Wednesday, July 27, 2011
In other news, I got an iPad, and I'm officially in love. Love, I tell you. I even bought it a case from this lovely Etsy seller. I can't wait for the case to come. I'm so eager to start taking my iPad everywhere with me... I got an excellent app that combines calendar and to-do list, which will be so useful for organizing my work and the projects I do at home. I can even get rid of my cumbersome spiral-bound planner and all the to-do lists littering my handbag, desk, and workspace. Now I just need to find an app that can create a time warp so I can spend hours in my sewing room and yet still have time for the other aspects of my life. :)
Monday, July 18, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
- wedding invites - I finished designing and printing them; now I need to cut them out, get envelopes, and address and send them.
- blue sun dress - Remember the sheet dress? I still have to replace the bodice, insert a zipper, and hem the whole thing.
- cloaks - I'm making Renaissance-style cloaks for myself and my partner. Hers is half cut out (the lining is not cut yet) and partially sewn. Mine... I don't even have fabric for it yet. :)
- white dress - I bought a beautiful white-on-white embroidered cotton to make Simplicity 3562. It's been washed and the pattern has been tissue-fit, but I have yet to even press and cut the fabric.
- paper beads - I'm into all sorts of different crafty things. I discovered a tutorial for these here, then proceeded to make a variety from notepad paper and scraps. I don't actually have any varnish, however, so they're just kind of hanging out waiting to be finished. I'm planning on using some of these as a birthday present for a close friend next month.
- gray skirt - This skirt started as a cute thrift-store find. I removed the intensive beading and sequins blanketing the front of the skirt and took out the hem so I could shorten it. I'm thinking about taking it in at the sides to make it a high-waisted skirt and adding some pretty embroidery to the hem as well.
- gray & brown circle skirt - My partner found this gorgeous gray-ish fabric that's got all kinds of tan and purple shades in it, and the only color I could find to line it with was brown. So I made the skirt, lined it with the brown, put in side-seam pockets (also in the brown), and then realized that I don't actually like brown all that much. *sigh* I'm not really sure where to go from there. Should I rip apart all of my hard work and start over with another lining, or should I just finish it and relegate it to the not-much-worn corner?
- embroidered hand-bound books - I'm working on making my own bookcloth, and embroidering it with fairy-tale inspired designs. I've embroidered three, and I have to paste them to stabilizing paper and bind them up.
I also want to make a skirt to go with my corset for the Renaissance Festival this year, and I'd love to make up a top (or four) out of the pattern I just bought from SelvedgeShop on Etsy:
I've got to get organized! I've got to get it together! There's a Lucy quote in there somewhere from Charlie Brown Christmas (You've got to take direction, you've got to have discipline, you've got to have respect for your director!). I'm going to work on finishing my UFOs. From now on, one project at a time. Or maybe two. First I need to focus on the wedding invites. After that, I'll finish the cloak I've started (the other one can wait). And then? Who knows! But until I'm done with the things on this list, I'm not going to start anything new.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Vogue 1253. Simple lines, modest enough for work but casual enough for play. Plus, I like the little twist in the bodice.
Vogue 8751. I really like these pants. I might acutally have to purchase this pattern, because they would be so flattering on my shape.
Vogue 8743. I have a thing about princess seams, and I'm really interested in the custom fit thing - this dress has different pieces for A, B, C, and D cups. I'm also pretty sure those are inverted box pleats, which I think it's about time I learned to do. My favorite skirt has inverted box pleats, and now that it's been ripped past repairing, I'd like to replicate it.
Vogue 8742. There was a model in this dress, but I wasn't a fan of how they styled it. The dress was too dark to see the gathering well, and it just didn't look as good as it could. However, the drawing is pretty cute.
Vogue 1259. You may think this is a dress, but it's really a top and a skirt. And I love them both. I just wish the raw edges weren't visible. I have an aversion to raw edges; no matter how polished the rest of the garment, I always feel like it's unprofessional.