Monday, November 21, 2016

A Marigold Peplum

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the United States and per tradition we’re in Texas visiting Edwin, Samantha and baby Timothy.
This trip I packed more fabric to become garments then actual, wearable, finished garments! ...I think that means I am a true sewist. lol 
Between sewing and napping (mine and Timothy’s) there has been plenty of time to cuddle and play with my nine month old nephew.

Why do I look so weird in this picture?? o_O

This is the same pattern I used for this dress HERE but the peplum option. 
I’ve been learning so much about fitting the last couple of months (...even weeks!) that I realized there are some fitting adjustments that need to be made before the next make.
The bodice (above the elastic) needs to be lengthened about an inch and I need some more room in the shoulders, upper back and arms for a comfier wear. 

One vacation make done! I wonder how many more I can do??

Pattern: Marigold by Blank Slate Patterns / Fabric: Stash / Fabric used on project: 2 ⅜ yards / Buttons: Stash 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

"That's a really ugly shirt, Jewel."

When I first walked into work and heard those took me a second before I caught the jab. See the co-worker who said from Kansas. So of course this shirt would be "ugly" in his mind! (K-State's Wildcats are a rival of Nebraska University's Cornhuskers. I'm not a big sports person so I don't care either way.) I just shrugged my shoulders and said "Somebody has to wear the ugly shirts." Not my best comeback but it also could have been worse. ;)

This outfit gives me a athletic vibe...most likely it's the athletic pants and tennis shoes...
It's an Esme tunic made out of leftover fabric from a skirt Kimberly made to wear to Husker parties. The tunic is slightly longer in the back then the front giving it a nice high low hem. It was made for workwear as my work uniform is hair pulled back, sleeves, covered shoes, and no-tears-shed when grease or bleach gets spilled on the garments. Obviously, I don't wear a lot of my hand-mades to work because of the grease aspect of the job. Even though we wear aprons and all my best efforts...stains still happen!

Just doing some crunches. :P Kidding!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Back at the helm with 1948 Skirt

I have missed blogging. For so many different (and mostly legit) reasons I've been lollygagging (that's a thing right?) so finally I decided to dust off the blog and start again. 
Blogging is a part of the creative process for me. It's how I document what I've sewn and it reminds me that although I don't have as much sewing/creative time, I can still create.

Honestly, I feel like I reconnected with an old friend!

Part of that is because I'm writing and editing on my old, all-my-fave-bookmarks-in-the-tab, files-exactly-where-I-know-them-to-be, super-slow laptop.
(Did I mention the keyboard "clacks"? It's strange but nice.) But not nearly as nice as my new computer. Newbie is like the best...except that I haven't figured everything out yet. (Like why my online photo editing program won't work) 

But that has absolutely NOTHING to do with my new skirt.
The skirt that came out exactly as planned! The skirt that I actually did some hand sewing in! The skirt that made me excited about sewing again!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

12 inches and 6 1/2 hours later! NEW HAIR!!

I honestly don't remember the last time I was as excited about anything as I am about my hair change. 
Of course when you haven't changed your hair since 2014 (the first time ever!) AND you've never changed the way your hair frames your face, there's a lot of questions and doubts. 

"What if I don't like it?" 

"What if I LOVE it?" 

"What if everyone who knows me hates it?"

Sunday, September 18, 2016

What I'm sewing...

Wow...this is crazy!! I haven't blogged for ages...but hopefully that's going to change. Because I have have missed every aspect of it...taking the photos, editing the photos, writing the posts and the sense of accomplishment that comes from sewing and documenting my projects.

This summer has been one of the craziest and one of the weirdest summer's I've ever had in my life! 
I won't go into detail but instead talk to you about what's on the sewing queue...
I'm super excited about what in the plans to sew! 

Are you ready to hear it???

It's a Lucille Ball inspired 8 piece wardrobe for TaMera for the Seasonal Sew Wardrobe on the Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests group!!

TaMera and I have been saving a ton of photos of Lucille's fashion and style! 
(Yes, we are planning on recreating the outfit and photo on the left as well as quite a few others!)

The first item, I'm working on now, is a necessary one in TaMera's closet...well fitting pants. 
Pants are one of the hardest things to get a good fit on and I decided if we were going to do this...I needed to at least get her one good pair of pants. 
...Just in case I run out of time for the deadline of the Seasonal Sew Wardrobe. 
The whole reason behind this is to get TaMera a collection of well fitting and very "her" styled garments so I just thought I better start with the hardest and most needed item!

I could show you some of the photos we saved and screenshots from Pinterest...but I don't have a rock solid sewing "plan" just Lucille Ball inspired garments that fit TaMera to a T. (...did you see what I did there?? ;) )

I should have an item to share with you in the next couple of days!

-'- Jewel

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