I'm feeling much better but I think I did a little to much today. I took Lucy for a walk, went grocery shopping to two stores, cooked dinner and then went thrift and shoe shopping with Frank (score!). I'm a bit tired but expecting to be back to normal soon.
Since I had to get dressed and leave the house today and the weather was so nice I finally got around to taking pictures of a couple of my new pieces of handmade clothing.
The knit tank is from the Built by Wendy Sew U Home Stretch book. I have been wearing it under cardigans all winter. I made two other tops at the same time that I need to show you. I love it. I added the ruffle details, just three strips of fabric, gathered and sewed onto the top, easy peasy. I want to sew more with knits and just can't find any that I like locally.
The skirt is view D of Simplicity 2305, a Cythina Rowley Pattern. I made it much bigger than the pattern called for because I don't like skirts that sit on my waist, and it would have been way too short if it did. Problem was I made it too big and had to take off the waistband and gather it up some more. I love this skirt and pattern but am not happy with the fit. What I didn't take into account was that the only fitted part is the waistband, so I could have cut a smaller skirt and had less gathers, which would be more flattering on me anyways. I think I would like a wider and tapered waistband better as well. I really love the scalloped bottom of the skirt and though it looks like a special detail it was super easy to make. Over all I'm happy with it and will wear it. I love the fabric, a cotton pique that my mom had given me a few years ago. I will definitely be making this pattern up in more fabrics!
Here is a detail of the ruffles. Ignore my vampire skin.
And, me being a total goofball.
So I still feel silly taking pictures of myself but if I want to share handmade clothes I guess that's the best way. I haven't been sewing much lately. I did buy and start a pattern for a pair of shorts, but am still having trouble with fit. I'm determined to draft my own pants patterns using Design it Yourself Clothes, a book that I have had for some time and not put to use. I bought some paper for pattern making and everything. Wish me luck!