Thursday, August 18, 2011

dress resurrection and * FABRIC GIVEAWAY *

**The Fabric GiveAway Has Ended** [August 21, 2011]
Greetings from Whirlwind Land!  Welcome to new readers, too - did you see my guest post  on Gertie's blog yesterday?  I enjoyed sharing how I play at sewing in my own little corner of the world.
I am so happy you are here!

Recent days involved a backpack, but more on that in a minute.  I want to show you the best sewing news - I got more fabric so I can cut another skirt (oops) and finish my version of the Lonsdale dress.  Because I used so much of the yellow border for the straps, there is a lot of the teal print left over.
I'd like one of you to have it.  Interested?
Colette Sencha Blouse?  Perfect for that type of blouse.
The fabric on the left shows the front side and it has not been washed yet.  On the right, you can see the wrong side of the fabric.  The front does have a little less sheen after washing.  I washed the fabric in gentle shampoo, but since then I bought some Eucalan, which is so well-regarded by all the great sewing bloggers (thank you Carolyn!).

Leave a comment if you'd like to be included in the drawing. What you would sew with it?  I am happy to ship internationally.  I will post the name of the winner on Sunday night,  August 21.

Back to the backpack.  I put on my own backpack to fetch my backpacking daughter from the airport in NYC.  On Monday, I witnessed a sunshower in Manhattan.  I got drenched, but it was worth every cold squishy step.
Pouring rain and sunshine - it was spectacular.
I was wet.
We stayed in a hostel and I travelled light, packing only knit dresses.   Reporting from the field, these dresses are fantastic for travel.  They are light, take up very little space, don't wrinkle and dry fast. I even got an unsolicitation in the train station!  Some blue-collar-type-dude surprised me, saying "great dress" as he walked by.  I almost spit out the mouthful of food I was chewing.

yay for knit dresses!


Backpacks: heavy
She seems a little obsessed now with hanging her clothes up.
It's funny to see someone so thrilled with a simple closet pole.
That's it for now.  Hmm, should I go to my stepson's performances this weekend, or stay home and sew?  That is a tough call!  I love him, but considering the kind of music I like (broadway show tunes, for example) I may express my love in other ways.

His dad /my husband likes loud poppy-punk, so he'll have plenty of appreciative family in the audience.
Loving life these days...
Hope you are enjoying the sunshine or enduring cold wet feet, as the case may be.  Next I will share what I bought in the garment district and making TNT dress patterns for my DD and DSD.  Would you say they have drunk the Kool-Aid?  They both want TNT dress patterns now, that are designed specifically to their needs.

Fun, I get to play fashion designer next.   One can't stay in the sewing factory forever.  Too many other sewing fantasies to work through.
Be well & Happy Sewing!

46 comments:

  1. That teal is lovely--I bet it would make a fun top.

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  2. Put me in the draw please, I really like that teal colour. I'd probably make a top with it (short sleeve or sleeveless as my new classroom is sweltering). I have a pattern for a cute woven top that I like. Hope I win!
    jkachkar(at)shaw(dot)ca.

    Thanks for doing this

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  3. I'm sorry for your mistake, but I would love to benefit from it! I would make a top out of it. I'm not sure of the pattern you. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. It would make a lovely skirt for my little girls!

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  5. Add me! I would probably do a dress where the would be the bodice and a skirt in a macthing or coordinating color.

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  6. pick me, pick me, pick me!!! Teal is in my Autumn colour palette! hmmm...what would I sew with it? Maybe a bombshell tiki dress?? :)

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  7. I would love some of that fabric, knowing that it had a connection with some of our own sewing. What a pretty daughter! I envy your tramp through New York. If money were no object, I'd go over there every year! Your blog post for Gertie was great.

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  8. I LOVE this material. Depending on how much there is..maybe a simple skirt for me...if not, a cute dress for my 2 year old granddaughter.

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  9. Love the fabric. I think it would make a great skirt--or dress if there is enough!

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  10. That fabric is gorgeous. Teal is one of my favorite colors! I would love to make it into a simple blouse, or depending on quantity, a shirtwaist dress.

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  11. Teal is my favorite color and I love that pattern. I'd do a tanktop. daiyami@ymail.com

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  12. I would love to win your fabric remnant, and make a pretty blouse, or a mix and matched dress. It truly is gorgeous and I have been eager to see your finished Lonsdale...especially now that you will be able to make it with the border!

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  13. I'd love to be entered into the drawing for the teal fabric. My husband loves any color in the blue family (he's colorblind, and I guess blues really jump out to him), so this would be lovely. Glad you rescued the yellow border on the dress. It was a great feature, and something I book marked for laying out future border print dresses.

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  14. Oh yes please! I agree the yellow border is the best part, and I am glad you were able to get more. Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  15. Please toss my name into the hat. Like Debi, teal is one of my fall wardrobe colours. I think a top or a skirt. Or a dress. Oh, I won't know until I have it!!! LOL

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  16. No, I didn't see you post on Gertie's blog! I just went and read it. Great post!

    As beatiful as that fabric is, I don't need it. If I had it, I'd probably use it for jeans pockets or lining something cool, like a purse. :)

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  17. I'd like to enter, too.

