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Some sewing

2014 October 5
by elizabeth_admin

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.

Bis später!


14 Responses leave one →
  1. Annie permalink
    October 5, 2014

    That dress is so pretty! Very flattering style and fit. And how great is it that you took the time to make birthday gifts by hand?

    Glad you are getting your mojo back! It’s a bummer when you lose it and so fun to rediscover a passion.

  2. October 5, 2014

    Oh, you look so lovely and elegant – get your mojo back on track, it is so worth it 🙂

  3. October 5, 2014

    nice to see you pop up on my blog roll! That is one very cute tank dress, too. You are right, the young photographer is good!

  4. Susan permalink
    October 5, 2014

    Love the dress. Very flattering.

  5. October 5, 2014

    Love this dress! The layout on that fabric is perfect. 🙂 And, really, you can have our chilly morning autumn air. Dan says I’m turning into a thin-blooded Virginian already, which is probably true. Not looking forward to winter here. 😉

  6. October 5, 2014

    Awesome! That dress looks fantastic. Yay for finding the mojo.

  7. October 5, 2014

    Your dress looks very Ann Taylor!
    Yay for the sewjo returning!
    It was 45F this morning.

  8. October 5, 2014

    Love your dress and pj pants for your Dad. I grew up in the St Louis area but then moved to Houston with my husband’s job transfer. And although we’ve lived here or 30 years I still miss Fall with its lovely change of leaves color and crisp cool weather. Fall is my favorite season but not here in Houston!

  9. October 5, 2014

    Love the dress. From here it looks like a perfect fit!

  10. October 5, 2014

    Welcome back! I’m getting ready to come back, too. Great plaid matching, and I love the stripe placement on your dress! 🙂

  11. Yvonne Bennett permalink
    October 5, 2014

    You look fantastic on that new dress! Love the colors and I agree your photographer does a great job, too!

  12. October 6, 2014

    You look super in your new dress! Glad the mojo has returned 🙂

  13. October 6, 2014

    Really great job on the dress. So much to keep learning – just recently learned about foe.
    Losing your mojo is frustrating , but sewing for someone else seems to bring mine back .

  14. Judi permalink
    October 6, 2014

    Your dress is very pretty…the colors are perfect on you! Fall is my favorite time of the year and it’s here. 🙂 It’s slightly chilly this morning…42 right now…the leaves are falling…gorgeous!!!

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