Pattern: The Marianne Dress Pattern by Christine Haynes
Notions: Recycled buttons found in button tin
Fabric: Riley Blake jersey knit stripe (black and white) and a black recycled t-shirt
Pattern: The Sidekick Sling Bag
Notions: Curtain grommets, 1" grey, cotton webbing
Fabric: Coral linen/ gray and white stripe quilting fabric (both fabrics found in my stash)
As I mentioned last week, I have been drawn to my sewing room whenever I find myself with a few free moments. Something about spring just inspires me to sew. Usually the Littles benefit from my sewing, but this spring I've done a bit of sewing for myself. Inspired by Indiesew's Selfish Sewing Week, I decided that my closet really could use a few springy items, and, although I did not actively participate in the contest, it was fun watching what others were making while working at my own pace on a few projects of my own. I'm so excited to share with you what I have been creating.
(Please, excuse my ugly, handmade-from-duck-tape, dress form.)
I love stripes. I can't get enough of them, and when I saw this version of the Marianne Dress, I knew I needed to make one for myself. The stripes are a Riley Blake jersey that I picked up at fabric.com, and the cuffs and yoke were made from a black t-shirt that was on a pile going to Goodwill. I made two alterations to the original pattern. I sewed two buttons on the cuffs, instead of three (because I only had four), and I sewed two darts in the back of the dress. I loved the simple, A-line, no-seams style of this dress, but when I tried it on, it just felt a bit frumpy, especially with the horizontal stripes. Adding the darts to the back was simple, and it gave the dress just the bit of shaping I was looking for. I am happy with the fit now, and it is so comfortable. Because of the jersey fabric, it almost feels like wearing pajamas. I am more than pleased with the way this dress turned out, and I'm sure it will be a staple in this spring's wardrobe.
The SideKick Sling bag was made using fabrics I already had on hand. I've had this bright, coral linen in my stash for quite some time, waiting for just the right project. I thought it paired quite nicely with the soft, grey and white cotton. It was the second bag I have sewn. (The first was a purse, and the outcome was, well, needless to say, I never used the purse.) I was quite pleased, however, with how simple this bag was to make. It's casual style is perfect for a wallet, sunglasses, notebook, even knitting. I think it will add a touch of spring to any outfit I choose to wear.
This "selfish sewing" has been quite fun (and rather addicting). I have a few more items that I am looking forward to sharing with you (and a few more ideas brewing but only after the completion of this sweater. I stitched up the arms and sides this past weekend and have about 20 rows of the hood completed...still hoping to have it finished by the end of this week. A couple nights of BBC was a big help in encouraging me to pick up the needles again. Do you have any spring sewing/knitting/crafting projects that you have been working on?