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May 23, 2008

I'M WEARING MY STUFF!

This is actually the second Lilly Pultzer knock off that I've made in the last couple of weeks. I'm wearing it here with a tee shirt that I've made for the second time from Simplicity 4076. THIS TIME I GOT THE TEE SHIRT RIGHT. No gapping at the neckline this time because I cut it at a 16 in the neck area and an 18 the rest of the way. Again I added 2" to the sleeve and the length and it turn out just fine. I know I'll be making this shirt again.

I'm not a perfectionist when it comes to most things, but I am somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to things that I make. I can let knowing that a seam is a little off, or that there is a slight pucker, or that my top stitching is uneven cause me to archive a garment. I'm wearing my clothes, no more of making them and just letting them hang in the closet. This is one thing that is helping me change when it comes to making and not wearing - I had to make a Walmart run right after Church last Sunday cause there is always just one thing I forgot to get on my last trip there, this time it was a printer cartridge. When it comes to me and Walmart I can never just go in there and get that one thing, I've got to also mosey on back to the fabric department cause you just never know - you might find a prize on the $1.00 table. Well while I was quickly checking out the $1.00 table so I could get the heck out of there before I spent too much money, before I knew it a nicely dressed man was standing right beside me - I didn't even see him come up so when he spoke to me I was a little shocked because he was standing so close to me. He said, do you know about the laws of sowing and reaping; and I said yes I do. Then he said, well do you also know the laws of sewing and wearing? At first I thought he said "the laws of sowing and wearing so I said pardon me. He repeated saying " you know the laws of sewing and wearing, you should wear what you sew - do you get it? I said O.K. Then he said you look very stunning and walked away.

I thought to myself, "that was strange", but he is absolutely right! I've got three new skirts and a top hanging in my closet and although they are not all color coordinated as I wish they were like with the SWAP that I can't seen to be able to plan out, I am going to wear my stuff. No I'm not crazy, and I'm not saying the man was an angel, but who knows! I'm taking it as a sign and I'm wearing the clothes I make from now on.

Now on with the sew! I've got to get back to the pants muslin that I started earlier this week and because of my hectic schedule now that I'm taking a night class wasn't able to get back to as I had thought. Boy I hate it when things cut into my sewing time! I'll be making using this vogue pattern to make a pair of white pants because I don't own any white ones any more. The fabric I'm using was purchased when I went shopping at Joann's on the 2nd with my sewing buddy Lisa. I forget what it's called, but it will have to do until I can find some white chino which seems to be eluding me.I'll be eliminating the front darts at the waist by actually increasing the existing front dart. I was thinking about adding a second dart to the front, but I know I read some where that the correct placement of darts on pants is one for the front and one or two for the back - I think that's right
right. I also plan on beefing this pair of pants up by adding button down flaps on each side of the back. I've already practiced one set and they came out really good. I actually took the flap from a Burda pants pattern. I think it's the little details that make a big difference in any thing I make, I just have to be careful and not add too many little details.

I love side pockets on a pair of pants, and this pattern does have them. The pockets are just a little bit too long or deep to suit my taste, but that can easily be fixed.

10 comments:

  1. I love that skirt! The fabric is TDF!

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  2. De-lurking to say you look fabulous in that outfit!

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  3. I really like your skirt and the fabric too!

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  4. Love the skirt, the fabric is fab!

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  5. Of course you should "wear what you sew".You make really cool clothes.Love the skirt and top.

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  6. Faye .- another skirt and very nice for the summer. you enjoy. greetings. Paco

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  7. You are really sewing up a storm! Great outfit!!!

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