Monday, June 11, 2012

this morning

Sometimes it's nice to throw off all the hats we normally wear and just do one simple thing.  This morning (my Monday "workday" when the children are away) I didn't tend to computer work or make tutorials or sew away at my Handstitched class projects.

Nope, I decided it was the right time to indulge.

hoping

I have promised myself to make a Painted Portrait blouse before a weekend sewing getaway that's going to be here quite soon.  It's a pattern by Anna Maria Horner that I really fell in love with when I set eyes on Erin's version at her blog, House on Hill Road.

cutting

So there was the measuring, fingers-crossed-size-choosing, tissue-paper-cutting, pressing, pattern-piece-cutting and - phew - off I was.  I decided to shorten the blouse by 2" at the line designated for shortening since I'm only 5"4'.

shortening

It was so nice to be behind the sewing machine early in the day.  Now I just need to keep following the rules to sew together something just for me.  Such a treat!

working

I had the yoke done before it was time to pick up the kids at lunch!  With any luck, I'll have the rest done early this week.  I just hope I like how it looks on!  That nagging worry always hangs around when I make clothing for me.  It's such a gamble with fabrics, styles and sizes!

Fabrics:  Pastry Voile in Toast and Little Folks Coloring Garden Voile both by Anna Maria Horner.

23 comments:

  1. Ha! We think alike. I bought this a few weeks ago (also after seeing House on Hill Rd's version) and have been hoping to get it made in time. I don't know that it will happen, but I can't wait to see your version! It's great to indulge when you can!

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  2. Looking forward to see this completed Rachel!

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  3. Very cool! Im always impressed by how much you get done. It looks like it will be very pretty!

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  4. I think it looks like it will be beautiful. I think the same as you about sewing things for me to wear so I always end up making clothes for my young daughters instead (since they'll wear anything made by me no matter how badly I mess it up!). I love all the tops I see people making online so one day I'll just to go for it!

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  5. Exciting! And what a fantastic way to spend your Monday morning. :) I know exactly what you mean, sewing for me always feels like so much more of a gamble than sewing other stuff. Your top looks like it's going to be lovely, though, I can't wait to see it!

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  6. Dude. I'm not going to have one ever loving handmade piece in my wardrobe next weekend- will you guys still talk to me? :)

    This is going to look so pretty! Maybe I can be inspired enough by you to squeeze one tiny skirt in or something. Well, the skirt won't be tiny... You know what I mean.

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  7. Looks great so far! Can't wait to see it in person :) And I'm not going to have any handmade clothing for our weekend away either! Sad!

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  8. Oooh, that's going to look lovely!

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  9. I won't be wearing any handmade clothing either, how sad! I had hoped to make something, but with all the unexpected stuff that's been happening lately, I don't dare try at this point!

    I can't wait to see it on! That voile is so dreamy!!

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  10. Great fabric choices! I'll be waiting to see the finish =D

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  11. oh, i love your fabrics, rachel! can't wait to see the finished product.

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  12. lovely choices; it is hard to visualize all the variables into a well sewn garment. I've been looking at burda patterns all day and thinking of a summer dress. Still working it out in my head.

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  13. So nice to have some personal sewing time! Enjoy! I think it will be a beautiful blouse.

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  14. I love the style, it's really nice. Something I'd like to make for myself. Love the colours too .... looking forward to seeing the finished product. Good luck.

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  15. Oh Rachel, I do so much garment sewing for my kids yet I *still* hesitate to make things for myself! It's funny like that. Good luck! Can't wait to see it.

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    1. Haha, I know some other sewist friends like that too! It's more risky making for ourselves, but possibly more rewarding as well?

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    2. For me, there are a few factors. My wardrobe is limited because I'm nursing, so stretchy tops are best - and I can't really do dresses. Then I have four kids so everything gets dirty in about 2 seconds flat. I don't love to wear quilting cottons, so choosing voile gets expensive fast. Some of those fabrics don't look great unless they are pressed.

      I would like to master the knit skirt - and knits in general. I'm still a little afraid of them. But knit skirts are what my wardrobe mostly consists of these days. I also think a jacket would be worth sewing for myself. But after I sew my kids' jackets, I'm kind of burnt out on them.

      Can't wait to see your shirt! I'm sure it'll be lovely!

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  16. I love the fabric you've chosen for your blouse. I recommend a book called 'The Perfect Fit' from the Singer Reference Library. It starts off with directions for you to analyze your figure and then it's full of instructions, with lots of photos, to make alterations to the pattern based on your figure.

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    1. Oh, that sounds good! I did end up altering the pattern and I'll have to share the details tomorrow.

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  17. Ooh, that is going to be gorgeous!! I *love* that voile-- the little folks and pasty line are by far my favorites, they're going to be perfect for that top. Can't wait to see it!

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  18. that's going to be so pretty, rachel! and that's one of my most favorite little folks prints ever... it's going to make a lovely top!

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  19. Rachel, your blouse will be darling! It's been so long since I've sewn clothes for myself I wouldn't even know where to start! I went to 5 stores before I found the "right" t-shirt to do the Handstitched project, picking a pattern would do me in! Enjoy the process!

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  20. Oh that looks gorgeous, can't wait to see the finished result!

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