Sunday, November 25, 2012

Inspiration, frustration, desperation

I have muslin malaise.  After doing two full muslins (fully stay-stitched and marked a la Susan Khalje's Couture Dress class) I have neither the interest or inspiration in sewing up the actual Matthew Williamson dress. This is a pretty common situation for me; I have many muslins that have never made it into fashion fabric.  I caught myself dragging out my chosen fabric with dread in my heart and stopped myself.  Sewing is meant to be an enjoyable past-time for me, not a slog.  So I watched a re-run of "Bones" instead.  Much more fun.

In the meantime I'm nearing the finish line on my annual knitting project:

Oh sleeves, how I hate thee.

This is the "Beatnik" pattern by Norah Gaughn from  Once I actually get around to finishing the sleeves it will be a great sweater.  The armholes are very long, but in the spirit of "Carry On" I'm just going to knit bigger sleeves.  Yes, I know it would be better to rip back and make the armholes shorter.  Isn't going to happen.  (I've already ripped out and re-knit both necklines in order to make the front the back and vice versa... can you see the mistake on the back?  Originally it was on the front, which was just annoying enough to make me do the extra work.)  I hate hate HATE knitting the neckline shaping.  No good reason.  I just hate it.

Without the sleeves to balance the proportions I look "very hippy" as my Grandmother used to like to say.

So, sewing.

Like everyone else I am gobsmacked by the December Burda.  Every pattern is a winner.  I think I could sew my wardrobe for life from the last three months of Burda.  It's been that good.

What are you up to?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Shazaam Aloha!

Are you impressed Marcy?  Color!  
I pulled this lightweight knit out of the Mood remnants box in LA, it's super light and very soft.  I'm telling myself it's DVF remnant.  Who knows, but I just really liked it at first sight.  So naturally I turned over Thanksgiving prep to my boyfriend and sewed this up on Wednesday night:

Once again it's my Favorite Pattern Ever, the September Burda shift dress.  I did my classic backwards upside down, retro-fitting construction by making the dress without a zipper, then realizing it needs a lining in order to work as a winter dress.  Once I added the lining it then needed a zipper and... you get the drift.  The fabric is slightly-overworked at the back seam and it's a bit botched to be frank.  But who cares.  It's cute and I like it and it is the perfect weight for a LA winter dress.

How did everyone's Thanksgiving go?  I made it with only one confrontation with a relative who brought a dog that behaved badly and who promptly got in a huff when I chastised said dog.