Posts Tagged ‘home life’


Sewing for summer

May 26, 2010

Well since my SWAP (reviews will continue) was so winter focussed, this week’s massive heatwave has left me with the realization that I now have a shortage of summer work clothes so I need to step up my summer sewing. I was going to spend the week finishing up the dress I had hoped to wear to last weekend’s wedding, Butterick 5176, but I think that summer pants and shirts are likely more important right now as my job often involes hauling boxes of books to and fro so skirts and dresses aren’t always that practical.

So the next bits of sewing on my list are to make a pair of pants out of the green suiting fabric from my not so exciting sale and then to make

The Rachel Comey blouse from V1170.

Unfortunately family life is intruding at the moment so my sewing may slow for a bit. I hope not though. I don’t want to be going to work naked any time soon.

I will keep you posted as to my progress.


OT Weekends

May 15, 2010

I know I don’t blog enough to really justify this, but I also know that I rarely manage to get out a blog entry on the weekend. When I have a free weekend I tend to spend it sewing rather than blogging about sewing. So, while I’m sitting it my sewing room stitching away, you can be entertained by some of my other interests.

This first one is inspired by the more traditional off-topic posts of the blogs of olde. I mentioned before that I’d hired a sewing room boss for myself. Here she is assisting me in various ways.My pattern laying technique is carefully evaluated.

She tests the all important play factor of a spool of thread.

Assuming her rightful place on my sewing chair.And she is unexpectedly colour co-ordinated with our couch.


I :heart: gabardine

February 4, 2010

So I was originally planning to make my Vogue 7937 skirt out of the same red silk as the sleeveless button feature blouse, but I ran out of fabric so I turn instead to the grey wool gabardine that is fast becoming the base fabric for my SWAP. This does not bother me as I seem to be falling in love with gabardine. I love its structure and warmth and how easy it seems to be to work with… thus far. I’m also looking forward to wearing more wool at work because my office is freezing cold and the added warmth of the fabric more than makes up for the shock I will get every time I touch a door knob.

grey gabardine skirt

This is the skirt. Because I have short legs and large muscular thighs (and calves) I tend to make my skirts either knee length or ankle length. Anything else cuts me off and makes me look stockier than I am.

The only real change I made to the pattern was to alter it to sit on my hips rather than at my real waist. This is partly because I prefer to wear pants and skirts on my hips and partly because I forgot that all patterns are designed for people with longer legs than I have. When I first tried the skirt on, it ended halfway to my ankles and that was not a good look for me… or for the skirt.back of skirt

 I made View C which is one of the versions that flares out around the knees at the back, and this is my favourite part of the skirt. I like the way it follows my curves (they’ve gotta be good for something) and adds a little bit of sex appeal to what is otherwise a simple, modest, pencil skirt. It should work just fine with any of the SWAP tops as well as with most of the tops and sweaters currently in my wardrobe.

skirt lining

I lined the skirt with some of the silk I received in a mystery silk bundle from Fabricmart. While I loved the colours when I received the bundle, I had no real idea what to do with this one, there wasn’t much of it and I’m just not daring enough to wear anything that is covered in corks as this fabric is… but I love it as a lining.

On a note unrelated to sewing, we have found a new apartment and are moving in slowly over the course of the next month. I shall miss my 21st floor view but I’m looking forward to a shorter commute to work and a less intrusive landlord. Hopefully, once we’ve moved in, I will have more time for sewing… and hopefully we won’t have to move again soon. It’s difficult to be nomadic when you have a swiftly growing stash.