Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sewing Fall Clothes Again

It's been feeling like fall already. We had a really warm and humid Labor Day, but overnight everything changed. So it seemed like a really good week to work on new fall clothes.

Also, I've been keeping odd hours this week, due to a temporary job that my husband took during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. He's working 12- to 14-hour days from mid-afternoons through after midnight every night until the convention is over on Friday.

Thankfully, I work with really gracious people, and I was able to shift my hours this week to match my husband's hours. So I'm working midday through late evening, which still leaves me with about four hours after I finish work before my husband is home for the night. And, for the most part, I'm using the time in the sewing room.

The two blouses are both sleeveless, so they'll be mostly worn under a cardigan, and I know that I'm going to get a lot of use out of this long, khaki-colored skirt. I've been wanting a skirt like this for at least a couple of years, and I finally gave up scouring the thrift and consignment stores to find them...I almost never buy new clothes, unless you count clothes that just new to me. I try to buy everything except for lingerie and swimsuits second-hand, other than what I take time to sew.

Though you can't tell this in the photo of the skirt, I still need to hem it before I can really wear it. But that will have to wait until my husband is done with this temp job and our life is back to normal hours again. Hopefully this weekend, he'll have the time and energy to indulge me again as my "hemming assistant"...I really do have a wonderful guy in my husband.


Tracy said...

I love these blouses! What pattern did you use?

Karen said...

Hi, Tracy! I love them, too! I used Butterick 4549 for the peach-colored blouse and McCall's 5586 for the tan patterned one. You might be able to tell that I made a couple of tacking stitches on the peach one to hold the fold closed securely. The overlap is generous, but I just wanted to make sure that it would stay closed when I move around. Also, I lengthened the top section of that blouse a bit since I'm fairly full busted. On the tan blouse, you might want to measure the pattern pieces before cutting to make sure that they aren't too large. I found that even though I made what should have been my size, I ended up needing to take in the sides quite a bit to make it fit properly, which is kind of unusual for me. But other than those small things, these were great patterns, and I'm so pleased with the result. Thank you for the encouragement. :-)

Tracy said...

Thanks Karen!

Karen said...

You're welcome, Tracy! Thank you for visiting. :-)