Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Very Wearable Muslin

On Sunday I finished my muslin for the new Colette Laurel pattern, and a very wearable muslin it is. At first I was skeptical about making a shift dress because it is a silhouette I rarely wear. I'm so glad I tried it out. The pattern was a joy to sew and I actually love how the shift looks on me!

In the first fitting I looked like a bowling pin.

When I traced the pattern I choose a smaller size for the top, than for the bottom. The result was me looking like a blue bowling pin - it was funny but not cute. Luckily it was easy to take in the sides, and I ended up with a nearly perfect fit. One thing I love about this pattern is all the bias tape bindings. They are easy to do, with the instruction manual, and I can see myself using them on many projects to come.

Bowling pin shape resolved!

I found this beautiful collar at an antique store in Green Bay.

Some of Spring's first blooms!

This awesome plant was one of the only things growing - it looks like some kind of succulent.

This dress has room for movement - so I did a little dance!

I really love this dress, and I can't wait to make more! I bought some fabric from Spoonflower for my next version. 

Yummy buttermints!

This past weekend, Josh and I made buttermints with my Grandma. We are practicing for our wedding, we want to make them in several colors and flavors. I will post a recipe for these yummy candies soon!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Yellow Violet Top

My new Violet blouse!

Last weekend I finished my first Violet blouse from Colette Patterns. I love this pattern! The peter pan collar and the back yoke are both so sweet. The yellow fabric I used is a quilting cotton and the pink floral fabric of the back yoke is from a vintage pillow case.  

We went to the Riverfront in Dubuque and the Mines of Spain to enjoy the first nice weather of spring and to show off my new top.

The muddy Mississip'

I found a handsome pile of driftwood.

This is a vintage brooch from Mexico. I like the contrast of the dark silver next to the pale yellow fabric.

Surveying the riverfront.

I found a nice resting place.

Earlier that day we went antiquing and I found this darling cake-stand. Josh and I have been gathering miscellaneous vintage items for our wedding next spring. We are going for a vintagy, eclectic feel with lots of spring flowers!

I love the delicately painted purple roses and the dainty gold accents.

Today I started my muslin for the new Colette Laurel pattern - so far it looks like it is going to fit (fingers crossed). Have a great week!