Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Colors

I always get to my holiday posts after the holidays are over. I usually intend to post something the day of but...you know how holidays go. I hope you all had a blessed Easter. Mine was cold and rainy, but filled with glorious worship, wonderful fellowship, good food, and beautiful things. I made some new clothes for myself, like I try to do every Easter. This time it was a long coral-pink maxi dress (I love that color!) and a white flyaway cardigan.

Yes, that is a doily in the back of the cardigan. I have had a couple of doilies sitting around for a while, waiting for just such a project. I love it!!

And here are my sisters and I in our (unplanned) perfectly coordinated outfits.


It is so fun to see all the beautiful spring clothes everyone pulls out for Easter. Coral and bright aqua are this year's spring colors. I must say I approve!

Friday, March 25, 2016

A Little Diversion

In the midst of all the sewing projects that I have going on right now, I decided to make myself a shirt. It was one of those things where I got an idea and just had to do it now. I love lace inserts on shirts and have been wanting to make myself one for a long time. I thought of it more as a makeover project on an existing shirt, but when I had some soft knit fabric left over from another project, I knew I had to make one from scratch.


I used this shirt for a pattern:


I didn't have quite enough fabric, so I had to make it a little smaller, but the shirt above fits loosely, so that wasn't a problem. I think the vintage collar below belonged to my grandma. I really wanted to use the lace edge, and this was the perfect opportunity. I cut out the straight segments along the sides.


Here is the idea:


I sewed the shirt pieces together and hemmed the neck and sleeves:


I had cut strips of three flowers from the collar, but after hemming the sleeves and neck, I ended up only needing two. I pinned the lace on the front and sewed it down, then did the same for the back.


I tacked down the flower petals in the front so they wouldn't stick out. Then I hemmed the bottom. 


When I tried it on the first time, the length didn't quite work. It was a little too narrow at the bottom and didn't fit me right. So I cut a few inches off and hemmed it again. Perfect!


That was a fun diversion! Now to get back to the big projects...

Monday, March 14, 2016

Productive Distractions

In my last blog post, I mentioned that I had bought some new fabric and hoped to finish a dress by the weekend...last weekend. Well, that didn't happen. I did start the dress, and I did get a good ways towards finishing it, but then other fabric and other projects got in the way. Not that I minded much. I'll get back to the dress sometime here, and the new projects were so fun and exciting! This long white dress was the first distraction:


A delicately patterned white sheer over an off-white lining - this dress from one of my Pinterest boards was the inspiration:


Then there was this casual, comfortable T-shirt maxi.


Finally, I hit the jackpot at my favorite thrift store and found a large piece of brilliant green knit fabric that just had to be made into something fun.

These dresses are all for sale on my eBay store, but I am going to have to make myself one like the green one eventually! Especially now that spring is here. Because, calendar official or not, it is spring! Here is proof:


For those of you who aren't experiencing spring yet, I hope this picture brings you happy anticipation. And for those of you who are, don't let all those productive distractions keep you inside! Spring will be over before we know it!