Hi! I’m back. Sorry for the extended hiatus, these have been difficult times as we lost our dear Mamacita (Oma) a couple of weeks ago.
In the meantime some sewing has been going on, the biggest project was a dress for my daughter who attended a fancy fund raiser last September. Read more
I made this top to wear to a piano concert at an outdoor pavilion. I wanted to look nice, but not over the top because it was outside. I wore this top with very dark wash jeans, high heeled sandals and what else? my DKNY cozy! Read more
I made this dress to go with my DKNY cozy–that’s what I love about sewing, you can make a garment to wear with anything in your wardrobe. I love my cozy, it’s the perfect color and weight for late summer when the evenings are chilly and I was happy to find fabric to create a dress to go with it. Read more
I generally don’t like loose fitting tops, they remind me too much of the maternity tops I wore during 3 pregnancies. This top however, is not too floaty and because it’s fitted under the bust it skims over my midsection and is very flattering.
I used Simplicity 3874, view A and shortened it into a top. Instead of using the tie to pull through the casing, I used elastic. I think elastic makes nicer shirring than fabric would. I saved enough fabric to make a bow for the front that I can tack on, but that’s a little too foufy for me. I lined the top, to the edge, with China silk.
I like this top because it’s cool, but not too bare (bra straps don’t show!). I wore it with white wide leg pants and heels; it was a nice outfit for a dinner party in our back yard.
I love this medallion print:
This orange dress was made with some of the salwar kameez fabric I brought back from India…we’ll have to plan another trip, I’m using my Indian fabric up fast! I used Style 1012 which, obviously, is discontinued. In case any of you have this pattern in your stash, it fits well and is easy to make.
I made the trim for the neckline with the border of the fabric. I just stretched it and molded it with the iron to make it hug the curves. I lined this dress with the piece of fabric that comes with a kameez bundle that is meant for the pants (I think). I was kicking myself for not lining my orange linen dress. It’s so simple to do and really makes a dress hang better and you don’t have to worry about show through.
If it ever gets warm in Chicago (it’s 64 degrees here now) this will make a great sundress for a barbeque or casual dinner out.
I’m in a crazy orange phase…it started last summer–I covered my patio furniture in an orange print, then I bought an orange bathing suit and then I made Project MyWay #9, a Diane von Furstenbeg knock-off top in an orange print. Read more
This was a quick and easy project. Any sundress pattern with a fitted silhouette would work, I used New Look 6938 which has been discontinued. Read more
So, I was copying the picture of the shirt I pulled out of a magazine, (it’s actually a jumpsuit, but I love the top part) and I started with the kimono type sleeve, like in the photograph–what was I thinking?!? I already have the shoulders of a full-back and those sleeves made me look like I was about to take flight! Read more
Happy Mother’s Day Oma! We’re off to Southern Illinois to spend Mother’s Day with my mother-in-law.
I made her this tunic with some of my Salwar Kameez fabric from India. Read more
Of course I had my heart set on a Balmacaan raincoat at a time when there are almost zero raglan sleeved coat patterns available. Luckily, Simplicity 2858 was pretty close to what I wanted and I didn’t have to fuss around with it too much. I love how it turned out. Read more