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August 2, 2009

NOT A LAZY BUM...JUST A BUSY BEE!

I really can't believe that I only posted once during the month of July! That is so not like me. But...I have not been lazy, just busy. My sewing has been some what thwarted because of SCHOOL - not the classes I teach, but the classes I take. Up until this quarter I've been coasting, only taking one class per quarter. But this quarter I was forced to take two classes because I want to finish this thing up in December and one of the classes wouldn't be offered again until January. So I'm involved in twice the number of classes and twice the work. Both of these classes involve an enormous amount of reading as well as writing. BUT WHAT IS ONE TO DO???? I did squeeze a few sewing related things however:

.A Sew-A-Long session with Ebony and Lisa on the 5th. It was nice and productive - that's when I started the maxi dress. AND, I got to meet Lisa's mother for the first time. She is a real sewing icon, and I loved talking with and getting to know her.

.My first fabric party at Ebony's on the 18th. Quite an experience. I loved fabric shopping in the comfort of her home, and picked up some really pretty pieces.

.I did complete two garments in July; the maxi dress and a pair of pants from Simplicity 2860. I haven't posted the pants yet, becaus
e they are part of a suit, and I get a chance to start the jacket yet.

.A fitting session with Lisa and Ebony on the 24th. Informative, helpful and a real learning experience that I am sure will prove beneficial for years to come.

.Joined the GO CHANEL OR GO HOME Sew A Lo
ng which is gearing up full force as I speak. I plan on seeing this one through, even though I keep asking myself - "WHAT IN THE WORLD WERE YOU THINKING?" I know I'm ultra busy right now, but the Chanel Sew a long doesn't officially start until September 1st and runs through November 15th. And since the making of a Chanel jacket is on my list of Sewing Goals for the year, this will actually be good for me. When I saw news of it I decided to jump right on the band wagon because I didn't want to get locked out like I did with the Coat Sew A Long last year. So, I am officially entered in. My classes end around September 16th and I think that even if I didn't start until that time I should be able to finish by the Nov. 15th deadline. After all I'll only be in the process of taking my FINAL class for this degree at that time. I have my fabric and four patterns to choose from already. I think the only thing I'll need to order is the trim for the jacket. I'm also starting to read up on Chanel Jacket construction and paying close attention to the Sew A Long blog. There's going to be a ton of inspiration and information that I can get there. I need to make a note to get the Claire Shaffer book "Couture Sewing", and I'm reading up on two piece sleeve construction. I should be good to go.

FABRIC GIFTED FROM MY MOM LAST YEAR
MY FOUR PATTERN CHOICES






Hopefully, August will be a much more productive month for sewing. I feel like I haven't even put a dent in my summer sewing....








8 comments:

  1. I have missed you. I've been glad to see comments form you lately. Glsd you are ok and that you've just been busy. I know how that is!

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  2. I love the idea of a Chanel sew along! I really look forward to seeing what you make!

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  3. Hey, school is important. Sewing and bloggin will always be there when you're ready. The Channel sew-along sounds very interesting. Good luck with that.

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  4. Yes, sometimes life gets in the way of the things we love to do, but you will get back to sewing this is only a temporary delay.

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  5. I've been side tracked from sewing also, but it's all well worth it.
    I love your fabric for your jacket.
    All your pattern choices are great, which one are you
    leaning towards :) ???

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  6. Oh, I think we've all been a little out of whack this summer. Sometimes it's good to put sewing aside for a bit, I think.

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  7. The Chanel Sew Along sounds like fun. Can't wait to see how yours will turn out....fabulous I'm sure.

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  8. Looks like you have been having a fun summer. Enjoy your Chanel sew=along. You'll be happy to get one thing off your wish-to=do list!

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