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framed by sunday sevens #31

friday: can you feel the heat & humidity through the window?
friday: can you feel the heat & humidity through the window?

Since last week was an assortment of activities, I’m framing it mentally with Natalie’s Sunday Sevens.

Frame. v.t. 1.  To fit or prepare and unite several parts in a regular structure or entire thing…

After mooching through my photo mind palace for this week’s WPC (over t’other blog) I decided it was time to iron a skirt & blouse that had hung un-ironed all week.

You know how your mind wanders whilst ironing. As I’d just been thinking “frame,” it got applied to the ironing.

  • The yellow blouse had been a charity shop men’s shirt I liberated circa 2013.
  • The skirt & capelet fabric was purchased in Chicago and originally made into culottes, but fabric was too stiff for the style and so it didn’t get worn.
  • Then it got made into a straight skirt, and worn much more than the culottes.
  • The capelet, of leftover fabric from the culottes, was a test.

The shirt’s too long to be worn as styled with the capelet at left (proportions are off), but isn’t quite so off with a solid RTW blouse instead (top, right) Yes, that yellow men’s shirt is still underneath.

 Thanks to J for photos above!

  • Plastic & glass bangles thrifted around chicago (2010-13)
  • Earrings from california arts fair (ca. 1990’s)
  • Sandals by Clarks
  • Hat still in use!

framed! my 1st multi-colour work

And an extra photo just because I’m chuffed to have done some crocheting in colour.

Time for Sunday Sevens again, as dreamed up by Natalie of Threads and Bobbins. Why not join in? Guidelines are extremely flexible. 😉

Submitted for the WordPress Photo Challenge.

arrivals across the pond

needle kitGuess what arrived in the mail one hot & soggy day this week?

Prezzies ! ! ! From me Bestie sewing mate, Ali over in Yorkshire ! ! ! (Another much longer post to follow.  Am still a bit gob smacked.)

Click the pic here to go to Ali/Thimberlina’s write-up of the making of this cute and creatively decorated piece of art.

Honestly, I’m not entirely sure whether to use it or frame it.

The insides are in the slide show below.

Do please click a photo to go into the show viewing, as there are multiple texts and not all are visible if you hover. You can also make comments there on individual piccies.  Then click Escape to come back here.

I’ve already checked out the web site of the woman who ran the class, Raggedy Annie. She has kits, Lovelies! For all us folk not living close enough for classes. Can you look & not get all kinds of ideas? I surely couldn’t!

PS/ For those fortunate enough to live in the U.K., and near to Halifax in Yorkshire, get thee to Fabbadashery for even more classes from Raggedy Annie and other creative people. The owner, Chrissy, is a delight! You won’t come away empty-handed from her shop. 😉

 

memademay: the final days

absolutely LOVE this vintage blouse of slubbed rayon but never posted about it.
adore this vintage koret blouse of slubbed rayon but never posted about it. (couldn’t get photo to do justice to the colours)

Worn:

For my first participation in Me Made May I didn’t set the bar very high – new job & didn’t want to be stressing out on what I was wearing. So I made a pledge that included upcycled items, and discovered that’s a large portion of what I was wearing.

Thinking about the experience, part of the outcome was influenced by a third of the month having much lower temps than expected, and I’d already packed away those items.

(To be honest, I don’t like making hot weather clothes & have lagged behind in  sewing those projects.)

Another bump in the road is a decision to retire the DKNY Vogue pattern used for three of the dresses, because the front neckline pleats make the dress “front heavy.” Fabric weight doesn’t make any difference. I’m constantly pulling them back into place.

Now, what to replace it with is the big question.

Maybe I should give the McCall’s 6117 pattern I used for the cinema dress another go, as it doesn’t have the same problem (so it’s not my posture going wonky).

Know I need to make several more pairs of shorts for sleep & lounging, and could use some solid coloured tank tops to go with them (and with skirts when it really gets hot).

One thing I discovered is I really like having space to put colours together: all beige/white blouses, red & orange, yellow. It makes it much easier to decide combinations. I can hold up a patterned top or bottom half and decide what will (or more frequently won’t!) match it.

So much to sew and so little time to do it in!

inspiration:

Last Sunday’s Guardian had a list of 50 summer dresses for London, so I picked out a couple of silhouettes I liked ~ 2 kimono dresses, a modified shirtwaist, and one simply because it’s green. (Hopeless, I know.)

So off I need to go and see what patterns I might have (or can modify) to give these a try…

Guess that’s a plan.  😀

How did you all fare in May, and what did you discover?

sunday sevens #17 & week 3, memademay

Here are my 7 photos for the week, in slide show format. Click to go to the show, which includes captions of explanation.

 

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Natalie, Threads and Bobbins, came up with the idea of Sunday Sevens. Anyone can join in, and you don’t have to do a post every Sunday or have 7 photos. Perfect for weeks when there’s not much to write about, but life happens.

  • For more about Gütermann thread’s secret hidey spool construction, read Yorkshire Karen’s post.
  • Some interesting thoughts about Clothes on BBC Radio 4’s Late Night Women’s Hour podcasts. Do be aware that as it’s late at night, some of the language is a bit different from what’s used at 10 in the morning. 😉
  • Eye-opening example of what happened with fabric construction when they cut their newest pattern cross grain instead of with grainline, from pattern company Decades of Style.

