Sunday, May 25, 2008

Back to Bloggin'

The blog drought is finally over! I actually blog in my head everyday, too bad there's not a quicker way to get it from there to here! Anyway, here's a some of the sewing I've done.

One pair of pants = a week's worth of outfits! I've been sewing tops that I thought would be quick projects to satisfy my need to sew. They all seemed pretty blah (and sat in a pile marked "will look better with a tan"), until I finished a key piece of my "In Hope of Spring" wardrobe - a pair or ivory/cream linen pants.

There are so many ironies here, it's hard not to mention them 1. the "spring" weather here finally went above 60 degrees the day I finished the pants, 2. because of #1 it hasn't been warm enough to wear any of the "In Hope of Spring" pieces, 3. now that the weather may actually become spring-like, I've got less than a week of school left and will no longer need the "In Hope of Spring" work wardrobe. But, I digress...

I love these pants! They could very well turn out to be THE pattern I use for all mid-rise pants I ever make. Similar styled pants I've made in the past few years have either been too tight (think muffin-top) or too loose; as in I lost weight and now they fit at the hip but the crotch is too low. There were several things I didn't like about the actual construction process but those are easy to change.

Construction Cites

Citation #1. I will not include the traditional fly. Many, many, sewists like these and maybe I did at one point in my life but this is one (time-consuming) detail I will definitely live without. Also, somewhere I read that the whole purpose of the fly is to prevent underwear from getting stuck in the zipper. I'm proud to say that I have never, ever had my underwear get stuck in my pants zipper even without that little extra flap. So, I'm just going to keep doing it my way.

Citation #2. I will attach the waistband like most traditional patterns. I like to fit the pants, then attach the waistband. The instructions here have you attach the waistband to each leg separately and then sew the center back.

Citation #3. I will not fold over the top portion of the belt loops and attach with topstitching when I can just tuck them into the seam allowance..

Oh yea, the pants pattern is Simplicity 4366 (Threads). And pattern numbers for the tops are, from left to right: V8323, S4020, S3790 and OOP Vogue 9040.

More later!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Work, work, work

I've been feeling so guilty about my lack of blogging lately. But, all that's on my mind is work (school - music). I'm in a new school and we have our first performance on Saturday. It's a big festival where most of the performances are outdoors. The forcast calls for rain. :( In my school system we're never sure who or how many kids will show up and that's what I'm most anxious about now. Down deep I know the group will do fine no matter who shows up to perform but I always have a few days of anxiety. Think I'll spend some quality time at the machine "projecting" myself into next week when it's all over!

Not to worry, I'll be back making comments soon!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

I Wear What I Sew

This post is inspired by these bloggers: Carolyn, Lindsay T. and Kasmira. Kasmira and many others do this everyday! Carolyn and Lindsay T recently blogged about how many garments you actually wear after making them. I decided it would be fun to record what I wore to work this week and see if the 80% sewn work wardrobe that I listed on Carolyn's blog is accurate. (No work, so no picture for Monday).
Tuesday - The jacket is from my Easter outfit.

Jacket OOP New Look #
Everything else is RTW

Cardigan NL # 6735
Pants NL # 6101
Both from rayon/poly double knit from JoAnn’s
Top Vogue # 8323
Knit jersey from Fashionista Fabrics

Jacket Vogue # 7942
Decorator print from JoAnn’s
Pants copied from a pair of Dockers out of linen/rayon blend

Dress Walmart
Jacket Old Navy
This is the first and only outfit my students have commented on – ARGH! They thought it was really cute. Hmmm, am I dressing too old?

How about it, are you up to A Sewing Blog Challenge? I challenge all you bloggers to do what I did and post what you wear in a week. Don't just talk about what and how you make garments, show everyone how you put them all to use! (FYI - one thing I learned from this post was if you want to know how you really look in an outfit, forget asking your significant other, forget the mirror, forget what your kids/students tell you, just take a picture and analyze it yourself,lol! I'm not sure all of last week's outfits will be seen again.)

Paula, Thanks for the link (and the nomination!)