Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Look Blouse, Mabel Skirt in Blue/white Polkadot

I've been working on getting this blouse right for a LOOOOOONG time and I finally GOT IT!!!!!!!
I LOVE the lace detail on the neckline and sleeve line. I used a soft white crochet lace that a friend gave me maybe 20 years ago when I told her I wanted to learn to sew! 
Sometimes it takes a LONG time to get life right! The pattern is from New Look BIN 40 #6945
  Another Mabel pencil skirt from Colette Patterns
I find that working from indie patterns I don't need to make many big changes. Maybe an eighth of and inch here or there. The Mabel is simple - the only changes I made were to take out the kick pleat and add a flounce. However, when it comes to standard patterns like the big five or ones like New Look the changes are HUGE and MANY!
 I added 3 inches to the length in the torso, 2 inches to the sides and front darts giving it more flair at the hip, took out 2 inches in upper back, and did my normal adjustment of taking out an inch under the armpit so the armhole is not choking my arm. This last adjustment I have to do ALL the time.
I LOVE that this blouse is lined. I used a burn-out white cotton that has a hint of blue in the flower print and lined it with a baby blue soft cotton that enhanced the light blue of the flowers. 
 I LOVE the darts on this Blouse! I did have to take in a little more in the center back dart. The way they are tapered on both ends works well for my deep sway back. The front darts are also tapered which I like because it gives a better fit in my bust and upper torso.
  I LOVE my sewing machine!!!!!!!! It does the most amazing decorative stitches!!!!!!!!! THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH EXCLAMATIONS AND CAPITAL LETTERS TO LET YOU KNOW HOW DEEPLY I LOVE MY SEWING MACHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cada Pajaro a su columpio! To each little bird her own swing! 
What is being transfigured here is your mind,
And it is difficult and slow to become new.
The more faithfully you can endure here,
The more refined your heart will become
For your arrival in the new dawn.
John O'Donohue

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Moneta and Friend

Welcome to my sewing buddy, my cheer leader, my fashion consultant, my friend!!!!!!!!! 
 We started sewing and realized we were both wearing outfits we had recently completed and that everything was from the great Colette Patterns!
 She is wearing a gorgeous red Hawthorn Blouse and a black knit Mabel skirt! Now you can see how the pencil mabel is supposed look.
 Thank the sewing Goddesses that we are both happily wearing our own creations!
I am wearing the Moneta from Colette Patterns.
I Love this organic cotton knit the color is a wonderful subtle peach. 
 The only changes I made was to add a lining because this knit was a little too sheer for my taste.
 I LOVE that there is a free down- load of MANY different collar choices with this dress. And I LOVE my sewing machine and her extravagant decorative stitches!
 Even the side pocket is alright on this dress. It's a "put it on and go dress!" Easy comfy, and cute.
 Isn't she SOOOO cute in that outfit?!!!!!!!!!
 She used a red cotton lawn to make this sweet Hawthorn Blouse.
Of course, from Colette Patterns
 She even did the internal snap at the waistline! The kind of detail I don't often do!
 The Mabel skirt always looks good and is so easy, practical, and versatile!
May you be blessed with good friends,
And learn to be a good friend to yourself,
Journeying to the place in your soul where
There is love, warmth, and feeling.
May this change you.
John O'Donohue

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Different Parfait

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress! 
This dress is as soft as acceptance! And as light as gratitude!   
The bodice is made from sueded silk I received from a dear friend! Sueded silk is the MOST AMAZING fabric in the universe!!!!!!!!!!!! 
The skirt part of the dress is a cotton voile sooo cool and silky smooth. 
It is a very different Parfait! I used the Parfait pattern from Colette as a starting point.
I took out a lot in the bust, added bra cups, made thinner straps, and added a lot of fullness in the skirt. 
"Wild in that wilderness, we roam
the distance of our faith;
safe beyond the bounds of what we know."
Wendell Berry