    I would make the Oliver + S Family reunion dress (or blouse). Here is how to find it (I need to learn how to link it).

    http://www.oliverands.com/patterns/dresses/patterns23.phtml

    huntnb at sbcglobal dot net

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  18. I would make a cute skirt for my 14 year old daughter. We both love to sew and she needs more dresses and skirts, hard to find and fit for her.

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  19. Welcome back to your daughter! The fabric is so pretty and is my daughter's favorite color.

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  20. How lovely to have your daughter back. I am selfishly hoping that my daughters do not want to live overseas - at least not for very long. I would even miss making them custom clothes ( I am sure your daughter knows this).
    I think you should send this fabric to me. I think is is gorgeous. I have much more summer than anyone else, (and coming up fast) and always use my cotton prints. Depending on fabric amounts this would make a lovely skirt or dress.

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  21. A bias cut (if theres enough) skirt to drape and flow is what I see in my mind.

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  22. I'd love a skirt in that, or if not enough fabric a little floaty top for summer evenings (it's winter here now).

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  23. I have recently discovered your blog and am quite enjoying it. I will give you compliments from time to time, but I will never give you an "unsolicitation" as there is no such thing. One cannot "un-solicit" anything. Stodgy, I know, but I was an English teacher and it just drives me crazy.

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  24. Cute for a blouse or a skirt--

    sharonferrell (at) netscape (dot) net

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  25. i love the colors! since i'm about to start college next week, i would use the fabric either to embellish an old pair of jeans or make some decorations for our dorm room (patchwork pillows, anyone?).

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  26. Gogeous fabric and the colour is sooooo lovely. What would I make...... a pretty blouse of some kind from Burda magazine.

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  27. So nice for you to have your daughter home safe and sound! It sounds like the time you had together in NY was a lot of fun!
    Your yellow and teal dress is going to be quite stunning, I love how you've used the yellow border print up the centre front like that. Gorgeous! And how lucky there was still some fabric left!

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  28. Ooh, Sun Shower! Love those, particularly when it isn't too cold. Our rain yesterday was the regular, grey, cold and miserable type.
    I'd love your spare fabric, I've been lusting after it since you shared it with us! I'd make a skirt with it I think, perfect for summer or a pop of winter colour.

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  29. I would squeal with delight to win some of that fabric.

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  30. I have been drooling over that fabric so much! Such a brilliant draw! Please count me in! It would make just the most fantastic... ANYTHING!!!

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  31. Please enter me! It is lovely fabric!

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  32. Please enter me - I absolutely love that fabric!! Thank you.

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  33. Please enter me too. I've been admiring this dress and the fabric since you started this dress. Gorgeous. Can't wait to see it ocmpleted. Depending on the amount, I'd make a top for myself and if there's enough left, I'd give it to one of my teenage students to make a skirt - she loves teal!

    Diana Janssen
    dianasews@earthlink.net

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  34. OOOh, just noticed this. I have been drooling over both the pattern and the dress since day one so please add my name.

    Obviously, I'm a dress girl so it will probably become a dress.

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  35. I love this fabric and would love to make a Pendrell blouse from it. That's my new TNT blouse pattern. I'm planning to use the tips you shared on Gertie's blog to do some assembly-line sewing on a couple of Pendrells in the near future and would be thrilled to add this fabric into the mix. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished dress.

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  36. The fabric is beautiful, I'm glad you were able to finish cutting out the dress!

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  37. Saw your guest post on Gertie ... and fell in love with that fabric! Would LOVE to do a tunic style top - dress it up or wear it with jeans. It would be beautiful! (Delighted to see that Gorgeous Fabrics ships to Canada - not many US stores do. That's my backup plan!)

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  38. Ooooh, teal is my favorite color. Please enter me.

    Sounds like you had a blast in NYC! I love it when it rains, but the thing that kills me is it takes 5 minutes to get soaked, but 5 *hours* to fully dry (and shoes take longer than that). It seems like it defies physics or something.

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  39. Loved your guest post on Gertie's blog! It thrills me to see bloggers I like guest posting for bloggers I like. Actually, I don't know which I prefer - seeing ones I already know and like or discovering new ones - but... I digress. I can't wait to see the finished dress; I love the look of the Lonsdale, but it's something that I just can't wear with my body-type, so I have to admire it from a distance. If I got that gorgeous teal, I'd probably honestly use it for a dress for my daughter, as she's got almost the same color teal in her eyes, mixed with browns and yellows. I'd then try to use whatever was left as piping or another accent on something for me (while she's still young enough to get away with that much outfit coordination! she's six, I'm pushing it).

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  40. I found your blog b/c of Gerties. I'm so glad I did! I would love that fabric and yes I think I would make it into a top.

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  41. How nice to have your daugther back home and read about you NYC experiences.

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  42. Your pictures are as fun as your taste in fabric! Count me in on your giveaway.

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  43. The knit dress is perfect for your NYC adventure!

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  44. Would you please consider posting another picture that features the grey cross-shoulder bag you are wearing in NYC? I remember your earlier post where you were trying on bags in stores. I'm curious about bags right now as I am also shopping for a new purse.

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  45. Thank you everyone for your creative ideas, kind words and general encouragement.

    jemilya - here is a link to the Baggalini cross-shoulder bag I carry lately:
    http://tllg.net/0LU

    I LOVE IT! So lightweight and durable.

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