I suppose I should be feeling guilty after moving like 10 huge plastic bins of fabric into this house after I bought it. But nope. I can rationalize it thus:
- I had yet to buy anything from the esteemed ladies of Blackbird Fabrics, and I love supporting small businesses.
- This was my first time visiting the new location of the Joann of my childhood, so I had to show them some love, cash-money style.
So! Photos and plans! Here we go.
Blackbird Fabrics cuts:
I got 1 yard of this awesome swim fabric because I really do need another one-piece. I gifted my first swimsuit make to my best friend, so I must replace it. This will be a Megan Nielsen Cottesloe, view A. I was one of the testers for the pattern and I made the view A before they added the ties; I think the ties are a cute addition, so I will be making them.
I have been lusting after rayon (viscose) twill ever since people started sewing with it all over the blogosphere, and I finally got some! In three colors! Because go big or go home. This blue cut is going to be a Sew Liberated Aida top, which will be awesome for work.
This olive drab (“Marine green” to me) is a color that I haven’t worn much lately, but I always got compliments in the past when I wore tops in this shade, so I figured I’d go for it. This will be a Hey June Willamette, view A. Another good work shirt.
Another color I don’t usually wear, but I know it will work with my skin/hair/eye tones. I think this will become a Hey June Biscayne. I’ve made a couple of Biscaynes – one that didn’t look right because the fabric didn’t have enough drape, and one that I hate because it’s horrid poly charmeuse in a color that looks awful on me, which had been in my stash for years.
I consider both of those muslins, though; the first was made exactly to the pattern and was too big in the upper chest (I’ve mentioned previously that I need to do a short upper bust adjustment on most tops, and I need to do a slight one on the Biscayne), and I made a TON of unnecessary adjustments for the poly charmeuse version (shortened the top in the waist, shortened the placket), which just made things worse.
This time, I will do what I should have done in the first place – I will grade out at the hips by one size, and do a 1/2″ short upper bust adjustment.
Joann Fabrics cuts:
I used to hate the mere idea of wearing yellow, but in the last couple of years it has really started to grow on me. When I walked past the spring apparel fabrics display, this cotton double-gauze leaped out and pinched my arm, so I had to get some. I bought the amount required for a Biscayne, but I might make something else. Probably the new Hey June Lucerne, view B. Having a top in a floral fabric with petal sleeves is an awesome sewing pun. =)
I am annoyed with Joann for classifying all of their cute printed cotton/spandex knits as “juvenile apparel” fabric. Why the heck do the kids get all the fun stuff? I don’t care – I bought this for ME, dammit! It’s going to be the awesome Hey June Union St. tee, with the v-neck. And scraps will become a pair or two of undies from my TNT Kwik Sew pattern. BTW, I am ACEING Me-Made-May; I wear something me-made everyday because at this point, all of my underwear is handmade. Winning without trying! 😉
Another “juvenile apparel” cotton/spandex knit that I have appropriated for adult clothing purposes. I love mod-pop florals, which is funny because I don’t really like mod style in any other application. I guess I just love flowers in any form. This will be another Union St. and undies. Maybe I’ll finally get around to making some bralettes, too.
Speaking of flowers, here are the two hibiscus bushes that I planted a month or so ago. The one on the right is, I think, a tropical hybrid rather than a hardy variety, as it suffered quite badly from low water and dropped most of its leaves right after I planted it. Meanwhile, the one on the left was happy as a clam with whatever water it happened to get. Either way, they are now thriving and covered with buds. I think I’ll try cutting the blooms off after a few days and drying them to make tea. I LOVE hibiscus teas!
Now to go print, tape, and cut some patterns.