Friday, February 19

Modified Dress

I bought this fabric about a year ago from JoAnn's (a light cotton). Just recently I got motivated enough to sew it. But while making it, it just didn't seem to be what I'd anticipated it being. I hate it when this happens! I didn't have enough of the main fabric for the bindings, which was just fine with me, as I wanted to spice it up a bit. Yet again the local quilt store came in handy, and I found a bold brown pattern fabric. I sewed it around the neck and sleeves. The neck seems totally droopy, though. I tried putting elastic through the binding, but I don't like it. So I put a tank top underneath the dress, and I think I like that. The wearer didn't like the "tent feel" to this pattern, so requested an elastic waistband to be added. While I was at it, I decided to sew in a slip with a ruffle for underneath. I think I like it now, but I'm still not sure about that neckline.

Pillowcase Dress

I love cotton and other natural fabrics. I also love the pillowcase dresses. -- I've wanted to make one forever! Several months ago, while at my local quilt shop, I saw this funky, "alive" fabric. It was swirly-flowery and super colorful. Colorful enough that if spaghetti was dropped on it, it would be difficult to be noticed. (We eat a LOT of spaghetti. We also wear it. -- EVERY stinkin' time we eat it.)

I didn't buy the fabric, though. Something else won out instead. But ever since seeing that fabric, I have not been able to get it out of my head. So a week or so ago, back I went to the quilt store. They'd moved things all around, so I had to do a serious hunt to find this fabric, but find it I did. Upon coming home, I went chop-chop-chop with my scissors, zipped the fabric through my sewing machine, and out came this:

I bought some dark red ribbon as well. Can't decide which one I like best with this. Any thoughts???

So Sorry!

It has been AGES (nearly 15 months, actually) since I've posted a . . . POST, and I am shamed by this whenever someone comes by and leaves me a kind comment. So very sorry! Thank you for your interest. It has been a boost that I've needed.

Life has just been busy! What can I say? I have had some things that have seriously preoccupied my time, and I realized that all my crafting needed to take a back burner. But how does something that is so vital to your life remain on a back burner forever? I found myself depressed and frustrated a LOT. So, recently, I have gotten back into sewing, and talk about a lift to the spirits!

The winter season has been long and dreary. But a trip to a local quilting store, as well as a trip to my armoire where all my fabric is stashed, has really brought some color to my soul. I have feasted, and dreamed in pools of color: red, creamy white, and bright-light blue; kelly green and dark brown; light pink and brown. And then I got busy.

See next posts.