Thursday, August 23, 2012

a dress for me.

Washi dress!!
I made a Washi dress today!  Well, yesterday and today.  I cut it out and sewed a bit yesterday, and then I did the bulk of the work today.  This is the first dress I have ever sewn for myself.
I made a muslin to check the darts, and I am so glad that I did!  I ended up needing a small, but I had to use the darts from the extra small.  The small darts were definitely in the wrong place.  I don't really like making muslins, but it is totally worth it. 
 I had Steve snap a couple pictures after dinner.  Which makes me think- how in the world do women take pictures of themselves for their blogs?  Yeesh, no fun at all!  Please don't mind the lack of makeup and the messy braid.  Just pay attention to the cute dress, please. :)
I used an older Denyse Schmidt print from my stash, and I made a couple modifications to Rae's incredible Washi pattern.  I scooped out the neck, widened the armholes, that kind of thing.  I'm hoping to try the tunic next, and this time I'll use the cute little neckline that comes with the pattern.  Speaking of the pattern- I highly recommend it!  Rae is very thorough, and the steps are very clear and easy to follow.  I am a newer garment sewer, and I didn't have any trouble following along.  I'll definitely be making more!
xo, Ang

Monday, August 13, 2012

summer catch up

Lots of fun going on over here this summer!  I haven't had much time to visit this space, so I thought I'd do a quick summer round up from my Instagram pictures.
Wiksten tank New knitting bag.
1. I've squeezed in a little bit of sewing, my machine has been lonely I think. A Wiksten tank, a couple wide mouth pouches, and a couple new Tova tanks (I'll share those with you later on this week).
Weston Eli
2. The boys are getting so big. They've had a fun summer, but they are antsy to get back to school here in a couple weeks (1st grade and preschool). I'm going to miss them at home, but I'm also glad that they love school as much as they do. Sure makes life easier, right?
Finley Finley 
3. I am completely enamored with this sweet little 2 year old.  I'm constantly suprised by how sweet and girly Finley is, especially after having the two boys. 
Kittens Silo
Silo Banjo
4.  We got some kitties!  The are from a neighboring farm, and we have full intentions of them becoming barn cats when they are older.  But for now, Banjo (the gray one) and Silo are in the house, and we are all in love.
Sweater Holden
5.  Lots of knitting going on in these parts!  I had to take a little break on my sweater.  I finished up the body entirely, including the waisband and neck ribbing, but my wrist was killing me!  I think the heavier weight and bigger needles were really getting to me.  Does this happen to any of you knitters?  After taking a week off, I started a shawl using fingering weight, and it seems fine.  I'm itching to get back to my sweater though, just the sleeves and I am done!
Walter Walter
6. Our friend got a micro pig named Walter!  We've had so much fun visiting with him.

I'm very much looking forward to fall, sewing a bit more, and writing in this space.  I miss it! 
Be back soon.
xo, Ang

PS - Guess what... I snagged a ticket for the Sewing Summit in October!  I am so so excited to go.  I had a blast last year, and I can't wait see everyone. Are any of you going??