Oh summer, I had such lofty goals for you! With one month left (and 5 days) before school starts, I thought I would have been so much more productive by now. Instead, it’s the baby steps I’m celebrating.
Today’s small step? I managed to cut out material for one of my next projects, the Cold Shoulder project that I mentioned yesterday! I decided to go with the Gray black lattice cotton spandex from Girl Charlee’s May Knitfix.
Not only do I think that it should be a striking combo (the picture washed out the colors quite a bit), but I figured that I had better use up some of my previous month’s fabrics before I buy the one that comes out today. Now to find the time to sew!
Why is it when you are at your busiest, you’re also the most creative? With a bunch of deadlines approaching the next few weeks, I find myself with lots of ideas (a.k.a. sew all the things). It started when Deepika posted her review of Burda Style Magazine’s “Cold Shoulder Top”…. and I decided I had to sew it. So far, I have only gotten to the tracing part, which was a good reminder why I stopped using these patterns… so much tracing and adding seam\hem allowances that it sucks the fun out of the project for me. However, tracing the Burda pattern prompted me to print off the Desert Breeze (another off-the-shoulder look), a pattern that I purchased this summer, so I can compare the two styles.
Seeing that I may be sewing up two new tops soon, I decided that I needed a new purse too…. so I went through all my purse patterns and narrowed it down to a few that I need to sew (included in the mix was Swoon’s latest purse from the Bag of the Month Club, Emmaline Handbag’s Gabby, and Swoon’s Brooklyn Handbag (I am itching to use glitter vinyl and my new rivet hole punch and setter)….. did I mention that I have the Necessary Clutch Wallet cut out and ready to sew too? Somewhere along in there, I also discovered that I didn’t own Jalie 3024 and decided I needed it to make a few dresses before summer is over and that I still have the Agility Tank Swimsuit to make before the pool closes down for the summer (mid-August when the kids go back to school)!
The moral of the story? If you ever feel like you are in a creative slump, just start creating deadlines for yourself and you’ll find that you’re starting to burst with ideas!
Keep cool and look stylish – make one of these adorable swing dresses. Need something a little dressier? Be sure to check out this free date night pattern, instead.
This school house box is an adorable way to hold sticky notes.
These lacy trimmed shorts are perfect for a summer beach look.
A quilt that’s perfect for road trips…. check out this impressive Map Quilt.
These little bags have clear windows, making them ideal for holding small notions.
This wristlet has plenty of pockets and zippered pockets to stash your belongings while you’re on the go.
Another pretty look for the summer in a trendy boho design. While you’re on the site, be sure to check out this fun beach dress made by the same designer.
This summer sling bag is a great way to carry all your belongings while traveling or just as your next everyday look.
Don’t leave for the farmer’s market or grocery store without sewing up a few of these produce bags.
Bring back the art of writing letters by giving one of these patchwork Stationary Kits.
Protest your shades with this simple sunglass case.
Another fun kimono pattern that’s great to wear with just about everything.
This past week, I worked diligently on project that will appear on WeAllSew very soon. This is something that I’ve been knocking around in my brain for awhile now, so it is fun to see it finally come to life.
In the mean time, some of the fabrics I had on order also arrived and proved that sometimes material can look better on the internet than what they do in real life. While the Paris In White Panel is awesome, the Faux Glitter Swim is a huge disappointment. This digital print looks ‘bright’ and golden in the photo, but in real life looks like a Minecraft Sand Block…. even Easton asked what it was supposed to be. I think that this material is going in the stash and will eventually wind up being a muslin fabric – I can’t think of anything else to do with it at the moment.
I honestly had no intention on sewing anything for the 4th of July holiday. However, between seeing a slew of people sewing cute shirts with stars and stripe sleeves and having a few hours for some selfish sewing, I decided that maybe I might join in on all the fun…. and believe it or not, I actually had most of the fabrics on hand!
The first thing I did was sift through my mountains of raglan patterns and snagged the first one on the pile: Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop’s Rainier Raglan. I also decided that my tee was going to need some pockets so I pulled the pocket pattern from Cake Pattern’s The Tee (BTW, it’s a free download!)
Both the star material (which was a remnant from the Wonder Woman Legging project) and the red\white stripe (which I purchased last year with the intent on sewing something patriotic) came from Girl Charlee. I realized that I didn’t have enough material for the body of the shirt and wound up having to purchase some gray material…. once I came home, I decided that I would make two shirts (because I knew Taylor would take one) – so I used a solid white for a front and more stripe in the back.
Overall, I’m extremely happy with the way both shirts turned out – my only regret is that I didn’t place the pockets further away from the seam, but the fit is spot on and it was a fun look for the holiday. It’s a shame I can’t wear this more often (although I feel like if I lived in Texas I might be able to get away with it because the shirts remind me of their state flag)!
You may have seen earlier in the week that I finished my Siren Swim top…. now all I needed was the bottoms. I really wasn’t keen on making the high-waisted Hello Sailor Swim bottoms – especially in this print. So, I turned to my Jalie pattern stash for help. Today I’m comparing the two bikini patterns, Jalie 2477 (which appears to be no longer in print, but you can pick it up at Pattern Review’s store) and Jalie 2446, and showing you my results (please ignore the odd, ballpark mom tan lines):
I started off with the higher waisted of the two patterns – Jalie 2447 (shown on the left). After measuring myself, I cut my pattern and went to work. This bottom went together VERY quickly (definitely under an hour, but more like 30 minutes), but I wasn’t thrilled with the end result…. this bottom really is better matched with the takini style top that it’s paired with on the cover. I feel like this bottom just cuts me in the wrong place and paired with this top, you can see a bit of muffin top (even though it’s lower cut, it hits me right in my squishy midsection, plus I think it brings more attention to my scar because of were it sits). Part of the issue is that the elastic is tight for me on this bottom and I could have gone up one size for a more sleek look.
Next, I decided to try Jalie 2446 – going up one size than what my measurements called for. The construction for this bottom is exactly the same as 2447, so this bikini went together extremely quickly and the results were perfect. The increase in size reduced the tightness around the midsection and thighs thus eliminating the muffin top. I also think that the lower waist was a lot more flattering overall. In fact, I already put this set to the test and wore it to the pool the other day!
I have some fun, faux gold glitter swim material coming in next week and have decided that it may just have to become a 2446 set… because who doesn’t want to wear a gold bikini to the pool?