Harley helps.

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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

MMM fail, the Azores, and the next Alabama Chanin project


I failed MMM—mostly because some unexpected things came up for which I didn't have MMM pieces. (I really need to learn to make a suit one of these days.) And I'm starting a new job on Monday in a formal work environment, and the only formal anything I have is that suit, so I had to spring for some RTW dresses and stuff. Double fail.

But! I got the dresses from Nau—in linen and hemp and Tencel, yay!—and also sprung for the Annelise dress from Alabama Chanin with cap sleeves, which I'm hoping will be dressy enough with a cardigan and flats. Hooray for NO MORE BLACK POLYESTER PANTS, EVER.

We also went to the Azores for a week (just Sao Miguel; we're definitely going back to see the other islands at some point!) Embroidery, knitting/crocheting and cross-stitching are big there, and I stumbled across at least four fabric/sewing stores. Some pics:

That newsstand had a kajillion issues of Burda and other pattern magazines, and a TON of cross-stitching magazines. I kind of busted my budget there.

Aside from that, I'm trying to get as much planting done as I can before the job starts—tomatoes, cukes, anise hyssop, hardy hibiscus, amaranth, and purple basil so far. I'm also trying to make progress on the next Alabama Chanin fitted dress:

I have to admit, every time I start a reverse applique project, I start to question whether I should just leave it stenciled. Sticking with the original plan for now, though.

That's all for now!



  1. You've got more patience than me to even contemplate an Alabama Chanin project! Congratulations on the new job too.

    1. Thank you so much! I plan on taking the AC project on the long commute. :)

  2. I'm getting ready to start another Alabama Chanin project as well - the Maggie dress. I need to watch a video on how to use my air brush (yikes!) first. If you have any tips, let me know.

    I have a dress from Nau as well, I think it's the Butterfly dress. Congrats on the new job and wardrobe!

    1. Can't wait to see your project! I've had mixed luck with the airbrush (really hard time getting everything even). If I had to do it over again, I'd use the paint at full strength (instead of watering it down) and definitely use the spray adhesive -- it really helps.

      I love Nau -- it's so nice to have an excuse to finally buy some!