Friday, April 27, 2012

A Little April Sewing

Remember this dress? 
Yep, that's the one.  The one where my sewing machine and serger both decided to behave like (insert your favorite HBO words here).  I finally got it finished, and wore it for Easter.

It reminded me of my grandmother.  I remember her showing up at my house in the mid-1980s, at around 75 years of age, wearing a pair of loud cabbage-rose print pants; her comment was, "Aren't these pants fun?"  So, when I saw this fabric, I thought of my Grammy's "fun" pants, and decided I should have a dress in a "fun" print; thus, this fabric followed me home from my trip to Philly with GMarie.

Happily, there's enough for a "fun" summer dress, too.  Not that I wear "fun" prints much, but this one made me smile, and it is a pretty pink, after all!

Also in April, I joined Faye's "Starting At The Top 2012" Challenge.  The idea was to make one or more tops from new patterns.  I decided to use a pattern I've used before, but with a new view.  This was the result.

And since I had plenty of this plum colored knit, and it's so nice and soft, it became the view I've made before.  (I was wearing this top in turquoise the day I laid out the fabric and pattern pieces, and my dearly beloved complimented me on it.  I love it when he compliments me, after all these decades.)

Although this fabric was marked as being 1.5 yards, it was really around 3 yards (hooray for when people make measurement errors in my favor!), and there's enough for a sun dress, if the weather ever decides to stay warm.  We'll revisit that idea in June, I think.


Hope you all have a nice weekend planned!

13 comments:

Pam said...

I love it when my husband compliments me too. The dress is really pretty and I love that it reminds you of your grandma. The plum color looks really good on you! Enjoy your weekend Marjie.

Nichole said...

Beautiful dress! I LOVE that pink floral print!

SissySees said...

Love 'em all, and the peek at the skirt in the last photo too.

Big Dude said...

I like the purple one best but you make them all look good.

Sarah said...

I like the purple, too. And the first dress in the 'fun' fabric. Lucky you that your husband notices!

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

Purple is a fantastic colour on a red head, I like pink as well. One day I WILL start sewing again :) Diane

altadenahiker said...

I loved that sweet grammy story.

Blond Duck said...

I think you were my twin in another life.

gMarie said...

That is a really fun dress and I don't think it's loud at all - but then we've seen some of the prints I wear ;)

Love those deep purple tops and the print skirt - super cute! g

Mary said...

I'm growing jealous of your closet. I can only imagine the selection!

Mickle in NZ said...

The rose print dress is just lovely, and the wonderful cut and finishing of it reminds me of my maternal grandmother, my Nana, who was a tailor. Like you, Nana made dresses that fitted her perfectly and flattered her.

And then the purple tops! Wow, dear Marjie. The shoulder-free one is great and I would love to see you wearing the new "view" - it has shape that says "charm" to me.

Sue said...

I like "fun" prints. We all need more fun in our lives.

Honey the Great Dane said...

oh – I always look forward to your sewing posts and keen to see you model your new creations :-) that pink flowered dress is just gorgeous! :-)

Hsin-Yi