Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Selfish Sewing

I seem to have found some sewing mojo again.  We had a long weekend here in the US for Fourth of July and I spent all day Thursday and some of Friday sewing clothes of all things!  While I was in Burlington for Vermont Quilt Festival I visited Nido and picked up the pattern for a Wiksten tank.

When I got home on Thursday after work I decided to dive in and I'm so glad I did!  I had some beautiful Chambray Dot from Robert Kaufman that I originally picked up for a Laurel Dress sitting around and decided to start with that.   It took me about 2 hours to make this tank.  I was really impressed with how easy it was!  I did make one adjustment.  I didn't feel like making bias tape to finish the edges so I folded them over and top stitched instead.  It was simple and still gave the tank a nice finish.

I wore this tank for the fourth of July, to complete my subtle Red, White, and Blue outfit for the day, and again on Saturday.  I love it!

Husband and I on the fourth of July

Since the first one was so easy and I was incredibly excited about it, I made another!  This time I used some Arizona fabrics I purchased  when they first became available.  I had just enough of this Agave Field print for the front and used some coordinating solids for the back.  You can just see in the middle picture below that the back is color blocked.  The top half (and the pocket) is the Sweet Mint and the bottom half is Nocturnal.  This tank was equally simple to make.  The only difference was that finishing the edges was much easier on this quilting cotton.  I wore this shirt to work on Monday and was so proud of my secretly homemade shirt!

On Friday morning, I finally worked on my Laurel Dress.  I took a class with Nido back in March or April and needed to take the dress in a bit at that time.  Since then, I've lost close to 12 pounds so now it was really big on me.  Some pines later I had a nicely fitted dress.  I still need to hem the bottom and I think I make take up the sleeves a little bit so that they hit above the elbow but then I'll be done!  I can't wait to wear this one too!


  1. Great finishes and congrats on the weight loss! Woot Woot! Love the chambray top and the dress. Maybe someday I will make clothing again! So cute.

  2. Love the tank in the Arizona fabrics. Great finishes!

  3. You have a whole new summer wardrobe!

  4. great work, love the dress... losing weight is great too. but to make a blouse for work, and looks cute too is fantastic....don'l you love getting complements about the color block back......


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