Graduation Gift

It was a semi-impulse buy, rationalized by “Graduation” – and really wanting to make a lot of knit tops, dresses, and skirts, I bought a serger.  Specifically, the Brother 1034D.  

Dang, just one more weekend of school work and I can get to work on fun stuff!


I finally get to focus on sewing!

I turn in my final draft for my thesis this weekend.  After that, I just sit back and wait for a grade…and my diploma!  Whoot Whoot!  I am pretty stoked, but I am more stoked since I GOT TO BUST OUT THE MACHINE AGAIN!

Then I ruined a muslin for a relatively simple See and Sew pattern (of which I cannot locate at this moment) for a dress with a gathered waist, contrast band on waist and bottom, and cross over bodice.  After that, I decided to cut into my fashion fabric and tackle McCalls 6699, as I had already made a half a muslin.  But I think I ruined that, since I graded out the waist on the skirt, but forgot to grade the waist on the bodice.  Whoops.

My fashion fabric was so pretty, it was an aqua Moroccan-esque pattern.  Hopefully the store still has some.  I really want a “made by me” dress to wear to my Graduation/Birthday Party which is next month.

This is got my rethinking my approach and I think I need to scale back my ambition for the moment.  I just purchased Colette’s Laurel, and although shift dresses have never really appealed to me, it seems easy enough.  I would really like to make it in the same fashion fabric that I ruined – I think it would be super cute!

I am also rereading my Colette Sewing Handbook and have been doing some self-discovering so I can sew with a plan. 🙂

I pulled out five (ok, six – but my wedding set doesn’t really count) of my favorite pieces to see what I can discover about my style.  I pulled out an olive green jersey sleeveless dress, my purple and teal flannel shirt, a brown leather scuba style jacket, my brown Gasolina Moto Boots, and my Ray-Ban Aviators.  

I can see neutrals, leather, organic, casual, solids, animal prints, geometric prints (plaid), simple (my wedding set), and maybe a little bit (just a smidgen) edgy – with the aviators and leather…maybe “rough” is a better word?