Sunday, July 26, 2009

Some Summer Sewing

So, some good news: I got a promotion at work! Woo hoo!

The bad news? The workload that has come with said promotion, due to how it was timed, has been insane. Add to that my tendency to, at times, be a crazy perfectionist means that I've been a complete wreck at work, not taking breaks, hardly eating, and collapsing into a puddle of my own stress when I get home. (Actually, it's not really that bad, but I get a little addicted to exaggeration sometimes).

A little more bad news? Stressballness at work and collapsing at home means way less time for bloggy activities. Not only have I abandoned my own, but I've also been neglecting friend-blogs, which I hate doing! So if I'm a regular commenter and have seemed silent, that's why. I'm still reading! It's just mostly been straight from the feed-reader on my slowish phone during the commute home.

And there has been knitting going on (my cousin just had twin girls so my weekend was pretty much filled with baby booties), but not as much as I would like. Earlier this month, though, I got on a total sewing kick after some really cute patterns popped up in blog land.

First up, some tops! I used Rae's Ruffle Top Tutorial with a few mods. One I made without ruffle sleeves...



And one I made with...



I also did the little armpit scoop thingies, which, once I wore both tops, I decided makes the top more comfortable to wear.



I deviated from the pattern in that I didn't do pleating on the back piece (I actually made one more of these tops, my first, fully to spec and it made me look like I was 9 months pregnant). Instead, I cut it so that the top of the piece was the same width as the front after pleating and the bottom was the same. I also made the bottom quite a bit narrower because of aforementioned pregnant look.

This is, like, the perfect summer top pattern. Easy to execute and I wear these all the time!

Next up, a skirt, from Amazing Mae. Again, very easy to make, and great, wearable outcome.



The only change I made was to omit the drawstring (because I got lazy).

Hooray for awesomely written sewing tutorials and new summer clothes!



Now if only there were more warm days in San Francisco in which to wear these clothes...

19 comments:

Clumsy Knitter said...

Yay! Congrats on the promotion! It's a bummer that it's so busy and stressful right now, but it will get better, I'm sure.

Super cute tops, too! I'm very impressed with your skillz. ;-)

Gudrun Johnston said...

They are all so cute! Totally inspiring me to do something with my wee stash of fabric!

Minh said...

Your sewing projects looks wonderful on you!! If I saw that at a store, I would have purchased them myself.

CanarySanctuary said...

Congratulations! I'm smiling and cheering for your promotion lo these thousands of miles away.

And cheering for the lovely summer clothes you've made yourself! I really like both those patterns. Once again, I find motivation to learn to sew :)

Katlyn said...

I love your new projects!

Team Knit ! said...

Congratulations on the promotion! Hopefully things will calm down a bit and you'll find an easier work/life combo. The sewing you've done is incredible- gorgeous summer tops and a very pretty skirt!

- Julie

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Woo Hoo indeed! Congratulations on your hard work being recognized ~ I know this is just the beginning of many life accomplishments!

Your tops looks so cool and fresh and enjoyable to wear. Wish I could send some sun your way in trade for your fog :)

Don't ever stop enjoying spinning, Hilary.

Susan said...

A promotion is a blessing, even with the hard transition. Keep plowing away and I'm sure you'll load will start to lighten.

Fabulous FOs. I'll have to check out those two links.

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

Tights and a cardigan. Wear with new and awesome handmade clothes. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

Margo said...

Wow! Your clothes are beautiful!!!! Feel free to visit us to wear your warm weather clothes- it was only 103 today ;P
Congrats on the promotion!

Brenda said...

Teach Me! I'm madly in love with the first tank.
<3

hibou said...

You've been so beautifully productive this Summer! And congratulations on the big news at work!

Aesderina said...

Wow I love the first top! SO pretty and summery! Congrats on the promotion!

Jodi said...

Very cute! I especially like the green top.

Congrats on the promotion -- too bad about the stress, but it should get easier with time.

Eliza said...

I hope you can adjust to your new job! The sewing projects look very professional, I'm totally impressed!

elliebelle said...

Great job! I especially love the nautical-ness of the polka dot top. Very cute. :)

julie said...

Clearly you're a woman of many talents! Congratulations on the promotion at work - it's great to be appreciated, and the stress will undoubtedly subside as you get comfortable with your new role.

a friend to knit with said...

yay! congrats on your promotion!!!
that is so exciting....
love your new clothes.... they look fantastic!

remember to take care of yourself.... k?!!!!

Rae said...

ooh very cute! I like the fitted look; very chic. Good mods!