Monthly Archives: October 2008

I’m so scatterbrained!

Well, I do have some things to share with you all but I seem to have misplaced the charger for my digital camera. I have torn my house upside down and tried to remember the last time I had it. I usually keep it plugged in to a bathroom outlet all the time but I took it with me to Dunnellon and can’t remember what I did with it thereafter. I didn’t need it at Bryan’s parents’ house so I know I didn’t leave it there. The search continues…

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Be still my heart!

I always get excited when I receive an email from Hot Patterns – last week was no exception! God, how much do I love these new patterns?!?!?!?!

I was just thinking that I’d like to make some sort of cardigan in a sweater knit – a cozy, long cardy with a ’70s feel. Along comes the Metropolitan Sweater Dress, Cardigan and Top! I LOVE the notch/split on the band – a perfect little unexpected detail.

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I’ve also been looking for something different in the way of a dress so the Metropolitan Good Times Dress, Tunic & Top is a must-have for me. I want to make the dress with the placket neckline in a funky printed knit. I also love the tie-neckline which I’d leave open.

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I have some wool doubleknit (with lycra!) that would be perfect for this little jacket, the Riviera Boulevard Cardigan Jacket.

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And, how cool are these gauchos? They are divine, perfect for my black boots.

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I can’t wait to add these to my collection!

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Dresses!

I’ve made four new dresses in the past few weeks – three of them with fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics! You’ve already seen the Kimono Dress I made last month, here are a couple of work dresses from New Look 6429. I had originally made this pattern a few years back when it was first released. I don’t know why I waited so long to make it again – it’s a real gem. This is quickly becoming a favorite for work because I don’t have to fuss with it at all, just toss it on and go. I’ve made three short-sleeved/collared versions so far this month and am planning on one long-sleeved version before I give it a rest. If you haven’t tried this pattern yet, what are you waiting for? The cut is sublime and it goes together in a snap.

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This print was a bit of a challenge to match but I’m happy with how it turned out.

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I used the border for the collar, cuffs and neckline binding (which you can’t see here).

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No matching here, this one went together in a few hours.

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I used Palmer/Pletsch Sheer to interface the collars on both dresses.

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I also made another version of New Look 6648 (fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics, of course!). I absolutely adore the sleeves on this version. And, yes, it is positively x-rated without a cami underneath. ;-) I did discover that this is just perfect over a bikini when you want to cover up just a bit – much better than a big baggy t-shirt.

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Yes, I’m still alive!

Wow, I’m really honored that some of you have missed my posts! Everything is fine, I have just been working very long hours and have had precious little free time the past two months. I’m finally making friends with my new schedule (after much arranging and rearranging) and have been able to actually spend a little time (only a few hours a week but it’s better than nothing) in the sewing room.

A few weeks ago, The Boyfriend (geez, that sounds so juvenile but I don’t know what else to call him!) and I took some much-needed time off and drove up to Dunnellon to visit his parents. Although we were only there about 36 hours it was nice to get a break from the usual routine.

Bryan’s parents have a pontoon boat so we took a leisurely cruise down the Rainbow and Withlacoochee Rivers. This is the Florida I always imagined from Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion’s Ghost - breathtaking and spooky at the same time. Unfortunately, we only saw one small alligator and I wasn’t quick enough with the camera to capture him. But I did manage to snap a few sunbathing turtles.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t spot a single manatee.

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It was also nice to have a few nights off from cooking! Ack, I am seriously hating my hair here after having it cut by someone new just before the trip. The hunt for a new hairdresser continues…

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I promise I’ll get a few sewing pics up next week. I haven’t made anything terribly exciting, just a few work dresses and a top. I’m anxious to get the obligatory sewing finished so I can start on my Prada lace jacket – Ann found the most beautiful lace for me at Kashi’s – and my Burberry raincoat (or jacket, haven’t really decided yet).

Before I go I want to congratulate The Boyfriend’s team on being ranked #1 in the nation! St. Thomas Aquinas’ game vs. Deerfield Beach will be nationally televised Friday night on CBSC. If my family’s watching look for me on the sidelines!

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