O.K., it isn’t actually what I gave you a teaser of in my last (non injury related) post. This was actually a 2012 project made in the short (very short) interim between finals madness and flying home for Christmas.
My best impersonation of a Joanie-approved pose. Though she would probably be annoyed that I’m in front of a camera sans makeup
This is the pencil skirt from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. As I may have mentioned a million times, I am more or less Gertie sized so this project has no alterations other than lopping 2 inches off of the length. Mid-calf is just not a good length on me. I also opted for the optional boning in the waistband which I’m going to go ahead and call non-optional for all future renditions, I just can’t imagine it not folding into an accordioned wad every time I bend over (or, lets be realistic, slouch).
The dart placement on this pattern really makes me happy. I have no idea why but two darts just seems infinitely more classy than one. Or I am easily amused.
I must say I really love this book. While it doesn’t give a lot of information on techniques unfamiliar to me it is a fabulous collection of patterns, especially if you want versions of the VoNBBS patterns without having to track them all down and resize them to more modern proportions. My one pet peeve is that the pattern pieces overlap, so you have no choice but to trace them out (or get each page copied several times I suppose). I generally trace patterns anyway but the maze of lines is difficult to follow for some of the pieces and you have to be careful not to trace a weird franken-pattern of multiple pieces. If you can get over that, it’s great! Also, have you heard she apparently has two, two, books in the works? I am super excited.
Again, these darts are legit. My jaunty shoulder sweater technique could use some work though.
The actual skirt I’m somewhat ambivalent about. Though it fits really well, the fabric isn’t my favorite. Its a heavy flannel houndstooth from JoAnn fabrics that I was hoping would make a warmer winter skirt without me having to try and pick out wool over the internet. It has pilled a fair bit with only 2 wears and just doesn’t look very nice to me. Honestly, I’m probably the only one that notices but next time I’m going to be a little more careful on the fabric selection. I’m imagining a collection of brightly colored wool skirts, maybe some with polka-dots, for next fall. It needs to happen.
More darts! Darts forever! Also, the lone mint button on the back pleases me. Especially when I found a t-shirt to match it.
Also, while we are here can we talk about how it needs to stop snowing in PA? About how it needs to stop snowing because this outfit really needs these shoes and not snow boots?Thifting is often really hit and miss for me but this may be the equivalent of a home run: $10 kelly green leather heels for the win.
So a short hiatus turned into a semester long blog desertion. Once I got into the M.A. program groove, PhD applications took over along with final papers and general stress chez Toasty. Instead of blogging and sewing, the common practice became curling up in a corner with some Nutella and Doctor Who reruns.
With all that done and applications over with (except for the occasional nagging panic of “did I get in? Did I? DID I?”) and classes under control (not to mention the irritating lack of a job for the semester at the moment) sewing is mostly back in full swing and I even have a few projects to share over the coming weeks.
Avoiding the weirdness of New Years resolutions while making what seems suspiciously like one, I will be a better blogger. Not a good blogger, a timely blogger, or anything like that. I said better and I have, apparently, not set my own bar very high given my track record.
In more stitchy news, this is what is currently on the plate:
A dress. With foxes. Be still my sqweeing heart. I love this fabric so much even though I am normally not an orange and coral kind of gal. I totally am a novelty print and woodland animal one though so I’m expanding my color horizons. This dress is actually finished but you’ll have to wait until less awful lighting to see it. That and I’ll have to brush my hair in between reading William Hazlett and Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution. Not to belittle the French Revolution but I feel that Burke might have been a little more positive if he had more leaping orange foxes in his life. Just a thought.
In a continuing novelty theme I bring you a bird sweater! Not much to say about this one except that it is moving very slowly, though through no fault of its own. The pattern is Ysolda Teague’s Chickadee and I have no idea about the yarn as I seem to have lost all of the ball bands.
On a separate note, have you seen her Narwhal Mittens? Normally I am firmly anti-mitten but I may have to make an exception.
Last but not least, a wiggle dress from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. Outside of being fabulously dull to photograph in progress (I blame grey wool) this is my new favorite. Ever. The size 8 fits like a glove with absolutely no alterations. Praise Gertie for having the same measurements as me, apparently. I’m debating whether or not this is going to get lined, as I would need to order fabric online (Pittsburgh is lovely except for its severe lack of good fabric stores) or pillage a lining from another soon-to-be project and I want to wear this dress now. I feel like the nerdy professor version of Joanie in it, which is basically truth in advertising except that I’m normally running around in a level of mild unkemptness that Joanie would probably fire me for. Sigh.
I’ve always thought that Oregonians are sort of like ice cubes, generally pretty chill and they melt in high heat. Seriously, the only thing more whiney than an Oregonian wishing for proper summer weather is an Oregonian in temperatures above 95 degrees. We are a temperate people.
And apparently, I’ve been missing the drizzle and grey because I felt the need to make a summer dress covered in umbrellas. As you do. (Seriously though: keep up with the warm, Northwest, I want a real summer this year).
It’s another Bombshell from Gertie’s class but I swapped out the gathered skirt for a half circle skirt. I was a little iffy on the whole thing as I used quilting cotton and thought it might be too heavy to drape well. As it turns out, the stiffness keeps the skirt out and full (as horsehair in a hem might do) properly encouraging girly skirt twirl fests.
The skirt is also lined with another quilting cotton (I have a problem) to avoid as potential visibility issues plus it furnished an excellent opportunity to add a little embroidered detail. It was nice to finally break out the embroidery stitches on my machine. Now I just need to find the right garment to use the tiny bicycles on…
The belt is made from one of Sunni’s belt kits (highly recommended by the way) and scraps from my red Truffle dress. I am definitely a homemade belt convert, I wear this thing all the time. Now I just need to figure out what to do with my other kit.
Speaking of scraps, check out my on-the-home-stretch quilt top:
Bam. I’m hoping to get it done by the end of this week so it can be quilted before I move to Pittsburgh next month. Only 23 days!