Get it? Spring + winter = sprinter? The calendar says spring, but clearly the weather hasn’t gotten the memo! Since my brain has officially switched over to spring/summer sewing but it’s still below freezing here in Boston, I sewed up a pretty floral top that hints at the upcoming spring but still keeps me warm while I (very impatiently) wait for its arrival.
Pattern: Sewaholic Renfrew (yes, I know, my millionth one). Do you think indie pattern designers should start giving out awards for extreme pattern use? Tasia, any thoughts? 🙂
Fabric: My second Art Gallery knit – Recollections by Katarina Roccella in “flowered engrams delicate.” The fabric is 95% cotton and 5% spandex.
Modifications: Nothing new, just my TNT modified Renfrew pattern.
Level of crafty satisfaction: This fabric makes me smile! For a simple top, I’d say this is a winner.
Update on Art Gallery knits
As I mentioned last time, I think I am officially a fan of this expensive and nauseatingly over-marketed fabric, despite my burning desire to hate it. Hey, at least you’re getting brutal honesty on this blog! 🙂
My yellow printed top has been holding up beautifully in the wash, and I’ve been wearing and washing it about once per week. I haven’t noticed any additional shrinkage (after the initial pre-wash), any pilling of the fabric, or any fading of the print whatsoever. The fabric has remained beefy and soft and is a pleasure to wear. In fact, I’d say that it’s been holding up even better than my Laguna jersey tops, which is saying a lot because the Laguna jersey is dream and holds up beautifully over time as well.
I hope that my new floral top holds up just as nicely and becomes a favorite garment… well, at least until the warm weather arrives. It *will* arrive eventually, right??
Update on Alpi Chinos “wearable” muslin
Do you remember the black Named Alpi Chinos that I made over the December holidays? A few months later, I still can’t decide if I like them or not. I call them “wearable” because I do actually wear them occasionally (like today), but I always feel a little frumpy in them. Surprisingly, they fit beautifully right out of the dryer after the fabric has shrunk up a bit, but they bag out as the day goes on. You can see this a bit in the photos above, although it’s really hard to photograph a black garment against a snowy white background!
Also, I really don’t like wearing black – AT ALL. It’s really noticeable when the fabric starts to fade, and I feel like I’m wearing some kind of work uniform when I’m in straight-cut black pants. I don’t know, they’re just not me I guess. But I don’t hate them…
The problem is that my wardrobe is in desperate need of new pants. The situation is dire, my friends. My old pants have been wearing out, and I’ve been really stubborn about not buying new RTW pants because I can sew them myself. Well, in theory I can sew them myself! I think my pant-sewing energy and skill leave a lot to be desired, so this happened:
Yes, I bought a pair of Gap jeans today. The horror! The shame! I feel somewhat defeated by this purchase, but at least now I can show up to work in a pair of non-frumpy pants without any holes in them. I really need to muster up the energy to get back to my pants sloper… one day.
Recent fabric purchases!
As if this post weren’t random enough, I have some new fabric purchases to share! After my recent quilting saga, it had actually been a while since I bought any new fabric. Behold my new beauties:
I picked up some floral cotton voile and striped shirting (both in person from Gather Here) to make a spring/summer Archer. It’s no secret that I love this pattern, and I think some precision shirtmaking will get me back into the garment sewing groove. I hope to start cutting this weekend!
Interestingly, I just ran across this vintage-inspired apron that uses nearly the exact same fabric combination, with a little white lace thrown in for good measure. I guess I was onto something!
I also picked up some black rayon/spandex knit, stretch lace, and picot lingerie elastic (all in person at Fabric Place Basement) to make some cute undies. 🙂 I can’t decide if I’ll use my TNT So Zo undies pattern or venture out a bit, perhaps finding a pattern that already incorporates lace. Suggestions welcome!
Whew, that was a lot of updates! And look at all this snow still lingering in Boston – with a fresh coat just deposited this morning! SPRING PLEASE RESCUE ME FROM THIS FROZEN ABYSS.
I’ll leave you with this: Do you have a TNT pattern that would earn you an award for “extreme pattern use?” Do tell. 🙂