Saturday, July 14, 2012

When I'm Looking for Mojo

There are times when I’m sewing that I don’t know what to make next, and it isn’t because the mojo isn’t flowing, but that maybe I have too many ideas running around in my head and I can’t just pick one, or I see something and it makes me want to add another garment to the ever growing list. You know the one that never seems to get smaller. Then of course the list gets revamped and I don't know what to make first.

Thank goodness that time is not now, but when that problem does arise, like after arriving home from PR Weekend, I start re-evaluating/assessing everything. What I’m doing and what I’ve learned. I pulled out some of my sewing books and ordered a few new ones. I started reading and educating myself more on my sewing and my sewing list is getting longer with the plans I’m making. I have talked to a few sewing buddies to see where their heads are at and in the meantime to keep my fingers limber, I made another maxi for my neighbor (don't have any pictures of her in it yet)as a thank you for watching my mom while I was at PR Weekend I have done some alterations on a few pairs of pants for my mother-in-law.  I also made the Rachel Comey skirt from V1247, but that will be another post very soon.

I also got a chance to try out the kimono t-shirt top by Maria Denmark. I don’t know about any of you, but I’m always in search of the perfect t-shirt pattern for a TNT, and this one is making the grade so far. I don’t have any other patterns to compare it to and if the shoe fits as they say, wear it. If you don’t know about this one yet, check it out.  It’s very simple and uses very little fabric (just two pattern pieces). It’s great for those

leftover pieces of 7/8 to 1 yard fabric pieces you may not know what to do with. Here is my first attempt and here is the fabric that I have picked out for the other three, one of which will be a belated birthday gift for a friend.

In other sewing news, I just started working on V8633.  The fabric I chose to use is a piece that I picked up during PR Weekend at Virgo Fabrics, a store that Sheila took me to. There were only 2 yards left of this stretch cotton twill fabric and when I saw it, I had to have it. I am lining it in some cream cotton batiste that I also purchased from Metro Textiles during PR Weekend. In picking this project, it was the fabric that was calling to me first and then I chose a pattern that would best compliment the fabric. You have to do that sometimes because you don’t want the detail to be lost in the fabric. I’ll try to keep you posted on my progress as I go along.

On the knitting front, I am finally finished with a crochet project I started a few months ago.  I was a little slow on it because I designed it as I went, so there was a lot of ripping out and figuring out as I went along.  

My office manager asked me to make her a sweater based on a knit pattern that she picked out from one of my books that I showed her. The pattern was all messed up, and she wanted a few changes on the look of the garment so I figured why not design it, so I change the design from knit to crochet and then I knit the ruffled collar. I am loved how this sweater turned out and already started another one for myself in red but the length is not as long.  This was a very good experience for me and showed me that my designing skills are still alive and kicking.


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