Monday, October 31, 2011

A Little More Happiness

To my utter shock, not only was my skirt a featured project last Friday - I noticed that it found it's way to "Best of October".  Sorry to have an almost duplicate post here, but I might be just a little excited.  My husband claims it could only have happened because of his photography skills.  (To give credit where it is due - thanks honey, you are the best).

It is such an honor to be featured at the same time as the gorgeous Liz of zilredloh.  Check out her fabulous blouse on her blog or BurdaStyle.


Live in this moment and love life!
Annabelle

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Little Happiness

It was so exciting when I logged into BurdaStyle today and noticed that my Circle Skirt was a Featured Member Project!  Like most people in the sewing world, I'm not seeking out fame and recognition for the work that I do, but it still feels good to have a little call out.  It's just as special as all of the sweet comments I receive on this blog.  (Which by the way - a HUGE thank you to all of the wonderful people who follow this blog and leave comments, I have found it so encouraging!_


Since picking up sewing about a year ago, I have become a bit obsessed with it.  So much so, that my mind is a little too concentrated on patterns and fabric while I am commuting to and from work.  What I think has really propelled me into the on-line sewing community is that sense of community.  I still remember when I posted my first dress on BurdaStyle - and all of the encouraging comments to keep sewing - it made my day!  I was honored when I dear friend became my first blog follower - and she has been so faithful in encouraging me in my little endeavors.

Now here I am a year later, still learning so much and still eager to keep sewing (and knitting).  As I have been blessed with the spirit of encouragement found in the on-line sewing community, I want to pass it on to you.  Do you have a project that you are especially proud of?  Some thing that pushed you out of your comfort zone.  How about a project that just makes you smile?  Feel free to leave a link to it in the comment section so others can easily find it.  Depending on the responses I get, I may even put up a post with pictures and links to your beautiful work!

Again, thank you for following, commenting and allowing me to glean inspiration from your work!

Live in this moment and love life!
Annabelle


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mermaid Teal Pendrell


I bought this teal silk charmeuse with the intention of sewing up a Pendrell blouse.  Unfortunately, I was afraid to cut it up.  A while ago I shared some of my work in progress which included a toffee colored silk blouse that I was working on.  Needless to say, it did not go well.  I pretty much ended up destroying the fabric in the process of cutting it out - not a good way to start.  I gather up some courage and tried working with silk again - this time to line a pencil skirt - and it worked out really well.  So with the confidence of a successful project involving silk, I decided it was time to use up this beautiful fabric.



I'll be honest and say that it did not turn out perfect, but I am still really happy with the results.  The pop of color is a little brighter than I am used to, but I love color - so it won't take long for me to love it.

From this angle, the sleeves look a little like wings.
If any of you follow Debi's blog, you know that she made pretty much the exact same version of this blouse.  Really Debi, I didn't mean to copy you - I had this planned out forever and was just afraid to cut the fabric.  What do you say - we should dress like twins sometime?

I love fall!
Live in this moment and love life!
Annabelle

Sunday, October 16, 2011

1940's Knit it in Kiss Stitch


This is my new favorite sweater!  I cast on last winter, but put it on hold to participate in Tasha's Briar Rose Knit Along since both sweaters called for my size 3 needles.  Once I finished my Briar Rose, I wasn't too much in the mood for knitting with the uncharacteristically hot summer we had.  Now that fall is here, I made it point to finish this sweater.


Maybe it's the knitted lace edging, or the delicate detailing of the stitches, or that fact that it's a fuzzy pink sweater, but I am loving wearing this.  I even made it a point to use some of Emma's snap fasteners to close up the neck opening in the back - it has been fun trying to incorporate some of her sewing notions into as many projects as I can.

A close up of the stitch details.
Finishing this darling little sweater has me really excited to start my next knitting project.  I still haven't decided if it will be another sweater or some stockings, but either project will be a fun knit.



The pattern is from the 1940's and is called Knit it in Kiss Stitch.  You can find it for free on Faded Splendour's website.  This was really fun to knit up, I loved how the criss-cross stitches kept things interesting.



