Happy Friday! Here’s the second installment of my new Made and Making series. Gosh there’s been a lot of sewing this week, which is very unfortunate for the knitting project I’m really supposed to be working on!
1. Dress in progress. And it doesn’t fit on my dress form! But before you worry, it’s only because apparently a 9″ side zipper isn’t big enough to clear the shoulders of my dress form. It fits on me just fine (with extra ease, even). It’s frustrating because now that means I have to recruit Mel to help me hem it, and we haven’t had time. So it’s completely finished except the hem. Isn’t the center front pleat cute? Well, such as it is, pinned to the front of my dress form…
2. My grandmother’s earrings. Aren’t they darling? My mom gave them to me awhile back. Little palm trees embedded in plastic (lucite, perhaps). They’re screw back and I’m converting them to post back so I can wear them. I’ve been meaning to do this for ages. I have a lot of little things like that, so I’m hoping this summer to tackle some of those niggling things that linger on my mental crafty to-do list!
3. Cherries to make popsicles. You may call them ice pops, or ice lollies. I recently got a book and molds to make frozen treats on a stick. I tried to take a picture of how badly my hands were stained after, but it looked like I’d committed murder. The ice pops turned out yummy—cherries, yogurt and a bit of honey, mostly!
4. Pretty great lapped zipper. If I do say so myself! I love the look of them, and you’ll often see them in vintage clothing. I’ve done a couple (including the above unhemmed dress) and each time it’s been a little easier than the last, but this time I tried the method Casey outlined in her circle skirt sew-along last year. Along with lots of basting, I used tape to give me a stitching guideline since I decided not to hand-pick it this time. Though I think it looks better when it’s not all still basted and taped and un-pressed. lol
5. The last of the first batch of radishes. With locally-made tortillas (Chicago is full of tortillerias), eggs over medium, a bit of cheddar cheese, scallions from our CSA and cilantro and radishes from my container gardening. (I forgot to mention last week that the few things we’re growing are in containers.)
6. My sewing notebook and skirt pattern. Last month, Kerry at Kestrel Finds & Makes wrote a post about her sewing diary. With my sewing relatively sporadic last year, I wanted that to change. I knew my random sticky notes here and there and nonsensical scribbles were not going to help the cause, so inspired by Kerry, I started a sewing notebook. Friends, if you don’t have one, get one! It’s amazing the difference a little notebook can make. I have an entire page about the muslin of my skirt, a 40s bias cut pattern from New York Patterns. I love their envelopes!
Hope you have a great weekend, everyone!