Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Here's my Sari Skirt, made with Sari silky fabric from Joann's. I love the emerald color, and the whispers of cobalt blue make it so interesting to look at. Numerous gores, this skirt is very full, but because of the lightness of the Sari fabric it's light enough to be comfy. I can't wait to pop it on in the summer temps! 

One day I'll get to India. I imagine it as a land of full blown color jam, hot and intense as ever. It's on my bucket list.

I like elastic waist skirts because I make them with a lot of ease--LOL--"tight" doesn't suit me. Especially when I eat cake for breakfast, which is almost every day hardly ever, but I'm just sayin'....
It's against the law to wear tight waist clothing in my house. Ewe.

I know, I've said it a thousand quadrillion times--but I adore the Mission Maxi pattern you guys. Go get it now, or   I'll slap you   you'll be so upset with yourself when you finally do get around to sewing it. You'll say "Self, why didn't I buy this pattern sooner! For shame!"

Seriously--chicness and comfy-ness = nearly perfect wardrobe. I say "nearly" because the only thing that is "perfect" to wear is your birthday suit, but I'm sure you know that already.  Don't look around like I'm talking to someone else--you know it's true.Just remember, your neighbors see EVERYTHING.


I do apologize for my punchiness today.
It is what it is.
Did Shakespeare say that? Or The Beatles?
Or some Frnech person I should know-- C'est la vie....that's it. It was Frenchie.

Da da da donnnnnnnnn:

another Mission Maxi.
You see what I''m talking about? It almost looks JCrew -ish. And instead of $456.98 it's only $12 of fabric and a bit of elbow grease.
(I always hated that phrase but sometimes I use it just to gross myself out for a minute. Are you grossed?)

Gray spandexy-knit combo that manages to cover my lumps without the need for Spanx. I don't do Spanx either, that seems like certain torture to me. Am I right or am I right?

Are you now singing "My lumps, my lumps", ....don't hate on me, it was Fergie who did it.

*Am I the only person who thinks of the Duchess of York when people talk about "Fergie"? Say it ain't so.

Another Mission Maxi in a wonderfully BRIGHT bloom print. I'm all about keeping the spandexy-knit industry alive--keeping these people in business is super important you see, because I'm a S T R E T C H addict and I hope to found a stretch cult one day. Life mission. 

ahhhhhh yeahhhhhhhh                                                c a k e



Then I practically screamed when I saw this silky knit tie-dye bolt in the shop:

 It's so tough but yet bohemain-ish, and silkly to touch, and stretchy, and and and.......
You could totally wear a black leather Moto with this baby, or stretchy haute leather leggins, ya dig?

I kind of messed up with my serger thread being white, but hey--I'm ok with it. Bahah
This high low top pattern is an easy sew pattern, which I can't find right now because I'm in the middle of moving house, I'll update when it surfaces. LOL

Next time I think I'll make the front one piece, that middle seam bugs me a little.

Actually it bugs me a lot. Who the hell puts a seam right between your hunies?  Rolling eyes.

Then I found these little gems in my "Memory Trunk" in my Mom's attic. These aprons were one of the first things I learned to sew. I still love the design.


I hope you have a wonder filled week!

I'm struggling to keep up with things right now, but I know it will get better---moving, new jobs, new schools, commuting until the contracts are signed,----it's LIFE full on! I think of Dory whenever I start feeling like a whiny b*tch --"just keep swimming". She's SO wise.

See you soon!

cake is good for you

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The Three Chunky Wee Bags

Sunday, April 5, 2015

These were such fun to sew! The Chunky Wee Bag sewing pattern by Hunter's Design Studio. If you follow me on instagram, you've seen my feed this week full of these boxy bags. The pattern is clearly written, and has several quite clever methods for sewing bits here and there, you'll see what I mean if you make one. ;)  I super love how the fusible fleece interfacing gives each bag structure and body, but is still squishy to the touch. I can see myself using these bags for all sorts of things, from a purse/bag to a camera holder, to a lunch box. 

This is the large size, sewn in Cotton & Steel Ephemera (in peach).

The pull on woven top in last week's post was sewn with the same fabric, and I had a bit left over at the end, so I thought it would look really lovely made into a bag. This large Chunky Wee is paired with Kona solid in salmon and a Sailor Stripe by Timeless Treasures. 

Lots of pockets inside.

This is the medium size here. Made with Sailor Stripe by Timeless Treasures, Neon by Michael Miller, a blue print by Amy Butler, and Kona solid in Bubblegum pink. This one has a button closure with elastic, and it's cute too but I prefer the velcro or no closure at all look more I think. 

