Good Mail Day

First!

Thanks for the love on my last post!! The sweater is actually not super difficult to make. The yoke is mostly stockinette stitch with the smocking detail every ten rows or so. It was my first bottom up sweater, though. I had misplaced my notes with the yoke only partly done and I found it hard to judge its size before it was completely finished. It’s much easier to fit top down knits, imho.

Next!

My mailbox held a nice surprise yesterday! The first portion of my internship stipend!

This is the first thing I treated myself to!

First check spoils!

I LOOOOOOVE candy and periodicals ;o)

I also bought my copy of Nikki’s book and this one, too

And, because I was still in a sewing type of mood, I finally bought this pattern.

Salme Cropped Blazer

I fell in love with this little blazer when I saw it on Tidy Tipsy’s blog. I hope to make it into a rather casual suit when paired with my TNT skirt pattern.

Something like this Victoria Beckham look:


Or a variation of this, depending on the fabric I choose:

If I’m feeling especially ambitious, and have enough fabric, I could add pants to the mix a la Blake Lively.

Or this gorgeous lady:

I haven’t forgotten about my sewing dare. Don’t worry! I think I’ve been hesitant to start because I know it’s not going to be something I can wear out anytime soon. If ever. But, a dare is a dare! And I accepted! My girls can play in it when I’m done, lol.

There is so much to sew, and sew little time! I’ll be back soon with a peek at my first time….making a muslin!

It wasn’t so bad, but it damn sure wasn’t fun!

A Lil’ Bit 60s

A Lil' Bit 60s

Sweater :: Handknit Coraline
Blouse :: Freecycled
Skirt :: Handmade Advance 9916
Tights :: F21
Boots :: Anne Klein

This is another of my cardigans from my former knitting life. That yoke nearly killed me! After battling with it, the end result was smaller than I wanted. It’s knit up in one of my favorite yarns, Silky Wool. The top was in a Freecycle haul. It’s from Express and it’s a size XS. I would never buy that size in the store, but I found the close (kind of shrunken) fit to be just the thing with certain outfits.

A Lil' Bit 60s

This is actually version two of Advance 9916. Version one, which is shorter and made from stretch denim, was finished before the new year and I still haven’t worn it. This longer version is also shorter than the full length of the pattern. I don’t know how tall this cover model is supposed to be, but it’s safe to say she is massively disproportionate if the skirt is this short on her, lol!

Advance 9916, 1960s

I got the pattern in the great Sew Weekly NY Meet-up and pattern swap. I’m almost positive it was Marina’s as most of the giveaway patterns were donated by her.

A Lil' Bit 60s

The only change I made to the pattern, besides the length, was to cut the waistband longer. I also lined it and finished that hem with pretty lace. I loved wearing this today! The lining prevented the dreaded static cling and it felt so slinky as I walked around. This fabric is the same one I used for my Meringue skirt. This was the last of it, some kind of poly/wool blend, I think. It’s perfect for skirts as I think it would be terribly hot worn on top. It doesn’t have much give either.

A Lil' Bit 60s

I tried to get some outdoor photos before work. I nearly froze my cheeks off! They’re not that red from just blush! I don’t know how some people take coat-less pics in the snow! Must be made of tougher stuff than me.

A Lil' Bit 60s

A Lil' Bit 60s

It was definitely hat weather, today. GEEZ was it cold! I re-twisted my hair last night so it could stay small enough to be hat wearing compatible ;0) It gets so frizzy, so fast but it was worth it as it was complimented by two very nice library patrons, lol. It has been over two years since I asked my sister to chop it (nearly) all off. This lady’s site was instrumental in helping me decide to embrace having hair that short for the first time. She has written a book about this massive shift in the way we (those of us who are naturally curly/kinky/coily/nappy) think about our hair. I think this is the most comfortable I’ve ever been with the way mine grows out of my head. I KNOW this is the most well equipped to handle it I’ve ever been.

Thanks, Nikki!

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