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Always taking the scenic route--and sewing along the way
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Kelby Monster Turns 2!
Kelby really isn't a monster; sometime in his first 2 years, the name just stuck. Kelby is all boy, yet verrry affectionate. His days are busy (very busy) being both. His 2nd birthday party was yesterday and a big hit. Mommy & Daddy decided on 11 am to include lunch and all the festivities in before nap time ;) The party had a Caterpillar theme and I was so excited to find that Cat has a whole line of books, puzzles & toys available through Amazon (hey, something had to help them through the last few lean years!). A few close friends and family gathered to help celebrate--fun! Nikki's longtime friend, Melissa, did the cake; amazing, huh?
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…