Sunday, May 9, 2010

Thinking out loud ...

My SWAP pictures are finally done and sent away and I can think about other things. It was a trial getting my pictures as my photographer was less than willing and complained the whole time. Funny how it was different when I wanted to take his pictures!

This weekend I sewed some of the things I cut out two weeks ago. First up is this skirt. It's Vogue 8604 size 12 straight from the pack. I probably could have gotten away with a 10, but I thought I'd be better off with a 12 for winter. It's the same fabric as the pants I made a couple of weeks ago and fills in a big gap in my wardrobe. I have enough left for a vest and maybe even a jacket.



Next up is Vogue 2091, a DKNY pattern I bought at the op shop for 20c. I thought it was OOP but you can still buy it from the website. I made View C (the one on the left) but without the bottom band as I thought it might be too long for me. There are three very different dresses so this is good value.


It has a strange diamond shape gusset under the arm which seems to restrict more than it helps. That said, I actually like the way this looks on. I've tried it with boots and cardigan/jacket thing as well as with a black obi style belt, so it will go into rotation when the weather cools.

A few weeks I saw this Sportscraft catalogue and fell for this trench coat. You can't tell from this shot, but the fabric is ribbed like corduroy. I knew I had seen the exact fabric on the Gorgeous Fabrics website, in fact I had been eyeing it off for a while but couldn't think of anything to use it for. As luck would have it, Ann had a sale the day I decided to buy it. I added 3 yards to my shopping bag, but by the time I got to checkout there were only two yards left!! I figured I could squeeze it out as Ann is always very generous with her cuts. If not, I will make a shorter one. I have several BWOF trenches in mind and will make a decision this week. This is my first knockoff/inspiration from current RTW, so I'm rather excited.

When I decided to knock this coat off, I knew instantly the fabric I wanted to line it with, because I had been eyeing it off also, looking for an excuse to buy it. It's a beautiful silk charmeuse and I love it so much I'm thinking that maybe I shouldn't hide it inside a coat. But what can I make with it? This picture does not do it justice.


The other thing I don't know what to do with is this cotton leopard print. I bought this last weekend and it screamed at me to become a cliched safari style dress and I can't seem to get away from that idea. Again, it's way nicer than my poor photography shows and has lots of brown and caramel highlights.


Likewise with this 4 way stretch fabric. I love the colours so much and I really want to wear it, but I don't know what to make from it. Perhaps the middle dress on the DKNY pattern?



All three of these fabrics are sitting on the sofa in my sewing room and I can't put them away, I keep picking them up and draping them over my shoulders. I hope inspiration comes soon.

Apropos of nothing, here is a shot of Molly as she slept on the spare bed today while I was sewing. She went to the beach at 5am when Grant went for an early surf, had several big swims and then a long run. At 9am she went to the gym with me where she played with her boyfriend Herbi (my trainer's dog) and three other gym dogs. She had another run on the way home after that and then this afternoon she went out with Grant again and had another long run home.
She's a little tired.


11 comments:

Shannon said...

Molly is such a sweetie!

Love your new garments and the upcoming ones!

Vicki said...

I like all your ideas for the fabrics. The leopard print dress sounds great. Not sure about the silk charmeuse. It really is a blouse fabric - so that is it really. If you do use it for lining,you could make a scarf to match!

kbenco said...

Your plans for the fabric sound like another wardrobe! They are lovely fabrics - I like Vicki's idea of a scarf to match your charmeuese lining.

Sharon said...

You have been productive. The skirt and dress are lovely.

Please share your Burda trench patterns as I might see something I like and need to borrow from the library to trace.

Your fabrics would be very comfortable in my stash and I also like Vicki's idea of the matching scarf or better use this beautiful fabric for a blouse.

Molly made me smile, this is how Roscoe (my Border Collie) looked at 8.30 last night, had spent the weekend playing with a 1 year old Border Collie and didn't lift his head when we found him on our bed.

Sew Passionista said...

You make lovely things and I really enjoyed looking at your Swap.Lucky you to be able to wear Vogue 2091. The clingy styles are just not for me anymore. (Sigh!)

Angelia said...

Great skirt, beautiful fabric for that dress!! I love blues. I look forward to seeing your trech too.
I love all the fabrics you have picked out and whatever you make with them will be hot, I'm sure!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

That looks like a great dress. And nice fabric acquisitions!

Kathi said...

Your dress is very pretty. I like your new fabric choices, but that last one is particularly stunning!! Those colors are amazing.

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Karin (the Mrs.) said...

I love the skirt you made, it looks like a beautiful shape. And I can't wait to see the trench you will be making. I have been planning to make a trenchcoat for a while now, but can't decide on a colour or pattern. So maybe you'll inspire me!