|Faux Fur Jacket, Top, Skirt|
Ottobre was another favorite this year. This designer's patterns also fit me well straight off the page. My Easter Dress and accompanying little Jacket have the best fit I've ever achieved in a sheath dress and accompanying jacket. 7 Ottobre garments were made this year.
Kate at Fabrickated's 'Dress Like Frida Sewalong'. A project that truth-be-known I was not interested in at all..... became one of my most favorite learning experiences of all this year. A Humanities Class of learning all wrapped up in a top and skirt. So very much enjoyed learning about Frida Kahlo, the artist.... her life and her art. Achieved a top that's been worn constantly and a suede Big Valley type skirt that is only just now beginning to see wear.
|Ode to Frida Kahlo - the story in dress|
|Stitch Sisters Free Caftan|
- 1) my daughter informs me that in the sea of black and gray workout pants, my leggings are pretty wild. Yep. True! 😁
- 2) For this #over50 gal ‘Journey’ is my exercise playlist, complete with wireless Skullcandy earbuds. I have a 💀 in my 👂 and still love classic rock ‘n roll! 😁
- 3) The ponytail is crooked and glad IG doesn’t have smellavision. 🤣
Days 1-15 here, and Days 16-31 here if you like.
Ellen's Sewing Passion, asked if I'd participate in her 2018 Sewing Advent Calendar she was hosting at her blog. She would be featuring one of her international sewing friends on each day of December. I could not say 'Yes!' fast enough!!! I've admired Ellen and her awesomely creative work for years now and the idea that she would think of me as a friend just sort of blew me away. If you are not familiar with her, please check out her blog to see all her amazing creations. She lives in Norway and was part of Norway's televised Sewing Bee. The majority of her work uses Burda patterns..... with some Japanese draping techniques she's learned. She's also been doing quite a bit of refashioning lately and it's amazing how she pulls those together. Let's just say I'd love to own her closet!!! Anyway I'm on Day 20 if you'd like to check that out. :)
LifeStride Shoes picked up one of my photos and ran it on all their social media outlets. I.was.floored!!! I really appreciate how LifeStride supports their consumers in this fun way. Btw, these Parigi Pumps were purchased a few years ago and they really are the comfiest, nicest pumps to wear.
|Top, Skirt (unblogged still)|
A rabbit trail of projects began when the weather began to change and my hands would get sooooo cold. When my hands get cold, I'm cold all over.... and eventually I became so miserable I looked into the makings of a rice pack. An afternoon was all it took to make a couple of rice packs for myself out of 100% cotton flannel, filled with long-grain white rice. And boy why did I wait so long!! Microwave for @1 minute and you've got moist heat that lasts a lot longer than one might think. These are fun to make and as Christmas drew near, thought they'd make great Christmas presents.
from an Etsy supplier who was so nice that once she found out I needed such small pieces of fabric, she threw in her doggie scrap prints for free. Hair elastics were finally decided upon as 'perfect' for the ear elastic. I may write a blog post at some time as others might be interested to see how these were done. We'll see.
Melly Sews Blank Slate Patterns free t-shirt pattern below, were made and never blogged. She does her free patterns a little different in that after you subscribe to her e-mail newsletter, she sends you a link to access the pattern. No problem there. But her free patterns are only sized to her body measurements and the instructions are all in a YouTube video. Not written/illustrated out per se. The way she has you apply the V-neck facing was a little different. Again, no problem, but I had to keep stopping and starting the video to work through those steps. Also, my measurements are pretty much the same as hers.... but she must be reeeaaallllly teeny tiny as my first version was too small. More like an XS. Thinking it just needed a bit of tweaking and all would be good, the second one is also too small. More like a S. In the end not sure if I'll make this again as it seems with more analysis, the width from the neckline to the shoulder seams are super narrow and now you're getting into modifying the pattern in a way I'm not sure I want to do when there are other T-shirt patterns in le pattern stash. So we shall call these a learning opportunity.
|Atop Sassafras Mountain. South Carolina's highest peak.|
rtw jacket, AC inspired top underneath, Ottobre pants