I did finish the Vogue 8865 jacket in deep pink wool, so I will post that one soon. Keeping with my resolution to make anything but dresses and trying to use up fabrics I have, here is a sneak peek at my latest project, all finished but for the photos.
Sewing Lessons with me: months ago I added a page to the blog about sewing instruction and then left it blank. Now I have finally added some content!. If you are in the San Francisco bay area and would like to spend some time in one-on-one sewing instruction with me, email me to discuss. (my email is: sunnygalstudio (at) gmail.com) I have listed a bunch of techniques that you may want to learn and of course there is always fitting. (have you made a muslin or sloper that needs another sewist to fit?)
Don't you think this is the ugliest pattern they have ever come up with? Click over and wonder who would look good with a weird boxy bow across their frontage? And the background wallpaper plus the necklace make the outfit, right. eek...
ITY knits: I think I am over them. I have made a few items, mostly because I loved the print but the feel of the fabric is just not for me. For the future I will stick to rayon, cotton, bamboo or wool knits and if I find the right fabric at the right price a silk knit.
Jean's coat: have you seen this masterpiece made by my friend Jean Kaori? Lucky her, she went to the Susan Khalje class in SF recently and created 2 fantastic lace garments. This is only one of her talents, her knitting is beautiful and almost makes me want to try. Almost.
Project Runway: Ok I will never NOT watch a show that involves some sewing but some is the operative word. Less and less actual design and sewing of real clothes and too many stunt challenges. Plus the people on this season are as annoying as ****. No one I care to win. Maybe the whole thing is a bit tired and needs to go away for a while.
The Great British Sewing Bee: A show that actually features sewing! Moves along at a good pace, discusses the techniques a bit, and the participants are charming/quirky/talented/earnest. My only criticism is the show's tag line, "looking for Britain's best home sewer". If that were the case it seems they could have found a few more contestants that were actually advanced level, but after all it is a reality tv show which requires a few interesting characters to make the story move along. The finale next week is a formal evening dress. I would not want to make that in a day while filmed, talk about pressure!
A questionable top: my sister showed me a very cute t-shirt top she bought the other day and I thought I could recreate the neckline. I used the simple T-shirt top from New Look 6150 and played around with the neckline (something I did on this blog post when I made a color block dress). Now I have a new top which has a nice shape but perhaps is hideous. Or cute? I can't decide. I threw everything but the kitchen sink into this one, as I wanted to try the gathered short sleeve on the pattern plus I cut the front out about 4 inches longer than the back so I gathered at the side waist to create a ruched effect.
I like the keyhole effect so that is a keeper, but it is this crazy psychedelic print that is bugging me. But it is soft and comfy. I have more of this fabric (which I threw in the cart on the FashionFabricsClub website when I was ordering other stuff) so it will get used for other t-shirt experiments.
In garden news I recently filled a few knotholes in my huge apple tree so that the bees would not find them and start a new colony as they did 2 years ago. Evidently I missed one but they didn't. I hate to commit bee-icide but in a few weeks going past the picnic table at 4 pm will unnerving. However the orange and meyer lemon trees are in full bloom and need the pollination. So the bees are spared for the time being. This is the scene outside the kitchen window, the orange blossom fragrance is heavenly.
Happy sewing, Beth