We are nearing the end of the month! I feel a little bit like I cheated, since I was so sick that I probably spent an entire week in pajamas. I don’t have a photo from day 22, but I was wearing my Simplicity wrap cardigan.
Dress: Simplicity 2443, blogged here
Cardigan: Ann Taylor, thrifted
Shoes: Anne Klein
I love this emerald green cardigan – it’s one of my favorite colors, and one that seems hard to find (olive and yellow greens abound, but they look like death on me.) The great thing about this dress is that you can wear anything with it. And it’s so comfortable! Definitely a winner.
Dress: Butterick 5415, heavily modified
Shoes: Franco Sarto
Belt: Forever 21
This dress is actually a new finish, but I am not feeling it. I’m going to write up a review for patternreview, but it won’t get its own entry here. Let’s just say that the unaltered pattern is not very flattering. I ended up taking this dress in a ton on the top and (oddly enough) letting it out in the hips, even though I had used a larger size for the hips. It’s very strangely proportioned. And the sleeves were humongous, about as unlike the pattern illustration as you can imagine. In addition, I have come to realize that I hate high, wide necklines – my shoulders are proportionally a bit wide, and I don’t like how this emphasizes them. It’s a bit matronly as well, due to the really high neck. But ah well – it sewed up in only an hour and a half, and the fabric was dirt cheap, so it’s no real loss. I am beginning to wonder about Butterick patterns and me, but I do have a few more to make – it could be that I have just made poor choices. I should have known I would not like this one, due to the lack of shaping, but I was determined. Does anyone else do this? Carry on with something even when you sort of know it’s not a style you like?
Skirt: Colette patterns Beignet, blogged here
Top: INC, thrifted
Shoes: Sofft Parma
It was too early for my usual photo spot. I’m still on my sickness schedule, and I got up today (on a Saturday!) at 7 am. I love this skirt so much – I really need to make another! I’m going out for lunch with my in-laws today, and we might be going to the Irish festival (I was supposed to be singing there, but I am not exactly 100% yet.) It’s been near 100 degrees this week, and today it is finally cooler – I am so happy to wear sleeves!
I’m going to work on another dress this week (this time with a muslin, unlike my last project. I can sometimes get away without on, but I find I am happier if I at least try out the bodice!) I may also begin the muslin for my Chanel jacket – that’s going to be a long project, since I am still on a trim search (I have decided on self fringe, pleated black ribbon, and a chiffon ruffle… now I just have to find the ribbon and chiffon!) Does anyone have any advice for preshrinking a loosely woven wool tweed? I will not launder the finished jacket of course, but I am loathe to take my fabric to the cleaners. I usually do the dryer/damp towel method, but I hesitate here. Maybe I should steam shrink? I do have a steamer…