Summer dreams

sewing
I made Stylish Dress Book Dress I with some beautiful Anna Marie Horner Loominious fabric. I made it before we went to NZ as a summer weight, shapeless dress for those super hot days when nothing that is form fitting is bearable to wear. It was lovely for the trip, and now that its 90 degrees out and very very humid at home, it is getting the job done now. I lined the front and back bodice with some of my leftover owl-print voile, and made a contrast neck band with that blue silk that keeps on sneaking its way into projects. I added inseam pockets, although they are too low to comfortably put my hands in them. Oh, well. It is nice how forgiving these Japanese dresses are to make, but it spoils me because each one I make turns into a workhorse of a dress, and I don’t even have to work that hard to make it fit nicely.

Thank you, Anna Salamon for snapping some pics during our picnic today.

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Stylish Dress Book, dress I from above.

 

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side shot of the dress. note the saucy pose.

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accidental stripe matching on point.

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I used the wrong side of the fabric for the waistband.

To New Beginnings.

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Finished the mitts. Almost finished with a pencil skirt. 8" in to a sweater. About to start a beaded shawl. I have enough to keep me busy this whoooole winter. maybe.

Fingerless! yet functional.
This is one high-waisted pencil skirt.

Delicate? yet bridal?

one more dress…

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one more dress before we leave for France. I got this fabric when I visited A Verb for Keeping Warm with a beautifully talented friend. It’s a voile, and I lined it with some of that Britex muslin that I used with that Wiksten tank dress. The pattern is from the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, and I really like how basic yet fitted it is. I want to make more of this pattern. I made a muslin for this dress bodice, and I had a lot of fitting tweaks. I wish i would have paid closer attention to the back of the neck, because the final dress has a lot of gaping there. Overall, though, I am really happy with how this turned out. Très Parisen!

Currently reading: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Currently listening: How The Louvre Works Stuff You Should Know Podcast (France in 9 days!)

underlining.

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so i learned about underlining. its sort of like lining, but it lays against the shell fabric and is seamed in with it, so the two pieces act as one. its supposed to add body to the shell fabric (depending on what you use for underlining).

i got some gorgeous blue linen and some cotton muslin at the remnants section of britex in san francisco. i was really struggling with what to make with the fabric, since i didnt have much. i settled on a wiksten dress, but made the small (last time i made the medium). i added pockets and cut the chest pocket on the bias. the side pockets were sort of wonky at first and hung very weirdly inside the dress and made it uncomfortable, so i decided to topstich them on the front of the dress. i really like how they turned out. i also added some back darts but im unsure of how i like them so far (ive only basted them in). as i was finishing the blind hem (which is so worth it no matter what… a machine straight-stitched hem really doesn’t cut it for me at this point), i wondered if the dress looked too “Puritan,” but i got a lot of compliments on it when i wore it yesterday, so im won’t heed that voice in my head.

i will say i don’t love the wiksten pattern, it is very shapeless and has weird gaping issues at the armpits, but i think this could be solved with front darts (although i was too nervous to improv them). but overall, im very happy with the dress result, and i cant wait to wear it when we go to FRANCE next month. please ignore the wrinkles– ITS LINEN, PEOPLE.

 Thank you, Leah for the pics

i really love this water bottle, btw

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I’ve been up to so much, but how could you know… I haven’t posted. Tuesday night I took a Zippers class where I learned to put in an on-seam zipper, lapped zipper, invisible zipper and a fly zipper. Wow, was I doing it wrong. As soon as class was over I thought back to all of my garments with zippers and felt mortified by how badly I had inserted them. Oh well.

Before zippers class (B.Z.), I made a lovely Georgia Dress from By Hand London. I tried very hard to make the weird straps version, but it just wasn’t going to happen, so I did the more normal-looking straps. I used some silk from the PA Fabric Outlet (it was $2/yard!!!). per usual, I’ll try to get some nicer pics of this dress, but here are some for the meantime.

not my favorite pic but here it is
look at those finishing skillz!
the pattern up-close
 I also recently got some silk from Loom that is to die for, but I don’t know what I’ll make with it yet… something very special I think.
are you thinking a mod dress? cause i am!

Im flying this week so hopefully I can get some knit time in. I am starting to get so excited for FRANCE in less than two months! I’m hoping to find some fabric / yarn stores to get some goodies.

Currently reading: The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

a sweater record!

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finished my sweater! its a record: start to finish in less than two months. i also made some socks for Jacob.

im on to the next sweater: The Stonecutter’s Cardigan, although I’m having second thoughts since spring is on the horizon and i will soon be itching to sew spring clothes (and I’ve got some major plans for sewing this year!)

currently listening: None but Shining Hours, The Books

The Scoop.

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Here’s what I’ve been up to, now that I have a moment to reflect (and all projects/gifts for the holidays have been distributed).

hat for my friend Hannah:

A shawl for Jacob’s mom:
Fingerless glovies for my sister:
Ear warmers (to pull over a bike helmet) for Jacob:
And a hat for Chrissy (the LUCKY recipient of a work White Elephant):

 Phew! Those are the gifts. now for the other stuff…

I wanted to make a fancy skirt for our annual Christmas party, so I went into my ever-growing fabric stash and used some (i think) silk from the Center for Creative Reuse. I used Gertie’s skirt tutorial, but made the waistband much wider, put the zipper in the center back of the skirt, lined it, added pockets, and added volume with a layer of tulle. Also, the blind hem is so lovely. Please excuse the awk selfies. The last pic is from my friend John (the one I’m kissing on the cheek!)

When I was at my parents this past weekend, I went to the PA Fabric Outlet. WOW. I will be going there again for sure. Leather hides, $2/yard table, buttons, zippers, tassles, ribbon… it just was a rando fabric heaven. I got a beautiful piece of buttery mauve leather, a bunch of zippers, some silk and some cotton knits. Here’s a pic:

and here’s some of what i bought:
So that’s about it! To put it simply, things have been really crafty around here!

folded!!

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I finished my folded sweater.

During the last moment of packing for a quick trip for a Florida wedding, I grabbed the project bag from the pile and threw it in my suitcase. I proceeded to work tirelessly since all I had left was ¼ of an arm, and then the yoke. I can’t imagine what people thought of me on the plane– I was furiously knitting and attaching dangly sleeves to body and then working in the “folds” with 3 DPNs along with the long bendy circulars. BUT TRIUMPH I HAVE. This sweater is DONE.

I tried it on right when i cast off, and was rather nonplussed by the fit. I blocked it and sneaked a try on before it was 100% dry and oh my. its perfect. Ill get some pictures this weekend.

Happy.