6/1/11

Hello All

Hoping all had a fabulous Memorial Day.  I celebrated my 48th Birthday over the holiday by sewing til my heart was content and simulteneously enjoyed a great B-day celebration by my family for 4 days...lol   Yes 4 days, I took off Friday and my sister came over & got the party started.  Enjoyed myself although I had to split my time between sewing & socializing.  Thankfully family & friends know what comes first....lol

On to the sewing front, McCalls 6282: Misses lined top and dress, which I fell in love with when Lori  posted about it.


I managed to make 4 tops which after some minor modifications went together quickly.
For the top below I added sleeves after the pic was taken using sleeves from Butterick 5313, which I like to call my go-to sleeves.  The front is low and raised it by taking in the shoulder seams, thereby reducing the armhole and having to reduce the cap on the sleeve. 


Outside of that, the top was a breeze.  For the second one I used the same slinky knit but in a raspberry color and also a black... sorry no pic... too many glasses of wine.   

For the fourth one I sifted through my stash and found a knit mesh in a pastel floral print and decided that I wanted it sleeveless.  This fabric was purchased about 2 years ago, but wasn't confident sewing it up.  Well I think this is my favorite of the four, it's super sheer and love the drape which was perfect for 80+ temps in New York.  I paired it with Navy blue Loft pants and my favorite Lela Rose sandals from Payless.  At work during the summer almost anything goes.... well almost and enjoy that I am comfortable enough to shed my suits.




Also over the weekend, I refashioned linen pants that I'd purchased about 2 years ago from the Loft and inadvertently washed, thereby shrinking them. The shrinking worked width wise, but not length wise and decided it was time to refashion.  


Remembering that I'd purchased several capris and also remembering that they worked against me and never returned, they became a victim of shortening.


The shorts are perfect for the tops I made and had a great sew-weekend.

Now I need to to focus on the dress challenge that I joined and hosted by Faye - Stay Cool - Stitch Up A Dress


Leaving you with a pic of roses that my guy picked from our rose bush, still moist from watering.


Enjoy the short Week.






19 comments:

Patty said...

What a productive birthday weekend! My birthday is this weekend (55-double nickels!!), and I hope to get some time to myself to sew too. Love the new tops, and great idea to refashion those pants/capris into shorts :-)

Myra said...

Beautiful work! These tops are just plain gorgeous! Happy Birthday!!!!.

Beth O. said...

Nice to see I wasn't the only one spending most of my weekend in the sewing room! I love those tops.

Happy Birthday! My mother's birthday was on Sunday. She taught me to sew (many, many years ago!) Must be a Gemini gift.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I wondered where you had gotten yourself too! Happy Belated Birthday...and what a wonderful way to spend it with sewing, family and wine! *smile* Love the tops...and now I have to go look for my pair of Lela Rose shoes...they are under the bed somewhere! *LOL*

MushyWear said...

Sounds like a great weekend. Happy Birthday. I can't think of a better gift than spending time with the ones you love, and extending your wardrobe with several fabulous new outfits!

Lori said...

Happy birthday to you. Looks like you had a great birthday with all your sewing. I really like your new tops.

Adelaide B said...

I love your tops! I hope you had a great birthday!

alethia said...

First let me say you look fabulous and what a way to spend a birthday weekend. Family, wine and sewing I know you had a great time. Anyway I glad to see that all is well. Happyyyyyyy birthdayyyyyyyy!

MAD14kt said...

Happy BDay Sheila baby :) Praying you many, many, many more!!! Please phone me when you get a chance.

CarlaF-in Atlanta said...

Happy Birthday! Nothing like a 4 day party :) I just bought the Mcalls pattern last week. With the pattern and my new coverstitch machine, I have no excuse not to sew lots of knit tops.

Rosie said...

So that's where you disappeared to. Happy Belated Birthday! Looking forward to seeing you soon. The new tops look great and good call on refashioning the pants. Don't you know that the short week always feels the longest!

Croshique said...

I love your new tops! What a great birthday weekend! I'm ready for this weekend already.

Jackie said...

Happy Birthday! Great sewing weekend. Beautiful tops and great refashion on the pants.

GodsgirlT said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like you enjoyed it! You did get busy with sewing! Good for you! Some great additions to your wardrobe. Take care!

SEWN said...

Gorgeous top! What a great idea to make shorts. Brilliant!

Handmade said...

Happy Birthday - you and I are about the same vintage!! Great tops!

Sister said...

Love the tops! I'm having a problem with my mojo right now because I bought 4 or 5 new top patterns and I love them each so much I can't decide which one to start first, plus I have several new knit fabrics and don't know where to start. Paralyzed with indecision - I'll hope for a weekend like yours soon!

Cennetta said...

Good you enjoyed your birthday weekend doing exactly what you wanted to do. The tops are pretty and great save on the capris.

Tanya said...

Oophs so sorry I missed giving you a Happy Birthday shout out, looks like you did it right.