Since the last time I posted, I have sewn a few fast & easy things. Let's catch up!
I'll start with the garment that pleases me the most - a simple raglan-sleeved T-shirt. Making shoulder & neck alterations to a raglan sleeve was a complicated little bit of work - but I love the results:
|Something look different? I grew out my eyebrows! They look huge to me :)|
|This style doesn't lend itself to a sway-back adjustment, so it is what it is.|
|Now that the fit alterations are done, this pattern can be sewn in less than 2 hours. There will be more!|
The next garment was instant gratification, because I had cut it long ago, but had never sewn it. The mother-of-pearl buttons are so pretty - they are a perfect match for the periwinkle blue (which I suspect is an outdated color but I love it):
|After shooting these photos, my husband apologized for all the shadows, but heck it is fine.|
Well, I mean yeah, it looks a little weird, but, whatever.
|The bright sunlight kinda washed out the color - it is an intense periwinkle.|
I love sewing shirts because I know all the steps, I can sew a little every day until it's finished, and it's a low-drama project.
Now this one was a little more time consuming than the others, because there is a lot of top-stitching - but it went together easily.
|This fabric is a cotton voile from Fabric Mart. It is wonderful on a hot day!|
|Do you see the white buttons? I sewed on FOUR sets of buttons before I was satisfied! |
This fabric is super light-weight and it did best with mother-of-pearl because they don't weigh much at all.
I used the Style Arc Stacie Jean Jacket:
Then I sewed a super quick & easy Style Arc Robin Top:
|I don't usually insert a zipper because I can get this top off and on without it.|
But this time, I intended to make it fit closer, so I did insert an invisible zipper.
|I fiddled with the exposure to show you what it looks like.|
So yeah, we went to the beach last week and I did something unusual this year. I wore store-bought swimsuits! Yep. I was actually shopping for unmentionables one day, when the salesperson brought me a swimsuit and coverup. The swimsuit fit beautifully and the coverup was ingenious. It was just a rectangle but t could be tied as a mini-halter-dress or a skirt. Knowing how much work goes into a swimsuit, and knowing the fabrication was top-notch, I understood the high price tag. But I didn't bite. For the same price as one swimsuit at the fancy shop, I got 2 swimsuits from Lands End (they have talls now! they have multiple cup sizes! they have nice simple styles that I don't mind wearing! thank you Lands End!!) And I tried to make my own coverup. People, this polka dot is cute, and it really was fun to wear - once. Lordie this poly chiffon was HOT to wear! We had very high temps all week due to a heat wave and I could not wear this thing because it didn't breathe and it stuck to me.
|My bestie at work snapped this photo for me :)|
|and no, this top doesn't need a zipper - but you knew that, right?|
How serendipitous that her style and her way of working is so compatible with my interests. While we were at the beach, I made the blocks in the center of this quilt top:
|Sorry one corner is folded back, but you get the idea.|
I plan to sew more stuff around the perimeter to make it bigger.
All of the fabrics are by Kaffe Fassett.
And, that is my summer sewing, so far anyway!
I hope you are enjoying your crafty side wherever you are, and thanks for stopping by.
I bet this busy time in my life will settle down eventually, and when it does, I will be back here blogging regularly again. I miss sewing more complex things and I miss you!