May 27, 2013

WRAPPING UP A LONG WEEKEND OF SEWING...

...I try to make a couple of easy, breezy, chiffoney like tunics every summer.  Don't ask me why, especially since chiffoney fabrics are the dickens to work with.  Slippery, slide-y,  and so ravelly to boot.  I guess I like the idea of wearing something almost transparent in an effort to catch a little breeze during our hot summer months.  In the process of planning  I messed around and came down with a case of dreaded pattern paralysis.

PATTERN PARALYSIS:  state of non-sewing activity that lasts far too long causing major indecisiveness.
PRIMARY SYMPTOM: one knows what she wants to make, but cannot make up her mind which pattern to use. 
MAJOR CAUSE:  Condition is brought on mainly due to having an over-sized pattern inventory that presents far too many choices.
PROGNOSIS:  Complete cure is possible if pattern inventory is severely downsized; however, not probable .
 
Anyway, after laboring to choose a pattern for days, with the help of fellow blogger Rachelle, I finally settled on Burda7793

I like the tunic, nothing much to say about it, but the colors do fall in with my Summer Breezes Collection plans.  Used french seams throughout because it does finish seams of sheer fabric neater than just serging.  I don't use french seams often; always have to look up directions when I do.  Guess that's why they seem a little backwards and awkward to me, but I do so like the results.  Need to use them more often.
Moving on, I also made up a pattern that I'd been craving for months - the Megan Neilson's Briar tee shirt/sweater pattern.  Yep, I finally broke down and got it.  There is just something about the cut and design of this particular tee shirt style that attracted me.  I uses a nubby textured black knit found at Hancock Fabrics that I'd walked away from several times before.  Even though I'm concentrating on adding color, I still needed a new black top in the closet.

Front

Side View

Back
I think I needed a little something different - and it is that.  I added the tiny patch pocket variation, I'm still a little undecided on that.  But now that it's sewn on, might as well leave it.  I'll need to make this pattern up at least 3 or 4 times to justify the purchase in my mind.

To finish up my long weekend of sewing, I'll at least cut out the top to this new Vogue pattern.  I think it's so cute; it has a slight nautical appeal to me for some reason.  

VOGUE 1357


To finish up my post I leave you with a parting shot of my new black pants that are not hanging on the back of a door.



Unlike the cobalt pair that I featured in my last post, these fit well but are a tad to large in the waist.  I'm sure I can make an easy alteration to the back seam to remedy this since I used a center back waistband seam.

That's all she wrote for this post.  Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and got some sewing in if that was your heart's desire...

28 comments:

  1. I dig both of these tops, but I hope you do a photo shoot of the briar tee. I'd like to see it on an adult. (No smack talk against all the lovely young ladies out there who have made this, but sometimes I like to see things on someone closer to my age. To see how it would look on me. I'm selfish that way!)

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  2. I don't think you are selfish Adelaide, practical and realistic is what I call it and I do understand.

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  3. Lovely tops and perfect for summer. Love the print of the sheer top. Great job with the pants.

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    1. Thank you so much Sheila and Happy Birthday to you!!!

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  4. Good work, Faye. Each piece will come in quite handy this summer, I'm sure. You look great in the black pants and turquoise top!

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  5. Yes you do look great in that turquoise top. As for pattern paralysis, I'm glad it has been named. Bought a really pretty piece of knit at Elliot Berman in Feb and spent endless hours mostly after midnight agonizing over a pattern. To wrap or not to wrap. Finally decided to buy a pattern from some English magazine. I'm so glad I waited for the right one!

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    1. I was hoping that no one else suffered from this disorder. It does stop you right in your tracks.

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  6. love the tops, great job!
    Helen

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  7. Looking really good Faye. Great looking tops!

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  8. Hi Faye - what a lovely weekend you had - love your pattern paralysis comments - I suffer from this badly myself :). I can't wait for our summer to start again - you have shown how nice tops can look.

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  9. You've been busy! Love that blue flowey top.

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  10. What a productive weekend you had. Congratulations and welcome back from your paralyzed state :-)

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  11. I have your disease! Sometimes I stand in my sewing room, pawing through the fabric stash and my massive pattern collection, wondering what to make. Pretty soon I go upstairs without sewing a thing. Terrible!

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  12. Ouch, pattern paralysis, that doesn't sound like much fun! Your tops are very pretty, chiffon is so elegant and I do like the hi-lo hem of the briar top. And you did a great pair of pants as well.

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  13. Oh, pretty! love the black knit - striking!

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  14. Those pants are dang right perfect, Faye! Love your tops and the print one with the new pants makes a great outfit.

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  15. Hi Faye, me again - did you post on 2013 Style the Stash Sew A Long - I noticed it on the feed, but it is not on the blog.

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  16. You've been so busy, but isn't it worth it! You ended up with some fantastic pieces for summer. I love the briar t-shirt. I've been considering getting this pattern too; maybe I should.

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  17. Love the tops Faye!

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  18. Love your tops Faye.. You got a lot done this weekend..
    Your black pants look nice on you.. Great fit.. and Love the blue blouse with them.. So pretty. Happy sewing.

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  19. I like the tops and the pants Fay! My ,my you've been busy Faye!

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  20. Very cute outfit, great job on your pants. Love the summer tops.

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  21. Ah breezy, light tunics for summer are a must. Wonderful job!

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  22. Whew! Linda you put some work in. Love the tops1

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  23. I love this tank two! I missed this post! Also, we're going to have to make you a "pants" queen now, you've nailed the fitting! Beautiful!

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  24. Love the cute tops! Perfect for summer!

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