...and sometimes she does sew for her daughter...well not really. I have always had an aversion to this since my daughter was born knowing what she prefers fashion-wise. Mommy does not always hit the mark. After two dresses made over the years the first one was worn for a sewing fashion show while the second one made it to daycare twice. This was not a motivating factor for me. I'd rather knit her a sweater or make her a quilt (and who's lying...I don't do those very often either).
Browsing the blogosphere, I have been silently stalking Debbie from Lily Sage and Company.Her clothing always makes me envious and her fashion sense is enough to make my 4-year old proud. So when she asked for pattern testers, I jumped at the opportunity to try another dress for my daughter. The truly clever pattern is called The Twirl Me Dress and my daughter did do her share of twirling in her versions. Yes, that means I actually managed to have TWO successes!
While it took her a little bit of time warming up to the first one, since she thought she had told me to pick a multicolored fabric, she still told me later how she really liked both dresses. The second version is more fluid and light which she picked as the winner for her Easter dress. I have a feeling this will not be the last of these dresses since her smile and dance wearing them was enough to make this selfish seamstress want to sew for someone else....
So I just can't seem to get it together with blogging these days. I have been on and off with my sewing, but regardless of which, I am off on the blogging end of things. I miss blogging and reading all of my sewing, knitting, and even hair and food blogs. Life happens and we miss out on some of the previous staples of life.
I turn 40 on Pearl Harbor day. I am motivated to take time for me with both my health and hobbies. For the next 18 days, I hope to develop a habit of re-incorporating these things back into my life. I don't want to enter my forties merely focused on work or other obligations. We will see how it goes....
My latest FO is another McCall's 6797 top. I previously made this one last year after returning from my first trip to Australia. It is comfy and versatile, but the casual fabric I chose has not called for the amount of wear I had hoped it would. Here is a dressed up version that is fun and unique. I received many compliments throughout the day albeit I also had a lot of questions about what disco I would be venturing off to, as well. LOL
I cut the size large. It's a bit roomy at the neck, but perfect everywhere else - probably due to the low stretch the knit fabric has in it. I do believe I may make this again, but not for a little while. I have many patterns to tear into during this last bit of my thirties.
So I was a pattern tester for the new Sandpoint Top created by Seattle-based independent designer Helena at Gray All Day. I really love this top! I love how simple it is with the extra design feature in the back. It is very flattering and extremley comfortable. This knit top is a definite staple and not the last one to be added to my wardrobe. I have already cut out a second one to put on my sewing table this evening. I paired it with my go-to leggings, McCall's 6173 in a brown double knit I whipped up while watching Project Runway last night. Stay tuned for version 2!
I have been sewing and wearing new pieces, just not taking any photos to brag about them. Here is a new top that I made using the indie company Named. I purchased three patterns from them so far. Here's my first finished piece, the Koko top. I really like the lace insert detailing and sleeves.
This is a comfy top that I've paired with faux leather leggings as well as this circle skirt. Jeans, shorts, or even a maxi skirt would also pair well. I will be making more of these in the future, for sure. The fabric works well enough, but a more stable knit might have worked a bit better. The pattern called for a light knit fabric for the bodice, but I would prefer a bit thicker to cover trouble spots better. Still love it, though!
In non-sewing news, my Mother just left after flying to visit my Sister and I for a women's conference that was being held at my Church. It was an amazing time and I already miss her. She did manage to snag my last two Collete pattern dresses that I made, so she left happy. Of course that means I need to make more. Not a problem...
Here is another maxi dress that I've created recently. My knitting friend Margaret has been learning to sew with me and has really helped with my mojo. She had a few RTW items that she loved, but can no longer buy as they were discontinued. What's a girl to do, but knock it off? While the dress is actually short, I made this version into a maxi of sorts. It's a great black and white striped fabric picked up on a trip with Margaret to Yardage Town.