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McCalls 7387 and a Quilt Guild Visit

I sewed a lot of white this summer.  After wearing sooo much black for years, I can't get enough white.  This shirt got tons ofwear this summer.   The following goofy expressions of me trying very hard to play photographer are for free.


McCalls 7387 in a light and airy cotton shirting.  So light and airy
I have to wear a bit underneath which is not always the most light and airy thing to do.  I made up a medium, which was roomy to a degree I'm fine with.  However, next time I might make a small through neck and shoulders as collar seems a bit big.  Also, the sleeve band was too wide I thought.  I ended up folding it back.  Again, fine.  I liked the back detail, too; though a fabric with more body would probably stick out.











I wore it today to my friend DeLois' quilt guild meeting.  They are also holding an exhibit in the same building:  the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library in Denver.  Too fun.


Till next time XXOO
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Silhouette #600 Classic Blouse #5

In late spring I made yet another version of the Silhouette #600, The Classic Blouse, to take on a trip Randy & I made to San Antonio & Corpus Christi --SO sad at the epic flooding they're enduring :-(.  
I have to say I really like the overall fit of this blouse pattern and I just make a tweak here and there each time I sew it--I think this is #5for me.  Next time I think I'll narrow the collar a bit. I seem to be collecting patterns that come with cup sizing.  Just one less thing to hassle with, right?  I wanted a tunic-length shirt that was cool to wear in heat & humidity and I had been holding onto this fun cotton shirting from Colorado Fabrics for a while.

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I really like this shirt and have worn it lots and lots this summer.


We had a grand time and the food was sooo good!




 Boudro's Bistro on the River Walk...ohhhh man...




Butterick 5924 and a Road Trip

A few weeks before my hand surgery a made a repeat of Butterick 5924 from a pink and white all-cotton shirting from Fabric Mart.  I wanted a longer version to wear with stretch ankle pants, etc.  I made a sleeveless version of this shirt a few years ago from a lovely periwinkle linen.  I love that shirt.  This one is OK and I'm sure I'll wear it a lot, but despite a pattern that includes cup sizes, I'm not super thrilled with the fit.  --and the cotton was a bit challenging to work with; so surprising for 100% cotton.  It's just not a soft cotton and I should have known, but I forged ahead.





I had my hand and elbow surgery last Friday and so far so good!!  I mean, no more numbness and pain which is huge.   However, I am still on restricted activity.  My dear Randy has been my hero as usual.

We took a road trip two days after the surgery to Utah where our daughter and family live.  After all, I couldn't sew so might as well get out of the house, right?  Once there, Ran…

Ultra-Soft Robe

Alrighty! It's been about a year since I posted--one very consuming year in which I did lots of therapy sewing while totally enjoying reading other sewing

bloggers. ...but now I'm ready to jump back in.
...and! I'm planning on opening a small-scale sewing school--too excited for words about that. So, the blog design will probably get a redesign and I'm working on a logo, etc. I also realize I'm not a great photographer. I decided that none of that is going to hold me back; I'm just going to jump in.

However.

I had carpel tunnel and ulnar nerve surgery on my right hand/elbow. Today. Sigh. Sidelined for a bit. At least the productivity--but not the planning. Here I am pecking away at the blog, surprising even myself. Amazing at what I can do with left hand only.

I suggested having this done in Bangkok and convalescing at the Movenpick on Puckett Island. Randy wasn't keen on that. Sigh.

My latest make is M7516, a badly needed new robe. The two sham…

Honolulu Kimono Tops

...and a birthday library tote.  

Tomorrow, God willing and United flies...I'll be in Honolulu with 3 of my Munchkins!  Cannot wait.

I wanted a few new things so I drove over to Colorado Fabrics and picked up some rayon knits--all the flat folds were 50% off.  This happens twice a year and is a major score.  Worth the drive.

So, I made up all 3 in Maria of Denmark's Kimono T.  This is my all-time favorite go-to T.   Perfect with my Magic Pencil skirts in stretch denim and twill.





Then, Kelby's mom said he could really use a new library tote--they  pretty much go every week :-)

I used outdoor fabric--50% off at Joannes and scored a piece of bright orange (his favorite color) on the 50%-off remnant pile.


I'm pretty pleased with this project :)
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Morning Sewing Sessions

Busy but good week--AND got quite a bit of sewing done!  I had a cutting-out marathon last Sunday so was fun to sit down and just sew the rest of the week.  

First out was this whacky number that I plan to sleep in with a pair of Jailie pj shorts I made to go with a sister top from the same pattern that I made last year in an equally crazy print that I feel ridiculous wearing out.  But it's been great to sleep in on hot nights! 
This was made from a cotton voile from Butterick 6215.  Last make for it I think.  The pockets are cute but take longer than the whole rest of the shirt.  I slit the sleeves just because.



Also,  I started sewing in the mornings instead of waiting until afternoons after everything else is done.  There is just something about afternoons--they tend to unravel.  And change with every phone call.  And I get tired and hot.  Then there is my new little sewing buddy, Sarah, who I never know exactly when in the afternoon she will show up.

Anyway, mornings have been magi…

A Tale of Two Kimono

What to do with 2ish yards of silk?  Make a kimono!  ...and I was so attracted to Simplicity 1381 out of all the kimono patterns available.  View C, the one being modeled, in particular.  The silk was purchased during a trip to Hong Kong --at the Western Market (insert long sigh of fond longing) and was gorgeous to work with.  I did have to purchase more silk here for the bands as I was short.  
I flat felled the seams and turned and hand stitched the collar and wrist bands, which I regretted.  Big pain.  


I really like this make and it feels so luxurious to wear.  The drape is really nice and I like the length, too--for either pants or skirts/dresses.

I liked it so much I made another out of cotton gauze from Joannes, using leftover embroidered cotton batiste, also from Joannes.   umm...not sure I like it.  I have yet to wear it out even though I've put it on several times to do so.  I thought it would be a great light-weight shrug-ish thing to wear in aid conditioning, etc.  I guess …