Hi there, friends! Can you believe that the summer is almost over? It’s gone by so quickly, although it does seem like springtime was eons ago (and it seems like an impossibly long time ago that it was a comfortable temperature inside my apartment!). It’s been a while since I’ve had a sewing post, so I wanted to give you a little update about what I’ve been working on these days. Also, I’ve been reading and enjoying all your comments on my giveaway post, but I haven’t responded to them because I didn’t want to complicate the winner calculation situation by throwing my own comments into the mix (hey, I’m an artsy fartsy type! I don’t know anything about math/statistics/practical life skills!)! It’s super fun hearing what you guys would do with the fall patterns!
First things first, my long-lost Lonsdale dress! I should be finished with it by the end of this weekend, I hope! All I have left is putting in the zipper and hemming it. I expected to be done with this two weeks ago, but when I pulled out my zipper, I realized it was 8″ too short! Um… not really sure how I managed that one, but I couldn’t get to the store that weekend and as we were basically on lockdown last weekend because of Hurricane Irene fears, I couldn’t get a new zipper until today. So hopefully I’ll finish it up and be able to wear it at least once before summer is gone!
Since Miss Irene had us housebound, I was able to do some pattern laying out, tracing, and cutting, so today I sewed up the muslin for my sister’s bridesmaid dress.
It’s Simplicity 2209, the Lisette Passport dress. I’m really anxious to see how it looks on my sister! I’ll see her in two weeks, so I guess I’ll have to be patient until then! We haven’t picked any fabric out yet, but she’s leaning towards wool since the wedding is in November, maybe in a melon color. I really like the darts at the waist– such a great detail!
My mom picked out Simplicity 2444 for her mom-of-the-bride dress. I think it’s a nice choice for her– she’s young and not very “matronly”, so a lot of more traditional m-o-t-b dresses look old and strange on her. Also, the wedding will be pretty casual and fun, so a cocktail-type silhouette didn’t seem quite appropriate.
I like that there are so many options for the dress. It’s easy to imagine making multiple versions of this in different fabrics for different seasons. Mom picked the sleeveless version, collarless, with the bow front. I just picked out some fabric today at Mood:
I wanted to show you guys this as well:
I treated myself to a tailor’s ham and seam roll set from Sunni’s shop! I love them so much– they make me feel so professional! I figured it might be wise to invest in some tools to make all these dresses look as sharp as possible!
What are you guys up to? Are you starting to plan pieces for your fall wardrobe? Anybody going back to school or starting anything new these days? Also, anybody coming to the 9/30 NYC meetup with Oona, Debi, Meg, and Mena? It sounds like a hoot! I know that Mary will be there… anyone else? I’m going to try my hardest to make it– I work on Fridays, but I’m hoping it will be a quiet day and I can slip away for a few hours to join the festivities! I’d love to meet you folks in person!