Saturday, June 27, 2009

That's NOT my style!

Once upon a time, when I was pregnant and/or breastfeeding, (what was that...between 25 and 40 LOL???), I'd wear the baggy, shapeless shirts and think nothing of it. I'm happy to say I'm out of that stage and getting in the groove of things.

So what's a girl to do when a friend gives her a coach's shirt in a Men's Size XL? REVAMP IT!!! I spent an hour last night, and 1 1/2 hours this morning changing it to something suitable. The only other thing I added this afternoon that you don't see in the pic are hot-fix crystals added to the front neckline. Can't let go of my inner '80's, ya know. ETA...I think I might take in those side seams a bit. It could use a slimmer front/back profile. And the skirt? That's the one I whipped up last week and think it could be pegged another half inch at the side seams.

So...what have I accomplished the last three weeks? The muslin panties are done. The muslin bra is almost done--still have to attach the straps. Muslin swimsuit is done. The revamp coach's shirt is done. What arrived in the mail? Bra supplies and bra/panty fabric in lime green and royal blue.

Where's the time? It's oh-so-busy! I have an unexpected tournament I have to go to this weekend, and I'm not too happy about it. The first time in several years that the 4th of July is on a Saturday. It wouldn't matter to me if it was scheduled months in advance, but this was a last minute schedule change. Oh well, I'll stay at my brother's house and get through it. I really hate to be driving so much on the biggest drinking holiday of the year.

Hopefully, you all will get more sewing done that I will.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Hello Again!

It's been almost three weeks since I've entered a blog post. It has been so hectic and busy with baseball, softball, work schedules, helping people out, the kids out of school, etc.

In addition, I have been busy at work making lingerie thanks to Sigrid ! Everyone has been very busy with their bras in the Bra Sew Along. My bra is almost finished--just waiting for the straps. It's a "wearable muslin" and I'm going to make the exact same bra again out of the same material. I'll write more about that when I'm finished and why I'm doing that. But a sneak preview is in order. Here are the cups on my dressform a few days ago to give you the idea of what it's going to look like. I'm using Elan B540 purchased from SewSassy.

Before working on the bra, I made my first pair of panties. Again, I'll write more about that, too, when my matching bra and panty set is complete.

Also, today was a really crazy day! I went to the school to drop off my oldest daughter for her run, went to the gym, then the gas station, the grocery store, home to see my daughter off for a tournament, lunch, pick up other daughter, back to the gym, home to housecleaning and by 1 p.m. I decided I wanted to make a quick denim skirt. One of those times when the sewing lightning bolt hit me hard. From cut out to finish it was about 1 1/2 hours. Then back to the gym, post office, home for dinner, out to one baseball practice, head to the other baseball practice, video store, then home for relaxation. Whew!

Anyway, here's my quickie skirt which I made from my self-drafted skirt pattern. Just simple, quick, pull-on with an elastic waist. Perfect for cool summer tops. So sorry--it's a little wrinkly as it's the end of the day and already worn for several hours.

That's it for my day. I'm hoping to check out blog posts via Bloglines but am scared to do it! I bet there's a ton of posts that I'm backlogged in reading. Does anyone else get busy and then dread how backlogged they are? I desparately want to catch up but feel like I'll be just keeping my head above the water until I actually start reading them. Maybe a little tonight, but definitely tomorrow night and Sunday morning!

Enjoy your weekend everyone! Hope you get a lot of sewing accomplished.