So many finished projects, so little time to…..figure out how to take pictures of myself with a cellphone wearing finished garments. So, here’s a bunch of other stuff.

The title pretty much says it all.
So, until I can figure it out, I am going to post about what I’m currently obsessed with.

Chew

CHEW.
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 purchased volumes 5 and 6 of Chew months ago, but I have been too busy lately to pick them up and read ’em.
I decided the other night, after hand stitching down the my modified Kim Dress bodice, that instead of mindlessly surfing the internet I would pay some attention to my comics.

Well, since it’s seriously been WAY too long since I’ve read Chew, I was lost as soon as I opened the book.
So of course I had go back to book one.

Boy, am I glad I did. I am truly in love with this series.
If any of you read comics and haven’t check it out, you don’t know what you’re missing.
GO READ IT. NOW.

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LESLIE.

Continuing my intensely satisfying love affair with Leslie Knope and Parks and Rec.
Thank you, Hulu, for your two episode upload a week.. THANK YOU.
My relationship with this show is better than most people I know with their *actual* relationships.
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FLOWERS.
I’ve been obsessed with keeping fresh flowers around.
There’s just something about seeing them on my porch when I leave for work in the morning, that makes me extremely happy.
Our landlord recently got rid of a bunch of crappy bushes, so this spring I am going to plant a bunch of Zinnias and Dahlias.
Constant flowers in bloom, I can’t wait.
LIPSTICK.
But, that’s another post.
Seriously. I could probably do an entire series.
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WIP.
Yes, those are eggs.
Also, I guess I can’t call this a WIP anymore, because it’s finally finished.
I mentioned earlier that I hand stitched the bodice hem. I remembered how much I love hand stitching, especially while sneaking off with Ms. Knope.
Can’t wait to get some photos of this so I can finally blog about it.
I WANNA TALK ABOUT IT SO BADLY.
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Sew Selfish Sunday: Sew Sweet

It is absolute NO SECRET how in love I am with my new bralette pattern.
I posted the progress with one of them last Sunday, and I was SO EXCITED to finish it and throw it up here as well, but alas, I am a big ol’ dummy and accidentally snipped a seam too close. Let’s just say it is no longer wearable, but I do have plenty of the fabric leftover, so there will be another.

Though of course, I did make another.
I was walking through the fabric shop the other day on my way out from getting some more black thread, and I saw it.
Floral Knit Stretch in all it’s glory. RIGHT NEXT TO SOME BEAUTIFUL MIDNIGHT BLACK STRETCH VELVET. Mmmmm.
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So of course I HAD to. Two yards of the sweet, soft velvet, and a yard of the floral.
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The lighting in my house is absolutely awful, so I don’t take many progress photos whilst sewing at 1am.
Deal with it, I do.
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Here is my new favorite Angel. Soft, stretchy, and perfectly comfortable.
I made some slight adjustments to the original pattern, by adding some inches to the underbust and back, so that it will hit closer to my waist. It’s not quite there, I could probably stand to add another inch and a half to it.
I’ve finally gotten to the point where I know exactly how much tension to have on the elastic while stitching.
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Not only is the lighting not very good in my house, well, ever, but I use my phone to take my pictures. This was the best way to get a decent shot without a dress form or mannequin.

Last week I mentioned my first version of this was in a luscious hunter green velvet, and that I wouldn’t post it until I was more confident in my later versions. Well, here I am, confident as hell, willing to post the tester.
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This was obviously the first time I had ever sewn with FOE, hence the slight ruffle look of the bottom. Instead of curving in, it definitely bells out. I have to admit, though, it’s pretty cute like that on.
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Looking at this picture I think two things.
1) I REALLY need a body form.
2) R.I.P. the zipper in that skirt.

I fell in love with this skirt at Forever 21, the same day I got my sewing mojo back. That, though, is a story for another post.

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.

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.

Hetty Hetty Bo Betty…..

So after about TEN different attempts, I have finally found my groove for this beautiful pattern. I have had it sitting my queue since I decided that I was going to learn how to knit a cardigan. 

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The lacework is so beautiful, and I can’t get over this color. I found it at this new place not too far from home called Sip n’ Knit. That’s right, wine and knitting. Yep. 

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Almost down to the decreases. I legit get giddy as fuck when I think about the final result. I can’t wait to wear this! And it will *hopefully* go well with my newwww haiiiirrr. Going back to blonde. Ish. Blonde-ish. 

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Ending the night with knitting and the League on my couch. 

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