With the holiday break behind and a new year ahead it is a good time to make plans for the future…sewing future anyway.
I made my sheer blouse during summer 2010 and I loved the pattern. I wear the blouse a lot. I find it works for summer or winter and goes with skirts or jeans.
I found a sheer fabric that had a unique black and white stripe. Initially I thought it was a zebra print but it is more geometric. My eye has been drawn to geometric prints lately. I think floral fabrics on bolts in the fabric store scare me off a bit. I don’t want to sew things that look matronly or crafty-looking. I am still developing my eye for these things.
What you are seeing behind is layers of the fabric. It is a distinct black and white zig zag. I cut the fabric pieces out and I’m eliminating the belt loops. I remember this coming together very quickly.
The next project, and it is a much bigger undertaking, is my Ballet Dress. Yeah, it is not a tutu or leotard but a dress and coat that I plan to wear to attend the ballet in March.
I love the long-sleeved coat and the dress is very simple. It will be a good project to improve my finishing. The seams and darts will have to be spot-on since it is such a simple pattern.
I have picked up fabric but I’m keeping it a surprise. Actually I have been second guessing my choice of fabric since I bought it. I will tell you that I plan to do the bodice in a shiny fabric while the dress will be a matte crepe. To go with that I will do the coat to match the dress with the bow in the same shiny fabric. I am going to use the bodice lining as a muslin, or test garment, to get the fit right. I hope to get a really well-fitting dress out of this project.
I found out recently that a friend is getting married the same month that I am attending the ballet so the dress can do double duty. Yay!
Of course, the Pendrell blouse sew along is also coming up. I look forward to having another one of these blouses. I have received so many compliments on the first one.
What are you up to?
What I’m listening to: Tighten Up by The Black Keys
P.S. Did you see The Black Keys on SNL? One of my faves.