Tuesday, September 29, 2009

As the Spool Turns

I've turned into one of those girls.

You know that of which I speak. One of those girls who sews all of her own clothes, knits and crochets her own sweaters and wears said ensembles on a regular basis. Yeah, I've turned to the dark side...



I am the embodiment of craftaholism at this point. As such, above I am modeling my newly sewn, and fully lined I might add, squid dress (okay, more like squid muumuu...hey, comfort is key), beneath my recently completed Summer Breeze Cardi.

Rad, right? I felt so accomplished, flitting about the office in my homemade duds. I know, I'm a dork, but a crafty dork nonetheless.



I used Amy Butler's Anna Tunic pattern for the dress and although I love Amy Butler's aesthetic, her patterns tend to be a bit challenging. Despite this fact, I moved through the Anna Tunic with relative speed. I especially like the button closure at the back of the neck...



Do you like my blue crystal buttons?

I also really like the squid fabric...



I have used this fabric, in an alternative colorway, prior to this project. Remember my squid skirt? It constitutes my first recent foray into garment sewing. Ahhh, feels like so long ago now...

Anyway, my adventures with needle and thread shall continue. I currently have two quilts in the works. Because this fact, I have vowed not to begin any new sewing projects until I've completed the pieced behemoths. Upon completion however, I am planning to sink my needle into a Collette pattern which I've been itching to attempt.

As the spool continues to turn...

12 comments:

FinnyKnits said...

Oh! Now you'll get those knowing comments from your coworkers where they go, "That is so cute...did you MAKE IT??"

And then you'll get to say, "Yes. Because I'm rad."

Or maybe something less self-involved.

Love the squids and the orange. Especially the orange. I, too, am wearing an orange dress today.

Sheryl said...

Love the squid dress; love the crochet cardi; but mostly I love the previous post - the all revealing commentary on your complex nature. Aren't we all complex in some form or fashion? I don't think we really come to these realizations until 40+. I started at 40 but really came into my own at 50. Embrace & enjoy! You're fabulous!

pepperberry said...

I love the dress! That fabric is fantastic, I made a quilt out of it a while back, but so should have made a dress.

Miranda said...

Good luck on your vow to not start anything new... The dress is cool. I'm not nearly as rad as you tho- I don't know if I could pull off the squid.. Plus it was COLD here today.. I had to wear pants and long sleeves {gasp}!

Yeah So said...

Fabulous! I love how you look all Debbie Reynolds at first but then close up it's squids! Awesome.

naomi said...

I bow to you oh great crafty one.

It all looks really great and I'm jealous. Sewing is just something I can't really grasp.

Sara said...

I think the two look great together! Great job on making a complete outfit handmade! I admire the time and talent. Aren't the button closures hard to reach?

Knot By Gran'ma said...

Haha! Awesome. I aspire to be one of those girls too.

Zazzu said...

People who sew/knit/create their own clothing are SO AWESOME!!

Nice bonus that, with your looks, you can wear anything. That orange is so cheerful.

I would never have thought to buy fabrics with squids on it because I'd never imagine it existed. How wonderfully different!

woolanthropy said...

Dude, you are dancing on the darkside we all aspire to. You are my hero.

Love the squidy print, the color, and the pattern.

In fact, I have this dress all cut out and sitting in a bag somewhere. It is just waiting to meet the sewing machine. Yours looks so fantastic I may have to dig it out and complete it. What a concept, right? Thanks for the inspiration.

Rima said...

This is just outstanding. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I adore your dress. It looks perfect with your cardigan. :) I can't wait to see your Colette dress. What fabric will you be using? :)