It has been really busy around here! My sewing came to a complete stop as I was moving, settling into a new space and working on getting my old place cleaned and rented out. It was a lot of work, but it is all behind me now and I couldn’t be happier about it. I am putting finishing touches on my new sewing space and I can’t wait to show it to you but in the meantime, I am going to share my old sewing space. I put a lot of thought and love into it and I felt like my sewing room in my old apartment was perfect for me.
I have been MIA for a while! Life has been pretty crazy busy lately and although it hasn’t stopped me from sewing, it apparently has stopped me from updating my blog. I anticipate the craziness for the next little bit, and hopefully then I will be back to something that resembles a routine, more or less. I am in the process of moving and the next month will be filled with unpacking and cleaning my old place for my new tenants. Ahhh… moving…. I hate it but it is for the better!
Even through this moving adventure I managed to sign myself up to be a pattern tester for Charlotte Kan. I was so worried that I would not have time to test the pattern, but I loved the Pocket-T so much that I had to do it. I ran it by my BF (or my live-in partner, that’s how I refer to him now) and he thought I should absolutely test it if I love it that much. See, that’s why I am moving in with this man, he understands my passion/obsession. Well, and for many other reasons too.
A couple weeks ago my mom brought home a shirt dress. It was very pretty – a light blue linen, button placket closure, a collar and fake slashed pockets at the front. Mom looked a little guilty when she was showing it to me, it was almost as if she was looking for justification. The dress indeed was very pretty. But as it turned out it was outrageously expensive! $200! Well, as far as I remember $180 on sale. I don’t know if it is me being able to sew or just being cheap, I thought it was too expensive. So I told her what I thought, but she really wanted it… It was exactly what she liked! What is a girl to do? Of course I told my mom she needs to return the dress and I will make her one instead (brownie points for being a good daughter 🙂 ).
This skirt was my second and final version as part of pattern testing for Frances from Muffin Head Patterns. Frances asked us to make a muslin version and a final version. Even though I made my first muslin a full on lined wearable muslin with pockets (can you even call it a muslin at this point??), I decided to still go ahead and try this skirt a second time.
I had an absolute pleasure of being a pattern tester for Frances of Muffin Head Patterns. Frances came up with a easy versatile skirt pattern that is rather easy to put together. I believe the pattern is now available on her Etsy shop so feel free to head on over and give it a try! This was my first time being a pattern tester and let me tell ya, I loved it! It is a great opportunity to try out new patterns, learn techniques, share knowledge and meet new people.
I love the idea of this dress so much that this is the second time I am making it! In pretty much identical fabrics and finishes. Yep, that’s real love for a garment if you ask me. I made the first version of this dress back in summer of 2009. I didn’t have a serger and I was just getting back into sewing. I didn’t make any modifications to the pattern because back in those days I still expected the pattern to fit me straight out of the envelope. It’s custom made garment right? Doesn’t it fit awesome just by definition? Yep, that’s what I thought. Nonetheless, the dress fit well enough, I wore it to pieces and got a ton of compliments! One of my friends even said that the dress was her favorite garment I made ever.