Monday, April 15, 2013


Over the weekend I went to my favorite fabric store. Which is an hour away from where I live. So it's always exciting to make a special trip there. The customer service isn't the best, but the deals make up for it. I had my eye on this beautiful green flower print fabric, the last time I went there but I wasn't to sure about it. I said to myself the best you could do with this is make another dress. And at the time, the thought of making another dress wasn't so appealing.  I mean how many dresses does a girl need?  Dumb question, I know.  So I thought to myself "leave it alone". But the damn thing haunted me all the way back home, played horrible thoughts before I went to bed, then it taunted me in my dreams and even followed me at work. I was wrestling with guilt, anxiety and stress. How dare I leave a fabric behind? What kind of wannabe seamstress leave any fabric behind? And what really killed me was the price. Just about two dollars a yard. AUGH!!!
So this time I made it my mission to ensure that this baby was going home with me. And so it did. 
I didn't think it was right for me to just walk away with just one selection.  It needed a buddy something to relate too so I got four yards of a mysterious fabric.  Well I have to be honest the other bad thing about buying fabric from a discount store is that all the fabrics I get are mysterious.  At least to me.  I can't just touch a fabric and know it source. I don't think I ever will honestly.  That would be just weird.  And I am not doing any kind of test that requires me to burn anything.  Knowing my luck the whole house will burn down too. 

These two are just fabrics I picked up from the initial trip.  I am still trying to figure out how my husband got more fabric than me.  I must of lost my focus with my internal battle.


And we move on.....this is what I have so far for my self-drafted peplum top. Well honestly I never thought the day I would try to draft my own pattern. But I think it's a skill I should try to perfect. It's really difficult to do it on yourself especially if you don't have a dress form. But it's doable. (Is that a word or did I just made that up?) This is my attempt at making a peplum top.
People let me tell you something I surprised myself, when I realized I wanted a peplum top. When I saw it becoming a trend again. I was like hell no, that is way too eighties for me. But damn it. I saw a high-low version of one, and man did I fall in love. So I have to have one.
Now I know I could of just purchased one, or made life so much simpler and at least get a pattern. The problem is the design I want is so specific by the time I make all the alterations. I would be better of just starting from scratch. I have to say though it was more pleasant of a journey than disappointing.

Well that's it for now.  Hope all is well.  A.S.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Self Drafted Shirt Update....

So far I am enjoying the process of sewing my top together. The biggest issue for me was how to make this look very neat. I didn't want anything to look out of place or weird. So I decided to make some changes,the sleeves I orignally wanted wasn't going to work. It looked out of place and just wrong. I don't know if I didn't measure it correctly or did I overlook some details. But it just wouldn't sit right. It overlap onto my front shoulder. Which made it look awkward. So I decided to change things up and try using flutter sleeves instead. I have to say I was very happy with the turn out. It looks fresher, cleaner, and even fits with the spring/summer look.
I have to say though as of late I have been really into sewing. I am not sure why? But I am really happy my mojo has made a comeback. Right now I am working on making a pattern for a peplum top. So far I have made the alterations for the front bodice now I am starting the back. I am kind of curious to see what comes of it. Hmph, we will see.
And there is this summer dress that I am working on which I hope to post soon on it's progress. It's a washable silk fabric which has a beautiful drape to it. I love the feel to it and the print is beautiful. But more on that later.
I hope all is well with everyone.