted yet?
Last night, I started cutting out one of my next projects (I’m in a planning/cutting stage right now, prepping a bunch of stuff for when things invariably get busier in the coming weeks when school starts).
For Simplicity 2925, I needed 2 1/4 yards of 60″ wide fabric. Fabric.com only sells in 1/2 yard increments, so I had 2 1/2 yards of this Metro Suiting in Taupe that I got for $1.74/yard (+ 15% off – total cost, $3.70). When I laid it out, I noticed that there was an awful lot of fabric left over. I got the brilliant idea to lay the pieces at the selvedge edge, not the folded edge, which gave me all the space I needed to get a bonus skirt out of the yardage.
I was planning to make Simplicity 2475 out of a different fabric, but before I do that, why not make up a wearable muslin, just to be sure, out of this essentially free fabric?
(There’s reason for concern – Simplicity 2475 is an Amazing Fit pattern, which I’ve had good luck with before, but I get a bit confused when they want me to cut out the “curvy” version. In this case, I think “curvy” means that I have both hips and a waist, but still, since I can still remember being called a surfboard for being so… uncurvy, it’s hard to trust that I’ve measured correctly.)
I’ve been making a conscious effort to plan out outfits instead of just items of clothing. The fabric above was part of this effort. What’s nice about planning outfits is that it gives me some freedom to make something a little outside of my usual, because I’ve got several other articles planned that coordinate with it (for instance, a mustard-colored pencil skirt, which is so far from something I would have ever thought of wearing, but matches perfectly with this cute charmeuse print, and spawned a whole combination of fabrics and pattern combinations that I’m quite enthralled with). It also has helped me pick out some solids, because while they’re sometimes boring and often don’t catch my eye, they are a very important part of one’s wardrobe. I’ve had to intentionally search them out – they’re definitely less inspiring, but I think I will benefit from this in the end. Oh, the fun I’ve had drafting it all….
But back to my earlier genius. A pair of pants and a skirt for under $4? You can’t even do that at Goodwill! (OK, Prince Charming clarified that it is $4 + a lot of effort, but in all honesty, pants are pretty easy, and I’ve got to spend my time doing something, so I’m considering my labor free.)
The feedback on my dresses (and other sewing projects) has been great, but I have to admit I’m having a hard time figuring out which one is everyone’s favorite! So, we’re going to have an official voting to put the issue to bed. (I need to give credit where credit is due – suggested this.)
Here are links to the original posts, in case you need to refresh your memory (you can also click on the little camera icon next to each item in the poll below)….
- Unemployment Top
- Unemployment Pants
- Unemployment Skirt
- Unemployment Dress #1
- Unemployment Dress #2
- Unemployment Dress #3
- Unemployment Dress #4
- Unemployment Dress #5
If I can figure out how, I’ll close the poll on Friday. If I can’t, well, I’ll still declare a winner next Monday. Thanks for your input!
I originally shared these plans back in February of 2010.
Here’s what I said at the time:
I’m a bit fuzzy on the fabric, but I’m pretty sure it’s a lightweight (but not too lightweight) muted-sage green. I’d make up View B, the jumper. Too boring? (It gets more boring in a pic or two.)
Well, those plans never did come to fruition. I was always afraid that the solid green would be too plain, and with the styling of the dress being what it was, that I would look like I was wearing a giant green sack. So, while planning out all those other summer dresses, I came up with a different direction to go in.
This was the last dress I completed (I think) while unemployed. Most of my hesitation came from the fact that the pattern I had was a 14/16, so the bodice was going to be too large, and at this point I was feeling way too lazy to do a muslin and get the fit exactly right. It turned out OK in the end.
It’s not that I’m not happy with it, it’s just that it has some issues, and the more I wear it, the more I am aware of them.
One of the problems that was self-inflicted is that I held the bodice up too high when was helping me pin-fit this, so the straps are too short, the bodice is too high, which means the waist is too high…. I think I can fix this problem, assuming I have enough of the solid green leftover (I don’t have any of the blue paisley leftover).
I made up a sash, thinking that would help the higher waistline, but it doesn’t, not really. I need to go purchase a real belt. I’m thinking that the $20 of Kohls cash, along with the $10 Kohls gift card we got in the mail, might help me do that tonight.
For a long time, I thought the bodice wasn’t symmetrical, that I had somehow done something very wrong to mess things up. However, after wearing it for several hours, I think it’s just that the whole thing is too high, and that if I fixed the shoulder straps, everything else would be better.
Quick story about this dress: this morning I stopped in the skyway to get a pastry before work (because when you’re wearing a dress that is slightly uncomfortable and might possibly look silly, you need the boost of confidence a cream cheese danish can provide… or is that just me?). The girl behind the counter told me that she liked my dress, and asked me where I bought it. When I told her that I made it, she said she was very jealous. I have received a few compliments at work, too, though not as many as some other dresses – I know this one isn’t the best of the bunch.
I’m not opposed to making this up again, even though we had to pin out several inches of the bodice. I had to cut off several inches of the skirt when laying the pattern out, because I didn’t have enough fabric. The skirt is so full that this dress takes over 4 yards of fabric when you do the correct length! I got away with a bit less than that, but it is a tiny bit short in the back when I sit down.
Thus ends my series of “Unemployment Dresses.” I think that’s the end of my “Unemployment Clothing” posts, too. I have one “dress that wasn’t,” but I’m not sure it’s worth writing about.
