With more of this there can only be less of that, and the balance is always fluctuating. Change is a constant & we have to learn to go with the flow, plan the best we can and try to be content & grateful for all the big & small wonders that this world holds.
My friends, all I can say is that I've learned I have to enjoy those around me. Really connect with them. Learn about them, love them however I can in the balance of things and store up all those moments that strike you as wonderful.
This week is the second that I've been working on the 30 Garment Challenge, found here ----->>> http://firetaildesign.blogspot.com/2014/08/my-30-garment-challenge.html - where I am trying to make some new clothes for summer, fall, etc. I'm trying to use up fabrics that I have already to make some patterns that are new and others that I've been meaning to make. The first two on the list are almost complete!
To start, I commenced making a peplum shirt (project #2) with the cute cat, mouse, bird print. There were two fat quarters that I got from my local quilt fabric store, Rosie's. The green & blue fabrics were remnants from other projects, left in the stash graveyard to hopefully be used later on. The grey was a recent gift from a friend who cleaned out her stash. So there is a lot of good stash burning going on with this particular piece.
The first bit of progress was exciting to see the top half come together. My ability to line up seams the first time has improved. I tried to make a blue collar for the shirt and the fabric shrunk with ironing. I want to be able to iron the collar after a washing, so that wouldn't do. Then I decided the grey to match the peplum would be best, instead of trying to introduce a whole new fabric.
I loved the pattern so much and it came together so well. The dress pattern was very much the same pattern and I kept the same sleeves as the shirt, instead of longer sleeve caps. I also added two extra panels to the front & A POCKET!!!!! It's my first time remembering to install one before sewing everything together. I think that when I make this pattern again for my Dapper Day @ Disneyland dress, I will put two extra panels in the back too. The skirt will be slightly longer for one layer, this length for another, then a lace black fabric over that for the third. I'm excited for that addition to the garment calendar. It's a 1950's style, and this pattern here with modifications, so it will be wearable for other events & maybe regular wear. But anyway, isn't that white dress cute?
All that is left for these two garments is their zippers. They were purchased today so now I just have to get over my fear of installing zippers and we're good to go! Pics of them worn in full street style soon to come!