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At last, I have pics!

I made a bias cut striped skirt with an elastic waist. The fabric is a yarn dyed striped cotton and the shrug is a mystery burn out jersey knit. I usually HATE synthetic fabrics but it was part of a 5 yards for $5 at Walmart and I couldn’t resist. The patterns I used were:

Skirt: Simplicity 2186 view D

Shrug: Simplicity 3533 view E

The shrug was supposed to have an elastic casing at the sleeve but I decided to leave it off in favor of a more fluttery look. It’s a perfect piece for this time of year when it gets chilly in the evening and you need a light jacket.

The skirt is very comfortable (thank the Gods for elastic waistbands!) and great for warm days as the fabric is nice and light.

Finally got a chance to go to North Park. We wanted to go to City Park and have a picnic but it looked like rain so we stopped there and took some quick pics. Then we ate and walked home and it hasn’t rained yet :P.

One of the great things about making your own clothes is the cost. Sometimes fabric is way expensive but the garments you make are way better quality and of course, they actually fit you! Most of the time, however, it turns out to be pretty inexpensive. This outfit for example…

The skirt fabric was $2.51/yard (with my online coupon for http://www.fabric.com) and I used about 1 1/2 yards. Total: $3.76. Add in about $.75 for thread and elastic and you get $4.51. Not bad, I say. The shrug is even better. The fabric was $1/yard and I used less than a full yard. Not bad, not bad at all.

Ok enough with economics…

I also have to present a green knit wrap dress with a brown tie belt. I started making this AGES ago but somehow got trapped at the bottom of my projects bin. Found it about a while back and finally finished it. It’s from Burda 7871 that I downloaded off of sewingpatterns.com. I couldn’t find the pattern piece to make the tie belt so I just took the one I made for my Azalea dress. That one still needs some redoing.

Totally loving this dress! I’m so glad I finally finished it. Grand total for this project: $4.30…love it :D.

More projects and pics coming soon!

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Finally got a chance to get outside and take pictures of a few projects. Not as many as I would like but it was about to rain and my boyfriend were getting really hungry, lol.

Worked on some more this morning and would really like to start on some twill shorts today. With summer coming, I really want to start making hot weather clothes.

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Here begins another weekend sew-off! Many projects to begin and finish! Wish me luck!

I’m making a Mother’s Day brunch for my boyfriend’s mom so I hope to make a pretty dress or skirt for it. Not quite sure yet.

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Finally! Projects I can actually wear! Made a pair of black jersey knit gauchos. They’re so comfortable and I love how they flow while I walk. Also started on a maryy dress from Burdastyle. I enjoyed the article about the member maryy on that site. Only 20 years old and on Finland’s Project Runway! Very impressive! I wish her luck on her adventure. 🙂

Anyways, I also rummaged through my bins of yardage, unfinished projects and scraps. Burdastyle’s article for Earth Day on how to use fabric scraps really inspired me to go through my scraps to make some nice things. Started a cutlery roll out of some Kaffe Fassett cloud print. Also I got really ambitious and took some rayon jersey knit leftovers and cut a bunch of strips out and started a cute tube dress. When I post a pic of it, Harry Potter fans will appreciate the colors :).

Also, with the summer months approaching I want to start thinking of some warm weather clothing. Got several tank tops and other summery clothes. Maybe I won’t be so miserable this time around! I’m so glad I actually wear color now :P.

I promise, pics of projects are coming soon!

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Computer disaster last weekend, ug. Using the boyfriend’s computer til I can send it in for repair. Til then I’ve been sewing like a mad woman. Finished several projects last weekend and hopefully this lovely Beltane day, I can go out and take some photos of them to show you!

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My patterns arrived yesterday, huzzah! And so begins the sew-off!

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Way too early to post! Had to take Micah to the armory this morning and don’t have enough time to go back to sleep before work. While he’s gone in Guernsey, I’m planning a weekend sew-off! I have several projects that just need finishing touches like hemming or sewing in zippers. I’ll post them all when I get them done. I’d like to get all my unfinished projects done before I cut a new one.

Also, I’m still expecting a sewing patterns order (I placed it TWO WEEKS ago!) to arrive. I have fabric ready for a couple of those. Wish me luck! Have a great weekend everyone!

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