Just three more highlights from SSS '11 to share with you.
First of all, I have to admit that this particular picture, although taken in September, was not actually showing how I wore it, but how I COULD wear it for a date night that never actually happened. I did wear it once with a tank top and cardi, but that picture doesn't show the skirt as well.
This skirt was a refashion on the fly of an empire waist maxi dress that stayed in the closet and was rarely worn. I was challenged by a neighbor to make a maxi skirt and it jut clicked that the dress needed a new life as a skirt. The original dress just had a plain straight hem. I used the elastic at the original empire waist as the waist of the skirt, which meant that there was a pool of fabric at my feet when worn at my natural waist. I had to cut some off, so why not cut it in a curve to be more interesting? and then why not sew it right back onto the skirt to make a ruffle? There really was no planning ahead, I just went with it. I love the result and now this beautiful purple knit has a new life as a skirt that will actually be worn.
This is Michael Miller interlock knit made into Simplicity 2364. I used the suggestions from Christy (www.flickr.com/photos/54638955@N04/5688903017/) and followed her blog for details. I've worn it several times, but it's rather fussy. I think the interlock is too thick. It's too bunchy under my arms and I keep wanting to take the top part off as if it's a shrug. I like the way it looks, but not so much the way it feels.
Here is my second Anna Maria Horner Socialite Dress. The key fabric is a Premier Fabrics home decor weight and, just like my first Socialite, this one was easy to make and is easy to wear. It's rare that I want to make more than one of such a distinct item, but I am very glad to have two of these in my closet.
As for what I am doing now, I have a long list of sewing to accomplish before Christmas. I have already completed Simplicity 2584 in plaid (my first plaid sewing!) for myself, Pink Fig's Miss Kitty as a shirt for my 3-year-old and a Simplicity pattern from the 70's for a dress for my almost-2-year-old. These three frocks were first on my list because they are all for Christmas photos being taken on the 5th of November.
I want to make ruffled capris for my little girl to wear to the pumpkin patch this Saturday.
I need to finish up a pouch for the Pretty Little Pouch Swap and mail by November 5th.
I have committed to make 15 zip pouches for some volunteer appreciation baskets by November 15th.
I need to make my almost-2-year-old her birthday dress for her party on November 19th.
I am also considering participating in a holiday market on the 19th and would need to make some inventory for my shop.
I want to make both girls Christmas nighties.
I have scarves to make for presents and I'd like to make my older daughter pj's and my younger daughter the Lion from Bit of Whimsy Dolls as presents.
I'm probably forgetting something, but I'm getting overwhelmed, so I'm stopping now.