Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mystery Box Challenge #1: the plan

I was gonna make a lavender linen skirt before I started my mystery box challenges, but really, it's almost September. Linen speaks of spring and summer to me. So, I'm gonna plan some new skirts to go with some seldom worn blouses instead. (But not right now.)

Ok. First challenge from the Fabric Mart mystery Box: The brown stretch poplin. (At least, that is what it seems like to me. It's a mystery.) I am pairing it with a light blue non-stretch poplin for a little color blocking. I've seen a lot of color blocking coming up for fall, and this has never been a trend I've jumped on before. However, I thought I would start out with something not-to-outrageous and see how it goes.

This is the original plan for this dress, and I think I'm gonna make it some day, but I'm kind of getting tired of all of my dresses having the same basic bodice structure with a bust and waist dart. (The only dress where I haven't done this is my red linen shift dress.) I'm gonna experiment with some gathers and yokes today, I think. We'll see.

Monday, August 8, 2011


I have decided this year not to watch Project Runway anymore. Up until last season, I really really enjoyed the show. But the influence of the producers manipulating the show is just right there on the surface now. I understand how reality tv works. I know that it's not really real, but I like the illusion that it might be: that the best person might win. I watched a few minutes of the first challenge episode this year, and realized I just don't care anymore. So I decided to give myself a little challenge.

As you may have noticed, I've not been sewing much lately. Summer is pretty busy for me, and I have some new stuff going on. And I have kind of lost my sewing motivation. Since I love sewing, and it is my only source of new clothing, I needed to come up with something to get the juices flowing. So, I decided to have my own project runway-like challenge. I ordered a mystery fabric bundle from Fabric Mart and decided that I had to find a use for all the of the fabrics inside, love them or hate them. I don't have any deadlines, and I have a skirt that I would like to make first, but I think I'm gonna have fun with this.

Fabric #1: I think this is a stretch cotton twill (dressweight.) This is gonna be a cute fall dress I think.

I dunno what this is, but to me, this is ugggggly. I will make a skirt. We'll see if I ever wear it, but it can work as a prototype for something I might like more.

This is an unassuming brown stretch cotton poplin. I have great dress plans for this guy

This is a brocade of whose contents I am unsure. I have two yards and I'm not sure what I am going to do with it. This is going to be the hardest one to figure out.

So those are my fabrics for the challenge. I'm excited about this one! So excited, I'm gonna show you some new liberty lawns I got awhile ago. Aren't they cute?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Liberty Sorbetto

Yeah yeah, Sorbetto Sorbetto Sorbetto. This is the fourth version of the top I have made, and I actually made it a couple of weeks ago before I got super busy.

The fabric is a Liberty print that I got from It is very faintly directional, and if I had been willing to cut the front and back pieces facing different ways, I would have had room on a yard of fabric to cut out the shirt with the box pleat. (My husband says he cannot even see the fabric has a directional print. I can.) I could have lived with the front right-side up and the back upside-down. Unfortunately, I had already cut out the back piece before I noticed I wasn't going to have enough fabric to do it the way I wanted. Long story short, I left off the box pleat and added a little faux button placket.

Close-up of one of the buttons, which I love a lot.

I think I'm done with this pattern for awhile. It goes great with skirts, but doesn't look so good with pants. I find that when I add length it gets super boxy and doesn't look so good on me.

I'm a little low on inspiration right now, so I'm gonna see what I can do about that. I have some skirts that I should make, but there is a dress I wanna draft. But not so much drive to do any of them. Ah well, it is summer.