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My August Project

Ok so I did finish the white shirt last night. And the skirt in the picture is a gift from my aunt who just visited me. I couldn’t wear the skirt while she was here because I didn’t have anything which goes with it. This white top also enables me to wear many other pieces in my wardrobe and I am pretty happy with it. I am now convinced that white may not be a bad color on me after all. Thanks Renee for pushing me in the right direction.

Now, about the pattern: It’s my favorite knit top pattern from Vogue 2925. I’ve written a review here. I’ve made this pattern 3 more times and all the tops manage to look different. My favorite method of finishing this top is using Foldover elastic. Since this knit was lacy, instead of lining it, I decided to just wear a white cami underneath. Depending on the mood I am in, I can choose to wear a contrasting color t-shirt under this shirt too.

I can’t even remember how long I’ve had this fabric in my stash for. It was never enough to make a full sleeve shirt so I’ve kept it. But for this project, it was perfect.

And for the record, not only did I finish this top last night, I did end up going to the gym AND bake these scrumptious Banana Nut Muffins! I modified the recipe from King Arthur Flour Book to make them low-fat too. Oh and this time I was finally able to get the tops of the muffins just like you find in the stores. Very crunchy and great texture. The trick is in really not stirring the batter too much. I think I’ll reward myself by having another one of these now. YUMMO!

I am so close…

to my finished top for the month of August. I know it’s again one of those quickie project and I am not too proud of myself. But it does fill the void in my wardrobe. All it needs is the foldover elastic to finish off the neckline and sleeves and the hem. I can do it I can do it.

I still need to go to the gym, finish up the newsletter, make dinner AND pack for my weekend trip to Maine!! Can I do it? ABSOLUTELY!

Wish me luck. Stay tuned…

Where have I been?

Wow, it’s been a while hasn’t it? Summer’s almost over. Well I’ve been entertaining all summer long and while it was really nice to have family around, I am kinda glad that I have some time to myself and I can sew again! And cook too! A lot has happened between the time I blogged last and now.

My trip to chicago was super fun. I hung out with some PR members at Vogue fabrics and made new friends, bought fabric to make my lace skirt too. Haven’t done anything on it since then though, but having the fabric is half the battle won right?

Here you go…

The lavender (under the lace) will be the lining and the chocolate brown will be a simple top. I wanted silk but I just couldnt find the color which worked with the lace. So this is polyester, but still very very nice. I am a little nervous about sewing it but you know what… if I don’t sew, I’ll never know 🙂

Now I need to work on some simple skirt patterns. I’ve been hunting on PR and I have selected a few.

New Look 6300. It has the shape I want but zipper in the back. Very easy to move to the side, so this might be a good candidate.

While in Chicago I also got taped for my FIRST Dress Form! I couldnt believe my luck when Jean Haas offered to tape me when I told her I was coming to Chicago. What a fun little day it was. I made myself a quick t-shirt dress from an old rib knit sitting in my stash and she taped me in Vogue Fabrics Class Room. That’s all I’ve been talking about since then. It’s getting stuffed and ready with Jean so I still don’t have it, but it’ll be here very soon. I can hardly wait. I’m just so excited that I think I might even plan a wardrobe for the Dress Form 🙂

Speaking of wardrobes, I haven’t forgotten about my August project. In fact it’s become quite a thing on PR so it’s hard to ignore the goal 😉

I am adding a little twist in my plan. So now every month not only do I have to make a wearable item, but it has to either fill a void in my existing wardrobe or, I have to make a coordinating item for it in the same month!

This month’s project is going to be a white top. It’s going to bring a lot of my garments to life which never got worn because of a lack of white shirt. I don’t think white looks good on me but I’ve been told otherwise so I am giving it a shot.

Oh boy, looks like I am just rambling on arent I? That’s what happens when you only write once a month. Well hopefully you’ll hear from me sooner than that next time. Thanks for reading and being a part of my life.

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