Monday, December 22, 2014

Weekend Productivity...

...or something

I *had* to make an "ugly Christmas sweater" for DD -wait- "WE" were going to do it but only one of us managed to do 98.5% of the work. Typical, right? ;-)



Friday night/Saturday morning, my husband hit the road to pick up the kids (we are a blended family). Four years and I still can't sleep when he's not home. So when he left at 2:30 a.m., I willed myself to go back to sleep, but no dice. I got up and went grocery shopping a little before 5 a.m. It was blissfully quiet outside.

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When I got home, I decided to start on my Christmas dress. The fabric is a hot pink and white striped rayon/poly knit from Fabric Mart. The weight is PERFECT for this dress. The stripes though are a little too narrow. It doesn't read as a striped dress...it just looks Pepto pink :( 

Review to come.


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At about 10, I head out to meet a fellow PR'er at SR Harris. She was in town visiting her in-laws and I am *SO* glad we got to hang out!!!  

Fabric store selfie!

I was determined not to buy a bunch of stuff just because I wanted it. After making some pretty nice knit tops lately, I realized I have precious few solid colored knits. 

I got rayon jersey in eggplant and grey and wool jersey (SWOON!) in navy. 


I picked up striped french terry and real(!) leather to recreate this:


I'd previously shown a different one but the knit I bought from FM was too thin. However the French terry will be PERFECT. I just need to pick up some leather needles for that project.

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When I saw that pink/purple ribbing I melted a little on the inside. I have really wanted a bomber jacket and with the new McCall's pattern coming out (I ordered it from BMV yesterday!), I gambled that it would match my cotton suiting fabric.


It does! Yay! It's brighter but the same color. Which is actually perfect because then the ribbed sections will really pop!

So by now it's like 2 p.m., I've been awake for 12 HOURS after sleeping maybe 3.5 hours. The kids and I had our mini-Christmas and then I dropped my daughter off at work.

I was too exhausted to sleep because I knew I had to go BACK out and pick her up later. So I just started doing STUFF. lol!!! A cherry Pepsi helped with the cause!

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When I made M6752 for the Fabric Mart contest I really loved the dress but couldn't get past the dazzle knit.


With a crazy black/white/hot pink houndstooth ponte in hand, I set out to recreate it! But the ponte on top is too thick/stiff :/ So now I decide if I want to remove the bodice and make a new one from a lighter fabric or what. 

Sigh.


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Sunday morning I pieced together the Style Arc Sandra pattern. It was only like 37 pages but seemed to take forever. Then I realized I was almost out of my favorite tracing paper (no worries, I have a Blick coupon to get more!). I had a big roll of freezer paper though!

By the time I got it assembled and traced off, the sun was setting and alas...no jeans muslin yet.


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My stepdaughter is 14 but she is really short. She's too big for tween patterns but too small (well, would need a LOT of adjustments that I'm not used to making) for most adult patterns; not to mention I don't have a ton of patterns in the smaller size range. 

I decided that she might really like a M6996 cardigan and an XS should work out with just a little shortening in the bodice and sleeves. It's a cardigan so 'perfect' fit is less important.

In the meantime, (because I had to order a copy of the pattern), we were both wearing RTW scarves that were assembled the same way:
a rectangular piece of fabric, seamed on the short end and then hemmed. I let her go through the stash and I had about 6 fabrics that were light enough for a scarf. She chose this chevron poly from Hancock and within an hour, had a new scarf!


To mimic the rtw scarf, I french seamed the short seam and did a rolled hem on the long ends via machine

And THEN we made smores, watched a movie and I eventually went to bed :-p

18 comments:

  1. Ha ha! Your post cracked me up because a lot of it sounds like my life. My 14 yo comes up with projects "we" are going to work on and I am the one who can't just give it up and I tend too much time thinking and working on it. Your ugly sweater strikes the perfect balance of cute and ugly! Love it! That green top dress is really cute on you. Why don't I ever mix fabrics like that to mimic a top and skirt (I don't like waistlines in real life but like the separates look so light bulb moment!)
    Karenn

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    1. See! Darn kids! :-)

      I have come to love dress patterns with a waistline because my natural waist is ridiculously high.

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  2. Busy Busy! I can't sleep when my hubs is gone either. So, I HAVE to have that cardigan with the leather elbow patches. OMG SO amazing!! I'm loving the new dress you made like your fabricmart challenge one. Gosh, so many cute things!

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    1. Thank you!

      So glad it isn't just me!! :-)

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  3. oooo, I love that cardigan you are going to re-create -- can't wait to see your version! Actually I kind of love everything in this post. You are so insanely productive, and you pick such great fabrics!

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  4. I really love SR Harris. I am honestly trying to figure out ways to get back out to Minneapolis just to go there again. Plus, wool jersey is EVERYTHING!!

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    1. Yes! If you travel to the tundra, I am always down for a trip to SRH!

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  5. Geeze where do you get all that energy! I'm always pooped after any amount of time as SR Harris

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    1. It was pure adrenaline after being awake for so long! LOL!!!

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  6. I feel you on the PDFs. I usually just get them printed at staples for 2.95$. Works for me. Then I just cut the pattern. It's mine so I can send it to print anytime I hate tracing, truly hate it!!! I like the idea of redoing the bodice on the houndstooth. It really is worth the effort. I say go for it.

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    1. See but not all of them have a large format version included :/

      I think I will. I love the skirt portion!

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  7. You are a machine lol And I cant wait to see the cardigan! are you gonna use M6884?
    I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Tasha! I think I'm gonna go with M6996. Dare I say I like the shape of that one more??

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  8. Wow, you were productive! I LOVE SR Harris and need to go there again! I love that cardigan you are going to recreate (as well as all the rest of the garments!) Have FUN!
    Merry Christmas!

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    1. YES! C'mon Sue! We would have a ball! :)

      Merry Christmas!

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  9. Great inspiration for the French terry, I think I have a similar cardigan saved on Pinterest!

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  10. Yea again for SR Harris!!! Have you been to the new one...I think it's out by the mall (of America) somewhere? Love the fabric you got. :)
    Happy New Year!!!

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