Monday, February 29, 2016

Sewing Mojo is back!

Thank goodness, the sewing mojo is back. I was lamenting that I hadn't really sewed anything for a long while.  I started with a "warm-up" of smaller projects, then headed right to a couple of dresses.

First up is a bento bag. I followed the excellent instructions from here.
 Next up is the Stowe Bag from Grainline Studio.
I can see making more of these bags in the future as they'd make nice gifts.

This weekend I finally got a couple of new garments cut out. The first one is the Inari Tee Dress from Named patterns. This is a "wearable" muslin though the wearable part is highly doubtful.  Sizing wise it seems ok, other than I'd like to add a couple of inches to the hem (I'm 5'11).   Right now I am not sure I like this style on me.
Then hot off the sewing machine is my Hemlock Tee Dress hack. I've adapted the Hemlock Tee before and recently wrote about it here.  It is something that works for me and I feel really lucky to find something I really enjoy wearing. 
The fabric is from the Nani Iro Spring/Summer 2016 collection. It is called "ori-some - beni kake - sorairo".  I bought this from Miss Matatabi.  I just love this fabric. There is subtle shading and this fantastic silvery print, like a tattoo (I call it a "ghost" print)  which runs close to the selvage. I knew I had to try to utilize it as much as I could.   Here I used it on the center back.
The skirt is fuller than I'd normally make it but I wanted to use that selvage so I used the width of the fabric for the front and back skirt pieces. 
In the end I used up just about all of my 2.5 meters of fabric. I am really happy with this dress because of the style and the fabric. Double delight!

I sense more sewing to come! Goodbye February, Hello March!

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    1. Thank you! It's super comfy and cozy!

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  2. Me too love that dress! :) I am glad you're back sewing!

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    1. Thanks Maria. It's nice to get back into the swing of sewing things!

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  3. Glad to see some sewing projects again. Both dresses are lovely but particularly like the Inari, a pretty print.

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    1. Thanks Caroline. The fabric is pretty but sadly does not work well for a dress. Perhaps I will feel differently during the hot (maybe) summer months here!

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  4. Well done, it's great when sewing energy returns. What beautiful fabric the hemlock dress is made from. Hope you do wear the inari tee dress as its very pretty

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    1. Thanks Louise. I think we all go through those slumps and surges in our sewing! I'm glad to get back to it!

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  5. The Hemlock Tee dress is more your style :)

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  6. Yay for sewing! Love everything! Thanks for those close up shots of your Hemlock Tee Dress. I love that fabric! So subtle and pretty! I have to try making one of those Stowe bags sometime. Perhaps they would be a good re-entry to sewing? I'm still iffy on the whole idea of sewing though. lol!

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  7. Glad to see your mojo has returned, Melissa :) That bag is darling--so lightweight and handy, I'm sure! You must have a difficult time buying clothes since you are tall so I'm sure having a talent in sewing really helps you... I am a shrimp at 5'1"!! I have the opposite problem :) Anyway, your latest creations look great and the fabric on the Hemlock dress is fabulous.

    Happy March to you, my friend!

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  8. Great to know that you are back to sewing. And I love what I see. This bag looks gorgeous for huge projects, or just to take a second set of clothes with you , just in case. I think my daughter would love such a bag. I have to think about making one for her. Thanks for the link.
    Both your new garments look great. I particularly love the fabric that you used on the second one. Absolutely beautiful.

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  9. I love all that beautiful nani Iro fabric, so gorgeous... I really like the Inari dress you've made. It's a lovely fresh modern style, I'm sure you'll come to love it!

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