Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sewing Jots & Tittles 11.6.11

"Sewing Jots & Tittles" is my weekly post where I get to ramble on and on about sewing related stuff that's been on my mind. Take a peek if you dare......LOL!

Velour jumpsuit
-Thanks guys for all of your nice compliments regarding my jumpsuit. I absolutely love it! I had to do my usual early Saturday morning grocery shopping and guess what I grabbed to wear. So warm & convenient! Can't wait to make the next one. I'm on the hunt for charcoal grey velour (thanks for the suggestion Texan). I've always wanted one in that color. And I still need one in black.

But what I really loved about this pattern that I forgot to mention was that I got the opportunity to use my Velva board and boy did it make pressing the velour SO easy!

In the past, before I found the velva board, I would use a towel and although it worked ok it wasn't the greatest. I didn't get any weird smashed seams and imprints.  It's a shame they don't make and sell these anymore. I'm happy I was able to get my hands on it when I did.

Keeping Bright in the Cold!
-I still need some more cold weather wear, specifically for work. Since I work in a very casual environment I can't be dolled up for work but I still like to keep it cute and fun. This is something I wore to work the other day. I wore this red fleece vest and BRIGHT yellow knit shirt with khakis. Although I felt like a bottle of ketchup and mustard---LOL!!!--I loved the colors.
What can I say, I REALLY LOVE bright colors!!! It's my way of sticking my tongue out at the cold weather and hazy feel and look of fall and winter. It the suns not out constantly shining then I want my wardrobe to reflect that brightness.

I love the fleece vests and hope to make a few soon. I'd love to have them in very bright colors. This is the pattern I was eyeballin'.

New McCall Patterns
-I went to Hancock's for a return and stumbled on a pattern sale. They had the new McCall's. I grabbed up a bunch. These were my favorites....

Project Accessory
-There's a new spin off to the Project Runway franchise on Lifetime and it's called Project Accessory. I'm a little perplexed by that. It's a competition in similar Project Runway fashion but instead of clothes the contestants have to make accessories. I'm not to eager to check this one out, but it might be good. I barely was able to get the Project Runway season it (thanks God for online episodes). Speaking of which, the way that panned out was interesting. Who would've thought the least experienced sewer would be such a talented designer and win the competition. I guess experience isn't everything, huh?

Got my boots!!!!
-I was out today at Burlington Factory minding my own business and getting a refund when I mozied on over to the shoe section. Low and behold guess what I found. A pair of Nine West black dressy boots!!! I've ALWAYS wanted a pair but refused to pay in-store prices. Well there they were and for the great price of $59. I had a $23 gift card which knocked that price down even further. Well I swooped those up without any prejudice and I'm happy to say they are getting adjusted to their new home. I can't wait to wear them!!!
  (Sorry for the bad lighting)

Salsa party fabric change
-As I mentioned a few posts ago, I'm helping to coordinate a birthday bash for a friend with a Salsa theme. I'm making her and my dress. I'm working on her muslin now (expect details later) but I switched up the fabric I was planning to use for my dress. It was nice but didn't have that "Wow" factor I was looking for. So I searched my fabric stashed and Hancock Fabrics and Jo-Ann's. I turned up this little number at Jo-Ann's.
It's perfect!!! Surprisingly the colors are the same. It's also a charmeuse. I just like the sharpness of the pattern. I think it will show the design details alot better than the abstract print I originally picked.

Crochet shorts?!?!
-My hubby ran across this the other day and I nearly fell out my seat from laughter! He found this pic on the web. They describe the shorts as knitted but it looks crocheted to me. That aside it's just wrong for any many to wear this! It sure makes for a great laugh!!!

Well that's what's been on my mind. What's on yours??????


  1. I love the fleece vest, especially those colors together. oh, and those boots. yum. I picked up a pair of brown flat (3/4 inch heel)Born boots last month. They are so cute-love them. Here is a question for everyone...I have some black hunt boots (riding boots) which are not being used for riding anymore. Should I wear them as fashion boots? Would you?

  2. That's a great question Mary! I've seen Women wear riding jackets and riding boots as every day fashion. I guess it just depends on what you wear them with. You can go fancy with them and wear fitted pants and a cute jacket or you can dress them down with a sweater and a scarf. Put a look together and get your girlfriend's opinions. But it would be a waste to let a stylish pair of boots sit in the closet--especially if they're in great condition:)

  3. What a happy vest and Tshirt. Perfect for a dreary, winters day. Love the boots. The crocheted shorts are just pitiful on so many levels!

  4. Isn't it sad that the only TV project that might show the joy of sewing is a reality show where the eventual so called winner was groomed and prepared by TV executives to win. Ah well back to the faux fut kid coat for GD.

  5. I always like your jots and tittles posts. :) I like fleece vests in the winter, too. I've been using Kwik Sew 3453. It gives a nice trim fit thanks to side panels that extend into the pockets. They aren't bulky at all. I like the fit so much that I'm trying to add sleeves to it - I just cut it out, so I'm not sure if it's going to work or not.

  6. I love my boots - I love autumn 'cause I get to wear my boots with my home sewn skirts but I don't think even NineWest boots would make those shorts look good!

  7. Crochet shorts? No No No!
    I love your ketchup and mustard outfit - it's so nice to see a bright pop of colour when the weather starts to get colder.

  8. Love your red vest idea to color the winter, this is wonderful, and I had a great laugh with crochet shorts ... so crazy!


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