two new garments finished

I finished this skirt a while ago. I do like it, but if I make another garment with this surface treatment, I will make sure the stripes go completely from top to bottom without a break. The over dying was successful in toning down the very bright colors without losing the striking back ground.


This second piece is a bolero, I haven’t really documented it before. The sleeves are pieced with dramatic iconic symbols. The top and the bolero are from Alabama Stitch books, and they really do work well together and become very flattering. I have a hard time integrating them into the rest of my wardrobe.


I have a dress under construction that will be coming up soon.

There are several things I love about these patterns.  One, they fit beautifully.  Second, they work well with recycled fabrics.  Third, they are soft and very comfortable to wear.  Fourth, when working on them, I really am in the process.  I am hand sewing all these garments.  It still takes a surprisingly short time to complete them.  These two above took longer because of the piecing, but the dress is coming together quite quickly.

Holy Holey

I have started to follow Sew Slowly.  She just posted about some holes she is putting in her top.  This is very intriguing to me.  I love the way that quilts wear, so I love the idea of holes in a quilt top.  She has pretty clear photos of what she is doing.  She is hand working her quilt.  I decided to use her technique but by machine.



Here is a nice four patch that did not line up the way I would like. I prepared a square quite a bit larger than my intended hole with my stitch line already marked.


Then, I stitched around the circle and cut out the center. I then heavily clipped the seam allowance.


Then turn to the back.


Here is the finished front:


Now to decide what should go in the hole.