Monday, January 17, 2011

weekend frenzy

You know how sometimes, you just get a burst of energy?
I had that this weekend. I had the time to spend in my sewing room, cleaning up a few projects and starting new ones. (It didn't hurt that Saturday was Fabricland's One Day Member's Sale - I stocked up!)
(Some of these projects were already started, so don't think this all happened in two days...)

Pajama Pants for me.
The green ones have been done for a while, but I never showed them to you. I just love this fabric - so cute!
Technically a Christmas print, but for jammies, I don't care - I wear them all the time.
The birch tree ones have been cut out for a while, and I finally got around to sewing them up. Again, a bit of a winter theme
(snow covered birch trees), but lightweight cotton, so year round wearable.

I started another Ponte cardigan in navy, but I'm going to change it up and add some interesting braid trim around this, so it's on hold until I decided what to do.
Tunics. I love tunic length tops. They suit my body shape (bit of a tummy issue, but good legs). So, tunic length tops over slim pants is a good look for me.
This gold tunic is made with my favourite Ponte di Roma fabric - a superb stable knit. It washes and machine dries like a dream, no pilling, no fading. Just love it. This with slim black pants and my knee high black boots and a black belt will be perfect for work.
I used the same pattern for this pink sweater knit tunic.
The only change is I widened the neckline so it sits just off the shoulder. This sweater knit it something I've never really sewn with before, but my machine has a great stretch stitch, so I thought I'd try it. It worked great. I'll wear a tank top or turtleneck under this for strap coverage. Originally this pink was a dress length, but it didn't thrill me. I knew I'd get way more use out of a tunic than a dress, so I cut it off.
There was enough of the fabric to cut a little above knee skirt as well, so I get the dress option  anyway. And elastic waist skirts take all of about 20 minutes to sew up. The hem hasn't been pressed here, that's why it's a bit wavy...

This top has been cut out and waiting for quite awhile. I'm not sure why I didn't get around to it, but I'm glad I did this weekend. It's a faux suede tunic top with a hood.
The hood has flat felled seams, so even though it's not lined, it still looks good from behind. I have slouchy suede boots in this shade of brown, so this will work well with them and slim cut jeans.
I probably would have kept going, but I needed to start dinner on Sunday (a throw-back to my growing up years - full roast dinner on Sunday night - tonight it's a roast loin of pork, with potatoes, broccoli, carrots, baked onions and Yorkshire puddings. Yum.) Plus Sunday was the Golden Globes, and I admit to being a fan of awards shows. Especially the Globes - you often get a winner that's imbibed a bit to much and it results in a no holds-barred speech. Plus I love Ricky Gervais.
I bought this pretty orange stretch corduroy, and already have plans for yet another tunic length top. The corduroy is super soft and has this swirled pattern to it. I don't know if I'll get to it this week (it's a pretty busy one), but I think I have next weekend free...)


Needles said...

You make this look so easy but my fabric piles can attest, it isn't easy at all. Fantastic work, Sandra.

Brenda said...

A burst of energy? Are you kidding? This looks manic to me.

Knit and Purl Mama said...

I wish I could make my own clothes! You're on a roll there for an entire new wardrobe!

KnitTech said...

You're completely amazing!

Sel and Poivre said...

OMG Those pj's are so adorable! I love making pajamas because they can be so much fun to indulge in whimsical fabrics that make you smile!