I made the StyleArc Barbs. The pattern came via a free download. Yay for free patterns. These were beautifully drafted and just worked. I had to make some minor adjustments for cyclist's thighs, but otherwise this pattern is terrific.
Just under the wire, here's my stash-buster for August. This is #108 from the September, 2011 issue of Burdastyle magazine. Burda calls this a kimono sleeve tee, but in my world, these are dolmans.
I finished this top in a mad dash before a recent trip to Oregon. I had found the large-print cotton jersey at Backstitch in Nevada City. Backstitch is the source of most of my knit stash. I thought this pattern would be a good match for the fabric - just a front and a back, nothing to break up those giant blue flowers.
I recommend the pattern if you're in the market for a super quick long-sleeve knit top.
A new dress and a new website. After a serious blog hopping experience last week I decided me and mine could do better than "Sew Cro and Quilt". We won't even talk about how folk assumed it was "crow"; duh. I ran into Oonapaloona's blog and went wowsers (her talents blogging AND oh yeah sewing) and I realized I did not have to play it so safe with my blog name thus the change. No, it's not as cool as "Oonapaloona at Kalkatroona"; but I like it. Yeah, I'm starting over getting Bloglovin' followers, but hey - all things in due time. Yet, I digress. I completed this month's challenge on time . . . a yay for me. This sewist needs a dressform for real. Know anyone wanting to donate? LOL. http://sewlyricallyvintage.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/simplicity-1418/
I've finally worked out the September theme, which took a little bit of sideways thinking. September is one of those months where the word September doesn't have an inspirational etymology that serves as a source of theme ideas.
September stands for the seventh month - and when Augustus Caesar decided to change the calender (for reasons I haven't traced ) he moved it to the ninth month position. So far not much inspiration.
But September/seven also seems to stand for lots of beginnings - the start of ecclesiastical years, academic years in the northern hemispheres, harvest months in other traditions. And, it has links with another concept - seven is often considered lucky, as in seventh heaven,
That gave me something to work with. We are all entering a new season, a new fashion beginning for sewing. We are also very lucky ladies in that we live very blessed lives - I can't help but think sadly about all our unfortunate sisters in parts of the world where they are suffering under great hardship with very unstable conditions and brutality around them. While I tend to stick to sewing in my blog world - it's an upbeat space away from other sides of life - I do think we should all count our blessings when planning our sewing this month. We are all very privileged.
So let's start planning our fall/winter or spring/summer wardrobes (depending on where you live). And make the first garment towards that this month.
Here is my contribution for August : a simple pencil skirt. I fell in love with the fabric. We can't see it properly in the picture, but there are little pink and red flowers on a light and dark grey background. I wonder if it's a Liberty print. And it's corduroy. I love corduroy, don't you ?
It is lined with a recyled pink bedsheet, which is thin so perfect for this use.
As for the top, I cut what used to be a maternity dress.
I also made the rug !
Annoying things :
-I sprained my ankle last week :-(
-I haven't been able to leave a message on your posts lately. There's probably something wrong with my google account and it drives me mad to write things just to see them vanish as soon as I want to publish them.
As you see, there are a couple of things that need some fixing !
Here's my long overdue summer dress. If you want to read what happened to my July plans, you can find the wadder report over here. So, if this I my July Garment of the Month, I still need to come up with August plans! Let's see if I can rescue some of the beautiful fabric I wasted by pairing it with the wrong pattern. To be continued!