Added to my discoveries during MeMadeMay are cutoffs/culottes with pockets in black & maybe denim because I’m wearing the upcycled ones from friend Karen every week.

 

sunday sevens #16

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click to go to Zo’s page

Well, I wore my Morris jacket a few more times last week . . . .

I’m delighted we’re having slightly cooler weather for a couple of days, so I can.

You know I do wash it. 😉

Here are some Me Made May entries for last week ~ have forgotten a few & you need to mentally add that denim Morris. Captions are when your cursor hovers over a photo or you click one.

Keep counting, cause I’ve actually got 7 photos this week, so Natalie’s (Threads and Bobbins)   Sunday Sevens actually fits… except I missed Sunday. Anyone can join in, and details are quite flexible as we all know Life sometimes comes before sewing. (Horrors!)

And here’s a few more, for further glimpses of the rest of the week. Hard to believe the month’s half gone!

 

sunday sevens 15

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click to go to Zo’s page

Natalie, over at Threads and Bobbins, came up with the idea of Sunday Sevens. Anyone can join in, and you don’t have to do a post every Sunday.

It’s also time for MeMadeMay16. Below are items I’ve worn last week. . . and add that Morris jacket about 3 different times.

I think that’s going to be a staple, and needs cloning. So does the Renfrew.

Now if I can just find the time . . .

Hope all U.S. mums have had a fabulous Mother’s Day, and

we all have a wonderful week ahead!

top o’ the morning!

Not exactly the right colour for St. Patrick’s Day, but I was delighted a few days ago to get this out, washed, and finally wearable, albeit just around the house.

Bought at a charity shop several years ago, it bleeds profusely in the wash, and is probably an older rayon, but it’s a nice rayon that can be worn loosely over other things, and is great for around the house.

The only “but” is the silly pocket someone stuck on the front. It’s so heavy it pulls everything out of line. Short of doing a lot of tricky unpicking, which I’m disinclined to do, it isn’t too fixable. What do you all think, Lovely & Discerning Fellow Sewers???

Only thing I can think of is to cut off the pocket bag and straight stitch around that opening, making it more of a design element. I hope.

What else did I do to this? Free-cut off a badly ripped cuff on one side, leaving the cutout areas where the closing used to be, and rounded off the bottom hem. Nothing bears too close scrutiny, so it’s definitely not for “special” wear! It’s good to have one less thing on the mend pile, and another topper in the closet.

Brody & CadburyAs you can see, I found a bit of Cadbury from across the pond  at Target,  as suggested by transplant Natalie, of Sunday Sevens.

Can’t say how true the flavour is to the ‘real” version, but can say it’s definitely much creamier than any U.S. chocolate I ever ate. Wish they’d had other varieties to try.

Just as I get this topper wearable again, record-breaking high temps arrive.  Did I ever mention how much I don’t like heat & humidity? Oh. Harumph.

sewing room curtain
curtain & matching table topper

A good reason for lying (laying?) low, and not doing much until after nightfall.  But the second Brody mystery came in, so I can be “passively active.”

Considering all the ironing I did before it got so hot I can be lazy & still feel virtuous.   hehehehee!

When I sew up a curtain, I prefer as simple a style as possible, and today’s newly hung version is no exception. Unlined at the moment, it will probably get lining, and might even be hung by clip-on rings. Will decide after living with this a bit.

I keep curtains for years, and sometimes re-use them for different things. The simpler the style, the easier it is to re-use elsewhere. After all, a stored curtain is stashed fabric. 😉

shirt hack continues

(Photo layout looks great but correct order for piccies is wrong!

Click any of them to go to the slide show, which is numbered.)

Might not have much time for sewing, but did manage to get a few short bits done.

Maybe after Friday’s trial wearing & probable sleeve changes, this will be done.

Not certain how I’m gonna like those pleats though . . .

Happy Weekend!

😘

taking a break ~

Remember this shirt?

I saw a video (also below ~ this time it inserted) last week that got me thinking about things I might like to change . . . sleeve length & those darned cuffs, amongst other things.

Managed to get the pocket safely removed last week. As I well know from other efforts on other fabrics, that’s sometimes a lot harder than it sounds. pocket

Chopping off those cuffs might be next, for stress relief if nothing else!

Miss everyone, but things are winding up tight here with sewing definitely last on any list.

Heigh, ho. This too will pass.

Watercolor Inspirations for South Sea Imports ca 1995Meanwhile, made time to change over to my fav Autumn table topper, and looked at the selvage info: “Watercolor Inspirations” by Pat Margaret & Donna Slusser for SSI (South Sea Imports).

There was no date, so I sleuthed a bit and discovered these two quilters published at least 2 books about their quilts, appeared on a quilting TV show in the mid-to-late 1990s, and were apparently well-known and regarded.

Mid-1990’s is about when I found this fabric. It’s held up quite well, moving from West Coast to Mid-West to East Coast, coming out most Autumns to be enjoyed again. Ah, the delights of a favourite piece of fabric . . .