Luckily, I was not absent from blogging due to illness, but due to summer being busy and fun so far!
My main source of enjoyment has been my garden.
And my plants
I haven’t taken a recent picture of my garden. The tomato plants have grown to be 3 feet tall! The cucumber, red peppers, and beans are coming along too. Sadly, the amount of rain drowned my herb seedlings and made my lettuce turn from good to bad in a day. Oh well, lessons learned. I will buy some mature herb plants soon and just keep them inside, I think.
My jade plant sadly got a mold disease and looks really bad. I used a spray solution on it and all the diseased leaves are falling off. I hope I saved it in time. I have one little cactus that is looking poorly, but stabilized over the past month. If anyone has a clue what is wrong with it, please let me know. I know it isn’t bugs or too much water…
The big news is that I met Kat!
She came all the way from New Zealand and we met up and did some fabric shopping.
She brought me some tasty chocolate and lush merino from New Zealand. We also bought matching pink monkey jersey!
It was so good meeting her. We even discussed a Monthly Stitch meetup in Japan for 2018. I’d love to do that!
In the sewing world, I made three more Pavlova skirts. Cake Patterns is no longer, but this skirt pattern is a staple for me.
Unfortunately, I need to alter the black skirt since I mis-measured and need about another inch and a half. Luckily the skirt has pleats and a long waistband to let out.
It's been a while! I'm around just not sewing much. I have some long weekends for vacation in July though so I am planning on doing a bit of sewing. We're going on a mini-holiday to Niagara so I need to finish that bathing suit that languished in my UFO pile for over a year. Lol. Also, I'm thinking a couple of new dresses because a mini-holiday is an excuse for new dresses. Also check out my pleated #pavlovaskirt that I made last month! #sewing #sewcialists #cscmakes
The skirts have pleats in the front and in the back. They are meant to copy this Butterick skirt pattern by Gertie. In my version the pleats are a bit different and a bit more flattering on me. I seriously love the black and white skirt and wear it a ton in spite of it being made in a mid-weight suiting material. The blue one is pretty short and works great for a variety of casual cosplay, including Wonder Woman.
I made a new born outfit for a friend’s baby boy.
The E is totally covering up a serged hole. 😦
I have two dress cut out and ready to make for two different friends.
Almost a year after I made a baby quilt for @squiggy_monster daughter, I have cut out a dress and nappy covers for the little soon to be 8 months old baby using the same fabrics from her quilt. I can't wait to see it come together. Just laying the fabrics together got me squeeing! #sewing #sewcialists #babyclothes
I have to get on those and send them off.
I managed to get a wicked good haul at the thrift store and add 30 yards to my stash…
Thrift store haul that cost me around 20 dollars. Left to right (yards): 4 pink Swiss dot 4 pink and white gingham 4.5 mint flannel lined satin 3 white and aqua striped jersey 9 sheer textured white linen 4 pink patterned cotton 1.5 super soft pink jersey #sewing #sewcialists #fabricaddict #gottasewallthisnow
I’m not doing great on stashbusting….
I still have UFOs and am slowly getting through them.
These Misty Jeans require topstitching.
This Harrison shirt still needs button bands and a collar:
I still need to redo this dress.
Thanks to @debek301 and @sewanista for your help! It's just pinned here but fisheye darts and some taken in at the side seam make the difference I was looking for. I will make these changes tomorrow plus hem about 2 inches shorter. Then I just add the shoulder ties and I'm in #littleblackdress land #sewing #sewcialists
I think I will take the waistband off and add darts to the skirt. At first, I was just going to do fisheye darts, but now I want to do it properly.
My swimsuit is half done. The bottoms are all done. They look messy when laid flat, but are fine on me. I have to make the bra top soon.
This is an in progress picture of them:
Done now, but I didn’t take another picture after this.
I cut out and made a Concord T shirt yesterday.
I also have an Appleton maxi almost done. Here is a sneak preview.
I also cut out a Webster dress and two pairs of shorts in linen rayon fabric
The Appleton dress will be posted soon. I just have to put on sleeve bands and hem the dress and take pictures. It’s going to be gorgeous. I am trying to meet the dresses deadline on Friday (@ 8pm in Toronto!) for the Monthly Stitch’s indie pattern month. It’s also part of the maxi dress sew along. 🙂
Are you taking part in either of Indie Pattern Month or the Maxi dress sewalong? 🙂