Watermelon Smiles!

Is there any better way to welcome summer than with a watermelon and a smile?

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Our son Will, sure does enjoy his watermelon, it brings a nice big smile to his face!

Over the last couple of weeks we were readying ourselves for our big trip back east (Cape Cod).  Packing a family of 4 and 2 dogs for 7 weeks is not a small task when combined with the “end of school craziness”, graduation parties (next year our oldest graduates) and a “TOP SECRET” sewing project.  I can’t show it now, because it is a gift for someone and she may be a blog reader?!

I can show you this though!

 My LOL dress.  I wore this Liberty of London Cambie dress to a very good friend’s wedding.  Unfortunately with our rush to make it to the event before the bride we didn’t get any pictures of me wearing it. Dog gone it!

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I pulled another one of my “I don’t need to read the directions” bits.  At least when it came to the straps.  Why do I do this?  Do any of you have these issues, thinking that just because you have put many sleeves and straps on garments that you THINK you know what you are doing so directions are not needed?!  Well, I did this, and the process of sewing the Cambie dress took me several more hours than it should have.

But let’s focus on the good, shall we?

First of all, you can never go wrong when it comes to Liberty of London fabric.  At around $36.00 a yard, it really is well worth it.  It has a lovely hand  and texture to it.  This particular print Carline Blue is out of print so I purchased it off of etsy (Pins and Needles) in July of last year.  I have been waiting for the perfect dress pattern.   The lightbulb went off over my head when I saw Sewaholics Cambie dress pattern.  I chose the sweetheart neckline and the full skirt option.

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I absolutely love the fullness of the skirt and the marriage between the LOL fabric and the Cambie dress pattern was a match made in heaven.  I made the right choice for my coveted 3 yards of LOL.

I did have one slight fitting issue, that I didn’t have time to fix before the wedding.

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 Well….. If I am real honest about it, it was a complete oversight.  It went undiscovered until I sat down at the wedding!!!! scandalous!  Note to self, bending and sitting are required activities for all home sewn garments before wearing out in public.  EEEEEEK!  I will be correcting this little fashion malfunction before I wear this beauty again.  Hopefully nobody noticed but my very tall husband.  🙂

So…. for the next several weeks I will be blogging, from Cape Cod, Massachusetts!  Does anyone know of any fabric/sewing events that I should attend on the east coast?

One thing I want to mention before I close this post is stay tuned for a give away.  I have some fun items I have been gathering for my next give away.  You won’t want to miss this one!!!

Enjoy your weekend!  Make it a crafty one!

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“In Corte Madera, you can put a Bow on something and just call it art.”

I tried something new.  I sewed the Renfrew Top by Sewaholic Patterns.  Created from a knit fabric, this would be my very first time!  I’m blushing.  Tasia, the creator of Renfrew, states that a “stable knit” should be used for this pattern.  If you look up stable knit, Ponte comes up as one of the examples.  So I believe that “Stable Knit”, means limited stretch.  This is not an easy task, finding an attractive knit, that is stable.  Most of the ponte that I have been able to find, comes in solid, ugly colors.  The one that Tasia used for her Renfrew is a lovely black and white stripe.

How cute is Tasia in her black and white striped Renfrew?

That shirt has personality!  I wanted something like that also, that had personality.  I found a striped knit, not an all too stable one, though.  It was on sale, so I thought, I’ll try it.  What the heck?

Here is my first attempt.

I am relatively happy with it.  After I finished and tried it on, I am going to shorten it.  It is a little long for my torso.  Oh yeah, and I had to put a bow on it.  What’s that joke?  “In Portland, you can Put a Bird On It and just call it art”…….I learned this from my friend Lavender!  I “Put a Bow On It”!

Go here to see what I am talking about.  It’s funny and to the extreme, but this is how I feel sometimes, when I put a bow on it.  Everything is always better with a bow or a little rick rack, eh?

Here is today’s montage for day 7 of MM-May 2012 Challenge.  I also completed my 7th pair of Colette Clovers.  These are my favorite ones to date!

I did some crazy exposure thing with an app I have on my phone, but I am calling it “ART” cuz it has a “BOW” on it!!!

Happy Monday- Put a Bird on It!

OLD YELLOW OR YELLER

This is the third item I’ve sewn for my Colette Spring/Summer Palette Challenge.  The first item, The Colette Iris Shorts were sewn in a navy blue crepe from my stash.  I love that!!  The second, which I sewed to augment my mood board AND is my most favorite pattern, The Colette Sorbetto Top.  Both the top and the sundress (that you are about to view) are sewn in the sweet little plaid shown here on my mood board.

  This sweet little plaid, DS Quilts Aunt Edna Plaid, was the perfect fabric for The Jamie Christina Sunny Day Dress.

 The Sunny Day Dress and Skirt sewing pattern

It all went together fine, but I always, always have issues when it comes to basting and then  gathering.  Even though I baste two parallel rows I always end up breaking one of the threads.  Which, I suppose, that is why you do two. Then the gathering is never even and I end up taking the skirt off the bodice and sewing it several times before finally ending up with an acceptable appearance.  If anybody out there in cyberland has any suggestions as to how to make the gathering process easier and more even, PLEASE SHARE!!!!

FRONT VIEW

BACK VIEW

Things I learned from this project:

1.  Just under the bustline I should have used the blue fabric that was used for the trim.  This would have made my waist look slimmer.
2.  I am not sure if this is the most attractive neckline on me.  My bosom looks a little weird  in this dress, so all together, I am not too comfortable.
3.  I found that the directions given for inserting the elastic into the posterior was very, very hard to follow so “I just made up my own ending”.  (This is something that I like to do when I watch a movie and I don’t like where it’s going, I shut the movie off and make up my own “happy ending”).  Because Old Yeller lives in my version!!

4.  Just like Tasia mentions in her blog Sewaholic,  I have too much frosting (fun dresses for dressing up), and not enough cake (everyday clothing).  BUT I love frosting.  Something to think about.

A COUPLE MORE PHOTOS

LAST ONE

UHHHHH,  I should be on the beach sipping a margarita wearing this dress, eh?
I think this would be a happy ending?
Have a great day wherever you go.

Thanks for stopping by!