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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Oh my, what a week! I've been sewing away and have a healthy backlog of garments to photograph and share, but my blogging energy is non-existent. Perhaps that's because I found out last week that we are moving in three weeks!! Moving out of Germany, over the big blue ocean, and back to the land of sweet tea, IHOP, and all-night pharmacies. That's right, the wonderful USA! Florida to be more specific. I've only had a few vacations there and have never been to the city we are moving to, so I have little idea what to expect. I confess it's not a place that was high on my hopeful list of places to live, but I'm totally psyched now to be a beach bum with my boys and live in air conditioned glory.

Anyway, here is a little something to show. Boring old tee shirt. I actually planned and made a much more interesting version: the top in Vogue 1020. I thought the stripes would look really interesting when they were gathered on the side and twisted diagonally at the bottom. Alas, the interesting look it produced was not flattering in any sense of the word, and it was so tight that I had to cut it off. I really should have taken a quick photo when I tried it on. I'll try the top again in a stretchier fabric (this interlock has very little give in any direction).

I was able to salvage this top from the disaster:

I used the same sleeves from the scrapped top, and I had plenty of fabric left over to cut a new front and back. Unfortunately, I cut out two fronts. This caused a slight problem with the neckline being deep in the back, but I just scooped the front more, and I think it looks intentional and open (and it's quite comfy and cool this way). The bigger problem, of course, is the armholes. They are a bit too deep in the back (since it's really a "front") and just feel a little uncomfy on. It's not bad enough to wad, but I don't know how much I'll wear it alone. It will make a great layering tee in winter. Oh wait, I'm moving to Florida.

Only time will tell how successful this t shirt is. At least the fabric was from a clearance sale!

In other news, I've also been working on a blouse and have to show off the bestest buttonholes I've ever made!

Here's a little shot of the buttons I'm using on the blouse.



Kathryn said...

I didn't think about the no winter thing - HAHAHA welcome to my world. Hopefully neither of us will be there forever. I think your first order of business should be to go to the grocery store to get a Starbucks and tylenol at 11PM just because you can!

Karin van D. said...

How exciting for you!

I love the colour of your new blouse, beautiful!

Uta said...

Ah yes, the creature comforts of the US... BUT you won't have fabric markets! (I'm only saying this to make myself feel better, of course.) Living on the beach sounds fabulous, I hope you enjoy it. I think the top looks fine, and maybe you'll need it for all the air-conditioning (that I bet you aren't used to anymore, right?).

Lois Evensen said...

Yes, IHOP! That is one of our favorites, especially after being out of the country on a ship for months at a time. IHOP is the first stop for lunch. :) Being on the ship is much like being in another country when it comes to shopping, only it is being in lots of different countries where you can't find a store to buy your favorite shampoo at any time of the day. Fortunately, our daughter sends care packages and we stop in Key West once in awhile which is in the good old USA, of course. There we can mail a letter and buy the basics we miss elsewhere.

I love watching you model the things you sew. You do a beautiful job and you are a perfect model!

Very best,