Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Selfish sewing week- Getting ready for fall


Hey everybody, this week is the selfish sewing week! Dedicated to beauties all for myself. The temperature in Phoenix is starting to drop, especially during the mornings and wee hours. This will be our first winter ever! I am so excited and cant wait to grab n throw snowballs at my boys this Dec during our planned roadtrip to Flagstaff.

First up is this swiss dots long sleeves alma top.
Pattern used: Sewaholic alma blouse
Materials used: Remnant swiss dots in black and red, invisible zipper, interfacing
Thoughts on this project: This is my 3rd alma blouse and I still love it a lot. I cut a straight size 4 cos I prefer roomy tops ( to hide my bulging tummy still). Usual shortening of the bodices length and I also shortened the sleeves by a good 1 inch (still a bit long for me though, will take note in my next alma long sleeve version). For this top, it asks for a 12" invisible zipper, but I only had a 9" YKK in stash. So I modified the zipper placement instead. It actually starts from the bottom hem instead of the middle. The zipper is a bit short, but the opening still allows me to wear the top easily, maybe it's because of the bigger cutting?
The placket portion is a bit new to me, I did struggled a bit but the instructions are very clear thus everything went slowly but smoothly. There's a bit of puckle though, but I dun think that's a big issue.

Duration taken: A few hours of cutting and sewing:)

I really like the color contrast of black and red. Red is my new favorite color!
My lovely plackets. LOL!
Pardon the powder smear on the collar part. The curved hem design really flatters the overall figure.
The change in the zipper position.
Meanwhile the following items are my plans for this selfish sewing week:
-a red stripey Renfrew cowl neck tee (pcs cut)
-a nautical stripe round neck mid sleeves Renfrew tee (will cut out tonight)
-a hawthorn chambray dress (done)
-1940s vintage inspired tie bow top
Hohoho, hopefully I can be selfish enough to finish them in time:)
Anyway, I have won a set of 3 sewaholic patterns from the sew mama sew community sewing match! I will be able to choose the designs, so far I have decided on getting the robson trench coat and  minoru jacket. For the last pattern I am still hesitating between the saltspring dress and the pendrell blouse. Due to my bucket waistline, I am seriously afraid that the saltspring dress will only make my no waistline even worse. But seeing all the lovelies dresses sewn by the others, I really cant decide. What do you all think? Saltspring dress or pendrell blouse?
Thanks for stopping by:
XOXO Ashley

1 comment:

  1. It looks great! I love the swiss dot fabric; it's the perfect touch of girly texture. One day I will get to do selfish sewing week!