Here is the baby size, done in more Cotton and Steel fabric. Can you tell I'm a fan? I love the color ways Cotton & Steel provides, and the quality is superb. This small version is matched with a solid metallic gold fabric (I forget the maker) that I had in my stash. 

This size would hold my camera nicely.

Here's a side shot so you can see the boxy nature of the bags, and the size differences. They are so cute to me! In the pattern you can choose between a cross body length strap or a over-the-shoulder length strap. The pockets are optional as well, which is great because if you use it for a lunch bag I suppose they wouldn't be needed.

This week a TON of new Indie sewing patterns have launched-it's been such an amazing week! I know these are on my list to sew very soon: 

The Out and About Dress by Sew Caroline  launched in Feb, but now the weather is nice enough to wear it! :D

What are YOU creating lately?

Happy Easter Sunshine to you all!!

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Sewing a wardrobe in a week...

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Hello friends! Is Spring reviving your soul lately? It is mine for sure. I've been in such a giddy mood lately that I've spent far too much money on fabric, but who's keeping track? Shhhhh....

I've been completely enamored with Art Gallery Voile, the hand and drape is superb and it feels silky against the skin. The top above is made with Bari J. "Emmy Grace" fabric, isn't it exquisite? The sewing pattern is from Sew Liberated, it's called the "Schoolhouse Tunic", and it came together quickly. The only thing I changed was the placket. I took out the top stitching and fused a double sided fusible interfacing instead, so that there isn't a placket stitched from the top. I would have left it be, but I didn't have the right color thread for the stitching to show, and reallllly didn't want to take another trip to Joann's--ya know? I also had to hem it an extra 1/2" because I'm on the short side. The pattern is super easy to understand, so go for it if you fancy!

I'm leaving out pictures of a dress I made from a Big Name pattern company, because friends, honestly---your eyes don't need to see that hot mess. I made a size 10 as measurements indicated, but it looks like a made a size 22. I don't pretend to understand what happened....Maybe I was abducted by aliens for a few hours and they had a go at stitching it. Maybe I was hallucinating because of my self-induced sugar high (thanks a lot Skittles).....Maybe it was Sherlock Holmes playing on the tele, I mean, how can you NOT get sucked into that show? It's the bomb!

I do realize these are all excuses, but they're good ones, right? You've been there, right? (!!!!)

So let's skip to the wrap skirt, because that turned out nicely.

This is the pattern I bought from a lady on Etsy, Love Jill. I've tweaked it more and more each time I sew it, and it's nearly perfect now. I'm going to trim the yoke just a half inch or so more, and then I think it will fit as I like it. Such a great design, especially as it's two skirts in one (reversible). Because of the wrap nature, it's adjustable for those days of voraciously eating Twinkies and what not....not that I EVER do that... ....

Have you heard of the blog Sew Straight and Gather ? Terri is an amazing sewer and pattern designer. She's launched several patterns already, even though she's pretty new to the whole process, which is super inspiring! Anyways, I tested the Causu Gauchos and Trouser pattern for her (along with MANY many other testers)---and I have to say, it's awesome. Totally awesome.
Easy to understand, easy to sew, quick (less then an hour and a half)---and yet manages to have details that set it apart from other patterns. I'll be making more of these babies for sure.  Well done Terri!

This top is pull-on ready, even though it's from a woven double gauze fabric. This double gauze stuff is amazing--I don't know why I haven't sewn with it sooner! These stripes have been all over blog land lately, the fabric is part of Cotton and Steel's "Ephemera" line. I wanted the mint, pink, and mustard color way but friends, let me break it down---if I wear mustard people ask me if I'm ill  ALL DAY LONG.  I can't do it. So when this peach and navy color way arrived I was very pleased to see it works for me. The wide stripes add a modern edge and the Japanese writing is icing on the cake. 

The sewing pattern is "See and Sew B6157".  Next time I'll make a smaller size and do a FBA (full bust adjustment) because it is rather boxy....But, not a lost cause. ;)  Pattern fitting is a real challenge, at least for me, so I bought Nancy Zieman's Pattern Fitting with Confidence the other day. Let's hope it's written for a self-taught sewer. I'll keep you posted.

To round out the week, I finished three Mission Maxi dresses (pattern by Jamie Christina)-- but it's too cold to model those. I bought some really gorgeous knits at Joann's and they sewed up nicely and more importantly-quickly. There is a 20% off your total purchase at Joann's THIS weekend (ends Sunday night).

What are you working on? Are you on Instagram? I've found it really fun interacting with a lot of the bloggers out there in the creative world, so leave me your IG name if you want a follow. <3 hungryhippie.="" m="" nbsp="" p="">

See you soon--get making!

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