Dress: Rooibos in poplin, blogged here
Cardigan: Old Navy, thrifted
Shoes: Keds, also thrifted
Today I had a holiday cookout (for labor day,) and I wanted to be casual but still fun. This dress makes me sad, because it photographs horribly, but it’s so cute in person – the polka dots just emphasize every slight wrinkle on the camera. It’s a little shorter than I might prefer, so I usually wear it on the weekends rather than for work. As it gets colder I plan to wear it with some brightly colored tights, which I think will solve the length issue. These shoes are some of my favorites – platform sneakers are so fun somehow! I love this color combo – classic navy and white with red. In fact, my current dress project involves all three shades!
I’m making the Kwik Sew mock 2 piece dress that I posted about earlier this summer. I washed my red silk/cotton in order to remove some of the sheen (it was really shiny, and I wanted a day dress. ) The top fabric is the result, and the bottom is the wrong side of the fabric. I like the washed, slightly sueded look of the top right side, so I’ve decided to use that for my skirt. I have more of this fabric, in a darker red, which I plan to not wash and turn into a fun shiny skirt for fall, using this pattern.
I’m still making plans too. I mentioned before that I wanted to make a Chanel jacket, but now I’m ready to show my fabric!
It’s a beautiful tweed. I’m using the vogue pattern on the left and either the version with the tie neck or the long version… I will wait and see the length. The jacket on the right is my inspiration. It uses a self fabric fringe. It also appears to have a sheer polka dot organza fabric as a ruffled trim, and attached to ribbons at the sleeves (I really like that touch!) I’m planing to copy those features. I bought a charcoal silk for the lining, and I’m going to quilt it using instructions from Threads magazine (I bought 10 years of back issues at a yard sale this summer, and they are so useful!)
I hit the labor day sale at Joann’s yesterday. It wasn’t super exciting, but they did have patterns on sale, and some new fabric collections with a 10% off everything, even sale items coupon. I got two knit prints and patterns to go with them, from their new collection (which is all jewel tones – lovely!)
Rayon jersey in deep teal with a subtle print. This is one of my favorite colors. I want to make this Mccall’s pattern, and I’m not sure yet whether I want the skinny sleeves or the balloon ones. I’m going to make this short to wear with tights or leggings.
Matte Jersey for this Palmer/pletsch dress. Probably the non-wrap style, but I’m not decided yet.
I picked up a few patterns that I had been waiting for sales on.
I have a black gabardine to make the tracy reese skirt, and a silk crepe jacquard to make the blouse. I bought the pleated vogue tunic thinking it would be great in a knit, but after reading the reviews of it I’m not so sure… The cowl neck is a nice basic, and I want to make one of those long drawstring shirts which I’m seeing for fall. I want a plaid, but I can’t seem to find any great plaids that aren’t flannel. Maybe later in the year there will be some.
The knit dresses and shirts are needed in my wardrobe – I don’t want to replace my storebought ones, but they are getting on in years. I can already tell that this month will be a challenge in terms of shirts – I only have two self made ones, and I am so very bad to just make more dresses instead! I would feel bad about buying so much fabric, but to be honest I don’t really have a winter fabric stash (and not so much summer either) so it’s necessary!
My husband always says “Don’t you have a pattern like that?” I always answer “Yes, but not this one!” I think I almost like planning for sewing as much as I like sewing. It’s so fun to plan and dream about projects that sometimes I forget to make time to actually sew!