I'm not sure I have anything borrowed.
But there is also something blue.
Got two patterns in the mail - my Chelsea dress and a vintage pattern.
Also, the sleeves are too poufy to wear a sweater over... so that is another strike against it as a pattern that I could wear to work. Even if I made another iteration with a longer hem that I could wear sans tights in the summer... I always wear sweaters at work because they air-condition with a vengence in my workplace.
I was planning to cut out another version from that first pattern I adapted but this time try it without a collar, with a straight 3/4 sleeve & a little less fullness in the yoke. But now that I have the Chic & Simple book and my new patterns, I have the choice to make a mock-up of something else... so I am a little torn over whether to perfect the Franken-pattern or go with something new.
Here are the fabrics I had planned on using for the second muslin, but I'm thinking I may make the Chelsea with them instead, with the flowers as the main skirt/sleeve and the inky dark blue as the yoke/collar. I vastly prefer that way of dividing up the two fabrics to the way it was shown on the pattern. Here is an example from Christine Haynes' blog of a version made by one of her students with this division of fabrics.
The ink blue is 55% linen 45% cotton and the floral is a lightweight 100% cotton with a lovely drapey flowy quality that will be a lot softer and less crispy that the yellow quilter's cotton. I have a few pictures of me in the dress... but not the best. This, I realized, is one reason why I enjoyed sewing for dolls. It's much easier to photograph your creations that way. When you are sewing for yourself, you are at the mercy of others to photograph you! All the sewing bloggers out there that I have been enjoying so much lately must have some talented friends and lovers... because they have marvelous photographs. Incidentally, it also seems that most everyone of them has great hair too. I am lacking in both regards. My hair is rather fine and lifeless and my husband is quite inexperienced with photography. Not sure what I can do about the hair... but my sweetie makes up for what he lacks in natural photographic talent with a very good nature and willingness to learn. He has promised to try to get better at photographs, if I continue to sew garments for myself. Here are his first tries... with just a hint of pixlr-o-matic magic...
And... here is a weird selfie that I took to try to get the detail of the sleeves and yoke on my body. As you can see, there is a lot of volume in the sleeve that would get bunchy under a cardigan. There is something weird about the volume in this pattern... it's a little too big in the middle part, but I love the swing in the lower part of the skirt. I think I will give it a rest and have a go at Chelsea.
Ice Cream Social skirt from icandy-handmade. The circle skirt calculating widget that she references is totally fantastic! I was really impressed with it and it will take a lot of guesswork out of making a nice basic black circle skirt. I am thinking of trying a 3/4 circle so that it's not too full around my pear-shape, but still accomodating.
This realization of a piece of fabric I had totally forgotton that I own, got me thinking about de-stashing. I parted with a huge stash of fabric when I moved to Asia 7 years ago. Since my return, I have recollected a lot of fabric but it is mostly silks, satins, and brocades for ecclesiastical garments, felt for appliques, or small bits of kawaii fabric for dolly clothing... however, my mom let me keep a one trunk of sewing stuff in her garage when I was abroad and I found a few things that I've saved for years that could be made into clothes to practice getting fit and style that I like before I invest in new fabrics.
Miette skirt from Tilly and the Buttons.
I got this Ginger Lamb wrap skirt last summer when I was in Portland, nwt at Buffalo Exchange on Hawthorne. I love it and the Miette looks like it's in a similar vein... and would be cute in lots of fabrics, with or without pockets. The Pinterest board of variations on this skirt is quite inspiring!
I think maybe I will try it with the Prussian blue linen that's halfway down the stack. For the very gauze grey voile, which is about 15 years old, I am thinking of the babydoll top from Chic and Simple, but with gathered sleeves instead of elastic. And the black is the jersey. That leaves the linen/cotton brown fabric. I bought it on the same day as the blue linen... about 10 years ago. Still waiting to make it into something. I think I will make the Retro Shift Dress from Chic and Simple. This fabric is pretty neat. It's a tan and indian red weave cotton & linen blend.
Without further ado, I will say adieu and get to some actual cutting and sewing! Bon soir. <3