We have lots of catching up to do. Sewing first. So when Mother Nature decided to have a lingering winter, I took matters in my own hand and sewed some garments in the colors of spring, green and yellow. The blouse is an old Vogue pattern that I have made before, fitted with a hidden button placket. The fabric a silk print from Fabric Mart. No surprises or issues. I also purchased some new wool sweaters this winter. One of them is a bright gold and matches perfectly. The outfit below may be a bit too much color for some of you. The blouse also looks nice worn with white jeans.
The second item was Vogue jacket pattern 8982. Though I admire them, the unfitted styles of Ms. Tilton don't always work for me and this was no exception.
I accented the seams with hand chain stitching rather than the recommended running stitch, with I felt would disappear into the tweed of the fabric.
The buttons were originally solid aqua with indentations around the edge. I used a brown permanent Sharpie pen to color the indentations.
I am not sure this jacket will get a lot of wear. I am just not feeling the love!
My work had required frequent trips to Nashville, Tennessee. On the last trip I found a gem of an independent fabric store. Textile Fabric Store The hours are Monday –Sat from 10-6 PM. Not wonderful when you are only in town Mon thru Friday and working from 8:30 to 5 PM. But I squeezed in a 30 minute rush visit, and plan to make more time on my upcoming trip for a longer one. The store is very unassuming, located in a strip mall, nearly under the interstate highway.
Besides business travel, the other activity taking up my precious sewing time was car shopping. I really dislike shopping for cars. They cost a chunk money. I will have to drive it for a long time, so I better choose wisely. And there are so many makes, models, option packages, and marketing bull crap. Part of my problem was that I could not clearly define my car requirements. My current car is 15 years old, the one before that was 14 years old when I got rid of it. When I buy, I commit to a long term relationship. But I expect my transportation needs to change in a few years, from driving to work every day to “Hey we are retired. Let’s take a road trip to the Wine Festival /Punkin Chunkin Contest" I couldn’t decide if I wanted a basic, just get me where I need to go car, a pay more now but save the environment hybrid, or a mid-life crisis car. In the end I went with the mid-life crisis car. And I am going to blame it on my parents. Who made me learn to drive, 30 years ago, on the hills of Pittsburgh PA, in a 4 speed, no power steering Volkswagen bus. I failed my first driving test in that car because of poor parallel parking. I am just going back to my roots. My new car is German, but not a Volkswagen. It’s a 6 speed, manual transmission, “oops I am going too fast again” car. And so fricking fun to drive! To appease my thrifty side, it is