Monday, September 1, 2014

August make

I made this skirt from 2/2010 Burda Style Magazine. 

There are more pics on my blog

Accordion's stashbusting Barbs

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.

More details on my blog.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Super Simple Stashbusting Tee

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.

More on my blog, if you're interested!

My pattern review is on here.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A New Dress; a new blog, Yay!

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.

Sew Lyrically Vintage on Facebook

Now I'm off to see what you gals did this month.  ;-)



September's Sewing Theme.

Hello everyone,

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.

Take care everyone,

Sarah Liz :)


Hello everyone !

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 !

In the meantime, Happy Sewing !


Friday, August 29, 2014

Substitute July garment

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!