Monday, February 29, 2016

New Thoughts and New Things

I have gotten several sewing orders over the past few years, but it is always fun when someone requests that I make them something as a birthday gift. This year, my mom asked me to make her a black flyaway cardigan like the geometric blue one I had made for myself a while back. She really liked the details I had added to the front (the pattern on mine makes it hard to see!).


I didn't quite have it finished by her birthday, but it was done by Sunday, which is when she had wanted to wear it.

I am now waiting for more orders, and I decided to take advantage of this little break and make something for myself! Monday is usually my grocery shopping day and today, I threw in some fabric shopping. I was looking for some red fabric to make a longer version of this dress:


I love the pattern!! I wanted a thick knit fabric a shade or two darker than the picture. I had already been to a few fabric stores, but I had two more to try.

The fabric stores failed me. Maybe it just isn't the right season for that kind of fabric. I will have to keep searching. In the mean time, I found some other fabric to make a different dress. You can't beat knit fabric for $1.59 a yard!


Hmm...what to do with it? I'll admit, I did do some Pinterest browsing before I wrote this post. The first thing I saw was this cute little dress:


Nice style, but it wasn't exactly what I had in mind. I found several more that I liked...



...and became kind of confused as to which idea I should use! Sometimes Pinterest is annoying that way. There are just too many options!

I am really liking 3/4 sleeves and a-line skirts right now, so I think I will make something like the dress below. So pretty! Of course, I will make the skirt longer. Skirts these days...


Eventually, I also want to make a navy dress with lace overlay kind of like this:


I suppose that means more fabric searching...and probably more buying of fabric that is for a different project entirely. You know, it's a good thing I am not incredibly wealthy. I would need several storage units just for fabric! 

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