Anyhow, this is what I've been up to!
Bra Sew-Along: I completed my muslin during the sew along. Amy of Cloth Habit and Norma of Orange Lingerie were fabulous, so gracious with their time, talent, and knowledge. It helped me make the leap from staring at my bra pattern to sewing my bra pattern. I do not have a final, complete, well-fitting bra yet, though. That will require some pattern alterations or a different pattern.
|Bra Muslin hanging.|
|Bra muslin stuffed.|
|This shows the cup details better.|
It is a 2 part cup with a power bar.
The pattern I used was Danglez DB3E. It is said to be a good pattern for larger cup sizes, but as a first bra pattern for a bra making newbie, I had some head scratching moments with the instructions. I had to use a few other sources to make sense of the pattern pieces initially. The Danglez directions do not have pictures, ladies. I dare say most people who sew & create stuff lean toward the visual. The power bar on the side cup really does it's job to bring your sides in, if you know what I mean. (You busty ladies will. ;-))
The pattern as I made it did not have enough volume in the cup, which is fixable, although I am happy with the underwire fit. There is one thing I didn't care for with this pattern - the straps are too far apart for my taste. This can be altered, of course, if I choose to go further with this pattern.
I am excited about a new pattern from Bramaker's Supply, called the Shelly full band bra pattern that Michelle, a bra sewing buddy told me about. It has the larger cups, a 3 part cup with power bar, and the angles of the straps looks more to my liking. I want to give this pattern a try before I alter and remake the Danglez.
Fabric Acquisitions: By now I am sure you have read about all the sewing bloggers practicing abstinence (of the fabric and pattern variety) or pledging to use X number of fabrics from their stash. I'll have none of it! No abstinence, no promises. To that end, my first fabric purchase of the year came recently from Marcy Tilton. The gold fabric is a Ponte, the other two are yummy microfiber knits. I am not positive about the gold color on me, but my daughter looks fab-u-lous in gold. It was too pretty to pass up.
Garment Sewing: Several patterns are cut and ready to sew, just waiting for the time to sew. The other day I put on my first pair of Style Arc Sailor Sue Pants, made 11 months ago, and since taken in 2 sizes. I hate to say it, but it's time to retire them, or at least relegate them to around-the-house wear. The Ponte used for these has become terribly pilled. Although I have a brown pair cut out, and also own a navy and a gray pair, black is a mainstay in my wardrobe, so I'll need to make another black pair. This pant style fits my lifestyle well, since it can be dressed up or down, and is so comfortable. They are also easy to take in, if you are in weight loss mode.
Speaking of pilled fabrics, this knit made into a Style Arc Creative Cate top, has also pilled. I wear this top fairly often - it is so comfortable and I love the fabric. It never goes in the dryer, and the fabric was not inexpensive, so I am disappointed. I recently saw this fabric for much less than I paid, on lowpricefabrics.com for $5 per yard! I have a skirt in this fabric also, which has seen much less wear, so is still in great shape.
Hemming and Hawing: During the Great Purge, I found several pairs of pants that are older & skinnier ~and fit~ that need hemming, since I had to give up heels. I hate hemming, so in order to get it done, I am visiting my friendly neighborhood tailor. Yes, lazy, I know. I'll throw in a couple of my husband's pants while I'm at it. My mending pile is already too high, and I've got to clear off my project/cutting table to make way for my next big project, curtains.
Knitting: I am trying to relearn knitting. It's been eons...as in Barbie Doll scarves were on my knit list.
|Practicing knit & purl, and slip stitches. It's not pretty.|
Curtains: Yes, I am about to begin a couple sizable home dec projects. I've got 26 yards of dec fabric, and the same amount in both interlining and lining, for long overdue master bedroom curtains. The goal is room darkening, as well as sound and temperature blocking. I've promised my daughter mom-made curtains for her bedroom as well - I am thinking white velvet!
I've had a large cutting table set up in our MBr for some time, rolls of fabric waiting. Of course, I've been using the fabulously large table for cutting out apparel fabrics & patterns. Once this project is done, it's bye-bye to my fabulously large cutting table in our bedroom. My husband will be overjoyed. But I'll be sad.
Ahh, Florida: As much as I miss the change of seasons and beautiful snowfalls, life in Florida is nothing to complain about, friends. This has been a mild winter again for us, and while we have had a few cold days, for the most part it's just been plain gorgeous. I took the dogs on an extra long walk a few days ago, to the circular park in our old neighborhood. When we lived there, we walked Crystal in this park most days. Her old stomping grounds, if you will, and it was time to introduce Zelda to the park on this particularly beautiful Florida day.
|The park is full of Oak trees, and squirrels to chase are plentiful.|
|Crystal introduced Zelda to the bridge that goes over the creek and small ravine. Z wasn't very sure about it, so proceeded cautiously.|
|Zelda was pretty proud that she mastered the bridge!|
We have family coming into town this weekend, so I've got to tidy up a bit and make some cookies. The little ones that I made skirts and pants for will be here! Best thing is, they are considering moving to town - we are all so excited and hope it works out. It's good to have little people around.
The painters have finished Lauren's room, so I'll put it back together today, since she is away for a couple days on a school trip. Her 'stuff' has been clogging up my studio.
If I go dark for a while, it means I have begun the Great Curtain Project. But I might have to sew a few clothing items first. ;-)