Monday, June 11, 2018

June18 Plans & Inspiration

The June birthstone is a pearl, which is one of my favorite jewelry items. They never go out of style, and wearing them actually makes them better (kind of). Plus they go with EVERYTHING.


And now that summer is in full swing (seriously, cold and rainy in May to highs in the 80s as soon as the calendar turned over to June!), I'm looking forward to as much light clothing as possible! Both in color and in fabric weight.

I have some lovely woven fabrics I bought expressly for this reason. There's a wine colored cotton gauze and a grey striped seersucker, both of which are begging to be made into something. I'm just not sure what yet!

As for those projects, I have a mere 20 days this month (more like 10 now) to get through all my plans before I take off for Canada for 2 weeks. If you have any recommendations for sewing-related (or beer-related) merchants to visit in either Edmonton or Vancouver, please do share! Especially those beer-related ones.

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So here is what I have planned. Ambitious, yes.

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Three of the patterns are by Helen's Closet: the Avery leggings, Suki kimono, and York pinafore. My husband called that last one my apron dress. It's actually done as of the writing of this post, so YAY! Spoiler alert: it's AWESOME and totally unlike anything in my closet!

This month's #sewmystyle project is the Suki Kimono for which I'm super psyched. I have a silky lavender fabric covered in yellow poppies that I have just enough of to make the short hack. There's currently a sew along on her site!

There are also three Seamwork patterns: Kaye, Dana, and Kimmy. I've made Dana up before and love the bottoms. I have 4 cut out and ready to go:

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The Kaye is part of an experiment. Along with the 5 out of 4 Ninja leggings and Avery leggings, I want to see which ones make the best bicycle short style long undies. Stay tuned!

The Kimmy was actually part of a gift from Ryan for our (first) second anniversary (we have a second one in October, since we got married twice!). The traditional second anniversary gift is cotton, so he bought me a few yards of red embroidered cotton that are destined for the Kimmy.

He, on the other hand, got a McCall's 7206 that in a plaid cotton shirting, straight off his #menswearmakenine list. He made sure I didn't feel pressured to finish it by our actual anniversary, which is sweet of him, since buttonholes suck. He finally got to wear it this past Saturday, about a week late. But he looks damn good in it.

Finally, not pictured above, is a wrap dress. L'sigh. The #sewtogetherforsummer wrap dress challenge wraps up (haha) in June, and I have yet to pick a pattern for that. I have the Petite Stitchery Sunshine Dress printed and ready to go, but it's for woven fabrics. My wrap dress dreams are made up in an abstract pink matte jersey I bought back in February I knew it would be destined for this project, since I have a wrap dress on my #2018makenine list and the fabric screams wrap. I just gotta buckle down and pick the darn pattern!

To be completely honest though, I don't think it's going to happen in the next 9 days. Oh well.

But I will have lot of undies by then! Which is good, because they'll also look good with nothing else on but pearls...

Here's a mood board if you're looking for ways to incorporate pearls directly into your clothing or other pearl-inspired garments:



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