Friday, April 30, 2010

Planning a new project

Now that I'm retired (ahem), I no longer need to sew jackets, suits and things for work.  And my wardrobe has always been poor in off-time clothes.  So here's the first ensemble.  Top (the jacket) is a glazed linen in natural (it's hard to see in the photograph), which I bought from Emma One Sock.  In the middle (the blouse) is an embroidered cotton from Sawyer Brook.  The blue spots are faceted buttons I bought recently at Nancy's Sewing Basket.  I had no idea what I would do with them when I bought them, but they were so pretty!  So see!  It does pay to grab things when you see them.  The last (the skirt) is a gray and natural linen from Nancy's.  It's nice and heavy, and it hardly wrinkles!

For the jacket, I plan to use this pattern from the April Burda

That's if I can find the pattern in the welter of lines on the pattern sheet, and if I can alter it. The blouse will be the same Louise Cutting pattern I used for Orange You Glad.  But what to do about the skirt?  I can't decide if the stripey stuff will look good in a straight skirt.

Hmmm, I know there's a pattern in here somewhere

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Finally! Another project finished

This is my Orange You Glad blouse, which I am very proud of!

I used Louise Cutting's new pattern, Relax A Little, which I picked up at the Puyallup Sewing Expo, autographed by Louise!  It's a lovely pattern, easy to make, with Louise's usual very helpful tips.  The fabric is a semi-sheer tangerine silk shot with an orange metallic thread.  I bought it a couple of years ago at Nancy's Sewing Basket.  It's sans pockets.  I'm not wild about non-usable pockets.  A couple more pictures:

Isn't it a gorgeous fabric?

I've never before been interested in Spring and Summer sewing, but this year is different, perhaps because of Sis's inspiration.  So lots more things coming soon!