A few photos of what’s been doin’ round here lately.
Caution! If you’re hungry, have a snack before continuing. 😉
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“Winter” made a brief visit last weekend, and might show up again this coming weekend as we put the clocks forward.
Meanwhile this week’s forecasted temps are an infrequent constancy of low 70’s.
How do you select a wardrobe for weather that jumps from the 30’s to the 80’s each week? For me, a bit of everything seems to be the only solution.
Is there a couldn’t-live-without garment? Yes, but it might surprise you.
It gets washed and worn multiple times each week, which is more than I can say for anything else at the moment.
Huge Thank You’s to you both for my favourite and most comfortable lounge & sleep wear!
❤ ❤ ❤
Saw something different in the library last week and brought it home for a look through. They caught my eye for several reasons – crochet is not emphasized amongst all the knitting volumes, and proper sized models are used. Given our temps, nothing appealed, but will try to keep these in mind, just in case.
Have since looked at Ohrenstein’s other 2 books and can say the second has some of the patterns given in this third book.
Plants are going crazy with this weather. Talked to men doing landscaping around this complex just yesterday…
All their winter plantings (pansies & white kale) have died and been replaced speedily with spring because it’s been so hot. (As in had to turn on the AC.)
All for now, Lovelies! Hope it’s steady weather wherever you are, and you’re able to enjoy good sewing!
“Fluid. n. A body whose particles move freely among themselves, and yield to the least force impressed…
”January isn’t the time for me to be making resolutions, ’cause all I want to do is rest up from a hectic December. But…
My plans would include lighter weight fabrics, and V- or scooped necklines. And elasticated waists. And pockets, inseam or elsewhere.
So, with all that in mind, let’s look at some piccies, and please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts afterwards!
Vogue 9193 Love the hem on this top & would do whichever version I’ve linen enough for, but sleeveless. Felicia reports problems with those dolman sleeves, and solutions. As I’ve had similar thoughts about similar styles, will have a long think before tackling. Fabric: Linen (summer), knits? (winter)
Butterick 5655 – “Fast & Easy” Hm. Am thinking a short version from some viscose in stash. Although it might be fun to play with the sleeves
& that front insert… Hold thought for another season. Fabric: Rayon or maybe linen
Vogue 8813 Still pondering what to use with this one… cannot locate a decent knit is the main problem. Or excuse. 😉
Vogue 1508 Like the shape of the top’s hem very much. Trousers are too slim for my taste, plus the back is contrasting fabric from the front. Not my style. Fabric: Linen
VeraVenus Cardigan Coat (free) (Click link to go to pattern.) After seeing this several times on people & reading how comfy they found it, I decided to switch my plans for a mustard wool to this pattern. Have a rayon piece cut out now, to check fit, etc., before cutting into the wool. Fabric: wool (winter), rayon (summer)
Butterick 6377 Will change neckline as I don’t do anything that tight round my neck. Fabric: Any stash stretch fabric to pair with V9193 trouser (above).
Vogue 8975 Liked the jacket on this, but the dress is also a possibility. Fabric: Linen, rayon.
Farrow Dress, Grainline Have not purchased yet; keep trying to talk myself into it. Needs neckline re-do, but that back fascinates me, along with the longer length. Fabric: Almost anything from stash.
McCall’s 6083 Lounging ONLY, in the green version. Fabric: Rayon from stash
Monday was taxes due day over here, and now that’s finished life can go on as usual. Which always seems to be unusual these days.
Shhh! I’ve been downloading & listening to podcasts from BBC4’s Women’s Hour whilst doing mechanical work. Have discovered interesting tidbits, and thought I’d share a few.
Helen Walmsley-Johnson writes about being an older woman in society. Has anyone read her book, The Invisible Woman? Am wondering if it’s worth importing across the pond.
Since I learned how badly some books are edited for American readers, I’ve tried to get original, unedited versions.
Hope I’m not the only reader/sewer around that finds both subjects of interest…
In a valiant attempt to catch up with as many photo challenges as possible, and considering this represents a whole week of piccies, here are those challenges ~
No, it isn’t a town somewhere. It’s a jacket pattern, from Grainline.
Nice, I thought, very nice! But what fabric to use? That was the question, because I was living in a fabric-free zone, and very leery of online ordering any knit I couldn’t handle before purchasing.
Then Jen, Grainline’s designer, featured this version on her site, and the fabric was still available from Mood in NYC. After that perfect recommendation, I ordered some.
Then it sat and aged a bit whilst I thought about it, as one sometimes does. . . you, know, to consider all one’s options.
And realized I should do a toile before cutting into the gorgeous green.
And wondered if I really wanted a jacket. The fabric would make a perfect….. (insert favourite style).
That did it. I remembered some heavy stretch denim used for a long winter skirt several seasons ago. There was plenty left over. It’s heavy, but it passed the stretch test. Besides, it was for a toile that, if wearable, might go well with my denim skirt (right).
Then I moved house and put everything on hold.
Fast forward to a completed jacket, and end of this path.
Thank you for walking along with me, and special thanks to my patient prodder, who knows who she is. . . . .
And that’s all I can remember at present. Am basically opposed to front facings not sewn down (they flap), but there’s no way this heavy denim is going to be hand-stitched in place. Am keeping my fingers crossed.
Hope everyone has a restful weekend planned!
Also submitted for the 52 week photo challenge.
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