Sew Selfish Sundays: a WIP

I think it’s about time for me to introduce a segment into my blog. I sure am a fan of consistency!

So here we go, the inaugural post to Amity Island’s Sew Selfish Sundays!

Let’s be real. I pretty much try to sew only for myself these days. Saying no to people does sometimes become hard, though, usually because once your friends find out you are a sewing machine wizard (sort of), suddenly they all want a BILLION things sewn for them, pretty much on the house. Sometimes, I don’t mind. Really. I am actually sort of itching to sew my roommates daughter a dress out of some leftover Star Wars comic fabric I have left in my enormous stash. But, that’s another post in itself.

A few days ago, I posted about my pretty largely ambitious sewing goals for the year. So far, I have found the perfect bralette and undies patterns, and ordered a dress pattern as well. I can confidently cross those off the list of patterns to source. I mentioned Ohhh Lulu as being a previous source, and again, she did not disappoint.
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This is her Longline Bralette. It’s pretty much perfect. I’ve made one already, as a mock up. I found some beautiful hunter green velvet on sale at Joann’s, so I thought it would be the perfect “wearable muslin if it doesn’t suck” fabric. I was right. It’s so great. It definitely isn’t perfect, but being that it was my first time sewing with fold over elastic (FOE), I did pretty well.

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I also picked out her High Waist Panties as well. Can’t wait to lounge around in these beauties.

SO! On to my current WIP.
As I mentioned before, I already made one. After I perfect them, I will post it so I can laugh at myself. For now, I will just wear it around, feeling like the Vintage Velvet Princess I know I should be.

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Once again, I found this fabric on super sale at Joann’s, because I refuse to buy the good stuff until I’m ready. It’s a super soft cotton knit with the cutest tiny flowers all over.

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So teeny tiny, I love them.

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I was very impressed with myself on how the bust turned out at their meeting point. So perfect and precise. I really love the cream satin FOE I picked up yesterday from the Sewing Studio.

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I think my breasts are a little larger than the pattern is intended for, so I may need to size up to get better coverage. I may also want to elongate the bottom band down to my waist, for a more tank-topy vibe. After I finally sew up the bottoms, I will make that decision.

I am having so much fun binding these edges with elastic. I once used bias tape on the outside of a potholder I made my dad for Christmas a few years ago, and I hated it. Maybe I will give it another shot.

I just checked the tracking for my dress patterns arrival date, and I think it will be here tomorrow! I AM SO EXCITED.

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In Progress: Foxy Basket.

This basket has definitely been an adventure, to say the least. It’s had it’s ups! ……..And also it’s downs. Currently, I’m stuck in a down. I’ll get to that. On to the UPS!

The biggest, of course, is that it intrigued me to learn a new skill.
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Working with two strands was definitely intimidating, but right about after this point, it got super easy. I think the most difficult part was starting the chain, and stitching the first round. Getting it in the tiny holes was a challenge.

BUT! Practice makes perfect, and then you get this:
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AND THEN THIS
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(Cute puppy Cameo a la Meela, the pup I sit sometimes.)

Needless to say, I was pretty damn excited, and it only took me a couple of days to get to this point. As a n00b, it’s a proud, shining moment. Soon it was time to start with the red, and I couldn’t wait to start on this QT babies face. The pattern says to work in the nose at the base of the face, but I decided to leave it off so I could just make it separate like the eyes, and then stitch them on at the end.
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Isn’t it cute?! Faceless Fox is adorable.This picture makes it look a lot sturdier than it is, so that’s cool I guess. In reality, it’s floppy and slouchy, even when there is stuff in it. I’ve come up with a plan to make it work for me, it’s just going to take a couple days. Realizing what I have to do has gotten me re-upped on excitement! I’m coming up on the ears next, and they are done with one strand instead of two. I’m very curious to see if they will have more standing power than the basket itself. I may have to double up. Whatevz, lets do this shit.