To continue my Sewaholic spree, I made another Cambie. My last Cambie was gorgeous, but I made it with rayon thread, which breaks when you look at it. I found this lightweight cotton at a discount store and I fell in love with the bright roses on the navy background. I lined it with some sheer striped fabric that I already had on hand, and I must say I like stripes with roses. Who knew? I bought all the fabric that was left on the bolt, so the dress is too short to wear to work but will be perfect for my cousin’s September cowboy wedding. The Sewaholic patterns spoil me because I hardly ever have to adjust them to fit. The Cambie required no alterations for a good fit. I will get a photo of it on soon, I think it is the most ME thing that I have made to date. Happy sewing.
I have finished the sleeves on my Dark Pearl cardigan by Carol Feller. The last clue is the lace front panel. I have been knitting this almost exclusively for the past 6 weeks. Once this cardigan is done I plan on finishing everything that is on my needles, which is quite a lot! I have enough current knitting projects to last me the rest of the year. Happy knitting.
All this week I have been working with another teacher to introduce fifth grade students to Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The students read a Shakespeare biography and a children’s version of Hamlet, then they wrote screenplays inspired by the play, filmed, and edited videos. Today their parents came to the screening of their ‘movies’. It was a great week, but left little time for blogging!
Last week I finished my Sewaholic Thurlow trousers and am quite happy with them. I noticed, however, in the photos today that the welt pocket lining leaves a line across my rear end, so for future pairs I will get thicker main fabric. I was also thinking about trying some patch pockets on the back next time, too. I added my new personalized sewing tags from MommieMadeIt, and felt like a real seamstress.
Today I finished a Sewaholic Pendrell blouse in a sand colored knit from Girl Charlee. I am also very happy with this top, as I have many things that I can wear it with. It was easy to sew, but has a little drama. I just realized that my next project is another Sewaholic Cambie, I am definitely on a Sewaholic roll. Happy sewing.
This Spring, I made a test pair of Thurlow Shorts, but needed to lengthen the crotch for a better fit. I used this tutorial from A Fashionable Stitch to make the changes to the pants pattern. I don’t know why I waited so long to do it, as it only took about 5 minutes. Once that adjustment was complete, I cut out my nice pants fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics. My next steps will be to fuse the interfacing and begin construction. I am leaving off the belt loops as I do not wear belts, but that and the crotch alteration are all the changes I will be making to this pair. Hopefully I will have some work pants to show you by next week. Happy sewing!
You guys know by now my love for Maria Denmark patterns! This is my third version of the Maria Denmark Day to Night Drape Top. The fabric was an on-sale impulse buy from Gorgeous Fabrics when I purchased fabric for the (as yet unsewn) Sewaholic Thurlow trousers. This fabric is called slinky and is a thick, man-made knit. I added short sleeves from an Alabama Chanin T-shirt pattern so I could wear it to work without a jacket or cardigan. Happy sewing!
Matronly or on trend? I cannot decide if I like this lace version of the Deer and Doe Pavot Jacket. Of course, I love the pattern, but in gray lace it seems a little mother of the bride to me. And I have not nailed down the fit of this jacket yet. In this version I raised the waistline by one inch (2.5 cm) and I used French seams on all of the seams except for the sleeves since it was a sheer fabric. I also omitted the facing pieces for the button band, instead encasing the raw front edges in grosgrain and petersham ribbon from ClassicDesignShoppe. The silver buttons I bought in April at a local historical reenactment. They are heavy, beautiful, and were a fantastic price. The sleeve seams sit about two inches (5 cm) below my actual shoulders, so that needs to be worked out in my next version of this jacket. When I get the fit perfect, I will do this up in a nice navy wool and keep it forever. Deer and Doe patterns are wardrobe staples and deserve to be perfected. Happy sewing!