The sewing mojo is slowly returning to these parts thankfully. I don’t know what did it for me. Was it working in another medium? Was it looking in the closet at all my clothes, all of which I am now tired? Or was it that the mojo just simply decided to return of its own accord? I don’t know, and at this point, I don’t care. At least it’s back.
And I have something to show for it too.
First off, I made spa/sleep mask for a friend’s daughter as part of her birthday present. I just found a random tutorial online, here. It worked out rather well. I used lingerie elastic for the band. My deviations to the pattern were to 1. add dried lavender to the mask for a nice aromatherapy touch, 2. use one elastic band, and 3. not to add top stitching. I used a poly charmeuse that I bought at Chic Fabrics in NYC a few years ago.
I totally want one too now. 🙂
Next up is a gift for my dad. His birthday was last week. I whipped up (I have always wanted to say I whipped something up I must confess) another S5271 lounge pants. This time, I made it San Diego appropriate fabric by not using flannel, but just a ltwt cotton from Yardage Town. I did better on the in seam pockets this time and he can now actually put his hands in the pockets. I used a wider elastic as the 1/2 inch size the pattern calls for seems kind of skimpy. I used a 1 inch elastic this time and it was awesome. He loved them and has been wearing them every day since. I hope he washes them soon.
Check out that plaid matching! I’m pretty proud of myself. I mean I meant to match it, but I always mean to and it doesn’t always turn out so well.
I love how I catch the top of the pockets into the waistband so they don’t flop around inside the pants. In related but sad news, the first pair of lounge pants I made for him two years ago finally gave up the ghost when two long tears in the seat of the pants appeared recently. Fabric fatigue. At least this was a timely gift.
And last but not least, mama has a new dress! I wanted something new to wear out with the man yesterday and I thought another tank dress, M6559, was in order. It’s such a simple dress. I think this version is a little loose, which just goes to show you that every fabric behaves differently and one should baste, baste, baste to fit each time. Sigh. I might take it in, but then again, I might not. I think y’all know how much I like to alter things. NOT! Oh, and again, I used Karla’s most excellent tip of using FOE (so aptly named, as it is indeed a foe to sewing) to stabilize the neck and armhole edges. If you haven’t tried this out yet, you must. Super easy way of finishing those edges. I used a sweater knit that I picked up from Yardage Town recently. It was so cute and I love that coral stripe. I just so happen to have a cardy that exact color in my closet; although I ended up not using it at all last night as it has been so warm here lately. Speaking of which, I am really missing a true fall, like the one NYC has every year. What I wouldn’t give for trees turning color, a nip in the air and the smell of wet leaves on the ground…
I think the little boy who lives with me has a future in photography as he is very good at putting a thinnerizer filter on each picture. 😉
So now that the mojo is back, I hopefully can start and finish those super late birthday presents for my nieces. So embarrassing.