Friday, February 22, 2019

Almost done with #5

in which our plucky heroine keeps on sewing...

SWAP 2019 update - Almost done with the fifth garment. This lightweight pinstripe indigo linen is in process of becoming the dress bodice. Last night I added the button bands and stitched on the half dozen engraved mother of pearl buttons. Final steps are the 3/4 length sleeves, then attaching bodice to skirt. My previous everyday dress, the teal cotton batik striped one*, has been in pretty steady rotation as a middle layer this winter, so it will be really great to have a second dress in my wardrobe. After this I've only one more "sewing kit" to complete (the dark blue multicolor floral blouse), so I'd best take an hour or two to cut out the indigo/black textured linen pinafore pattern this weekend. I really want a pair of dark blue or indigo leggings, but I don't have the right fabric, alas.


February SMART goals (x=extra)
1 bright feathers top for Mom leaky undersinkbag to Goodwill
2 taupe/teal feathers knit top neckline bindingbag to Goodwill
3 11 4oz jars marmalademore chips spread bag to Goodwill
4 mushroom print blouse
chicken bedding bag to Goodwill
5 Seville marmaladex rusty toolbox
6 4 jars Awesome Sauce x x
7 Pomelo marmalade x x
8 blood orange marmalde x x
9 x
x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

today's gratitude - all the years of adding curated fabric to my "resource collection", which means that most of the time, I have great options for making new garments...

* the teal batik stripe dress was my winning entry in the "Pre-2019 SWAP Dress Challenge" on Stitcher's Guild -


  1. I love the bias band at the hem of your blue dress. I think that is a very classy look and definitely couture.

    1. thank you Carol... I won't be doing much differently with the pinstripe dress I am currently working on - same pattern, same detailing, just different fabric and buttons is all. These everyday dresses work well as intermediate layers (over a turtleneck and leggings, and under a pinafore, or in any mixture of the above, including just by themselves, if the weather is fairly warm)

  2. Looks great, love that you are getting to sew so many pieces for yourself this year!

    1. Thank you... A lot of these pieces are ones I have had planned or intended for quite a few years now, but am finally getting made up. Preparing my "sewing kits" and getting the pieces cut out and any needed notions gathered up ahead of time is being really helpful. I am eager to finally repopulate my Sadly Depleted Closet

  3. The fabric is a great find!

    1. Thank you... I am very picky about what fabric I keep in the resource center, and having a somewhat limited chosen palette of wardrobe colors means that mostly what I make will all coordinate