Sew Sexy Sew-Along 2014

Guys, I have fancy britches on the brain, again ;)

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The (hot, screaming, biased, ridiculous) debate about my muse that kick started this collection, Beyonce (and her incredibly sexy videos), also made me take some time to think about sexiness in general and our right as people to express it. I won’t get into the whole BeyDebate, here. BUT I will say that, sometimes, what is good for the  goose is not good for the gander…when the gander is a brown woman.

As I get older, I feel even more comfortable with myself and my looks. As a teen you couldn’t pay me to wear a tank top, lol. So I can relate to her increased comfort level being expressed through her wardrobe. In addition to my plans to sew up some sexy small clothes, I’ve been itching to add some more sexy pieces to my handmade wardrobe to push  my comfort level further, too.

But, as Suzanne says in this post, somehow sexiness and sewing don’t seem to keep the same company. There are some women who can make ANYTHING sexy (see: Mimi G and Nikki making the most basic of patterns POP with fit and fabric), but the sexiness is sort of lacking in my pattern collection. And like Suzanne said, the offerings from many pattern companies are decidedly buttoned up and prim.

So, my friends Clio and Nancy Drew and I are teaming up to hunt up some sexiness!!

Will you get Sew Sexy with us?

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Here’s the nitty gritty:

  • Fabric Shopping this Saturday – February 22 – (Not required, but certainly fun! Email Lisette at taponmyback(at)cox(dot)net for deets!)
  • Grab a Button here!
  • And join the Flickr group!

As Lisette said, we’ve agreed to leave “sexy” up to the individual. The three of us vary wildly in what we like to wear and our definitions of sexy will surely be affected by that.

Whatever it means to you, we enthusiastically welcome all!

Snoopy Says, She Didn’t Fall for Cotton

Snoopy Fall

Please accept this cute, fall-themed, Snoopy comic in place of an actual Fall For Cotton project.

My efforts were doomed from the start. When it was all said and done, I had chosen the WRONG fabric to work with, misplaced the pattern I wanted to use, cut out a last minute project and then immediately became engrossed in a book (or two).

So, no cotton loveliness to show. Instead, I unearthed a long forgotten skirt and wore it instead.
B.W.Y.

Be impressed by my workroom decor. We get water to drink and have the means to extinguish fire.

I approve.

B.W.Y.

Close-up of the best shoe purchase, ever.
B.W.Y.

I love them so much, I couldn’t stop taking pics of them.
In the subway.
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And on the street (I see you Spike Lee. And your vamp flick). I kept misreading this as Brooklyn Vampires rather than Black Vampires. My shoes go, either way ;)
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This was totally a last minute outfit, but I totally love it! So did my husband and a few random people on the street. Sometimes, the comfy fit is well…comfy, lol and garners the most comments.

Can you believe it’s October?

For me, the month will have some busy (planning for two volunteer position ramps up), some good (it’s my birth month) and some bad (my grandma fell ill on my bday and passed a week and a day later). So if I appear a bit morose, no worries. I have a super support system at home and you all, too.
I will be fine (eventually).

Pantone Time

With the Sew Weekly deadline fast approaching, and a headache from hell that refuses to go away, I’ve got to do something to light a fire under my ass. One thing that pushed me a bit, realizing that the fabric I planned to use for the Fall For Cotton sew-along has more than one Pantone color!

SCORE!

Pantone Fall 2013

Sew Weekly & Fall For Cotton

I see some Mykonos Blue, some Linden and Deep Lichen Green, a little Samba. Yes?

Now, for the motivation to SEW! I’ve got four days to make the Sew Weekly deadline. Can I do it?

Sewing Along For Fall

I’m joining up for fall!!

I’m trying to choose something for my Sew Weekly Reunion project. It’s a Pantone Color Challenge. Of course, I don’t have a single suitable color in my stash. Well, I have some orange knit in a color that’s close Koi. But, I’m not in the mood to sew with it.
Pantone Fall 2013 Color PaletteAnd Rochelle of Lucky Lucille & Tasha of By Gum, By Golly are hosting a sew-along that will challenge me to use my vintage pattern collection.

