Sunday, June 30, 2013

An Assembly of Objects

It seems like a long time since I've done a proper Finished Object post!  And this isn't going to be one, not really.  I've had much craft time lately but I have been working a bit on various projects. 

Here's some in-progress shots of some knitting and a skirt:

I'm working on a Rowan design (my first ever) Trillium by Erika Knight. It's made with cotton yarn and I'm sure it won't be ready to wear this summer, but the design seems pretty timeless, so next summer is okay by me. :)

And here is a terrible in-progress shot of another version of my self-drafted pencil skirt, this time using the wool remnants from my almost-finished-but-will-never-fit-me Burda jacket:

All that remains to do is: a) the back slit; b) hem it; and c) create buttonhole/sew on button.  So this should be finished by the end of my sewing class on Thursday night.  Next time I use this pattern I really need to add some pockets!!

I do have one finished object to show you.  However, it's not terribly exciting.  As a favor to a friend I made a couch cushion cover out of some curtains that she bought.  

You can see how big the cushion is; it's the bottom seat cushion.  I had to get major help from my sewing teacher 'cuz I wasn't sure how to go about doing it.  And I don't even want to calculate the miles (or rather, kilometers, since this is France) that this cushion racked up before the project was finished.  It was originally in Biarritz, then Paris (via the Alps), then Orleans, then it's going back to Biarritz tomorrow.

That's T. being funny.
Anyhow, we basically made a fitted sheet for it.  The fabric is fake-suede.  There's a picture of the bottom side with the elastic gathering.

And here's a close-up on a pretty nicely-done corner, thanks to my teacher's expert guidance:

This was actually pretty straightforward to do but if I tried to figure it out on my own the result would've looked a lot less made-to-measure and a lot more home-made.  It doesn't look like it, but the cushion isn't really rectangular.  It has a weird lip on the front and along the sides.  

Another element was that we had to make holes for the buckles.  So, buttonholer here we come!

And that's T. pretending to hide.

My friend wanted me to add some velcro on the bottom to help prevent it from sliding, but I ran out of time!  I guess she can do that herself, right??!!??

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Dancing, or What I've Been Up to Lately

Swing dancing in public on a sunny day:

I need to stop holding my hand like that, egads!

We were right by the two tram line intersections, so everybody could see us, the idea being to promote the association ;)

Have a great weekend everybody!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Last Week of Me-Made-May 2013

This is just a short post to finish off the challenge!!  Here are the last of my outfits for the month:

Saturday, May 25th, worn to the dance party after the Swing and  Balboa (it's a YouTube link) workshops, New Look 6587, plus my new waterfall cardigan made with McCall's 6084:

Sunday, May 26th, again with the Thermal sweater plus my now-too-baggy pants from Simplicity 2656:

Monday, May 27th, photo-bombed by the cats.  I'm wearing all RTW except the white top, which is from New Look 6104.

Tuesday, May 28th, is all RTW except the red linen skirt which is Simplicity 2367:

On Wednesday, May 29th, I wore another version of the New Look 6104 top.   I finish work earlier on Wednesdays so I was actually able to take a photo outside in the sunlight!

Thursday, May 30th is the day I officially ran out of steam on this challenge.  I wore all RTW except a handknit scarf.  Major cheater day!!  This is my new People Tree dress that I was talking about. ;)

And finally, on May 31st, surprise, surprise, I'm wearing a sweater (the Zara pattern by Mission Falls)!  That pretty much sums up the month of May around these parts!  But this week the weather has been beautiful and warm.

Interestingly, on the 28th I had a conversation with one of my students about our "signature colors" because she wears orange a lot as an accent color and I wear red/maroon.  And then we talked about the public styles of various female French politicians/female companions of French politicians, such as Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Valerie Trierweiler.  We both agreed that Carla Bruni, especially for an ex-model, cultivated an image that was a little too goody-goody for us.  And without commenting on either's personality/politics, we both prefer Trierweiler's sartorial style.  Having that though, style of dress can convey philosophical values...

Here are some examples I found on Google:

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy:

To be fair to Carla Bruni, she does wear pants too.  But she was often seen in outfits as above and they are simply too schoolgirlish for my taste.  Please don't tell me that I dress like her.  If so, I am in denial.
Valérie Trierweiler:

Is it very silly to be discussing these female public figures chiefly because of their clothes????

Have a great week-end everybody!