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Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Julia Cardigan - palooza

There is a really great promo that rears up on the Internet from time to time at Perfect Pattern Parcel
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It's a package of patterns that you buy en masse at your self-determined price.

Recently, Parcel #6 was available and I splurged:
Mostly it was the first 3 I wanted, but now I regret not paying a little more to unlock the bonus pattern.

The Bronte Top and Hudson Pant became a wonderful pair of matchy match PJs - I don't think I want to share a body shot photo.....  The fabric is an adorable silky knit (to which velcro on baby bibs absolutely ADHERES...)

I do want to make more of both that I might wear for public consumption - I need to do a FBA on the Bronte Top - I made the size that matched my measurements, but I am not fully thrilled with the fit, I think I will go down 1 size and then do a FBA.

The Hudson Pant is comfy and fits exactly as all the images on Google portray - I find them a manish, low rise, and sloppy - BUT COMFORTABLE!

Now I am making a bunch of The Julia Cardigan
It suits a lot of testers, so I am giving it to people for Christmas (shhhh!)   I had some great vintage fabric that made a wonderful bohemian in the capped sleeve version, and another in two fabrics in 3/4 length, I have 3 more cut out that I am whipping together this weekend.  I'll post photos of the finished objets once they gifts have been unwrapped.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Fabric Fairy

Yes, Carmencita there is a Tweed Fairy - a member of a wonderful sorority of fairies who bless us occasionally with awesomeness at the Thrift Shop:

Evidence 1:
I just Bedazzeled for my very first time! I am not thrilled with my technique, but in the interest of fooling the 2 year old that it is a Frozen dress... or maybe a North Pole dress.... the bedazzeler came out of my "try this" pile. 

The bedazzler was a deal at my local Value Village recently - components in separate grab bags - it took me a bit to track down all the parts, it was like a 1990s scavenger hunt. I managed to score 3 packs of rhinestones in the dig along with the machine and it's components. 3.97 total.

Evidence 2:
See that stripe in the shot up above?  Value Village - $1.99 for 1.8m
A fuzzy Sweater Knit - perfect for the above mentioned 2 year old.  Also note the quilted, double faced jersey - awesome.

Evidence 3:
I have been wishing and praying for the perfect fabric for a project that will remain nameless for a few more weeks (check back after Christmas)

$5.99 for 2.5m  Can you hear the Hallelujah Chorus?

The [finished] Dragonfly Handbag

This was a exercise in developing my tenacity for powering through that mid-project minute where I begin to be disappointed in my product.  I like a great deal about this bag - and I dislike some aspects of this bag.  Who will be the recipient of this gift?  Not the gal that inspired it, that's for sure - it's way too red hat for her.  But seriously, look how beautiful it is!

This was a lot of disciplined work

But it turned out great - just not my style.

I have aunts who appreciate things - but now I have three possible recipients!
I'll have to contemplate.  (or make more)

I want a grey one.
Kenneth Cole Reaction 4 Easy Pieces Flannel with Crocodile Satchel,Grey/Pewter,One