Friday, February 10, 2012

January Sewing

I might be just a little bit late with this summary. That's how January works around here; February, March and April aren't much better.

After I helped my daughter with her business attire during Christmas week, I felt inspired, so I hauled out the last pieces of stretch velour which I bought about 18 months ago
. First up was a sleeveless princess seamed dress with a matching jacket.
Sleeveless dresses for the dead of winter seem completely wrong on many levels. But, trust me, there is nothing better than removable sleeves when you're working in the kitchen. Your sleeves can never slide down into the dish water, they never end up covered in flour or oth
er get the idea.

Then I made a cami out of the remaining fabric. I have some skirts with exactly that shade of blue in them, so it will be great. Plus, I get two long sleeved looks out of the same jacket. I think it's brilliant.

Then the relative from Denver called. She needed a dress to wear to a dinner with her husband, and was counting on me to dig her out of her dilemma. *sigh* After a week of thinking, I decided that a V1250 (last summer's hot pattern) might just work in the stretch velour. So I took out the last of my sapphire blue to make one for myself as a test. It was perfect.

The gift dress was in maroon velour. I had bought her a pair of cordovan colored
shoes, so I sent those along with the dress, supplying her with a complete outfit in a box.

She was thrilled. Her hubby was thrilled. Several people wanted to know where she got her dress. She told some that she got it in Philadelphia at Thanksgiving time, others she told a relative had made it for her (one wanted to know if the relative sewed for hire: No!). I'm glad she was happy.

But that used up all of my sewing energy. Sewing for others is stressful, especially when they're requesting it, instead of it being a complete surprise. So, in the last 3 weeks, I managed to lay out a 3.5 yard piece of fabric. This is as far as I've gotten in 3 weeks:

Maybe by confessing, I'll actually make another sleeveless dress, top and jacket, instead of staring unhappily at the pieces.

Or maybe I'll just read a good book or 3.

Happy Weekending, everyone!


SissySees said...

Okay. If ever I learn to sew, I'm making that dress. I bet she was the belle of the ball!

And I'm glad someone else struggles with crafting on demand. It sucks the joy right out of it!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Each time I see you have been sewing I get the urge to make some new clothes. Then I remember, I am still waiting to finish my room upstairs so I do not have to put everything away each day when I finish!! Diane

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Faye Lewis said...

Oh boy you have been very busy. I love everything you've made.

Big Dude said...

They always look better when you model them says the dirty old man :-)

Pam said...

You are so right about sleeves!! I am always trying to roll them up with food encrusted hands. Beautiful dresses and I hate sewing for others. I barely can finish something for myself.

Claire S. said...

It's always harder to make something for someone else 'to order' in their time frame - rather than by your own choice in your own good time ! Very pretty pieces though - hopefully you can get some sewing done for yourself now.

Two French Bulldogs said...

you sure are talented
Benny & Lily

The Blonde Duck said...

I love the blue!

Mickle in NZ said...

Wonderful pieces that look both stylish and comfortable. The maroon colour is just right for the lady in Denver - she would have looked stunning.

Mary said...

bwahahahahaha, Larry just totally cracked me up.

I like the dresses. The colors are fantastic and it definitely makes sense to not wear sleeves in the kitchen. Although, I wouldn't be wearing a pretty dress in my own kitchen either. Your husband is luckier than mine. ;)

I vote for taking some time off to read a book or two. You've earned it!

Anonymous said...

You are so so talented, the dress you made is gorgeous for your relative, the one you made for yourself so lovely and pratical, you really look great and are so so talented..I can barely sew a button on and hem a pair of pants or a dress etc..Plus you cook and homeschooled and still do for your children..I say take some time off to read and read, it is to me relaxing and rejuvenates me..just my opinion, have a wonderful weekend and Valentines' day you are a real sweetheart. Love your blog, read it daily!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Oh Marjie, I feel your pain. So many buttons to be sewn on and so little time hehehe. You are amazing with your sewing skills! Hope you are having a great weekend. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

Pam said...

They are all so beautiful and well made. I am in love with the color from the first dress - it's so gorgeous!