Sunday, August 28, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Isn't it pretty all served up on my vintage Heller plates? One of my Michigan thrift finds!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
What do I love about this pattern? I love the ease of style, the ease of wearing, the fact that I made it in about an hour and a half. It could be dressed up, dressed down, worn as a bathing suit cover-up, worn to walk the dog. Or worn to run errands and go to an auction. It's a cool style and adaptable to modifications.
So that brings me to the part I didn't love so much about this pattern.
Monday, August 8, 2011
To give it more shape, I added darts in the back and front, and sewed the new sleeves and side seams in place.
Friday, August 5, 2011
A flannel shirt, cut off at the underarm, and adjusted for length. This shirt happens to be flannel. Sof will wear this as a jumper for fall. Perhaps with a black tee and some leggings...we'll see what she decides.
A pattern for the bodice, and a coordinating cotton fabric from the stash (you could certainly use any toddler bodice pattern you have laying around. I happened to sort of make one up from a pajama pattern).
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Well, I found out that I cannot wear denim to work. Not jeans, not denim skirts, not a denim ball gown, not a denim jacket. And I can't imagine not going the week without wearing a denim jacket. After all, I have a serious collection started....from the white one on the left, to the darkest denim on the right, I counted ten. Ten denim jackets. They just work with everything.
Then I was thinking about knit dresses, and what might be fast and easy and cute and blue:
Monday, August 1, 2011
When we were in Michigan, my poor white cotton beach cover-up had it's final showing. The side seams were frayed, and it had suntan lotion stains, and well, it had seen better days. Thing is, I loved the style very much, so it was without hesitation that when I saw the Peachy Beachy Pool-side Cover-up FREE pattern (thanks to the good people at Hotpatterns and fabric.com), I had to make it! It's an almost identical match to my sadly discarded former cover-up.
So here she is, all made up with the cotton crinkle eyelet knit that I bought at Field's Fabrics.
It took about an hour to make. I cut an 18 so that I had plenty of room for boobage, and it ended up being too big, so I had to cut it down in all sorts of places...the shoulder seams, the underarm, the sleeve length. But, I'm happy with it now. Very happy. One of the other things I did was make a solid back instead of drawstring all around...so my new version matches my old cover-up. In other words, it only gathers in the front.
And the last modification? I changed the neckline a bit, so that it was just a straight slant on each side, and no button....again, just like my old girl.
I think I'll make another one! But first I have my sights set on Kwik Sew 3856, which I have been lusting over since seeing Patty's many varieties on her website. I have a pretty cotton silk voile, but not enough for the maxi, which I really, REALLY wanted. So, I'm thinking of just doing a shorter version, which will end up being pretty much like the Peachy Beachy, which leaves me to conclude that I really didn't need to by the Kwik Sew pattern after all...