Saturday, June 18, 2011

Pattern Porn

Hello bloggy friends! I'm back from stimulating the economy. :) What can I say, I can't resist a pattern sale, especially when I've been lusting after a particular pattern. I was able to get everything I wanted with the exception of two patterns. It was really annoying because I'm pretty sure they where sitting in the boxes stacked next to the pattern cabinets, just waiting to be unpacked. It was busy and grumpy husband was waiting in the car, so I didn't pursue it. Though I gotta say, if you're going to run a giant week long pattern sale, stock your merchandise. And leaving the boxes right there (so close but so far away) in sight of your customer is just mean.

Anyways, rant over. Back to the goodies. I initially went to pick up the Lisette Passport pattern, but hey, when they're only 1.99 I can totally find others to buy. :)

I picked up two of the other patterns, the Market and Traveler. I have a leopard cotton fabric that I think will work nicely with the Passport and Traveler dresses. I also thought it would make a nice Colette Patterns Crepe dress too. Decisions decisions. I meant to check out the Lisette fabric too, but grumpy husband and all time I guess.

I was surprised how little fabric these patterns require. On a taller person I might be worried they'd be too short, but I guess there are benefits to being a 4'11 midget.

2250 only takes 2 yards of fabric for the shorter dress. I think I have 2 yards of blue striped seersucker that will work nicely. I'd originally purchased it to make some nautical inspired pants, but I've found I'm much happier in dresses.

Skirt C in 2215 only takes 1 1/2 yards for what seems like a fairly full skirt. I have a tendency to buy a yard of this or that so a nice full skirt that takes less yardage would be awesome for stash busting.

Sunni over at A Fashionable Stitch recently blogged about an adorable summer dress from Burda. I think if I did the bodice outer band of 2176 in a contrasting color, it would be really similar. I'm thinking either a red or navy with a white contrast. I think I have enough poplin in each color to work. Can you tell I'm still stuck on the nautical theme? :)

2359 had a bow. I'm pretty much a sucker for bows. I like the version they did with the green and white.

I'm off to file these away until I finish my Sorbetto top. Yeah, that didn't done in time for vacation. I'm almost done, just need to finish the inside seams, attach the bias binding (for the second time) and hem. It would go much quicker if I wasn't so damn OCD about the insides of my garments. I probably can get it finished by today, but I got sunburned and am in the gross peeling stage right now, so no pictures. lol

I hope everyone has a great rest of their weekend. Happy Father's Day to all the daddies out there. Though, mine is the best, just sayin' :) Aloha all!


Hello Bloggy friends,

Just wanted to drop a note for my American readers that Joann's has their Simplicity patterns on sale for 1.99. I think this one goes through the 25th. I'm off to shop. I've been dying for the Lisette Passport dress pattern. Hopefully they'll have my size in stock. I've had terrible luck with that lately. I'll be back to share the goods later. Have a great weekend! Aloha all!

I leave you with this picture. It pretty much sums up my reaction. Just swap 'patterns' for shoes. : )

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hey Look! A Pretty Plant!

How fare thee my bloggy friends? I've been a busy bee lately. This is my last week of work. :( Last week was the end of school for the kids, and I was showered with hugs, kisses, and Starbucks gift cards. I was attempting to get my Sorbetto tank top done for the last day of school, but it just wasn't happening. But I'll be going on vacation this weekend and plan on having it done to wear on the boardwalk, while I eat funnel cake. :) I'm excited.

I will leave you with a picture of a gift from one of my students. A beautiful lily plant, from my beautiful student Lily. Say it with me, "Awwwwww!" Now please excuse me while I go cry like a baby. Aloha, all!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Finished Objects in Action: Polka Dot Skirt

Hello Bloggy friends! I'm popping in with a quick post about today's outfit. I don't normally do these, but I was completely enamored with my outfit today. I played some of the music for our kindergarten graduation this morning, so I had to dress extra spiffy. I blogged about the skirt previously here, and had worn most of the combinations listed. I somehow never realized I had a RTW top that the exact same dots in reversed colors. It's amazing what you find when you spend an entire weekend cleaning out and organizing your closet. :) I wasn't sure if they would work together, or be too clownish, but I ended up loving the outfit. I threw on a skinny patent leather belt for some waist definition, some matching patent flats, added a flower to the hair, and BAM! Cute outfit. So, what do you think? Polka dot overload? Or Carnival Cute?

I hope you guys had an awesome day. Aloha all!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Zebra Print Bias Tape? My Life is Complete.

Hello Bloggy friends! I hope all my American readers had an awesome Memorial Day weekend. I spent mine in heated battle with the dreaded laundry monster, and I'm pleased to tell you I came out victorious! Unfortunately battling that, as well as other minor household minions, took up pretty much the whole weekend. But I was finally able to sit down and get some sewing related stuff done. The result is so freaking cool it totally numbs the pain of domestic warfare. No joke, I almost lit the last load of laundry on fire instead of folding it and putting it away. I was thissss close!

Anyways, without further adieu...

How awesome is this!?

I'm going to need about a MILLION miles of black double fold bias tape for the eleven bags I'm making for my fellow teachers as a going away present. There was no way I was buying that much bias tape when I have a perfectly nice black twin flat sheet that I can turn into a MILLION miles of bias tape. So, I was testing out the tutorial* from the Collete Patterns blog with some fun fabric. I didn't actually get to the sewing part of that tutorial yet. It's currently after midnight and I don't want my downstairs neighbors to hate me. The above is actually a scrap from cutting out my perfect square (which is much harder than you would think, or I just really suck at drawing/cutting straight lines). It's pretty much just fabric origami with a few seams thrown in there. Plus you don't have to piece a MILLION tiny strips together. :)

I'm using the one inch Clover bias tape maker. Using two inch strips of fabric and folding it double, yields me the perfect 1/2 inch double folded bias tape I need. Peeps, I don't think I'll ever purchase bias tape again. I have a ton of crazy fabric in my stash just asking to be made into bias tape. Hot pink cheetah? Yep! Turquoise Zebra? Hells Yes! Like five different colors of polka dot? Damn straight! I've always been partial to binding my inside seams for a cleaner look. I think the insides of my garments are about to get a whole lot cooler. :)

Also, that handy little chalk pen is freaking amazing! I cannot stand the texture of chalk. It sends a literal shiver up my spine. So being able to accurately mark fabric without actually having to touch the chalk is great. I bought the pen along with it's case of refills (8 white and 8 various colors) at Jo-Anns for around 14 bucks. It comes with a sharpener to keep the points crisp. I'm not sure how that'll go, as I imagine it might sound like nails on a chalk board. Shudder! Ick!

Okey dokey, I'm off to sleep. I've got 11 bags to cut out tomorrow. Fun.... Wishing you all extra fun bias tape! Aloha all! :)

*Here is the link to the bias tape tutorial: Bias Tape Tutorial
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