Perhaps tomorrow, as requested by Mom, I’ll put all five dresses up for a vote for your favorite. Or at least by the end of the week.
We’re nearing the end of the unemployment dresses… just one left after this!
And the end product…
I almost wore this dress yesterday, but chickened out. Tonight, however, since we’re going out to the theater, I figured I should dress up, and that gave me the push I needed. It also helped that it’s very hot out, because I don’t have a sweater to layer over this – at least, not one that looks good. I’ve received several compliments on it today, however, and all from strangers, so it must look OK. The fabric is a lovely cotton lawn – it’s a bit thin, so I had to underline the whole thing, which was new for me, but was really easy to do. The fabric is really what makes this dress.
The only thing I wish this dress had was pockets, because I think the style could totally handle it. There is a side-seam zipper, but if it were a bit shorter, pockets could totally be placed beneath it.
Total cost: ~$15.
In my continuing quest to increase the numbers of shorts I own, I bought Butterick 5044 during the last sale.
Apparently, I bought two yards of this fabric from JoAnn in September of 2008. I was planning on making a shirt, but that never materialized, and I’d kind of given up on that idea. The fabric had been languishing in my stash for quite some time.
Now, I realize that making up a pair of capris doesn’t exactly give me another pair of pants, but since I was rather “eh” on the fabric, I figured I could consider it a muslin if need be. The shorts would be exactly the same (all the lengths were on that main pattern piece), just… shorter.
(I was in quite the rush this morning, so these pics are not very good. Sorry.)
Seriously, I wasn’t trying to look displeased in this next picture. The self-timer must have gone off before I could smile.
I was concerned about the elastic waist, but I think it looks OK. You can’t tell unless I tuck my shirt in, which looks ridiculous, so I won’t be doing that.
I don’t think you can see them very well in the above picture, but the pattern on the pockets matched up perfectly with the pant legs, and I didn’t do that on purpose. I mean, I didn’t purposefully cut out the pocket to match it up. I totally put the pocket exactly where I was directed to, and the stripes all matched up. It was kind of surreal. I tried taking a picture this morning, but I was already wearing the pants, which made it awkward, and the pictures turned out blurry.
I’m quite pleased with the end result. They are the perfect length for capris, and the pockets are a good size. I think if I move the waist down, and give more room for the elastic (the pockets were sewn on just a bit too high for the casing to be the proper width for 3/4″ elastic, which was annoying), this would make a great shorts pattern. Super easy, as long as you think it through before sewing (I accidentally sewed the two legs together at first, because you have to sew the back to the front on regular pants… once I did it the right way, stitching up each inner leg seam before putting one inside the other and doing the crotch seam, it worked out fine).
The pattern says fast & easy – they were definitely that, though mine took longer than they should have since the casing wasn’t really wide enough. The only thing this pattern is missing is a side vent, which wouldn’t be possible since there’s no outside leg seam. The legs are wide enough that you don’t need a vent, but I like that style element. Can’t have everything.
I think if I found the time, I could make up about half a dozen pairs of shorts in an afternoon, which would be awesome. The three pair that I have are going to get worn out, especially the one pair that actually fits (unlike the other two, which are a tiny bit tight, which is not what I want out of my shorts – I want comfortable, and elastic waistbands definitely fit that bill). I’d have to play around with that pocket a bit – it might be too big to put on shorts. There is another pocket style, which would be acceptable. I’m sure I have a butt pocket in one of my other patterns somewhere that I can borrow to add to this. That would make me very happy.
This is my favorite dress of them all! It makes me so very happy.
The end result:
How about some details?
did an excellent job pin-fitting the bodice on me. It fits like a dream! OK, the bust part is still a bit baggy, but there’s only so much that can be done. I find that the straps are just the teensiest bit wider than I’d like, but we did tighten them up so that there’s little chance of them actually slipping off. I must have a short collarbone or something – we needed to take the straps in significantly on all of the dresses.
Oh, I also took this up about 6″ from what it was supposed to be. I like it shorter, though I could have pulled it off in the longer length.
I’m so bummed that I’ve now used up all of this print, in both colorways (remember the skirt?). It’s so pretty and fun. I’m sure I have a few scraps, enough to use in a scrappy quilt or maybe for a waistband facing, but I’ve used up the majority of it. Oh well. That’s the point, right, to use the pretty stuff? Mission accomplished.
I have needed another pair of linen pants for quite a while. I only have one pair – brown ones from Old Navy. I wear them all the time in the summer, because they’re so comfy.
And the pants themselves….
I dragged out my blind hem foot for these babies. It took and I no less than 45 minutes to figure it out, and I’d already had a tutorial from the sewing machine store (and a sample that she let me take home to help me remember what to do), and the instructions were in my sewing machine manual too.
It was well worth the effort, though, because the hem looks great! I ended up taking them up 4 1/4″, so the hem is actually quite deep (2 3/4″), which adds some nice heft to them.
Overall, I’m quite happy. They turned out just a bit too big, but that’s OK. They sit low on the waist, which is comfortable. They’re quite baggy, which isn’t particularly flattering, and I think the pockets emphasize my hips rather than minimize, but they’re still great pants.
It’s a good thing I took these pictures this morning before work – the pants are already hopelessly wrinkled. The joy of linen.