Life is a journey.
Always taking the scenic route--and sewing along the way
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It's All about the Accessories
Believe me, I can appreciate a nice pair of shoes; and I really enjoy my heels. Really.
However, when traveling, here are the friends of my feet: Tevas! Yep, I'm a Teva gal. For the last 6+ years these 3 pair have taken my wherever my wanderlust as led--without a blister or sore ankle. My all-terrain Trudge Tevas on the left have climbed to tropical waterfalls and done the cobblestones of Prague & Istanbul--and cobblestones are notorius foot/leg killers. Then my Beach Tevas have walked miles & miles to and from beach and/or pool. Last, my Dress Tevas--not that I dress to kill when out and about; still, I try to avoid looking like a "soup sandwich" at dinner. These little black numbers go with skirts, capris, etc. plus do all the waterfront or city walking in total comfort. After a timeout, I rinse them all in vinegar water and they're good to go for the next trip.
I have to throw in a picture of my favorite timeout hat. My buddy. It's a Walleroo from Boulder, CO and it could tell some stories. It does require hand washing (those pesky sweat rings!), but it's worth it. It's light, totally pack-able and stays on my head no matter how windy without giving me a headache.
High time to give these faithful travel companions some press :)
...hmm...think Teva would pay me for commercial time?
In my long blogging absence I have actually been doing a lot of sewing and just general living. While still pursuing the Perfect Pant (and making progress!), I have veered off that road into Shirt Land. After watching countless YouTubes done by Peggy Sagers of Silhouette Patterns, I finally ordered up her #600, The Classic Blouse. After sewing 40+ years, I have to say I've picked up many new ways of sewing--and thinking about sewing & fashion from Peggy.
Anyhoo...the pattern is amazing!!!! Silhouette patterns come in cup sizes and while the C cup fits me perfectly right out of the envelope! I tweaked the armhole for sleeveless and the coverage I like there but other than that: perfection. Love the collar/facing methods. Love the length and gentle shirt tail hem.
I've been so excited I've made 4! Skirts (Magic Pencil of course), tops and sandals are my uniform for summer so all are sleeveless so far and I just throw on a gauzy shrug or sweater when …
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 …