Sunday, May 19, 2013

"Hey Mojo"....Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

I know it isn't half way through the year yet but I've been questioning my "Mojo" and I think a review of my new year's resolution might be in order.  Here it is:

  1. Sew 3 projects per month.  They can be anything but I mostly want to focus on garments and even more specifically on knits, pants and even some workout wear.  
  2. Run 3 half marathons.
  3. Give away my "Penguins on the Beach" pajamas given to me by my dear friend Carolyn.  They are so worn they have to go!  But they're so comfy I don't want to let them go......but I will......this year.....I have all year right? painful as it was I gave away the shreds pajamas from my friend Carolyn.  Done!

So far this year, I've run one half marathon (with my daughter, her first, she was incredible and it was so fun I still think about it all the time!)  I still don't have finish line photos but when I do I'll post one.  I don't have any other races in the works and I've been itching to get a run on my calendar.  I'll work on that soon.
At bib pick up

Before the race (please forgive my mime gloves)

Now....about the three sewing projects per month:

January: 5 tops, 2 skirts and a yoga mat
February: 3 pants, Mom's nightie, scarf, drapes for staging (PIF sewing)
March: Mom's top, 2 skirts, t-shirt, scarf
April:  blouse

Hmmm....I think I lost my "mojo" in April what do you think?

It happens.  

Thankfully, we get a new start every day and it's good to remind myself of that.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My Moody Groove Chevron Blouse

Here it Moody Groove Chevron blouse.  This is the first project made from my NY shopping trip fabrics.  I purchased this silk chiffon at Mood Fabrics and I made it up using Simplicity 1915 View E.  I made a couple of design changes including adding elastic in the sleeve and a smocked elastic waistband. 

I used this pattern once before in a silk georgette in a variation of View C and it's one of my most worn pieces.  Here's a pic:

And here's the pattern review I wrote for the first blouse:

Pattern Description:

Simplicity 1915. Misses loose fitting raglan sleeve top. View B with neckline ruffle and modifications.

Pattern Sizing:

Sizes 6-24. I made size 12.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes, aside from my modifications.

Were the instructions easy to follow?


What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the style of this pattern. It's feminine and easy to wear.

Fabric Used:

Silk Georgette from Denver Fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I made View B and I "smocked" the bottom of the blouse and sleeves. I used elastic thread in the bobbin and regular thread in the top of my machine and made several rows of stitching just above the hem. This technique worked well because my fabric is very lightweight.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes. This blouse took a little time to make primarily because the fabric I chose was a little trickier to work with. It was well worth it. I love this blouse.