I’m planning on, finally, using this pattern, Simplicity 4676.

Simplicity 4676I say finally because I ironed the wrinkles out of the pattern and pinned it to the curtain in my craft room MONTHS ago. It’ll be glad to get down and be useful. I found three great versions of it online:

eriannkelly.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/polka-dot-blouse-vi…
lladybird.com/2013/04/12/completed-my-easter-outfit/
wesewretro.com/2010/01/a-bit-of-this-a-bit-of-that/

Looks promising!! Except, I usually hate to have things come up so high up on my chest….It looks really cute, though. And I have a some really nice linen-look cotton in white that would look great. And a dark colored floral lawn that would be good for fall, too. I think the texture and weight of the lawn work better with the bow. But, its sheerness will require additional finishing.

#Sewcialist Problems.

What do you think?

Graffiti & Puffs & Scallops

6.11.13 :: Puffs & Scallops

6.11.13 :: Puffs & Scallops

Graffiti :: Talented Artist
Giant Puff :: Genetics (see it unbound, here!)
Top :: Scallopized Grainline Tiny Pocket Tee
Jeans :: F21
Sandals :: Target

6.11.13 :: Puffs & Scallops

I went on a swimsuit fabric run to Mood with my Sissy, today!! I LOVE sister dates!! I also squished in lunch with my hubby. He was nice enough to snap these pics for me ;o)

It was funny, while at Mood (in the knits aisle getting my copy-cat on with the fabric Jen used for her knit Scout. ps- I couldn’t find it) I saw Jodi! What are the odds?! I love New York!! Anyway, I hightailed it to the swimwear aisle, with directions given via tweets from Sonja and Charlotte, so that I can join in on the Bombshell Swimsuit sew-along.

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I have a swimwear necessary event, next week. But, it’s looking like the weather is going to suck. So, I will be waiting for the sewalong to start. Check out my fabric here.
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I also had to pump my brakes on tearing into my Hummingbird pattern as it benefits my House to sew within the specified time. I’ll be sewing along with Mikhaela! This is as close as I’ll get to being sorted at Hogwarts and I plan to relish it!

Today was a super busy day of doing exactly what I wanted to do! Can’t complain about that. Well, much. My sister and I also hit three stores in addition to Mood. F21 yielded one pair of ill fitting pants and HM another. And the Basquiat tees I wanted from another chain totally sucked in person.

That’s what I get for shopping when I can SEW MY OWN.

Scout Woven Tee Sew-A-Long :: Size & Fabric!!

Scout Sew-A-Long @Kollabora!!

Hiya!! Thanks for all the lurve for my sleeveless Archer!! It’s so damn cold here today, I think sleeved and ruffled Archer might get some wear. Hmph!

It’s JUNE, DAMMIT WHERE IS THE SUN?!?! Ahem…

About the Sew-A-Long, I’ve posted some tips on choosing the perfect size and fabric for your Scout Woven Tee over on Kollabora.

So, grab a measuring tool, or four ;)….

Choosing The Right Pattern Size

Measure a top you like the fit of…  IMG_7598

Measure your pattern piece…

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And make a Scout to fit!

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It’s time to go stash diving…

Choosing the Right Fabric for your Pattern

And meet me at

Kollabora!!

Scout Woven Tee Sew-A-long!!!

I am so excited to be at the helm of Kollabora’s Scout Woven Tee Sew-Along! This is my first time *blushes*! It’s no secret that I think Grainline’s Jen is awesome!! Her design aesthetic fits in perfectly with my favorite things to wear. Of all of her patterns, Scout is my absolute favorite! Super easy to stitch up. Super stylish. Super easy to modify. Super easy to change up depending on your fabric. Super, super!

If you’d like to follow along, check in over at Kollabora!

Scout Sew-A-Long @Kollabora!!