Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Lewk for Less



I first saw this fabric on @fancytigercrafts. They ran out of it pretty quickly, so I was thrilled to see it pop up at Stone Mountain & Daughter, in a cream colorway. Flora and fauna.

 I made this infinity scarf in under 30 minutes, using a six-year-old pattern from a local class. The voile's a little stiff because I was too excited to wash it before sewing, but I think it will relax with time. It reminds me of Alexander McQueen's floral scarves....
photo: comomilano


See? Pretty much the same thing, for not the price of a car payment. (Or serger. Or plane ticket.)

Monday, July 2, 2018

Mom Jeans




Yeah, I know what I am. This is *yet another* pair of Jalie Eleonores, this time in a dark, heavy-ish denim from Robert Kaufman. I'll be rinsing the excess dye out of this stuff forever.



They're also the best-fitting of my Eleonores, not that you can tell because indigo denim is soooo hard to photograph.

Just trust me.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Need a Diversion?


It just keeps coming.

Maybe you're weary from reading the news, hoarse from calling all the legislators, or tired out from hitting the pavement.

Sometimes you have to rest so that you can keep fighting over the long haul.

Riverdale to the rescue, friends. A 90210/Scooby Doo/Dynasty mash-up. My daughter and I are becoming embarrassingly invested in the characters. (Our favorite is Cheryl.)

Hey, at least we're not doing jingle-jangle.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Endless Summer #2




What happened to Endless Summer #1? I made it one size too big, so now I have a lovely double-gauze night shirt squished under my pillow.

This version is a size 39 (based on finished bust measurement), sewn from a black pin tuck voile that I bought at a local fabric store. I think it might be Robert Kaufman.



The leggings are the new-ish Pants No. 2 pattern from 100 Acts of Sewing, in an Art Gallery knit.

I wore this to my semi-annual one-on-one with the head of my organization (that's my boss's boss).  In my past lives this never would have flown as a work outfit, but I've seen her wear tunics and leggings with shiny metallic Fluevogs to work so I felt emboldened.

Tunics and leggings at work? Yay or nay?


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Jalie 3880




It's been a while. I've been sewing but not blogging, mostly because I really do not enjoy posing in front of a tripod.

So it's back to selfies, this time at work and with a fancy-to-me phone.

This is Jalie 3880, one of their new patterns. It looks vaguely Japonesque or vaguely medical, depending on pose and choice of fabric. This is a drapey knit from Marcy Tilton. (The pattern specifies a "fluid knit with nice drape" but I think that it could look Jil Sander-y and sculptural in a ponte.)

The deep armholes are flattering and a nifty facing covers what needs to be covered. I'm tempted to take this silhouette up a notch and try A Verb for Keeping Warm's Uptown Top.

And speaking of Verb, tomorrow it's supposed to be 100 here so I'll be breaking out (and photographing) the Endless Summer Tunic I made last month.

Stay cool, people. And I mean literally.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Minimal Monday: The Meta Version

Photo: Deep Pinterest

Readers, I'm letting Minimal Monday go. I tried it for a quarter (12 weeks) and I don't feel my insights on this subject are profound or frequent enough to merit weekly posts.

What will take its place? Likely project photos, snapshots of my wild and wonderful adopted state, or the occasional quote. And I don't see my obsession with capsule wardrobes waning anytime soon.

Stay tuned!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Weekends Scrolls & Reads

Treat yourself this weekend, peeps.

Discovered paperbag waist, which provides pattern ideas to DIY independent designers. Mixed feelings. Better than buying the fast fashion knockoffs for sure, but still....mixed feelings.

Speaking of patterns, I'm obsessed with this blouse.

And just in from the Ministry of Drool-Worthy Designs Short-Waisted Busty People Should Probably Avoid...CFPD's Cocoon Jacket and the Flaum cardigan.

Marcia Derse. 

Buen Finde!