Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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.





Hmm...I pretty sure I put this on the dress form backwards...
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.

another pocket on the back

Inside pocket for library card
I'm pretty pleased with this project :)

Aloha!

Monday, July 18, 2016

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! 
Hey look how that big motif ended up in a perfect spot top center front.  Total accident, there!
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 magic.  Just birdsong and my machines.  The hard part was giving myself permission!

Second up:  yet another Silhouette Classic Blouse #600 this time in another piece of my precious linen from Hong Kong.  This time I didn't take the front vertical darts and I added 2" in length and added side slits.  Long and loose for upcoming trip to watch the Honolulu Munchkins while their parents escape to another island for their anniversary.  Hardship, I know ;-)


 Look at these buttons!  Aren't they the cutest?!  I got them several years ago in a hole-in-the-wall store in UB and have been saving them for just such a shirt.  Done.  Aside:  why are buttons so expensive here??  In Mongolia I paid pennys for them.  They all come from China, right?  Granted they were in bins and not packaged and hanging on hooks...hmm.
 Oh and I got just a little artsy here with white-on-white machine embroidery and...
 A little tag on the back that I'm hoping will fray around the edges when washed.

I also completed another top for HI, but needs a tiny tweak and this post is plenty long.  So, I spare the reader--thanks for reading :-)

Monday, July 11, 2016

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 it feels a bit like a lab coat.  Maybe it will grow on me.

This time I stitched and then serged the bands on.  Much faster.




So, end of story:  I love Kimono #1 and I do like the pattern and might make a travel robe from it in the future.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Silouette #600 Classic Blouse

Shirt love.

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 need to cover those arms ;-) Here they are in reverse order, sort of.  Shirts not arms.
This was Make #4 in a cotton sari length I got in Singapore ages ago and this was the perfect make for it!  Love it.  


Make #3 in a black lightweight cotton from stash.  I narrowed the shoulder in a bit and like it even better.


Make #2 in a cotton print from Joannes.  Getting lots of wear.




Below is Make #1--a wearable muslin!  The stretch cotton was from UB and the fabric was just too crinkly/bubbly for a good collar so used a print that goes perfectly with a bright blue pair of ankle pants I have


Since doing all these button downs and I have a bit of wrist issues, I invested in a button foot for my new Pfaff.  I mark, put a bit of fabric glue on the button to hold it in place until the foot takes over.  Worth every penny (plus coupon).