Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Can You Say TNT?

Sometime after school started and I started drifting away from my consistent summer blogging, I remember Carolyn asking us about whether we use patterns once or over and over. I never had a chance to respond but guess which category I fall into? Which I don't really understand because I think of myself as a creative person, open and willing to try new things. Someone that almost always has a plan for a pattern when it's purchased. Okay, in my mind I fit into both categories. When I find a pattern that fits me and my life I make it more than once (wool skirts, summer skirts). But you have to try new patterns to see if you want to make them again, right?

Well, this is Butterick #3344 I made The Original last year with the leftovers from another top. It's the original because it's the only one that follows the original pattern (view D with long sleeves). That means it has a gathered neck with a zipper in the back. The others I decided to try without the zipper. I didn't decide this until I had already cut them out and I cut them all out at the same time, so they all have a CB seam. My criteria for the zipper was whether I could keep the tight high neck and still get it over my head without all the seams pulling out. The answer is yes, but...we'll see how it wears. There's a lot of pulling to get them on and I noticed that the fusible knit interfacing is showing through - like where it's really stretching. Click on the PR review if you want all the other sewing details.

Guilt, guilt, guilt over neglecting my blog. No wedding dress, no 2008 summary, no updating my links, yikes. I'm reading, I'm trying to comment, I'm sewing, and I'm thinking about all that I'd like to write about! Have a happy and safe New Year!

P.S. Yay, found out my sister's reading my blog - Hi Deb!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Thank you bloggers for providing me with a year's worth of inspiration, a perfect "chill" time activity, and fun!

I'm terrible about sending out Christmas cards; ask anyone of my close friends or family members. One year I spent hours putting one together, printed several color copies and never mailed it. Not one. I have no explanation except that I procrastinate. Well, this year I may break the cycle. All that I need to do is put on the postage and drop them in the box. Let's keep our fingers crossed that they go out this weekend.

(If you're a friend or family member don't look any further, at least for a week, because you're getting one in the mail.) For all blog readers, Merry Christmas!

Thanks so much to all of you that continue to read and add your two cents when I have the time to post. And thanks to all of you that diligently blog on a regular basis!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Good Vibrations

Wish me luck, my students are performing here tomorrow night. I'm not directing and were not listed on the flyer but it's a very important and inspiring night.

And equally important, I'll have more time to post about my new coat and gloves once it's over ;) !

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Capsule Anyone?

Just ran across this RTW challenge and thought it might inspire some of you SWAP and Wardrobe Capsule fans. Check out some of the participant's capsules.

Hmmm, anyone feel the need for a similar seamsters challenge???? Instead of just sewing the wardrobe, let's see if we can wear it in a week. I say use the same criteria as workthatwardrobe except all the garments must be something you have sewn.