Whilst I could make up some kind of excuse for being away for so long from ye olde blog, really that would not be very honest of me. Frankly, I’ve just been very, very lazy and I totally don’t feel guilty about it :) You know those weekends when you don’t have any plans and you just kick it back on the sofa, reading, watching TV and only getting up for calls of nature and scrounging the last crumbs of food from your fridge? The ones where you barely even make it out of your pyjamas? That’s what this little blog break has felt like. You have the odd thought that you should do something more productive but at the end of the weekend you go back to work feeling more refreshed than guilty.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that I’ve actually been on the couch for the last two or three months since my last post. I’ve actually been sewing up quite a storm. I’ve been to LA and back and of course had to have a couple of new outfits for that. Mainly I refashioned old me-mades that had not been getting too much love in my closet recently and made one new dress. The trip was excellent, thanks for the tips you guys. The only disappointment being that Mood was closed due to earthquake damage. But hey, my wallet is probably pretty happy about that and it’s not like I don’t have an overflowing stash already. I did pick up a couple of pieces at the Fabric Store though. A double sided merino (which unfortunately will go straight into the stash until November or so when it might start heading below 80 degrees here in Austin) and a lovely painterly print silk cotton.
Back in Austin, a couple weekends ago was Pattern Review Weekend and of course a girl has to have a couple new outfits for that too. Much fun was had and I even managed to keep the fabric budget in check because Jeannie at the Common Thread needed help at the store so I ended up working with her most of the day and not doing the shop hop with the rest of the gals. Again, my groaning shelves are thanking me.
Anyway, whilst I’m in the middle of making some cushions to go with benches that my hubby is making for a client, making some pyjamas for the Uncle we stayed with in LA as a thank you (he’s very particular about his PJs and can’t find the style he likes easily in stores) and sewing up a silk twill and athletic mesh Scout Woven Tee, I thought I’d better catch up on my backlog of makes. Susan from Moonthirty actually took a bunch of different outfit pictures at the same time as my last post, so I’ve been sitting on these for a couple of months now.
Continuing with the Mind the Gap series, this next couple of tops are two versions of the same pattern so they get one post. They both go really well with my blue pencil skirt from the last post.
The pattern is the Creative Cate from Style Arc. For this version, I lengthened the cut on sleeves by a couple of inches then added a fairly long cuff to make it into more of a 3/4 sleeved top. The fabric was gifted to me by Susan, left over from one of her leggings projects. It’s great having sewing friends:) It’s a really drapey and slightly heavier bamboo rayon with a good amount of lycra. Perfect for the weather we were having at the time we took these photos. Now of course, I won’t be pulling out this bad boy until December or so.
It looks like the shoulder seam could use some work, the whole thing probably needs to come forward a little but I also need to angle it more to the front for my rounded shoulders. It doesn’t bother me enough to stop wearing it though, just a note for future makes.
Here’s the mugshot, sorry for the wrinkles, I just pulled it out of the skirt to show you the length.
Yep, it looks way better tucked in.
And then I made a short sleeved version in grey.
The fabric is from Austin Fabric Coop and I wish I’d bought more. Really great recovery and feels so nice to wear. Can’t remember the content but I think it’s a rayon cotton blend. I had enough left over to make two more T-shirts (A Renfrew and a Plantain. I’ll be doing a side-by-side comparison post soon) but I wish I had some more for leggings. I’ll have to see if they can get it again.
Oh, and for all you cat-lovers out there, whilst we were taking pictures, one of the neighbours decided to photobomb.
Not even sure if this was someone’s pet as there are quite a few strays round our place, one of the gals here leaves food out for them.
And here is the mugshot
Keen eyes amongst you will notice the next garment in the Mind the Gap series. Hopefully I’ll get those posted soon and not leave this hanging for another couple of months….