Sunday, May 31, 2009

I Heart Seoul

My friend Sarah and I are in South Korea right now visit friends from grad school. One of the best things about my MBA program (University of Washington) is all the foreign students. We had 10 Korean students in my class (as well as more from other classes) and for the most part, we have not seen each other for a year. I have been in Seoul before, and it is a seriously cool place. The subway system is in Korean and English, so it is really easy to get around. I have a lot of fun here because I know folks, but it would be great even if I didn't. We are going to Busan tomorrow to play at the beach with our friend Naomi (Nayong).

Below is a picture of the dinner we had last night with the Lees. Yoojin is an amazing cook.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hits and Misses

So yeah, I didn't get any sewing done this weekend. I still felt really tired from my crappy cold and am just starting to get back to my real life as of yesterday. I did however get some sewing done today.

Simplicity 3790 basic T-shirt:
I added an inch to the length and an inch to the bottom width, so now it fits a little more like I wanted it too. Now I just have to get the sleeves right where I want them. This is a nonspectacular basic for my wardrobe. I don't like buying clothes from the store, so I'm always feeling that I am filling some hole in my closet. Someday I hope to not have that feeling and then I can make some frivolous things.

So you know that really great ITY print in the last post with the circles that gradually changed colors? Well, I cut it out and sewed it up today and, well, now it is in the "needs a few days to sit around before I admit that I will never try to salvage it" pile. The pattern sucked, the fabric didn't look good with my shape, and luckily I only had four seams to sew before I knew it was a disaster. I'm not sure that fabric ever would have looked good on me, so it's not as big a loss as it might otherwise have been.

On the subject of sweater shaving, because that is all we we ever really talk about, I bought one of those battery powered sweater shavers at Jo-Ann with my 40% off coupon, and it is seriously pretty cool. I have a sweater comb to remove the pills from my sweaters, and it has never seemed to work all that well. This little shaver works freakin wonders.

Left side unshaven.

It is not as clear in the picture as it really is, but this sweater has a new life. I made it 3 or 4 years ago and have worn it to death. I am so excited about how nice it looks now.

Ok Fine. The plus size patterns in the May BWOF did not suck. In fact, I might make one or two of those dresses.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Back in the Saddle

So yeah, I am recuperating from another nasty cold and am finally up and around again. Of course there has been no sewing or blogging for awhile, but there has been some buying, so here's a little preview of things to come.

I have this green knit all cut out and ready to make another Simplicity 3790. I modified the pattern again, so we'll see how this one turns out.

I made a Fabric Mart purchase and came away with these beauties.

Some knit fabric to try out Vogue 8581. I want to make the short sleeved version, but with fluttery sleeves instead of gathered. (Not such a great look on me.)

Another knit. I might make the same shirt if I like it. (This is one piece of fabric that changes color gradually. I didn't know it would do that when I bought it, but it's kind of cool.)

A pretty Silk Charmeuse to make Vogue 1103. I wasn't sure about this pattern when I first saw it, but the line drawing interested me and the fabric calls out to me. This will make a nice fancy summer dress. (Which I am in desperate need of.)

I have some other projects on the burner, so we'll see which order these get done in. I don't usually sew on the weekends, but I'm hoping to get some sewing time in the next couple of days.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

High School Sewing

I was looking through some old photos today and found some pictures of clothes that I made my senior year in high school. Even then, I liked to make the same pattern over and over again. This was a vogue pattern (I think) and I made the two pictured here, as well as another one that I wore to graduation.

Senior Prom 1986

I loved this dress. I got the fabric from Joann's; it was some sort of patterned, polyester satin or something. (The boyfriend is Scott. He remains my best friend to this day. In fact, he was the one I was visiting in Ashland.) The skirt was tea length and a kind of combination between an A-Line and a circle skirt.

Lithia Park 1987

I'm the girl in the green dress. It's the same as the one above, but with a short, straight skirt and made out of wide-wale green corduroy. I wore it until it fell apart.