Monday, April 6, 2009

Challenging Myself

Somewhere around the beginning of the year I decided that 2009 would be the year I learned to sew knits/stretch fabrics. I've got a good machine now (still no serger), and the two of us should be able to handle the learning curve.

It was with this goal in mind that I just spent $100 (not in the budget this month!) on rayon/lycra fabrics at 2 gorgeous prints in sufficient yardage to make a dress of each (or skirt + top, which will not be worn together), plus a coordinating solid for trim and/or a top:

This mini-splurge was inspired by today's Vogue pattern sale. I seem to be in dress mode, plus I can't resist the interesting skirt:

There's only one problem. I can't possibly stitch on, or even cut, this (indulgent) fabric without a couple of practice runs. So now I have to go find some super cheapo but reasonably similar fabrics to mess up and make muslins from. Which I really don't have time to do. Have I mentioned we're probably moving soon (late May, early June)?

Why am I increasing the stash BEFORE the move? Duh!

Plus, I just spent a horrific amount of the morning on this... must go get some real work done!

Friday, April 3, 2009

I know, I know...

... I said I'd post photos of all those new skirts I made. It hasn't happened yet. I haven't even taken any pictures yet. We're having such dreary, drippy, gloomy weather, not to mention some horrific computer problems this past week (virus, hacked websites, lots of time offline while it all gets cleaned up and put right). It's nice to have a bunch of new skirts in the closet, but it hasn't been warm enough to wear them. I've been living in yoga pants, fuzzy slippers, and my polarfleece pullover. Seriously. 10:30am and it's still only 64 degrees in Hilo. It's supposed to be spring already, when's the sun gonna come out?