Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rain Drops on Briar Roses



I am so happy that my buttons finally arrived and I had a chance to finish my Briar Rose sweater.  Even the rain outside could not keep my from dragging my hubby outside to take pictures.  (I thought about waiting for later in the week, but the forecast is not much more promising and I was too excited to share these my completed sweater with you).



I didn't make too many modifications from the original pattern.  I added about an inch of length since I have a longer torso and do not own any high-waisted pants.  I also eliminated the garter stitch ribbing on the button holes because I wanted it to be consistent with the rest of the sweater.

Do you like the shocked expression on my face?  The wind had
just picked up and I got a giant raindrop splashed in my eye.
 Here is a close up of the buttons.  I love how whimsical they are without appearing childish.  Worth the wait, would you agree?



This is actually my first real sweater.  To be honest, I made one in college after I first learned how to knit, but it was top-down, so there were no seams to sew.  Also, I hated the sweater, so it was promptly donated to the Goodwill.  Meaning, this is the first sweater I am keeping and plan to wear.



I also love how this has a vintage feel, but I won't feel silly wearing to work.



Live the moment, love life!
Annabelle

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Vintage Sweater Almost Done

Briar Rose almost complete!
My Briar Rose has been sitting and waiting for me to finish it.  What's left?  Sewing on the pocket and the buttons.  I need to hone my planning skills when it comes to knitting.  So this poor sweater was basically done and I realized that I hadn't picked out the buttons yet.  Yes, everything has been knitted and all I need are buttons - yet here it sits unfinished.


Then while I was at my knitting group last Tuesday night, I saw some very cute and whimsical buttons that would be perfect for my sweater.  But there was only one left.  Lucky for me, the shop owner is a doll and placed a special order to get in some more for me.  They aren't in yet, but very soon, and then I will have some more pictures to post for you.

In the meantime, I have been working on a little sewing.  My goal is to always be improving my skills.  So this project called for a little bit of drafting as well as some seam finishes.  Not only will I be using french seams, but I will be surging the edges . . . well sort of.  I don't have a serger, but I have a stitch on my sewing machine that closely matches what a serger does.  Since my fabric is so light weight, I am afraid that it will unravel.  This is the reason for serging and french seams.



This is just a taste of my projects in the works, I will be working hard to get these done soon.

Live the moment, love life!
Annabelle

Sunday, June 12, 2011

When Forever Begins

 
This is my "Happily Ever After" photo.
A year ago today, my beloved and I promised each other our forevers.  We decided that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives with each other, facing obstacles and joys together.  (Hubby edit: mostly, there will be joys)

         

Here we are, one year later on our journey of forever and my husband is still my best friend.  It may seem a little cliche to call him my better half - but he is.  I see in him the virtues and qualities that I lack.  I find myself wanting to be more like him, yet at the same time appreciating that these differences are why I love him.


I knew I loved this man the day I said "I do," and in the past 365 days, that love has not diminished.  On the contrary, I find myself falling even more in love with him and growing in my appreciation of who he is.  Each day I wake up and look at my love next to me in bed and think about how lucky I am to have him in my life. 

                                            
One year may not seem like much in the big picture of life, but we are taking advantage of every day that God has given us.  We plan to make the most of each moment that He allows us.

                           

Here's to the rest of our forever.

Live the moment, love life,
Annabelle

Monday, June 6, 2011

A Little Sunnie



I finally have a showing project to share with you!  This past weekend I wore a little sun dress to my cousin's graduation party.  The pattern comes from a1940s Anne Adams slip, to which a made some alterations so it looks less like lingerie and more like something I could wear out.  (Even though there appears to be some trends towards wearing lingerie as clothing, I haven't quite bought my ticket on that bus yet).

Anne Adams pattern - what the slip should look like.

A close up of my invisible zipper on a fully lined dress.

Hubby and I went out to one of my favorite lakes near where I used to live to snap some photos.  We found a nice secluded spot.  As I was getting in the water, there was a dead sunnie just floating around.  I don't like touching live fish, but a dead fish is even more disturbing.  So a grabbed a stick to scoop him out of the way, so I wouldn't have to worry about him bumping against my legs as I stood in the water.  Hence the name, "a little sunnie".

poor little guy :(
Making the alterations to the back of this dress proved to be a little more work than I had anticipated, but I am happy with the final product.  I worked really hard to make this dress almost reversible.  Not that I plan to wear it inside out, but I wanted to have a really nice finish on this dress.  So it is lined with a white cotton voile (that I love) and has french seams along all visible edges.

You can see the start of some of my tan lines!


This dress just reminds me of summer, which makes me happy
 Part of what I love about this dress is that it will be the perfect thing to throw over my swim suit when I am on vacation this summer.  The dress can be worn either as a halter that ties in the back, a halter that buttons to the inside of the dress, strapless, criss-cross back or spaghetti straps.  The straps have buttons holes on them, and I sewed two little buttons to the front inside and back inside of the dress.










As a side note, I curled my hair in ringlets before taking these photos.  The humidity pretty much eliminated all of my work before I even got to the lake.  Welcome summer!

Live the moment, love life!
Annabelle