Thursday, October 22, 2015

Rounding Out October and RTW Snooping...

(this post has a lot of words!)

My failed Edith had a bit of an effect on my mojo. I couldn't work up the energy to start anything but that's okay because I had some minor mending to do and need to FINISH my NL6261 dress.

This is the type of thing perfect for sewing in 15-30 minute increments! I'll detail my timeline in the review post.


I am ecstatic over the fit through the back. No swayback wrinling. Yay! 
Post fish and chips belly non-withstanding :)

I managed to get just a touch of the white stripe at the side seam and it tricks the eye. dang it. The dress feels amazing on but I was thinking it was snug through the hips...but it is NOT the hips...it's my thigh. You can kind of see where my quads are just pulling the fabric forward a bit. I've already serged the side seams though so at most I can get about 1/2" and not sure all the unpicking is worth it. 

I'll try it on a few more times before hemming it, sit in it, etc to see how it feels. 

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Next up will be a blitz of NL6301. It has favorable reviews so far and I love all 4 views. 

I'll be using this green diamond print ponte I got ages ago from Fabric Mart for the sleeveless version. I envisioned it with my new thrifted blazer.


I will also be making views C (black) and D (cobalt) for my sister. 

Now, my sister and I aren't close. People seem to interpret that as 'we don't get along', but that isn't really true...we just aren't close. We never have been, not even as little girls. It's like extreme 
personality differences. So much so that it is almost comical! Shared parents, only 5 years apart yet light years away in who we are. But! she is starting a new job after a long period of unemployment and my thought process was:

I should make her an outfit! 
But I like surprises so it should be a surprise. 
Wait, sewing for someone else as a surprise is hard. 
Okay, then it has to be a knit. 
Wait, it has to be a dress. 
Okay maybe a knit top and skirt? 
But she wouldn't like an elastic waist skirt. 
Can I brave it and make a woven skirt? Heck no. 
Ok knit dress it is. 

NL tends to have a broad neckline/shoulder so I'm going to wing it and take a wedge out of the front to ensure it won't gape and narrow the shoulders a bit.

On sizing? Well...I don't have her measurements but ponte! :) I would take a 16 in this pattern and DD would take an 8 if she wore this kind of thing so I'm going to guess that my sister would need a 12. That seems about right.

So I plan to have an epic wrap-dress sewing weekend. I want to have hers in the mail by Tuesday at the absolute latest and prefer Monday.

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After that it'll be DD and mine's TNT M6964 pattern. 

I tested the Appleton dress for Cashmerette (I liked it and will remake it...just hated the fabric used for my muslin and the fit wasn't quite right. So hope to find something appropriate for it soon!)...Jenny sent over a paper copy of the final pattern and the bird fabric used in her model's version here:

Link to Photo

It's very nice jersey but I am just not going to wear a dress from fabric with birds on it (or owls or cats or pineapples or anything like that). No offense to anyone!!! It just isn't my thing. 

However! I will make a casual item from bird fabric! :) So DD and I will be twinning it in matching tees--she LOVED the fabric! I think mine will be long sleeved because the black/white will look cute with my vests.

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I have become obsessed with gingham. I need(!) a navy or black gingham top. I really liked this one at Target. It was $22.99 in store and on clearance for $6.88 online, but only in a XS! Booo!

I'll have to make my own. I might splurge on this purchase (let's just discuss the fact that it's been 10 weeks since I've purchased fabric, not counting lining for my Minoru!). So it won't necessarily be cheaper but it'll fit great and last awhile.



Bored on lunch yesterday, I went to the mall. I have never shopped Lands End and Sears had a bunch of stuff on clearance.

I really liked these white jeans! (I have one leg cuffed as they were pretty long). The waist was too big (of course), so I put them back. Blergh on the alterations. But I really liked them and should have snagged them for $13.99! whine!!


Then I went to the GAP which used to be one of my favorite retailers. They were having 50% off fall clearance and I saw lots of cute things. 

I really loved the color of these pants and was dubious about them fitting when I held them up. Well, they are basically jeggings. So, no thank you.


The peplum top was $10 final price and I was *this* close to buying it. Until I realized that in the 2 minutes I had it on, I tugged it down like 3 times. The waist seam hit at an odd place. I made myself put it back. If it is annoying to wear, I will rarely wear it and then the $10 isn't a bargain!


Lastly was this really cute sweater. It had split side seams finished with huge snaps. So cute. But you can see it's a bit snug and riding up in front. There was a crazy difference between the Medium and Large. The L looked oversized and sloppy but the M was tight. So weird.

So even though those  4 things would have cost under $60, I'm glad I didn't buy them because my car shut off today and then smoke was coming from under the hood.

Adult-ing is totally for the birds.

