Sunday, October 12, 2014

Does Willie Nelson like pink?



You would think that I love to punish myself. I am, yet again, giving myself another deadline before a vacation. I am leaving on Tuesday for San Antonio to see my sister, but while I am there I am going to see...can you guess? Willie Nelson! I bet you smarty-pants probably figured out by my super mysterious post title. I can't get anything past you.

Now. Let's talk Western Shirts.

Similar to eating lobster, I have never really been a fan of them until about a year ago. One day something about their bound yokes and pearly snap buttons started calling my name. Then Rochelle posted this amazing shirt a few weeks aback (with tutorial!) and I was sold. The Archer had been on my list of patterns to get for a while now, and with Rochelle's tutorial available, I pulled the trigger. And I promise, that is the last cheesy western joke. Maybe.

It was now time to find the perfect fabric for this shirt and the only thing I knew was I wanted plaid. I did toss around the idea of maybe using one of my precious Liberty prints, but figured if this one goes well, I can always make another one. So plaid was it. And, guys, there are a lot of plaids out there! Most of them, unfortunately, look more like something I would make into a business shirt for my husband, until I found this Marc Jacobs line on Mood:


I really wanted the turquoise color way, but since I already have a plaid flannel that is similar, I decided to take a chance on the pink instead. And when it arrived, wow—was it pink! I would show you a picture, but it is currently in the washing machine doing its pre-sewing thing. The only thing I was surprised about was in the description it says it being double faced, which I assumed would be the lighter fabric. Nope. It is backed with the gray. I am thinking of using that for the contrasting yokes. Thoughts? 

And you know how fate confirmed that I *have* to make a western shirt? When I was doing my last vintage show I bought this pattern for only a dollar!!


See! Now, I know I could use this pattern for the whole shebang, but I really want to make a few Archers for my closet anyway so I figured it was better to muslin and alter that instead. I might use their yoke shape for my shirt though.


Definitely not the pants. Yee-haw!

Wish me luck! Or shake your heads in doubt :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wardrobe Architect: Worksheet 1



both my grandmothers in their early 20's

Making Style More Personal

Taking my history, philosophy, location, body issues and culture into consideration is the first week's exercise for the Wardrobe Architect by Colette. This, as I assume will happen with most of these worksheets, was much harder for me to do than I thought. Since all my answers would take a super long post, I am only going to share a couple of my answers. You're welcome :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Door Closes....

from our trip to the Banfi Estate in 2011

I am no longer a cheesemonger.

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Thoughtful Process: Wardrobe Architect Project



Unless you are an avid reader of sewing blogs like I am, it is possible that you missed this great series on Colette earlier this year, the Wardrobe Architect. I read it every week inspired, yet wasn't able to find the time or the steam to actually see the project through. Then this happened this morning:

I woke up. Showered. Went to my closet. I stood there looking at the clothes that hung and even though there are lots of choices hanging, nothing made me excited to wear it. Lots of options but nothing that I wanted to wear.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Butterick 5970: Hook & Eye Hell



It has been awhile since I last posted. Sigh. You know, I seem to start a post with that sentence so much that it almost doesn't need to be written anymore. You good with that? Good. Here we go.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Finished: The Barbecue Dress



This dress has been done for a little bit. What do I mean by a little bit? Well, how about over two years. Gasp! Yes, I am officially the worst sewing blogger there is.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Update: Where the *%&@! am I?



Right here, I swear! You don't believe me do you. I probably wouldn't either, if I were you. My last post in (cough, cough) August I talked about how I was going to be back in the blogging/sewing saddle. Such lies, apparently ;)

So what the bleep have I been doing all this time??

Monday, August 26, 2013

Finished: Engagement Dress



I made this last summer. I know, it has been a long time coming, eh?

I started to make it a week before my sister's engagement party. Sounds like me, right? Hah! Sunni was throwing a sew along one day and then big box Joanns had a 99¢ sale on the exact pattern the next day! It was fate right? Obviously. I searched through my stash fabric and settled on another great silk crepe de chine from Mood, one of my first big fabric purchases in 2010. Even though I had never sewn with silk before, I came home sporting 3 cuts of beautiful silk. I used one of the other pieces for this dress from this past January. I have one piece left that I think I know what I want to do with. I will put that in my mental-sewing queue.