Stuff and stuff
The last two weeks have been totally crazy:
- We bought a house
- We moved into a hotel temporarily to establish residency
- I had to rush register Jack in a new school district (for which I moved into a hotel), and
- Jack started Kindergarten
Between living in a hotel and the crazy schedule, I haven’t had any time to sew. And now it’s Fall. I no longer feel the urge to sew another swimsuit. This, despite being half way finished with my second suit. I might have to put it aside until next Spring, because right now I’m just not feeling it.
So onto a new project. Remember my Butterick 5454? I do, because I’ve worn it a few times in San Diego. Ok, I’ve worn it a lot. It’s one of my favorite dresses despite the remaining fit issues.
I feel put together when I wear this dress, but not too business-y or too fancy for picking up Jack at school. It just looks right. Do you know what I mean? I need more of these dresses in the rotation. If I make it up with some of the really awesome border prints I have, I don’t think anyone will be able to tell that I am wearing the same dress all the time. They’ll just think I really love DVF, right? Actually I wore it today and received an unsolicitation from one of the other moms, so I think I’m on the right wardrobe track here.
Today I totally became so obsessed with making another B5454 that I overcame my deep-seated terror of doing FBA’s and started the tremendously fun (NOT!) process of retracing the original pattern onto tracing paper and making my alterations. Thank heavens for the interwebs and Facebook, because I don’t think I would have survived this process without either of them. Again, I used Steph’s tute for the FBA, but then couldn’t figure out the side seams/armscye dealio. They looked all batty. But my sewing friends on Facebook put me on the right path with the idea of rotating the side dart into the shoulder pleat. Genius! Thanks Sherril and Shams! And thanks Anne K. for the tip on true-ing up the wrap edge.
Hopefully tomorrow I can cut out my dress and start sewing on Sunday. We’ll see. Jack has some playdates planned this weekend. I’m so happy for him. He’s been one lonely little boy the last few weeks. I’m so glad that school has started and that he is making friends.
Oh, and how can I forget to mention that Susan and I met up with our kids yesterday for dinner. We met by a new to me fabric store, Gwen Couture in La Jolla. It’s a fabric store/sewing classroom. The fabric selection is small but well curated with beautiful fabrics perfect for the San Diego climate as well as a small grouping of woolens and suitings. They have a great notions section as well. The owner, I’m assuming her name is Gwen, was there sewing a client’s dress. It was a gorgeous dress of lipstick red wool, fitted sheath with large bows on the shoulders. The fabric was very drapey and luxe looking. The workmanship was very fine. She was a delight to talk to and I picked up a beautiful knit. The prices were a little on the expensive side, but the quality was fantastic.
Well, gotta go now. I am pretty jazzed about my FBA that I worked on. It’s looking pretty good. With the added room, the CF is at my CF and the neckline won’t require a cami. Woo hoo!
Happy sewing everyone!