Friday, June 1, 2012

A little update & a sneaky peek

Thanks for all of your kind words of encouragement about my new job!
It's off to a good start, so far. I'll be in training for the next 8 weeks (wow - overwhelming), then I'll be going on vacation and hoping all of the stuff I've learned doesn't fall out of my brain as I lounge on the beach. Once I get back, I think I'll be set loose to actually do my job for real, with some coaching - here's hoping it goes well!

This has felt like a super busy week. I'm sapped of energy from focusing on learning so much new stuff all day at work (and stressing that I'm not getting every single thing!) - it's like being back in school. I'll admit feeling a bit out of my element from this career change, but I suppose that's pretty normal. I'm still trying to adjust to having a new routine, so my sewing has been somewhat sporadic.

Here's a sneak peek at what's been hanging out on my sewing table.

sneak peek!

This WIP is another estate sale project; the pattern and fabric are both April estate sale finds.  The pattern is the sleeveless, v-neck version of  this vintage McCall blouse, with some adjustments (like a collar I just made up). I wasn't feeling the whole making facings thing, even just with bias tape, so I ended up fiddling with finishing the arm holes and neckline just by turning 'em under and stitching - weak, I know. It doesn't look super awesome, so I might end up spiffing it up a bit later. Like I said, work on this has been sporadic, so I'm just kind of winging it. I cant seem to get the fit right, no matter what I pinch or tuck or take in. I've been recklessly altering and chopping away, taking lame shortcuts and hoping for something wearable. I'll let you know if/how it turns out.

As for my wedding guest dress in pink/black/spotted silk, it's currently looking something like this.

mysterious, partially completed blob, sitting in my sewing room

my "ehh, I'll work on this later" pile.

Sometimes I get bored with things and throw them aside part way through. I'll finish it eventually - promise!


  1. Usually I get really excited about thrifted/vintage fabric but mostly I am upset that blouse fabric is old because I want some. It's...great.

    And I'm sure we all know the "shapeless blob of garment shoved in the corner"'ll get there!

  2. Absolutely love that blouse fabric. It's going to be gorgeous.

  3. Starting a new job is huge! Sewing is bound to take a back seat for a bit - yeah, we've all been there! The blouse looks darling, can't wait to see more of it!

  4. Agree with Dee and Lenora, that fabric is lovely! Can't wait to see the finished product.

  5. Ooh, I'm loving the look of the new blouse, too! It's not too surprising that you're feeling less than energetic with your sewing-- there are only so many challenges you can deal with every day! I hope that your training goes well and you feel more confident after some time goes by. :)

  6. Wow, this fabric is fabulous. Do you know, where I could buy it or do you know the design or designer. It would be so nice, if you could help me! Thanks a lot in advance, Sindy


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