Live in this moment and love life!
Annabelle

Saturday, October 8, 2011

This Ain't No Sock Hop


Please excuse the grammar of my title.  When I first thought about making a circle skirt for Casey's sew along, my mind went back to grade school and the sock hops my family attended at my elementary school.  I always wore a bright pink poodle skirt - complete with an applique poodle covered in cotton balls. I knew that I did not want my skirt to look like the skirt I wore as a child, it was after all a costume.


Of course, picking out my lovely wool fabric already elevated this skirt to a level above the last circle skirt that I owned.  Then there are all of the details that make this more than a circle with a piece of elastic through the middle.  I loved learning the lapped zipper method, it will definitely find it's way into a 1940's skirt that is on my list of things to sew this fall.  Using sewn-in interfacing, rather than fusible interfacing was another great tutorial that was included with the sew along.  This was also the first time I used a rolled hem, which just makes sense with a skirt like this.  Though I must say, my favorite thing to learn was the lapped zipper.



As I was finishing my skirt, I wasn't loving it.  It felt a little matronly - even my husband said it reminded him of something one of his teachers (who wasn't a young fashionista) used to wear.  Not the look I was going for.  But after shortening the length a bit, and pairing the skirt with a few cute pairs of shoes, I am starting to like it.



Interested in seeing a few more circle skirts?  Casey will be posting a circle skirt party on October 17th, make your way over to her blog to check them out.

This was my husband's favorite photo.  He took it just as I
finished pulling myself up on the deck railing.  I wonder
what he likes about it?
Live in this moment and love life!
Annabelle

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sew Along Blues

I have always considered myself a creature of habit - really once something becomes a habit (even subconsciously) it is terrible difficult for me to change it.  So, it came as no surprise when I realized all of my sew along participations have resulted in a blue garment.  And do you want to know the worst of it, blue is not even my favorite color!

In case you need a refresher: there was Casey's Swing Dress Sew Along which resulted in a lovely navy blue dress.  Most people in the comments told me they liked my simple black dress, but really it is navy.  Perhaps wearing it with black shoes did not help matters (yes I know I shouldn't do that, but at the time I didn't have any other options).

Really, it's navy - if you see black, tilt your computer screen a little :)
Then Tasha's Briar Rose Knit Along produced a baby blue sweater.  To be honest, I like this color of blue the best, but I am still not overly eager to add blue to my closet.

Add to prove I do not need more blue, this is paired with a navy skirt.
Finally, Tasia's Lonsdale Sew Along gave me my blue Hawaii print dress.  Again, not a bad dress - but how did I unintentionally choose blue for everything?


So I was well aware of this fact as I started shopping for another one of Casey's sew alongs.  This time a circle skirt.  I actually picked up more than one bolt of blue fabric before reminding myself that I was in search of anything else (perhaps it's not just a habit, but rather the selection of the store?).  Not quite sure of what I wanted, I ended up in the suiting section.  Glancing at the fabrics I thought about how wool suiting wasn't exactly my first choice, but how wonderfully warm a wool skirt would be during winter in Minnesota!  Yes, this was the perfect choice.

In real life the thread matches quite a bit better.  The green ribbon was for the
interfacing.  At the time I bought it, I was hoping it would be visible, one of
Casey's recent posts reveals it won't be, which is fine.
I found this delightful grey plaid that had some green and blue running through it.  So I didn't avoid blue completely, but this grey neutral will be the perfect wardrobe staple.  I can't wait to see how this turns out.  I am a little behind, as with all sew alongs, and was hoping to finish on time.  Unfortunately, things got quite busy at work, so I don't think I will have any sewing time this week.

Here is a good close up of the fabric detail.
Speaking of sew alongs, have you heard that Anna of A Few Threads Loose is considering a lingerie sew along?  I am so on board with that.  I will surely be avoiding blue for that sew along . . .

Live the moment, love life!
Annabelle