Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Mojo is Back! The Mojo is Back!

Apparently it just takes a call weekend where the family leaves me and there's no reason to stay downstairs. I was on call for the 4th, so I opted for my Alabama Chanin red skirt, white coat, and dark blue tank. I felt quite patriotic. And it's funny - I read another fashion blogger's post about avoiding the "cliched red, white, and blue color scheme." Cliched? Seriously? It's about our country - hello!


Sorry - needed to get that off my chest. Okay, on to my stunning productivity. This is the knitted headband gift from Ravelry that started me back on the machine (had to seam it together)....and broke a needle - yowza. The recipient can wear it like this...


or like this.


After that, I decided to make a new tankini top, since the old pink one is starting to sag a bit at the neckline, exposing a bit more of moi than I'd like. I divided my time between cutting and sewing upstairs and researching the internet for patterns and techniques. I even broke out my coverstitch machine that I haven't used in months! Hel-LO, LA-dies!


I didn't have enough pink fabric, but I DID have the black nylon lycra I previously made Pure Barre pants from, and it coordinates quite well with hot pink, so voila! (And yes, Sister, I put on my tight Pure Barre pants and monster heels, and strutted around singing "You're the One that I Want" from Grease - just didn't want to embarrass Dean with a pic.)


I didn't want an identical tankini, so this is McCall's 5400, which I first attempted here. That effort was just a bikini top and bottom that scared me away from swimsuits for 2 years, so I'm very proud to come back and conquer this thing!


I wonder if I'm really that crooked or if it's just my arm positioning. I still need to hem it, but I don't want to lose any length, so I might just run it through the coverstitch to LOOK hemmed.


And I need to tack down this strap - McCall's has you sew one end on, add your elastic around the top, then try it on before sewing the other end of the strap. Kinda weird. (Also weird is the way my elastic turned out - kinda overdone there on that side, and much less on the other side, but I don't think anybody'll notice.)


Also, I didn't have enough nude lining, so I paid Hancock's and Joann's a visit today. Oddly (or not, actually), Hancock's only had white lining, and Joann's was tres cheap-feeling, so white it was. And when the family returned, I was wearing it - hooray!


Okay, back downstairs, I packaged up the white washcloth gift and the headband gift in these recycled white gift bags...


and I have a larger bag for this scarf gift when I finish it. Love this pattern!


Oh, and I'm still couching. Anybody else bounce between knitting and sewing projects every hour on the hour?


I might start getting depressed that my big crafting weekend is coming to an end. OH - tomorrow I'll try and show you the crazy swimsuit fabric I bought for more tankini tops to coordinate with the pink bottoms. One has pink palm trees and black skull and crossbones - kind of piratey!

9 comments:

Pam said...

It's so good to hear a post from you -- and completely agree on the Red White and Blue! I've been sick since returning home for Alaska for the past 10 days (I think it was all those cruise passengers staying in my hotel in Anchorage). I love love your top -- and hurray on your mojo! Keep it going -- I need the motivation!

Anonymous said...

YEAH!!! I made Laurie a pair of pants and Hawkins a summer ensemble with lots of ruffles. Vic's oldest DGD is getting married in September and my "wedding dress" is too tight. Since I don't really think I"ll lose 20 pounds by then, even though I have started the process and know I need to do it, I think it would be safer to make a new dress.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Pam - sorry you've been sick - that Norovirus is hard to kick. ;) You actually motivated me too, since you went to that sew meet-up thing and let go of your knitting for a bit. I think I'm more obsessed with knitting now than sewing.

Robbie - You are ROLLING! What dress pattern are you going to make? Don't you think a fully beaded Alabama Chanin fitted dress just fits the bill for a wedding?! I have 2 bags of beads I can donate...

Junior said...

I like that top!!

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Thank ya kindly!

Sheila said...

The Tankini top fits perfectly and you are definitely on a sewing/crafting roll. Send some mojo this wayyyyyy.. lol

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Girl, your baseline mojo is about 10 times the pulse of mojo I had this weekend! You're one of my idols for never giving up. (And I was very jealous of your machine setup when I squeezed my coverstitch onto that tiny desk...)

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Great top and WOW...i am a little late reading blogs....but a weekend sewing with Nathalie 😄 what an awesome gift! I still have her Craftsy class on my wishlist. I'm guessing it would be a great class to take.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Thanks, Ann, and you HAVE to take her Craftsy class - you'd love it! It's peppered with interesting stories too....