Saturday, April 30, 2011

Wedding Dilemma

Is it appropriate to wear a sleeveless black dress to a daytime wedding?  My mother-in-law is getting married in the early afternoon in a small chapel wedding and I'm contemplating on wearing this pattern.
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Vogue 8647

The newest magazine had a great idea for a little black dress with lace overlay- perfect for summer.  So, I got black crepe and a beautiful lace with a little sparkle.  Now I'm second guessing myself.  Should I have gotten the champagne crepe instead?  I don't want to look like I'm mourning at the wedding.  

So, fellow sewists and non-sewists alike, is it appropriate to wear black to a daytime wedding?  

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Another Little Girl's Dress

New Look 6819 (Courtesy

I can't believe this is discontinued.  Talk about an easy and creative pattern.  This fabric is from Joann Fabric, Etc.

I can't say I looked at the directions other than to determine the length of the straps.  Adorable and easy pattern.

On to the little boy's shirt...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Dress Done!

First item in months that I've started and finished.

(Photo Courtesy New Look)
The dress is made of quilting cotton, lined with cotton batiste and biased with polka dot cotton.  I love the feel of the batiste.  I lined it to help it keep it's shape, hide seams and make it less see-thru.  I always worry that a dress that is too light will not look right when worn.  Hopefully it won't be too hot for the little girl.

The buttons are pink and green with swirls and polka dots.  Boy, are buttons expensive now days...  I added a piece of ribbon on the back since I don't have labels at this time.

Finished dress.  Quick project.  I hope she likes it:)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

What's on the needles, both sewing and knitting

I will force my mojo back one way or another!  After a wadder that derailed me completely, I've been promising myself to get back on the horse and forget the past.  (still waiting)  To those who have been so patient as to follow me through this frustrating time, it will pay off.

So, without preamble, I present the projects of April...

Definitely not for selfish me but rather a friend's little girl.  It will be a cotton covered with strawberries and accent piping.

Next, a boys shirt with Thomas the Tank Engine cotton.

Photos after the projects are finished.  I'm hoping to get them cut-out and done this weekend since the weather is going to be less than favorable.

To the knitting needles...

Currently I'm working on the Hayley Hoodie by C2Knits 

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This is on the needles using Berroco Vintage in Blueberry.

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I'm loving the blueberry color.  It's a deep royal blue.  The yarn is a little splitty and not twisted tightly.  This does make it nice as far as blocking and elasticity so it is a "go-to" yarn for me.  The hoodie isn't hard but being a little of a literal person, I mistook some of the instructions and had to contact the designer.  She is a huge help and responds quickly.

Next on the needles this month, is Strawberry Social from Verena Knitting.

(Photo courtesy Verena
The yarn is still up for grabs.  I'm thinking a nice cotton/silk but still unsure.  It is calling for a DK weight yarn.  My dream yarn is Madelintosh but I don't want an $80 tank for summer.  Craziness!  

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Finishing up some knitting

Ok, I'm finishing up the Queensland sweater that I've posted on Ravelry here.   I'm just about done with one front but have the ribbing and belt left to do.  It's really not bad as far as cabling is concerned but this is my first attempt.   I'm making it out of Cascade 220 Heather in Corodovan.  In real life the color is a rich mahogany red-yum.  It's not a green as the picture portrays.

Since I've gotten a little bored and ready for Spring, I have started a quick project by C2Knits.  It's called the Haley Hoodie.  Hoodie

I'm using the following yarn: Cascade 220 in Twilight Blue.  In real life it's very royal blue.  It doesn't feel like wool so I really like it.  Unfortunately I bought it when it wasn't on sale.  Now it's on sale at

On Ravelry there is a lace knit-along going on.  Yes, I'm reaching out and expanding my horizons.  Cables for the first time ever and lace this year too.

For my lace project I picked a quick one to knit from Verena.  Of course, my luck proves the same.  I sold this issue 20 months ago.  Figures!  So, now I have to buy the magazine or pattern again.  Teaches me...  It's called Strawberry Social .  I'm thinking of making it in a cotton but still not sure about this one. It's a DK weight yarn.  I did see someone make it in a fingering weight but seriously, I don't have patience for that:)

Sewing needs are still there.  Again, I need short sleeve shirts.  Honestly, I have t-shirts and that's about it.  Don't get me wrong, I love t-shirts but need wovens.  So, be on the look-out for some nice fabric and maybe some Burda blouses this Spring.

Now on to the summer sewing.  I did get a Simplicity pattern for the infinity dress.  There was a store here selling them for $98- again, easy to make and will get lots of wear out of it.  Burda has disappointed me this year and I think I'm going to stop my subscription.  La Mia Boutique is nice but I'm at a loss for what's next for me to sew.  Suggestions are appreciated.  Mojo is still missing.