Firstly, thank you for all the wonderful comments and well-wishing on my blogiversary last Friday. Don't worry - there will be a full post on the knitted undies later (I know all are waiting with bated breath), but for now, a little sewing:
Pattern: Simplicity 4233, View C
Fabric: Amy Butler Passion Vine, from the Nigella collection (color River)
Notes: In an effort to improve both my summer wardrobe and my sewing skills, I tackled this pleated skirt. The pleatedness was by far the hardest part. I tend towards knitting much more than sewing because you create the fabric as you go, the shaping built directly into its structure. Sewing depends a lot on precise cutting and folding, things I am very very bad at. Trying to evenly fold and sew down all those pleats was almost as hard as trying to make the hem even after the fact...it almost killed me. But I am happy with the results, even if it's kind of obvious that the skirt is made out of quilting material.
Speaking of fabric meant for home decor, I also had to have this dress from the "Very Easy Vogue" collection...
Pattern: Vogue 2429, View I
Fabric: Got it from the remnants shelves of Britex during a sale, originally intending to make curtains with it. It's a thick linen with embroidered flowers.
Notes: Very Easy was right! There weren't many pieces to this garment and the sewing all involved straight lines. The darts were a little difficult with the bulky embroidered flowers, but they turned out ok, as did the zipper for the FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE! The color is not great on me and makes me look even paler than I am, but I have a deep love for upholstery fabrics made into clothes, so I wear it anyway (when the SF fog subsides). Plus, come fall, I think it will look nice worn with Trina...
Yay for 100% home-made outfits!