Monday, May 30, 2011

Hand Towels

What have I been doing you ask? (Or maybe you didn't.... )
I've been busy with this and that. 
Messing around with some other stuff...
It's just that blogging about it has seemed a bit beyond my capabilities lately. 
 In an effort to kick-start myself back into gear, I am sharing a couple of hand towels I made from a 
Denyse Schmidt fabric (DS03pineywoods) that I stole from Jessica.
 I embellished them with mini pom-pom trim and rick-rack.
Shown hanging from my new hooks courtesy of the clearance bin at our local Anthro store. There were three,  none exactly the same color. I guess that's why no one wanted them?
 Made me happy.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

More Mindless Sewing.

Since the deadline for Spring Top Week 2011 was extended through 8 pm tonight, I decided to sew a second top after work last night. I used the left over fabric from my first top and cut a simple tank shape on the bias. For the back I cut it just slightly higher than the front.  I got it a bit too wide so had to fuss with it for longer than I cared. There wasn't quite enough fabric for the length I wanted but seeing quite a few tops in the pool with bands on the bottom that I liked, I decided to do the same thing. I cut the band twice the width I needed, also on the bias. Folded it in half and sewed it to the bottom.... No hemming...Made tape for the neck and arm holes from the bodice fabric. 
Silly flower made from left over band fabric cut on the bias, in one inch strips, folded in half, gathered and randomly sewn into a wonky shape. I just pinned it on the shirt for now.
I wore it all day and it was very comfortable, almost as good as having a knit shirt on. 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Spring Top Sew Along 2011

I really didn't think I'd get anything done in time. Life has just been busy that way....
Long story short, inexpensive seersucker-like fabric from Joann's, Simplicity 2936, and an idea. 
Not sure it was a good idea, but it's wearable and that's what counts.
You know who thinks Brink should be in every picture.

I wanted to make sleeves that overlapped at the shoulders so re-cut two pieces on the bias. I decided to see what will happen to the raw hem of the sleeves. I also cut a not too ruffly ruffle for the neckline on the bias planning to leave that unfinished too. 
Not sure I'll use the pattern again. It's basic but boxy. Too wide for me everywhere except the hip area. 
It's not the pattern, it's me. I'm a pear. 
I reversed the ruffle fabric to the "wrong" side because it made it pop a bit more with the backside having a more pronounced slightly shiny line.
I wore it all day. It felt comfortable and I think was adequately cute.
Now to see what happens when I wash it....