Archive for December 2017

Red Riding Hood Christmas

Friday, December 29, 2017

Our epic road trip (16 + hours) to drive from Louisiana to Colorado to visit family for Christmas included a two hour stop because of an accident on the interstate and a slow ride from New Mexico into Colorado because of snow.  We made it!  Our Christmas included skiing, sledding, lots of snow, a Denver Nuggets game, a Celestial Seasons Herbal Tea tour, good food, great friends and family.  We had limited internet -- it was nice to disconnect. My husband said I was the MVP of 2017 for suggesting this road trip.  Christmas day was low-key but included a beautiful view.  I made a simple dirndl skirt for it.
Experiment:
Dirndl Skirt
Materials:
2 meters of Red Riding Hood fabric from
9" red invisible zipper
Random scraps of fabric for pockets
Procedure:
I have hoarded this fabric for a while.  It was a gift from Amanda when she opened her shop and I love, love, LOVE it.  Because I loved the fabric, it sat in my stash with so many others I love and cherish (Why do I do that?!  I know I can't be the only seamstress who does this.  It is silly so I am resolving to sew more of my precious fabrics from my stash into lovely garments). I wanted to make something for our trip and I realized that I have little to no red or green fabrics in my stash.  It seems sort of mandatory to wear red or green for Christmas. That is why I turned to the Red Riding Hood fabric.
This dirndl skirt was sewn in a snap.  Essentially, I cut a waistband that was 4 inches wide and the length of my waist plus an inch and a half.  I used some scrap fabric in the same way for the inside of the waistband and pockets.  Then I used the rest of the fabric and gathered it as the skirt.   I made a half inch hem and Voila! skirt is done.  Like I said, a snap.

I cannot believe that 2017 is coming to a close and so is my holiday time. Boo. We spent 8 hours in the car today heading back from Colorado to Louisiana.  We are somewhere in the middle of Texas resting for the night.  No sewing for me until the weekend!

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It's Mandatory....Mandatory Delicious!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Last weekend my in-laws came to town to celebrate an early Christmas with us.  Usually, we spend Christmas with them at our home. This year the fam and I are doing something a little different -- we are taking a road trip.  On Wednesday we setting off on a two-day journey to Boulder, Colorado.  My husband is a twin and his twin brother lives on the side of a mountain in Boulder. We are going to spend Christmas with him in the mountains with snow.

Back to last weekend, I did get blog photos of a dress I made in November.  I just didn't write because I was busy cleaning for the in-laws and then hanging out with the family.  We are so blessed to live within 200 miles of family.  And Jules was very excited that he got a gaming gift card from Grandma and Grandpa.  I finished knitting a shawl for my mother in-law that has taken about a year!  I think she liked it.

Experiment:
Anna Dress Hack
BHL Anna Bodice
Size 4
New Look 6390 Skirt
Size 8
Materials:
3 yards of Timeless Treasure Glow-in-the-Dark Dinosaur Cotton
22" Black invisible zipper
Mettler Black All Purpose Thread
Wrights Maroon Hem tape

Procedure:
There is a Museum of Natural History at the university where I work.  A local filmmaker had used the Museum for a short documentary called Dinosauria.   For the premiere of the short film, I knew I needed had to have a dinosaur dress.  My local fabric shop did not have dinosaur fabric worthy of this epic dress so I turned to the internet and fabric.com had the Timeless Treasure print. And it GLOWS in the DARK.  Ummmm, yes please!
I decided to use By Hand London's Anna bodice.  I love the fit and more importantly, it has front pleats which sew up very easy.   I wasn't keen on making the skirt -- no pockets.  I crave pockets on just about every dress I make to carry keys and my phone.  I am not on of those ladies with a closet full of purses -- I buy one and use it until it can no longer carry much or I opt not to carry one at all.
I wanted the skirt to twirl and swish but I did not have enough for a full circle skirt.  I choose New Look's 6390 skirt from my pattern stash.  This is a half circle skirt and I managed to ink it out of my remaining fabric by cutting on the bias.  It was butter and jam - perfecto!  My only regret is that I did not allow the dress to hang long enough (hello time-crunch!).  I think I will have to re-hem as the back of the skirt is a tad bit lower than the front.
I introduced the filmmaker on the night of the premiere and when the lights went down, sure enough my fabric glowed!  My son asked why I didn't get more of the fabric to make him a shirt.  And a professor emeritus wanted me to make a tie for him in this fabric. Definite hit on my hands.
And here I am geeking out at the premiere:





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Dora the Explorer Doesn't Have Anything on Me

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Errrr, last week was the final week of classes for the fall semester.  I also traveled to New Orleans for a work conference for half the week.  Highlights of the trip (besides all the conference knowledge) included a cauliflower taco from Johnny Sanchez and perfect weather.   I have trouble sleeping in a hotel so I binged watched the latest season of Broadchurch and I perused Anthropolgie and Modcloth for sewing inspiration. During the 5 hour car ride home on Friday evening, in between bouts of conversation, I plotted my weekend sewing. I couldn't get a blue skirt from Modcloth out of my head.
Experiment:
Megan Nielsen Veronika Skirt Pattern (It's free!)
Size: Small

Materials:
3.5 Yards of Navy Blue Cotton Poly Blend
7" Invisible Zipper

Procedure:
I wanted to sew something uncomplicated.   Since I have made this skirt here and here, this sew was an easy couple hour investment. Circle skirts are flattering and fun.
The hardest part of the pattern is leaving the dang thing to hang overnight before hemming.  Then my least favorite part is hemming a circle skirt.  It is worth it.
Ooohh, I love how it twirls. Perfect for work. My closet is full of navy and coordinating colors -- this will do nicely.
Not bad for a Saturday evening sew.

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