Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Summer sewing dreams #1, #2, and #4 realized
Hey! So I just finished watching the finale of season 4 the GBSB and I cried, which really took me by surprise!!
So it is summer here in NJ, glorious sunny fantastic summer. Spring and summer are my favorite seasons and I hang on to them with all my might. I eat outside as much as possible, sometimes staying outside til dark, looking at IG periodically while the sun sets.
Near the start of June I made a list of "summer sewing dreams". I know there are people who sew with a plan or sew to make coordinated items. I'm just not one of those people. I sew what I like pretty much when I feel like it. I'm also slow at sewing. And sewing is supposed to be fun, not my own personal sweatshop. So calling these ideas "plans" feels like setting myself up for disappointment, whereas calling these ideas "dreams" seems more appropriate somehow. I make these kinds of lists frequently. I like seeing all my "dreams" in front of me.
And somehow, sewing dreams 1, 2 and 4 happen to coordinate with each other (sewing dream #3 was the cherry print dress in my last post).
Sewing dream #1 is the Jalie 3246 shrug. I wrote a big post last December with tips on how to sew this shrug. After sewing for PR weekend, I took a 3.5 week long sewing break, and sewing the shrug seemed like a nice way to transition back to sewing. The fabric is a delightfully textured cotton sweater knit from my fabric dealer Kashi (Metro Textiles) in NYC last year. I bought 2 yards and I'm glad I did because it is not wide fabric at all! Normally a yard is enough to make a shrug but not in this fabric.
Sewing dream #2 is the gray skirt. It's actually Vogue 1247, which I sewed back in 2011 in the same fabric, but this time I omitted the pockets and the horizontal seaming across the front and back of the skirt, which gives a rather lumpy appearance in this spongy fabric.
This fabric is from Jomar in Philly and was purchased during PR weekend in 2010! I have been wanting to sew this basic for ages, and needed to sew it to get it off my mind.
Sewing dream #4 is the lacy yoke top. This shot up to the top of my list when I saw the same lacy colorblocking on IG that rosiejanesews made. I really liked Simplicity 8016 when it was released but did not want to do any new fitting, so I took S1283 (the pattern I used when I sewed a sweater from a cotton knit blanket) and cut it so that it had a yoke and a lower neckline. The neckline and armholes are bound in Nike Dri-Fit then twin needle stitched from the top, and the hem is a rolled hem on my serger since I didn't lengthen the top enough.
The raspberry stretch lace is from Apple Annies online (2015) and is underlined with raspberry double knit from Michael Levine (2013). The gray bottom piece is from some gray double knit from who-knows-where-or-when. The fit was waaay better in my chunky cotton sweater knit than it is in all this ponte, but it still makes me smile.
I originally sewed a piece of this lace into a tank top for the gym last year. The raspberry stretch lace will make another appearance in a different incarnation here soon, so stay tuned!
So how about you? Are you living the (summer sewing) dream? Did you watch the GBSB?? Did you cry??