This is the Tiny Pocket Tank by Grainline Studio. I like this and wore it a lot over the summer but what annoys me about the tops is that there is pulling in the underarm area even though it's not too tight there. Actually it's quite comfortable to wear. It just looks tight in the armpits. I noticed this on other people's tanks too. So maybe it's an issue with the pattern in general? I'm not sure how to remedy this either. Also, I'm not sure I care enough to figure it out. You know? This is just a casual top I wear around the house or when I'm out and about with the kids.
This is the Continental skirt from Lisette. I love, love, love this skirt. This is a fun skirt and you could play with color and fabric since it's cut on the bias and is made from 3 pieces. Do yous see that seam on the front? Mine is plain white all the way around. Color blocking is really not my style at all. But I do like how it still has a funky asymetrical look made up in a solid. I went up a size and made the size 14 and am very happy that I did. Typically I make a 12 but decided I wanted more "comfort" in my waist which tends to be my "problem area". I'm really glad I made the 14. I think it looks great and feels great to wear. It is definately roomy compared to the size 12 skirts I've made. But I'm more into comfort these days you know?
Just a side note, I've made every piece from the Continental pattern and I love them all. The dress, the skirt, and the top. I really would like to make up a skirt and top for fall to wear to church.
This is McCalls 6744 made from a super soft knit from JoAnn's. The knit was surprsingly easy to work with which was nice cause you have to hem all these long edges of the dress. This dress was easy to sew thanks to the nice knit fabric.
I really love this dress though I find the front flaps open easily. I really should wear a slip with it. The fabric has tiny holes in it so I think I should wear a red slip but couldn't find one anywhere. If I had the time, I'd certainly make one. But my sewing time in the summer is so limited. (My blogging time is equally as limited hence this recap post.)
Please excuse my hair in this photo. And the mess beind me. You know what else I never have time for? Taking nice photos of me in my hand made items. But that is the life of a Mom. Belive me, I am not complaining which brings me to my next point.
So now that both girls are in school full time and I am sort of unemployed I'm guessing I'll have lots of time right? I don't know. For over 6 years (?!?) I haven't worked outside the home. Over those years I did babysit two really special kiddos. That helped me be able to stay home with Margot and it gave Margot someone to play with. I am very thankful for that and those years were special to me. But now I am entering this new phase in my life. And it's weird. What to do? Go back to work? I don't know! Stay home? I don't know! If I do, I want to do something VERY part time. Does that even exist? I don't know! I want my family to be my number one priority and that doesn't happen when I am a teacher. When I am a teacher, I give so much to my classroom (the kids, my co teachers, the parents) that by the end of the day I have not much left to give my family. I don't want that struggle anymore. I don't NEED to work. We can pay our bills on just Brent's salary but it's tight you know. Not a lot of room for any extras.
Anyhow, I am wondering if I'll get a lot more sewing done with both kids in school. I do plan on volunteering at the school. I HAVE to work in the lunch room like 12 times over the year which should be hilarious. But I plan on volunteering on the playground maybe as much as once a week.
My first project is Margot's fall coat. I'm using the Oliver + S School Days pattern and am very excited about it. Hopefully I'll be blogging more too!