Posts Tagged ‘Beignet’

Too, too long…

Wow, I can’t believe how long it has been since I have been on here.  I apologize.  Here’s what’s been going on in my life…

I have been keeping busy keeping house and trying to plan things out for a vacation next month.  I haven’t been feeling 100% well in a while and have been trying to exercise more and eating better in hopes of a remedy to the solution.  Several things have been ruled out but I am still trying to find a solution.

My sewing machine has been very lonely for a while and has been collecting dust.  I had mentioned before when I was making my Beignet skirt that I had put on a few inches.   Well, I haven’t been quite been able to shed those inches yet to get back to a more “normal” size for me that I have been used to and I am not wanting to make anything that is fit to this new size in hopes of losing the inches and then not having the clothes fit well.

Wish me luck!


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Woe is Me

I REALLY need to finish my Beignet skirt.  I can’t wait to wear it as a part of Me-Made-May.  It will go with so much!

The Beignet and I are not friends anymore.  There is something about this skirt that I am not crazy about.  I tried working on it last night and threw in the towel.  I am not meant to wear this skirt.  I have tried.  And I am giving up (for now).  I will get you my pretty…. Maybe the cat knows something I don’t…maybe that is why he is trying to help me by getting in my way so much so I can’t get frustrated….maybe, just maybe….

Plus, it doesn’t help that from the time that I started making this skirt, I must have put on a few inches around my mid-section and thighs (ugh) because this skirt does not seem like it will fit me.  The lining and the facing are now one.  I just need to hem the bottom, add the belt loops, make the belt, and add the buttons and it will be complete.  Why is this skirt giving me such a headache?  I’m not sure.  Maybe it was my fabric choice.  I have put this on the back-burner and started work on a blouse instead.  Here is what I have finished so far.

Has anyone else had such issues with this pattern?  On paper, it doesn’t seem like it would have been such a complicated project.  Is it so simple that I am complicating it?

Oh to sew so care-free….

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It’s been so long!  I know, I’m sorry!!  I have been so busy with appointments and life in general.  It’s just been one of those weeks, or two….or three….ahh…

I am going to get on the ball with sewing.  I have yet to finish my Beignet skirt…still needing space from that project but I am GOING to finish it.  I am hoping to finish a few blouses soon to wear for Me-Made-May.  I have three, possibly four blouses in my mind that I would like to make; a few from my last post of inspirations.  Going to try my hand at those.  Wish me luck!

Again, I apologize for the silence on my end; I will do better once things get back in the swing of things here!

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The Beignet skirt is going well.  I am going to LOVE the pockets.  Thanks to Sarai, the instructions are very easy for me to understand.  And I am enjoying the contrast of the black shell with the maroon lining.

Oh, the joys of sewing with an assistant….I wish I had a picture of how I NORMALLY have to sew, maybe one day I’ll get the husband to take a picture.  This is how it normally happens.

I go into our guest room that has now become my sewing room excited to get started on my project.  I hear a soft pitter-patter of feet come up the stairs and then jump onto my fabric that I am about to work on.  So nice of him to do that.  Sometimes I am lucky to see the leftover paw prints of my sweet assistant.  After I coddle and pet him for a bit, he seems appeased and goes over to look out the window.

If he stayed there, that would be nice and I might be able to get along with my sewing faster.   Ahh, but no, after about 2 minutes at the window, he HAS to sit in my lap as a try to sew.  And I don’t stay sitting long because I get up to pin something, press something, of go find something that my assistant has decided to paw off my desk into some hidden crevice under the bed.  But you better believe as soon as I sit back down, he’s back in his spot.

My sweet Shalom, always trying to help.  I had hoped with more items (lamp, plant, anything) on my desk, it might deter him from getting up there, but he squeezes his way in….

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I have now completed my second version of the vintage pattern.  I enjoy the drape of the sleeves in this version made of rayon challis and the lightness; it will make a nice summer dress when the weather warms up even more.

This went much faster than the first dress but I had a hiccup with the zipper.  Oh, those stubborn zippers.  I thought I had it in the correct way to be zipped properly, but no, I had it in backwards.  I guess it is more of a silly me than those stubborn zippers.

I wish I could have taken these pictures outside, but when I took them it was around 9 PM and I had to do the self timer.  Maybe another day (I still need to take pictures of my pants full length also!!).

With this little number done, I am going to start work on the Beignet skirt.  I went ahead and picked a black fabric instead of a bright color or bold print; I wanted to be able to wear it with just about anything and not be bogged down with a certain type of top to wear it with if it had a bold pattern.  I do have two yards of a fun print that I may use for a second, more fun, version…we shall see about that.

What else should I add on my list in these last few days of Me-Made-May?  If I could at least have enough to make it with one me-made item each day, I would be content.    What have you created lately or do you have your wardrobe planned out for Me-Made-May if you are participating?

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