Saturday, August 11, 2012

Roy Lichtenstein & a Sencha Blouse

Sencha blouse and patterned skirt hitting the city!

Last weekend I visited my sister in Chicago and gave her a beautiful Colette Sencha blouse. Originally I made her a Sencha blouse for Christmas, but forgot to adjust the pattern to her 6'1" frame. I kept the original blouse, shown in my Handmade Christmas post, and gave her a much prettier one.

She must be saying, "This is my favorite shirt ever!"

Another motive for visiting was going to Lollapalooza. My sister and I are both HUGE Jack White fans, and this was my first time seeing him in concert. He was amazing! I wore my Ode to Sewing shorts to the concert.

The amazing Jack White

Now back to the shirt... I bought some beautiful silky cotton at Home Ec. and I put white pearly buttons up the back. This time I made the shirt 4 inches longer and it fit perfectly.

White buttons up the back

We decided to do a photo shoot at the Chicago Art Institute. They have an amazing Roy Lichtenstein exhibit up. If you're not familiar, he is a really famous pop artist. Now for more photos!

Waiting outside the Art Institute

My favorite Lichtenstein at the show!


The Art Institute has an amazing collection, so after the Lichtenstein exhibit we tried to see as much as we could before closing time.



Next on my sewing table....

Up next is a Colette Negroni shirt for Josh. He has been waiting patiently while I work through all my other projects. It's an intermediate pattern, so this is going to be interesting!

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Patterned Skirt

The last weekend in July, I took a class at Home Ec. on how to make a bias skirt pattern and sew it. I've been wanting to make a pattern for a long time and there aren't really any places nearby where I can take classes. When I saw this class being offered,  I jumped at the chance!

The pattern we made is for a very simple elastic-waisted A-line skirt. We basically took our measurements and used them to draw a triangle shape. It was really simple and fun, and we were done with the pattern and sewing in less than 2.5 hours.

It was really sunny!
After I finished my class, Josh and I went camping at Sugar Bottom park. It's one of my favorite places to camp and that's where we took these lovely photos!

I'm already thinking of ways to play with the pattern. I'm not a huge fan of elastic waistbands, so I may try to draw a zipper back for the skirt!

Last weekend I visited my sister in Chicago and went to Lollapalooza! I gave my sister a version of the Colette Sencha blouse and we took pictures at the Chicago Art Institute. I will post those pictures soon!