First: !!!Congratulations to Mary T, who was married yesterday!!! I love new beginnings and I love Mary T. I’m happy for her!
It’s been so long since I’ve posted and I haven’t been able to write much. I am undergoing an intense course of chemo and daily radiation and I’ve yet to go through the worst of it. I go back into the hospital next week for another 5 days of chemo. The drugs I am on make it hard to think and hard to type so the lights have been out here at The Stitchery.
However at the real-life Stitchery the lights have been on. I have been able to sew. I can not sit very long and then I have to find some work that allows me to stand: cut something new or go press at the ironing board. It’s a passion that has gotten me out the door every day and keeps me living through an unpleasant bodily experience.
I’d like to share the beautiful double georgette fabric that has taken over my thoughts since it arrived from GorgeousFabrics.com:
This color combination has been playing cat and mouse with me for a month. The mouse is winning! I had originally planned a Kimono and Obi (fabric for the Obi not yet located) from the Simplicity June Collins Designs II Kimono 5839 pattern but I realized that the animals would eventually snag my beautiful fabric and I dropped the idea. I’m still searching for a design that will take advantage of the beautiful drape of the fabric but yet be sporty enough to wear to work under a casual jacket or to dinner with a wonderful duster. The fabric seems to want to be palazzo pants but those are not a great look on me. I am thinking about a wider leg pant though.
I have some creme and some salmon wool crepe that invite a jacket to be made with cream trim on the lapels…so much of what I’ve been working on would go well with this jacket. And the muse continues.
Meanwhile back in realityland I have made up the Hot Patterns T-Shirt dress with good results. I made the lower neckline and long sleeved version. I used a buttermilk from EOS but wished I had used a fabric with a bit more substance so it would balloon more nicely around the waist rather than fall onto my high hip and hang off the back like a melting ice cream. I had a picture around here somewhere so I’ll post it when I find it (maybe!).
Then I made the Loes Hinse Tank dress (using the lower neckline and adding sleeves) from a wonderful knitted fabric purchased a few years ago. The fabric is unique: it is two layers of a sheer nylon knitted through to catch the top layer in the areas that look white. Sandwiched in between are strands of muli-colored threads! It feels wonderful on and is not so thin I have to wear a slip.
I raised the placement of the elastic in the Loes Hinse design or it would have hit me at the waist and used CJPatterns’ BaseWear II sleeves. I also removed 3″ through the sleeves and bodice.
Both patterns fit well through the shoulders and upper bodice after tweaking and both are what they are: simple quick dresses, not all that attractive but the accessories and simplicity make up for the lack of shaping in the dress pattern. And they help me use up stash of which I foolishly ordered just small yardages.
I finished the Ann Sui blouse from this pattern: Vogue 2912. I made view C using silk georgette. It took me 2 weeks to finish it! I just don’t have the energy for taking photos, uploading, etc, so maybe my HusPartner will help me this weekend with the photos for a review at TSD (TheSewingDivas.wordpress.com). I think this pattern is lovely and fits quite well.
One of the side effects of my chemo drugs is that the fingers don’t work well and the skin on my finger tips are smooth and almost sensationless. That georgette just fluttered out of my hands repeatedly! It was a real exercise in patience. I have a large stash of sheer silks for summer so I hope I can get them done while the weather permits wearing them!
Now I’m working on a pair of pants using Vogue 2956. I have made a slight alteration for the high hip and will apply the waistband tomorrow. Upon try-on, sewn straight from the pattern with only a 3/8 increase in the back side length for high hip and a scoop in the crotch, I believe these pants just might fit quite well. Perhaps HusPartner will catch a photo of them as well this weekend.
Also coming sometime in the next 2 months is a review of a wonderful, as yet unpublished new book, The Collection, A Novel, by Gioia Diliberto. This is the must read for sewing goddesses later this summer. I promise you, if you’ve a passion for sewing this book will delight!