Thank you for the kind comments on my cocktail dress – you have inspired me to throw a cocktail party! My husband is excited about the idea, and I know our friends will be into it – maybe we can start a new trend?
Now that the cocktail dress is done, I’m considering what to make next. I was wanting to make Vogue 9668, but I have not yet been able to find a fabric that I like. I want a print, and I will just have to wait until something nice comes along! I find fabric shopping frustrating, since I am unable to buy much locally… when I see something I like I usually just buy it, and figure inspiration will strike.
Speaking of that… here are my upcoming project plans (subject to change as always, but I usually do pretty well making it through at least a few!)
I’m going to hopefully pick up some muslin tonight at Joann’s (I have a recording session near there tonight… I think I can get there a little early!) and start making a muslin of Vogue 1137.
I’m using the rose cotton satin I got this week (on the bottom in this photo.) It’s a little lighter weight than I thought, though still nice, so it will work great for a summer sheath dress. The other print (the brown above) is gorgeous in person and quite heavy… it will be very nice for fall.) The dress calls for a lined bodice, but I’m going to line the skirt too… I may underline as well, but I haven’t decided for certain yet.
I’m also really excited to make an outfit from the April Burda .
I’m making the pants on the top and the blouse on the bottom, the pants from a nice black RPL, and the blouse from this lovely silk jacquard.
Yes, again with the polka dots… apparently I have a thing for them! I haven’t tried Burda pants yet, but I do hear good things. This pair look like something I would buy in a store, so hopefully they will work out for me!
And finally, I want to make my own dress inspired by this dress, from Modcloth, using Kwik Sew 3758, which I posted about last week.
I have some cotton/silk fabric (Radiance by Kauffman) to use for the skirt (I plan to use the non-shiny side, and since it only takes 1.5 yards I should have enough left to use the shiny side for a blouse later. ) I still need to buy fabric for the top. It won’t be exact, since I think I’m going to make the version with 3/4 length sleeves, and my stripes will be more narrow.
On to knitting… I finally got my yarn in the mail, and made my tension swatch for Petal.
I love the yarn (Rowan Milk Cotton.) I know a lot of people bemoan the loss of 4-ply cotton, but while it came in fabulous colors I always found it rather hard, and the sweaters I made of it feel a bit like armor. This yarn is lovely and soft. It’s quite thin – I almost always have to go down a size or two in needles, but my swatch on size 1 needles is actually too small. I haven’t decided yet if I will go up a size, or whether I will make the sweater a bit smaller, figuring it will stretch out anyway. I am going to leave off the picot edging, as I don’t like the way it flares out. I am very excited about making this sweater – I am so glad I am knitting with skinny yarns again!