Wednesday, December 11, 2019

My Top 5 Sewing Hits for 2019

in reverse chrono order

Sewcialists Top 5


A Tina Givens Trip Dress made in challis, with modifications seen here.




One of 5 "Hot House" Dresses using Simplicity 8332 made in challis as seen here.




Jumpsuit from McCall's 7936 made in challis as seen here.



My first jumpsuit from Vogue 1617 made from deep stash as seen here.



My first African Wax Print from Mood Fabrics made from Sandra Betzina's Vogue 1356, modified as seen here.



My favorite pants pattern (Candace) from Tina Givens made in cotton as seen here.



Tina Givens Elena Jacket made in canvas from deep stash as seen here.



I was actually surprised I had this many wins this year.  It didn't seem to me I had sewn that much.

Oh yeah, I'm heading on over to Patti's Not Dead Yet Style while I still have a chance and Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like.  See ya.


Monday, November 11, 2019

What a Day Trip Dress!*


~ I woke up to this today ~
January in November.

~ See that tree behind me? ~

No, not the two evergreens on either side...

~ The one in the middle with all the green leaves that haven't turned yet or fallen off. ~

It's 22 degrees out, the other day it was 50.  Oh my.


~ Meanwhile, this is my Trip Dress* from Tina Givens patterns ~

I won the cape thingy at a raffle. 
I threw on some extra clothes with it so I could wear it outside.  Like a stretch mesh T-shirt, wrist warmers, obi belt and stretch jersey straight leg pants that I've made and worn previously. 



The scarf, gloves and beret are so old I don't remember when 
or where they came from.



~ a rear view ~


~ obi-less ~

Which was how I intended to wear it.  
Too bad you can't see the collar, but it was too darn cold.


~ and a side view ~

Let me tell you, this Trip Dress was just that - a Trip! (ha). 
   
The fabric is challis.  I decided on a size S (my last one was XS and worked out fine), but I was worried about the wrap bodice coverage so thought more is more.   

If you're not a sew-er, you can skip to the end pictures.

Monday, November 4, 2019

One With the Fallen Leaves



Yep, I have the perfect coat for standing beside them.





 Made out of embossed velvet.  mmmm.





Previously seen here.


~ and my newly made dress ~


It's Tina Givens Nani Lee Dress pattern made in cotton twill (with orange thread going one way and olive green going the other way).  It's really quite lovely, but none of the pictures came out.  So this is as good as it gets.  Modifications made were:  longer sleeves, added side-seam pockets, lower bust darts, higher waistline in the back, and longer length hem.

Heading on over to Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, then Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like when she goes live.  Come on by, won't you?


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Yea for Fall Layers

~ It feels good ~


~ Just relaxing into it ~

~ the side view ~

I'm wearing all stuff I've made awhile ago.  But never worn altogether before.  The hat is hand sewn from old t-shirts and seed beads a la Alabama Chanin. I've made at least 2 so far.  The beautiful scarf was given to me from a friend via the Salvation Army.  And the sunglasses are from the $ store.
 



The coat is from The Sewing Workshop Thai Coat pattern made in black and gold brocade.  It's the second one I've made.




The overdress is from The Sewing Workshop, the Verenda Dress, much modified and made in a scuba knit print.  The underdress is from Tina Givens Sam Dress pattern, much modified, made in striped georgette.  Also the second one made.



~ I made it so I can wear it backwards or frontwards ~


~ with my lovely shoes from ebay ~


And that's a wrap.  I'll be linking up with Patti and the Visibles when she goes live at Not Dead Yet Style.  And Catherine at I Will Wear What I Like.  Also Judith's Hat Attack for October.  Hope to see you there!



Sunday, October 6, 2019

Is It Black or Is It Blue Now?


~ you know,  ~






~ Wearing this reminds me of that quote. ~


I discovered the top and matching pants in the deep recesses of the archive, tried it on and it fit.  It's made out of a dark midnight navy faux suede fabric.  I cannot for the life of me remember making it, much less wearing it.  It's so, so, ultra plain, minimal even.  Because of how small it is, it must be over 30 years old.



~ it's an utter mystery ~


I dashed of the mesh damask lace under shirt to wear with it cuz it was just too darn odd without it.  I left the little toggle unbuttoned at the mandarin collar neckline to expose some lace.  And added a small antique brooch.   I didn't want to over do it either.

I'm sure if I wore it as it was you wouldn't have recognized me at all.



~ with my Doc Martin Mary Janes from ebay ~



I'll be joining Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style and Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like when the time is right.  Come on by.



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