I am about to take a much needed weekend trip after work today, and I couldn’t be happier to get away for a few days! I have blogged about this dress, hat, and even shoes before, but I really loved how they look together on this lovely before-a-three-day-weekend summer day.
This Hazel dress is really a dream to wear, and it was also lovely to sew. It is one of my favorite dresses that I have made so far because it has stood up better than some, I think because I used better fabric for it. Also, the seams are bound with protective bias tape, and I really took my time on this one and followed all of the boring steps I may have skipped on some others. Wearing it today is kind of reminding me that if I take a little more time with a project, it really does pay off.
Although I have a lot of half started projects on my sewing table (too many to admit to), I have been completely uninspired by my latest creations. I blame the little French Wiggle Dress, which looks beautiful on, but is so tight that I never ever want to really wear it. Also, even after alterations, I still don’t like how the darts came out around my bum (maybe I will add a bustle to cover the problem? Hummm….). The one exception to my recent sewing woes is a beautiful navy and white polka dot dress that I made for my sister Tati that turned out beautifully. I really made it for myself, but decided to give it to her while she was visiting, and it looked so cute on her! I am hoping she will take a few pics at home that I can post here at some point.
In an effort to rekindle my passion for sewing, I recently got a new Collette pattern that I haven’t had time to use, and then out of the blue, my friend Kimmi bought me some beautiful fabric that I can use with it! So maybe that will get me out of my rut.
I also purchased this beautiful book several months ago, and it came in the mail last week. I am not quite sure I am ready for some of the advanced patterns in the book, but I am getting inspired by just how beautiful the photos of the finished products are that I might just give one or two a try anyway.
I have been reading Gerite’s blog at: http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/ for some time now, and I highly recommend it, not just for seamstresses, but really anyone that is interested in fashion or body image too. I don’t agree with every point she makes (not really buying the idea of wearing corsets as a feminist rebellion, but she makes an interesting case anyway), but I still like reading what she has to say. She is just beautiful, cute, and just plain fun to look at, and she is a good writer to boot! not to mention the to die for dresses she features. Just amazing and inspiring. I am doing more reading about sewing lately, then actually sewing, but that can be worth while too. You can't learn if you don't get inspired!
So, what do you think? Don’t I look ready for a great warm weekend? :) Maybe I’ll be refreshed and ready to tackle some new projects when I get back from my trip.