21 comments:

  1. Of course because I suffer from OSS (ooo shiny syndrome), I am totally thinking of making that NL knit dress now.

    Ouch on the car. I hope it's nothing major. Adulting is absolutely for the birds. They just need to stop pooping on my car and we'll be cool. Otherwise, I'm rounding up the neighborhood feral cats for a meeting. =) I guess I could take down my bird feeder. LOL

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    1. I think it's just my power steering pump. "just". The problem is, it sprang a major leak and it sits right above the alternator. I am hoping that the alternator doesn't also need replacing!!!

      That dress is pretty danged cute! And totally shiny! :-p

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    2. Ugh. Cars are the worst! =) My last car and I finally split ways after 13 years. A few months after I replaced the entire front end, the timing chain broke. I was done. DONE! The car I have now is a major disappointment. One more winter...just one more winter...

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  2. So sorry about your car.Hope it wasn't anything too major..
    Shopping or looking at RTW, always gives us sewing ideas.
    The wrap dresses are going to be pretty. Happy sewing.

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    1. Thanks Judy! We're going to hope it's one thing and not two!

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  3. RTW - whenever I feel the urge to have a bit of instant wardrobe, I always come home empty handed - because nothing fits or is just totally unflattering on. Sometimes I would love to be able to buy clothes instead of making the lot (that's me whining). I'm sorry about the car - my mechanic tells me mine needs replacing too, that there is major chance of the engine going. Seems to be going around...

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    1. So true Sarah Liz! Sometimes I just want thing A and want to just go back to my ignorant bliss where I didn't notice things like too wide shoulders, too short back rises on pants, sleeves that are too short!! :) But...alas!

      I need a new car too but am hoping this one hangs on until the teen drivers are no longer driving my car!

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  4. P.S. Good luck with the gift sewing for your sister.

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  5. I always enjoy reading your post, obviously for all your sewing projects, plans, inspiration, etc but especially appreciated your comment about your sister. My sister and I have the same type of relationship (or the lack thereof) for the same reason (just not on the same page) but it feels good to know I'm not alone. So thank you for that it made my day.

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    1. Thank you! :) And yes, good to know we are not alone! People totally have an expectation that you have a sister so you must be BFFs. Unfortunately...no. But it just is what it is.

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    2. My sis and ì are only 11 months apart and yet very different. We were often mistaken for twins when we were children, matching outfits didn't help! One thing we do have in common is sewing which gives us something to talk about.

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  6. I think that NL dress fits you quite nicely! Good luck with the car. What a nice gift for your sister! Even though you are not close, you still love each other and this gift that you put your time and energy into making shows that!

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    1. Thank you!

      And you're so right! I placed it in the mail today!!!! :)

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  7. I agree, I love the fit on your dress and from this side, looks like there's nothing wrong at all! I understand what you mean totally about your sister and you're not alone in that! There are other families who don't share in the "togetherness" part of family but sill love them. Howver, you're very, very nice to surprise her! OMG and LOL, I couldn't believe it about your car...isn't that the way it always goes? When you least expect it, you end up wih yet another of life's crisis! Good luck on your dresses!

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    1. ALWAYS how it goes Myra!

      Thank you so much!

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  8. Wow - what a really nice gesture to your sister. You don't have to be close and 'buddy-buddy' to love your siblings! I went RTW shopping today - wanted a pair of pants. Not. Happening. Bought some shoes. Sigh. Back to the sewing room!

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  9. I know what you mean about your sis. Mine is seven years younger than me and we never became super close. I care about her and love her but we are not best friends and are very different personalities although she does kind of look like me-- you can tell we are sisters. My brother and I are closer- I think because we have more shared experiences being closer in age and are creative type people. I am looking forward to seeing your iteration of the NL dress. I actually managed to purchase some RTW from Kohls recently. My hours at work have increased so I have had less sewing time. I felt almost guilty about it but they were mostly basics.. and shoes, I needed more shoes.

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  10. I know what you mean about your sis. Mine is seven years younger than me and we never became super close. I care about her and love her but we are not best friends and are very different personalities although she does kind of look like me-- you can tell we are sisters. My brother and I are closer- I think because we have more shared experiences being closer in age and are creative type people. I am looking forward to seeing your iteration of the NL dress. I actually managed to purchase some RTW from Kohls recently. My hours at work have increased so I have had less sewing time. I felt almost guilty about it but they were mostly basics.. and shoes, I needed more shoes.

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  11. 10 weeks! you haven't purchased any fabric in 10 weeks? Dang I'm impressed. I am loving the plaid. Fall and plaid are just made for each other. I love your RTW snooping too :D So funny and UGH to target. I despise when they only have XS's in something. :D

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