Harley helps.

Harley helps.
Harley, my hard-working sewing assistant.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

a small update

I haven't been sewing, really, because:
  • we finally got the upstairs bathroom fixed, which meant
  • a lot of plaster dust all over everything, and
  • Harley, my intrepid sewing assistant, helped out by helpfully crawling into the tiny crawlspace the plumbers opened up, and it took most of a morning to get him out, AND THEN
  • my husband sliced his thumb open while sawing drywall or something, so I was on carrying-stuff-around duty for a couple of days, AND
  • to get ready for the plumbers, we had to pull everything out of the bathroom because we've been using it as an extra closet for the last couple of years, AND
  • that all sort of spiraled into a massive house cleanout, AND
  • we wound up having a yard sale to get rid of a lot of stuff, AND
  • now we have houseguests coming next weekend and possibly the weekend after that.
So it's been one thing after another for some weeks now. It's amazing how a small project can spiral out of control. (Ahem.)

However! Next week, my husband leaves to chaperone a school trip to Edinburgh (I know. I KNOW) ,and that means 1) updating the Netflix queue and 2) and MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF SEWING. I'm so excited. As part of the house cleanout, I went through my sewing room and sorted fabric and got everything ready. Also, one of the houseguests is my brother, who's bringing us the old family dining-room table because he doesn't need it anymore, which means I'll finally have a cutting table. Woo.

In other news, Vogue seems to have come out with new fall patterns. Some of them I like:

Some of them, not so much:

I really don't understand this. It's a blazer! It's a cape! It's a ... blape!

I do really like this:

Nifty. I wish they had a view with the collar buttoned up.

I do not understand why Vogue insists on having their models contort into painful-looking positions:

Ow. (In those heels, especially.)

I also wish they'd stop obscuring the garments with crazy prints:

Gee, wonder what that actually looks li--


Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Still nothing on the Sorbetto. I keep going through my stash, but I don't have enough of anything for an actual shirt. I thought about trying to make a Sorbetto nightgown (I've been really wanting one lately -- it's been so hot!) out of some light vintage cotton I picked up at a thrift store, but I don't have enough for that either. Thankfully, we're going to NY this weekend, so hopefully I'll have time to hit the Garment District and pick up some remnants. Lesson learned: From now on, buy 3 yards of everything.

In the meantime: $1.99 out-of-print Vogue patterns! I'm pretty obsessed with this, especially this hoodie and skirt:

I'm so making this for fall. The photo doesn't do the skirt justice; the line art is much better. Also, a hoodie with pockets that works for the office! Whee!

And this:

The top looks kind of ridiculous in the photo, but maybe that's due to the color choices. (Brown and blue, really?) I'd love to try it in black and gray, or black and a pattern. Also wondering if I could make a travel version out of some kind of quick-dry stretch fabric, maybe? Probably a bad idea.