Feeling blue…

… on so many levels. Too friggin’ frigid, too dark, too little sleep, too many colds in the house, blah blah blah, many of you are probably riding the same train so I will shut up. Kinda. I just went to make myself a nice beverage and I forgot to put booze in it. Tragedy!!! A lot of my sadness comes from the fact that since I made my last dress I have been convinced that all I should wear is similar garments, but it is just so impractical for my work and general life. I have also been on a major sewing kick that involved blue fabric. And is work-appropriate. Exhibit 1 and 2. 

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Another version of Simplicity 2369. Why another (other than that one I also have a blue dress and another black top, never blogged)? Fast and dirty, and I thought I looked good in it. Until I saw these pictures. Do you have a day that you dedicate to shooting your makes and hardly a handful of shots are suitable for public broadcasting? Yeh… Well Ladies and Gents, this top is just too large… But it feels so nice… Exhibit 2 is another version of Espresso, this time in more flared version (straight from just above the knee). Why? Fast and dirty… And also I  really wanted JEGGINGS. These are jeggings. Go mommy!

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I was flirting with pink topstitching on the pockets. In the hindsight, it got a bit too far. Almost to the third base too far…

Just in case I never mentioned it, BLUE IS MY FAVOURITE COLOUR. When I was pregnant, waaaaaaaaay before I knew I was going to have a son, I started dressing in head-to-toe blue, totally unintentionally. That’s how I knew I was going to have a boy, my unconscious was telling me! FYI, not expecting right now, although it might look like it… Anyhoo, have I mentioned that hardly any of the photos from today turned out appropriate for mass consumption?

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But it’s not all bad blue. I made me a necklace. My favourite one broke, so I decided to try some recycling and trendy colour-blocking:

IMG_0390And also I made  McCall 6844. My first attempt, no muslin but major as-sewn fittings. Took off about 3″ off the back length, but not front (funny, my back is super-short but my front is almost regular in length, probably due to my boobage and tummy roundness). And did I mention how I was not able to take any decent photos today? I had to take my shoot outside, since photographing navy-blue is almost as hard as photographing black.  As soon as I set up, with my tripod and my me-made hat (courtesy of stashbusting challenge 2014, made from the same fabric as the cardigan) it started to snow. Bloody sh… Too much…

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So not impressed with my remote shutter control… I have to point it dead-on into the camera sensor and hold it… Ugh… Maybe the battery’s dead?

I liked this pattern, I will definitely try it again. This time I will do my best not to eff up when installing the collar thingy section. I will also interface it, as per instructions…

But enough with this self-pity party. Tomorrow, February 26th, is the anniversary of my blog. I am so happy I I started blogging. I have this glorious ODE TO MY BLOGGING HEROES post in my head, but that won’t happen soon. Maybe in May… But since we are in February, I still need to blog about “sewing for the ones we love” theme. Although I wonder whether that part of February might happen in March. Oh well, all is well that ends well… Here’s the ONE “good” picture I got from today’s shoot:

IMG_0377I also realized that my back is not as big as I think it is, need to cut smaller size. And also I learnt that if you put on a summery, flowery skirt and run/dance/twirl around the house for few minutes, your spirits will elevate. Will have to remember that for the next time! What do you do when you need a pick-me-up?

 

 

5 AM Top

On Monday at 5 AM,  I was obsessing about those pants I’m making getting ready for work, when I realized (again) that all the time I was thinking about sewing. But we all do that, no? As I was dragging my butt around the house in an attempt to leave the house in a timely manner, I reflected on what I was wearing: an old pair of Old Navy jeans (I promise, my last pair ever!), and an old, cheap long-sleeve tee. That’s my usual work uniform, ugh… I know that 5 AM is too early to even put on clothes properly, but come on woman, put on something that indicates that you actually have a pulse… So the idea of sewing something fast, fun and easy enough to put on at 5AM started cooking in my head. Then I thought about the black, blue and pink stripy 4-way stretch knit that I bought during the Toronto sewing bloggers meet-up, and decided to use Simplicity 2369 pattern. I’ve already made the dress (view B) and the top (view C), and this time around I was going to make another C . I had less fabric than required, so I made it  one size smaller than my usual. I also shortened the ties, which are usually way too long. I’ve also decided that I wanted a vertical stripe (I’m still convinced that horizontal stripe is not my thing), but I did not like how the folds in the front looked with the vertical stripe. So being the adventurous person that I am, I’ve decided to go horizontal for that part. I also did not fold the neckband under, as per directions.  This is the end result:

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What, were you expecting to see me with make-up? I shaved my legs for you, isn’t it enough?
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These are my jeans… Not for much longer!

I like this pattern, but I’m somewhat conflicted about the sleeves. I think that they are too wide for my silhouette (and these are made narrower than the pattern directions), but I like the rest.

Hopefully, tomorrow morning, when I get up at such ungodly hour again, I will feel a bit more… uplifted as I leave the house. Nothing better than a new, colourful top to perk you up… And the usual three buckets of coffee…

What do you like to sew when you want something uplifting, dear sewist readers?