wip :: 23sep2015
|in the sewing basket|
My sewing basket is a vintage-style picnic basket complete with the red gingham lining and wicker all around. It works well to have everything I'm working on tucked neatly away inside - safe from curious kitties. Plus, it's easily portable around the house.
This week in the sewing basket...
:: Tank Dress for Sam - I've started cutting and stitching. A saved bit of salvage for a tag on the backside, I think. Just a little something to distinguish the back from the front.
:: Everyday Skirt - I started cutting this out a long, long time ago and am more than ready to have it done. I'm excited about the teal pipping and the surprise pocket lining.
|top of the tank dress|
I wanted to share these process shots too. In the earlier morning, before work I pull out my sewing basket. The morning pictured, I worked on the final touches for the tank dress pattern - adding the seam allowance and cutting it out. The overly warm living room lights made for a wonky white balance but it wasn't anything converting to black and white wouldn't fix. Plus, just maybe, the mood is better captured this way.
Part of what I enjoy about following various quilting and sewing blogs (and now on instagram too) are the glimpses of the process that goes on behind creating a finished product. The design, the color-play, the care taken with each step along the way. Seeing those things conveys just how special a hobby can be. "Hobby" seems like such a mediocre term, but the pictures tell the story a little bit better.
|the process - tank dress|
And last, but not least... just a quick share of my latest finish...
|drawstring bag swap|
I participated in the drawstring bag swap on Instagram and sewed up this lined bag for my partner. I had so much fun selected fabrics I hoped she would like. And then filling the bag with little treats. I even got a chance to practice my hand-lettering - though I don't think the cute orange ribbon made it all the way through the mail. (The backwards, RAISE HELL, is a temporary tattoo!)
...bits of random
:: struggling with the 100 push-ups app, therefore repeating a week... but still doing it!
:: the mums planted out front are just about ready to bloom - it must be fall.
:: working on finding a weekend rhythm that includes prepping for dinners throughout the week. I was successful on Sunday and my future-self was grateful.