Sunday, June 27, 2010

Something new for something old

Green is one of my favorite colors. I love kelly green, but I also really like this particular shade of green. I don't know how to describe it - it is lighter than olive, and almost has more of a sage tone in person (the picture isn't 100% accurate). I'm always attracted to beads in that general color family, so I had to buy this stretch sateen material when I saw it. I knew I had plenty of accessories to pair with this not quite olive, not quite sage color.

I made a skirt out of that fabric today. I didn't take a photo of the whole thing because it is a basic pencil skirt - nothing too exciting to look at. I made the necklace about 6 months ago, but I've never worn it. It has the green beads, black lava beads, and beads that are a mix of grey, black, and green. I put the beads together with a bunch of wrapped loops and added a few little coordinating dangles. Anyway - it looks like I've got a match!


Second Chance T-Shirt

My fiance had a neat t-shirt made by the North Face. The dryer had its way with the shirt, which became too short and boxy for him to consider wearable. I inherited said t-shirt, but I couldn't bring myself to wear the boxy shirt outside of the house. Enter: the sewing machine and scissors. This project took just a few minutes (including winding the bobbin). It was supposed to be practice for a "real" shirt I wanted to take in, so I didn't take the time to make it neat. Little did I know I'd end up really liking the results. Three cheers for a new dog walking t-shirt!

Below is the inside of the arm. I was worried that the fit would be off due to sewing past the old sleeve seam, but it fits fine after notching out the corner:

Below is part of the print that stretches across the entire back of the shirt. Thankfully, I managed to save most of it.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Maybe I'm Biased...

This was my first crack at using bias tape. I bought black to play with, so I decided to use the cute owl print fabric I had been saving for just such an occasion. Folding over and hemming the curve in the inside of a skirt's waistband never goes smoothly for my novice self. I think that this will make my skirts look more finished (and easier to construct). I swear it isn't crooked, it is just a bad angle...

To continue my "firsts" theme: below is my first 100% solo zipper. I'm happy to report that it zips and is secure!

Scraps for a Scrapper

This polka dot fabric was leftover from a skirt I made. Poor Bob for having to put up with my antics!