Saturday, October 4, 2014

Tats So Cool!

How do you like my new arm tat? I think it looks pretty cool. I am sitting on the deck watching the leaves fall, and procrastinating about raking them up. Raking is a thankless task, more leaves will fall every day until the trees are bare. I might as well wait until that happens.

 I am drinking a seasonal brew,  Legend Brewery's Punkin Ale,  while admiring the lone pumpkin my garden produced this year.  DS#1 was going to brew his own pumpkin ale using small sugar pie pumpkins from our garden. As you can guess, we had to change our plans. We bought already brewed  beer to enjoy in the pleasant fall weather. 

The tattoo is fake. It is a nylon sleeve printed with a tattoo, which I bought to freak out my kids, impersonate certain sewing bloggers, or wear for Halloween.

I found some printed mesh fabric at Fabric Mart that reminded me of  arm tattoos of the type shown below.

Tatoo by Nazareno Tubaro
 I wondered if it was sheer enough to look like my fake tattoo sleeve.  So I put a yard in my shopping cart. It was printed on a white background and wasn't quite as sheer as I would have liked. But I went ahead with plans and  used it as the sleeves in T shirt pattern  123 from BurdaStyle 9/2012.

Burda Sept 2012 123
The pattern  included front shoulder  panels, which I made out of  leftover suede scraps.  I did not use the neck facings or make the slit at the back neckline as shown in the pattern. The neck is bound in self fabric and fits over my head with no problems.

 I  also sewed a pair of pants from  Burda 7746, an out of print  envelope pattern. The fabric is dark brown poly, rayon, lycra  also from Fabric Mart. The pants are okay. A bit looser in the hip and crotch area than I like.  This is not a criticism of the pattern, more my body shape and the pattern design. Other reviews were very positive.

Burda 7746
I took a couple days off work this week. They were compensatory “comp” days for working 3 of the 4 days of the labor Day weekend. We won’t talk about how jealous I was of bloggers who sewed that weekend. I  wore the T shirt and pants to a Sewing Expo. I took the classes below with some of my  favorite instructors, and made a couple of fabric purchases from the Vogue Fabrics booth.

  •  Cutting In...Cutting Out: The Latest One-Seam© Pants  Instructor: Louise Cutting
  • Guide to Modern Tailoring: Pre-Construction Prep  Instructor: Cynthia Guffey
  • Essential Tips for Fitting Instructor: Sarah Veblen
  • Iconic American Sportswear  Instructor: Sandy Miller
  • Guide to Modern Tailoring: Finishing for Fashion  Instructor: Cynthia Guffey

  I  ran into several sewing friends I had met originally at other events;  Pattern Review  Weekend in  Phila.  ASG sewing retreats,  ETM, DC.  It is so fun to make new friends and then see and talk to  them again at other sewing related events.  I also got to meet Meigan from Get My Stitch On  when she came up and  introduced herself.  I was glad she did. I was disappointed I did not get to meet her when she was in town for the Hollywood costume exhibit earlier this year. I had a great time.
I should be raking
Hiding behind the wood pile