March 2011

My spoon is still too big

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A long neglected jacket

Remember the hikaru jacket that I muslined back when I was 8 months pregnant?

I was so excited to work on it.  I had David hold Joey for a few hours while I cut out the shell pieces, and then a few more hours while I cut out the lining pieces.  This was back in the first month when we were both getting by on about 2 hours of sleep and “holding” meant “deal with this wailing infant” so it was a pretty big favor to ask!  Well, after getting everything cut out I realized I still had to cut interfacing, and that I’d forgotten to cut the sleeve linings, and then I started having misgivings about the style of the jacket…and so the pieces ended up at the back of the closet and I moved on to less ambitious post-partum projects.

In my mind I think I had decided this was a spring jacket, and in honor of the season that promises to appear someday I dug out the pieces last weekend.

…and remembered how excited I was about this project!  Both the shell and lining fabrics are bee-ooo-tee-ful, I found the perfect buttons at Mood, and I think I can fix the swayback issues without too much trouble.

So now the last lining pieces are cut, everything that needed interfacing is interfaced, and I’m ready to go:

I tried out a couple different colors of topstitching thread the other night.  I’m leaning towards the yellow, but maybe white would be better.  I think the tan is a little too dull but maybe I won’t think that when there’s a ton of it all over the jacket.  Opinions?

Also wanted to say thanks to everyone who left comments on the paintings and style suggestions for my tapered pants.  I do love colorful scarfs (and colorful shoes, though I wore those more when I lived in San Francisco).  Colorful scarfs were in fact my gateway fabric, and are probably to blame for my current addiction.  I do try to dress a little like my paintings, with a lot of mixed neutrals and small bits of color here and there.  Anyway I thought I would post what I wore on Wednesday, which was inspired by seeing Carolyn’s autumnal colorblocking shortly before I got dressed that morning.

I guess this qualifies as made-by-me because I made the skirt and the t-shirt.  The scarf was purchased specifically to complete this outfit but it turns out that a kelly-green scarf goes with all sorts of things.  Who knew?

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Spring

Around this time of year I start thinking about colors.

Fortunately for my stash, spring fabrics don’t appeal to me too much.  Anyway, this madness usually only lasts a few weeks.  As soon as the flowers come out I go back to my gray and brown-loving ways.

Or maybe I never really escape them.  Anyway, oil on paper seemed the perfect technique to catch these fleeting ideas.  This is my take on spring.

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They’re tapered

When my sister was in college, one of her friends hung a pair of men’s pants on the wall.  I remember them looking very similar to these: a nice worsted wool check, somewhat dressy.  When she asked why he had done it, her friend answered: well Rebecca, they’re tapered.

Times change, and my deep horror of tapered pants has been slowly beaten down by a year’s worth of slimly elegant Burda models.  These pants in fact started life as a wide-leg pattern (04-2010-119) but were fitted and edited to look something like 03-2010-109.

I’m not sure how I feel about them.

At times I feel they are rather chic.  At other times I think they look like grandpa pants.  (No offense to any grandpas who recently came to visit us, of course).  Burda models notwithstanding, I think this cut still draws attention to the fact that my legs are neither long nor slim, and I will now return to my regularly scheduled wide-leg pants.

And perhaps if I am lucky these will end up on someone’s wall one day.

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Happy half-birthday!

My joe is six months old today!

He can pick up objects and recognize faces.  He makes an astounding variety of sounds.  He thinks his dad is hilarious and gives me great big smiles when I sing to him (poorly).

Just please don’t ask if he’s sleeping through the night.

(BTW the necklace is a gift from my great-auntie Bow-Yin, who celebrated her 90th birthday this year.  Thank you so much Auntie!)

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Double-layer T

Here’s what I made from the first of the Mood fabrics:

This pair of t-shirts was inspired by this double-layer top in Burdastyle 08-2010:

I had the idea of putting the boatneck on top, and draping the front.  I thought I would use a sheer mesh knit and the scoopneck of the other one would show through.  Which was a nice idea but didn’t work because of the facing on the drape.

The final pattern ended up being a little of this and that.  The hips from the Burda pattern, the shoulders from my favorite Simplicity T.  I took the scoop neckline from the magazine (I think it’s a little large for my taste) and drafted the drape myself.

When I was making the darker top I kept thinking I should make something more elaborate than a t-shirt. Then I though but if I make a plain t-shirt I will actually wear it.  And that’s exactly what happened.   The dark one gets worn all the time and the draped one sits in the closet.

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