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?
Last spring I chucked my 20-year-old bathrobe, giving me no choice but to replace it come winter. Granted, I never took it to Mongolia, so it only got worn when I was home in the US. But still. For summer I made several light weight robes, but I knew I liked the style of my old RTW one. When I saw reviews for Vogue 9232--on PR (all 3 of them), I knew I'd found my pattern. Interestingly enough, the pattern is actually for a caftan-type dress; but all 3 reviews were done up as a robe. Sham's review in particular had great tips. On a trip to Colorado Fabrics in early summer I spotted a beeeuuutiful pink sweatshirt type fabric. The outside is more like a thick knit and inside is dreamy soft. And it's baby pink! Which is hard to tell in the pics as we in Colorado have had lots of rain and no sunshine. And OK, I'm no photographer. But seriously, this is like stepping into a pink cloud. I made a small through the neck, shoulders and sleeves and a med on the s…
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.
I have been sewing. Lots! Anne on The Great British Sewing Bee claims to have sewed every day for 70 years or so--and I have attempted to do just that! Ann was rather validating.
More sewing, but less blogging. So, some catch up is in order. A few mornings ago I grabbed my camera, wrapped my little bend-y tripod around the umbrella stand and got caught up :)
Simplicity 1806 in a cotton lawn from Fabric Mart.
I made this in a 10 on top and a 12 on the sides, with a FBA in the princess seams. Worn here with a black denim Magic Pencil Skirt. The skirt was a little on the big side, so I put it into the dryer for a few washes. Now perfect.
So, I tacked it down in the center front and pressed it into submission. Sort of. I'm thinking of taking it off completely and binding it instead. Still, it's a nice cool top for hot days.
My moo moo! Or is it mu mu? Hmm. Anyway, McCalls 6080 fit the bill perfectly sewn up in a nice soft rayon challis from Denver Fabrics. It…