I know I swore after I finished my zombie costume that I wouldn't sew again until I could get my dream sewing machine. I decided to borrow my mom's instead and that is getting me through until I put my new one on layaway after Thanksgiving.
I've fallen in love with the tent-like tunic style of dress with leggings and boots. Although not necessarily the most flattering on me, they are super comfortable (and at this point in life, what's more important? that's right...comfort!)
I decided to take my second stab at knits since JoAnn's put a purple leopard print knit on sale. I've been eyeing this fabric since August but couldn't bring myself to spend $13/yrd. But at 50% off? Heck yes!
I chose to use Vogue 8731 for the pattern. It is labeled "very easy" and it is! If you want to wear a tent and want some instant gratification...this is the pattern for you! It has three lengths and three sleeve styles (but I think anyone could figure out how to not add sleeves or how to shorten it).
I hope you are no longer astounded by my complete lack of photography skills.
While I'm in the throes of purple madness, I also made a purple scarf. Which was made to go with a soon to exist purple coat. Maybe I'll wear it all with this purple dress. And look a little like a grape. Or Barney...
This scarf will go with my future Colette Lady Grey. I've had the lining for ages, and bought the purple wool on sale for $2.95/yrd this summer (not much demand for wool coating in July). I had hoped to get this together over the summer in order to have it ready by October. It is now November and it is still hanging out just waiting.
|from Colette Patterns|
It really is purple, it is just a dark purple. I did get hair canvas with the intentions of hand tailoring it as I follow Gertie's sew along instructions for this coat. Which means it should be ready to wear in April.
Next on my to do list is the Colette Zinnia. I bought a lovely floral chiffon and a gold lining but want to wait on this one until I get my new machine. I can't have my machine chewing up my chiffon. So it sits by the coat.
|from Colette Patterns|
In all of this waiting, I did manage to finish a couple of owl paintings for a friend's nursery. She asked for owls to coordinate with her daughter's bedding. I even put polka dot sides on them to match the border of the bedding.
And last but not least I decided to add a new member to our already wild household. Bailey is 13 and is steadily slowing down. I was thinking about getting her a younger pup with the hopes that she would brighten up a bit. And, selfishly, I am scared of the day that Bailey is no longer with me. I hoped that already having another dog would make that day a little easier instead of facing life dogless for a little while.
I searched online and finally found one that looked like he might fit my requirements of not too big, not too old, not too young, and not in need of intensive training. But when I went to go visit him he was a boisterous 90lbs with a little fear based aggression mixed in. So he was a no. On a whim I went to go visit another one. He greeted me by calmly coming up and placing his head in my lap with his ears splayed out across my knees. He turned his honey colored eyes up to mine and that was it. I took Bailey out to meet him and they greeted each other then both sniffed the ground for our walk. When I lifted Bailey into the back of the car to leave, he tried to jump up with her. He is joining our home for good on Friday. I'm nervous about Phoebe's reaction to him, but he is so laid back that I'm not expecting too many issues.
I'll write more to let everyone know how his introduction to my wild kingdom goes.
Whew! My next projects include some Christmas gifts and hula recital costumes. Then the coat and skirt....I promise....