Monday, June 14, 2010

built by me. again.

You might remember this cute Built By Wendy Simplicity pattern from last summer, I had good luck with it in a woven (although it's technically for a knit). Simplicity 3692:

I'm thinking another woven, something light and airy. I have lots of cotton prints in stash that would love to be used up (so I can buy more...uh, more on that in a minute.) I also have a striped knit that would like to be that nautical version.

I also want to make this one up again. You'll remember I just did reconstructive surgery on a top (adding sleeves) here. (Hmmm. I never did show you the finished product did I? Will have to get on that asap.) Simplicity 3835:

Both of these patterns remind me of my beloved Japanese craft books. If only I didn't have to do such major alterations to these patterns (i.e. grade WAY UP) to make them work! (The ONLY reason I haven't ordered Machiko Kayaki's newest book.) They're mainly for inspiration.

And about that need for new fabric...The more I sew up my stash, the more my stash begs to be replenished. I've been trying to stick to "sales" and ebay or etsy. All of these cute finds are winging their way to me as we speak...

Jessica Levitt Timber - Apple:

Adover Ohh La La Paris Market:

Bernatex Happy Trails Cowboys:

Heather Ross Equestrian:

Heather Ross Frog Pond:

Erin McMorris (Free Spirit) Go Bicycle:

I am SO in love with the little gray bicycle fabric!!! Oh ok, I'm in love with all of them! As usual I only have a very vague idea of what they'll end up being in garment form, but that's half the fun.

Guess I better finish that stack of UFOs and take some pictures before they all get here, huh?

ps...Weight loss update...I'm at the halfway mark! Woohoo! I don't know how that happened. I fully expected to be stalled this week (again) but no! I lost! Just in time too. I was maybe a tad discouraged the past couple of weeks, and this has pushed me back into the eating better groove.

have a great Monday everyone!


  1. Love the fabrids (the bicycle one is my favorite), and nice job on the weightloss! Little losses add up, and before you know it... BOOM! Goal reached!!! Keep up the good work!

  2. what fun fabric! Where are you with the emails and packing lunch help - huh? You said you'd help. ::pouting::

    Love that you are sewing down the stash - and replishing. Enjoy the lazy days of summer. g

  3. I heart Heather Ross. I might have to break down and get some of the equestrian fabric for The Big One.

    Also, I continue to hate you and your skinny self.

    Well, ok fine, I'm actually super happy for you. But, you know, in a hateful kind of way.

    my word verification is "pracodoo". I don't know what that is, but it sounds like it's probably made with lots of desicated coconut. And chocolate.

  4. I HAVE to have some of that bicycle fabric!!! Cute, cute, cute. I love it!

    and woooo hooo on the weight loss!

  5. Love that brown tree fabric! Good thing I'm only half-way through a120-day fabric/pattern embargo or I'd be shopping right now instead of commenting.

    I'm in the same boat with Japanese patterns: love them; want to make them; don't fit them,; unskilled at redrafting them; and even if skinny wouldn't have the body type for them. So much wishful thinking trapped between those covers.

    Congrats on the slim-down success!

  6. Nice fabrics! I have never shopped on etsy or e-bay for fabric - I'll have to check them out!

  7. Love your fabrics-all of them. Congrats on your weight loss. You are rockin' those pounds! Make some beautiful things!

  8. The little cowboy fabric is adorable! And, congratulations on your weight-loss success. Just think of all the cute things you can sew in smaller sizes with your fabulous new fabrics!

  9. Oooh, I love the fabrics--all of them.

    Congrats on the weight loss. I know how much will power and determination it takes, and I applaud you.

  10. All very nice fabrics :)


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